News & Notes

Once falling at the end of the Roman year, February was made with less days than the other months. This year, while February is still frosty and cold, it offers an extra day just so we can all ‘leap’ into the next month with a good measure of levity and luck. Here’s some of what is happening around Mid-America Mensa in February.

First, Cabin Fever 2020 is happening this month on Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS. Among the full schedule of events now being planned are events such as a Salon with a Twist event and an Indian Dinner & Culture presentation:

  • A Salon is where/when a topic is selected and everyone is asked to offer their two-cents’ worth on the subject. The Twist: comments will be limited to one minute at a time. Everyone will have multiple opportunities, in turn with everyone else, to offer their own insights and wisdom. Contact Diana Dyer at [email protected] or (816) 765-8407 with something you’d like the Salon attendees to talk about with their usually insightful and intelligent wit in dialogue.
  • Another special treat at Cabin Fever is some delicious Indian food and a presentation by Manjari Srivastava who will describe the culture behind the cuisine she offers to please your finer culinary taste. Manjari is the driving force behind a non-profit organization called MUFFIN (Mothers United for Families in Need). One of the ways they earn money (& awareness) is to sell Indian food at local events such as the KC Metaphysical Health Fair, and in the past, at India Fest.

Next, CultureQuest® is in an early stage of planning for this year. CultureQuest® is an annual trivia contest where a team gathers in someone’s home and works together for 90 minutes to answer a packet of trivia questions. The contest will be on Sunday, May 3rd with a filing deadline at the end of March. This year, Mid-America Mensa has voted to fund two adult teams and a youth team. You can contact Paul Hough with your interest in participating or questions about CultureQuest®.

Finally, the election results for the new slate of candidates to be MAM’s Board of Directors for the April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 term have been declared by acclamation. The newly elected Board is as follows:  LocSec – Kim Jackowski, 1st VP – Larry Cork, 2nd VP – Brad Lucht, Secretary – Curt Krambeck, Treasurer – Shawn Dyer, 1st Member-at-Large Jean Plumb, and 2nd Member-at-Large Susannah Sulsar.

Mensa Test in January

We currently have the following test session scheduled in this area.

Saturday, January 18, 10:00 am

Central Resource Branch
Johnson County Library
9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS

The test session will be held in the Pickard conference room. Please arrive 10 or 15 minutes early to fill out a registration form. Here is a link to the location description and map on the library website: http://www.jocolibrary.org/locations/central

Please do call or email me to reserve your place for testing. If this session is not convenient, please let me know so I can inform you of future test dates or arrange a testing date to fit your schedule.

The standard tests administered are the Wonderlic Personnel Test and the Reynolds Adaptable Intelligence Test. A score at or above the 98th percentile on either test qualifies you for Mensa membership. We will supply all necessary testing materials. Calculators and other mechanical devices are not permitted. Please be advised that if you have taken either of these tests before with the Mensa organization you may not take them again. Candidates under 14 years of age should contact me for additional information as these tests are not calibrated for that younger age range. A parent’s signature is required if you are under the age of 18.

You will need a photo ID and the $39.99 fee may be paid by cash, check, or credit or debit card at the time of the test. Smoking is not allowed in the library. Drinks in closed containers are allowed.

If English is not your primary language, or if any conditions make testing difficult, please contact me to discuss other testing options. A Culture Fair battery of tests is available, but must be scheduled individually.

If you have any questions that I have not addressed, or if you would like to arrange to take the test at a different time, please drop me an email or give me a call. I will be glad to help.

If you would like to gain a better understanding of the testing process before you commit to the full test, you might like to try the Mensa Practice Test. You can take the test online through the American Mensa website at: www.us.mensa.org/mht

It is also possible to qualify for Mensa membership by submitting evidence from previously admitted qualifying tests. If you would like more information regarding the test scores accepted and the process for qualifying in this way, follow the directions at this link: http://www.us.mensa.org/join/testscores/

Thanks for your interest in Mensa!

Rhonda Johnston
Testing Coordinator
Mid-America Mensa
(913) 671-8736
[email protected]

Culture Fair Test Scheduled

We currently have the following Culture Fair Test session scheduled in this area.

Saturday, December 28, 10:00 am

Central Resource Branch
Johnson County Library
9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS

The test session will be held in the Pickard Conference room. Please arrive 10 or 15 minutes early to fill out a registration form. Here is a link to the location description and map on the library website: http://www.jocolibrary.org/locations/central

Please do call or email me to reserve your place for testing. If this session is not convenient, please let me know so I can inform you of future test dates or arrange a testing date to fit your schedule.

