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.

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 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 locations will sometimes vary, but we currently meet at the Shoreline Fire Department’s Training Center.

The address: Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, in Shoreline, WA. Our large meeting room is on the ground floor, and ample free parking is available.

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 Street 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).

Taking the bus? Metro’s RapidRide E Line (formerly bus line 358, but is much faster and runs more often)  runs north and south on Aurora Ave N and stops near 175th. For a map of the route, click RapidRide E Line.

June Monthly Gathering

The June Monthly Gathering will be on Saturday, June 17th, at 6:30 pm at the Shoreline Fire Department (see address and directions above). The MG is always a potluck, so please bring a snack or a nonalcoholic drink to share. (Alcohol is not permitted at the MG.) You don’t need to be a Mensa member to attend.

Dr. Ellen BergThis month we are pleased to welcome Sociologist Dr. Ellen Berg as our speaker. Dr. Berg received her B.A. in English from UCLA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from George Washington University. She has taught undergraduates and adults about social problems and political challenges since 1986 and is currently a speaker with the Creative Retirement Institute (CRI) of Edmonds Community College. Her presentation is entitled,

“Charisma in a Constitutional Order”

At this point, President Trump seems to have a rock-solid base of supporters and a rock-solid base of resisters. Both groups agree that he is a disrupter. His political style is to go against the grain, breaking the conventions of American politics. This characteristic (and not President Trump per se) is what Ellen Berg will be discussing: how charismatic political figures fit or do not fit in constitutional political systems.

This issue was addressed by Max Weber during a era when Teddy Roosevelt, self-defined Bull Moose, was its American exemplar; and it is Weber’s ideas Berg will be describing. She finds it helpful to step back now and then (out of the arena of punditry and partisanship) to look more dispassionately at our situation. We invite you —  whatever your politics — to join us on June 17th to do just that.

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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