BC Islands Mensa

Website for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Members

Regular Events

Wednesday Lunches

This event occurs every Wednesday at a specified location For details see the Announcements page under the Upcoming Events heading.

Movie Nights

Some volunteer member organizes attendance at a movie for members.

GAMES NIGHT

Members gather at a member’s residence for an evening of fun and games. Volunteer organizer wanted.

 

TGIF

This event happens every Friday, members and guests meet at a designated restaurant and time for an evening meal.

Potluck

Members and guests gather at a the residence of the Hosting member for a potluck dinner and games/conversations.

Explore the World of Mensa

There are two ways to join Mensa:

  1. Take a supervised entrance test.
  2. Provide evidence of eligibility.                      Details at : mensa.ca/join/  Contact us                                                                                             for  more info.

Upcoming events

Canadian Mensa Online Quiz League
From: Peter Sells, Ontario Region Rep. :
Hi everyone; I’d like to get this message below into your local newsletters (might be too late) and onto local Facebook pages. Time is tight, this Quiz League starts in May. Contact me for any questions or details… Peter
Are you a Quiz Whiz?
I’ve been a trivia fan my whole life, since watching the original Jeopardy (pre-Alex Trebek) with my mom at lunchtime. Then came Trivial Pursuit when I was in University, then Mensa Games Nights, and for the last few years I have been participating in online quiz leagues. Quizzing, whether at the pub or online, is hugely popular in the UK and in India. Sometimes the content is general, sometimes it is quite specialized (art, architecture, science, history) and sometimes it is pop culture (Hip-Hop, K-Pop, Bollywood movies, football managers, or famous cricket players). As in life, quizzing is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get.
I have found an online quiz league – called The Online Quiz League – which would be a good fit for a team of Canadian Mensans. I would like to Captain a team in the upcoming season which begins in May. Please take a look at the OQL website.
I like the format and the friendly tone of the competition. The teams in this league can have any number of players, but only four members can play in any given weekly game. The RULES tab explains the whole thing, and you can watch the sample game video. By the way, three of the players in the sample video are professional TV quizzers from the UK show The Chase, and among the highest-ranked quizzers in the world. If you have any interest in this league, and you can be consistently available on Wednesday afternoons (the matches take place at 8pm GMT), contact me by email. The Board of Mensa Canada has agreed to cover the fees for at least the first season.
That’s it for now; there are many details to be worked out, but let’s see who’s interested first. Let me know by April 15th if possible. P
 
 
Mid-Island Mensa Experience
Dear BCIM Members: MIME presents: Blasts From the Past for May – Saysutshun Island Dino Tracks, and the RCAF 100th Anniversary Airshow in Comox !
Our fourth and fifth Mid-Island Mensa Experience events for 2024 will be a visit to Nanaimo’s Saysutshun (Newcastle) Island on Saturday, May 4th, and a visit to Comox to see the RCAF 100th Anniversary inaugural airshow on Saturday, May 18th.
All are welcome – please join us and visit with your Island Ms!
Details:
Saysutshun – May 4th: please meet at the Saysutshun Ferry Dock, Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, before 10 AM. Return ticket prices are here. If numbers are large, we’ll take two ferries – don’t worry, we’ll wait for you on the island, or you’ll wait for me!
We will tour the island – you can choose that activity you’d like to do, (I’ll be leading the 2 ½ hr hike around the island), including just hanging about, and feel free to depart on a return ferry of your choice when you’ve had enough fun for the day. Or join us for a food truck lunch in the park @ 1:30 PM. Please bring water and snacks, good hiking shoes, and the usual sunscreen and personal necessities for the island adventure.
Comox Airshow – May 18th: it’s a big event that begins @ 9 AM – the good news is that it’s free (!); the bad news is that it will be crowded. The traffic plan is here, and the oh-so-many rules (military, naturally) are here. Please plan to arrive @ 8 AM. We can meet up by cell phone – I’ll be driving a silver Toyota Venza. Bring folding chairs, a small cooler (see instructions), and snacks. Food trucks will be there as well. Sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen are highly recommended. Binoculars are a good idea.
Dress for the weather – it will be sunny and warm the third week of May; 🤞 for clear, sunny skies!
If you need to carpool and don’t know an attending M, please contact me, and I’ll do my best to connect you with a ride. I can also bring a couple of folding chairs and a small cooler.
Please confirm by email only if you are attending, thanks.
Any questions? – please give me an email (jjpugh57@gmail.com), or a phone call (204-881-0089)
(As for the June 22nd MIME, there will be a walkabout and talkabout by Laura, a Nanaimo M with invasive plant expertise, followed by a bbq at her lovely home ! Thank you so much for volunteering, Laura & Flemming ! Details to follow.)
Then we’re off for the summer – MIME begins again September 28th !
Hope to see you there!
Jeff email: jjpugh57@gmail.com

 

Third Sunday Potluck dinner

March’s 3rd Sunday Potluck event will be hosted by Jim and Ute on 17 March 6 pm at 4870 Lochside Dr. Saanich, RSVP.

