The Newsletter of Missouri Ozarks Mensa August, 2010
ILLUMINATE is a monthly publication of Missouri Ozarks Mensa, a division of American Mensa, Ltd., 1229
Corporate Dr. West, Arlington, TX 76006-6103. This newsletter may be viewed on the web at
www.missouriozarks.us.mensa.org. Mensa is an international society whose sole requirement for membership is a
score in the upper 2% on a standardized IQ test. It is nonprofit, has no religious or political affiliation, and holds no
opinions. MENSA serves as a means of communication and assembly for its members and is interested in gifted
children and psychological research. The web address for American Mensa is www.us.mensa.org.
Missouri Ozarks Mensa Publications Officer/Editor: Dan Stanley
Mensa Monthly Dinner
A time to relax and experience fine food and good conversation.
Where: Cedar’s South
3322 S. Campbell, Springfield
(Please note this is the SOUTH location)
When: Monday, August 16th, 6:30pm
Contact: Dan Stanley
daytime phone – (417) 862-2781 ext. 4003
email – email@example.com
Future Monthly Dinners:
September 15th (Wed.) @ 6:30pm – Purple Burrito
1700 S. Campbell, Springfield
October 15 (Fri.) @6:30pm – Digiacinto
2259 S. Campbell, Springfield
Last Friday Lunch
Take a break and enjoy a fun time with some smart people.
Where: Springfield Brewing Company
301 S. Market Ave., Springfield, MO
When: Friday, August 27th, 11:45am
Contact: Vivian Wasson
(417) 881-7571 (mention “Mensa” on the answering machine)
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover photo: Summer swim lessons, Nixa Community Center (courtesy of Dan Stanley)
Missouri Ozarks Mensa News
Illuminate Contributions Wanted!
Do you have a recipe, poem, or news item that you’d like to have in an upcoming
“Illuminate?” We’re especially looking for cover pictures of scenes around the Ozarks. If
you have a contribution, please send it via email to email@example.com. Contributions are used
at the discretion of the editor and should be family-friendly. If you have any questions, feel
free to contact me at the same email address. I’d also love to hear what you’d like to see in
future issues of “Illuminate.”
Album Sale Fundraiser!
Dean Wasson (husband of MOM member Vivian) has donated his collection of vintage
vinyl LPs to be sold as a fundraiser for Mensa. The cost for each album is $5. Checks can
be made out to Missouri Ozarks Mensa. People can send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. The albums can be picked up only at one of
our meetings: a lunch or a dinner. The list of the albums is available on our Missouri Ozark
Mensa website or by emailing Vivian at the above address. Country, jazz, classical, pop and
many other genres are represented in the collection. Be sure to take a look!
Come Out To A Gathering!
Many Mensans join Mensa just to see if they qualify. While that may build self-esteem,
such a limitation is akin to buying a theater ticket to see if there’s enough on your credit card
balance. There is a great deal more that Mensa has to offer.
One of the greatest benefits of being a Mensan is an automatic group of people with
whom you have something in common. It’s a great opportunity for the growth of fellowship
and friendship. But these benefits are only beneficial if you avail yourself to their
Please consider coming to one of our monthly dinners or luncheons. You’ll find good
people, good food and good conversation. If you have any questions, you’ll find contact
information on the second page of this newsletter.
Items for consideration for publication (photos, poems, recipes, news, etc.) are welcome
and should be submitted to the Publications Officer by the 15th of the month previous to the
month for newsletter publication. No previously copyrighted materials will be accepted.
Inclusion of material in ILLUMINATE is at the discretion of the Publications Officer and
Missouri Ozarks Mensa.
Campbell’s Soup…M M Good
Our next Excom meeting is scheduled for August 19 at 6:30 pm; it will be in the Harrison Room
at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield.
For those of you who don’t watch Big Brother, CBS’s reality show; one of the players is a
I received this email from Peggy Pannke-Smith, our Region 7 Vice Chairperson;
Just back from the Mensa AG in Dearborn where I met up with the vivacious VIVIAN WASSON
(photo attached). She's even cuter than her photos in the newsletter!
