Welcome!

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.

03 December 2017

Announcing SEMMantics 39!

Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering

SEMMantics 39
April 20-22, 2018

Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
30559 Flynn Drive
Romulus, Michigan 48174

To get $99/$109 hotel rate, go to or call 734-729-7555 before March 30, 2018

Pricing

Full Weekend
Through 1/31: $85
Through 4/6: $100
4/7-onward: $140
Saturday Only
Through 4/6: $70
4/7-onward: $90

*Guests of Members add $25
*Family Rates Available

Online registration coming in January.
Paper Registration Form

Watch www.mensadetroit.com/semmantics for more information.

05 November 2017

November Monthly Gathering – Howell Michigan’s Legacy as a Hotbed of the Ku Klux Klan

Around the state, and even around the country, Howell has the notorious reputation of being a hotbed of activity for the Ku Klux Klan. But is there any foundation to the KKK rumors? And how did Howell get this reputation? Buddy Moorehouse, the former editor of the Livingston County Press in Howell, will explain how it all ties back to a man who’s been dead for 25 years – a man who didn’t even live in Howell – Robert Miles, the former Grand Dragon of the Michigan Ku Klux Klan. Moorehouse will explain how this one man was able to taint a town’s reputation, and what Howell has been doing through the years to fight back against this unfair legacy. His presentation will include video clips and other historical pieces related to Robert Miles and his KKK activities through the years.

From 1983 to 2009, Buddy Moorehouse was an editor at the Livingston County Press in Howell, where he covered Robert Miles’ notorious life and times. Moorehouse is currently a blogger for the Livingston Post, where he recently wrote a piece surrounding the 25th anniversary of Miles’ death. He’s also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and the Vice President of Communications for the state charter school association.

DATE
Saturday, November 18, 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

29 October 2017

American Mensa Announces a New Voucher Program

American Mensa has just announced an exciting new program that will give every current Mensa member a voucher that they may give to any non-member to either submit prior evidence or sit for a supervised test for free.

This one time offer will run from October 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018. Prospective new members must provide the code at the time they ask to join a test session or submit their prior evidence to have the normal fee waived. See www.AmericanMensa.org/join for information on redeeming the one time voucher.

There are two ways to join Mensa: testing and prior evidence. Test sessions are scheduled regularly. Write to testing@MensaDetroit, call 2734.281.2726, or register online at www.US.Mensa.org/join/take the admission test. The Mensa test is designed for ages 14 and older.

Did you know that many people who could be members may already have test scores that qualify them to join? The second way to join AML is to submit qualifying scores from familiar tests many of us have taken. Go to www.US.Mensa.org/join/Submit qualifying testing to see a list of the most common tests that are accepted as well as instructions for how to find documentation and submit it.

Ask your Mensa member friends to provide you with the code to
save $60. There will never be a better time to join us!

15 October 2017

National Membership Month

Every year, American Mensa makes a special effort to recruit new members during October. During October, applicants can take the Mensa admission test for half price – $30 instead of $60.

To take the Mensa Admission test, applicants should go to: http://mensadetroit.com/semm/testing/ and follow the directions to register for a test session.

To submit prior evidence got to: https://www.us.mensa.org/join/testscores/ and follow the directions.

This year SEMM has tests scheduled in Sterling Heights on October 21 and in Dearborn and Southfield on October 28. In addition, tests can be scheduled by appointment by emailing testing@nullmensadetroit.com.

08 October 2017

October Monthly Gathering – From Peenemunde to the Moon: The Space Race 1945 –1969

On October 4, 1957, in an unprecedented display of technology, the Soviet Union caught the world’s attention, with the orbiting of Sputnik, the earth’s first artificial satellite. This shiny metal ball, only 23 inches in diameter circled the earth every 96 minutes, beeping out a radio signal that proclaimed the USSR’s technical superiority to the world. This event marked a milestone in a competition between the USA and USSR, which had begun in 1945, at the end of World War II, and would not end until July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong took ”one small step for a man” on the moon. This presentation reviews the circumstances, events and the personalities of that epic struggle for political, military, and technical dominance in Rocket Science, which was a highlight of the “Cold War”, and captured the imagination of the world for over 30 years.

Guiding us on our trip through the cosmos will be, Jim Shedlowsky, a former Warren Astronomical Society treasurer and rockabilly legend. Jim worked for 36 years at General Motors as a Vehicle Development Engineer/Manager, retiring in 1999. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1960 with a degree in Engineering Physics and spent two years as an Artillery officer in the US Army in Germany. In his spare time, he wrote and recorded music for Epic and Roulette Records as one of the “Skee Brothers”.

Jim’s astronomical interests include observing and outreach, and he owns several telescopes, but in recent years his “passion” for astronomical history and technology has become a major factor. He is a member of the McMath-Hulbert Astronomical Society, has visited a number of major observatories, and has assembled a significant library in this regard. Jim and his wife winter in Mesa, Arizona (…a great place for observing), where he participates in the activities of the East Valley Astronomy Club.

Join us on Saturday October 21 to learn more about the space race and to hear Jim sing “The Rocket Science Song”. Doors open
at 7:00pm. The program begins at 8:00pm.

DATE
Saturday, October 21, 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