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 group in 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.
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!
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 email@example.com, 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.
If you don’t already have a particular interest in mind, here’s a list of potential and defunct events that need a host or organizer:
- Give in to Beer Pressure – this Seattle monthly happy hour might visit different breweries, wineries, and watering holes in Seattle & the surrounding area.
- Great Outdoors SIG – Outdoor adventure group to meet monthly or as needed for various exploration of the Sound. It could include activities like hiking, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, running, and so on.
- CineSIG – Group could meet monthly or as needed to go to the movies in an actual theater.
- Growing Up Gifted – This might be a “support group” to discuss the experience of life as a gifted person and to share stories and resources.
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 or taking over any of these groups, please contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of people interested in participating.
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
Mensa 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.