Tallahassee Area Mensa
Welcome to the home page of Tallahassee Area Mensa!
Tallahassee Area Mensa a local chapter of the High IQ Society, American Mensa. The Tallahassee
area serves Florida from the Apalachicola River east through Taylor County including part of
Madison County and even a bit of Dixie County. Our area is also the only area in all of Florida,
Region 10 of American Mensa, to include a portion of Georgia. For a full view of the area we
cover, visit our map.
Interested in joining Mensa? The only qualification for membership is a score at or above the
98th percentile on an approved IQ test. There are two different ways you can join. One is by
submitting evidence of scores from any of a number of approved intelligence tests that you have
already taken, or you can take the Mensa Admission Test. For more information about qualifying
to join, visit the Join Mensa page.
Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!
And the seasons shift - last week I had to turn the AC back on, last night I had to turn on the heat.
Welcome to fall in Florida! If you have not yet voted in the election (the ballot was included in last month's
newsletter) please take a moment to do so. You can email Carolyn Stimel (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly with your vote
or fill out and mail the paper ballot. Please do vote before December 15 so all votes can be counted. The critical
component for all ballots is that the member number must be printed on the ballot so that Carolyn can verify only
our members are casting ballots. If you don't know your number, you can find it several ways: 1) Your member number
is on your mailing label if you get the print format of the newsletter. 2) If you log in to the National site and
click on your name in the upper right corner, your member number is directly under your name in the profile details.
3) If you have your membership card, you number will be printed on it. 4) You can shoot me an email and I will give
it to you. My thanks for taking the time to fulfill this important requirement for our group.
The emails and post cards for the Oral History project continue and there was enough of a member outcry about it,
the issue has been placed on the agenda for the November meeting of the AMC. It will be interesting to see what actions,
if any, are taken as a result of this project. I read that many members have participated and provided their stories,
but it appears the number of people upset about the project are much higher.
An out-of-town friend recently came to town and was curious to see Tallahassee through the timeline of my personal
history. We spent all day driving all over town with me showing him where I lived when I first came to town, all the places
I had worked, places I loved to play and visit, etc. I went to places I had not been to in decades, so it was a fun trip
down memory lane for me as well. It was also shocking to see some of the changes of which I had been unaware - like the
Northwood Mall/Centre where I worked for many years is gone! The end that housed the old Publix and dry cleaner is still
standing, everything else is gone. He was astonished by the traffic, but of course Friday afternoon in this town always
seems to find everyone on the roads at the same time.
Our activities this month are reduced to the monthly dinner. The movie event would have fallen on the Thanksgiving weekend,
and we decided to let that holiday stand on its own. In December it would fall on Christmas Day, so it will either be rescheduled
to an earlier weekend in December or cancelled. Watch the web site and the next newsletter for the resolution of that to-be-determined
I was quite surprised recently when I went outside to fill the bird feeders to find a tiny baby opossum lying on the
ground in my front yard. Mom was nowhere to be seen, nor could I find any other babies. An un-planned trip to the wildlife
rescue organization followed. I was assured the orphan was old enough that he would likely survive and once he was ready to
be released, they would put him back in this area. Perhaps he will come by at some point in the future to say hello and eat
the sunflower seeds the birds and squirrels leave on the ground.
Hope to see you all at an event soon. Stay safe everyone!
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