New Orleans Mensa

La Plume de NOM for January/February, 2007

The Magazine of New Orleans Mensa Information and Entertainment


by Anne Osteen Stringer

I apologize for the lateness of this issue. House repairs, the holidays, and a really bad cold all contributed. Laziness played a part too. I was wondering if there is someone out there who would like to serve as back up editor in case an emergency arises. I would also appreciate help with the production from time to time. If so, give me a call.

Many of our North Shore members are unable to attend events on the South Shore because of the distance involved. H, a longtime NOM and North Shore resident, has graciously agreed to serve as coordinator for events across the lake. Remember all events are open to all NOMs no matter which side of the lake they take place on.

Cover art is a dreamy watercolor by Patricia DiGeorge of Vilja, the “witch of the wood” from the Merry Widow.


by Patti Armatis


The New Orleans Science and Engineering fair will be held at the First Baptist Church, New Orleans on Canal Blvd. Thursday, March 15. 2007. Judges must be present by noon and the judging of exhibits will start about 12:30. Judging of the exhibits will take about 3 hours to complete. Lunch (sandwich) was provided pre-Katrina, but I don’t think we can count on this freebie this year.

NOMensa will recognize a first and second place winner in both the Jr. (Grades 7 & 8) and Sr. (Grades 9 - 12) Divisions. Awards will be given to those projects showing intellectual achievement consisting of learning ability and reasoning ability.

If you possess in interest in, knowledge of, or training in the areas listed below, please join your fellow NOMensans as a Science Fair Judge.

Contact Patti Armatis to volunteer or for more information. The Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair website is


Office Depot

Get a discount at Office Depot just for being a Mensa member! American Mensa has partnered with one of the world’s largest office products distributors to help Mensans save money both online and at Office Depot stores. Mensans will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases and will save 60percent on printing. You will also:

Please note you will need to register a current credit card to get these discounts, which will be taken automatically at payment when you pay with the linked card. Further, please note this discount does not apply to furniture and technology-related items such as computers, printers, fax machines, etc.

Scientific American MIND

This is a new magazine from the editors of Scientific American that takes you inside the most riveting breakthroughs in psychology, neuroscience and related fields, including dreaming, consciousness, intelligence, imagination, emotions, mental illness and perception.

Currently American Mensa provided a puzzle column called “Head Games” to Scientific American MIND. The publishers offer Mensa members a $4.95 discount off of the annual subscription rate of $19.95 for six issues. This Mensa rate of $15 is the lowest rate they are currently offering.

You can find more information about both of these benefits as well as other benefits offered to Mensa members at

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