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.

July MG: Annual Picnic!

PicnicClipartDon’t miss the MWW annual Summer Picnic in Seward Park 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

Food and games

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.

Volunteer to help?

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 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!

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, Restaurant Adventures SIG, and a philosophical discussion SIG called Sunday Sojourn. And, our Mensa women also enjoy the supportive Women’s Bathroom SIG (there’s an amusing story behind that name).

Some other events are held in public venues, including 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.