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!

07 October 2014

November Monthly Gathering: Subliminal Messages in the Media… Effective Communication or Mind Control?

Our presentation for November will cover persuasion in modern media. For example, advertisements speak two languages: One we are consciously aware of, the other is only understood non-consciously. The advertising industry especially, but the media in general, knows what works and what doesn’t because they can measure the effect a given advertisement has on sales. The advertising industry also utilizes modern testing methods to see how the brain responds to various messages. This in addition to basic research, especially on the non-conscious part of the mind. The result is that there is a growing gap between how the media, including movies and software, can affect behavior and beliefs without our awareness, and what the public is aware of. When does this type of influence become unfair? What are the legal, moral and ethical issues of this type of subliminal, subtle and camouflaged messaging, including the First Amendment? You will love this, if you love finding hidden, camouflaged, and “buried” things.

Our presenter will be Martin H. Leaf is a Sylvan Lake trial attorney, and Mensan that is involved in litigating, educating the public, and discovering what is in the “ocean of media” we have become enveloped in. He is president of the HP Benson Foundation, a public watchdog against Media abuse.

WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014
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

20 October 2014

Winter Bash

Saturday, January 17, 2015
6:00pm – 11:00pm

Berkley VFW Hall
3025 Coolidge (Between 11 and 12 Mile Road)
Berkley 48072

There will be salad, pizza, beverages, munchies, a pool table, dance floor and darts. Also featuring Magic: The Gathering, Rock Band 3 and other games.

Plenty of free parking!

In advance through January 9, 2014:
$12 for ages 12 and up
$8 for ages 11 and younger

At the door:
$15 for ages 12 and up
$10 for ages 11 and younger
Children 4 and under: Free

To use PayPal, go to PayPal.com and click on the “Send Money” tab. Enter e-mail address:
semmantics@nullsbcglobal.net and your payment amount. If registering more than one person,
please enter each registrant name in the Comments section on the confirmation page.

Or please fill out form and mail with check made payable to SEMM to:
Harley Berger
7269 Creeks Bend Court
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Any questions? Call 248-210-3563.

07 October 2014

The 2015 RG team is looking for new volunteers

The Regional Gathering is the biggest Mensa event of the year in Michigan. If you have attended SEMMantics before, you know how special it is. If you would like to get more involved, this is a perfect way to become part of our team.

To make SEMMantics happen and keep costs down, many member volunteers are needed. Jobs to be done range from small, one-time tasks to major responsibilities. Helpers are needed both before and after the actual RG.

Every year many volunteers return to do the job they did last year, or try a new one. But people move, have babies and that sort of thing—so we always need new team members. This year, these big jobs are open: Publicity Coordinator, Speaker Chair and Volunteer Coordinator. Registration is fully or partially waived for those who fill any major RG position.

We have spots for extroverts (seeking speakers or helping with hospitality) and introverts (scribe, shopping, making signs and other behind the scenes jobs to be done). We are especially in need of new members with fresh, new ideas. Working on the RG is a fun, safe way to try something different, with plenty of returning volunteers who can help.

You are invited to be part of the SEMMantics 2015 team from the very beginning. We will gather at our RG hotel, the Holiday Inn and Suites, 37529 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills MI 48335, on Thursday, November 13th, at 7 pm. We will set future dates that night, so please contact me before the meeting about your preference, if you can’t be there. We usually meet once in January, February, March and April, and always finish before 9 pm.

November 13th is the only time we will meet before the holidays. At that meeting we will set policies, talk about new events, speakers, and briefly critique SEMMantics 2014. If you cannot make any meeting in person, we are happy to have you participate via Skype or phone. Not all jobs require attending our meetings, but we welcome anyone who can, as that is where the great ideas are usually hatched.

To learn more or volunteer please contact JeanKBecker@nullgmail.com or 810.229.2113. Also look for future articles as the RG takes shape. And definitely make a note that SEMMantics 2015 will be held on April 24-26 next year.

07 September 2014

October Monthly Gathering: Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Secrets of the Deep

David Trotter has been involved in searching, diving, exploring and documenting new discoveries in Great Lakes Shipwrecks for over 35 years. His solving of “history’s mysteries” has made significant contributions to the history of our Great Lakes and provided new exploration opportunities for sport and technical divers to enjoy. Join us on Saturday October 18th, when Mr. Trotter will be with us to describe his adventures “in the deep”.

The Canton-based Trotter’s discoveries have been featured on the Discovery Channel, PBS, and NBC and in The New York Times. His articles on Great Lakes shipwrecks have been published in historical journals and national scuba diving publications.

He has searched for and found shipwrecks in all of the Great Lakes, except for Lake Ontario. Trotter spent years of effort to discover the largest schooner built in Canada, the 250-foot long Minnedosa. As a result of this odyssey, more than 2,000 square miles of Lake Huron were surveyed, with 80-90 new wreck sites discovered along the way.

Two of his finds were the steamers Daniel J. Morrell, lost in 1966 and the topic of a previous Mensa presentation, and Goliath. The Goliath was designed by John Ericsson in 1846, 15 years before he designed the ironclad Monitor of Civil War fame.

“I’m very passionate about the chance to discover and explore, to be at the right place at the right time to unwind mysteries,” he told USA Today in 2012. “Some people ask me what is the most exciting wreck I’ve found,” he added. “I say it’s the next one.”

David Trotter has been involved in Great Lakes Shipwrecks, searching, diving, exploring and documenting new discoveries for 35+ years. The solving of “history’s mysteries” has made significant contributions to the history of our Great Lakes and provided new exploration opportunities for sport and technical divers to enjoy.

WHEN: Saturday, October 18, 2014
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 August 2014

Meet-in-the-Middle Gathering

Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30 pm
(Zhu) New Century Buffet
4108 E. Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843

It’s the end of summer! Come meet Mensans from other groups at the cheapest, shortest Regional Gathering anywhere. Last year we had over 50 people attend. This year, please join us for the annual August Meet-in-the-Middle EatOut in Brighton/Howell at the New Century Buffet in Howell.

It has a great variety of food, including traditional Chinese, made-to-order sushi, a poached salmon and sirloin of beef, with real ice cream, fruit, cookies and cobbler or strudel for dessert. There are lots of choices for vegetarians and made-to-order sushi is included in the price.

We have our own room reserved at the back of the restaurant, and we can stay and talk (or play board games) as long as we want. Adult dinner is still under $10 (seniors an additional -10%) and we will even have some discount coupons. Being able to go up to the buffet anytime you arrive is perfect for such a large group with people coming and going at different times.

More information? Call Jean or Ed Becker at 810.229.2113, or Bob Strauch at bstra2012@nullaol.com, or James Draper at 810.744.1242.