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!
At the time of this writing, my calendar tells me it is nearly mid-October, but stepping outside
the thermometer tells me it is more like mid-July. I hope by the time you read this fall will have
finally arrived and we will have been released from the 90+ degree days we are currently enduring.
Over the past several years I have been engaged in some massive purging of things from my home. I
went through every single CD I owned, listened to every single one of them, and let MANY of them go. I
have done the same with my vinyl records, cassette tapes, clothes, shoes, and even the books in my
library. There is something wonderfully freeing about casting off the excess baggage of years of
accumulation. It is an ongoing process and I truly enjoy it. I have even started to help some other
people with their purging and it is great fun. My attention has now turned to my VHS tapes. Back in
the 1980s my then-husband and I taped a ridiculous amount of stuff. And kept it. And never watched it
again. When I started I had over 300 recorded VHS tapes, most of them with 6-8 hours of stuff on them.
They are almost all gone now - what an amazing feeling! Things like family movies and recordings of live
performances my family members or I were in, I have dubbed off to DVD. Now I am nearing the end of the
pre-recorded VHS tapes (which go a LOT faster than the ones we recorded since there is only about 2
hours on the tape!) and it is a fascinating trip down memory lane to visit the me of all those years ago
who loved a movie enough to buy it on VHS tape, and watch it again with the eyes of the me now and see
if it still evokes the feelings it did. I can count on one hand the movies that I still love enough now
to want to replace on DVD. There are other things I have yet to go through - pictures, lots of papers,
the odd collections of things that just live quietly in a forgotten corner somewhere - but I'll get to
them. I recommend this exercise highly, you'll feel better for lightening the load of belongings you
November brings us a group outing to the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. It is a beautiful place and we
should be well timed to see numerous butterflies as they are still migrating. We also have the monthly
dinner gathering. The final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy has been moved to December due
to the numerous holidays in November taking up the weekends. But this means it is also time to decide
what our next cinematic adventure will be. Suggestions are welcome - what movie genre or series shall
we embark on next?
We are also in the midst of our election cycle. It won't even cost you a stamp! You can vote by
email! Just send an email to the address provided in the newsletter, include your membership number
(found on the label of your newsletter above your name), and provide the names of the candidates you
are voting for. Every vote counts - please let us count yours by voting!