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Dayton Area Mensa's purpose is to provide opportunities for social and intellectual networking and fellowship among our diverse membership. We host a variety of monthly and yearly events that include meals at area restaurants, museum tours, discussion groups, games night, book club, an annual picnic, and our March Regional Gathering (RG).

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To Our Visitors: Welcome. Feel free to explore the site for information About Us, About Mensa and the Dayton Area, and the process for Joining Mensa. Should you have further questions, please use the Contact Us Page to request additional information. We also have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page you may wish to visit.

To Our Members: We hope you will use this site as your primary resource for keeping up with Dayton Area Mensa's Upcoming Events, Latest News, or making contact with your Steering Committee and other volunteers. There is useful information contained in our recently published Membership Handbook. You may also visit the Dayton Area Mensa Facebook Page by selecting the Facebook icon in the Social Media group of links in the upper right corner of this page.

Upcoming Events

calendar Check the Upcoming Events tab below to keep up to date on what's happening around Dayton Area Mensa and when. The Calendar Page also lists the events, many with interactive maps so that you know where you're going.

Interested in Joining Mensa?

Join The Joining Mensa Page has all of the information you need to apply for membership in Mensa. The page has links to American Mensa's testing and membership information. Watch the Calendar Page for testing dates and locations.

Dayton Area Mensa's Regional Gathering

events Our annual Regional Gathering is a time for getting together for fun, food, fellowship, and speakers. Don't miss out on our RG, which is at the Hotel Dayton on the first weekend of April. Be sure to register early to take advantage of the discounts. We hope to see you there.

Benefits of Mensa Membership

benefits Membership has its benefits. The Membership Benefits Page lists many of them and has a link to the American Mensa Benetifs and Services Page for additional information about savings on hotels, car rentals, computers, car insurance, and more.

About Us

about Learn more about Dayton Area Mensa on the pages in the About Us area. Pages in this section include our history, activities, membership statistics, latest news, Bylaws, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Scholarship Program

scholarship Dayton Area Mensa has its own Scholarship program and participates in the American Mensa Scholarship Program. For more information, see the Scholarship Page.

The April MPULSE is available!

The April MPULSE has been published and is available for download on the MPULSE Page.

Calendar Page

The Calendar Page has our scheduled events (many with a linked map) and the Events Page provides a general description of our recurring events. You can get to the Events Calendar Page by clicking on the calendar image on the left.

PLEASE NOTE: RSVPs are highly recommended unless the calendar listing for a particular event says otherwise. Any activity may be subject to last-minute cancellation due to circumstances beyond the host's control.

April 2019

04: Thursday: 11:30am. Lunch Bunch at Olive Garden 2865 Centre Drive, Fairborn OH, 937-426-9200. This is on the east side of North Fairfield Road just south of Interstate 675 and in front of Lowe's. We will have a yellow Mensa table tent to help members find us. RSVPs are desired, but don't hesitate to drop in at the last minute if you find your schedule has become open. Contact for questions is .

06: Saturday: 6:00pm. DAM Steering Committee Meeting at 4391 Powder Horn Dr., Beavercreek 45432. The meeting is open to all DAMs so come and see your governing body at work.

11: Thursday: 5:30-8:30pm. Jazz Series at DAI. Come join us on the second Thursday for the 2018 Bob Ross Auto Group Jazz and Beyond series at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton. Doors open at 5:00. Admission for museum members is free; non-members $8. Performances are in the Gothic Cloister. No RSVPs, no Mensa host. A cash bar is available where we can meet afterwards for food and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. Read this Season's flyer.

11: Thursday: 6:30pm. Out DAM Dinner. Please join us for dinner at La Colombiana Restaurante, 2495 Commons Blvd, Beavercreek, OH 45431, (937) 306-8096. Their Facebook page is at La Columbiana Restaurante. They offer very good, reasonably priced Colombian/South American fare. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. For information or to RSVP, p;lease contact by 5pm on the day of the event. If you cannot RSVP, come on over anyway and we'll make room.

12: Friday: Deadline for submissions for the May Calendar. Please forward your submissions to the .