Mail: 5615 N. 11th Avenue Ozark, MO 65721
Cell Phone: 417-209-7713
Regional Vice Chairman Report
Check out photos of the Annual Gathering on our award-winning Region 7 website:
CONGRATULATIONS! REGION 7 WINNERS honored during Awards Lunch!
Marie Mayer of CENTRAL IOWA MENSA: National Service Award
MID AMERICA MENSA: Group of the Year (group size 400-899)
SOUTH DAKOTA MENSA: Innovative Owl for Outstanding Membership Rentention (92.7%!!)
WYOMING MOUNTAIN MENSA Honorable Mention for Membership Retention
HIGH MOUNTAIN MENSA won Prolific Owl for Outstanding Membership Growth
Tami Whitney, Editor of The Brainiac of NEBRASKA-WESTERN IOWA MENSA won a PRP
Newsletter award for Member Recognition
In CULTURE QUEST, MID AMERICA Mensa (Warren Walker) won 6th place and $135.00;
BOULDER/FRONT RANGE Mensa (Peggy Pannke-Smith) won 9th place and $120.00 and
HIGH MOUNTAIN MENSA (Dennis McKim) won 16th place and $80.00 toward local
NAME THE EVENT $1000 contest winner was PLAINS & PEAKS (Sandy Halby $50) with
the winning entry: “Perk Up Your Parliament” (Parliament is a group of owls.)
GROWING GROUPS! DENVER welcomed 19 new members in June!
PLAINS & PEAKS welcomed 10 new members; MID AMERICA welcomed 7!
WELCOME NEW OFFICERS!
Susan McCurdy, Assistant Local Secretary CENTRAL IOWA
Andre Jordheim, Local Ombudsman, NORTH DAKOTA
Don Martin, Local Membership Officer MID-AMERICA
Jane Johnson, Local Secretary KANSAS SUNFLOWER
Kevin Myles, Asst. Local Secretary KANSAS SUNFLOWER
Marlene Henkle, Editor & Web Contact, KANSAS SUNFLOWER
Cynthia Wilhelmi, Leadership Development Committee, NEBRASKA/WESTERN IOWA
I’d love to hear from you! Contact me at RVC7@us.mensa.org.
WORD BOX PUZZLE
Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in
across and down the grid. That is, the answer to 1 across is the same word as the answer
to 1 down; 2 across is the same as 2 down; etc.
Row 1: Instrument
Row 2: Gumbo staple
Row 3: Eyeballs
Row 4: Final
Answers will appear next month or request them at email@example.com.
Last month’s answers: Row 1 – LEGS, Row 2 – EPEE, Row 3 – GEAR, Row 4 - SERE
Local Secretary: Eddie Campbell (417) 209-7713, firstname.lastname@example.org
Asst. Loc. Sec.: Bill Day (661) 330-9292, email@example.com
Treasurer: Lorraine Gardner (417) 832-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Coordinator: Gary Kirkpatrick (417) 869-6044, email@example.com
Publications Officer/Editor: Dan Stanley (417) 849-5081, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recorder: Elaine Johnson: (417) 864-6311, email@example.com
Scholarship Coordinator: Andrea Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joplin Area Coordinator: Open
Southern Area Coordinator: Sally Schuster (501) 521-6443, email@example.com
Region 7 Vice Chairperson: Peggy Pannke-Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
American Mensa, Ltd. (800) 66MENSA, email@example.com
American Mensa website: www.usmensa.org
Missouri Ozarks Mensa website: www.missouriozarks.us.mensa.org.
Recipe of the Month
Use those delicious garden tomatoes!
Sicilian Fresh Tomato Sauce
¼ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
9 cups cored and chopped very ripe fresh tomatoes
4 28oz. cans crushed tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken stock
1 tsp. dried marjoram
1 tsp. dried rosemary
6 tbs. butter
freshly ground black pepper
Heat an 8- to 10-quart heavy-bottom pot and add the oil, garlic, and onion. Sauté until the onion
is clear. Add the remaining ingredients except the butter and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer
and gently cook, uncovered, for 4 hours, stirring often. Stir in the butter and salt and pepper to