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ACE judging criteria

The Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) program recognizes Local Groups that meet or exceed communications standards in all of these areas: newsletters, websites and social media. The primary purposes of the program are to:

  • Challenge and inspire Local Groups to produce newsletters and websites that are well-written, well-designed, informative and entertaining, and which serve as appealing and available forums for their members;
  • Encourage Local Groups to use social media to enhance the Mensa member experience;
  • Recognize Local Groups for their communications excellence.

Related Files

ACE Program Overview (PDF)
Social Media usage form (PDF)

Administration

The Communications Officer oversees ACE, and will provide written notice of the program to Local Secretaries, Editors, and Webmasters via communications from the National Office; will submit articles and/or notices as appropriate for publication in the Bulletin; and will report to the Communications Committee details of any problem arising during the administration of the program.

Evaluation

Judges will evaluate local group newsletters, websites, and social media usage. There are two levels of recognition: Gold Medal and Silver Medal.

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Eligibility

In order to pre-qualify for consideration of either award level, Local Groups must meet these three baseline criteria. Failure to meet any of those three deadlines disqualifies a local group from ACE recognition.

Information requests

Requests for information regarding results, disqualifications, administration, or operations of the ACE program, or comments about the program in general, must be submitted to the Communications Officer.

Conferring recognition

The Communications Officer will announce the list of local groups earning ACE recognition at the Annual Gathering. All groups receiving recognition will be given digital badges that can be used in their newsletters and on their websites.

Newsletter criteria

The criteria apply to newsletters issued from April 2017 through March 2018. Issues from October 2017 through March 2018 will be evaluated. Criteria apply to both levels except where noted.

  1. Newsletters must be uploaded to the American Mensa website.
  2. Issues per year: Gold-level recognition requires a minimum of 10 issues. Silver-level recognition requires a minimum of six issues. Supplemental issues are not counted in these minimums.
  3. Officer list: Newsletters must print a list of Local Group officers with contact information.
  4. Calendar: Newsletters must have a calendar of social and official events.
  5. RVC Column: Newsletters must print the monthly RVC Column, if provided by the RVC.
  6. Member Submissions: Gold-level recognition requires a minimum of two member submissions per month. Silver-level recognition requires a minimum of one member submission per month. These submissions must be original submissions from Local Group members, not including officer columns (such as LocSec, Editor, Membership Officer).
  7. ExComm Minutes: Newsletters must print full or abbreviated minutes of ExComm meetings.
  8. Additional items: Gold-level recognition requires a minimum of eight of the following reoccurring items. Silver-level recognition requires a minimum of six of the following reoccurring items:
    1. LocSec Column
    2. Editor Column
    3. Listing of member birthdays
    4. Listing of member Mensa anniversaries
    5. Listing of new members
    6. Calendar grid
    7. Trivia or Puzzles, submitted by a Local Group member
    8. Event recaps or event photos
    9. Young member page or notice of young member events
    10. Timely American Mensa Information
    11. Local Group Mensa member profiles or news items
    12. Cover art, not including clip art

Website criteria

Criteria apply to both levels except where noted.

  1. Disclaimer statement: Websites must contain the Mensa disclaimer statement.
  2. Officer list: Websites must list local group officers with contact information.
  3. Calendar: Websites must have a calendar of social and official events.
  4. Join Mensa: Websites must include information on how to join Mensa or information on taking the supervised test. Links to American Mensa’s Join page are acceptable.
  5. American Mensa description: Websites must include information on American Mensa and a link to the American Mensa Home page.
  6. Additional items: Gold-level recognition requires a minimum of seven of the following reoccurring items. Silver-level recognition requires a minimum of five of the following reoccurring items:
    1. Mensa International description or link
    2. Mensa Foundation description or link
    3. Local Group history or description
    4. Local Group social media links
    5. Local Group bylaws
    6. Local Group newsletters or links to newsletters on the American Mensa website
    7. Event recaps or event photos
    8. New-member welcome information or Mensa acronym list
    9. Local Group news items
    10. Local Group area map

Social media criteria

Gold medal recognition requires:

  1. A Facebook group with a minimum of 15% of your Local Group members.
  2. At least two other interactive social media outlets with a minimum of 10% of your Local Group members.

Silver Medal recognition requires:

  1. A Facebook group with a minimum of 10% of your Local Group members.
  2. At least one other interactive social media outlet with minimum of 5% of your Local Group members.