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.

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, and not open to the public.  Members should consult this month’s newsletter to register.  If you are not a member, why not join us?  See how at the “Join Now” tab above.

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

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.  Members should consult this month’s newsletter to register.  If you are not a member, why not join us?  See how at the “Join Now” tab above.

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.

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.

17 May 2020

CultureQuest® XXXI: The Ultimate Trivia Competition

Trivia Logo Game Sporcle Quiz, others transparent background PNG ...If you enjoy the challenge of playing team trivia with questions ranging from film, politics, literature, geography, music, history, etc., this is for you! Get ready for this year’s CultureQuest® XXXI! Teams of American and Canadian Mensans will compete at the same time for 90 minutes for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights. Each Mensan team will gather at one location and may have up to five members. CultureQuest XXXI was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3, but due to the pandemic, has been tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, October 18. 

The cost to participate is $50 per team. SEMM will pay one-half of the entry fee for any team captained by a SEMM member. 

Deadline to enter is Monday, August 31. To register, go to https://www.us.mensa.org/attend/culturequest/.