News & Notes

Call for Mensa Scholarship Judges

We’re looking forward to another fun and rewarding judging season for Mensa scholarships. In case you missed it, one of our local submissions last year won a coveted $7,000 STEM Scholarship for Women in its inaugural year. We couldn’t have been any prouder. The number and dollar amount of the Mensa Educational 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, we will be contacting you and urging you to repeat! If you have never judged before, please let us know that you want to get involved. We need and value your contribution. Judging will take place from January 16 to February 15, 2022. As in previous years, there will be two separate rounds of judging, so we should be able to fit your schedule.

Cabin Fever 4.0 Planning Meeting

Wednesday, December 8th at 7:00 pm
Radisson Hotel, 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
RBG Bar & Grill in the Atrium

We continue to refine our plans for Cabin Fever 4.0 scheduled to be held February 4-6, 2022. We will review the planned agenda and discuss potential presenters, board game tournaments, and other entertainment options. Please join with us on Wednesday, December 8th. We welcome your input and comments! Also, please check the December Mension for contact details and then RSVP so we can arrange appropriate seating at the restaurant if you plan to attend.

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, December 11th at 1:00 pm
Legends of Asia
1853 SW 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO

In November, Nepalese seemed to appeal to many as a dozen MAM-bers joined us at Yuva Eats in Olathe. In December, Coordinator Karin Miller extends a special invite to all members to attend a holiday celebration hosted by Ethnic Eats during their usual SIG meeting. While the usual plan circles around comestibles and conversation, in honor of the season, we will have a box for Harvesters donations and a bag for Toys for Tots, and we would welcome any MAM-ber and their family to join us. RSVPs are appreciated because, although the place is large enough for all of us, we’d like to arrange tables together. We hope you can make it. Happy holidays!

Ad Astra Mensa

Monday, December 13th at 6:00 pm
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
417 SW 27th Street, Topeka, KS

Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, and environs) met Monday, November 8th, in person at the Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant, our first gathering at the Blind Tiger since early 2020 (and only our second in-person meeting since then). Everyone seemed to enjoy seeing each other in person for a change. In December, the Blind Tiger has agreed to reserve the Den for us again, and thereafter on a regular basis, so we will meet there Monday, December 13th at 6:00 pm. Please check your copy of the December Mension for contact details and then RSVP so we can let them know how many of us to expect.

Free Score Evaluation in November

Free Score Evaluation in November

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 can be. 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

Oral History Project

By now most, if not all, of our members have received information about the Oral History Project. The initial contact was by email, with follow-up postcards and email, with a return address of American Mensa, Ltd, Oral History Project, and signed by Executive Director Trevor Mitchell. The communications asked members to call a number to verify their membership information and share their stories. When users call the number listed, they are greeted by an operator who goes through a lengthy series of questions, and then ends with an invitation to purchase a book package for the yet-to-be-published book. The official description of the project can be found on the national Mensa website:

Cabin Fever 4.0 Planning Meeting

Monday, November 1st, 7:00 pm
Radisson Hotel, 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
RBG Bar & Grill in the Atrium

We continue planning with the Radisson Hotel for Cabin Fever 4.0 to be held on February 4-6, 2022. We will review the planned agenda and discuss potential presenters, board game tournaments, and other entertainment options.  We would welcome members’ input and comments! Check out your copy of the November Mension for more information about this – like how to RSVP so we can schedule appropriate seating at the restaurant.

Walkabout KC

Saturday, November 6th, 10:00 am
Leawood Park
10601 Lee Blvd., Leawood, KS

Meet at the swimming pool parking lot on the left just inside the gate. We will walk along part of the Tomahawk Creek Trail.

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, November 13th, 1:00 pm
Yuva Eats
14967 W 119th Street, Olathe, KS

Grunauer in October was lovely and not very expensive. Half a dozen of us gathered for a nod to Oktoberfest. COVID has been hard on German restaurants in town. Among the tastes that tempted us were: a cheesy spaetzle, a very filling steak sandwich, a quinoa salad, Hungarian goulash, and the alpine meat and cheese tray with spicy mustard, red cabbage, pretzel roll, and rye toast. Several of us tasted the German beers. Overall, it was a tasteful adventure with great service. Join us at Yuva Eats, a progressive Nepalese Indian kitchen, in November — and please RSVP.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mensa Membership Month 2021

We have an exciting opportunity in October, as our Local Group testing is half off to promote Mensa Membership Month — $30 instead of the regular $60 fee! In addition, we currently have the following test session scheduled in our Mid-America Mensa local area.

Saturday, October 23rd, 10:00 am – in conference room number 3

Lenexa City Center Library
Johnson County Library
8778 Penrose Lane
Lenexa, KS 66219

The test sessions will be held in conference room number 3. The fee for testing during October is only $30. 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is extremely limited. 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.

In keeping with guidelines established by American Mensa for in-person contact, the following requirements must be met to attend:

  • Face coverings are required. Please bring your own, as these will not be provided.
  • You must pre-purchase a testing voucher from the American Mensa website. Here is a link to the site:

  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is encouraged to postpone in-person testing at this time.

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 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]

News & Notes

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!

News & Notes


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.