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!


MWW SteerCom Election results!

Election Committee member John Gray presided over the February 6, 2016, vote count of the MWW 2016 General Election and has certified the results to President CathyRaye Hyland. The results will also appear in the March issue of ToteMs.

The following newly elected candidates will commence 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

Congratulations to the newly elected officers!

Upcoming Events

We’ve got some exciting events coming up! For detailed information that might not appear here, see your copy of ToteMs or the News News News page in the Members section of this website.

BoardGameFebruary Monthly Gathering (MG): The February MG will begin at 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 20th (following the February SteerCom meeting, which will begin at 5:00 pm).

All MWW members are invited to observe SteerCom meetings. but the MGs are open to the public. The MG is always a potluck, so please bring a non-alcoholic drink or a snack to share.

Both the SteerCom meeting and the MG will be held at the Shoreline Fire Station; 17525 Aurora Ave N.; Shoreline, WA. No alcohol is allowed on the premises.

This month we shake off the Seattle freeze, and celebrate togetherness with a games night, hosted by Fair Game. You are invited to bring games that are good for groups and simple to explain. We will split up into several groups depending on who wants to play what game, and pair newer members with established members. The purpose is to become better acquainted with someone you may not know or who may be new to MWW. If you haven’t been to an MG in a while and enjoy board games, please join us!

Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Celebrate Chinese New Year and the birthday of Robert Burns, the bard of Scotland! The year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey and the 257th birthday of Mr. Burns. 

This fun event will occur on Sunday, February 14th at China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. N. overlooking Lake Union, in Seattle.. Doors open at 4:00 pm, program starts at 5:00 pm, and dinner is at 6:00 pm.

GungHaggisFlagsThe evening consists of an eight-course Chinese banquet featuring Scottish and Chinese cuisine, and a full program of mash-up cultural Sottish and Chinese entertainment! MWW would like to fill a table (10 people) for the event, and there are a limited number of tables available, so sign up now! Tickets will be $35 (not including gratuity). Contact Wendy for further information.

Each Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ – Seattle dinner is a fund raiser for Chinese and Scottish youth music, dance, and martial arts scholarship programs.

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.

News: During February and March, Mensa will not charge a fee to evaluate your existing IQ scores!

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 Mensaonline:

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