October Testing Continues at a Great Price!

Good News! If you missed our previous October testing opportunities, there’s one more chance to take advantage of this great price. We have scheduled an additional testing session for Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 pm at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS. This session will be held in Study Room #9. It’s not a large room, so if you would like to reserve a place at this session, please let me know.

Thanks for your interest in Mensa.

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

Hunting for the Haunted

So, as to not cast any shadows on the whole concept and theory of occult studies, let me begin by introducing you to a psychic investigator and a former member of Mensa, Maurice Schwalm. Maurice Schwalm passed away on January 3, 2001 at the age of 72 years. Yet, he spent many years and much of his life as a member of the American Society of Psychical Research and the Mensa Education & Research Foundation (MERF). His Occult Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) was somehow connected with Mensa – but his bright fame was from the mark, or impression, he placed upon the public through radio, literature, and other news outlets. Something of a ghost was nearly always present in his work whether in pictures that he captured with his camera (with a “ghost hand” inside, he felt) or in the writings he left to us. Supernatural images could be found, from premonitions of the Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse to Polaroid shots of people dancing where there was no one physically present.

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, the spirits must have been more active. A series of Mr. Schwalm’s occult studies were published as articles in the Mension (the official newsletter of Mid-America Mensa). Around Halloween every year, local news reporters would consult with our resident expert, Mr. Schwalm. Also, the Johnson County Library has multiple copies of Maurice Schwalm’s collected papers in the vertical files at the Central Resource Branch. Just look for the folder marked ‘Haunted Places – KC Area’. Or, check out his book ‘Mo-Kan Ghosts: The Casebook of a Kansas City Psychic Investigator’. Whether it’s fact or fiction depends upon your own system of belief and your best perception of things.

In the meantime, have some fun this Halloween with whatever you are wanting to do. Oh, and by the way, Mid-America Mensa is hosting a Halloween party as it does almost every year at this time. Gather up your friends, grab a costume and a few props (and maybe a good, reliable recording device!), and search for yourself for that which has never been seen or heard before. Whether the supernatural is a paranormal haunting or something else entirely is going to be strictly a matter of your interpretation and opinion.


LibAnswers – https://answers.jocolibrary.org/faq/209478
Ghost Dance – https://www.thepitchkc.com/news/articles/20606408/ghost-dance
Haunted Kansas City – https://info.umkc.edu/unews/haunted-kansas-city-mysterious-tales-from-kansas-citys-past-and-present/

Voting Soon on MAM’s Proposed Bylaws Revisions

Mid-America Mensa (MAM) is asking for a hand with the approval of its most recently proposed Bylaws Revisions. MAM’s Bylaws were last revised (and approved) in 1998. Now, on September 7th, 2018, we have received approval from the American Mensa Committee (AMC) Bylaws Review Committee for the revised Bylaws – as approved by the MAM Board on August 9th, 2018. This approved set of Bylaws will bring our local bylaws into compliance with the AMC’s Minimum Standard Bylaws (MSB). https://www.us.mensa.org/lead/policydocuments/minimum-standard-bylaws/

Every member must now be given the opportunity to review and vote yea or nay. If approved, these recently proposed bylaws revisions will be taken as the Bylaws of Mid-America Mensa. If not approved, we are still bound to follow AMC’s Minimum Standard Bylaws. Hence, your ballot will soon be included in the next (November 2018) issue of the Mension. Details regarding the voting process will be included with the ballot. So, as a member of Mid-America Mensa, your vote counts in an important sense and way. Thus, now is a good time when you can help us shape the present and future of Mid-America Mensa.

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to the Mension editors for some of the information included here, and especially to MAM’s Board and AMC’s Bylaws Review Committee for giving us this historic opportunity to exercise our participation and vote.

Are You Thinking about Testing for Mensa Membership?

Great News! Testing in October 2018 will be at the discounted rate of $30, rather than the current price of $60.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 1:30 pm
Johnson County Central Resource Library
9875 W. 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

The test session will be held in conference room number two. Please arrive 10-15 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.

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 https://www.us.mensa.org/join/testscores/qualifying-test-scores/

Thanks for your interest in joining Mensa.

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

Admissions testing will also be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 6th,
at Columbia Public Library in Columbia, MO. To reserve a space,
contact Darryl Smith at [email protected] or (573) 342-9278.

MAM Members: We want to feature your artwork!

Several paintings, used with permission from Wes Benson, were featured in earlier posts. Wes is a Kansas City based artist, a Mid-America Mensa member, and a recent contributor to the Mensa Bulletin. So, would you appreciate more artwork featured here from time to time? If you have created artwork and it is ready to be shared here, please let the Web Editor know about it – so that your artwork can be posted here soon!