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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.

31 March 2019

Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing to SEMMantics 40

On April 12 the price of SEMMantics 40, our regional gathering, goes up. This is your last chance to register at a discounted rate.

Check out our SEMMantics site to register or to get more details.

24 March 2019

SEMMantics Talks: Social Change in the Military – Where Are We Going With This?

Elaine Donnelly is president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, nonpartisan public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues. President George H. W. Bush appointed Mrs. Donnelly to the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, which studied all aspects of the women in combat issue, and she also served on thePentagon’s Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services (DACOWITS) for a three-yearterm. In 2002 she was the recipient of the American Conservative Union’s Ronald Reagan Award.She attended Schoolcraft College and the University of Detroit and resides in Livonia, Michigan.

Ms. Donnelly will join us at SEMMantics 40 to speak on Social Change in the Military – Where arewe going with this? She says, “Under civilian control, America’s armed forces have been ordered to accept and implement certain social theories and mandates that are unprecedented in military history.” Ms. Donnelly will provide an overview of what has been happening in the All-Volunteer Force, and why, and invites listeners to decide whether controversial social changes are weakening mission readiness or strengthening it.

Join us for all this and so much more! Register at our SEMMantics site.

17 March 2019

SEMMantics Talks: From Heaven to Hell

The SEMMantics team endeavors to present a wide range of speakers during the weekend of the Regional Gathering.  This year, you can enjoy excellent speakers who will take you from warm and cozy to terrifying, all included in your SEMMantics registration.

Simon Ren is a Renaissance man, Energy Engineer by trade, philosopher who ponders deep and interesting questions as an avocation. He will welcome us with an uplifting message on the challenges and rewards of finding/making/coming “home”.

Lest you get too comfortable, however, well known author Tom Carr will tell stories, with a slide show, of murder, robbery, and mayhem in the Great Lakes state.  He is a reporter who has told stories of true crimes in all corners of both peninsulas, and has been heard on NPR and published in the Detroit Free Press and New York Daily News.  

Mr. Carr is the author of Blood on the Mittenand MI Bad:  Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past and Present.  He will have copies of his books to autograph after his talk.

Check out our SEMMantics site to register or to get more details.

03 March 2019

March Monthly Gathering – The Mysterious World of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

By now you’ve probably heard about cryptocurrency. A family member, friend, neighbor, doctor, Uber driver, sales associate, server, barista, or passer-by on the street, has probably told you how he or she is getting rich quick with virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, or one of the lesser-known 1,300-plus investable cryptocurrencies.

But how much do you really know about them? If you’re like most folks (Including me), not much. Well, let’s fix that!

Join us for an introductory, but comprehensive, overview of the fast-moving world of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, the world’s first cryptocurrency, and Blockchain, the technology that makes it work. 

We will tackle the history, as well as extremely volatile, exotic, and often confusing nature of cryptocurrencies, that exists together with blockchain, in this quickly evolving space. We will also explore the varied practical and theoretical applications of the blockchain technology, which go far beyond its potential implications within the business sector. 

Guiding us will be Angela Palacios, CFP®, AIF®, and registered representative with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., where she specializes in investment and macro-economic research.

The program takes place on Saturday, March 16th, at
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield.
23925 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075

Doors open at 5pm. The program begins at 6pm. Please note the new starting time!

Adult members: $4, or a strip of 4 tickets – $12
Adult guests: $5
Children 12 and under: $2
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday

24 February 2019

SEMMantics 40 Talk: Protecting Yourself Against Fraud

You may have heard Rob Rayer when he presented at a monthly gathering several years ago about the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.   He was such a good speaker we were delighted he will return to tell us about Fraud Awareness.

His presentation will provide a brief synopsis of current fraud crimes that citizens should be aware of and how to protect yourself, including Identity Theft, Insurance/Health Care Fraud, Credit Card Fraud. Internet Fraud, and other scams that have been hitting Michigan’s citizens. 

Detective Sgt. Rayer is now a Trooper assigned the Fraud Investigative Section of the Michigan State Police.  He has a varied background that includes over 32 years of Law Enforcement.

Check out our SEMMantics site to register or to get more details.