Who we are

As a local group of American Mensa, which in turn is a national member of International Mensa, we are a diverse bunch enjoying a wide range of interests and activities. More than 1200 members enjoy the benefits of belonging to Mensa of Western Washington (MWW).

You are welcome to come and meet with us. Our Monthly Gathering, which is open to the public, provides some interesting lectures and discussions.

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 are restricted to members include various Games Nights, Movie Night, Science SIG, Poker SIG, Pensa (a writing group), Dining Out SIG, and the notorious but benign and supportive Women’s Bathroom SIG (there’s an amusing story behind that name). Our event hosts and local officers are all volunteers

MWW is part of Region 8 (Pacific Intermountain), one of the 10 administrative regions of American Mensa.  We occasionally host or co-host a Regional Gathering.    In 2011 we will be co-hosting the Annual Gathering, a national event, with Oregon Mensa.


In navigating this website you might begin to think that we have our own language, so we offer the following for clarification.

MWW: Mensa of Western Washington, the name of this local area’s Mensa Group. MWW stretches from the Canadian border to Chehalis/Centralia, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Mountains.

SteerCom: Steering Committee. Elected officers meet (at a minimum) quarterly for 30-60 minutes. Members are welcome to attend.

President: Title of the local (MWW) President.

LocSec: Archaic title, “Local Secretary,”  recently replaced by the title of “President” in our MWW bylaws. Many other groups in Mensa prefer to use the term, “LocSec.”

ChairM: Mensa Chairman or Chairwoman.

MG or Monthly Gathering: The monthly membership meeting (feel free to bring a guest).

RG or Regional Gathering, the name for a regional Mensa convention.

AG or Annual Gathering: The name for the yearly national Mensa convention.

AMC or American Mensa Committee: Mensa’s elected national representatives.

RVC 8 or Regional Vice Chairman for Region 8: The elected regional representative, who participates as a member of the AMC.

AML or American Mensa, Ltd.: Our National Office and Staff.

RSVP: May be required by event organizer in order to make reservations.

TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Friday (Happy Hour);

SIG: Special Interest Group.



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