Who We Are

We’re a group of people, just like you. 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 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 jokes. And would love to have a spirited conversation about most anything that’s on your mind. Check out the membership information, and join us!




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We’ve named an Ombudsman!

In one of the remaining -- and critically needed -- offices of Ombudsman, we've selected an officer. I'm happy to announce David Tschanz as our new Ombudsman. If you're not aware of this office, it may be one of the most important for the long-standing health of the...

April, 2018 RVC Column

The American Mensa Committee (AMC) met on March 3, with several presentations, including the first report by our new Executive Director Trevor Mitchell, the regular Treasurer’s report by Deb Stone including a presentation of the Annual Budget Review and...

Gifted Children: Let’s Get this Party Started!

Dear Manasota Gifted Youth (and their parents!): Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Tom Carrero and I am the Gifted Youth Coordinator (GYC) for Manasota Mensa. I currently live in North Port with my wife of 14 years, our two boys (ages 11 & 8 - both...

Calling All Members!

LocSequitur April, 2017   Calling all members! Although this is largely a duplicate of the column of the April 4M, there is the ability to expound on things a bit more here; if nothing else, simply for the entertainment value of it. Last month, I'd written a 4M...

New Loc Sec Intro and Message

Hello All. As the new Loc Sec, I simply wanted to say hello, and to say that I am very honored to serve this amazing group of people. I also wanted to give you a bit of my vision for the coming year.



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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.