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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!

October brings us our every-other-year voting for the Executive Committee officers. The ballot is the last page of the October issue. Caroline Stimel has graciously agreed to be our Election Supervisor for this election. The ballot is in a format that you can print out that page, complete it, fold it in thirds, and mail it, it is pre-addressed to Caroline. You also have the option of copying the ballot information and pasting it into your email program and mailing it to Caroline at the email address provided. Or you can email Carolyn directly with your vote and not bother pasting anything in from the ballot. 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. The current officers have all agreed to run again, but you have the option of writing in a name if you know someone you think would do well on the Committee. While it is true that none of the current ExComm positions are contested, we still must hold the election voting process as outlined in our by-laws. So please do send in your ballot to Carolyn no later than December 15, we have worked to make it as easy as possible for you.

Recently you may have received a postcard in the mail asking you to call a number to verify and validate your contact information. There has been a LOT of discussion about this on Mensa Connect. These postcards are part of the Oral History project you may have seen advertised in The Bulletin or read about in emails from National. You are under no obligation to call the number if you don't want to. If you do call, be prepared for the sales pitch. The company will try and sell you a book, a sweater, and a bag, for $400. When you decline, they will adjust the price as well as what you get and try again. From what I am hearing, they are pretty hard sell. If you, like me, had unchecked the box in your communication preferences to avoid getting third party offers, you may have wondered, like me, why the heck you were getting these as they sure look like third party marketing material. As it turns out, if you want to opt out of the Oral History project, you must do it separately in a different place on the Communications Preference page. Predictably, people are not happy about this and the complaints have gotten pretty loud. Moreover, the company that Mensa partnered with to do this project seem to have an abundance of negative reviews on sites like the Better Business Bureau, which has further upset some members. I wanted to give you this information so you would know what those postcards were about and that if you do choose to call, you will be prepared for a sales pitch.

I continue to deal with little house things that need attention. Most recently I tore out a section of siding on the porch that was completely rotten. A friend came over to do the high stuff for me since ladders are not my thing, and between the two of us we ripped out the old, corrugated plastic above, the rotten siding below, replaced it with hardie board below, and marine vinyl above. It looks SO much better! The downside is the anoles and tree frogs that used to spend their time safely ensconced in the wavy plastic are now having to find other safe havens.

I made an appointment to get my flu shot and decided to get the whooping cough vaccine too. I had whooping cough as a kid, but don't know that I had ever gotten the vaccine before. For the first time ever, I was given the flu 65+ shot. I got the flu shot in my left arm and the whooping cough in my right arm. Within 4 hours I had a huge lump on my right arm at the incision site and really horrible muscle pains. My neck was so sore I could barely move my head!! After some research I learned these were all whooping cough vaccine responses. It took nearly 2 days for the immune response to subside. Not sure I'll be repeating the whooping cough vaccine, but it sure did take my mind off of any reaction I may have had to the flu 65+!

Hope to see you all at an event soon. Stay safe everyone!



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