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Activities Bulletin
January 2018 (Tentative)


If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the January ChiMe (when it becomes available). (And if you haven’t, please consider signing up for this great tool — an active Mensa number will be requested to verify your Mensa membership before you can be added to our CAM Meetup group.) Meetup will have the same RSVP contact information that is on our website and in ChiMe. On Meetup, even though events may have an RSVP option, a few CAM event coördinators are not members of Meetup. You may RSVP there to let other CAM Meetup members know you are attending, to easily add the event info to your calendar, and to set up notifications for the events, but you should always contact the CAM event coördinator as specified.

In addition to the events listed below (which includes all those listed in ChiMe and usually all those listed on Meetup), some area groups and the youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups where they may publish events which are not included on our website. Contact South Suburban Coördinator Jeudi or Southwest Area Group (SwAG) Coördinators Kevin and Steve for information on how to join their respective Facebook group. Contact Gifted Youth Coördinators Stacey/Stephen or the Teen Coördinator to join their Facebook groups.

1/Monday

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

2/Tuesday

  • RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinator is not a member.

    Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at Petro’s Restaurant located at Randolph and LaSalle (160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago). To confirm the location and for reservations, contact event coördinator Gene E. before 11 AM. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Gene is not a member.

4/Thursday

  • Southeast Side Mensa Social (SEMinalS) 7 PM. Mensa dinner at Cocula South Chicago located at 8847 S. Commercial Ave. in Chicago. We will probably be in the back room near the windows nearest Commercial Ave. I [Carol] will try to display a flag of some kind. For more information, contact Carol M. (her contact information can also be found in latest issue of ChiMe). You can also RSVP via Meetup. This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, January 13th no later than Saturday, January 6th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

6/Saturday

7/Sunday

  • Gifted Youth Event 10 AM. Join the Gifted-Youth Group for a fun-filled day. All are welcome; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. RSVP to our Gifted Youth Coördinator. Youth excursions are being planned for each month on a Sunday.

10/Wednesday

RSVP for Northern Exposure no later than 10 AM. You may RSVP via Meetup.


 
  • Northern Exposure 7 PM. Do you brake for caribou? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Salerno’s Pizza in beautiful downtown Libertyville for some great pizza and Italian food. 602 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville. Please RSVP (no later than 10 AM) to our North Suburban Coördinator Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table; also let her 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. You can also RSVP via Meetup.

11/Thursday

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinator is not a member.

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at Petro’s Restaurant located at Randolph and LaSalle (160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago). To confirm the location and for reservations, contact event coördinator Gene E. before 11 AM. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Gene is not a member.

12/Friday

  • agog A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) 7 PM. Join us for a relaxing weekend of games and hospitality at the Westin North Shore Hotel1, 601 North Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. Bigger than a house party, smaller than an RG; just hundreds of Chicago Area Mensa’s games, plenty of tables, and well over a hundred friendly, albeit competitive, players. At AGOG, you can play all your favorite board and card games, including Euro/German games as well as party games and classics, or bring your own to share with friends. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are provided throughout the weekend. Plus the fee includes access to Saturday’s Monthly Gathering.
  • Rockford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-area Mensans for dinner at Kuma’s Asian Bistro, 420 E. State St. in Rockford (a few blocks east of the river between 1st and 2nd Streets). For more information or to get on our email list, contact Dave L. the Rockford Area Coördinator. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member.

  • Poetry Discussion. We are taking our usual month off this January. The poetry meetings will resume on Friday, February 9th. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator, for general information. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.
    Annual Hiatus!!

13/Saturday

  • agog A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) continues. Join the fun and attend the long weekend gathering of just games all day through Sunday afternoon at the Westin North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling! All the games we have at WeeM and more, because folks like you bring their own to share. We provide food, non-alcoholic beverages and all the games you want for a reasonable price. Plus the fee includes access to today’s Monthly Gathering. If you haven’t preregistered, you can register at the door.
  • SwAG Session 4 PM. Join the Southwest Area Group for its next monthly, laid-back time together with food and talk of any imaginable topic. We meet at Kevin’s home (aka SwAG HQ) on Windstone Dr. in Plainfield. If possible, please bring a small dish to share. RSVP by one week prior (Saturday, January 6th) is required. Kevin B.’s contact information is on our website. You can also RSVP via Meetup. SwAG also has their own Facebook group; contact the Southwest Area Coördinators to find out how to join. We’ve been meeting on the second Saturday of the month. Hope to see you there!

The December Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Rolling Meadows Community Center,
3705 Pheasant Dr., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Future MGs are at different locations.

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    CAM Monthly Gathering @Westin North Shore Hotel


    Monthly Gathering
    The Monthly Gathering will be held at the Westin North Shore Hotel
    601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling.
    This gathering is open to the general public. So if you’re interested in learning more about Chicago Mensa, come join us. There is an admissions fee to help cover costs. Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Test: 4 PM.
    Business Meeting: 5 PM.
    Game room opens: All weekend for AGOG!
    Nominations for local officers: 7:15 PM.
    Program: 7:30 PM.
    Party: 8:30 PM.

