News & Notes

Theodore Talks Information

Sunday, January 23rd at 2:30 pm via Zoom

The first Theodore Talk for 2022 is What’s Love Got to Do with It? Writing a Harlequin Romance Novel. Elle Jackson, Harlequin’s first Black author of Historical Romance, will discuss her latest novel, A Blues Singer to Redeem Him, her love of writing, and writing about love. A Blues Singer to Redeem Him is set in the time of the Tulsa Massacre and is a story of interracial romance and the hatred that permeated society in the 1920s. Jackson has been writing for more than twenty years. She has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Seton Hill University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pittsburg State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has written everything from children’s books to erotic romance. As Jackson puts it, she loves, loves, loves writing and reading.

Theodore Talks take place on Zoom the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm. You must register for each lecture with an email address associated with your Zoom account.

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, January 8th, 1:00 pm
Jazz a Louisiana Kitchen – Located in the Legends Outlets
1859 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS

Ethnic Eats celebrated the holiday season and our friendships at Legends of Asia in Blue Springs. About a dozen of us met with our contributions to Harvesters and Toys for Tots. The buffet was outstanding, with fresh sushi, a Mongolian grill along with the more traditional Chinese dishes plus quite a few non-standard ones, including several varieties of seafood. January will find us up north at Jazz a Louisiana Kitchen, looking for some spicy food to warm up those winter blues. RSVP are appreciated so we can sit together; check the Mension for more details. ~Karin Miller, Ethnic Eats Coordinator

Mensa Cares Community Service

Several years ago, a group of MAM members could’ve been seen volunteering to cook a meal for the families at one of the Ronald McDonald houses by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. It was an enjoyable and meaningful way to serve others during their time of difficulty. You may not know that American Mensa has a Community Service committee, which encourages Mensa members to get together and help in their communities where help is needed. MAM will soon be offering an opportunity to gather and help Harvesters at their volunteer center in March or April. Be sure to check your Mension for more information and details about this topic when it becomes available. In addition, please let us know if you are interested in coming with us to help Harvesters!

Happy New Year!

Joining a MAM Zoom Meeting (Revised)

Joining a MAM instant meeting via email is simple!

First, you need to download the Zoom client app:

What else is required?

You will need a Meeting Identifier. This is a 9, 10, or 11 -digit number. Other numbers may be required as needed.

Then, can you open your Zoom client?

If so, then you can click: ‘Join a Meeting’.

In addition, you may have to enter the Meeting ID, your display name, & a Passcode number.

Select other features as desired.

Then, click ‘Join’.

In conclusion, there are going to be many ways to join an online Zoom meeting (or party), but don’t feel at all frustrated by it when you get invited. There are many options you will never use.

Remember: Keep your background undistracting, mute your mic sometimes, and be sure to use Gallery view mostly.

Source info for this MAM update was from as follows (accessed on December 17, 2021) —

Mensa Practice Test Promotion

Mensa Practice Test Promotion

It is often stated that intelligence is simply defined as ‘the ability of a person to adapt to change’. If this is so for you (at a high level), then you may want to learn more about joining up with a high IQ society like American Mensa and Mid-America Mensa. Do you think you have what it takes to belong where brilliance belongs and especially here in the heart of America?

Do you know that there are often discounts on American Mensa’s practice test, our Local Group (LG) testing, and even the Prior Evidence review by American Mensa? In January 2022, for example, American Mensa is offering a $1 Mensa Practice Test as a month-long promotion for candidate lead generation. [Note: Head on over to Take the Online Mensa Practice Test and then click on Purchase Practice Test.] Leveraging this is a great way for Mid-America Mensa to grow our local group’s prospect pool and eventually convert would-be members to members through immediacy and additional financial incentive. In addition, besides a national promotions calendar of the year’s scheduled promotions, please note that there may be unplanned flash promotions throughout the year based on external causes and/or opportunities.

If you think you are interested in and might be qualified for admission to Mensa, would you accept this offer and opportunity? Are you Mensa material?

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!