Are any of you active in your local chapters?

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1clamairy
maj 20, 2010, 4:07pm

Do you take part in any Mensa book groups, social outings or regular meetings? I haven't made it to a single one since I moved from IL to CT. One of these days...

2beelzebubba
jul 2, 2010, 10:53pm

I've been a member since the early 90's, and I've made it to exactly one meeting. The speaker at this particular meeting taught an informal class at the local university on Joseph Campbell. This was the main reason I decided to go. I took a friend with me who was a fan of Campbell's, too.

During the meal portion, before he was to get up and do his presentation, my friend and I started asking him some questions about some of Campbell's books. Turned out he hadn't even read any. He had just watched the series of interviews w/ Bill Moyers, and so he figured that made him an expert on Campbell.

My friend and I quickly realized this would not bode well for him. It didn't. Not two minutes into his talk, the other Mensans smelled the blood in the water, and went in for the kill. I kind of felt sorry for him. I never went to another meeting after that.

3clamairy
Redigeret: jul 8, 2010, 9:54am

#2 - Yowch. I'd feel sorry for him, too... but I can understand why they went after him. Whoever asked him to speak was the one who dropped the ball.

I was considering going to a book discussion group, but then I read the details. The woman who was hosting said her house was a 'fragrance free zone.' So far, so good. But I think she listed deodorant as one of the verboten scents, and I decided to pass.

4beelzebubba
jul 8, 2010, 2:07pm

Ha! Wise choice. I believe I could come up with a couple of hundred things I'd rather do than huddle up with a bunch of "Malodorous Mensans."

5clamairy
aug 30, 2010, 11:23am

#4 - No kidding! :oD Sorry I just found this reply. I can't believe it's been so long since I posted #3. Feels like just a week or two.

6Meredy
Redigeret: nov 21, 2011, 3:05am

I'm not currently very active, but I have been. I used to attend meetings regularly, and I've served as newsletter editor in two groups, as well as contributing some work at the national level. In the past ten years or so I've been less happy with the way the organization is going, so I've given my attention to other things. I still have a lot of M contacts, though, and I still look at the publications.