12: Friday: 11:30am. TGIF Lunch Bunch at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431.
Let’s start a new regular calendar event. When you can, please join us for lunch on Fridays at Red Robin in Beavercreek off North Fairfield Rd. behind the Fairfield Commons Mall to celebrate the end of the workweek. We deliberately located this event near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms and guests working on or near the base or at the university will join us during their lunch break.
This event is not intended to replace, dilute nor conflict with other Lunch Bunches nor any other DAM daytime activities, so long as they don’t occur on Friday. If it does adversely impact other activities we're accustomed to, it won’t continue for long.
DAM's first Lunch Bunch, started in 1976, met weekly on the same weekday, time and place near the base for about twenty years until the building burned down. It was very successful. Usually ten to fifteen or more DAMs and guests came. We think a weekly LB on the same weekday at the same time and place is worth trying again, at least for a few months. If participation is sparse it won’t continue. We'll start at 11:30am Friday, April 12. Please come if you can. Point of Contact is .

12: Friday: 7pm. M-Bibers Drink Tank. Each month, we visit one of the best breweries, dynamic distilleries, or welcoming watering holes in the Dayton area. This month, we visit King's Table Bar and Grill at 2348 Grange Hall Rd, Beavercreek 45431. Come enjoy an impressive (and affordable) 56 taps, whiskey selection (from $5 to $500 per pour!), pool tables, and dart boards. Look for a yellow Mensa table sign. RSVP (optional) to . As always, please drink responsibly.

13: Saturday: 9-Noon. Mensa Cares~ Adopt-A-Park Clean Up. Join over 2,000 of your fellow concerned citizens cleaning up the city's parks and rivers. Come one, come all (all ages), to our very own Mensa Cares! event. We are joining the Five Rivers MetroParks Adopt-A-Park program, cleaning up along the Miami River at Carillon Historical Park (1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton). RSVP to , and include a shirt size if you would like to buy a heavily discounted Mensa Cares shirt for only $5! If not, you can still wear any Mensa shirt and still show our community that Mensa Cares! (P.S. Wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe footwear. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided.)

13: Saturday: 3-Midnight. DAM Pizza and Games at 4391 Powder Horn Dr., Beavercreek 45432. The Schneider Family welcomes you to come and play games. Bring a snack to share and a few bucks to contribute to the pizza fund for dinner. BYOB. DAM extends an invitation to Cincinnati Area Mensa (CAM) to join us. RSVP IF you can to .

15: Monday: Deadline for submissions for the May MPULSE. Please forward your submissions to the .

15: Monday, 1pm. Mystery Book Club. We will meet on April 15 at 1pm to discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. The location is the Kettering Moraine library, 3496 Far Hills, Dayton. This is not a MENSA event. Everyone is welcome. No RSVP required.

15: Monday, 6pm. The April Think Tank will be Monday, March 15th @ 6:00 pm at the Day Air Credit Union Bldg in Centerville on S. Main just south of Kroger. DAM will provide a couple of pizzas, you bring your beverage. No alcohol or smoking is permitted. The topic will be announced on DAM Talk a few days before the event. For questions or additional information, please contact .

19: Friday: 11:30am. TGIF Lunch Bunch at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431.
Let’s start a new regular calendar event. When you can, please join us for lunch on Fridays at Red Robin in Beavercreek off North Fairfield Rd. behind the Fairfield Commons Mall to celebrate the end of the workweek. We deliberately located this event near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms and guests working on or near the base or at the university will join us during their lunch break.
This event is not intended to replace, dilute nor conflict with other Lunch Bunches nor any other DAM daytime activities, so long as they don’t occur on Friday. If it does adversely impact other activities we're accustomed to, it won’t continue for long.
DAM's first Lunch Bunch, started in 1976, met weekly on the same weekday, time and place near the base for about twenty years until the building burned down. It was very successful. Usually ten to fifteen or more DAMs and guests came. We think a weekly LB on the same weekday at the same time and place is worth trying again, at least for a few months. If participation is sparse it won’t continue. We'll start at 11:30am Friday, April 12. Please come if you can. Point of Contact is .

23: Tuesday, 6:30pm. New Members Welcome Dinner - New Location. Please join us at a NEW VENUE, O'Charley's, 2260 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Dayton. 937-434-7639. It's next to the Target store. Active members, please help us welcome new members to DAM. New members, please come on out and meet us – learn about your organization: what's happening, where's THE place to be, and how you can get involved. New members, your dinner at your first attendance at a New Members Welcome Dinner is on the local group's treasury (alcoholic beverages excluded as a legal liability issue but you can buy your own beer or wine) as our welcoming gift to you. Please RSVP if you can so we’ll have a count . and will know what size table to ask for. To RSVP or for more information, contact . Ask the restaurant staff for Mensa or look for the yellow table tent with black Mensa logo on our table. If you have mislaid the green coupon for a free dinner that came with your new member's welcome packet don't fret. We'll have extras at the event. If you didn't RSVP, please come on out anyway and we'll make room.

