News & Notes

Symbolic trapping or shopping fun, whichever way you approach the month of December it can be a much appreciated, beautiful time of the year. Decorative lights and ornaments go up on celebrated trees. Children prepare their wish lists for the approaching visit by that jolly, old elf, Santa Claus. Gifts are exchanged by the rest of us as this is the season for tying up loose ends and putting a bow on things. So, here’s what’s going on around Mid-America Mensa.

First of all, there is a holiday fun two-for-one. Join up with the LUSH SwIG group for a filled flask ‘white elephant’ exchange at the Parlor, 1707 Locust St., KCMO, on Tuesday, December 17th, 7:00 pm. Then, stick around and join in with our Millennial/GenX/Trivia group when we play trivial pursuit with the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. Parlor is a new food hall concept in KC with two bars and seven restaurants on three floors. Check out the MAM Facebook group page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mamensa/.

Next, MAM’s Annual Christmas Dinner & Party is scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 21st at 5:30 pm. Supper will begin at about 6:15 pm. This year’s Christmas Dinner Party will again be a pot luck style supper to go along with the usual good conversation and a gift grab. Whether new or long-time member, all are welcome. Check out your copy of the Mension for more of the details and for how you need to RSVP — to ensure we prepare enough for the main course.

KC Annual Gathering 2020 Note: Kansas City is a revolution of creativity, music, food, art, and spirit… and we get to enjoy it all week long! The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center will serve as the main event hotel, with a limited number of additional rooms available at the adjoining Westin Kansas City. Programming will be split between both hotels. Attendees will need to travel between them daily via an indoor skywalk. Event and room reservations began on November 1st.

Mensa Test in November

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

Saturday, November 23, 10:00 am

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

The test session will be held in the Pickard conference room. 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/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.

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: 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: 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

November is another rock-solid month which can be full of traditional activities. Starting with what remains left of Halloween night – candy, costumes, and All Saints’ Day – then Election Day, Veterans Day, ending with Thanksgiving weekend and St. Andrew’s Day, Mensans of Mid-America Mensa have much for which to be grateful and to feel happy and blessed. We have accomplished much throughout most of 2019, so far, besides all that which is ahead of us. Now, let’s take a look at what else is happening across MAM.

Paul completes his brief stint at hosting Ethnic Eats, in November, when we head to Zona Rosa’s Swagat (7407 NW 87th Street, KCMO) and their daily lunch buffet. You’ve got to help wrap up Ethnic Eats with this event if – in Paul’s words – you’ve “been wanting to do Indian food”. And if that’s you, see the November Mension for details and RSVP with Paul.

Editor’s note: Thanks for a job well done, Paul!

Some of us are familiar with Kansas City’s fascinating and rich history of barbecue, jazz, and baseball. Well, did you know that engineering (which is another one of Kansas City’s claims to fame) has deep roots in the brewing process of beer – in other words, the distillation process of alcoholic libations has given KC another claim to its international fame? In October, the Lush SwIG (MAM’s Special Interest Group) took a tour of Tom’s Town Distillery. Those who attended were able to see the spirit-making process and ask numerous questions about bourbon, gin, and vodka. The chemistry of their setup was interesting and so was hearing an interpretation of the flavors and aromas of each beverage as they were sampled in the tasting room. If you like checking out various distilleries, brew pubs, and wineries then please consider joining us at one of the Lush SwIG meetups!

Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 pm
Oak and Steel, 120 W 17th Street, Kansas City, MO

News & Notes

Part of the great fun that October offers is the changing (new) season of Autumn which befalls upon us – always whether we are ready for it or not. Can you also feel the added pressure of the approaching holiday season which arrives toward the end of this and every year? Well, take some advice from this web editor: Let all worries fall off to the side sometimes and just enjoy the moment(s) today as a gift from above. Here’s some of what we can expect to happen in and around Mid-America Mensa during this October.

First, planning for MAM’s Cabin Fever Regional Gathering (RG) is on-going as September’s meeting had six of us in attendance. We are hoping to see more MAM members participating at the October meeting. Some of the ideas being tossed around include: board games, video games, soup contest, snacks of chips and candy, werewolf games for kids, local candy tasting event, local cheese tasting event, local beer/wine tasting, and karaoke. No RSVP is required to attend this October’s planning meeting, but a reply on MAM’s Facebook (event) page would be appreciated.

Since we are closing in on Halloween, let’s have some fun and do a “Science fiction … Woo-woo-woo … double feature”. You might have guessed it that we are going to visit the lair of everyone’s favorite transvestite-alien scientist: Dr. Frank N. Furter. So, “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” and screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come on up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! Check out the October Mension for more details of this Full Moon SciFi SIG event — and please RSVP to Bentley.

Finally, there is an event planned, sponsored by Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, and other nearby environs), for late in October – Sunday the 27th to be exact. Conversations Turning Around Knowledges and the Arts will be hosted by and with our resident humanities expert, Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson. Come and join us in exploring the implications of the current exhibition “knowledges” at the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. We will continue exploring “knowledges” and the “arts” with a visit to Stephen Johnson’s, www.stephentjohnson.com, exhibition in the Lawrence Art Center, followed by a visit to the artist’s studio in the new Warehouse Arts District, and then dinner at the Lawrence Beer Company. Please check the October Mension for more details of this event, and be sure to let Ted know if you plan to come to participate in some or all of these ‘artsy’ activities. Don’t miss this Mensa fun!

Mensa Membership Month is October!

We have an exciting opportunity in October, as our standardized testing is half off – $30 instead of the regular $60 fee! In addition, we currently have the following test sessions scheduled in this area.

Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm — in study room #13
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 am — in the Pickard conference room
Sunday, October 27, 1:30 pm — in conference room number 3

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

The October 26th test session will be held in the Pickard conference room, and the October 27th test session will be held in conference room number 3. 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/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.

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 $30 fee may be paid by cash, check or credit/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 for you, 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: 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: http://www.us.mensa.org/join/testscores

Editor’s Note: In addition, we currently have the following test session scheduled in the Columbia, MO, area. Testing will begin promptly at 10:00 am. Candidates must arrive by 9:45 am to complete all necessary paperwork prior to the beginning of the exam.

Saturday, October 26, 10:00 am
Columbia Public Library
100 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO

Thanks for your interest in Mensa!

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