Mensa of Western Washington (MWW) is a local group of American Mensa, which in turn is a national member of International Mensa, 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 currently has more than 1100 members and is the eighth largest group in American Mensa.

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 public version of our Calendar to see what we do—and, we hope you’ll join!

Annual Picnic Fun!

On August 15th, more than 50 MWW members and their guests gathered at Ravenna Park near the University District to enjoy the MWW Annual Picnic. The weather was a bit overcast and the park was a bit soggy, but a good time was had by all who came, and the clouds kept it from being too hot.

Fortunately, Max Gray took lots of pictures, including the following time-lapse video called Mensans Moving Madly in which you can watch 57 minutes of the Mensa picnic in only 2 minutes! Click within the video frame below to start it, and then check out the other pictures Max posted on the MWW Facebook page!



Members and their guests enjoyed socializing, croquet, and board games (Pandemic), and playing with the various dogs who were honorary guests. The annual picnic is always a blast, and we are already looking forward to having an even bigger and better one next year.

Many thanks to Wendy Hutchison, Cathy Sullivan, Mark Glancey, and John Gray for organizing a wonderful event. Several folks helped out, including Paul Ferrari, Dan Gilmore, Andras Blake, Del Lausa, and Angela Kokinakos. The food that people brought was all absolutely delicious, and many of the leftovers were donated to a homeless couple in the park.

September MG: Book Swap!

The September Monthly Gathering will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 19th in the meeting room of the Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, in Shoreline, WA. Our large meeting room is on the ground floor, and ample free parking is available. Metro Bus no. 358 runs north and south on Aurora Ave N and stops near 175th.


The Monthly Gathering is not only for members. The public is also encouraged to attend.

Before the Monthly Gathering at 6:30, there will be an Regional Gathering planning-committee meeting at 4:00 pm, followed by a SteerCom meeting at 5:00. All Mensa members are, as always, invited to observe SteerCom meetings and now may opt to speak for up to 5 minutes each during the new “Member Participation” subsection of the Agenda. The Member Participation subsection is limited to a total of 30 minutes.

Members, please feel free to bring a guest, or a “Friendsan” to the Monthly Gathering. The MG is always a potluck, so please bring a drink or a snack to share. No alcohol is allowed on the premises.

This month, MWW provides a solution to your summer reading dilemmas. If you’ve got a pile of books you’ve read and you’re ready for something new, this is the MG to attend. Or, if you haven’t found anything to sink your teeth into, maybe you can find something interesting to fuel your mental fires.

book-stackIf you’ve never been to a book swap, it’s pretty simple: everyone brings books they are done with, folks mingle and enjoy refreshments, they pick out new-to-them books to take home, and the leftovers get donated to charity. A book swap with Mfriends implies that if we enjoy each other’s company, we may enjoy each other’s books.

Members are invited to bring any number or type of books, which will be placed on the tables. For each book you bring, you will receive a ticket. Tickets can be used to select any books available, thereby rendering the donors anonymous. Each book is worth 1 ticket, so if you bring six books, you can select six books.

Use Post-its to write short notes explaining why the book was enjoyed (or not), “recommended if you like…” or other comments. As they peruse, guests can discuss books, and some interesting “conversations” can result.

We hope you will join us for a fun evening!

October Theatre event: Buy tickets now!

Cast of Whose Live Anyway?

Cast of Whose Live Anyway?

Mensans, attend this great MWW-STG theatre series event at The Moore Theatre with your MWW friends, and hang out afterwards to discuss!  We have 10 tickets for October 23rd at 8:00 p.m.

Join the cast from the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line is it Anyway for Whose Live Anyway? It’s 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song, including some of your favorite Whose Line games but also many new ones. The Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is excited to welcome the show back along with Ryan Stiles, a Bellingham native. Bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast on stage. It’s always a new show, and it’s hilarious! Whose Live Anyway? will leave you feeling good many days later.

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meoXb46NnCQ

Discounted Pricing: $38.63 per ticket (includes $2.50 per ticket Moore facility fee). This is a savings of 14% ($6.37 per ticket).  PayPal Mark Glancey at mark@litegray.com  Open to MWW members and their guests.

Thinking of joining 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.

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