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 ember,take a look at the Event Guide under the Events menu to see what we do—and, we hope you’ll join!


Monthly Gathering Venue

We hold our Monthly Gatherings (MGs) at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington. The public is invited to attend, so if you’re interested in joining Mensa, come to an MG to see what we’re about and to meet our members!

MGs feature catered appetizers, and those over 21 are welcome to purchase adult beverages in the hotel lounge and take them into our meeting. Our social time starts at 6:30 pm, and the presentation begins around 7 pm.

The hotel is right off Highway 405 at 11211 Main Street, Bellevue, Washington 98004. And there is plenty of free parking!

Annual Picnic on Sunday, August 18th!

It’s almost picnic time again! This is a family friendly event, with well‐behaved pets also welcome.

When: The MWW Annual New Member Recruiting Party and Picnic will be on Sunday, August 18th, from Noon to 4:00 pm.

Where: We’ll be in Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Boulelvard in Seattle, at Shelter #3. You’ll find ample parking near the picnic shelter. A map is available at www.seattle.gov/parks.

Who: Members, do you have any friends or colleagues that would enjoy what Mensa has to offer? Here’s an opportunity! This is a perfect event for newcomers to meet our members under the Seattle sunshine! You will receive a raffle ticket for each prospective member that you bring, with at least two $25 Amazon gift cards being awarded.

What MWW will provide: MWW provides complimentary and diverse entrees from the grill for carnivores and vegans alike, soda, and water.

What to bring: Please bring any games, toys, or pastimes suitable for the occasion, and something to share if you like – a side or salad, chips, beverages (non-alcoholic, please), fruit, dessert, or whatever you like to eat at a picnic.

This event has always been well attended and is a great way to get started in MWW if you have not yet attended any events. Please come out to enjoy a fine Seattle summer day in the park with your family, your Mensa friends, and prospective Mensans!

We hope to see you there!

MWW Election Planning Time! Volunteer!

It’s time to plan for electing another slate of officers to the MWW Steering Committee for 2020/2021! The term of office for all elected officers is a period of two years, commencing on April 1st, 2020. If you’re a member of MWW and want to volunteer to run for office, please email our current President, CathyRaye Hyland.

Here are dates you should know if you want to volunteer, plus brief descriptions of Steering Committee offices. For details about what holding each office involves, please see your August ToteMs or the MWW Bylaws, or contact CathyRaye.

  • August 1, 2019: Call for volunteers for three members to serve as the Nominating Committee.
  • September 21, 2019: Steering Committee appoints Nominating Committee.
  • October 31, 2019: Deadline for volunteers to announce to the Nominating Committee their desire to run for one the following offices:
    • 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.
    • 1st Vice-President: The 1st Vice-President shall assist the President and preside over meetings in the absence of the President.
    • 2nd Vice-President: The 2nd Vice-President shall assist the President and 1st Vice-President and serve as Chair of the Finance Committee.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial matters of MWW.
    • Recording Secretary: The Recording Secretary shall make and keep records of all Steering Committee meetings, and promptly
      publish them in the newsletter.

More Opportunities For Volunteers

Mensa of Western Washington is run by volunteers. If you like what you see, please help us keep it running. If you don’t like what you see, please give us your ideas on what you’d do differently and involve yourself in the process.

Have a look at the masthead in your current ToteMs. There are several vacant positions, and some of us are doing multiple jobs. Please see if any of the positions interest you, and let MWW President, CathyRaye Hyland, know where you’d like to be involved.

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 the ToteMs newsletter Editor at totems@mensaww.org.

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:

If you have questions or need more info, contact RVC8@us.mensa.org

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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