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.

Free Prior Evidence Review

Free Prior Evidence Review

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

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, your fortune is shining!

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. Note: The list of tests is constantly changing as tests go through development and further review.

We know that your mind has this. Do you have what it takes to get into Mensa?

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 August, 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?