Event Guide

Due to the pandemic, many of these events are on hiatus until the regular hosts are more comfortable. Please review the calendar page for public events and the events listing in the members only section (Mensa Connect) for scheduled activities.

This page contains a list of events that members in Mensa of Western Washington enjoy in addition to the Annual, Regional, and Monthly Gatherings listed on the Gatherings page of this website. They include regularly scheduled events such as Meetups, special interest groups (SIGs), TGIFs, regular lunches or dinners, movie nights, and games nights.

  • NONMEMBERS: You can use this sample list to learn about some activities that members of our local group enjoy. It does not display names of hosts or their contact information. The Monthly Gathering is the exception because it is open to the public. The location and time of the Monthly Gathering are shown on the calendar page of this website.
  • MEMBERS: This list provides examples for nonmembers to learn what kinds of activities we enjoy. It might not contain the most up-to-date information. For a complete and accurate schedule, including contact information, addresses, changes to the schedule, and possible additional events, see the Event Section of Mensa Connect.

Special interest groups (SIGs)

Women’s Bathroom SIG (WoSIG) meets on the first Sunday of every month at 2:00 pm. This is a forum for adult women to discuss issues of interest to them. A theme is chosen in advance for each discussion. Absolute confidentiality is required. Seems like an odd name for an interest group? There’s a funny story behind the name!

Metaphysics, Occult & Parapsychology (MOP SIG) meets at 6:00 pm in Magnolia. Metaphysics, the occult, and parapsychology cover a vast array of topics and delve into subjects that have collective appeal: learn some history, glean techniques, and identify resources for continued education and practice. We welcome seekers and open minds.

Science & Technology (SaTSIG) Meets every third Friday at 7:00 pm in Lake Forest Park. The scope includes science subjects and technology subjects such as artificial intelligence and robotics. Science is not a body of knowledge, but an approach to answer questions. Today’s science is grappling with several big questions. What is the unseen 95% of matter and energy? What is consciousness? Are we alone in the universe?

M’Odyssey (Formerly WIGWAG) meets at various times to visit interesting locations around Puget Sound. WIGWAG stands for “Where I’d Go With A Group.” People didn’t get the acronym so it was changed to M’Odyssey to reflect the adventurous nature of the group. Previous adventures have been to Mt. St. Helens, the Rhododendron Gardens, Ft. Lewis, and various other scenic walks, hikes, or attractions.

Chocoholics SIG meets at various times, usually every other month for adventures in chocolate tasting. A few of the past meetups have been tours of Theo Chocolate, Bakery Nouveau, Vavako Chocolate, and Fran’s Chocolates.

Clever Shots SIG meets the last Saturday of every month. This is a sport shooting SIG that typically, but not always, meets at the Kenmore Shooting Ranges..

GaySig Seattle meets on the last Sunday each month for a fabulous brunch and salon-style conversation. Current members, prospects and allies are all welcome..

Restaurant Adventures SIG usually meets on the second Saturday of each month for a dinner out in the greater Seattle area. The purpose is, of course, not only social, but also to explore the different culinary delights of the area. Some past adventures included: Café Turko, Café Flora, Royal India, Ma’Ono Chicken & Whiskey, Capitol Cider, and Crawfish House.

TGIFs

Wendy Hutchinson TGIF meets every Friday at 5:30 pm in Ballard.

West Sound TGIF meets every other Friday at 7:00 pm.

South Sound TGIF meets on the second Fridays of the month in downtown Olympia for Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine in a very pleasant atmosphere.

Snohomish County TGIF meets every Friday at 5:30 pm.

Bellingham TGIF meets every second Friday of the month at 5:00 pm. In a friendly bar with good prices and good food.

Lunches and dinners

Port Townsend Lunch Bunch meets on the first and third Saturday of each month at 1:00 pm.

Gordon W. Hackbarth Memorial Lunch Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of the month at noon. Guaranteed good conversation and good food.

Sears Region Lunch meets on the second Wednesday of each month at noon.

Eastside Dinner meets on the second Thursday of each month 6:30 pm.

Edmonds Lunch meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Whidbey Island Monthly Dinner meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm for casual dinner and conversation, spouse/significant other welcome.

