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.

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!


May MG: Vision Boarding!

Every third Saturday at 6:30 pm, MWW hosts our Monthly Gathering (MG) in the activity room at the Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Ave N.; Shoreline, WA 98133. MGs are open to guests, or as we call them, “Friendsans.”

The MG is preceded by our Steering Committee meeting at 5:00 pm. All members are invited to observe SteerCom meetings and to speak to the SteerCom about matters of concern.

VisionBoardOn May 21st, we will create vision boards. A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal.

What’s the point of making a vision board? Simply put, we humans tend to be a very busy species and are constantly bombarded by distractions. Creating and using vision boards serves several purposes, some of which include helping you to identify your vision and give it clarity, reinforce your daily affirmations, and keep your attention on your intentions. For example, to say “I want a better life” is a fine goal, but have you given serious thought to exactly what that means?

Try to envision what your “better life” looks like. For those of us who find that somewhat difficult, making a vision board can be a tremendous help.

We will provide poster boards and glue. Please bring a pair of scissors and as many magazines as you can get your hands on (that we can cut up and cut pictures out of). If you want to bring pre-cut magazine images, that will save you time! For more information, check out www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-rider/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274.html.

The MG is always a potluck, so please bring a drink or a snack to share. No alcohol is allowed on the premises.

New MWW SteerCom takes office

The following newly elected officers began their two-year term of office on April 1, 2016:

  • President: Mark Glancey
  • 1st Vice-President: Michelle Rakshys
  • 2nd Vice President: Tracey Guice
  • Treasurer: Paul Ferrari
  • Recording Secretary: David Carl

Members-at-large appointed to the SteerCom at the April meeting:

  • CathyRaye Hyland
  • Greg Chandra
  • Andras Blake
  • Angela Kokinakos

Congratulations to the new SteerCom!

Save the date for the Annual Picnic!

PicnicClipartDon’t miss the MWW annual Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 16th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm! And, please bring all of your friends that you want to introduce to Mensa. The picnic is friendly to all ages. This is a perfect event for newcomers to meet our members under the Seattle sunshine.

This year we will be in Seward Park at Shelter #2.  Seward Park is located at 5900 Lake Washington Boulevard. South. For information about the park, see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/seward.htm.

MWW will provide the usual wide variety of grilled entrees, including a vegan selection, and beverages, condiments, and serving items.

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

Please consider volunteering to attend to one of the grills for an hour (or you and a friend can split and promise a half-hour each). Email Wendy Hutchison at wenhut@hotmail.com with the time you prefer, and whether you prefer to work on the vegan/vegetarian grill.

More details to come. Please save the date for now!

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:

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