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Temperance for July will be moved to the second Friday of the month , July 11, since Tim's will be closed for the 4th of July.

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June Picnic

Sunday June 29, Lunch at 1:00 PM

     Bring the family and a potluck dish or drinks and have a great time all day. Yes, we have rented the Small Pavilion at Monte Sano State Park east of Huntsville. It is Mensa's playground from sun-up to 30 minutes before sundown, so come and enjoy its use. Scheduled activities will begin at 12:30 with setup of the food and drinks. Martha Williams will coordinate the BBQ grill. After lunch, there will be balloon animals, then Linda and Brent Graves will lead a 1 1/2 mile hike sometime after 2 p.m. .Louise Hardin will have some cerebral games and activities throughout the afternoon. Ad-hoc activity is encouraged! Don't forget hats, mosquito repellant, and suntan oil. Details:

     To avoid paying at the gate, say you are going to the small pavilion or use my name, not Mensa's. The small pavilion is at the far right and back of the picnic area. To unload anything from your car you must call the park office at 256-534-3757 to unlock the chain. Alcohol IS permitted but must be discreet. You must drink alcohol from cups, not containers. So bring cups. Bathrooms are at the large pavilion. There is a playground nearby. For other details please see



July Picnic

Sunday July 27, Lunch at 1:00 PM

     Same time and same location as the June Picnic.



 Saturday July 26, 1:00 PM

     This month Travis and Louise Hardin are hosting a laid-back FS&M featuring a summer salad bar.  Fresh tomatoes from the garden, salad greens, some summer fruit and veggies, cheese, chicken salad, and crackers. You're welcome to bring your favorite salad item or dressing, side dish, drinks, dessert or other tasty snack, but this is optional.  After munching for an hour or so, the tables will be cleared and the newsletters folded, labeled and tabbed for mailing.  Then more grazing, and optional game playing until 5:00 pm.


Directions to the Hardin's:

From Huntsville travel north on Hwy 231 (Memorial Parkway,) turn left onto Wells Road (there's a Liberty gas station on the right corner.)  235 Wells is about 1/4 mile on the right.


From Madison take 255 and stay on the road as it transition to Bob Wade Lane.  When you get to Hwy 231, turn left at the light (north) and then left at the next light onto Wells Road.  256-829-5460



     "FS&M" is our affectionate term for assembling the NORBAMENSA newsletter. The pages get folded, stapled and labeled. No experience necessary, free training, and you get the scoop early, along with another opportunity for interesting chatter.




     Temperance for July will be at Tim's Cajun Kitchen on Jordan Lane.

     If you're new to MENSA you might be misled by the tongue-in-cheek name of this event.  Don't let that keep you from joining us on the first Friday of each month at 5:30.  The truth is, we drink up and relax after a hard week at work or play (for the retired folks).  Some order dinner, others just enjoy the company and a couple of drinks.  On the odd-numbered months we meet at Tim's Cajun Kitchen on Jordan Lane.  On the even numbered months we meet at Casa Blanca on South Memorial Parkway in Main Street South shopping center.  The event is open to all members and their families.  Hope to see you there!

July Dinner Meeting
 Sunday July 20, 6:00 PM

     The June dinner meeting will be held at the Tai Pan Restaurant located at 2012 Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville. 

     Our speaker this month is Jim Fisher, owner of Excel Computer Services.  Jim will talk to us about the many ways to get scammed and techniques for avoiding them.


     Jim was raised in South Carolina, but moved to the Shoals in 1990 where he met the girl of his dreams, Tammy, and planted deep roots.  He dropped out of college in his third year thinking he could make a go of the newfangled "personal computer" fad.  He has owned Excel Computer Services since 1995 and writes a bi-weekly computer column for the local Courier Journal. 


Don't Forget Your White Elephants!


          Don't forget to bring your White Elephants to the dinner meeting.  These are items you no longer treasure, but think someone else will. Items are brought in bags and numbers are assigned to names and the fun begins as random numbers are called.  The most popular items are books and magazines - Mensans never have enough to read!


Mensa Kids Trek
July 19th, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM


     Mensa Kids Trek will present the annual logical thinking competition beginning at 2:15 pm. If you would like guidance on how to solve the logic problems, contact Martha Williams.  About 2:45 pm Michael Ciamarra will once again guide participants of Brain Trek on competition chess and introduce them to international checkers.  Michael works with Alzheimer's patients and other people all over the state of Alabama, helping increase their memory and thinking skills through chess.


Martha Williams,

      Mensa Kids Trek is free, open to the public, and geared for all ages. Children must have adult partners.

     For more information on Mensa Kids Trek and/or Brain Trek, please contact Martha Williams,

Let's Eat


     Local group members usually schedule two opportunities for our members to join together at local restaurants for dinner on Wednesdays.  For obvious reasons, they are referred to as "Let's Eat, Huntsville" and "Let's Eat, Madison."  Both provide great atmospheres for enjoying the company of fellow Mensans. 


Mensa is a social organization formed by and for people who have scored above the 98th percentile on a recognized IQ test.  Mensa has three stated purposes; to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence, and to promote stimulation intellectual and social opportunities for its members.

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