Jenefer Huntoon Memorial Lunch Bunch meets on the fourth and fifth Wednesdays of each month at noon to enjoy delicious salads, soups and Neapolitan foods.

Gaming events

Games Night North meets every second Saturday of each month at 7:30 pm to socialize and play tabletop board games and cards. Hosts alternate between Lynnwood and Edmonds.

Games Night East meets every fourth Saturday of even-numbered months at 7:30 pm in Woodinville to socialize and play tabletop board games and cards. All ages are welcome.

Games Night South meets on the fourth Saturday of odd-numbered months at 7:30 pm in Renton to socialize and play tabletop board games and cards.

Fair Game meets monthly on various days at various public places (bars/restaurants) around the greater Seattle area at 6:30 pm. This group is for ages 21 and older. Admission is free, however participants are encouraged to make a donation to their choice of charities selected by the event host and to support the establishment where the event is hosted. Our purpose: (i) raising money for charity, (ii) recruiting new members for Mensa of Western Washington, (iii) networking amongst gaming industry professionals and aficionados, and (iv) having fun playing tabletop games.

Movie nights

Virtual Mensa Movie Night (Seattle/Eastside) meets online every second Friday at 7:30. Each month has a different theme. Attendees reccomend films and vote on which movie to watch.

Seattle Mensa Movie Night meets on the last Friday of each month at 7:30 pm in a private home near the Seattle Center. Each month has a different theme, and attendees bring films and vote on which movie to watch.

Gifted Children & Youth events

1st Thursdays meets at 6:00 pm for dinner in Wings Café and afterwards tours the Museum of Flight. Neither children nor parents need to be Mensa members. Parking is free.

3rd Thursdays meets at 5:30 pm at Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, WA.

MWW Policy Documents

Mensa of Western Washington is subject to the constitution of Mensa, the bylaws of American Mensa, Ltd., and resolutions adopted by the American Mensa Committee (AMC). In addition, we are governed by the local MWW bylaws written and approved by the MWW Steering Committee, American Mensa, and a vote of the MWW members. In addition, MWW is subject to Standing Orders or Actions Still in Effect (ASIEs), which need only the approval of the SteerCom.

The Local Group Charter codifies the relationship between the Local Group and American Mensa Ltd., establishing rights and responsibilities of each entity.

Below you will find links to the MWW bylaws, ASIEs, and MWW Charter. After opening the link members will need to log in to view the content.

Bylaws of Mensa of Western Washington

MWW bylaws consist of the following: Name and purpose, Membership, Officers and duties, Meetings, Elections, Amendments, Parliamentary procedures and rules of order.

The latest version of our bylaws went into effect on November 4, 2013.

To download a pdf file containing the bylaws, open this link MWW Bylaws.

In this latest version, the local Bylaws Committee revised the format and rewrote several sections to reflect the way we do things differently — such as having officers take office in April rather than January — and, they changed the titles of the following offices:

  • Local Secretary (LocSec) was changed to President.
  • 1st Vice-Secretary was changed to 1st Vice-President
  • 2nd Vice-Secretary was changed to 2nd Vice-President

 Actions Still in Effect (ASIEs)

The MWW list of ASIEs is maintained to keep it current by adding newly adopted actions and removing ASIEs that have been superseded or rendered obsolete. To download a pdf file containing our current list, open this link MWW ASIEs.

MWW Charter

To download a pdf file containing the Charter of Mensa of Western Washington, open this link MWW Charter.

More About Our Regional Gatherings

While American Mensa is broken into “regions,” each encompassing multiple Local Groups, an RG is actually the gathering of a Local Group — perhaps annually or biennially . In this sense, a true “Regional Gathering” of all the local groups that fall within a designated American Mensa region does not exist. Also, please note not all Local Groups hold an RG.

Confusing, eh?

Every year or two (sometimes less often), MWW hosts or co-hosts a Regional Gathering. In 2011, instead of hosting a Regional Gathering, we were pleased to co-host the Annual Gathering with Oregon Mensa.

