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.
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, March 15th
Come to the Monthly Gathering (MG) at 7:30 pm on March 15th to hear our own Susan Brown talk about NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) launch! MAVEN’S mission is to investigate the Martian atmosphere to ascertain why water is no longer on Mars, although current state-of-the-art scientific knowledge says it used to be. Susan’s brother-in-law, Dr. Bruce Jakosky, is Principal Investigator (head mission scientist) for MAVEN. She and Ed Lucas were VIP guests for the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last November.
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).
New ToteMs Editor!
ToteMs newsletter Editor Tony Diaz will be leaving us soon for the Lone Star State, and Angela Kokinakos has volunteered to be our new Editor. Bon Voyage, Tony. We will miss you. And, welcome, Angela!
Angela Kokinakos first joined Mensa in 1985 after having been tested by a psychiatrist to find out “what was wrong with her.” Apparently, she was just bored, and the solution was Gulf Coast Mensa’s gifted youth programs. She attended her first AG in Dallas in 1987, and remained active in Mensa until her early 20s, at which time the lure of college peers and parties drew her away. However, she remained a “Friendsan” and was often active with her mother, also a Mensan.
Angela has been writing since she could hold a pen and taught herself to type on her mother’s old electric Smith-Corona. She has been a member of the editorial staff for various publications from junior high through university, and self-published an underground magazine in 1991. Her first major published work was a poem entitled “Most People Are Not Like Us,” in 2002. She has relied on her facility with language to derive success in the fields of sales, marketing, and business management, which took her around the world.
Angela is an avid traveler. Born in California and raised in Texas, she had visited 49 out of 50 US states and 81 foreign countries before deciding to permanently unpack her suitcases in Seattle in 2008, and become part of Mensa of Western Washington in 2009. She has been ranting about her adventures through foreign countries and personal relationships since 2004 on her various evolving blogs, the most recent of which you can peruse at www.falpiqua.blogspot.com.
Currently, Angela is undergoing her fourth career permutation by studying to become a nurse. She has always been a self-described “science nerd” and gradually fell more in love with life sciences during her 11 years as a massage practitioner. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and she is awaiting acceptance into a nursing program. She intends to complete her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing by 2017.
She is fond of Bob Moawad’s quip, “You can’t make footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?”
To her, this is just a more comic way of saying, “Why doesn’t someone do something about [this],” and then realizing we are each someone. Becoming editor of ToteMs is her way of contributing to an organization she has grown up with and loved, to give something back, and to be the person that does something. Angela welcomes member-derived content and would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and opinions on ToteMs. She would also like to receive your submissions or photographs for the newsletter. Please write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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, 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