American Mensa Will Be A-Groovin' in Motown, Celebrating a 50th Anniversary That's Sure to be Golden

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American Mensa will be A-Groovin’ in Motown to celebrate its 50th anniversary in North America at the 2010 Annual Convention. American Mensa and Mensa Canada will partner to bring this year’s convention, also known as the Annual Gathering (AG), to Motor City, June 30-July 5 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn in Dearborn, Mich.

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We are so proud that American Mensa has been able to provide such a strong network of intelligence for 50 years, and the Annual Gathering is Mensa’s way of strengthening that network— bringing together intelligence from across the globe.

American Mensa will be A-Groovin’ in Motown to celebrate its 50th anniversary in North America at the 2010 Annual Convention. American Mensa and Mensa Canada will partner to bring this year’s convention, also known as the Annual Gathering (AG), to Motor City, June 30-July 5 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn in Dearborn, Mich.

More than 2,000 members and guests of all ages are expected to participate in more than 300 programs and speaker sessions at the AG, whose topics include anything from fashion to astronomy. A book drive is being held to benefit the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Mensa will unveil a 50-foot banner at the AG site displaying members’ pictures and mementos of the organization through the years and a commemorative postmark so members can send messages marking the birthday of American Mensa. Off-site, there will be a display honoring African American Mensans at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit (June 30-July 3).

“Who would have believed that our membership would grow from five to five figures within five decades?” said Maria Sawczuk, 2010 AG Chairman. “We are so proud that American Mensa has been able to provide such a strong network of intelligence for 50 years, and the Annual Gathering is Mensa’s way of strengthening that network— bringing together intelligence from across the globe.”

“Because this is the 50th anniversary of North American Mensa, it is only fitting that Mensa Canada participate in this exciting occasion,” said Shirley Downes, Canadian Coordinator for the AG. “This year, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with old and new friends while learning about Canadian culture through our wonderful programs. They will also learn about the history that makes Detroit unique.”

For those interested in joining American Mensa, an Admission Test will be given on Wednesday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 3, at 9:30 a.m in the Stanley Steamer room of the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. The test is $40 and open to anyone 14 years old and older. Mensa Canada will also be testing on Friday, July 2, at 9:30. Test takers should arrive 30 minutes early for registration and bring a photo ID. A parent or guardian must accompany those under 18. For more information, log on to http://www.ag2010.us.mensa.org.

American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top two percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. The organization has more than 57,000 members in the United States and more than 110,000 members around the world. For more information about Mensa, or to apply for membership, visit http://www.us.mensa.org or call (800) 66-MENSA.

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