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!

13 August 2017

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


  • 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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

The gathering adjourns to –
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:

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’

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.