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Many, if not all, of our acclaimed Mid-America Mensa members make important and generous contributions in their professions and to Mensa. Clive Sinclair (1940 – 2021) was a well-known member and hero of British Mensa; and, at one time, his achievements were publicized in magazines around the world. He started out by making match box radios, then the first, really pocket-sized calculators. He and his company, Sinclair Research, made other important innovations and had many industrial triumphs – much from his Mensa contacts which he often said to and of his Mensa friends. Finally, his personal computers were well-recognized because they were, at one time, sold more than any other brand in the world. It takes someone like a Clive Sinclair to confirm my belief that it is truly apex-to-apex how contributions are made when near the top of any profession and when belonging to an educational organization such as Mensa – the High IQ Society.

Games Night
Saturday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm

Come join with us for an evening of board games, Mexican Train Dominoes, and whichever other games you may want to play. Please bring along your favorite games too. In addition, light beverages will be provided. Please bring a snack to share. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated, and you are welcome to wear one even if you have had your shots, if that makes you feel more comfortable. Check out the October Mension for the RSVP contact information and location details.

Book Lovers SIG
Sunday, October 10th, 2:00 pm

Book Lovers SIG continues to meet at the home of a member pod. At our last Book Lovers meeting, all the people in attendance had been vaccinated – so hopefully that will continue to be the case. Please look in the October Mension for the RSVP contact information and location details.

Cabin Fever 4.0 Planning Meeting
Wednesday, October 6th, 7:00 pm
Radisson Hotel, 12601 West 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
RBG Bar & Grill in the Atrium

We have begun discussions with Radisson Hotel (located at 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS) to host our Cabin Fever 4.0 in their conference center during the weekend of February 4-6, 2022. We welcome input and comments from our Mid-America Mensa members as we continue our planning. Please RSVP (see your Mension) so we can schedule appropriate seating at the restaurant.

Happy Halloween!

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Have you participated in or attended an organized social event recently? Were you happy with how people behaved according to COVID guidelines and restrictions OR were you hoping for something stricter? It seems like local school districts are addressing these and similar issues and questions as schools open up for their students and regular classes. We continue to hope & work for the best outcomes. Good luck to everyone!

MAM Picnic 2021

This year’s MAM Picnic & Auction will be remembered as simply amazing! Some 50 attended, including several who had never been to a MAM event before. The weather was (almost) perfect. Because it was an outdoor event, COVID worries were somewhat decreased. Two volunteer chefs – John and Andy – ensured a great meal for us. The nearby playground was a hit. Many interesting and unique items were sold at the auction, and the money (both raised and donated) was added to MAM’s scholarship fund. Several flats of mostly canned goods were donated to Harvesters. All in all, it was a great afternoon. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the picnic & auction happen.

Ethnic Eats

Ethnic Eats in August brought almost 15 of us together at Aixois Bistro and everyone seemed to enjoy investigating a taste of French cuisine. There were escargots la bourguigonne, moules marinieres, crepes au marron, omelet, salade d’avocat et crevettes, chicken paillard, croque madame, pommes frites with truffle oil, royale with cheese, and, of course, desserts like: chocolate mousse, a meringue swimming in crème anglaise. Even the French fries (pommes frites) were tastefully authentic! In September, join Ethnic Eats at Sahara Café, 705 SE Melody Lane, Lee’s Summit, MO. Please RSVP so we can arrange a table for all of us. See the September Mension for more event details and contact info.

Tiki Party with Bonfire
Saturday, September 25th, 6:00 pm
See Mension for location details

Roast hot dogs, brats, and marshmallows and whatever Luau-Tiki fare you or we can think of. Sip a little rum punch. We’ll have some soft drinks, too. Bring a dish to share; and make it Tiki-style if you can manage it. Dress up (or down, within good reason) in Tiki style. There will be prizes for the best costumes. In addition, there may be a limbo bar and one or two other games. While the seating area is spacious enough, please do bring your own camp chairs. If this late summer, early autumn outdoor party sounds like fun to you, see your copy of the Mension for event details & contact info.

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Picnic and White Elephant Auction
Sunday, August 8th at 2:30 pm
Auction at 4:00 pm
Shelter #10 at Shawnee Mission Park
7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS

Like everything else in the time of Covid-19, things will be a little different at our first all-M, in-person event since the start of the pandemic. MAM will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and buns, condiments, individual bags of cookies and potato chips, bottled water, canned drinks, and hand sanitizer. Please bring a donation for Harvester’s rather than a contribution to a kitty.

Although there is no potluck, there are plenty of opportunities to share in other ways. Shelter #10 has many tables for gathering and safely renewing friendships. Our auction takes shared items, sells them in a fun way, and uses the money for scholarships in our area. Our donations to Harvester’s share food with those who are in the most need in our community.

Please see the August Mension (pp. 4-5) for more of the details about this event and especially if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

Walkabout KC
Saturday, August 7th at 10:00 am
Line Creek Community Center
5940 NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO

There is paved parking on the left behind the community center and unpaved parking closer to the trailhead. This is also the location of the Kansas City Northern (miniature) Railroad if you or a little one who comes with you wants to ride the rails.

Games SIG
Saturday, August 7th at 7:00 pm
RSVPs would be helpful, but they aren’t required.

Before the pandemic, we had a tradition of moving Games from home to home each month. For August, in-person Games will be returning, and a MAM member will host at his own place. Guests are encouraged to bring their own games because our host’s selection is VERY limited. Some snacks and light beverages will be provided, but guests are also invited to bring along another snack that they might want to share.

Please see the August Mension (pg. 7) for more of the details about this fun event and especially if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!