Our most recent Regional Gatherings were:

  • 2017, Emerald City Regional Gathering, Return to Oz @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport
  • 2018 Emerald City RG, Where Magic Can Happen @ Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue, WA
  • 2021, Emerald City Regional Gathering, Find the Emerald Lining in a virtual (online) format

For information about our next RG, please subscribe to our announcement list or follow the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/EmeraldCityRG

We hope to see you there!

Online Options

Scholarships for Youth

Distance/online Learning or Virtual Schools

These links are from the Gifted Children’s Handbook from American Mensa. The text is from the respective sites.

The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University is a continuing project dedicated to developing and offering multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses.

Since 1994 Clonlara School has provided online accredited high school courses for homeschoolers.

Johns Hopkins Distance Education for K-6, SCAT or PLUS scores are needed for grades 2–6. Students in 7th and 8th grade must take the SAT-I and achieve qualifying scores to remain eligible for CTY courses.

K12® Virtual Academies combine the best elements of homeschooling—flexibility and individual instruction—with the support and accountability of a public or private school.

Texas Tech University offers educational programs to a variety of learners such as K-12 and college students, professionals, and those seeking lifelong learning opportunities.


The links above are provided as informational resources and in no way indicate an endorsement of or any particular partnership with any organization. Mensa of Western Washington is not responsible for the content of any of the linked Web sites; this includes updates to or availability of linked sites and the accuracy, reliability or helpfulness of the information on these sites.

Homework Resources

All of these homework sites are portals to hundreds of other sites. Many destinations are listed in multiple portals. However, they differ in how they are organized and in how they accommodate children of different ages.

Favorites

King County Library System may be the best all-around web site with many links organized by subject (e.g., Health & Medicine, Animals, Insects & Birds and How to do Research/Library Skills). If you have a library card, you can use the Live Homework Help and an impressive list of data bases.

The National Education Association: On this site you’ll find answers to questions many parents have about homework such as interaction with teachers and with their children.

The U.S. Department of Education site addresses parents’ role in their child’s academic success. Among its tips: When children haven’t done their best work, point it out — but be constructive. “Instead of telling a sixth-grader, ‘You aren’t going to hand in that mess, are you?’ say, ‘The teacher will understand your ideas better if you use your best handwriting.’ ”

Grades K-12

HomeworkSpot is organized by school level; links to sites that support many schools’ curricula and provides a powerful reference center with free access to many of the world’s best libraries, museums and current-events sources.

Your local school district. Many local school districts have homework and research help resources on their district websites. Visit your local public school district website to learn more.

Grades K-8

Kidinfo has links organized by typical school subjects including science, foreign languages and music links. It has search engines for kids and, with a bit of digging, you will find subject links specifically for kids.

Grades 3-6

FactMonster is sponsored by Information Please Almanac. Encyclopedia Search gives you access to more than 57,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.

Grades 3-12

Answers uses both a question interface and subject lists. It has a good solution for misspelled words; it simply offers the subjects that have similar spellings. In addition, you can install a piece of software that allows you to alt-click on a word and get your answer.

Oregon’s Multnomah County Library has a list of almost 40 topics from maps to language arts. They expand into many other links. If you have a library card, you can use the impressive list of online data bases and Live Homework help.

Refdesk is organized by grade level (elementary, middle school, high school and college). Most of the links are found in the last two areas. The Ask the Expert list is impressive!

Others

The Figure This! Mathematics Challenges for Families site is maintained by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It provides interesting math challenges for middle school students to do with their families.

Math.com offers homework help, calculators and other tools, online practice quizzes, games, and other interactive explorations of math for all levels. In addition, you’ll find assessment, on-demand modular courses that target key math concepts, 24/7 live online tutoring, and expert answers to math questions.


The links above are provided as informational resources and in no way indicate an endorsement of or any particular partnership with any organization. Mensa of Western Washington is not responsible for the content of any of the linked Web sites; this includes updates to or availability of linked sites and the accuracy, reliability or helpfulness of the information on these sites.

Online Study Guides

No matter what year in school, there’s studying to be done, and the Internet can help. Check out this list of some great, mostly free study guides and test preparation sites, and pick up some general tips on how to improve study habits.

