Make the most of your Local Group resources

Running a Mensa Local Group may seem like a daunting task — but it doesn't have to be. Browse here for much of the information you need to get started and keep working most efficiently.

From your group's monthly paperwork to your local membership prospects, from all kinds of materials to national publicity for your RG, from ideas for gifted youth activities to a calendar of important dates for officers, you'll find it all — and much more — right here.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Lead section for additional information that makes your life as an officer much easier.

Boundary mapping

These maps may be useful in determining where new activities may be held or where a group may need additional Area Coordinators. As well, the prospect maps may be useful in visualising the distribution of prospects vs. available Proctors.

Event Resources
Gatherings listing request

For gatherings planners, it is important to publicize the event widely. For a listing in the Mensa Bulletin and on the American Mensa Web site, complete the gatherings listing form.

Gifted Youth Coordinator resources

The Gifted Youth Coordinator is an invaluable volunteer for Mensa. It's through GYCs that we're able to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for our youngest members. Here, you'll find here the various handbooks and release forms that we use to ensure that youth protection is always our number one priority.

Tags: gifted youth, Gifted Youth Coordinators, GYCs, lesson plans, activity plans, just for kids
Lapsed member tracking

Lapsed Member Tracking provides Local Secretaries, Assistant Local Secretaries and Membership Officers with lapsed member information, dating back up to 10 years and updated each business day. They can also download contact information and email lapsed members about upcoming events and local information.

Local Group Management Portal
The purpose of this project is to provide Local Group leaders with essential data, resources and reports to better support their various volunteer work. This will allow volunteer leaders to use the information in a centralized location, as well as allow National Office staff to streamline month-end processing to improve staff, resource and financial efficiencies.
Materials requests
Request officer materials

Every Local Group needs collateral materials, handbooks, forms; luckily, we have all of things things available for you.

Membership Data Agreement

In order to receive membership information as an officer or appointee of the organization, you must request agree to the provisions outline in our Membership Data Agreement.

Monthly distribution

Each month, the National Office sends Local Groups mailing labels, names, addresses and telephone numbers of all individuals who have recently joined, rejoined or moved into their local areas in the last month.

Tags: membership list, members, distribution, files, downloads, reports, monthly
Newsletter uploads

Local Group newsletters provide Mensa members with a monthly calendar of events, report local and national Mensa news, and facilitate communication between and among the members and the American Mensa Committee. Local Group officers can upload their newsletters here.

Officer elists

A number of local offices have a dedication elist where officers can exchange ideas, talk and learn about the positions they hold. Some elists may be restricted to current, specific officers only, and others may allow past officers or all interested members to participate.

Tags: elists, officers, appointees, members, communicate, email
Officer timeline

Want to know about upcoming meetings, award deadlines, when we send your monthly mailing? Our officer timeline contains key dates for our officers and appointees.

Tags: dates, timeline, meetings, mailings, deadlines
Officers' Sharehouse

Housed within our online Community is a file-sharing area for officers and appointees who can upload and share their graphics, photos and articles.  Because the Sharehouse is a part of our Community, you can rate content and comment on the uploads as well. 

Tags: Officers' Sharehouse, sharing, files, ads, graphics, logos, articles, recipes
Scholarship Chair resources

These resources are available to local and regional Scholarship Chairs, as well as the national Scholarship Chair.

Testing calendar admin

Our online testing calendar is available for Proctors and Testing Coordinators to list their upcoming testing sessions for prospective members visiting our Web site.

Tags: testing, calendar, Proctors, Testing Coordinators
Web services

American Mensa's Web services encompass everything from the structure, content and support of this website to discussion forums, group hosting services and elists. These services are currently available to all Local Groups, regions and national committees.

Web toolbox

The right tool always makes the job easier and the work better. Following are several services, most of which are free, open-source tools, designed for a variety of digital and web activities.