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!

02 August 2014

September Monthly Meeting: On being an “alien”… Doing scientific research on the survivors of the Atomic Bombs

Join us on Saturday, September 20th, when our guest, Dr. James Trosko, Professor-Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics/Human Development, College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, will share his experiences as the Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan (The Institute responsible for monitoring the long-term effects of the Atomic Bombs on the survivors and the offspring of the survivors). Dr Trosko will also discuss the cultural sensitivities that had to be observed, which are inherent in fundamental cultural differences between the Western world view, shaped by a dualism of observer and nature and the sense of individual “freedom” (Western view), and by the world view of the Japanese, shaped by the physical factors of that island and philosophical influences inherent in its history that led to the values of cooperation, obedience and adherence to tradition, as well as “Elegance with simplicity”.

WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 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

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.

04 August 2014

London Mensa BBQ in Ontario, Canada

Saturday, September 27, 2014
1pm onwards

The BBQ will be held at Pavilion #3 on Cove Road which is right on the fabulous Lake Huron shoreline of the town of Goderich near the Goderich harbour and the Goderich salt mine (the world’s largest!) Goderich is about an hour’s drive north from Port Huron which makes it about a two hour drive from Detroit. There will be a Mensa quiz and a tour of the salt mine.

RSVPs required. Contact Host: Pete Fuchs, petefuchs@nullbell.net

This is a Potluck BBQ. Attendees are asked to bring something to BBQ, a dish to share, and beverages of their choice — with Pete Fuchs as host providing condiments, tableware, charcoal, tools, and the pavilion rental for the day.

Gather some friends and make a weekend of it! There are some interesting options to choose from – from camping to luxury. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park (519-389-9056) Right on Lake Huron about 40 miles north of Goderich. Camping and trailer sites, plus they have yurts! Clean, heated, bug proof, with two double beds, electricity, and lights – but BYO, sheets and towels (so, bring a sleeping bag and a towel). Hot showers and nice restrooms are close to each campsite and yurt. There are several nice short hikes within the park. Around $20/night.

Bedford Hotel (519-524-7337) A quaint old hotel right on the eight-sided “square” that is the center of the town’s activity. No AC and no elevators, but nice hotel and excellent location. About $100/night.

Albion Bed & Breakfast (519-440-0675) Excellent ratings and location — walking distance to the shoreline. About $100/night.

Ben Miller Inn & Spa (519-524-2191) An upscale place with an excellent restaurant. About 5 miles from Goderich. Definitely the most luxurious of the choices and good value for the money. About $130/night.

Goderich also has the usual standard motels, around $80/night.

25 June 2014

August Monthly Gathering: Michigan’s Archaeological Trilogy

Join us on Saturday, August 16th as we time travel into the past! A presentation on three ongoing archaeological investigations will provide us with a glimpse of some of Michigan’s rich historical heritage from the British colonial period, the War of 1812, and the twilight of the Age of Sail on the Great Lakes.

Guiding us on our journey into Michigan’s past will be Daniel Harrison is a practicing maritime archaeologist specializing in the Great Lakes. He holds Masters Degrees in Library Science, History, and Anthropology, and is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, at Wayne State. Mr. Harrison divides his time between his position as Reference Librarian at Henry Ford College, and his field and archival research as a consulting archaeologist with the Detroit Historical Society, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the National Park Service. He received the Historical Society of Michigan’s award for outstanding preservation and conservation in 2012 for his work on Hull’s Trace, America’s first military road, dating from the War of 1812.

WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 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