For this test session, we will be administering the culture fair test battery, primarily intended for those who do not speak English as their primary language. This battery of three tests is designed to measure intelligence without the influence of cultural climate, level of education or verbal fluency. A score at or above the 98th percentile qualifies you for Mensa membership. We will supply all necessary testing materials. Calculators and other mechanical devices are not permitted. Please be advised that if you have taken either of these tests before with the Mensa organization you may not take them again. Candidates under 14 years of age should contact me for additional information as these tests are not calibrated for that younger age range. A parent’s signature is required if you are under the age of 18.

You will need a photo ID and the $60 fee may be paid by cash, check, or credit or debit card at the time of the test. Smoking is not allowed in the library. Drinks in closed containers are allowed.

If English is not your primary language, or if any conditions make testing difficult, please contact me to discuss other testing options. A Culture Fair battery of tests is available, but must be scheduled individually.

If you have any questions that I have not addressed, or if you would like to arrange to take the test at a different time, please drop me an email or give me a call. I will be glad to help.

If you would like to gain a better understanding of the testing process before you commit to the full test, you might like to try the Mensa Practice Test. You can take the test online through the American Mensa website at: www.us.mensa.org/mht

It is also possible to qualify for Mensa membership by submitting evidence from previously admitted qualifying tests. If you would like more information regarding the test scores accepted and the process for qualifying in this way, follow the directions at this link: http://www.us.mensa.org/join/testscores/

Thanks for your interest in Mensa!

Rhonda Johnston
Testing Coordinator
Mid-America Mensa
(913) 671-8736
[email protected]

News & Notes

January, not unlike the entire calendar that we know, resulted from a great amount of political juggling (and work) by Romans including the highest priest(s) of Roman religion, political rulers of the age like Julius Caesar, and astronomers of the time. It was/is more than a whim. January is the first month of the year – and, thus, it gives each of us a fresh page on which to propagate some of the many new opportunities and interesting challenges which lie ahead. Here’s a look at a few of the happenings going on in Mid-America Mensa during January.

Mid-America Mensa will be having its third-ever Cabin Fever event on Saturday, February 22nd at Meadowbrook Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS. Cabin Fever this year will offer board game tournaments, a crochet demonstration, puzzles, a soup tasting contest, candy tasting, cheese tasting, beer tasting, a genealogy presentation, charades, karaoke, Werewolf (a social deduction game), and more!

Admission is for Mensans and their guests and children: Adults are $30 and youngsters to 18 years-old are free. Other volunteer discounts are available. So, check out the Mension for more of the heart-warming details as they become available. Please keep an eye on MAM’s Facebook events page for more information as well. Registration will be handled through Eventbrite <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mam-cabin-fever-tickets-86292764983>. Admission at the door will be $35.

Cabin Fever is still very much being planned before its Saturday, February 22nd date. If you are wanting to get involved in helping out with this event, then head on over to the Cabin Fever planning meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th at 5:30 pm in Tabard’s Ale House, 12030 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, KS. RSVPs can be left on MAM’s Facebook events page or at [email protected].

Also, Ethnic Eats resumes in January because we all want and need something to warm us up – like Korean fried chicken. We’ll be going to Koko Dak, 14856 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS on Saturday, January 11th at 1:00 pm. An RSVP would be appreciated if you are interested in being there and to ensure that the proper seating arrangements are made. See MAM’s Facebook events page or the Mension for more of the details and who to contact.

News & Notes

Symbolic trapping or shopping fun, whichever way you approach the month of December it can be a much appreciated, beautiful time of the year. Decorative lights and ornaments go up on celebrated trees. Children prepare their wish lists for the approaching visit by that jolly, old elf, Santa Claus. Gifts are exchanged by the rest of us as this is the season for tying up loose ends and putting a bow on things. So, here’s what’s going on around Mid-America Mensa.

First of all, there is a holiday fun two-for-one. Join up with the LUSH SwIG group for a filled flask ‘white elephant’ exchange at the Parlor, 1707 Locust St., KCMO, on Tuesday, December 17th, 7:00 pm. Then, stick around and join in with our Millennial/GenX/Trivia group when we play trivial pursuit with the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. Parlor is a new food hall concept in KC with two bars and seven restaurants on three floors. Check out the MAM Facebook group page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mamensa/.

Next, MAM’s Annual Christmas Dinner & Party is scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 21st at 5:30 pm. Supper will begin at about 6:15 pm. This year’s Christmas Dinner Party will again be a pot luck style supper to go along with the usual good conversation and a gift grab. Whether new or long-time member, all are welcome. Check out your copy of the Mension for more of the details and for how you need to RSVP — to ensure we prepare enough for the main course.

KC Annual Gathering 2020 Note: Kansas City is a revolution of creativity, music, food, art, and spirit… and we get to enjoy it all week long! The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center will serve as the main event hotel, with a limited number of additional rooms available at the adjoining Westin Kansas City. Programming will be split between both hotels. Attendees will need to travel between them daily via an indoor skywalk. Event and room reservations began on November 1st.