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

25 June 2014

August Monthly Gathering: Michigan’s Archaeological Trilogy

Join us on Saturday, August 16th as we time travel into the past! A presentation on three ongoing archaeological investigations will provide us with a glimpse of some of Michigan’s rich historical heritage from the British colonial period, the War of 1812, and the twilight of the Age of Sail on the Great Lakes.

Guiding us on our journey into Michigan’s past will be Daniel Harrison is a practicing maritime archaeologist specializing in the Great Lakes. He holds Masters Degrees in Library Science, History, and Anthropology, and is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, at Wayne State. Mr. Harrison divides his time between his position as Reference Librarian at Henry Ford College, and his field and archival research as a consulting archaeologist with the Detroit Historical Society, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the National Park Service. He received the Historical Society of Michigan’s award for outstanding preservation and conservation in 2012 for his work on Hull’s Trace, America’s first military road, dating from the War of 1812.

WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014
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

04 August 2014

London Mensa BBQ in Ontario, Canada

Saturday, September 27, 2014
1pm onwards

The BBQ will be held at Pavilion #3 on Cove Road which is right on the fabulous Lake Huron shoreline of the town of Goderich near the Goderich harbour and the Goderich salt mine (the world’s largest!) Goderich is about an hour’s drive north from Port Huron which makes it about a two hour drive from Detroit. There will be a Mensa quiz and a tour of the salt mine.

RSVPs required. Contact Host: Pete Fuchs, petefuchs@nullbell.net

This is a Potluck BBQ. Attendees are asked to bring something to BBQ, a dish to share, and beverages of their choice — with Pete Fuchs as host providing condiments, tableware, charcoal, tools, and the pavilion rental for the day.

Gather some friends and make a weekend of it! There are some interesting options to choose from – from camping to luxury. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park (519-389-9056) Right on Lake Huron about 40 miles north of Goderich. Camping and trailer sites, plus they have yurts! Clean, heated, bug proof, with two double beds, electricity, and lights – but BYO, sheets and towels (so, bring a sleeping bag and a towel). Hot showers and nice restrooms are close to each campsite and yurt. There are several nice short hikes within the park. Around $20/night.

Bedford Hotel (519-524-7337) A quaint old hotel right on the eight-sided “square” that is the center of the town’s activity. No AC and no elevators, but nice hotel and excellent location. About $100/night.

Albion Bed & Breakfast (519-440-0675) Excellent ratings and location — walking distance to the shoreline. About $100/night.

Ben Miller Inn & Spa (519-524-2191) An upscale place with an excellent restaurant. About 5 miles from Goderich. Definitely the most luxurious of the choices and good value for the money. About $130/night.

Goderich also has the usual standard motels, around $80/night.

02 August 2014

September Monthly Meeting: On being an “alien”… Doing scientific research on the survivors of the Atomic Bombs

Join us on Saturday, September 20th, when our guest, Dr. James Trosko, Professor-Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics/Human Development, College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, will share his experiences as the Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan (The Institute responsible for monitoring the long-term effects of the Atomic Bombs on the survivors and the offspring of the survivors). Dr Trosko will also discuss the cultural sensitivities that had to be observed, which are inherent in fundamental cultural differences between the Western world view, shaped by a dualism of observer and nature and the sense of individual “freedom” (Western view), and by the world view of the Japanese, shaped by the physical factors of that island and philosophical influences inherent in its history that led to the values of cooperation, obedience and adherence to tradition, as well as “Elegance with simplicity”.

WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2014
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

21 June 2014

Come to the Annual SEMMer Bash!

Kensington Metropark
2240 W. Buno Road
Milford, MI 48380

Playfield West Shelter (“W”)

Saturday, July 19, 2014
11:00 a.m. until dusk

Admission fee to picnic:
$5.00 PER CHILD UNDER 10, $7.50 PER ADULT IN ADVANCE
$7.50 PER CHILD UNDER 10, $10.00 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR
Park entry fee: $5.00 – day pass, $25.00 – yearly pass

Buy your tickets online!

DIRECTIONS TO KENSINGTON METROPARK

From Detroit: Take I-696 west to I-96 west to exit #153, Kent Lake Road. Follow the curve to the right and enter the park.

From Lansing: Take I-96 east to exit #151, Kensington Road. Turn right on Kensington Road, go over the expressway. Park entrance will be on the right on the north side of I-96.

From Flint: Take U.S. 23 south to I-96 east. Get off at exit #151, Kensington Road. Turn right on Kensington Road, go over the expressway. Park entrance will be on the right on the north side of I-96.

From Ann Arbor: Take U.S. 23 north to I-96 east. Get off at exit #151, Kensington Road. Turn right on Kensington Road, go over the expressway. Park entrance will be on the right on the north side of I-96.

From Pontiac/East M-59 Area: Take M-59 west to Hickory Ridge Road south. Take Hickory Ridge Road south approximately 3-4 miles to General Motors Road. Turn left (east) onto General Motors Rd., go approximately 2-3 miles. Turn right onto Milford road (1st traffic light). Travel approximately 1.5-2 miles south on Milford Road. The park entrance will be on your right (Dairy Queen on the corner).

28 April 2014

June Monthly Gathering: Perils from Space: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

The impact of a large meteor in Russia, on February 15, 2013, reminds us that the Universe is a very dangerous place. Large impacts are relatively infrequent but they do happen! Join us on Saturday, June 21st, when our guest, Dr. Claude Pruneau, Wayne State’s Director of Planetarium and Outreach, will present a survey of large meteoritic impacts on Earth and discuss the origins of these large objects. He will also present a summary of efforts conducted nationally and internationally to detect potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), i.e. asteroids with orbits that bring them periodically near Earth. As well as a brief discussion of techniques envisioned to avert or mitigate the effects of potential impacts.

Dr. Pruneau is a French Canadian native born in Quebec City. He completed his studies at Universite Laval where he earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1987. He worked as Research Fellow successively for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and McGill University in Montreal. He joined the Wayne State University Faculty in 1992, where he conducts an active research program in relativistic heavy ion physics and study of the Quark Gluon Plasma at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at CERN in Switzerland. Dr. Pruneau is a member of the American Physical Society, the Canadian Association of Physicists, and the Union For Concerned Scientists.

This is great program for the entire family!

WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2014
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