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Activities Bulletin
April 2021

RSVPs - Always contact the CAM event host as specified in the event details — e-mail , phone , or Meetup .

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Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the April calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

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Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the April calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM Morning Coffee contact.

There may be other virtual events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. Both of these weekday online events are not hosted which simply means when you join the Morning Coffee channel (under Events) on our CAM Discord server, you may be the first — wait several minutes and give the others a chance to join you. Attendance is spontaneous and can be sporadic — no individual is present every day, some days there are several people, but there are days when no one participates. You can expect casual conversation on any topic you and the others would like to explore. On Thursdays, the 8 AM CAM Morning Coffee group joins the 8 AM Conversation with London Mensans so use their access info (on Meetup) rather than Discord. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Contact Matt C. for general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.
    Discord Event!!

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1/ Thurs­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the May ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by tapping/clicking here.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the May ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

3/ Satur­day

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  • Games and Conver­sation 7:30 PM. Join us at the (virtual) WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans (WWHfWM). This will be an on-line event using CAM’s Discord server (if new to Discord, tap/click here). We’ll gather for conversation in the Game Night Foyer and then split into breakout rooms as desired for games. Recent games played have included Welcome To, The Crew, 6 nimmt!, Code Names and Incan Gold. Perhaps we’ll get some euchre in this month. For more information, contact Beth W. Join us.
    Discord Event!!

4/ Sun­day

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6/ Tues­day

  • Meet the RVC4 Candidates 6:30 PM. We’re cordially inviting you to meet the three candidates: Jon Gruebele (Chicago), Laura King (Sangamon Valley), and Barbara Kryvko (St. Louis). The Zoom info is available as part of Jon G.’s contact info.
    Virtual Event!!

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  • Out of Hibernation and Hyped for Conversation! 7 PM. As spring springs in, the world is slowly, safely, carefully, and cautiously opening up again. Some of us are crawling out of our caves and others are ready to roar! As we anxiously await mingling with the masses, it’s time to take a casual, comical, closer look at the Art of Conversation. Join the Glendale Heights Area Toastmasters and Chicago Area Mensa in this unique event, held in person and online on several platforms. Keynote Speaker Marty J. hosts an intimate evening of Improv, Insight, Secrets, Stories, & more!

    Marty, of www.MasterHappiness.com, is an award-winning International Speech Coach who specializes in…

    • Mentoring people through the anxiety of speaking in front of others,
    • Adding passion and emotion to sales and marketing presentations, and
    • Helping hundreds harness happiness!

    Please join this friendly forum and prepare to have fun! The event is held in person at the Glendale Heights Area Civic Center, located at 300 Civic Centre Plaza in Glendale Heights (seating is limited due to Covid-19 safety protocols, so sign up now). It is also a hybrid meeting through Zoom, where you can interact with other participants. As a bonus, the meeting is broadcasted through Facebook and Clubhouse, the newest platform that everyone is talking about! The Zoom info is available as part of Marty J.’s contact info.
    Virtual & In-Person Event Not in ChiMe!!

8/ Thurs­day

9/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Olympic Tavern, lo­cated at 2327 N. Main St. in Rockford (next to the Phillips 66 station on the north side of Main St.). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. The number of attendees is limited, so RSVPs are mandatory. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

11/ Sun­day

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  • Italian Date Night Dinner Cooking Class 5 PM. Join one of the master chefs from Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn to learn how to cook their Italian Date Night Dinner. On the menu: Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Hand-Rolled Romano Meatballs, and Hugo Cocktail. The chef will walk participants through how to prepare the dinner and a special cocktail via an interactive Zoom class. The ingredient list will be sent out to participants a week or so before the class.

    The GOBS-subsidized rate for this event is $20 per login. You can have as many people on your login as your kitchen will fit, so this is a great time to involve the kids in a cooking lesson! Please note that this event is geared towards adults, so all children must be supervised. The class lasts about an hour and half. We’ll start at 5 PM and be done in time for a nice dinner at 6:30. The Zoom link will stay open so we can eat together and compare results. An ingredient shopping list will be sent out before the class.

    If you have any questions or to sign up, contact Heather B.. Your spot will not be held until your payment is received. Payment via Zelle or PayPal is preferred. If you can only pay by check, please make sure to send it early to leave enough time for it to arrive via USPS.
    Virtual Event!!

