News & Notes

June is usually a banner month and it is the official start of summer. Do you feel lucky? The sixth month of the year is somewhat lucky especially if you are having a wedding or if you just want to see another significant event like the Summer Solstice. Both of these events in June are remarkable for many of us. In addition, it’s perhaps the most fun time of the year. This web editor is thinking that this is possibly because of the longer daytime hours and the warmer daily high temperatures. It does seem like June offers something for everyone to find enjoyment in just by accepting and embracing it.

The Millennial/Gen X team got their tail-ends handed to them at trivia night at the Hi-Dive, so they are upping the ante and playing for money in June at the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill trivia night, June 5th. Trivia starts at 8 pm and each player puts in $5 (no matter team size). Be there at 6:30 pm to help us stake a table, and order one of the tasty, tasty burgers. According to The Food Network’s Meat and Potatoes and The Pitch, their burgers are the best in Kansas City. If you’re a Millennial or GenX-er and a Mensan, then come join us!

The Full Moon SciFi SIG launch event in April was fun. Everyone seemed to enjoy the campy send-up of Octaman provided by the folks from RiffTrax. So, next don your Browncoats and Jayne hats because we ‘aim to misbehave’ and screen Joss Whedon’s terrific ode to being on the wrong side of history: Serenity. Check the June Mension for more details (and the right contact info) about attending this shindig event. Hopefully more Mensans will want to connect with this new SIG! Also, join the FullMoonSciFi Yahoo group for a chance to participate in selecting the content of future screenings.

Mensa Testing in May

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

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am

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

The test session will be held in conference room number two. 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. 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:

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:

As a special promotion during the month of May, Mensa is offering another pricing option. You may pay just $100 for testing which also includes the first year of membership dues.

Thanks for your interest in Mensa!

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

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May is another exciting month in which to embrace traditional roots – and, of course, there are May flowers – before other outdoorsy adventures really start to get warming up. In a sense, May is like a goddess (Maia) for all of us to anticipate and to appreciate her natural beauty. Traditionally, one major event in which to participate is graduation (or Commencement) from whichever school you might be attending. Indeed, May is ‘grow time’ so don’t let it slip past you.

Among all the social events happening in May here in Mid-America Mensa land are these following few for members to consider joining in on:

First, Walkabout KC is going to Loose Park on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 am, for walking through the famous rose garden. As noted earlier in April’s News & Notes, we’ll see if there are any May flowers after a month of showers! Check the May Mension for more details (and the right contact info) about attending this next walkabout event.

Second, Ethnic Eats has a new contact person (Paul) if exploring a wide variety of cuisines and atmospheres is on your plate. What’s next on Paul’s schedule for Ethnic Eats is (hint:) Salvadoran on Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 pm. Check the May Mension for more delectable details (and the right contact info) about attending this next dinner event.

Also, in May, the Full Moon SciFi SIG will explore the Ghost in the Shell franchise. Join in for a bit of Japanese immersion and don’t forget to check out the FullMoonSciFi Yahoo group where you can rub elbows with other alpha-nerds. Check the May Mension for more details (and the right contact info) about attending this extraordinary event.

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April is usually a month when we can maybe see what may be just about to happen. April showers bring May flowers, right? This month can be exciting in other ways too if you think about it, and if you are willing and able to look for the beauty coming out all around. Many new opportunities are just about to spring up before us here in Mid-America Mensa.

First, MAM’s walkabout is about walking. If you want to come and get physical with a group of other members, then join us at Roe Park, 10400 Roe Ave. in Overland Park, KS, on Saturday April 6th, 11:00 am. Check out the April Mension for more details (and the right contact info).

Next up, the very first event of MAM’s new Full Moon SciFi SIG (Special Interest Group) will be RiffTrax Live: Octaman. For those who are interested, this event will be at the AMC Town Center 20, 119th & Nall Ave. in Leawood, KS, on April 18th, 7:00 pm.

Tickets are available online at:

Also, seats are filling up fast! We currently have the block of seats from E3 to E8. If you wish to sit near the group then consider getting seats near this block.

Finally, if drinking and enjoying coffee, or rather caffeine, is your thing, then check out the April Mension for more details (and the right contact info) about the Caffeine Crawl. This year’s spring crawl is April 26-28. We’ll be looking for a route to take together on Saturday morning, April 27th. It’ll be a good time!

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Did you know that Spring derives from what leaves do (which is spring from their buds) during this next wonderful season? It is also when we can look forward to resetting all of our clocks and watches ahead by one hour. Spring may still be somewhat hidden but it is slowly starting to show signs around here again. So, this should be like an alarm clock which is about ready to go off and remind all of us about renewal.

First, Mensa testing in March can be added to the calendar for Saturday, March 23rd, at 10:00 am. This upcoming test session will be held in conference room number three of the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS.

In addition, MAM’s membership year begins April 1st, so membership dues must be received at National HQ before April Fool’s Day. Another reminder may be in order for your participation in the Mensa Voucher Program (MVP). This discount code was sent to members in September 2018 and it expires soon — that’s March 31st if you have not already passed it along to a friend to use. And, thanks to all for your interest in joining up with Mensa!

It is almost time for our first New Member Party of this year. If you are interested, spring on over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews in Overland Park, KS, to meet some new (and some of the other not so new) members — Sunday, March 31st, 2019. MAM will buy soft drinks for everyone there and dinner for our new members and a guest. RSVP to Diana Dyer by email [email protected] to reserve your seat(s) and a place at a table.

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CultureQuest, Mensa’s annual trivia contest, is in the very early stages of forming teams according to the February 2019 Mension. Up to two teams will be funded by the Board of Mid-America Mensa. So, if you are interested in testing your trivial mettle against other Mensans in CultureQuest, then look for more info about CultureQuest as it becomes available in the Mension and online.

CultureQuest Update — On Sunday, April 28th, 2019, at 3 pm CDT all across America, all at the same time, teams of Mensans will be participating in CultureQuest, a contest of general knowledge trivia administered by American Mensa. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 31st! >>

Second, one of us deserves some great recognition! A core group of regular members and others accounting for six to 20 people usually attend the activities of Ad Astra Mensa in the Topeka (KS) area. Kenneth Helstrom, a member of Ad Astra Mensa, has attended every single Ad Astra event since June 10th, 2013. So, now just recently Ken has been recognized for his banner effort with a plaque which reads:

Kenneth Helstrom
Most Devoted Mensan
“We are grateful for your dedication”
Ad Astra Mensa

Congratulations, Ken!

Also, in other related news, MAM’s Tony Jackowski has qualified as a candidate for the position of 2019-2020 Heartland Region Vice Chair in the April elections. Look for more info about Tony’s run for RVC in upcoming issues of the Mensa Bulletin. Good luck, Tony!