News & Notes

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The weeks ahead will likely pose unknown challenges as we deal with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Imagine if you will how the limitations of this new normal will continue to effect MAM’s scheduling interests. For example, the Board conducted a vote on March 15th and they have decided to cancel the Spring New Member Party which was scheduled for March 29th. It will be rescheduled when such social gatherings are allowed and conditions improve. Because some of Mid-America Mensa’s social events may be cancelled for health concerns, cancellations can be found posted on this website’s Google calendar and on Facebook. Please do check with the host of any up-coming event before you attempt to attend!

Next, Mid-America Mensa is joining the Mensa Cares! program this year. In coordination with MUFFIN (Mothers United for Families in Need), MAM will be sponsoring a donation drive mainly during the week of April 19-25 to collect needed hygiene supplies. MUFFIN is a group that seeks to provide assistance to children in need so they can pay attention to their education instead of worrying about the basics of life. MUFFIN works closely with counselors at several schools in Olathe to fill a variety of needs to these students. More info on this Mensa Cares! project is available in the April Mension (see page 3). If you are someone just sitting at home and you like the idea of helping, but can’t get out to purchase or drop off items, please consider making a donation to MUFFIN on the Olathe Public Schools Foundation website: Just be sure to choose MUFFIN when you select a fund. Also, thanks for taking part in Mensa Cares!

Finally, from a letter by RVC7 Rich Olcott, our nationwide team trivia contest, CultureQuest®, is approaching – now scheduled to be held May 3rd – and is needing participants who know something about history, literature, science, and other trivia. Entry fees go to support the MERF Scholarship fund; so, get a team together and register at:

March Promotions

March Promotions

Do you know what your score is on a standardized IQ test? Maybe you also wonder what has happened to your score(s). Perhaps you think you have a Mensa-quality capacity to deal with information and produce Mensa-type appropriate behavior – besides, you have shown how to make the right marks in the right places on an IQ test recognized as accurate and credible by Mensa.

If so, do you want a quick and easy way to qualify for membership based on a test that you have already taken at some earlier point in your life? Then, you are in luck!

Prospective members can apply by submitting evidence of scores from prior intelligence testing. In addition, the non-refundable, one-time evaluation is waived in March.

American Mensa accepts approximately 200 different test scores for Mensa membership. Generally, tests of achievement are not accepted, but tests measuring aptitude or ability are. The list of tests is constantly changing as tests go through development and further review. So, let us know:

What is your capacity to detect, encode, store, sort, and process signals generated in the Universe and transduce them into an optimal output pattern of instructions? ~ Serebriakoff, 1998 (How Intelligent Are You? pg. 12)

In other words, we know that your mind has this, but do you have what it takes to fit into Mensa?

News & Notes

The leaves around here show that Spring is about to spring upon us. March brings the vernal equinox for us in the Northern Hemisphere. So, day and night should be exactly twelve hours long in terms of our clocks. Now, let’s take a look at what is happening in Mid-America Mensa during this March.

For March, our Ethnic Eats group is headed to Browne’s Irish Marketplace & Deli. Because St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, we are bound to find something special by attending this event on Saturday, March 14th at 1:00 pm. Browne’s Irish Marketplace is located at 3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO. RSVP to Karin Miller, <[email protected]>, if you are interested in going.

Later on, new (and not-so-new) MAM members are welcome to join us Sunday, March 29th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews, 7111 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS, for our spring New Member Party. If you are interested in attending this event, RSVP to Cynthia Heller at (913) 706-2768 or email <[email protected]>.

Finally, two friendly reminders:

  • Do you want a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon? CultureQuest® is being held on Sunday, May 3rd. If you need help forming a team or you are looking for a team to join, contact Paul Hough before March 29th. See the March Mension (or the national website) for more CultureQuest® info and all of the contact details.
  • Mid-America Mensa has been flooded with scholarship essays this year. Essays are up by almost a 50% increase in the number that will make it through to the final round. Thus, we urge all interested Mensa members and non-members to help out with judging the (final) 40-50 best essays to be presented for judging. Please contact Rhonda Johnston at (913) 671-8736 or email <[email protected]> with your questions or for more info about participating in this event.

Mensa Test in February

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

Saturday, February 29, 12:00 pm

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

The test session will be held in conference room number 2. 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:

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 $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:

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:

Thanks for your interest in Mensa!

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

February Promotions

February Promotions

“Now to the intelligence we rate so highly, the conceptual intelligence that deals in symbols, solves larger problems and begins to comprehend the universe.” ~ Victor Serebriakoff, 1985 (Mensa, pg. 197)

We all get to a place where we need to be instructed, so that our brains can act in a meaningful way. Do you know what intelligence and IQ testing can do for you?

So, the Mensa Voucher Program (MVP) is being extended through March 31, 2020. It takes a code: Ask because you’re good. Learn more about American Mensa testing here!

Once termed ‘habilete’ – or, simply the skill & cleverness of having a general ability in a range of decision-making tasks and activities – intelligence and IQ testing are the art and science of making people use that mental activity which matters most.

Thus, the Prior Evidence Review is free all month. You can learn about submitting your previous qualifying IQ test scores here!

Very similar to the huddle in one of those games of football, the smart people win where the intelligent exchange of a few short verbal cues leads us to go farther by doing more. Make the right decision: Are you game?

February 7th features an “e Day” Mensa Practice Test promotion. Act now in February and pay only $2.71. Learn more about joining American Mensa here!

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.