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!

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, 2016
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

Buy your tickets online!

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’

03 April 2017

May Monthly Gathering: Terror In the City of Champions

Author Tom Stanton will discuss his New York Times bestseller Terror in the City of Champions. Named as a 2017 Notable Book by the Library of Michigan, Terror… tells a true story of murder, baseball, and the nefarious Black Legion secret society that flourished in mid-1930s Detroit. The book opens with the arrival of Mickey Cochrane, a fiery baseball star who rouses the Great Depression’s hardest-hit city by leading the Tigers to the 1934 pennant. A year later he guides the team to its first championship. Within seven months the Lions and Red Wings follow —all while Joe Louis chases boxing’s heavyweight crown. Amidst such unrivaled sports glory, the Klan-like Black Legion is executing a wicked plan of terror, murdering enemies, bombing meeting places, flogging associates, and contemplating armed rebellion. Among its tens of thousands of members are politicians and prominent citizens. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss has called Terror in the City of Champions a “captivating slice of American history.” Columnist George F. Will has praised it as well, and in a starred review Kirkus commended it as “first-rate reporting and a seminar in how to employ context in investigative and historical journalism.”
Tom Stanton is author of several books of nonfiction, including the critically acclaimed Tiger Stadium memoir The Final Season and the Quill Award finalist Ty and The Babe. A professor of journalism at the University of Detroit Mercy, he is a former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. He lives in New Baltimore, Michigan.
 
Join us Saturday May 20th, to learn more about some of Detroit’s least known, and most sinister, history. Doors open at 7pm. The program begins at 8pm.
 
Northwestern Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48075
 

22 March 2017

Free Screening of “Gifted” for Mensa Members

FOX Searchlight has extended free screenings of its newest release, “Gifted,” for members of American Mensa in select areas. Frank Adler (Chris Evans), is a single dad raising a child prodigy — his spirited young niece, Mary (Mckenna Grace) — in a coastal Florida town. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are disrupted when the 7-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.

The showing in the Detroit area is on 4/4/2017 at 7:00 PM at AMC Livonia 20, 19500 Haggerty Rd.

If you would like to attend, visit this link: https://www.us.mensa.org/welcome-to-our-site/free-screening-of-gifted-for-mensa-members/

All seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis. “Gifted” releases in select theaters April 7 and nationwide April 21.

13 February 2017

MAGC Scholarships

*** UPDATE: The deadline has passed. ***

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is pleased to announce that in 2017 it will once again offer Summer Scholarships. This year, two $300  scholarships will be awarded. Interested students can use our online application, which provides applicants with an easy, streamlined method of applying.
 
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be nominated by a current MAGC member (parent, teacher, family friend, etc.). You can also become an MAGC member in order to sponsor someone. Membership is only $25 per year, and you can join online using the Membership Application. Membership status will be verified prior to award announcements. Winners must agree to submit verification that the scholarship money was used as planned, as well as a short review of the summer experience for possible publication in the MAGC newsletter.
 
The online application will be available from now until the deadline of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2017- less than a week from now. Applications must be received online by the deadline to be considered for an award. There are no exceptions to the due date. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, March 31, 2017. Check out the website, www.migiftedchild.org, for more information, or go directly to the scholarship application form at scholarship application.
 
We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck to all our applicants!