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

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 21st 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.