April’s 3rd Sunday potluck event will be hosted by Joe and Nikki Seewald on 21st April 6 pm Please RSVP before 15 Nov. Phone 250-709-2831 or email seewald.joe@gmail.com;st April 6 pm
Address: 29 Saanich Ridge Dr. Saanichton, BC

May’s 3rd Sunday Potluck event will be hosted by George and Cathy on 19th May 6pm at 5852 East Sooke Rd. RSVP if possible 3 days ahead. email gamay@shaw.ca or phone 250 642 5516.

Members in the area: Volunteers are welcome to propose/organise additional events or host Potlucks. Please contact G.May: gamay@shaw.ca

Map for access to Seewald’s place:

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18th Feb. 6 pm will be hosted by Mary Freeman at her residence,  909 Carolwood unit 9. Broadmead.

Victoria Region  TGIF

December ‘23  TGIFs

Every Friday

18:00 – 20:00

at

Purple Gardens

#138 – 1551 Cedar Hill + Rd

250-477-8866

Extensive [all you can eat] Chinese Buffet

Ample underground parking

Senior Discount

Quiet enough for conversation

 

Nov. Wed. Lunch 

  Chew & Chat

Will be at the White Spot

3965 Quadra St, Saanich

     [nr. Mackenzie]

Third Sunday PotLuck, Nov.

This month ‘s potluck is on, Nov. 26th  the 4 th Sunday. Joe Seewald is the host. Arrive any time after 5 pm. Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Please RSVP before 25 th Nov. Phone 250-709-2831 or email seewald.joe@gmail.com;

Address: 29 Saanich Ridge Dr    Saanichton, BC

Directions: Take the Qwus Chus exit, [off the Pat Bay Hwy]  just north of the Saanich Heritage Museum. If coming from Sidney, come in from Mount Newton X Rd, then turn right on Tetayut. 

Please note since Qwus Chus is a one-way road all must depart via Mount Newton X Rd.

 
 
November in Nanaimo!
We will be having a Mid Island Mensa Experience (MIME) at the Nanaimo Waterfront on Saturday, November 25th, from 10 AM – 4 PM
All are welcome – please join us and visit with your Island Ms! 
 
Details:
  • Weather depending, we will meet at the Mafeo-Sutton parking lot, by the Welcome Pole, @ 10 AM.
  • We’ll stroll the park and waterfront – bring your cameras! -and see the sights, including the historic Bastion.
  • Hopefully, the Protection Island ferry will be running, and for those interested, we can take the ferry to the Dinghy Dock Pub for lunch. Details are here.
  • The park is very family and kid-friendly – there’s a wonderful playground – feel free to hike and bike about!
  • Dress for the weather – it will be cool the last week of November – 🤞 for sunny skies! (If it’s really bad, I’ll send out a postponement notice, and we’ll rebook for the spring.)
  • If you need to carpool and don’t know an attending M, please contact me, (jjpugh57@gmail.com), and I’ll do my best to connect you with a ride from another M.
  • Please confirm by email only if you are attending, thanks.
  • Any questions? – please give me an email or a call (204-881-0089)
(And – MIME will be on hiatus for December – we’ll pick up again in 2024!)
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Jeffery Pugh

Victoria Region  TGIF

November ‘23  TGIFs

Every Friday

18:00 – 20:00

at

Purple Gardens

#138 – 1551 Cedar Hill + Rd

250-477-8866

Extensive [all you can eat] Chinese Buffet

Ample underground parking

Senior Discount

Quiet enough for conversation

 
Mid-Island Mensa Experience
 

We will be having a Mid Island Mensa Experience (MIME) at the Courtenay Museum & Paleontology Centre on Saturday, October 21st.

All are welcome – please join us and visit with your Island Ms! 

(This is a no-cost event, unless you book a museum fossil tour – see below.)

Details:

  • The museum offers two fossil tours: 9 AM (before museum opening); and 1 PM.

  • The museum fossil tours need to be booked and paid for in advance: $40 + tax for adults; $30 + tax for kids over 4 (there are family rates as well- please see link above).

  • Those who want museum fossil tours need to book themselves for their preferred time.

  • The museum opens @ 10 AM – entrance by donation.

  • I suggest that we connect at the museum for an indoor visit @ noon – those who have taken the early museum fossil tour will have returned by noon and can join up for a museum tour; or you could take a museum tour @ noon, followed by a museum fossil tour @ 1 PM.

