Welcome to Southeast Michigan Mensa!

Mensa is the largest of the international high-IQ societies. The purpose of our Southeast Michigan chapter is to provide opportunity for intellectual and social belonging and networking among diverse people. Bookmark this site to see SEMM’s calendar of events for members and their guests. In addition to local events and monthly meetings, SEMM hosts a Winter Bash (games party), SEMMer Bash (picnic), and a Regional Gathering held each April, known as SEMMantics. We're also on Facebook and Meetup!

31 July 2016

August Meet-in-the-Middle

Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 pm

It’s the end of summer!  Come meet Mensans from other groups at the cheapest, shortest Regional Gathering anywhere.  We loved Block Brewery hast year so we are returning!  We have our own room reserved and we can stay and talk (or play board games) as late as we want.


Please join us for the annual August Meet-in-the-Middle in Brighton/Howell at:

Block Brewing Company

1140 South Michigan

Howell, MI  48843



Block Brewing features many in-house brewed craft beers, including root beer, at reasonable prices.  They use local and Michigan based suppliers for products used in all their recipes.  Spent grains from the brewing process are repurposed as feed for area farmers.  And it is super easy to find, directly off the freeway.


They are also known for their dry rubbed and smoked in-house meats, award-winning sauces, hand-cut fries and house-made cornbread.  Entrée salads are $9-11.  Pizzas range from $7 (cheese) to $14 (smokehouse meats).  They have BBQ regulars like ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked turkey.  They also have fish dinners ($13 &18), burgers ($9-14) and other sandwiches ($9-11).  Vegetarians will find veggie pizza, house-made Mac & Cheese, and cheddar ale soup.



Take I-96 to the D-19 exit (#137).  Turn north towards downtown Howell.  Block Brewing is on the left (west) almost immediately.  From M-59 take Michigan Avenue south through town.  If you cross I-96 you’ve gone too far.


More information?  Call Jean or Ed Becker at 810.229.2113, or Bob Strauch (734-973-6522, 734-604-3791c; bstra2012@nullaol.com) or James Draper (810.744.1242).

29 August 2016

Mr. Mensa? Of Course I Know Him; He’s Me! by Tommy Patrick Ryan

First of all, yes that title is a Star Wars reference. Secondly, guess what? Mr. Mensa 2016 is one of your very own, and I’m very proud to say that he in fact the writer of this article. What or who is “Mr. Mensa,” you say? Well, I’m glad you asked me that! Mr. Mensa is a fundraising event (for the Mensa foundation) that is held every year at the Annual Gathering. It’s a somewhat tongue-in-cheek “beauty” pageant with all male participants. Much like other beauty pageants, there is a talent portion, a formal wear portion, Q&A, and a “sexy legs” portion, which is basically the equivalent of a swimwear competition. It’s all in good fun and, extremely entertaining to watch and participate in, bribing the judges is encouraged, and the winner is crowned Mr. Mensa. But not so uneasy lies the head that wears this crown!

Since the theme of this year’s AG was “Mensa-con” (San Diego, where the AG was held, is famous for having the biggest “Comic-Con”), my love of comic books and things came in handy. For the introduction, I came out dressed as Spiderman, removed my mask, and announced that I was from SEMM, where with great brain power come great responsibility. I followed this up with sexy legs wearing Batman socks and briefs and a Darth Vader workout shirt. I later learned that I tied for first with a gentleman in scuba

gear. Then it was talent. In Batman t-shirt and jeans, I played my version of the Rolling Stones tune “Sympathy for the Devil.” It was a crowd favorite, as was evidenced by getting a large number of votes in the form of donations. Next was the formal wear competition. I wore my Irish kilt and used this opportunity to bribe the judges. I gave out little bottles of Jameson Irish whisky, and said “Water of life, shed for you” in an Irish brogue as I handed out each one. The Gaelic word for whisky means “water of life.” This worked, as I later learned the judges gave me first on that portion. The last was the Q&A. I was faced with a difficult decision between boobs and bacon. The details of my answer are a little long for this forum, but suffice to say the judges enjoyed it enough to score me second on that portion.

Shortly after this, the winner was announced…and it was ME! I was mostly just glad to have had fun and entertained the audience, but the crown and sash they gave me were pretty darn gratifying. All the contestants were auctioned off for a date (I took my date to the zoo!), raising even more money for the Mensa foundation. I spent the rest of the weekend wearing my “royal vestments,” (as was more than suggested by other former Mr. Mensas), and generally enjoying the modicum of celebrity afforded by my victory. It was a great time, and I’m proud to have brought the title home to our very own SEMM!

