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Tour of Scotland proves a hit!

Fourteen hours, eight cities, and one birthday cake all went into an epic celebration of Mensa’s 70 th anniversary in Scotland. Scottish officer Derek Sellar and his wife Marjie set out to meet as many Mensans as possible by visiting all of Scotland’s cities in one day, October 1 – 70 years to the day since Mensa was formed. Derek reasoned that holding one event in an area as sparsely-populated as Scotland would be impractical for most members – so instead of inviting Mensans to a party, he...

Mensa on the BBC

Mensa archivist Ian Fergus was on the BBC WOrld Service's Witness programme this morning, talking about how Mensa was formed 46 years ago. The programme also includes some fascinating archive recordings of former president Victor Serebriakoff talking about the early days of the society and how it developed into the international organisation of today. A link to the programme is available here

Derek and Marjie's epic trip for Mensa anniversary

Derek and Marjie Sellar at the Glasgow AG in 2014 He won’t exactly be walking 500 miles, but Mensa’s Scottish officer Derek Sellar is planning an epic journey to celebrate the society’s 70 th anniversary. Derek, from Glasgow, has set himself the challenge of visiting every city in Scotland within 24 hours on October 1, 70 years after the first official Mensa meeting in Oxford. With his wife Marjie, who is also a Mensa member, Derek will cover about 560 miles on a journey that takes in Glasgow,...

Stamp of approval for anniversary!

Anniversary celebrations for the world’s oldest high IQ society have been given an official “stamp” of approval. Mensa, which was formed in England on October 1, 1946, celebrates its 70 th anniversary on Saturday. Royal Mail will be joining in the celebrations by franking all mail on Saturday with a special anniversary postmark. To get the special mark, items need to be posted on Friday so that they are sorted and franked for delivery on Saturday. A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail’s...

Eileen ready for retirement after 38 years at Mensa

Mensa’s longest-serving member of staff is preparing to say farewell to the society - an astonishing 38 years after she first started work as a temp! Membership secretary Eileen Southan leaves Mensa on Wednesday (September 28) to start her well-deserved retirement. “I was a temporary packer,” she said. “There was a huge load of inquiries in those days from promotions in the Readers’ Digest and The Times. “I just seemed to work my way up from there. I moved onto marking, then membership offers,...

Daredevil Carolyn heading home for anniversary Wayzgoose

It's a far cry from Hollywood, but stuntwoman Carolyn Dean will be returning to her roots to help the North East region celebrate Mensa's 70th anniversary. Mensan Carolyn will be the guest speaker at the North East Wayzgoose on October 1 - Mensa's 70th anniversary. To find out more about the intrepid Mensan, click here to read her story in the Yorkshire Post

Rio medal delight for Mensan Adele

The success of Britain’s swimmers and divers at the Olympic Games in Rio has left one high-flying Mensan “a little numb”. Adele Stach-Kevitz has been in Brazil as a board director of British Swimming, working with the performance director and athlete coaches for the diving squad. She said: “Our swimming total of one gold and five silver medals is the best Great Britain have achieved in the pool since 1908 and our diving tally of one gold, one silver and one bronze is the best result in the...

Step out in new Mensa hoodies and T-shirts!

A new range of Mensa hoodies and T-shirts will be hitting the streets very shortly. The three new designs are available as both hoodies or T-shirts in a wide array of colours - if you don't see the colour you want, just contact the Mensa office to check if it is available. The designs feature a jigsaw pattern, a wordsearch and a traditional Harvard-style collegiate emblem, with subtle Mensa branding and exclusive labelling. The wordsearch and jigsaw designs will be available to the public,...

Young Mensans take centre stage

Two talented young Mensa members have been making waves in the performing arts world. Ten-year-olds Sebastian Carrington, from the West Midlands, and Dixie Egerickx, from London, have been making a name for themselves in the highly-competitive arenas of music and acting. Sebastian has not only achieved distinctions in his Grade 8 singing and piano exams – an unusual achievement even for students 10 years older – but he also got to perform for royalty at Buckingham Palace. And actress Dixie, who...

A lot's happened #since1946

The world’s oldest and most famous high IQ society turns 70 this year – and it seems we’re in good company. It turns out a lot happened in 1946, quite aside from the formation of Mensa on October 1 in Oxford. For starters, the National Insurance Act of 1946 put in place the blueprint for the NHS and welfare state in Britain, while on a global scale, the formation of the United Nations and Unicef were the manifestation of a post-War desire for greater global co-operation. The Cannes Film...

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