26: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

27: Saturday, 10am. Mensa Qualification Test. From 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon at the Kettering-Moraine Branch Library at 3496 Far Hills Ave., Kettering. The test is open to anyone age 14 and older, but parental permission is required for those ages 14-17. Applicants of any age can also use prior evidence from a wide variety of other standardized IQ tests to qualify. Please let your bright friends, relatives, colleagues and anyone else you know who might be qualified for Mensa know about this testing opportunity. Point of contact is our Testing Coordinator .

May 2019

01: Wednesday: 6pm. Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 East 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45403. DAM member Bob Luken is a member/owner of the Fifth Street Brewpub, a member owned cooperative. Bob will be hosting a Loyalty tapping of Alesmith’s Old Numbskull, an American style Barley wine. A word of caution this is a high alcohol content beer at 11% abv. Fifth Street Brewpub is known for its high quality craft beers and excellent food. The tapping will happen at 6 pm and will go on until closing time. This is not strictly a Mensa event as I am inviting members of several organization to which I belong. Contact .

02: Thursday: 11:30am. Lunch Bunch at Golden Corral, 8870 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton (Miami Twp.) OH 45458, phone 937-312-2400. The restaurant is located just south of the center of Dayton Mall, at the corner of Lyons Ridge and Kingsridge, maybe .25 mile east of Springboro Pike and beside the Danbarry theater. They offer a wide variety of food items on their buffet. We will “corral” a large table in the main dining room and will have a yellow Mensa table tent to help members find us. RSVPs are desired, but don't hesitate to drop in at the last minute if you find your schedule has become open. Contact host .

03: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

04: Saturday: 9am. CAM Gifted Youth Activity. Youth oriented tour for all ages at 80 Acres Farm, 4535 Este Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232. Join us as we meet the minds behind 80 Acres Farm, tour this all-indoor facility, and then taste test their products. Cost: Free to CAM Gifted Youth Program members; $5.00 per participant for family members, siblings, and friends. Want to know more about 80 Acres Farm? See the 80 Acres Farm Website. Reserve your place on board the tour by emailing .

04: Saturday: 7pm-Midnight. DAM Pizza and Games Night: May the Fourth Be With You, At 4391 Powder Horn Dr., Beavercreek 45432. The Schneider Family welcomes you to come and play games. (We even have Star Wars Trivial Pursuit for the brave super fan!) Bring a "yub nub" (aka. snack) to share and a few bucks to contribute to the pizza fund for dinner. BYOB. Our M friends from Cincinnati and Columbus are welcome to join us. RSVP to with your name and favorite Star Wars quote.

05: Sunday: 6pm. DAM Steering Committee Meeting at 459 East Rahn Road, Dayton, OH 45429

05: Sunday: 1pm. CAM and DAM Trip to the Cincinnati Museum Center for Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203. We will meet in the lobby of the Museum Center. Join members from Cincinnati and Dayton to experience a special exhibit, Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. Per the description on the Cincinnati Museum Center website, this exhibit unveils the mysteries and explores the realities of daily life in ancient Egypt. The presentation contains over 350 artifacts. Ticket prices are: $19.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, $12.50 for children ages 3-12. Questions or RSVP, please contact .

09: Thursday: 5:30-8:30pm. Jazz Series at DAI. Come join us on the second Thursday for the 2018 Bob Ross Auto Group Jazz and Beyond series at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton. Doors open at 5:00. Admission for museum members is free; non-members $8. Performances are in the Gothic Cloister. No RSVPs, no Mensa host. A cash bar is available where we can meet afterwards for food and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. Read this Season's flyer.

10: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

11: Saturday: 3-Midnight. DAM Pizza and Games at 4391 Powder Horn Dr., Beavercreek 45432. The Schneider Family welcomes you to come and play games. Bring a snack to share and a few bucks to contribute to the pizza fund for dinner. BYOB. DAM extends an invitation to Cincinnati Area Mensa (CAM) to join us. RSVP IF you can to .

12: Sunday: Deadline for submissions for the June Calendar. Please forward your submissions to the .