  • In either case, we could meet for a coffee/lunch before noon across from the museum at the Gladstone Brewing Co., or the Early Bird Cafe a block away, at 4th St & Duncan, if that interests you. Please let me know your preference, and we’ll go with the majority choice.

  • Also, Charlotte, who is from Courtenay, very familiar with the area and quite the naturalist, is offering a walkabout that includes fossils and forests!

  • There’s plenty of flexibility, and you are welcome to choose what best suits you – you may arrive and leave whenever you like.

  • Dress for the weather – it may be cool this week in October – 🤞 for sunny skies!
  • If you need to carpool and don’t know an attending M, please contact me, (jjpugh57@gmail.com), and I’ll do my best to connect you with a ride from another M.
  • Confirmation of your attendance is appreciated for numbers – please let me know by email. (I don’t need to know if you’re not attending, thanks.)

  • Any questions? – please give me an email or a call (204-881-0089)

(And – any ideas for a MIME in November? We’ll pause for December, and begin again in January.)

Hope to see you soon in Courtenay!

Jeffery Pugh

 
 
Wednesday Lunch and TGIF
Wednesday lunches have moved. to a new location: Cedar Hill Golf Course Club House, located at Cedar Hill and Derby. Lunch is at 12:00 noon. TGIF at the same location Friday at 6 pm, for the month of October. RSVP Sandra 250-598-4725.
 
Dear BCIM:
 
We will be having a Mid Island Mensa Experience (MIME) at Rathtrevor Provincial Park on Sunday, September 24th, from 10 AM – 4 PM
All are welcome – please join us and visit with your Island Ms! 
(This is a no-cost event; BCIM is paying for the site booking.)
 
Details:
  • We have booked Group Picnic Area S1-Picnic Shelter (see Group Sites & Picnic Shelters map here🙂
  • Directions to Rathtrevor PP here:
  • It’s a potluck event – bring your own food and (non-alcoholic) beverages; (smoking/vaping is prohibited, as is alcohol consumption.)
  • If you want to grill, please bring your own bbq and propane – there are no cooking facilities at the Group Picnic Shelters.
  • Games and activities are welcome, and the beach is nearby  – very family and kid-friendly – feel free to hike and bike about!
  • Dress for the weather – it may be cool the last week of September – 🤞 for sunny skies!
  • If you need to carpool and don’t know an attending M, please contact me, (jjpugh57@gmail.com), and I’ll do my best to connect you with a ride from another M.
  • Confirmation of your attendance is appreciated for numbers – please let me know by email.
  • Any questions? – please give me an email or a call (204-881-0089)
(And – a heads up for the next MIME event – a visit to the Courtenay Museum & Paleaontology Centre in October!)
 
Hope to see you soon!
 
Jeffery Pugh
 
 
3 rd Sunday Potluck
This month’s Potluck event will be hosted by Jim and Ute on 17th September 6 pm at 4870 Lochside Dr. Saanich, for fully vaccinated members and guests only. RSVP.
Members in the area: Volunteers welcome to propose/organise additional events or host Potlucks. Please contact G.May: gamay@shaw.ca
 
The Second BC Islands Mensa Picnic
Reminder: The 2nd Annual BC Islands BBQ picnic is 4 days away! (13 Aug. 2023, 4pm – 8pm at Gyro Beach Area ‘B’ Saanich BC)
We still need another potable BBQ unit and volunteers for cook duties. Please contact George at gamay@shaw.ca, this is the correct email address! Please bring eating utensils for your group to minimise waste.
 
***Please note changes to the date, time and site of the 2nd Annual BC Islands Mensa Picnic!***
The Second BC Islands Mensa Picnic
The event will be held on the 13th August 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Site ‘B’ Gyro Park. Free hamburgers, hot-dogs and soft-drinks will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring extra food to share. We need another BBQ and volunteers, please contact George May.
 
 
Chow and Chat”
Every Wednesday at noon.
Currently meeting at Spinnakers for the summer. Inside/outside spaces, on bus route, bike route, and free parking.
Will rotate venues in fall; suggestions welcome.
If you wish to attend, please call or e-mail Bill Dexter by 11 am so he can secure an appropriate sized table. 250-383-1804 bill.dexter@telus.net

The Second BC Islands Mensa Picnic (pending site confirmation).

The event will be held on the 6th August 3:30 to 7:30  pm at Gyro Park. Free hamburgers, hot-dogs and soft-drinks  will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring extra food to share.

Third Sunday Potluck July 16th 6 pm.

Mary Freeman is hosting this month’s Potluck. All Members welcome. Mary’s address is 9-909 Carolwood Drive, Saanich, BC.