Marvels Heroes at the Franklin Institute

Come join your fellow DVMers at the MARVELS HEROES exhibit at the Franklin Institute on Saturday, June 1, 2019! Register Here!

Group rate tickets:

Adult: $24
Children: $18

Admission includes access to the usual exemplary Franklin Institute exhibits.  Come earlier and check out the Institute or stay after the Marvel Heroes tour and eat at the cafeteria and see the rest of Franklin Institute then.

Reserve NOW as the deadline is May 24, 2019 (one week before the event).

Please register and pay by credit card at the link here or reserve a spot by sending a check (payable to Delaware Valley Mensa) to the Treasurer at the address below:

Joy Rogers Gomez-Farrow
Delaware Valley Mensa
18 West Felton Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078

There is limited parking underground which frequently sells out.  There are many surface lots and garages within easy walking distance.

If you have any questions, please contact either Joy Gomez-Farrow at or call at 610-521-6701.

Election time is here!

Election season is approaching!  Now is your opportunity to step up and be a part of how DVM is run.  Please consider running for one of the following positions. 

Local Secretary. This is the chief executive position for Delaware Valley Mensa. You would preside over the ExComm meetings and serve as the chief liaison with other chapters of Mensa and with the national office.

Treasurer. You would be responsible for monetary disbursements, budget creation, and for preparing semi-annual financial reports.

Ex Comm Member at Large. All Members at Large have a vote on the Ex Comm and may be called upon to help with specific projects such as auditing the books of the group annually, planning the summer bbq, or welcoming new members.

If you are interested in serving on the ExComm in one of the above positions for a two-year term, please fill out the Candidate Information Form and submit your question and answers via email to Lesley Slepner at  Unfortunately, in order to make the deadline for nominees to be included in the February Proteus, your responses must be received by January 5, 2019.

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Join DVM for a Trip Back in Time!

It’s time for everyone in DVM to come together and take a trip back in time!

On October 20 at 11 a.m., we will be gathering at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA, for Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights.

Feel free to dress in costume and bring the kids because this is a family friendly gathering for all ages. There will be a Halloween Treasure Hunt and costume competitions for children and adults. What Halloween celebration would be complete without Trick or Treating throughout the Shire? In addition to all of these special events, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy all the Shire has to offer including food, drink, music, shows, and the excitement of jousts for honor and glory. Visit for more information and directions.

If all of that wasn’t enough, you also get a discount for joining DVM at the Faire! Group tickets are $23.95 for adults and $7.95 for children ages 5-11. Click to buy your tickets! Hope to see you there!

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Nominating Committee Members Needed

With elections just around the corner for DVM officers, it is time to find volunteers for our Nominating Committee. We need dedicated members of our chapter to help us encourage, recruit, and review potential nominees for office in the coming election.

If you volunteer for the Nominating Committee, you cannot also run for office, so if you want to pitch in but want to guarantee you won’t be an officer, here’s your chance!

If you are interested and would like to know more, please reach out to and

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Members Open House

Noon – 7 PM, Saturday, November 10

As Delaware County Subgroup Coordinator it is my honor to reactivate an old tradition—AN ALL MEMBERS OPEN HOUSE.

This is a low key and FREE event for all members to come and mingle with other Mensans; to discuss things with your duly elected Executive Committee (ExComm) members; or to just simply hang out.  Prior to the open house there will be an official ExComm meeting at 11 AM that is open to all DVM members.  This is your chance to see how DVM is run and to voice your opinion or concerns.  All members of DVM are invited to all ExComm meetings.

All Mensa members, new and old, and their families and invited guests are welcome to attend the Open House.  Lunch and interesting munchies will be served to entice you to attend.  Please let us know in advance of any food allergies – we will have gluten free and dairy free stuff and plenty of chocolate, of course!

Highlights, topics for discussion, and just random thoughts about this Open House:

  • For your perusal, there will be copies of old issues of Proteus which, years ago, DVM members lovingly collated, labelled, and prepared for mailing. (Many of you may remember these fun, working sessions.)
  • We can discuss the upcoming scholarship program which begins September 15 and let you know how you can help your friends and their college-age children to apply for awards of up to $1000.
  • For those of you who have, are, or know of a gifted child, our Gifted Children’s Coordinator, Joe Neff, will be there to answer questions and discuss ideas for events. If you have an idea for an event, for example, a museum with a unique or educational exhibit, we can talk about how to make that a Mensa event.
  • If you want to be part of a DVM movie group, let us know and we can plan to see the latest movie at one of those new-fangled movie houses (with or without food).
  • If you have an interest or idea, we can figure out how to make it into an event. In the past few years we have had several museum trips, Philadelphia Union Football (Soccer), Mann Music Center concerts, arboretum visits, Phillies and minor league baseball games, and Escape Room events, to name a few.
  • And, of course, we have board games!

Mensa is a great group.  Friendships are formed here that last a lifetime.  You can always find someone with similar interests or a unique point-of-view.  And you can always learn something new!  Come to this open house and help Mensa work for you!

Please RSVP to or 610.521.6701 so that we can plan the food accordingly.  There is lots of free on-street parking and we are a short walk from the Ridley Park Regional Rail Station.  We have one non-allergenic (for most!) cat.  Smoking outside only.

Joy Rogers Gomez-Farrow