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Electronic Meetings -- It's the thing now

Why / What

Our group's ExComm ('executive committee', or board) normally meets monthly in person, and any Mensan is welcome to attend. For obvious reasons, the ExComm currently holds meetings electronically (via Skype). Also, our membership MGs (monthly gatherings) have been put on hold for those same reasons. The current situation means that the general membership is essentially cut off from any local participation at the moment.

How (and who)

Below is a link to a secure (the same protection as page 7 of the online M-Tides; you will be prompted for an id/password) web page with Skype links to ExComm conference calls. Once these calls are set up (a week or two in advance), the page will indicate month, date(s) and time(s). The date and Skype link(s) on that page will change monthly. We don't want to keep Mensans out, but we are not inviting anyone else; please do not disclose these links to others.

Link: Secure Meeting Information Page

Note 1: You need to run Skype or a browser on a computer or a smartphone. You need not install Skype for this to work, although if you have it, the process will use it. Skype for Web only works officially on Windows 10 and macOS 10.12 or higher using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, although it should also work in Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox. The web app will ask you to install a browser plug-in before making or receiving your first video/audio call.


Pandemic announcement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tidewater Mensa activities may happen on a limited basis until we are sure of what the outcome will be and how it will affect our area. We will still have an ExComm on a monthly basis, but our Gourmand SIG, monthly gatherings and other events will be on a case-by case basis.

It takes from a month to six weeks to plan and implement events and get them published in the M-Tides. As no one can predict the future, we are unsure where this epidemic will go and how it will affect all of us. Our main concern is your safety and preventing the spread of this deadly virus.

We will keep you informed of cancellations and updates via e-mail, via the website calendar, and thru future articles in the M-Tides. We are proceeding with thoughtful caution, and we encourage TM members to follow appropriate health guidelines and to be flexible in an uncertain time.

Your Tidewater Mensa ExComm


Resource—Virginia Department of Health (VDH) map of COVID-19 Cases in Virginia


Tidewater Mensa's 2020 Regional Gathering is being rescheduled for fall 2021; all money received for the 2020 event is being refunded. Thank you for your interest!


Membership  Prospective members are welcome at the majority of our events. Our can answer your questions—or see the national page for qualifying criteria. Geography  Tidewater Mensa, Local Group 233 of American Mensa, Ltd., covers the DELMARVA peninsula and the area from Williamsburg, VA down to the North Carolina border. (Click here to see a map. Use your browser's "back" button to return to this page.)

Activities  Click here to view our public calendar. Each month we have a regular monthly gathering (MG) and a dinner out together (Gourmand SIG). The executive committee (Ex Comm) meets every month. M-Tides is our monthly newsletter. (The newsletter Activity Calendar, usually on Page 7, is for members only. Please see "Web Access," elsewhere on this page, for password information.)

Unless specified otherwise, guests of Mensans (spouses, significant others, family members, or just friends!) all are welcome at all of our meetings and activities. As mentioned above, prospective members also are welcome.

Note: Event photos are in the "Cool Stuff" section.

Gifted Children  Children can become members of Mensa. The regular admissions test is available to prospective members who are at least 14. Prior evidence can be submitted for any prospective member and is the only way for those under 14 to become members. There are tests commonly given by school systems that qualify as evidence. Scores must be at or above the 98th percentile. On some tests that means an IQ of 130 and on others 132 (it has to do with how the tests are constructed and scaled). For more information click here.

Check out the Mensa for Kids site!
Web Access  Access to members-only areas of this and the Mensa National web sites is available only by individual membership email and password. If you need information on how to get a password, please click here for the login page and click on "Forgot your password?" or to send email to people who can help. Mensa Scholarships Available

The Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program awards more than $140,000 in assistance every year to college-bound students around the globe. Scholarships are awarded based solely on 550-word essays expressing applicants' academic and professional goals and how their personal experiences will help them to accomplish those goals.

The program is open to those who will be enrolled for the following academic year in an accredited U.S. college or university. Some scholarships are only available to members of Mensa and their dependents.

Applications accepted online here until January 15th, 2020.

SIGHT  If you are a traveling Mensan needing a place to stay while visiting the Tidewater area, please contact our local . For more information and forms, please click here. Our Charter Documents
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Page last updated August 3, 2020.

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