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 May and known as SEMMantics. We're also on Facebook!

03 March 2014

Come to the Regional Gathering

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SEMMantics is the Regional Gathering for Southeast Michigan Mensa.

May 2-4, 2014
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
37529 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

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Registration

We have our own online registration and payment system developed by our very own Larry Arbanas. Register now for your tickets!

Prices for Current Members
$80 – through 4/15/2014
$50 – Friday Only
$55 – Saturday Only
$90 – Weekend at the Door Children under 5 – free Children 5 – under 18 – 1?2 price
Non-members and guests pay an additional $5.

Check out the current speaker line-up.

30 March 2014

May Monthly Gathering: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City

In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to re-create small-town America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts in the most complex ecological area on earth. It was called Fordlandia and its eventual demise as a rubber plantation and rise as a tropical boomtown, foreshadowed the practices that today are laying waste to the rain forest.

Join us on Saturday, May 17th to learn more about this fascinating subject. Using rare photos from the 1920s and ’30s, this little known tale of Ford Motor Company and American history will be presented by Ford corporate historian Robert C. Kreipke.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2013
6:00pm: The ExComm meeting begins. All members are welcome to attend.
7:00pm: Mingling begins.
8:00pm: 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
23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

28 February 2014

April Monthly Meeting: Detroit’s Delectable Past

Two Centuries of Frog Legs, Pigeon Pie and Drugstore Whiskey

Join on April 19th when our guest speaker, local food aficionado Bill Loomis, will give us a look back at the appetites, tastes, kitchens, parties, holidays and everyday meals that defined eating in Detroit, from the earliest days as a French village to the start of the twentieth century. Whether it’s at a frontier farmers’ market, a Victorian twelve-course children’s birthday party replete with tongue sandwiches or a five-cent-lunch diner, food is a main ingredient in a community’s identity and history. While showcasing favorite fare of the day, Mr. Loomis will explore historic foodways–how locals fished the Detroit River, banished flies from kitchens without screens and harvested frog legs with miniscule shotguns. Wedding feasts, pioneer grub, cooking classes and the thriftless ’20s are all on the menu, too.

Mr. Loomis was born in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. He has worked in television as a talk show producer for WTVS PBS in Detroit, and his writing has been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Detroit News, and Michigan History Magazine.

WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2013
6:00pm: The ExComm meeting begins. All members are welcome to attend.
7:00pm: Mingling begins.
8:00pm: 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
23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

26 January 2014

Bylaws Update in the Upcoming Election

During the March elections, we will also be voting on changes to the Bylaws. Some of the changes are to bring us up to the minimum standards for local groups in American Mensa. The other changes would be to the officers of the Executive Committee. Please read the amended bylaws so that you can be prepared to vote. If you have any questions, email info@nullmensadetroit.com.

Southeast Michigan Mensa Bylaws, amended 10/27/2013

13 January 2014

Flash Promotion – $1 Mensa Home Test

Starting now through Jan. 31, 2014, the Mensa Home Test is only $1 (a $17 savings) to anyone who visits us.mensa.org/mht.