1. What Type of People are Mensa Members?
Mensans typically have many interests, and our Current Events page shows the more than 60 events we offer in the Bay Area every month. Webpages of individual San Francisco Mensa members can be found on our Members Page.
2. What is the Purpose of Mensa?
- Identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity
- Encourage research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence
- Provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for members
3. How Do I Meet Other Members?
Members can also attend regional and national gatherings providing further opportunities to meet other Mensans. The San Francisco group holds a Regional Gathering every Thanksgiving weekend that attracts some 150 Mensans from the Bay Area and from around the country.
We also offer a yearly Colloquium, a forum for any interested Mensan to explore, debate, evaluate and offer judgment on a major issue of long-range importance to society.
In celebration of Mensa’s 60th anniversary, 2300 Mensans and guests attended the World Gathering 2006 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The US Annual Gathering is held on the July 4 weekend every year, with different Mensa chapters vying for the honor of hosting the AG each year. Mensans and their guests are welcome at any Mensa event worldwide, and Mensans often travel to another state or country coinciding with a Gathering there.
4. What about Intellectual Stimulation?
The Intelligencer, our local newsletter, carries a puzzle page as well as articles and letters from San Francisco Mensans.
The main benefit of joining Mensa is, however, the interaction with other members. The more you get involved in activities that interest you, the more you will ‘get out’ of Mensa.
5. How Do Mensans Help Others?
- The Mensa Foundation sponsors scholarships, participates in research, rewards excellence in gifted research, and publishes the Mensa Research Journal.
- San Francisco Regional Mensa sponsors scholarships for local students. For more information, please email ourScholarship Coordinator.
- Our Gifted Children Resource Program provides information for gifted children.
- Project Inkslinger gives books to libraries that have experienced a natural disaster.
- SIGHT, Mensa’s worldwide traveler’s hospitality program, is available to all members. The local contact is our SIGHT Coordinator
- San Francisco Regional Mensa volunteers get involved in community-oriented activities. We provide technical and telephone volunteers to KTEH, the San Jose Public Television station.
6. Are There Groups in American Mensa That Share My Interests?
7. Are There Other Benefits to Being a Mensa Member?
8. What Can Mensa Provide for My Gifted Child?
9. Can I Participate in Mensa Activities Worldwide?
Mensa has more than 100,000 members worldwide. The International Mensa website lists contact information for all the national Mensas.
10. What If I Have More Questions?
11. How Can I Contact the American Mensa Office?
American Mensa’s National Office contact information may be found on the American Mensa Website.