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  • Jul 27, 2011
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS (7/28/11) – American Mensa’s top local chapters encourage activities that promote fun, intellectual experiences for members, community service, and develop good membership recruitment strategies. This year, the following chapters exemplified these qualities to receive the 2011 American Mensa Group of the Year Award. The chapters selected are divided into five divisions based on size.

  • Southeast Michigan Mensa (Class I-chapters with 900 or more members)
  • Central Pennsylvania Mensa (Class II-chapters with 400 to 899 members)
  • Piedmont Area Mensa (Class III-chapters with 200 to 399 members)
  • Vermont Mensa (Class IV-chapters 100 to 199 members.)
  • North Dakota Mensa (Class V-chapters with 100 members or less

“These five groups have shown a strong commitment to Mensa and their local chapter members,” said Rob Salkin, Membership Committee Chair for American Mensa. “To be selected as a Group of the Year out of 132 chapters of American Mensa is quite an accomplishment, and I know that other chapters look to them for ways to improve the member experience.”

Since its creation in 1999, the Group of The Year Awards recognizes Mensa chapters for their active participation in all that Mensa has to offer. Points are earned for a variety of activities and accomplishments, including participation in Mind Games®, CultureQuest®, Mensa Testing Day, and Leadership Development Workshops. For more information about the Group of the Year and other award programs, log on to

American Mensa is the 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. Members of Mensa attend local and national events; join special interest groups such as astronomy, games, and philosophy; and help out in their communities through various projects. For more information about Mensa, or to apply for membership, visit or call (800) 66-MENSA.