VALPARAISO ó Northwest Florida Mensa, a chapter of American Mensa, the high IQ society, plans membership testing at 10 a.m. March 30 at Heritage Museumís Blue Room, 115 Westview Ave. The testing fee is $40; a photo ID is required.


VALPARAISO ó  Northwest Florida  Mensa, a chapter of American Mensa, the high IQ society, plans membership testing at 10 a.m. March 30 at Heritage Museumís Blue Room, 115 Westview Ave. The testing fee is $40; a photo ID is required.



Mensa is an international society with one membership requirement: score within the top 2 percent of the general population on a standardized intelligence test.



More than 200 people belong to Northwest Florida Mensa, which covers all of Pensacola east through Apalachicola and north to the Alabama state line. The local group meets monthly in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach or Panama City. Members sponsor group lunches, a Friday night happy hour, a game afternoon and special holiday gatherings. Events range from intellectual to strictly social.



Mensa encourages and supports programs for gifted youth, sponsors research into the nature of intelligence, and annually awards educational scholarships locally and nationally.



Learn more about American Mensa at www.us.mensa.org.



Contact testing proctor/coordinator Joanne Horne, 315-0255, for more on local testing.