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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In one of the most amazing resources on the web, Mensa for kids has lesson plans, suggestions, games and much more to assist you in your child's development.

Poetry; Hannah, by Don Chinnici

Hannah was the Sheltie puppy that I'd recently gotten after more than two years in the process. At ten weeks old, on a routine visit to the vet, she was in kidney failure; and later found to have genetically malformed kidneys. So, after two and a half weeks, I put her...

Manasota Activity Interest List

This page is both for information now, and as a resource, as it will also change dynamically over time. Feel free to write in with changes, or to comment below. The purpose of this is to coordinate the various interest areas, and create the gathering points: listing...

July, 2018 RVC Column

The next meeting of the American Mensa Committee will be held on July 5, 2018 at the 2018 Annual Gathering in Indianapolis, IN. At this writing, the agenda has not been finalized, but it will be posted shortly at...

June, 2018 RVC Column

While I usually use this column to report on the actions of the American Mensa Committee (AMC), we’re in a slow period right now, as our last meeting was in April and our next will be at the Annual Gathering (AG) in July. But of course this doesn’t mean...

May, 2018 RVC Column

The Constitution of Mensa establishes that one of our three main purposes is to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for our members. The primary avenue for providing that is through Gatherings, and the next one is coming up soon!...



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Mensa's a great organization to join. If you wonder if you qualify, take the sample test and see. If you're ready to go, take the qualifying test, or submit past test results.

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.