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!

12 September 2017

Michigan Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference

Have Gifted Children?  Work with Gifted Children?  Have questions about education for Gifted Children in Michigan?  Here’s the perfect event for you!

Come and join our friends at the annual Michigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC) conference, Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at the Roeper School, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

If you are a parent, educator, or friend of gifted children, this conference is for you!

The team at MAGC has put together  a great list of speakers, including:

  • Tom Clynes – Opening Keynote Speaker, Author, The Boy Who Played With Fusion
  • Dr. Michele Kane – Closing Keynote Speaker, Living with Asynchrony: Living with Intensities Gifted Education Program, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Andy Mahony, Mark Talaga – Center for Identity Potential
  • Ellen Fiedler, Sherry Sparks – MAGC

Please feel free to share this information with other interested parents or teachers. Looking forward to seeing you there!

More details.
Register here.

25 August 2017

September Monthly Gathering – Scam Class 101

Join us for an entertaining and informative evening designed to help raise awareness of one of the most prevalent, yet little known and under-reported types of crimes. Sadly, scams are also crimes that are often perpetrated upon our most vulnerable populations; the poor and elderly. Learn how to not be a victim of: utility worker impersonators, pigeon drops, police impersonators, computer and phone scams, and more! Our guest presenter, Robert Haig, a 27-year
veteran of the Detroit Police Department, will relate his first-hand experiences with these most insidious crimes; from identifying, to targeting and surveillance, to final prosecution.

Robert Haig was born and raised in southwest Detroit. At the age of twenty-five, he joined the Detroit Police Department and remained on the force for twenty-seven years. He walked away from a career he truly loved, bitter over the politics and inept command structures he had witnessed, and decided to write a book. Choosing the title was easy, as he had ten different
chiefs in his first twenty-five years of service. According to Mr. Haig, some were good, most were horrible. “Ten Little Police Chiefs” is his story.

Forewarned is forearmed! Join us on Saturday September 16 to learn more about scams, why they are so effective, and yet often go unreported! Actual items recovered from suspects being investigated will be available for your examination.

DATE
Saturday, September 16, 2017

TIME
Mingling begins at 7:00pm, program at 8:00pm

ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, or a strip of 4 tickets for $12
Adult guests: $5
Children 12 and under: $2
Members receive free admission
in the month of their birthday

LOCATION
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

AFTERWARDS
The gathering adjourns to –
Buddy’s
31646 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

13 August 2017

August Member Gathering – Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing Spending and Hoarding

DESCRIPTION

  • Have you ever shoplifted? About 1 out of 10 Americans shoplift regularly and 90% have shoplifted at least once.
  • Committed dishonesty in the workplace? 75% of Americans have committed some form of dishonesty in the workplace
  • Overshopped or overspent? Roughly 10% of Americans will experience a period of compulsive shopping, spending or buying.
  • Been embarrassed by your clutter and had a hard time letting go of things? 5% of Americans will suffer from a hoarding disorder.

Well, if you answered no to all of these, then you’re even more rare than a Mensa member! Most of us have either had some issues with–or known someone who had some issues with–stealing, spending and/or hoarding.

To learn more, join us on Saturday, August 19, when our guest speaker–attorney, addictions therapist, author and consultant– Terrence Shulman, founder and director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft & Spending, will guide us through an overview of these disorders.

A native Detroiter and longtime Southfield resident, Mr. Shulman has been featured on over 100 TV shows, notably CNN News, Fox Cable News, The Today Show, 48 Hours, The Discovery Channel, Oprah, and numerous local news programs. He’s written and published 4 books on addiction-recovery topics, including his latest from 2011: “Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and Hoarding.” Mr. Shulman presents seminars and speaks at conferences both locally and nationally. And in 1992, he founded the support group C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous)–one of the first groups of its kind–here in Southfield. C.A.S.A. now has 8 weekly groups meeting in Michigan, about 15 chapters in other states across the U.S., as well as online and phone support groups.
See more info at: www.theshulmancenter.com

DATE
Saturday, August 19, 2017

TIME
Mingling begins at 7:00pm, program at 8:00pm

ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, or a strip of 4 tickets for $12
Adult guests: $5
Children 12 and under: $2
Members receive free admission
in the month of their birthday

LOCATION
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

AFTERWARDS
The gathering adjourns to –
Buddy’s
31646 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

07 May 2017

SEMMer Bash 2017

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The annual SEMMer Bash is the time we come out and meet each other over food and games. If you are a new member or you haven’t yet been to a Mensa event, this is a great opportunity to see what Mensa is all about. Our Gifted Youth Coordinator has even prepared a whole day of fun and educational activities for the kids.

We will be at the Bluebird Shelter located at the northeastern point of the park.

Island Lake State Park
12950 East Grand River Avenue
Brighton, MI 48116

Saturday, July 15, 2017
11:00 a.m. until dusk

Admission fee to picnic:
$7.00 PER CHILD UNDER 10, $10.00 PER ADULT IN ADVANCE
$10.00 PER CHILD UNDER 10, $14.00 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR

Park entry fee: $11 for the state park recreation passport, payable at the gate

25 April 2017

Slides from “Paint With All the Colors of Wine!”

Presented by Kathleen Giesting and Spencer Wolff at SEMMantics 2017.

There are more choices than Red or White or Rose! Let’s look (and taste) a rainbow of colors you may not have realized exist. No artistic experience required. It’s all about the grapes and how you treat them!

Download here: SEMMantics2017 Wine Tasting Slides

Questions may be sent to Kathleen at ‘kgiesting at gmail.com’