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 and known as SEMMantics. We're also on Facebook!

31 May 2015

Annual Mensa Summer Bash

Kensington Metropark
2240 W. Buno Road
Milford, MI 48380

Playfield West Shelter (“W”)

Saturday, July 18, 2015
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: $5.00 – day pass, $25.00 – yearly pass

Buy your tickets online!

27 June 2015

Volunteers Needed for Ann Arbor Art Fair

Fellow Mensans, we have some exciting news to share with you!

It is time to be seen at Michigan’s biggest Art Fair. SEMM has secured a booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair on July 15 & 16, 2015 (Wednesday and Thursday, only). This is perhaps the first time SEMM will be having a marketing presence at the Art Fair. We will be in the non-profit booths area on Liberty St., between 5th and 6th, at the strategic cross way between various other exhibits/events.

Lynn Broniak- Hull (new Ann Arbor Area Representative) and I are organizing this marketing event to showcase SEMM at the fair, and we need your help!

The official open hours are 10 am to 9 pm, but we will need help in (a) setting up on the evenings of Tuesday and tearing down on Thursday, (b) staffing the booths on July 15 & 16 (Wednesday & Thursday) and possibly (c) distributing leaflets to fair attendees and directing foot traffic to our booth. Perhaps kids of adult members might be a good option. There will be lots of literature and other items to hand out.

For now, we have a few requests:

1. Does anyone have an art fair type booth we could borrow (6’X6′, made of fire retardant material & rain proof)?

2. Would you like to be a member of the organizing committee?

3. Can you work a shift (4 & 6 hours) during those days? (or shorter duration if you can’t commit)

4. Do you know of, and could you subsequently refer any businesses that would offer their wares or services as marketing tools – something we could use to have a raffle throughout the two days? (for example: Restaurant: dinner for two, Book store: suitable fiction/nonfiction eBook/soft cover, Health spa/ Healthcare, Gym/ yoga sessions, etc…)

We may also need to borrow some Mensa shirts if some volunteers do not own one.

We have a planning meeting on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7 PM- 8 PM (before the monthly meeting) at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075. Please attend if you can. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to help, please contact Lynn & Kumar at marketing@nullmensadetroit.com.

27 June 2015

July Monthly Gathering

Remember all- there is no Monthly Gathering at Northwest Unitarian- July is the month of the SEMMer Bash! See the tab at the top of the page for more details and to purchase tickets!

Hope you all can attend,
JM, Webmaster

27 June 2015

June Monthly Meeting: How to Put a Man on the Moon

Many of our previous guest speakers have achieved great things, but few can compare to the exploits of our next guest, who played a pivotal role in sending men to the moon!

Join us on Saturday, June 20th when our speaker, former NASA aerospace engineer Harlan Neuville, will share what it was like to work behind the scenes during the Apollo program’s six lunar landings. Neuville worked in Mission Control managing the space ships’ navigation and guidance systems and also participated in saving the lives of the astronauts aboard the ill-fated Apollo 13. His later career included work on Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz space mission with the Soviet Union.

In a program replete with anecdotes and illustrated with photos from his personal collection, Mr. Neuville will provide us with a rare insider’s perspective of NASA during the space race that you won’t want to miss!

WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015
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

27 May 2015

From the New Communications Officer: On His First RG

My First RG:

Hi all! My name is Tommy Patrick Ryan and I recently became the SEMM communications officer! What follows is a slightly extended version of my article slotted for the next issue of the newsletter. Thanks for reading!
I joined Mensa last June as a way to meet some like-minded people who would also enjoy my math humor, and hopefully make new friends. After being a little too busy to attend very many events, I finally connected with the Gen Y group around Christmas, and also managed to attend the Winter Bash. One of the things that struck me about the Mensans I met at these functions was that they are just as varied and unique as other “normal” people, albeit with higher cognitive function and a predilection for games.
When an e-mail went out looking for volunteer(s) (my initial thought was that the parenthetical ‘s’ existed) to assist in leading the sing-along, I thought that meant just that: assist. I indicated I would love to help out, and only later discovered “helping” to lead the sing-along meant actually leading the sing-along. As I came to the meetings I found myself volunteering to help with other little projects, because I got really excited about the RG. Last year I attended GenCon, a gaming convention in Indianapolis, and it was a truly wonderful experience. When I saw the format of the RG, I realized that it was a similar type of event/convention, just on a smaller scale. That being said, food and beer being included was one perk that GenCon did not have. And the options for food and drink were great! You could go completely healthy or totally pig out!
The similarities existed in getting together with people with whom I share a common interest/acumen. At GenCon it was gaming and all things “nerd.” At the RG, it was gaming, learning, and deep thinking. I had a great time meeting new people and re-connecting with some of my first Mensa friends. I was struck by the fact that I never found myself wondering what to do next. Or rather, my wonder was only in deciding between the many fun options available. The Sing-Along ended up being more of my own personal concert, but I really appreciated the many folks who showed up, helped me turn pages in music books or use my phone for guitar tabs on requests, as well as the gentleman with the drum. I felt very supported and welcomed.
After the sing-along, it was up to hospitality for some “Cards Against Humanity.” That’s a very fun game, if not for children or the easily offended. After assisting one of my new friends in locating his room after a few too many of the delicious beers John Voymas supplied us with (that 10% ABV Belgian was quite the experience!), we ended up playing cards until after 4AM! What a hoot!
I still was so filled with energy that I woke up at 8 AM to get breakfast and hit my local gym for a yoga class. I returned for lunch and met up with some folks I had just met the night before. We headed up to the games room for some fun. I convinced Michael Johnson, fearless co-leader of Rock Band (more on that later) to try out my X-Wing tabletop miniatures game, which I think we both enjoyed immensely. Then it was Dominion and snacks with other different folks. I came in second.
After cleaning up, I again was faced with too many choices again as there were speakers I wanted to hear, games to play, food to eat, and (what I ultimately determined to do) a mead tasting. For those unfamiliar with mead, it is a honey wine. The term “honeymoon” is often attributed to a possible tradition where a newlywed couple was gifted a moon’s turn (month) worth of mead. But I digress. The mead was fun and enjoyable, and it certainly lubricated the throat for some good Rock Band singing later.
But that was only after some fun games with Bill Meyer, including the Magic: The Gathering. I took home the first place certificate! Rock Band went late into the evening (Thanks Mike and Jeff!), and I retired around 1AM so that I could get up and lead water aerobics (something I didn’t really know how to do but volunteered to fill in) at 9:30.
While I only had one attendee to the water aerobics class (thanks, Amanda!), it was worth it. I got to share some of my knowledge of fitness and breathing techniques, and it was a great way to have an active morning. The awards ceremony was very fun as well. My involvement with the RG actually led to me be tapped on the shoulder to volunteer to be the new communications officer, and I was just appointed to that post at our May monthly meeting. The meeting was also something I enjoyed thoroughly. I hope to administer the position faithfully and well. I’m very glad I got involved with and attended the RG, and I sincerely look forward to next year!