News & Notes

Cabin Fever Planning Meeting
Saturday, December 6th, 7:00 pm
Via Zoom

We got a lot accomplished at the November 15th Cabin Fever planning meeting, but it’s not over till it’s over. There is a lot involved in making a successful event like an RG. We need help and value your ideas! We have some speakers and some volunteer positions filled, but we’ve still got a way to go. What did you like best about Cabin Fever 2022? What would you like to see on the agenda for 2023? Tune in and tell us. Questions? Send an email to: [email protected]

Ethnic Eats
Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 pm
Tokyo Grill & Sushi
617 SW Highway 40, Blue Springs, MO
RSVPs are appreciated. Happy Holidays!

In November, Viona’s Italian Bistro was very popular. In December, we’re going to Blue Springs as requested by folks who live in eastern Jackson County. Tokyo Grill & Sushi does not take reservations so plan to arrive somewhat early so we can pull some tables together.

Cabin Fever Planning Meeting
Saturday, December 17th, 2:00 pm
At a private residence.

Is this a Cabin Fever Planning Meeting disguised as a Christmas Cookie Exchange? Or is it a Cookie Exchange disguised as a Cabin Fever meeting? However you may see it, bring Christmas Cookies to exchange and share a little seasonal cheer with us. There were 11 people at the November 15th Planning Meeting and there may be more this time, so plan your baking accordingly. If you don’t bake, come along anyway. This will still be a working meeting and by December 17th Cabin Fever is less than two months away.

Mensa Scholarship Judges Needed!

We’re looking forward to another fun and rewarding judging season for Mensa scholarships. Please see the full list of the many types of scholarships available. The number and dollar amount of the Mensa Foundation Scholarships are growing every year. It’s very exciting to be associated with the program. MAM local group scholarship judging for the coming year will be conducted solely online. If you were a judge last year, I will be contacting you and urging you to repeat! If you have never judged before, please let me know that you want to get involved. We need and value your contribution. Judging will take place from January 16th to February 15th, 2023. As in previous years there will be two separate rounds of judging, so we should be able to fit your schedule. If you would like to be included in scholarship judging, have questions, or just need some more information, please contact Rhonda Johnston at (913) 671-8736 or [email protected].

Mensa Test Session in November

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

Sunday, November 20th, 1:30 pm
Lenexa City Center Library
Johnson County Library
8778 Penrose Lane
Lenexa, KS

The test session will be held in conference room number 5. The fee for testing is $60. 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/lenexa

Please do call or email me to reserve your place for testing. Seating is limited, so you must have a reservation with me to attend this session. 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. 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, including birth date. Smoking is not allowed in the library. Drinks in closed containers are allowed. If you wish to pre-purchase a testing voucher you may do so at the link below: https://www.us.mensa.org/shop/pre-purchase-testing

If you have 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. Please note that during the month of November, Prior Evidence Review is being offered at no charge.

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]

Free Prior Evidence Review

Free Prior Evidence Review

Do you have what it takes to get into Mensa? In November, prospective members can apply by submitting evidence of scores from prior intelligence testing. Send us your past standardized intelligence test scores to American Mensa, and we’ll evaluate yours for free in November.

American Mensa accepts approximately 150 different test scores for Mensa membership. Nearly two-thirds of our members join by submitting their previous test scores, so why not take the plunge and submit yours now? Note: Generally, tests of achievement are not accepted, but tests measuring aptitude or ability are. In addition, the list of qualifying tests is constantly changing as tests go through development and further review.

This may be your big chance to explore something new and find your home in Mensa. Mensa has always been a home for the insatiably curious – no matter what your interests or profession are. Submit your past test scores today and begin your Mensa journey with us!

Do you have additional questions about Mensa membership?
If so, send us an email to: [email protected]

News & Notes

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 pm
Viona’s Italian Bistro
7933 Marty, Overland Park, KS

In November, let’s do something warming and comforting. Some of Viona’s house specialties include Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta Primavera, and Lobster Ravioli. Other selections cover chicken, seafood, pizza, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and desserts. How could you not find something to your liking? Still undecided?

Check out the menu here: https://www.vionasitalianbistro.com/

RSVPs are appreciated so we can sit together. ~ Karin Miller, Ethnic Eats coordinator

Cabin Fever Planning Meeting

Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 pm
Trofi Restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel
10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS

We are organizing MAM’s next Regional Gathering (RG) scheduled for February 10-12, 2023, at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. There is a lot involved in making a successful event like a Mensa RG and we need your help! Do you like board game tournaments? Are you hospitable for hospitality? Can you think of fab prizes? What other ideas are you sheltering? Come and share the fun with us. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Send an email to: [email protected]

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 20th at 5:30 pm
Tallgrass Creek, Cottonwood Room
13800 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS

MAM will serve turkey, ham, and soft drinks. Although not provided by MAM, alcoholic beverages are permitted. In addition, bring a side dish to share and a donation for Harvesters.

The doors will be open at 4:30 pm for set-up and decorating. If you can come that early (and it would be much appreciated), we would welcome your help with the prep activities.

We’d be happy to set up an extra table for kids’ games if we know in advance that Young Ms and their siblings and/or friends will be there.

RSVPs are required. See the Mension for more details and contact information.

Half Price Testing in October

Half Price Testing in October

Saturday, October 8th, 2022, at 10:00 am
Lenexa City Center Library
Johnson County Library
8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, KS

We currently have the aforementioned test session scheduled in this area. The test session will be held in conference room number 3. The fee for testing at this session in October is only $30, half of the normal $60 fee. 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:

https://www.jocolibrary.org/locations/lenexa

Please do call or email me to reserve your place for testing. Seating is limited, so you must have a reservation with me to attend this session. 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. 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, including birth date. Smoking is not allowed inside the library. Drinks in closed containers are allowed. If you wish to pre-purchase a testing voucher you may do so at the link below:

https://www.us.mensa.org/shop/pre-purchase-testing

If you have 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: https://www.us.mensa.org/join/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

News & Notes

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