January 2020 Events
Temperance - Friday, January 3rd, 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, January 12th, 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
October Dinner Meeting - Sunday, January 19th, 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 Karen Mockensturm - Executive Director, Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater & Academy.
Karen holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Florida. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors’ Guild and the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists, Karen’s 16 year professional acting career (as Karen Hinton) included work in radio, television, film, improvisational comedy, and regional theater across the country. Under her leadership, FPCTA has experienced unprecedented growth in both programmatic reach and revenues and was named the 2017 Non-profit of the Year by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Karen served as the 2018 President for the Women’s Economic Development Council. She has served as a grant panelist for the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the ALSDE Arts Integration Grant Program and as member of Mayor Tommy Battle’s Arts & Culture Advisory Council. An alumni of Leadership Greater Huntsville's Flagship Class 31 and Focus 28, she received the Madison Alabama Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership and was recognized by the Girl Scouts of North Alabama as a 2018 Woman of Distinction. Karen believes in the power of theatre and arts education to serve as a change agent in today's digital world and is deeply grateful to be part of a community that values creativity in all its forms.
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!
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
4935 University Drive, Huntsville
FS&M - Saturday, January 25th, 3:00 pm - 6:00 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!