Monthly Gathering

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New Year New Ideas

Come join your fellow Mensa of Western Washington members via Zoom for the first Monthly Gathering of the Year. We’re looking for people who want to speak at an upcoming gathering or event,  who have ideas about things we could do as a group, with ideas for National Volunteer Week in April, and who just want to hang out and chat. If you fit in any of those categories (or if you just want to lurk) join us at the January Monthly Gathering at 7pm.

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RG Tickets 2023

Tickets include Friday reception, Saturday lunch, Saturday reception, and six beverage tickets. Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. $10 surcharge for non-members. By purchasing a ticket you agree to abide by the policies for the event.

Additonal meal tickets, Saturday Gala & Sunday Brunch, available for purchase soon!

Supporter Ticket – Glinda the Good. This VIP level ticket includes the beverage add-on package and hotel parking. $220.00

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Adult Ticket, rate available until 02/14/2023. $140.00

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Youth Ticket, age 10 – 17 $65.00

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Child Ticket, age 9 and younger FREE

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Add-on drink package. Purchase addtional drink tickets for use at the bar. $50.00

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Saturday Only, if you are unable to attend for all three days. Includes Saturday lunch, reception, and four drink tickets. $130.00

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Non-member surcharge. If you are not a current Mensa member there is an additional $10.00 fee.

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As of 2/12/2023 there will be a 10% fee charged on all cancellations. After 2/28/2023 no refunds will be granted.

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RG Policies

As of November 2022, Emerald City RG is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees. Masks are optional. These requirements are subject to change as the public health conditions change in Washington.

Attendees may request registration changes through February 12, 2023, after which point a 10% processing fee per item will be charged. Tickets are unable to be cancelled as of March 1, 2023, but may be transferrred using the transfer form which is available on request. A transfer fee may apply.

RG Code of Conduct

(Mensa of Western Washingtion Actions Still in Effect)

Mensa of Western Washington (“MWW”) has an obligation to protect attendees at its Regional Gathering from predation, harassment, and intimidation.

Accordingly, personal attacks or harassment are not permitted. This includes touching another event attendee or member of the hotel staff without permission. Personal attacks and harassment shall be deemed to be such if they would offend a reasonable person, or disturb the sense of dignity of a reasonable person. It shall not be a defense that the remarks were meant in jest, or the touching was well intentioned, if the offended party communicates in a manner that would be clear to a reasonable person that the jests or touching are unwelcome, and the offensive remarks or touching are not immediately stopped.

Illegal, destructive, or hazardous conduct is also not permitted.

Complaints regarding violations of this code of conduct from either the person being harmed, or from bystanders witnessing offensive behavior, should be made to the Regional Gathering Chair or Hotel staff. You share in the responsibility of enforcing this code of conduct.

The Regional Gathering Chair reserves the right to ask anyone to leave at any time without refund for violation of the foregoing, and may assign this right to any of his or her fellow Regional Gathering committee members.

Regional Gathering attendees are also bound by the rules of the hotel and all applicable laws.

Penalties will range from warnings and temporary or permanent removal from the Regional Gathering up to such other penalties as may be available through the local, regional and national bylaws, and Washington State and Federal law.

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.


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

Eastside Mensa Movie Night  meets every second Friday at 7:30 alternating between in-person in Kirkland or online. 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.

American Mensa Annual Gathering

Mensa Anual Gathering 2023

Mensans don’t have conventions–we have gatherings. The Mensa Annual Gathering (AG) is the national U.S. Mensa convention held in a different city each year, typically spanning the July 4th weekend. A tradition since 1963, the Annual Gathering has grown from a two-day meet-and-greet at the New York Belmont to a sprawling and diverse collection of programs, talks, games and entertainment. These gatherings give Mensa members from all over the country an opportunity to meet new friends, catch up with longtime friends, eat, drink, play games, and enjoy speakers and presentations to “tweak” your mind. A good AG always has something that appeals to mind, body, and soul.

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

The 2023 Emerald City Regional Gathering, at the Rainbow’s End will be @ the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. Visit the RG page for more information.

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.


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!


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. 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.