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What is Mensa? 

was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities. 

"Mensa" means "Table" in Latin, with the idea that once someone joins the group, everyone is of equal status no matter who they are, or what they do for a living. 

Even the traditional "President" position within most clubs has been modified to "LocSec" (or Local Secretary) to cut down on the status implications. All local officers and position holders are unpaid volunteers 

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What Does Life in Mensa Mean to You?

By Denise K. Yancey

Alaska's Mensans regularly support the Alaska Literacy Program by competing and attending their fundraisers: the BizBee (a spelling bee for adults) and the Scrabble Scramble (variation games of the traditional Scrabble game).

Here is the result of a game night challenge where we started with Mensa at the center of the board, and tried to use primarily Mensa Life words:

For other Scrabble Scramble practice games suggestions please see our webpage.


Which is worth more?  A thruppence or a groat?  Get Martin Oakes' answer in the Articles page!

Anchorage Mensa's 9:00 a.m. Saturday breakfast has been moved to Yes Bistro at 3801 Debarr Road.