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!

24 January 2016

SEMMantics XXXVII Puzzle

Hello, everyone! Please see the document attached – the SEMMantics XXXVII Puzzle! Follow the instructions for a chance to win!

23 January 2016

February Monthly Gathering: Life Under ISIS

As the United States leads a coalition to thwart military advances by the Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh, middle east expert and religious scholar, Gus Mondalek joins us to explain the jihadist group’s rise, objectives, it’s operational status in the Middle East and around the world, and whether there is a real threat of extremists using the refugee crisis as a way to gain entry into western countries. The briefing will also look at the day to day lives of the people effected by ISIS or living under ISIS’s control, the future of ISIS, and the international response to this unprecedented situation.

Descended from a family of secular religious scholars, Gus Mondalek personal history is a conduit between East and West and provides a unique perspective to the situation in the Middle East. Born in Kuwait to an expatriate family, he spent his formative years in Lebanon during that country’s civil war. He is a graduate of the American University in Beirut and holds multiple advanced degrees from Lawrence Technological University. 

Join us for this rare opportunity to learn more about ISIS and everyday life in areas under its control.

WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 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
23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

Interactive map: 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/23925+Northwestern+Hwy,+Southfield,+MI+48075/@42.46475,-83.231872,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8824c9cbccd57c5d:0x89cc57e5e0a3762d

13 January 2016

URGENT- Winter Bash Notice

Due to a flood at the venue, the Winter Bash, scheduled for this Saturday, January 16, has been cancelled. However, we have re-scheduled the event at the same location, on Saturday March 19th. It will be combined with our annual election meeting. If you’ve already sent your payment and want to attend on March 19th, you don’t need to do anything, we’ll hold your RSVP. If you can’t make it and want a refund, please send Harley a message at: vp@nullmensadetroit.comYou are welcome to come and cast your vote at no charge, however, you’ll have to pay for admission to the Bash, if you want to stay. We hope to see you on March 19th! In the meanwhile please consider attending our monthly gathering on February 20th, a lecture on “Life Under Isis”. 

19 December 2015

Winter Bash 2016

WHEN:
Saturday, January 16, 2016

6:00pm – 11:00pm
WHERE:
Fraternal Order of Police Hall
28525 Beck Road, Suite 114
Wixom, 48393

Plenty of free parking at the door!
WHAT:
A chance to meet-up with about 100 Mensans and guests, who will actually get your jokes!
Food: Salad, Pizza, Dessert, Munchies, Beer, Wine and soft drinks
Stuff to do: Play Magic: The Gathering, Rock Band 3, A Pool Table, New and classic card and board games
HOW MUCH:
In advance through January 15, 2016:
$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
REGISTER TODAY!
if you’d like to pay with a credit card, 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
Mail check made payable to SEMM to:
Harley Berger
7269 Creeks Bend Court

West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Any questions? Call 248-210-3563.
See and print out the flyer here: Winter Bash 2016 Flyer

05 November 2015

November Monthly Gathering

NOTE: MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

Guarding the Kennedys

The Secret Service is the guardian of democracy. Now that’s admittedly a bold statement, but think about it. If a president is assassinated, democracy is nullified. And did you know that the Secret Service has responsibilities that have nothing to do with safeguarding our national leaders and their families? For a fascinating look behind the scenes, join us on Saturday, November 21st when Former Secret Service Agent, Radford Jones, gives us a fascinating overview of his experiences providing security for six presidents and their vice presidents as well as innumerable foreign heads of state. Among the many assignments of his 21 year Secret Service career, Mr. Jones was charged with protecting President John Kennedy and his family. Mr. Jones will share his personal recollections and photographs of the Kennedys. The presentation will also include photographs from Presidential Libraries and Secret Service archives. This should be especially poignant with this presentation taking place just one day before the 52nd anniversary of President Kennedy’s death.

During his Secret Service career Rad Jones was involved in the planning for several Presidential Inaugurations and political conventions, and dignitary visits around the world. Following his Secret Service career, he became Director of Security of the Ford Motor Company. Upon his retirement from Ford, he joined the School of Criminal Justice, at Michigan State University, where he taught a Masters level course in Homeland Security and Partnership Issues in Community Preparedness. Following the terrorist attack on 9-11, he directed public and private community partnership projects in emergency planning and response, across the United States.

In 2005 Rad was inducted into the MSU Criminal Justice Wall of Fame, in recognition of his contributions and distinguished service in the field of criminal justice. In 2009 he was recognized by Security Magazine as one of the 25 most influential persons in security. He has published articles, appeared on television and made numerous presentations on security and law enforcement topics.

WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2015
6:00pm: The ExComm business 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
Interactive map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/23925+Northwestern+Hwy,+Southfield,+MI+48075/@42.46475,-83.231872,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8824c9cbccd57c5d:0x89cc57e5e0a3762d