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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.

20 September 2020

October Monthly Gathering – Of Icebergs and Inquiries: Michiganders on the Titanic

Until it is deemed once again safe to return to meeting as a group, Southeast Michigan Mensa will be presenting a series of lectures on Zoom. These programs are “members only” events, and not open to the public.

To register for October’s presentation, members must go to https://tinyurl.com/SEMM-1020-Gathering. Enter your first and last name and an email address where you will receive information on the meeting, then click “Register.” Once your registration is approved, you will receive the URL you will need to attend the meeting

On the night of April 15, 1912, the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic sank during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. When the ship went down, there were a number of Michiganders aboard, some, but not all, of whom tragically lost their lives. Within a week, Senator William Alden Smith of Michigan, a native of Dowagiac, convened the Senate inquiry into the disaster. Sans all the glitz and hype, this presentation explores the history of the Titanic, Senator Smith’s far-reaching quest for answers, and details what became of the Michiganders on board

Our speaker, Bob Myers, is the Director of Education for the Historical Society of Michigan. He holds a BA in history from Alma College and an MA in history from Western Michigan University. He has authored numerous books, including Lost on the Lakes: Shipwrecks of Berrien County and Adeline and Julia: Growing Up in Michigan and on the Kansas Frontier.  His articles have appeared in Michigan History Magazine and Michigan Historical Review. He and his wife Candace live in Grand Ledge, where they are restoring their 1903 Colonial Revival home.

Members please join us at 7pm, on Saturday, October 17, for a story which is both historically significant and locally relevant .

16 August 2020

September Monthly Gathering – The US Peace Corps in sub-Saharan Africa

Until it is deemed once again safe to return to meeting as a group, Southeast Michigan Mensa will be presenting a series of lectures on Zoom. These programs are “members only” events, not open to the public. Members need to pre-register by sending an email to register@nullcpeacock.us. The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will be sent to those who are pre-registered, about an hour before the presentation.

Join us on Saturday, September 19, at 7:00pm when our guest speaker will be SEMM member, Peggi Tabor, a certified Integrative Wellness and Life Coach. After a corporate career with Xerox, which included designing and delivering training programs to managers both in the US and abroad, she spent two years in sub-Saharan Africa as a US Peace Corps volunteer initiating and implementing economic development projects. She holds an MBA in marketing and communications as well as a Master’s degree in metaphysical science and a PhD in philosophy.

Dr. Tabor’s talk looks at the current situation in Sub-Saharan Africa and what the US Peace Corps is doing to ameliorate the many challenges facing the people living there – problems that range from systemic poverty to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Tabor spent two years as a US Peace Corps volunteer living and working in a remote village in Lesotho.

Members, be sure to join us at 7:00pm on Saturday, September 19 as Peggi recounts that experience.

19 July 2020

August Monthly Gathering – The Future of Automotive Propulsion

The worldwide demand for automotive transportation remains strong even as the price of conventional fuels fluctuates. Auto companies are committed to providing safe and affordable vehicles which run on whatever energy sources are available in a particular market. A brief history of vehicle propulsion methods will be followed by an update on the current status of electric vehicles, including hybrids, batteries, and fuel cells.

Ed Becker is a life member of American Mensa and a past president of The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers International.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He retired from General Motors after 30 years of service, mostly in the Powertrain division working on a variety of GM engines and transmissions. Ed then established Friction & Wear Solutions, LLC, which provides advice on materials to solve tribological problems. He holds 9 U.S. patents and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan.

Members please join us at 7pm, on Saturday, August 15 for some timely insight into the future of automotive transportation.

Members Only Zoom Presentation

Until it is deemed once again safe to return to meeting as a group, Southeast Michigan Mensa will be presenting a series of lectures on Zoom. These programs are “members only” events, not open to the public. Members need to pre-register by sending an email to register@nullcpeacock.us. The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will be sent to those who are pre-registered, about an hour before the presentation.

05 July 2020

Save the Date for the MAGC Conference

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is excited to announce that it’s Fall 2020 conference has gone online! 

Educators and parents from across the state – and around the country – will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from experts in the field of gifted education!

Mark your calendars and be ready to join us, more information will be coming soon

Save the Date!
October 24, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fall Online Conferernce

31 May 2020

SEMMer Bash – Coming Soon

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.

NO REGISTRATION NEEDED — IT’S FREE

See the SEMMer Bash page for details.