August 2019 Events
Temperance - Friday, August 2nd, 5:30 pm
If you're new to MENSA, you might be misled by the tongue-in-cheek name of this event. Don't let that keep you from joining us on the first Friday of each month at 5:30. The truth is, we drink up and relax after a hard week at work or play (for the retired folks). Some order dinner, others just enjoy the company and a couple of drinks. We meet at Tim's Cajun Kitchen on Jordan Lane. The event is open to all members and their families. Hope to see you there!
Tim’s Cajun Kitchen
114 Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville (just North of I-565)
Games Night - Sunday, August 11th, 4:00 pm
On the second Sunday of every month, we hold a Games Night at Lucky Dice Cafe. It's no secret Mensans love board games, and Lucky Dice has tons of them for patrons to play! Bring your family and friends, and join us for some food and fun!
Lucky Dice Cafe
7914 Memorial Parkway SW, Suite B7
Huntsville, AL 35802
August Dinner Meeting - Sunday, August 18th, 6:00 pm
Our main event each month is the Dinner Meeting, where we discuss what's going on in our group, take votes for important decisions, and propose new ideas for the future of North Alabama MENSA. Of course, it's not just about the business - it's also a social gathering, where Mensans can talk about their daily lives, make new connections, and simply have a nice evening out. For anyone new to North Alabama MENSA, or MENSA as a whole, this is the perfect place to get started!
We also have a speaker each month at our dinner meetings. This month, our speaker for the evening will be Emo Furfori, Director, Community Relations and Corporate Partnerships for The Rocket City Trash Pandas.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Emo has over 25 years of expertise in landscape architecture, site planning, land planning, comprehensive planning and community consulting. Emo is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture and is a registered Landscape Architect in the state of Illinois.
Emo fled Illinois 10 years ago for the warmer weather of Alabama and to head up a Land Planning and Community Consulting firm in Madison Alabama. His first client was the City of Madison providing Economic Development consulting services.
A huge baseball fan, it was at a meeting with the GM of the Huntsville Stars almost 10 years ago, that the idea of locating a minor league ball club to Madison first popped into Emo’s head. The timing wasn’t right back in 2010 and the Stars left North Alabama for Biloxi. While Emo continued to work on various planning projects, and took on a business
development role for a firm in Research Park, he still believed Madison was the perfect location for bringing baseball
back to North Alabama.
In April of 2017, Emo met Ralph Nelson, the new owner who purchased the Mobile BayBears, and the opportunity
again presented itself to locate a minor league baseball team to Madison. And this time, the timing was right. As the
baseball deal was worked out with the City, for the next 16 months, Emo was the local Madison “boots on the ground”
for Ralph as he was traveling back and forth to Vermont. In 2018, Emo was hired to handle Community Relations for BallCorps. In 2019 Emo also became Director of Corporate Sponsorships as well.
In addition to being an avid baseball fan, Emo is an opera aficionado and cigar smoker. He lives in Madison with his two sons, Emo III (17) a Senior at James Clemens High School and Luca (13) an 8th grader at Liberty Middle School.
Don't forget your White Elephants!
Don't forget to bring your White Elephants to the dinner meeting. These are items you no longer treasure, but think someone else will. Items are brought in bags and numbers are assigned to names and the fun begins as random numbers are called. The most popular items are books and magazines - Mensans never have enough to read!
4920 University Dr, Huntsville, AL 35816
FS&M - Sunday, August 25th, 4:00 pm
This month's FS&M will be held at a member's home. For more information, please see the electronic newsletter on MENSA.org.
FS&M is short for "Fold, Staple, and Mutilate". Held at the end of every month, it's a time when our North Alabama MENSA members get together to chat and have fun while assembling the next month's newsletters for mailing. If you're looking to get some early info on the month's events, or just looking to talk with some fellow Mensans, then come join us!