Monthly Gatherings

Our local Monthly Gathering (MG) is usually held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, with the exception of months when other major events are planned. The MGs feature activities or speakers on a variety of subjects and are open to the public. Our Program Chair is Nancy Tennent.

If you’re a member, we hope you’ll come to the MG. But, you don’t need to be a Mensa member to attend the Monthly Gathering, and there is no charge to attend. If you’re not a member and are thinking of joining, please come and see what we’re all about. 

The MG is almost always 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.

The location: Locations will sometimes vary, but we will usually meet at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue. Ample free parking is available.

The address: 11211 Main Street in Bellevue, WA.

The Red Lion Hotel Bellevue is located off Interstate 405, two blocks from Meydenbauer Convention Center and just minutes from Bellevue Square,

New Monthly Gathering venue!

We’re excited to announce a new venue for our Monthly Gatherings! Starting this June, we will begin meeting at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue, the site of our recent wonderful Regional Gathering in Bellevue, WA.

MGs will now feature catered appetizers, and those over 21 are welcome to purchase adult beverages in the hotel lounge and take them into our meeting. Our social time will start at 6:30, and the presentation will begin around 7 pm.

The hotel is right off Highway 405 at 11211 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004. And there is plenty of free parking!

MWW Annual Picnic is TODAY, August 19th!!!

It’s picnic time! Instead of the Monthly Gathering this month, the MWW Annual New Member Recruiting Party and Picnic is being held this Sunday, August 19, from Noon to 4:00 pm. This is a family friendly event, with well-behaved pets also welcome.

Location and parking:
We’ll be in Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Boulevard in Seattle, at Shelter #3.  A map is available at You’ll find ample parking near the picnic shelter.

Here’s an opportunity to win!
Members, do you have any friends or colleagues that would enjoy what Mensa has to offer?  This is a perfect event for newcomers to meet our members under the Seattle sunshine! You will receive a raffle ticket for each prospective member that you bring, with at least two $25 Amazon gift cards being awarded.

What MWW will supply:
As usual, MWW will provide a wide variety of grilled entrees without charge (including a vegan selection), beverages, condiments, and serving items. For the carnivores among us, we’ll have chicken and ribs cooking, wieners and three varieties of sausages from Hans’ German Deli in Burien, hamburgers, and more!

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

This event has always been well attended and is a great way to get started in MWW if you have not yet attended any events. Please come out to enjoy a fine summer day in the park with your family, your Mensa friends, and friends you would like to introduce to Mensa!

We hope to see you there!

Additional MWW events

Mensa members host activities and events, called special interest groups (SIGs) in addition to the Monthly Gathering.

Activities hosted by members in their homes are open only to MWW members and their invited guests. Some of our favorite special interest groups that that occur monthly and are restricted to members and their guests include several Games Nights, two Movie Nights, Science and Technology SIG, GaySIG, and Restaurant Adventures SIG. And, our Mensa women also enjoy the interesting and supportive Women’s Bathroom SIG (there’s an amusing story behind that name).

Some other events are held in public venues, including M’Odyssey (Formerly called WIGWAG) for members interested in getting out and about to interesting places and events in the region, and various TGIFs. The latest addition to events open to nonmembers is Fair Game, a games & networking SIG open to all, held in public spaces, and sponsored by MWW with the triple purpose of (1) raising money for charity, (2) recruiting new MWW members, and (3) having fun playing board games and tabletop games.

For a more comprehensive list of events we enjoy, along with their descriptions, see the Event Guide under the Events menu of this website.

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