12/ Mon­day

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14/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner Cancelled. Join us for dinner at a venue TBD in Lake County. Please RSVP (no later than 10 AM) to our North Suburban Coördinator Michael B., so he can reserve a big enough table; also let him know if you need to cancel, even if it’s last minute (by text­ing), so the restaurant can change the seating and doesn’t wait until everyone shows up to take orders.
    Event Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns!!

15/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Join 10-20 of us in learning & sharing our views while having fun in a friendly & safe environment! We will discuss the many sides of two topics: Crazy Rich Americans followed by Religion & Mysticism at ~7:30 PM. Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for links to some videos and articles on these topics. The day will come when we can gather again over coffee, but, until then, join us by voice (and optional video ) over the Internet using the Zoom app. The access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup or e-mail Mike B.
    Virtual Event!!

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    Federal Tax Deadline
    Extended to Monday, May 17th.

16/ Fri­day

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is now using Google Chat , which offers free closed captions, for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed. Contact Roy L. for the Google Chat link or any help you might need. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Schedule Change!!
    Virtual Event!!

  • GOBS Request Deadline. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at tomorrow’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, April 17th and through Saturday, May 22nd or later.

17/ Satur­day

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  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 107th St. & Western Ave. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s lo­ca­tion and the exact time as well as more information; if e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 1 PM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized Un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location and the COVID restrictions at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coördinator. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

The May Monthly Gathering scheduled for May 22nd will be a video conference event held via Discord.


 
  • CAM Election Ballot Deadline 5 PM. Today was the deadline for the receipt/submission of all ballots.
    Electronic & Mail-in Ballots Only This Year!

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Discord )
    The April Monthly Gathering takes place via video teleconference using Discord. The election results will be announced this evening. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . In this age of social distancing, aren’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different?

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting :
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Voting closes:
    5 PM — Remote Only!
    Socializing :
    7 PM in the Hospitality channels.
    Election Results :
    7:30 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Program :
    ~7:35 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Socializing & Games:
    8:30 PM in the Hospitality or Games channels.

    Volunteer
    Get involved! Chicago Mensa needs you. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both in the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in.
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    Express Yourself
    Try your hand at writing an ar­ticle for ChiMe, submitting a photo, or creating a puzzle; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!

    Program Topic: Flipping a Switch: Action Steps for 20 Later Life Transitions
    Light switches are a useful metaphor for transitions in later life. Some changes are sudden “on/off” switches while others are like “dimmer switches” that happen in gradual stages. At perhaps no other time in life do more “switches get flipped” than when people leave a long-time career after working for decades. This is especially true for Baby Boomers who may have never experienced adult life without a full-time job. Many need to stop or reverse activities they have been performing for decades since their 20s. Happiness and financial security in later life often require a 180 degree turn from the way that people managed their time and money previously. Some switches are voluntary (e.g., spending accumulated savings) and some are mandatory (e.g., taking required minimum distributions). This webinar will share action steps for twenty “flipped switches” described in presenter Barbara O’Neill’s recently published book Flipping a Switch about later life financial and lifestyle transitions.
    Members, see the full write-up in our April ChiMe.
    Discord Event!!

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  • New / Inactive Members: Welcome to CAM 8:30 PM. Are you new to Mensa—or been a member a long time but not active? This event is for you! We’ll start with “Welcome to CAM” and talk about what we do and what activities we have. This is the same night as the Monthly Gathering so there will be people around chatting and playing games. We’ll have someone on hand to teach people how to sign up and play games on BoardGameArena.com. Look for us in the New Members channel on Discord. If you’re new to Discord, tap/click here for more info; the Discord Invitation Link will be available as part of the Monthly Gathering contact info starting Thursday, May 20th.
    Discord Event!!

20/ Tues­day

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  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Dining might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail by 6 PM Monday, April 19th. RSVPs by e-mail are not confirmed until you receive a reply e-mail confirming your reservation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Virtual Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Perhaps Mensa’s longest running event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch has gone virtual! Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom access info is included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

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  • Volunteer Week: Feed My Starving Children 6 PM. Our Community Chair Hieu has arranged for us to do some volunteer work to help those in need in our communities. The tasks vary based upon location but usually the task is packing food. Specific details (also for Covid safety/restrictions) for this location will be given to those who sign up for the two-hour shift. The location is 742 E. Park Ave. in Libertyville. If you are interested in signing up, please e-mail Hieu N. and let him know you want to volunteer for "Feed My Starving Children" and also if you have anyone else joining you. Refer to his article in the April ChiMe for additional details. Here’s to making a difference and helping others by volunteering!

