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Membership Benefits

Why Should I Join Mensa?

There are many intelligent reasons to join Mensa. Whether you actively attend Mensa meetings, or simply relish the intellectual stimulation that membership promotes, you'll find the benefits of Mensa membership to be numerous indeed.

Does Mensa Provide Intellectual Stimulation?

Think-two-three, think-two-three! Mensa provides intriguing ways to flex your mental muscles. You'll find intellectual resources in national magazines, in local newsletters, and at annual and regional conventions.

Whatever your passion, there's almost certain to be a Special Interest Group (SIG) filled with other Mensans who share it! Mensa offers approximately 200 SIGs, in mind-boggling profusion from African Violets to zoology. Along the way you'll find microbiology, and systems analysis, but you'll also find Sherlock Holmes, chocolate and Star Trek. There's the expected: biochemistry, space science, economics -- and the unexpected: poker, roller-skating, scuba diving, UFOs and witchcraft. There are SIGs for breadmaking, winemaking, cartooning, silversmithing, and clowning. Heraldry, semantics and Egyptology co-exist with beekeeping, motorcycling and tap dancing. Sports SIGs cover the classics (baseball, basketball, and football) and the not so classic (skeet shooting, hang gliding, sky diving). And any Mensan who can't find a SIG to join can easily start one.

Does Mensa Provide Social Interaction?

Mensa meetings are anything but dull! Local groups meet at least monthly... for dinner and drinks on a Friday night, get-togethers featuring a speaker, or a lively, freewheeling discussion. All with fellow members who share your intellectual interests. Some groups have special get-togethers or activities throughout the month. Others, especially the larger groups, have events on practically every day. Of course, participation in local group activities is always entirely at your option. There's also widely attended annual conventions offering workshops, seminars, and parties. Plus, numerous regional gatherings are held each year, offering social and intellectual excitement.

What Publications Come With Mensa Membership?

You will receive your national magazine with the interesting and thought-provoking section "International Journal," which contain views and information about Mensa, as well as contributions by Mensans on a wide variety of subjects.

In some countries you will get lively local newsletters informing members of local activities and events, and other items of interest and announcements of special interest.

"Isolated M" is a popular and informative newsletter sent to those members who are geographically or otherwise isolated. It is available at nominal cost to any member.

Publication information is also available for specific National Groups.

What Other Benefits Does Mensa Offer?

Mensa sponsors a members-only credit card and insurance program in some countries. There's also a program that aids traveling Mensans.

Can Mensa Help My Community?

Mensa members find opportunities to contribute to the betterment of society through volunteer activities within their communities. Many Mensa groups offer scholarships for gifted students. The Gifted Children Resource Program compiles and provides information for gifted children at the national and local levels.

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