ABM – Annual Business Meeting, typically held at the AG where officers report and members can ask questions
ACE – Achieving Communications Excellence, a program to recognize local groups that meet or exceed national standards of communicating with members
AG – Annual Gathering, the national convention, usually held during the week of July 4
AMC – American Mensa Committee, the national Board of Directors
AML – American Mensa, Ltd.
ExComm – Executive Committee, another name for a Board of Directors of a local group or SIG
GCC/GYC – Gifted Children or Gifted Youth Coordinator
GCM – Gulf Coast Mensa, Inc.
Hospitality – at any Mensa gathering, a room where meals, beverages and/or snacks and the chance to sit down and chat with other attendees are offered
LDW – Leadership Development Workshop, a gathering that provides courses to improve the skills and knowledge of members
Local Area Coordinator – a volunteer who welcomes new members, answers questions from members and schedules periodic events for a limited area within a local group
Local Group – a geographically defined local chapter of American Mensa
LocSec – Local Secretary, the president or chief executive officer of a local group
M – a Mensan, plural is Ms (pronounced “emz” not “miz”)
Mensa Foundation – formerly Mensa Education and Research Foundation, the philanthropic organization associated with AML, the aims of which are directed at scholarships, education and awards
NO – National Office, the official business office of AML, made up of around 20 staff members who provide support to the organization. Staff members are not current dues-paying members of AML, although they could have been members prior to their employment by NO.
NomComm – Nominating Committee, a group to identify and officially nominate candidates for office, can be local or national
RG – Regional Gathering, a multi-day conference put on by a local group, usually an annual event
RVC – Regional Vice Chairman, a member of the AMC with oversight of all groups within the region they were elected to represent
SIG – Special Interest Group, a group to draw together Ms of similar interests, can be national or local
SIGHT – Service of Information, Guidance and Hospitality to Travelers, a service that allows Ms who are traveling to enjoy the hospitality and/or company of other members throughout the U.S.
YMs – Young Mensans, members under the age of 18