SparkNotes — Free study guides organized by the classic subjects for high school students. It has a test preparation section for the SAT II, ACT and AP that includes practice tests for each.

BookRags — Free study guides in many subjects, specializing in Science, Literature, and History. Each subject leads to an alphabetized list of topics. Most of the topics are introductions and lead to subscription material. BookRags features an online essay editing service (fee required) and free articles on better essay writing.

Pink Monkey — Literary summaries. PinkMonkey is a “G” rated resource for middle and high school students. The PDF and RTF versions of the summaries require payment. Don’t overlook the sections on ‘Parent tips’ and ‘Study smart’.

Test prep

Quiz Hub — Free online quizzes, by grade level, in many categories and subjects.

Test Prep Review — Free practice for scores of tests. SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE are included.

Study tips

General learning and studying resources — Although this site from the University of Guelph is for college students, it should be useful for everyone.

Learning Strategies — Another resource for college students that will work for everyone. See what you can use from the sections on how to read your textbook and how to take notes.

How to Study — This site covers the same material as the previous one, but the cartoons are much better.


The links above are provided as informational resources and in no way indicate an endorsement of or any particular partnership with any organization. Mensa of Western Washington is not responsible for the content of any of the linked Web sites; this includes updates to or availability of linked sites and the accuracy, reliability or helpfulness of the information on these sites.

Gifted Children Resource Center

These pages are devoted to gifted children in recognition of one of MWW’s goals: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity through scholarships, gifted children’s programs, and other supportive activities.

Activities and Events

Activities and events for Gifted Children are open to all children, not just Mensans.  So, invite your friends. Everyone will need either a parent/guardian with them or a signed permission and release form.

Please check the calendar or the ToteMs newsletter for details about activities and events.

In addition to the information on our website, you can find general information relevant to gifted kids at http://www.mensaforkids.org/.

For Everyone

For Children & Youth

For Parents & Caregivers

Searches for gifted/talented children

Registration for these searches is now available.

The Washington Search for Young Scholars (WSYS) is a regional talent search for students in grades 5 through 8. The goal of the WSYS is to identify and serve the needs of Washington’s brightest young scholars. More information about available programs and qualification for admission is found on their programs page.

Johns Hopkins University Searches for Gifted Children. This fall, enroll your child in JHU’s talent search, for students in grades 2 – 8. Learn more about your child’s math and verbal reasoning abilities, and have them celebrated and recognized by a leading program for gifted young people. And, perhaps qualify for summer and online courses. Financial aid is available. Find out more, and apply online.


The links above are provided as informational resources and in no way indicate an endorsement of or any particular partnership with any organization. Mensa of Western Washington is not responsible for the content of any of the linked Web sites; this includes updates to or availability of linked sites and the accuracy, reliability or helpfulness of the information on these sites.

Thanks to the Seattle Times and The Olympian for permission to link to their material and for caring enough to collect and organize the information.

Member Support Fund

Mensa of Western Washington’s Member Support Fund Subcommittee, composed of the Treasurer and two other members appointed by the Steering Committee, accepts written applications confidentially from MWW members seeking assistance with payment of their annual American Mensa membership dues in whole or in part. Members are actively encouraged to donate to the Member Support Fund, and are informed that any contributions are not tax-deductible.

Applications are due annually by January 31, and applicants will be informed of the decision of the Member Support Fund Subcommittee by February 28. If awarded, applicant’s dues will be paid directly to American Mensa by the annual renewal deadline of March 31. Applicants should indicate in a short personal statement the reason for their need and their specific interest in volunteering for MWW (proctor, RG, etc.), and send by email to treasurer@mensaww.org. Decisions will be based on available budget for the Fund, applicant’s willingness to volunteer with MWW, and the applicant’s essay. Applicants are limited to three years of support from the Member Support Fund over their lifetime.

How to apply for a Mensa Scholarship

Go to the Scholarship Program page on the Mensa Foundation website and click the Submit Application button to fill out an application and submit it online.

The scholarship process begins September 15th and ends with the scholarship application deadline of January 15th. 

Please remember to follow the directions. Unfortunately, many applications are disqualified simply because the applicants did not follow the instructions.

Good luck!