Mensa of Western Washington (MWW) is a Local Group of American Mensa, which in turn is a national member of  Mensa International, a society that is apolitical and free from all racial or religious distinctions. We welcome people from every walk of life whose IQs are in the top 2% of the population. Our primary objective is to enjoy a wide range of social and cultural activities.

MWW, founded in 1965, currently has more than 1200 members and is the eighth largest Local Group of the 126 Local Groups throughout American Mensa. Major cities in our group include Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Bellingham, Olympia, Bremerton, Port Angeles, and Aberdeen. For a map showing the area of our Local Group, click the following link: MWW Map.

Mount Adams, photo by Joel Green

Mount Adams, photo by Joel Green

Ours is a fun, active group in a spectacular setting of majestic mountains, lush greenery, serene lakes, breathtaking ocean vistas, and the incomparable Puget Sound.

Our members enjoy a variety of frequent MWW activities throughout the area. So, if you’re a Mensa member, we hope you’ll register and visit the Members section with its Forums and an unabridged version of our Calendar. If you’re not a member, take a look at the Event Guide under the Events menu to see what we do—and, we hope you’ll join!


Breaking MWW SteerCom election news!

This Fall we opened nominations for following MWW Steering Committee offices. While most candidates have been identified by the Nominating Committee, it is still possible for members of MWW to nominate additional candidates by petition.

Petition graphicAs our bylaws state: “No later than November 30, additional nominations may be made by petition signed by ten members of the Local Group and delivered to the Nominating Committee Chair.”

The descriptions below are provided by our MWW bylaws, along with email addresses of the current officers in case you are interested in knowing more about the job than what might be contained in the descriptions.

If you’re interested in volunteering for office, submit a petition with ten signatures by email to nomcom@mensaww.org, followed by actual delivery of the signed petition by November 30th.

President: The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer, Chair of the Steering Committee, ex officio member of all other committees, and official liaison with other Local Groups and AML. The President shall endeavor to pass information to and from the Local Group in a timely fashion, and shall notify AML and the Regional Vice Chair for the Local Group of the results of any changes in the Steering Committee within two weeks of the change. (see MWW Bylaws; mark@litegray.com)

• 1st Vice-President: The 1st Vice-President shall assist the President and preside over meetings in the absence of the President. (see MWW Bylaws; 1vicesec@mensaww.org)

• 2nd Vice-President: The 2nd Vice-President shall assist the President and 1st Vice-President and serve as Chair of the Finance Committee. (see MWW Bylaws; 2vicesec@mensaww.org)

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial matters of MWW. The Treasurer shall submit to the Steering Committee a semiannual financial report, covering the six-month periods ended September 30 and March 31, no later than 2 months after the close of each period. The financial reports shall be published in the local newsletter. This report shall contain schedules of income, expenses, and balances for all funds under the control of the Local Group, including Regional Gathering, scholarship, and other special funds. The Treasurer shall ensure that the Local Group complies with all federal financial reporting requirements. At least quarterly, the Treasurer shall provide to the President, or designated Steering Committee member other than the Treasurer, original statements from banks and any other institutions where the organization’s money is deposited. The Treasurer shall maintain a list of the organization’s equipment. The Treasurer shall also make all financial records available for inspection by any member of MWW at a Steering Committee meeting. All accounts must be separate accounts in the name of the Local Group, and shall have more than one signatory so that funds can be accessed in the temporary absence of the Treasurer. (see MWW Bylaws; treasurer@mensaww.org)

• Recording Secretary: The Recording Secretary shall make and keep records of all Steering Committee meetings. The approved minutes of such meetings shall be promptly published in the local newsletter. A copy of the approved minutes shall also be provided to the Archives. If no Archivist is appointed, the Recording Secretary shall maintain the Archives. (see MWW Bylaws; recordingsec@mensaww.org)

The term of office for all elected officers is two years, running from April 1st of each even-numbered year.

Other Opportunities For Volunteers

Mensa of Western Washington is run by volunteers. If you like what you see, help us keep it running. If you don’t like what you see, give us your ideas on what you’d do differently and involve yourself in the process. Please contact MWW President Mark Glancey with your questions or to offer help.

Volunteering really helps you make the most out of your membership because you get to meet more people and help shape the direction of the club. There are several vacant positions, and some of us are doing multiple jobs. We very much need people willing to fill or help with the following positions. Please take a look and see if any of them interest you, and then let Mark Glancey know how you would like to be involved.

  • Member-at-Large
  • Community Outreach
  • Publicity Chair
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • ToteMs Contributing Writers & Editors
  • Program Co-Chair
  • Membership Co-Chair
  • Gifted Youth Co-Chair
  • 2018 Regional Gathering Planning Committee
  • Monthly Gathering Speaker

Member Support Fund

Mensa of Western Washington’s Member Support Fund Subcommittee, composed of the Treasurer and two other members appointed by the Steering Committee, accepts written applications confidentially from MWW members seeking assistance with payment of their annual American Mensa membership dues in whole or in part. Members are actively encouraged to donate to the Member Support Fund, and are informed that any contributions are not tax-deductible.

Applications are due annually by January 31, and applicants will be informed of the decision of the Member Support Fund Subcommittee by February 28. If awarded, applicant’s dues will be paid directly to American Mensa by the annual renewal deadline of March 31. Applicants should indicate in a short personal statement the reason for their need and their specific interest in volunteering for MWW (proctor, RG, etc.), and send by email to treasurer@mensaww.org, or by mail to Paul Ferrari, 7822 189th PL SW, Edmonds WA 98026-6026. Decisions will be based on available budget for the Fund, applicant’s willingness to volunteer with MWW, and the applicant’s essay. Applicants are limited to three years of support from the Member Support Fund over their lifetime.

Members, you can host a SIG!

Do you look at the Calendar every month and you just don’t see events that appeal to you? Consider becoming a host, so you can create the type of event you’d like to attend. This is a great way to meet people who would also like to share your activity, be it knitting, quilting, scuba, sailing, or whatever it is you want to pursue.

As a new host, you can invent a name and description for your group,  or you can change the name and description of any of the groups listed above.

If you’re interested in starting a regular event, please contact Angela at ace8098@gmail.com.

Want to join Mensa?

Mensa is the largest and most recognized association for people who share just one common trait: high intelligence. We are a community of knowledge seekers who enjoy conversation and camaraderie. And we would love for you to join us! One in fifty people qualify, why not you?

You can take the locally administered Mensa qualifying test! Find your nearest testing session by visiting us.mensa.org/testingcalendar.

Or, you could submit scores from existing tests. If you score in the top 2% in an accepted standardized IQ test, you may join Mensa. You might qualify with the scores from IQ tests you’ve already  taken (school, military, or private tests), or you can take the locally proctored test.

Prospective members can apply by submitting evidence of scores from prior intelligence testing. American Mensa accepts scores from approximately 200 different standardized intelligence tests. Often potential members have taken acceptable tests at other times in their lives and don’t realize they may already qualify for membership. For more information and a list of acceptable tests go to American Mensa online:

A word from the Webmeister

Jeannie Boag, MWW WebmeisterMensa members: Be sure to register on this site by clicking the Register link in the sidebar and then following the directions that appear. Our Members section features an interactive Forums page, minutes of SteerCom meetings, the MWW bylaws, an Event Calendar that includes all of the contact information, a Marketplace for MWW members’ ads, and other goodies. We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about this Web site.

Jeannie Boag




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