Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings of all the SIGs listed below, as well as other GLAAM activities.

Current contact information for all SIGs can be found each month in L.A. Mentary. Some contact information has been supplied here by permission only. If you would like to add or remove any contact information, please contact the Webmaster.

For more information on Special Interest Groups, please contact the SIG Coordinator.

Discussion Groups

Ancient Civilizations SIG

John Halloran

This SIG is currently dormant, although Mensans interested in this subject are invited to contact John Halloran from his website for more information.

Please see L.A. Mentary for more information.

Answers to Everything

Jonathan Elliott

Yes, we’re back!!! Following a three-year break during which coordinator Jonathan Elliott was off on the Gulf Coast helping with Katrina relief, we’re now finally resuming weekly meetings on our project to construct a single, comprehensive, and non-partisan agenda comprising solutions to all the political, economic, and social problems facing America today. This is your chance to use your mental talents to contribute and evaluate ideas that can actually help the world around us for years and generations to come!

Participation in our meetings is always free, and you may feel free to participate on a part-time basis if your schedule requires it. We’re always happy to have you join us whenever you are able to make it.

We’re now starting our meetings at 5:30pm each Monday, instead of 7:30pm, hoping that this will make it easier for more people to attend on a more frequent basis.

Our findings achieved to date are summarized in two documents. The shorter one is an

executive summary

that features just the bare-bones current findings themselves. The longer one is a

general summary

which includes fuller explanations of the more non-obvious findings. We suggest that new attendees review at least the shorter executive summary prior to attending your first meeting, and then refer as needed to the general summary if you’re ever curious as to why we reached a particular finding.

We’ll have some nice, home-made, appetizer-esque fare available at our meetings! OK to bring your own dinner to supplement if you wish. Some beverages provided; BYO soda or alcohol.

Current meeting location is at a member’s residence in Sierra Madre. Very easy street parking is readily available. Contact Jonathan Elliott for exact address and any further information.

Please See Calendar for dates and times and L. A. Mentary for more information.

Epiphanies, Epistemology, and Ample Eats

Pax Starksen, (562) 208–8314

A genuine philosophical discussion group heads the Wish List of many Mensa members. In response, GLAAM presents a SIG dedicated solely to the discussion and resolution of serious philosophical issues. Epiphanies, Epistemology, and Ample Eats is a monthly meeting of Mensa minds. All Mensans are welcome to this free, second-Thursday meeting at the Kountry Folks Restaurant, 8501 Sepulveda Blvd. (at Chase St), in North Hills. A position paper on the monthly topic is available by mail about one week in advance from SIG leader Pax Starksen. Contact Pax at (562) 208–8314 or by email. See Calendar for more information.

Investments and the Economy

Fran Shankle

Please See Calendar for dates and times and L.A. Mentary for more information.

San Fernando Valley Writers' Workshop

Alan Stillson, (818) 884–4282

The workshop meets at the home of Alan Stillson to critique each others’ work, mostly novel and short story fiction. See Calendar for dates and times.

Eating, Drinking, Etcetera

Brunch Davidians

David Lubman, (714) 898–9099

Tooth Tuesday

Carl Bryan

Please See Calendar for dates and times and L.A. Mentary for more information.


Folksong SIG

Alan Stillson, (818) 884–4282

If singing is something you dig
You ought to come down to this SIG
The songs that we sing as a group
Are varied, like alphabet soup
The songbook this SIG chose to make
Has six-hundred songs, give or take
From ballads and marches and hymns
To Beatles and Tom Lehrer's whims
You're welcome to bring a guitar
Or drop over just as you are
We sit in a circle and sing
Together on most everything
We each take a turn choosing songs
Whatever you choose, it belongs
It's very informal and fun
And light snacks and soft drinks are done
We meet four or five times a year
And rotate those who volunteer
To host and sing songs that are great
To midnight, and starting at eight
So, join us if this is for you
On Saturday, week one or two
Now, if you want still more detail
Just call Alan Stillson or Gail.