22/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

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  • Volunteer Week: Northern Illinois Food Bank Geneva 5 PM. Our Community Chair Hieu has arranged for us to do some volunteer work to help those in need in our communities. The tasks vary based upon location but usually the task is packing food. Specific details (also for Covid safety/restrictions) for this location will be given to those who sign up for the two-hour shift. The location is 273 Dearborn Court in Geneva. If you are interested in signing up, please e-mail Hieu N. and let him know you want to volunteer for the "Northern Illinois Food Bank Geneva" and also if you have anyone else joining you. Refer to his article in the April ChiMe for additional details. Here’s to making a difference and helping others by volunteering!

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  • Mind Games® 2021 Cancelled. The event was to be held today through Sunday, April 25th, in Portland, Maine, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 363 Maine Mall Road in Portland, ME. Visit the website for all the details.
    Event Cancelled Due to Covid 19 Concerns!!

23/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: Vodka 7:30 PM. We’re returning to Vodka for this month’s Mixology. Have you been thinking these look like fun? Make April the month where you join our class! Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment, as well as the Zoom info, prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. RSVPs are required; to RSVP and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

24/ Satur­day

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  • Volunteer Week: Northern Illinois Food Bank Joliet 9 AM. Our Community Chair Hieu has arranged for us to do some volunteer work to help those in need in our communities. The tasks vary based upon location but usually the task is packing food. Specific details (also for Covid safety/restrictions) for this location will be given to those who sign up for the 2½-hour shift. The location is 171 S. Larkin Ave. in Joliet. If you are interested in signing up, please e-mail Hieu N. and let him know you want to volunteer for the "Northern Illinois Food Bank Joliet" and also if you have anyone else joining you. Refer to his article in the April ChiMe for additional details. Here’s to making a difference and helping others by volunteering!

25/ Sun­day

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  • Virtual Escape Room: The Haunted Theatre 4 PM. Join us in another virtual escape room from Escape Room LA. In this 3-D adventure, groups of up to 10 people will explore the backstage and dressing rooms of an old, haunted theatre in a quest to free the theatre’s ghost before the next performance begins — or be trapped inside forever! The Haunted Theatre is a large, challenging game that will give all members of the group plenty to do in a fun and immersive online experience. The virtual escape room experience allows players to move around freely, explore the space in 360 degrees, and interact with everything they discover!

    The GOBS rate for this event is only $10 per CAM member, for up to 30 people. Members are allowed one non-member guest at the subsidized rate. Please note that you must pay for each person participating, not by device. It is recommended that each person have their own device for this event. This escape room is not recommended for children under 14. RSVPs are required; to RSVP, e-mail Heather B. and she will let you know how to submit your payment. You are not considered to have RSVP’d until your payment is received. Payment via Zelle or PayPal is preferred. If you can only pay by check, please make sure to leave enough time to send via USPS.

    If you don’t have a Zoom account, you should download the Zoom app at least a ½ hour prior to the event. About 15 minutes before game time, you’ll receive the Zoom sign-in information. You should start your Zoom session before 4 PM because the game starts promptly.
    Virtual Event!!

28/ Wednes­day

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  • Dinner in the North­west Suburbs: Mexican 7 PM. We will be dining, indoors, at Hacienda El Sombrero. The restaurant is lo­cated at 1100 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Prospect (in a strip mall on the west side of Elmhurst Rd. (IL RT 83), just south of Golf Rd.). Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail at least 24 hours in advance. If you RSVP by e-mail, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a return e-mail with a confirmation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

29/ Thurs­day

30/ Fri­day

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert! Today is the last day to register before the rates increase again. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the “Multifaceted Minds” AG held Tuesday, August 24th through Sunday, August 29th as Mensa celebrates its 75th anniversary in Houston, Texas. And reg­ister now for the Colloquium exploring “Advances in Food Science” presented on Monday, August 23rd.


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MayDay

1 May/ Satur­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the June ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by tapping/clicking here.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the June ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

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  • Pandemic Freedom RG Reg­istration. Metropolitan Washington Mensa’s RG will be held Friday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 4th, just outside of our nation’s capital, at the Sheraton in Reston, Virginia. Visit their RG website or view their flyer for all the details.


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