13: Monday: 6:30pm. Out DAM Dinner (and visit with Randy Farmer), At Yaffa Grill, 2844 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn, 937-429-4959. It’s on the back side (facing away from Col. Glenn) of the building that houses Tik's Thai Express, across from Wright State. It's an easygoing Middle Eastern restaurant run Palestinian Arab immigrants and offering shawarma, kebabs, pita sandwiches and other Middle Eastern specialties. Former DAM member Randy Farmer, now of Arlington, TX (Mensa 76) will be in town and will join us for dinner. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa . group is. For info or to RSVP please contact . RSVPs very much appreciated, preferably by 5:00 PM day of event. A late RSVP even at the last minute while you’re on your way is better than none. If you just can’t RSVP, come on over anyway and we’ll make room.

15: Wednesday: Deadline for submissions for the June MPULSE. Please forward your submissions to the .

17: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

18: Saturday, 1pm. Memorial Service for DAM Member Michael Harold Holz will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419. Mike passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 15th.

20: Monday, 1pm. Mystery Book Club. We will meet on May 15 at 1pm to discuss a book to be announced. The location is the Kettering Moraine library, 3496 Far Hills, Dayton. This is not a MENSA event. Everyone is welcome. No RSVP required.

20: Monday, 6pm. The May Think Tank will be Monday, May 20th @ 6:00 pm at the Day Air Credit Union Bldg in Centerville on S. Main just south of Kroger. DAM will provide a couple of pizzas, you bring your beverage. No alcohol or smoking is permitted. The topic will be announced on DAM Talk a few days before the event. For questions or additional information, please contact .

24: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

25: Saturday, 10am. Mensa Qualification Test. From 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon at the Kettering-Moraine Branch Library at 3496 Far Hills Ave., Kettering. The test is open to anyone age 14 and older, but parental permission is required for those ages 14-17. Applicants of any age can also use prior evidence from a wide variety of other standardized IQ tests to qualify. Please let your bright friends, relatives, colleagues and anyone else you know who might be qualified for Mensa know about this testing opportunity. Point of contact is our Testing Coordinator .

31: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

June 2019

01: Saturday: 1pm. Ohio Mensans Love Young's Ice Cream. Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton Mensa are having fun together at Youngs Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs OH. (937-326-0629). The three chapters are joining forces for an event to kick off the summer months, and there is ICE CREAM involved. We will meet at 1:00 pm in front of the Dairy Store, just a short distance north of the village on US 68 by the petting zoo. DAMs can RSVP to .
BONUS: For anyone interested, we will also head to Yellow Springs Brewery for libations afterward (time TBD).

03: Monday: 6:00pm. DAM Steering Committee Meeting at a location to be decided

07: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

08: Saturday: 3-Midnight. DAM Pizza and Games at 4391 Powder Horn Dr., Beavercreek 45432. The Schneider Family welcomes you to come and play games. Bring a snack to share and a few bucks to contribute to the pizza fund for dinner. BYOB. DAM extends an invitation to Cincinnati Area Mensa (CAM) to join us. RSVP IF you can to .

12: Wednesday: Deadline for submissions for the July Calendar. Please forward your submissions to the .

14: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

15: Saturday: Deadline for submissions for the July MPULSE. Please forward your submissions to the .

21: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

28: Friday: 11:30am. Please join us in celebrating the end of the workweek at Red Robin, 2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, OH 45431. Phone (937) 320-0800. This great burger (and other good stuff) place is off North Fairfield Rd. just south of the Fairfield Commons Mall. Look for the yellow Mensa table tent or ask the staff where the Mensa group is. We deliberately located this one near Wright Patt and Wright State in hopes some Ms working there will join us. RSVPs optional but appreciated so we can ask for a table the right size. For info, contact .

Latest News

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RG PHOTOSA HAVE BEEN POSTED
Added 04/02/2019 by
Photos from the 2019 RG have been posted to the Event Photos Page.

STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTION
Added 12/31/2018 by
Your new Steering Committee was elected at the Annual Awards and Election Party, Saturday December 8th.

DAYTON AREA MENSA RECEIVED THE EMERALD AWARD
Added 07/11/2018 by
Dayton Area Mensa was recognized by American Mensa with the Emerald Jewel Award.

NEW POSITIONS HAVE OPENED UP IN DAYTON AREA MENSA
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We have new posisitions for which we are seeking the right candidate(s). Please check out the full news article and get involved in your Mensa.

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