News & Notes

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.

News & Notes

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!

January Mensa testing rescheduled

Today’s Mensa test session, Saturday, January 12th, at Central Resource Library, in Overland Park, has been canceled due to inclement weather. We will plan to hold a session instead on Saturday, January 26th at 10:00 am at Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS, in conference room #3. Please let Rhonda Johnston know if you have any questions or wish to reserve a place at this session.

Thanks for your interest in joining Mensa!

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

News & Notes

Part of my responsibility in being your MAM web editor is to communicate results, to help show an outcome. It could only boost what may be considered the ‘interpersonal’ side of this website, right? Well, let me apply a lens to what has been happening across Mid-America Mensa recently. This is what I see as some news and a few notes:

First, the voting on the Bylaws Revisions has concluded and the new changes have passed with ‘flying colors’ according to the committee Chairperson. Thus, the new Mid-America Mensa Bylaws are approved and will be published in the Mension soon.

Next, MAM’s website has been moved to a new server. A new theme has also been swapped in. Both of these changes are giving the website a fresher look and more robust feel to it. If you see something you like here — or maybe even anything you don’t like — then you can surely let us know about it.

Finally, the full slate of 2019-2020 MAM Board nominees were elected by acclamation as all positions were filled by one, and only one, nominee. These results, and changes to the governance of Mid-America Mensa, will be published in the Mension soon as well.

Mensa Testing Discounted in the New Year!

We currently have the following test sessions scheduled in this area. Due to a promotion from American Mensa, testing in January will be at the discounted rate of $39.99 rather than the current price of $60.

Saturday, January 12th, 2019 – 10:00 am

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

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:

Sunday, January 20th, 2019 – 1:45 pm

Columbia Public Library
100 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO

We will hold a testing session for potential members on Sunday, January 20th, at the Columbia Public Library. Registration begins at 1:30 pm and all candidates MUST arrive not later than 1:45 pm. Here is a link to the location description and map on the library website:

Please contact Rhonda Johnston at [email protected] for details.

Thanks for your interest in Mensa.

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

Happy Holidays!


Chris Moose — ca. 1983. Watercolor on D’Arches rough surface. Cover Artist: Paula Wilson-Cazier

Published previously in the November/December 2014 issue of WyoMensa, and also found on the cover of the December 2016 issue of the Mension.

Chris Moose does sound much like Christmas — that’s because Christmas is at the heart of this legend.

Author: Allen Northcutt
Designer/Illustrator: Christie Morris


Hoping the holiday season is merry & bright wherever you are and go in the winter wonderland of Mensa! ~ Website Editor