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October is Mensa Membership Month!

Mensa membership for many members is a highly cherished, and very personal yet social, accomplishment. Becoming a member of Mid-America Mensa (MAM) makes every MAM member eligible to participate at the other levels of Regional, National, and International Mensa activities. Although we are members of our local affiliate, our Mensa memberships link us with other Mensa members around the world as members of Heartland Mensa Region 7, American Mensa Ltd., and Mensa International Ltd. Furthermore, Mensa – everywhere – is a volunteer organization. So, the more that members put into their memberships, ultimately, the more benefit and enjoyment that they will get from it.

Congratulations to Anita Ford

Anita Ford is MAM’s newest Certified Proctor! She joins Rhonda Johnston, Karin Miller, Al McMahon, and Darryl Smith as the members responsible for our Local Group testing program. Anita also serves as Member-at-Large on the board of our organization.

Local group proctors perform a valuable service and are often the first Mensan that prospective members meet. They strive to provide a fair testing experience as well as a welcoming atmosphere. A Mensa member who wishes to become a proctor must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university and the endorsement of both the group’s Local Secretary and Testing Coordinator.

Ad Astra Mensa

Monday, October 10th at 6:00 pm
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
417 SW 37th Street, Topeka, KS

On Monday, September 12th, Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, Sabetha, and environs) met in person for dinner and conversation at the Blind Tiger. We talked about Iceland, the Northern Lights, the best hotdogs in the world (in Iceland), colonoscopies, anesthesia, methamphetamines, opioids, what various drugs feel like, euphoria, drug crime prosecutions, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, the Clutter family killings, the Clutter home, the attorneys for the Clutter killing prosecutions, catching up on what everybody has been doing, family reunions, familial relations, political division and polarization within families and the opportunity it presents to love people with beliefs different than your own, Belle Starr, Quantrill, the James-Younger gang, relatives who were outlaws, COVID-19, vaccinations, gangrene, meningitis, health care, Obamacare, Medicare, quarantine, working from home, books we have read, Ukraine, Russia, Putin, Tuva, Kazakhstan, former Soviet republics, Turkey, Colorado, Irish Fest, Scotfest, bagpipes, geocaching, lithium batteries, and recycling.

Fellow Mensans: If you would like to participate in discussion of any of the issues outlined above or about whatever else interests you, please join us at the Blind Tiger on Monday, October 10th at 6:00 pm. Appetizers, dinner, a selection of freshly brewed beers, and other beverages are available. No purchase required. Guests welcome. Please RSVP to John Scheirman, [email protected] or 785-232-2836 so that we can let the restaurant know how many people to expect. ~ John Scheirman, Ad Astra Mensa Coordinator

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Tiki Party with Bonfire

Saturday, September 17th, 6:00 pm
At a private residence
Please RSVP – See Mension for details.

We’ll roast hot dogs, brats, and marshmallows and whatever other Luau-Tiki fare you or we can think of. Bring a dish to share, Tiki style if you can manage it. We’ll have some rum punch prepared for you, but you may also wish to bring your own favorite rum or other spirit or perhaps a bottle of your favorite wine to share. We’ll have soft drinks as well. Dress up (or down, within reason) in Tiki style. There will be prizes for the best costumes. Play yard games both kids and adults. Try the limbo bar if you dare. We hope you can join us this year to say Aloha/Sayonara to Summer 2022.

MAM Picnic & Auction 2022 – Recap

Our second MAM picnic following the COVID invasion was held at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa, which is best known for its incredible Christmas holiday lights displays. But since this was July, we enjoyed the shady trees around our shelter, the cool gusts of wind and the short walks to the children’s playground and parking lot. John Ford again this year displayed his grilling mastery at producing great hot dogs and hamburgers. While the prepackaged snack packs were popular nibbles, it was oh so lovely to be able to enjoy the variety of tasty potluck dishes once again. Thank you for the many volunteers who helped cover bare tables with firmly taped tablecloths, contributed food, donated items for the White Elephant Auction (which netted $246 for our local Mid-America Mensa Scholarship Fund) and made sure everything was cleaned up.

