Monthly Gathering -- general info -- next gathering
8:00 PM, 2nd Friday of each month
APA Hotel Woodbridge (formerly the Woodbridge Hilton)
Iselin, New Jersey
Garden State Parkway, Northbound Exit 131A and Southbound 131
Regional Gathering (RG)
Snowball XLIII
CNJM's Regional Gathering
March 3-5, 2017
Iselin, New Jersey
Garden State Parkway, Northbound Exit 131A and Southbound 131
  • the nation's longest-running RG
  • 24-hour hospitality
  • interesting speakers - Friday night and all day Saturday
  • new, larger games room open all weekend
  • karaoke - Friday night
  • craft session - Saturday afternoon
  • dj dance - Saturday night
  • multi-media swap - Sunday morning
  • very close to Metropark train station
  • hotel has well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool
  • free parking
  • register online or by mail
  • day rates available
Register Now!!
Annual Gathering (AG)
2017 Annual Gathering
Yay for Hollywood...Florida
July 5-9, 2017
The Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida

National Events

Colloquium 2017
Medicine and Technology
July 5, 2017
(Due to the holiday, this year's Colloquium, though still a separate event, will take place on Wednesday, July 5, concurrent with the first day of the Annual Gathering.)
Hollywood, Florida
Mind Games 2017
American Mensans get together to play and rate the latest board and card games over one spring weekend.
April 21-23 2017
Herndon, VA
Looking Ahead
Future Annual Gatherings
  • 2018 AG -- Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2019 AG -- Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2020 AG --
  • 2021 AG --
Future Mind Games
  • 2018-- TBD

Nearby Regional Gatherings

Snowball XLIII
Central New Jersey Mensa
March 3-5, 2017
Iselin, NJ -- Garden State Parkway, Northbound Exit 131A and Southbound 131
Wicked Good!
Boston Mensa
October 28-30 2016
Fitchburg, MA
The Further Adventures of Hootman and Owlboy
Tidewater Mensa
November 4-6, 2016
Williamsburg, VA
Time for Some Games!
Delaware Valley Mensa
November 11-13, 2016
Runnemede, NJ
Winter Solstice RG -- yet to be confirmed
Central Pennsylvania Mensa
December 2016
Bird-in-Hand, PA
Greater New York RG -- yet to be confirmed
Mensa of Northeastern New York
September 1-4, 2017
Albany, NY

Monthly Gathering

CNJM holds a gathering each month on a variety of eclectic topics that have included: guitar-making, military police dog demonstration, NJ tombstone markings, revolutionary war mutinies, and quantum physics proving love (to name a few). These presentations are usually held on the 2nd Friday at 8:00 PM in the APA Hotel Woodbridge (formerly Woodbridge Hilton) in Iselin, NJ.

Members, guests, and potential members are all welcomed. Admission is now free.

At 6:30 PM (before the gathering) please join your Mensan peers for dinner and sparkling conversation next to the hotel's lobby. Please join us for dinner, the program, or both.

Next gathering:

Special notice -- Dinner before the Gathering has resumed!

Friday, October 14 at 8:00 PM

Benjamin Mitchell: Robotics

My name is Benjamin Mitchell and I am the director of Garden State Robotics, a small non - profit organization that organizes and manages competitive robotics competitions for K - 12 students in New Jersey. The competitions we run are called the Vex Robotics Competition (for middle and high school students), and the Vex IQ Competition (for elementary and middle school students). The events we manage are the local and statewide competitions that qualify teams to compete globally at an annual World Championship event. Each year the game that students need to build robots to play changes, so teams cannot simply reuse a robot from year to year. Along the way, teams are awarded trophies for mechanical design, construction, and design documentation.

I personally came into robotics as a participant in high school, then went to school for Technology Education, all the while volunteering at robotics competitions. Eventually I formed Garden State Robotics along with a few other interest- ed people so we could continue to grow, and continue to put education first as our guiding ethos for organizing these competitions.

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