New Gifted Youth Coordinator

Mensa Alaska has a new Gifted Youth Coordinator: Anton Kulchitsky of Fairbanks has volunteered for this important position.  Intelligent young Alaskans have an awesome guy in their corner now!  Please wish him well!

Mensa Father's Day Picnic at Norma's House - we had lively discussions and flew a kite in light winds. Discussed what makes a really good kite and how they work.

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

For more information: American Mensa.

MentalFloss Magazine had an interesting article in their May/June 2012 edition, on page 62: "The Scale That Rates Our Smarts."  It's an article about who, when, why and how the IQ test was developed.
Passing this test won't qualify you to get into Mensa, but you can try it and see how you might do on the actual test. Results are confidential.

Bears are everywhere in Alaska - there are many wild bears living right in Anchorage.  Intelligent people avoid them...

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Looking for some good book ideas?  See our list on the Discussions page!

Nomination time for 2015 Mensa Foundation awards

Time is running out to nominate Mensa Foundation awards. The Foundation is accepting nominations — the deadline is March 1, 2015 — for the following awards:

The Copper Black Award is given for a Mensan's specific creative achievement — patented or otherwise demonstrated to be of practical value — or for an innovation that has been implemented, at least in part, to the advantage of persons other than the nominee. The award does not recognize achievements in the arts.

The Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes a teacher, professor or instructor at any education level who has had an especially positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member or on that of a dependent. Nominations are accepted only from members in good standing of American Mensa, Ltd.

The Intellectual Benefits Award recognizes a Mensan's application of intellectual abilities that result in tangible benefit to society. Innovative activities relevant for consideration include education programs for employees; client or business associate education programs; intellectual research and development; and programs designed to educate the public. These activities may be paid or unpaid. Consideration is given to the number of individuals affected.

You could have made your nominations online in the Programs section at www.mensafoundation.org, or call 888/294-8035 ext. 5577 for more information. As far as the Alaska Mensa officers know, no Alaskan has won any of these awards -- YET!

CHAMPIONS! Mensa Alaska Wins 2014 Alaska Literacy Project's BizBee!

On Friday, October 10, 2014, our team of brilliant spellers, Norma Gertson, Andrea Lane and Denise Yancey, took First Place in this year's Bizbee competition.  This was some of the hottest competition this correspondent has ever seen with teams from the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (In Fred's Name, named for AUUF Member and long-time ALP volunteer, Fred HIllman who died this year) and from Arctic Entries (the local monthly story-telling event) battling it out with our heroes right to the very end. Our table of supporters came in second place in the Spirit award this year. More details, and hopefully pictures to follow.  For now, we'd just like to say again a great big thank you to First National Bank of Anchorage for paying our entry fee this year. And an even bigger congratulations for our conquering heroes!  You did us proud!

Are you wondering if your SAT, ACT, PSAT or other tests could already qualify you for Mensa Membership?

If you have friends and family who have taken the LSAT or the GMAT or have scores from another accepted intelligence test, now is a great time for them to consider joining Mensa. You may direct them to us.mensa.org/testscores to find out more about this offer.

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