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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!

Ah, October. In my youth, spring was my favorite season. Over my time living in Florida, fall has become my favorite season. I am seeing signs of the season in my yard – confederate roses and angel trumpets blooming, the polkweed plants have turned red and are dying, the beauty berry bushes are loaded with purple berries – but the temperatures have yet to catch up with the other signs. I find myself chomping at the bit during this time of transition waiting for the high temps and humidity to give way to the beautiful days of fall.

September was great for events! The first-of-the-day boat ride at Wakulla was excellent! In all my times seeing manatee out there, this was the best for an above-water head shot. The baby alligators were visible along with an abundance of other wildlife going about their early morning routines. Even the captain of the ship said the first ride of the day is his favorite. Mine too! We were not disappointed! The dinner at the Wharf was well attended and the seafood was delicious. And with a silly Mel Brooks movie, the fun is always guaranteed.

I have a new addition to my household – a pressure washer. How on EARTH have I lived in Florida all these years without one?!?! In an area where the state plant is a hybrid of mold, mildew, algae, moss, and some lichen thrown in for texture, a state where this pervasive hybrid takes over anything and everything that lives outside (possibly even people… I have not investigated that), a pressure washer seems a necessity. But I never had one. Till now. And my patio, poured in February 1990, has lived these 28+ years without ever being pressure cleaned. It was the first thing I tackled, and I am astonished at the difference! I am looking forward to NOT slipping when I walk out there after a rain! After the patio I attacked chairs, swing, tables, cement blocks, house siding – I was on a roll!! And it was fun!!! I now find myself eyeing the shed, the car port, the driveway, the shutters, and noticing all these other places that would benefit from a treatment of highly pressurized water blasting away at it. What a great tool!

This issue will be the last full issue being mailed to all members. Starting next month anyone with a Print preference for their newsletter will receive a much smaller newsletter with little more than the calendar and specific items required in the by-laws. Those who have the electronic preference will receive a full newsletter with everything currently included, and likely considerably more as it will not be limited to these few printed pages. About half of our membership has opted to receive the newsletter electronically. If you wish to check (or change) your preferences, go to and log in to your account and check what you have selected.

Hope to see you at an event soon!


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