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Community Activities Program, 2007

CAP recognizes groups that participate in activities that benefit their local communities. American Mensa extends its appreciation to the following four Local Groups that submitted their community-service projects:

First Place

Oregon Mensa
Oregon Scholarship Fund

Oregon Mensa has a long-standing scholarship fund that contributes to the Mensa Foundation scholarships as well as awarding two to four additional scholarships each year. The group raises about $2,000 a year by many creative means including an auction, a book sale, a garage sale, and a wine-makers gourmet dinner and vineyard tour.

Second Place

Oregon Mensa
"Losing our Minds: A workshop for parents and teachers of gifted and talented students"

The group hosted this workshop, where National Gifted Children Program Coordinator Dr. Deborah Ruf spoke and a parent panel offered the chance to discuss local issues. More than 50 parents and educators attended the workshop, providing goodwill and publicity in the community.

Third Place
Tie between Piedmont Area Mensa and Chicago Area Mensa

Piedmont Area Mensa provided all 16 judges for the Bethel Elementary School Science Fair in Simpsonville, S.C. Mensa members judged 200 entries from the school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.

Following their HalloweeM book sale, Chicago Area Mensa donated remaining books to the Arlington Heights Public Library and Books for Soldiers, a program that donates books to soldiers currently serving in Iraq. During the book sale, funds were collected to defray the cost of shipping books to these soldiers.

American Mensa offers sincere thanks to each of these Local Groups for their dedication to community service and improving the world in which they live.