29 August 2016

September Monthly Gathering

The Long and Winding Road:

The Beatles’ Impact on Popular Culture in America

The Beatles – Their songs, films, album concepts, theater, cartoons and more. How did they become so influential in shaping the sixties and an entire generation? What value do they have in our lives today? Why were they so much more important than other rock groups in the 60’s…or since? Why are they just as popular in the 21st century as best- selling artists, as they were in the last century?

Guided by Wayne State University professor M.L. Liebler, we will listen, view, and discuss all things Beatles, including the history, the myths, the legends, the secrets, the lies, and the reality of it all. Along with a viewing of previously unseen video footage and rare items!

Join us on Saturday, September 17 for a look back at a world-wide phenomenon that helped define a generation. Come to remember…come to learn more!

Ready! Steady!! Go!!! Roll up for The Magical Mystery Tour!

WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016
6:00 pm: The ExComm business meeting begins. All members are welcome to attend.
7:00 pm: Mingling begins.
8:00 pm: Program starts.
ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, Adult guests: $5; Children 13 and under: $3
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday
LOCATION: Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church

24 July 2016

Finding Your Fellow Mensans

We know about what is going on in our local group through M-Pathy, our website (MensaDetroit.com), facebook pages (SEMM and SEMMantics) and occasional special emails if American Mensa has your current email address and you have given permission to share it within AML.  (See http://mensadetroit.com/notification-help/ to see how to do this.)

But do you think about connecting with Mensans when you travel?  Thanks to the internet, that is much, much easier than it used to be.

If you have a question about something where you will be travelling, don’t forget the SIGHT Program.  Most American Mensa groups also have SIGHT coordinators.  Go to US.Mensa.org/Connect/Local groups to find contact information for local group officers across the country.  Also see US.Mensa.org/Connect/SIGHT for additional information on the program.  If you need more help, our SIGHT Coordinator is John Voymas (see inside the back cover for contact information for all the SEMM Officers).

If you just want to see if anything is happening when you are going to be somewhere, go to us.Mensa.org/Connect/Read/Local group Newsletters for over 140 newsletters from A-Q-Men to WoMensa.  You can do the same in over 45 countries by going to US.Mensa.org/Connect/Mensa International, where you simply click on the country to get their contact information.  Ed and I have met with Mensans on every continent buy Antarctica, which has led to unforgettable experiences.

And how many of you have discovered the fantastic possibilities of US.Mensa/org/Connect/Member directory?  Want to know who else shares your name?  No problem.  How about who lives around you?  Fill in a zip code and hit search.  Maybe you need the email address or phone number of someone you met at a Mensa event.  You guessed it—two clicks and you can find it if they have given permission to display their information.  You can even search for others who share your interests from a huge list that runs from accounting to Yoga/Pilates.

One of the primary benefits of Mensa is networking.  Here’s hoping you will make good use of that ability soon.

Jean K. Becker

Communications Officer

26 May 2016

MAGC 2016


The Michigan Association for Gifted Children’s Fall Conference promises to be an exciting, inspiring, and educational day! We hope you can join us for this great event!
Dr. Joy Lawson Davis– Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker – Author, Professor, and NAGC Board Member
“Unique Psychosocial Challenges of Diverse Gifted Learners”

Dr. Jennifer Cross
– Keynote Speaker -Author, Director of Research at the William & Mary Center for Gifted Education
“The Social World of Gifted Adolescents”
Dr. Tracy Cross – Closing Keynote Speaker – Author, Executive Director of the William & Mary Center for Gifted Education, former NAGC President
“From Underachievement to Self-Harm: How Students Cope with Being Gifted”


There will be many more sessions and speakers!

If you are a parent, educator, or friend of gifted children, this conference is for you! Register now and share this information with others!

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University Prep
Science & Math Elementary
Detroit, Michigan
                                                  MAGC Members: $50
                          Early Bird Registration – Includes Membership
                                               (through 9/10/16):  $65
Regular Registration – Includes Membership
(after 9/10/16):
Students: $25
SCECHs: $5 (available during registration)
Registration includes lunch, vendors, contact with gifted school representatives, and give-aways!
For more information, please visit: www.migiftedchild.org/conference
To register, go to: Conference Registration