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!
Happy December! I'm looking forward to meeting you all at the fountain in front of the elevators on
Kleman Plaza and enjoying the Festival of Lights with you! The last time I went to the Festival of
Lights, MANY years ago, I was singing in a madrigal group. All of the other singers were members of the
SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), but I was not. Even though I was not a member of the SCA, I was
included in many SCA activities because they wanted the madrigal group to perform, and I was part of the
group. This was how I came to be part of the parade - the SCA had a float and we were invited to sing.
We stood on the SCA's float, dressed in our period-holiday garb and sang old Christmas songs as the
float made its way down the parade route. What I found really funny was that they didn't want to use
any electric lights - being a period-style float with period-style decorations and period-dressed people,
nor did they want us to use microphones - that period thing again. So here we are in the parade and all
of the other floats are covered with electric lights and music blaring and lots of activity... and then
came our float. From what I was told later, it was nearly impossible for us to be seen because the float
was so dark and only the people in the very front of the crowds could hear us singing over the din of
the other floats around us. I found the whole thing really funny, but many others were very upset about
it. My garb was a red satin dress with white trim on the bottom and fake white fur around the collar. I
made a garland for my hair of holly and other holiday greenery. I was dubbed Mrs. Claus. From that day
on, whenever we performed for a holiday event, I wore that costume and my fellow singers would call me
Mrs. Claus. I still have all that period garb that I made all those years ago. Not much call to wear it
these days. This month also brings us the end of the Fellowship of the Rings trilogy. Time to find a new
movie adventure to pursue. Any suggestions?
I had need recently to rebuild part of my closet, the original shelving finally gave way and needed
to be replaced with the better grade of shelf supports. This gave me an opportunity to purge a lot of
cold weather clothes. When I first moved to Tallahassee, I wore cold weather clothes for a few months
each winter. Now it seems I only need them for a few days scattered here and there. So I have shed a LOT
of my cold weather clothes that never get worn anymore. This also means if I ever head north to visit my
family in the winter, my trip will have to be short because of the dearth of winter clothes!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by people you love. And I hope you all have a
marvelous December and enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate (or enjoy celebrating none, if that is your
preference). This month marks the end of my two year term as your Local Secretary. I hope I have done
well. I sure have had a lot of fun finding new things for us to do together. We'll see how the elections
turn out to see if I return for another two year term - it's a cliff hanger! Feel free to give feedback
on what more you would like to see happening in the group.