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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mensa Education & Research Foundation Newsletter now out

From Willem Bouwens, Chair of Mensa International:

Hereby the winter edition of the Mensa Foundation newsletter.
It is something light to read with many links to interesting articles and information on the activities of the Mensa Foundation.

Get the Foundation News here.

Monday, March 18, 2013

This year's IBD meet shall be in Canada

Anyone here planning a North American trip at around the last quarter of the year?

If so, then you may want to head to cold, cool Alberta for a three-event spectacular that Mensa Canada is hosting. That's the International Board of Directors meeting, a road trip of the Canadian Rockies together with lots of international Mensans, and a Regional Gathering entitled "The Sound of Mensa."
Check out their website at, or see details below!

Mensa Canada is hosting 3 big events in Alberta this September. This is your chance to experience our beautiful part of the planet with Mensans from up to 50 different countries.

We invite you to attend 1, 2 or all 3 of our 2013 events and promote them to your national members:

  • The Sound of Music RG - Lake Louise, Alberta – September 13-15, 2013
  • The Great Canadian Road Trip – a 5 day coach tour of highlights of the Canadian Rockies customized for Mensans – September 15-19, 2013
  • The 2013 Mensa International Board of Directors Meeting in Calgary, Alberta – September 19-22, 2013

This is your chance to experience Mensa at its best.

Please address any questions to Vicki Herd at

We hope to see you in Alberta, Canada in 2013.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Mensa International Elections 2013

03 March 2013
The following notice has been issued by the chairman of the International Election Committee, announcing the candidates for the 2013 elections. Members will receive their voting forms through their national Mensa groups in due course. Members are urged to use their votes - it's YOUR society.


On 1 February 2013 in accordance with Rule 9 of the election rules (no voting where there is no contest) the chairman of the International Election Committee (IEC) has written to Willem Bouwens, Michael Feenan and Elissa Rudolph to inform them that the IEC had declared Elissa Rudolph elected to the position of International Chairman.

The future incumbents of the other three posts to be filled will be determined in the international election in which members can vote from 15 April to 15 May 2013. There are two candidates for each of the three positions:

International Director-Administration:

  1. van GEFFEN, Grethe (Netherlands): nominated by Belgium, Brazil, British Isles, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA
  2. MOODIE-BLOOM, Therese (Australia): nominated by Australia, British Isles, Hong Kong, Hungary, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

International Director-Development:

  1. REYES, Cinthia (Mexico): nominated by Argentina, Australia, Belgium, British Isles, France, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA
  2. LILJEQVIST, Björn (Sweden): nominated by Brazil, British Isles, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA

International Treasurer:

  1. CHALLUPNER, Rudolf (Austria): nominated by Austria, Switzerland
  2. CYWINSKI, Jacek (New Zealand): nominated by Australia, Belgium, Brazil, British Isles, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden
In addition, the representative post of Director - Smaller National Mensas will be elected by the members of the International Board of Directors in a separate election. For the information of members, the candidates declared are:
  1. Bibiána Balanyi (Hungary)
  2. Lars Endre Kjølstad (Norway)
  3. Cristiane Cruz (Brazil)
  4. Cinzia Busi (South Africa)
All five successful candidates will take their place on the Executive Committee of Mensa International on 1st July 2013.

Good luck to all the candidates!