Local Group Owl awards

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.

Owl Award Recipients

Year Innovative Owl Prolific Owl
2016 South Mississippi Mensa
Tallahassee Mensa
(97% retention)
Columbia River Mensa
(12% increase)
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 ValleyMensa
(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
2016 Mid-Hudson Mensa North Texas Mensa
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