    The Nominating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to run for the elected positions on the Chicago Area Mensa Board of Directors. If you’re interested or just curious, see Deb Johnston’s article in the February 2016 ChiMe for details. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications.
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    Forward your voucher code, that AML emailed you, to a non-member friend, who may, at no cost, either submit prior evidence before the end of March or preregister for the supervised test held today.
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    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. Or consider watching the children at the MG for a fee. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications. Or 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.

    Program Topic: TBA but most likely game related.
    See the full write-up in our January ChiMe (when it becomes available).
    MG Early This Month Due to AGOG!!

14/Sunday

  • agog A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) continues until 3 PM. Join us for a relaxing weekend of games and hospitality at the Westin North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. Bigger than a house party, smaller than an RG; just hundreds of Chicago Area Mensa’s games, plenty of tables, and well over a hundred friendly, albeit competitive, players. At AGOG, you can play all your favorite board and card games, including Euro/German games as well as party games and classics, or bring your own to share with friends. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are provided throughout the weekend.
  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. Book TBA. The discussion will take place in Conference Room G of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park. For additional information about this SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd–numbered months.

15/Monday

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinator is not a member.

16/Tuesday

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at Petro’s Restaurant located at Randolph and LaSalle (160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago). To confirm the location and for reservations, contact event coördinator Gene E. before 11 AM. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Gene is not a member.

  • Near West-Southwest (WSW) Mensans Dinner 6:30 PM. This month, we enjoy dining at venue TBA located in the near west-southwest suburbs. Spouses, dates, and significant others are also welcome. Reservations are appreciated. Please contact Jay V. so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. You can also RSVP via Chicago Mensa Meetup. This event usually recurs on the third Tuesday of the month.

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, January 21st no later than 2 PM on Saturday, January 20th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

20/Saturday

  • Conservatives Lunch 11:30 AM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and “secret planning” at The Patio, 2780 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard. The Patio is on the NW corner of Butterfield and Highland, but you can enter only from Highland. Look for our reserved section in the northeast corner of the restaurant. RSVPs appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator. You can also RSVP via Meetup.

  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation at a private residence near 103rd & Western Ave. in far SSW Chicago. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s location and the exact time as well as more information; if emailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. Usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • RSVP for Chinese on Saturdays no later than 2 PM. You may RSVP via Meetup.

    Chinese on Saturdays 6 PM. We meet at Lao Sze Chuan House, 1331 Ogden Ave. in Downers Grove. Come for good food, good conversation, and occasionally some slightly warped humor. Each month we present a selection from the Darwin Awards, News of the Weird, or similar. Please RSVP by 2 PM Saturday so Walt, the event coördinator, can notify the restaurant. If you send or leave a message, include your contact information in case there’s a last minute change. Walt L.’s contact information can be found in the latest issue of ChiMe or on our website. You can also RSVP via Meetup.

  • South Bend Dinner 6 PM. Contact Dawn F., the South Bend Area Coördinator of Fort Wayne, Indiana Mensa, for location information. For contact information, see the latest issue of ChiMe or our website. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Dawn is not a member.

21/Sunday

  • West Suburban Sundays Noon. Join us for Sunday lunch in the southwest suburbs at the Major Restaurant at 301 W. Ogden Ave. in Westmont. The restaurant has a large variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items, reasonably priced. Please contact John or Betty N., the West Suburban Coördinators, by 2 PM on Saturday, January 20th and let them know if you are coming. Their contact information is also in the latest issue of ChiMe. You can also RSVP via Meetup. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.

  • Play: Odd Couple 2 PM. Performance at the Big Noise Theatre at the Prairie Lakes Community Center located at 515 E. Thacker St. in Des Plaines. There’s a laugh a second in Neil Simon’s hit Broadway play when two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a compulsively tidy news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates and driving each other crazy! Purchase your own tickets. RSVP directly to Carey S. or via Meetup.
    Event not in ChiMe!!

  • Rainbow SIG 2 PM. For more info about the Rainbow SIG, contact Jim C., the SIG coördinator. His contact information is available here on our website.

25/Thursday

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinator is not a member.

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at Petro’s Restaurant located at Randolph and LaSalle (160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago). To confirm the location and for reservations, contact event coördinator Gene E. before 11 AM. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Gene is not a member.

26/Friday

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Advertising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the March ChiMe.

  • Classics Book Club 8 PM. The meeting is at a home in Lisle. Please contact Elizabeth G. — use “Book Club” in subject line — for this month’s book selection, a list of suggested books for future meetings, and the meeting address. Event will recur on the fourth Friday of the month.

30/Tuesday

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinator is not a member.

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at Petro’s Restaurant located at Randolph and LaSalle (160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago). To confirm the location and for reservations, contact event coördinator Gene E. before 11 AM. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Gene is not a member.

  • Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon Dinner Cancelled. The group will be on hiatus until spring of 2017. To get on our email-list, please send a message to Dave L. the Rockford Area Coördinator. This event is usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month.
    Event on Winter Hiatus!!


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1 February/Thursday

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

  • Southeast Side Mensa Social (SEMinalS) 7 PM. Mensa dinner at Cocula South Chicago located at 8847 S. Commercial Ave. in Chicago. We will probably be in the back room near the windows nearest Commercial Ave. I [Carol] will try to display a flag of some kind. For more information, contact Carol M. (her contact information can also be found in latest issue of ChiMe). You can also RSVP via Meetup. This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.


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