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!


MWW 2018 Elected SteerCom Officers

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 MWW Steering Committee Officers Election!

  • President: CathyRaye Hyland
  • 1st Vice President: Ron Sewell
  • 2nd Vice President: Tracey Guice
  • Treasurer: Paul Ferrari
  • Recording Secretary: Tony Simicich

The term of office for all elected officers is a period of two years, commencing on April 1st.

Come to the February Monthly Gathering!

Crackpot Comedy, an organization dedicated to quality comedy classes and performance is coming to MENSA! It’s happening on Saturday, February 17th, at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited, including the public! See the Monthly Gatherings page under the Gatherings menu for details.

MWW Regional Gathering April 6-8, 2018

Register NOW to celebrate spring in the Pacific Northwest at Mensa of Western Washington’s Regional Gathering – an event you won’t want to miss! Registration is open to Mensa members AND the Public, with programs for all ages and interests.

You’ll find a myriad of magical and mysterious presentations to thrill and excite you! You’ll enjoy delightful gaming, tournaments, and even a scavenger hunt! You’ll feast on a Gala Dinner featuring Pacific Northwest specialties! Want to explore? You can join one of the exciting RG tours, or take the FREE hotel shuttle to local shopping centers (Bellevue Square / Lincoln Square), or take the inexpensive bus service into downtown Seattle.

We’ll enjoy the Emerald City magic at the RED LION HOTEL BELLEVUE, 11211 Main Street, in Bellevue, Washington 98004. Telephone: (425) 455-5240. When you book your stay at the hotel, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket to the RG’s Sunday Buffet. Rooms are $124 / night + tax.  And, parking will be free for attendees staying in the MWW room block!

So don’t wait any longer – go to the Emerald City RG website (http://www.emeraldcityrg.com) and make your reservations!

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.

  • ToteMs EditorThis is a crucial position that must be filled, please consider, thanks! See the following for full guidelines: https://www.us.mensa.org/lead/handbooks/editor-handbook/ Your Steering Committee is willing to work with the new Editor volunteer to make the position fit your schedule.
  • Totems Calendar Editor – also a crucial position.
  • Assistant to the ToteMs Editor
  • Member-at-Large
  • SIGHT Coordinator
  • Community Outreach
  • Publicity Chair
  • Facebook Coordinator
  • ToteMs Contributing Writers & Editors
  • Program Chair
  • Membership Co-Chair
  • Gifted Youth Co-Chair
  • 2018 Regional Gathering (games tournament masters, speakers, craftsman, and all kinds of creative talent – please email RG Chair Tracey Guice at RGChair@litegray.com.
  • Monthly Gathering Speakers
  • Mind Games 2019, assuming we will host it. To volunteer for Mind Games, email Tracey Guice at mensatracey@gmail.com

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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