Local Group Owl awards

Local Group Owls

In 1996, the American Mensa Committee voted to recognize Local Groups that displayed outstanding effort in the areas of membership growth and retention. Thus the Owl awards were started.

The Innovative Owl award is presented to the group demonstrating the highest membership retention compared to its previous year's membership numbers. The Prolific Owl award is presented to the group earning the highest percentage of membership growth overall. The awards are officially announced each year at the Annual Gathering.


Year Innovative Owl Prolific Owl
2015  Southwest by South Florida
 (93% retention)
 Fort Wayne Mensa
 (17% increase)
2014  Sangamon Valley Mensa
 (92.8% retention)
 Chattanooga Mensa
 (25% increase)
2013  Sangamon Valley Mensa
 (89.8% retention)
 Northern Louisiana Mensa
 (10.4% increase)
2012  Borderline Mensa
 (90.3% retention)
 Nebraska/Western Iowa Mensa
 (36.2% increase)
2011  Sangamon Valley Mensa
 (93.1% retention)
 Vermont Mensa
 (22.7% increase)
2010 South Dakota Mensa
 (92.7% retention)
 Western Pennsylvania Mensa
 (14.5% increase)
2009  Sangamon Valley Mensa
 (92% retention)
 North Dakota Mensa
 (30% increase)
2008  Permian Basin Mensa
 (96% retention)
 Southern Illinois Mensa
 (21% increase)
2007  Fort Wayne Mensa
 (92% retention)
 Piedmont Area Mensa
 (20% increase)
2006  North Alabama Mensa
 (92% retention)
 Evansville Area Mensa
 (21% increase)
2005  Borderline Mensa
 (92% retention)
 Mid-Michigan Mensa
 (21% increase)
2004  Fort Wayne Mensa
 (94% retention)
 Gainesville Area Mensa
 (27% increase)
2003  Smoky Mountain Mensa
 (90% retention)
 Columbia River Mensa
 (26% increase)
2002  Sangamon Valley Mensa
 (96% retention)
 Sangamon Valley Mensa
 (25% increase)
2001  South Mississippi Mensa
 (97% retention)
 North Dakota Mensa
 (45% increase)
2000  Upper East Tennessee Mensa
 (95% retention)
 Central New York Mensa
 (63% increase)

 

Honorable Mentions

Year Innovative Owl Prolific Owl
2015    Greater Los Angeles Mensa
 South Dakota Mensa
2014  Channel Islands Mensa
 Heart of Illinois Mensa
 Channel Islands Mensa
 Triad Mensa
2013  Piedmont Area Mensa
 Southern Connecticut Mensa
 Northern Nevada Mensa
 French Broad Mensa
2012  Central Iowa Mensa
 Mississippi Mensa
 Central Iowa Mensa
 Gainesville Area Mensa
2011  Chattanooga Mensa
 Vandalia Mensa
 Vandalia Mensa
 Central Indiana Mensa
2010  Wyoming Mountain Mensa
 Sangamon Valley Mensa
 Vermont Mensa
 High Mountain Mensa
2009  Northern Michigan Mensa
 Evansville Area Mensa
 Southern Idaho Mensa
 Bluegrass Mensa
2008  Wyoming Mountain Mensa
 Central Pennsylvania Mensa
 Mensa of Jacksonville
 Montgomery/Wiregrass Mensa
2007  North Alabama Mensa
 North Dakota Mensa
 Columbia River Mensa
 Montgomery/Wiregrass Mensa
2006  Wyoming Mountain Mensa
 Smoky Mountain Mensa
 Illinois-Iowa Mensa
 Borderline Mensa
2005  Mensa Alaska
 Southern Illinois Mensa
 North Dakota Mensa
 Southern Nevada Mensa
2004  Heart of Illinois Mensa
 Permian Basin Mensa
 SW by South Florida Mensa
 Utah Mensa
2003  High Mountain Mensa
 Tallahassee Mensa
 Delaware Mensa
 Western Michigan Mensa
2002  Mensa of Jacksonville
 Panhandle Mensa
 High Mountain Mensa
 Wyoming Mountain Mensa
2001  Chattanooga Mensa
 Sangamon Valley Mensa
 Manasota Mensa
 South Mississippi Mensa