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 1200 members and is the ninth 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!

Monthly Gathering: Saturday, April 19th

The April Monthly Gathering held on Saturday, April 19th, at 7:30 pm will feature a presentation on Radio Control (RC) helicopters given by Alan Berman. Alan is a Mensa of Western Washington member and a software developer when he is not flying RC helicopters.

HelicoptersThe hobby is easy to begin by acquiring an inexpensive coaxial helicopter, which is easy to learn. It can provide for increasingly difficult challenges when progressing to collective pitch helis, which are amazingly agile and fast.

The presentation will include information on flight controls and characteristics, videos of aerobatics, quadcopter aerial photography, discussion of RC technologies, and flight demonstrations of small indoor versions of coaxial, fixed pitch, and collective pitch helicopters, and a quadcopter. There will even be a simulator that participants can use.

You don’t need to be a Mensa member to attend the Monthly Gathering; it’s open to the public, so we hope you’ll come and get acquainted with some of our members.  We will meet at the Shoreline Fire Department Training Center, located at 17525 Aurora Avenue North, in Shoreline, Washington.

The MWW Steering Committee will hold a meeting in the same location at 5:00 pm, immediately preceding the MG, and all Mensa members are welcome to observe.

Driving directions: Take the 175th St exit from I-5, going West. Continue on 175th St for 1 mile to Linden Ave N. Turn Right on Linden Ave N and go to N 185th St. Turn Right on N 185th St and take it to Aurora Ave N. Turn right on Aurora Ave N and take it to Shoreline Fire Department’s Training Center on the right (just past Doug’s Northwest Cadillac).

Taking the bus? Transit RapidRide E Line runs North and South on Aurora Avenue N and stops close to 175th and Aurora.

Send and receive announcements

If you’re a member of MWW, you can sign up to receive the MWW Announce List of current events. You will also be able to send announcements of possible interest to other members. To sign up, click MWW Announce Subscription. When the subscription page appears, fill out the section under “Subscribing to MWW-Announce” and then click the Subscribe button.

After the listserve administrator verifies you as a member, you will be able to send your announcements to MWW-Announce@lists.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, Columns by some of our members, the MWW bylaws, an Event Calendar that includes all of the contact information, a Marketplace for MWW members’ ads, and other goodies.  The columns are blog posts, so you can add your comments there, too. And, we welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about this Web site.  — Jeannie Boag