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, September 10th, 1:00 pm
Caribe Blue Restaurant KC
402 N 5th Street, Kansas City, KS
RSVPs are appreciated so we can sit together.

Buck Tui’s BBQ was & is very tasty and very Thai. Tiger Cry sauce is well named. Almost everyone liked their choices, though one person’s BBQ nachos had very tough, uncuttable beef. The X Man sandwich with three meats was popular and I loved my brisket and the Thai sausage. There was a gorgeous wall mural with the name Buck Tui printed in Thai characters, surrounded also by elements of the Thai culture: lotus, dragons, tuk tuk, pineapple, mangos, food cart, a boat, parasol, etc. ~ Karin Miller, Ethnic Eats SIG Coordinator

September Theodore Talk Information

This is a reminder that the September Theodore Talk takes place Sunday, September 25th at 2:30 pm Central.

The title is: Football Helmets and Brain Damage.

Medical research has shown that repeated head impacts to helmeted football players correlate with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) which tends to result in long-term degenerative brain disease termed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Dr. Ken Saczalski has spent decades researching the effects of impact on the human body. He has served as a technical advisor on vehicle safety matters to two U.S. Secretaries of Transportation and is a former member of the National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council. He will show examples of head impacts, demonstrate how helmets are tested, outline the variables that affect helmet safety, and identify how helmets can be improved.

Register for this presentation at:

Theodore Talks (usually) take place on Zoom the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm CT.

You must register for each lecture with an email address associated with your Zoom account. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for a free Zoom account at:

A list of future Theodore Talks can be found on the Mensa National Events Calendar. Thank you for your interest in this Theodore Talk lecture.

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Mensa Foundation Colloquium

The Mensa Foundation’s 2022 Colloquium – Giftedness Across the Lifespan: A More Complete Picture – took place on Tuesday, July 5th. It was an interesting day’s worth of entertaining and informative presentations given by a small number of highly specialized experts in the evolving subject area of giftedness.

“The Mensa Foundation wants to better the world around us through a greater understanding and support of intelligence and giftedness across the lifespan.  By taking this broader view, we encourage society to embrace individual differences, and to empower people to reach their full potential.”  ~ John Thompson, Mensa Foundation Philanthropy Director

The Mensa Foundation hosted this event both in-person from Sparks, NV, and via a livestream webinar. However, because this year’s Colloquium was the first ever to be offered in this variety of formats, the Foundation regrets that there was a small number of registrants who were unable to access the livestream.  A Team member was present who was responding to those with issues accessing the livestream during the day of the event.  For the most part, the Team member was able to provide access to those who had tried to contact the Foundation with their issue.

Furthermore, registrants will have the opportunity to access the recording (made of the entire day’s presentations) once it is posted online.  In addition, the Mensa Foundation will be sending out an email this week to all registrants with information on when and where to access the recording.  If anyone had registered and was not able to access the livestream, for some reason, they can contact Jill Beckham directly via her email at: [email protected].

Ad Astra Mensa

Monday, August 8th at 6:00 pm
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
417 SW 37th Street, Topeka, KS

On Monday, July 11th, Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, Sabetha, and environs) met in person for dinner and conversation at the Blind Tiger. This group often talks about travel, but this time it seemed like we talked about travel perhaps more than usual. We talked about tours and tour companies, hotels, air travel, and airline security, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Paris, Great Britain, Rocky Mountain National Park, subways, boats, mosques, physical challenges of travel, and fairies. Other topics discussed, in no particular order, included politics, abortion, trigger laws, the upcoming vote on a proposed Kansas constitutional amendment, eugenics, Hitler, phrenology, developmental disabilities, eye surgery, families, grandchildren, the January 6 insurrection, the January 6 committee hearings, COVID, and intelligence.

Fellow Mensans: Please RSVP to John Scheirman, [email protected], so that he can let the restaurant know how many people to expect in our group, August 8th.