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RVC Chat - February 2012
by Andrew Heffernan

Each April my local group participates in CultureQuest. It started as one team, playing in a member's home and has grown to 4 or 5 teams annually, including a youth team. In classic MoNNY (Mensa of Northeastern New York) style, it is followed by a BBQ and party at local member Rob's house. I am a member of a team, and answer the occasional question about Canada. My favorite part is to see how diverse the fields of knowledge are amongst my friends. It was quite amazing to learn that my friend Terri knows the official state fish of Mississippi is the Micropterus salmoides.

Joyce Lundeen and Becky O'Neal founded CultureQuest® as a competition between Region 6 Local Groups in 1990. After some success at a leadership weekend and with the support of then-RVC Carol Hilson, the quest grew to have almost every group in Region 6 participate during the second year, and two teams of AMC members were also invited to participate.

In 1992, the competition went "national" and, in 1997, teams from Mensa Canada participated. CultureQuest®: The Next Generation began supporting youth teams in 1999.

While CultureQuest might be considered a trivia game or competition, its intent has always been to promote and test cultural literacy. From film to politics, from literature to geography and from music to history, Mensan teams of up to five members gather in their neighborhoods on a single day across the U.S. and Canada and, for 90 minutes, compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights.

Contact your local group officers today to learn more about this wonderful team experience taking place on April 29th, 2012. And to sign up for a daily CultureQuest-ion via email head on over to

Andrew Heffernan

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