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Who We Are: Manasota Mensa

Sapphire Award 2020-2021

We’re a group of people, just like you — well, like one out of every fifty of you, at least. We come from diverse backgrounds, education levels, and yes, political viewpoints. In our area, we also come from a variety of different states and countries, enabling an even greater diversity. Our group is very active; and our newsletter, The 4M, has repeatedly won national awards. If you had a specific area of interest, you could easily find a like-minded group in one of over a hundred different, national Special Interest Groups (SIGs) from Bitcoin to Burning Man..

We’ve scored in the top 2% of certain standardized tests, any number of which can be used for membership. We are aware that there are many different kinds of intelligence, including some that can’t be measured by standardized tests, such as leadership, or artistic. But generally, most of us have an insatiable curiosity, and desire to learn things new. Some are us are analytical, some readers, some math, some artistic; and generally, we’re the ones who may laugh at the jokes just a half second before the rest of the crowd.

We are a quirky, wonderful group of people. And we get your humor. And would love to have a spirited conversation about most anything that’s on your mind. Check out the membership information, and consider joining us! Or join us at one of our public events.

10 Tips to Keep Your Brain Young

This was originally posted to the blog in IsolatedM, the website dedicated to those Mensans who are far-flung, or otherwise separated from a local group. I had occasion to review the site and (re)found this video. The speaker, herself an IsolatedM fellow Mensan, gave...

Artwork, Timothy Raines

Amazing artwork by member, Timothy Raines. I'd first met Tim over a year ago by accidentally emailing him with a similar name to a co-member of a board I was on. And what a fortuitous accident! When I'd clicked on his website, I saw an unbelievably creative artist,...

Metal Dandelion Sculpture

You may have seen this in Mensa Brainwave. I so like that email newsletter. I just read an article about a Japanese artist who loves to metal-sculpt dandelions. (My hometown actually holds an annual festival to the weed, humorously enough.) But there was something...

Post-Covid Starbucks

L-R: Carol Cancilla, Don Chinnici, Elizabeth Falkner, Michael Drapkin, Keith Falkner, Marianne Gill, Linda Mason, Lynda Harris, and Priscilla Rosenthal.In our first face-to-face meeting since the pandemic, nine people attended. Beyond gratifying, it seemed to reflect...

Me and You and COVID-19

Me and You and COVID-19 By David W. Tschanz I spent thirty years as an infectious disease epidemiologist in South Carolina, Arizona and Saudi Arabia.  I also write a lot lately on history and current affairs. Because of that I keep getting suggestions from my friends...



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Activities and Events

Typical Events

These are some of the events that are frequently on our monthly calendar. Some of these are hosted around town, and some in members’ homes:

  • Cheap Eats, dining out on the cheap around town.

  • Ethnic Dining, various ethnic restaurants around town.

  • Scrabble (multiple times and locations) as well as other Games nights.

  • Picnics—usually draws much of the membership.

  • Great Courses teaching videos, with after-discussion.

  • Kayaking/Canoeing.

  • What would you like to do? We’ll come and hang with you.

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