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Activities Bulletin
January 2021 (Tentative)


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About
Meetup

Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up and get notifications. Check out the January 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 :

1/ Fri­day

Happy New Year
  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the February 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 February ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

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  • Mind Games 2021 Judge Registration. Join us for Mind Games 2021 Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th, in Portland, Maine, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 363 Maine Mall Road in Portland, ME. Visit the website for all the details. Rates increase after Monday, August 31st.

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, January 9th no later than Saturday, January 2nd. Use Facebook to RSVP.


 

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


 

2/ Satur­day

7/ Thurs­day

8/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Kuma’s Asian Bistro, lo­cated at 420 E. State St. in Rockford (a few blocks east of the river between 1st and 2nd Streets). 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. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion Cancelled. As is our custom, we will not meet in January. The poetry meetings will resume on Friday, February 12th. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator for general information about this SIG. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month or the following Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
    Annual Hiatus!!

9/ Satur­day

  • SwAG Ses­sion 4 PM. Join the South­west Area Group for its 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. RSVP by one week prior (Saturday, January 2nd) is required. Please see the South­west Area Group Facebook page to RSVP and for information about this and other SwAG events; contact the South­west Area Coördinators to find out how to join (Kevin’s contact information is also on our website). We’ve been meeting on the second Saturday of most months. Hope to see you there!

10/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. We will discuss a novel TBA. The discussion will take place in Conference Room G on the 3rd floor of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park. Water, soda and light snacks are acceptable. Parking is available under the building. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. The number of in-person attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. If held via Zoom, the link will be provided in response to the RSVP. You may also RSVP on Chicago Mensa Meetup. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.

  • Ethnic Dining 6 PM. Join us for dinner at a venue TBD in Lake County. January ChiMe (when it becomes available).

    One guest may accompany each CAM member at the GOBS-subsidized cost of but additional guests will be charged the full price of (cash only; payable upon arrival). Reservations are required by Thursday, January 7th; attendance is limited. Contact Carey S. directly and, for each person in your party, include 1) their full name, 2) their CAM membership status. Details are also available on Meetup (when posted) and RSVPs there require a follow-up with the required info about your party. If you don’t receive a confirmation e‑mail, try again. If you need to cancel, let Carey know ASAP since your fellow Mensans may be waitlisted and would love your spot. Please try to avoid cancelling in the last 24 hours, but if you must, contact Carey by mobile phone, which you may also use if you are lost or will be late. If possible, text first, then call, as he may not hear it ring. For Ethnic Dining notifications, updates, and all the details, join the Mensa Connect Ethnic Dining Group.

12/ Tues­day

13/ Wednes­day

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


 
  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:50 PM. 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. The number of attendees is limited, so you must RSVP.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

15/ Fri­day

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. Location just west of State & Ontario St. in Chicago. You must prereg­ister and prepay — very limited seating. Parking is very expensive; public transit strongly recommended! Latecomers and anyone without a reserved spot will not be admitted. If you are or someone you know is interested in joining Mensa, see our Testing Information for contact details and additional dates/lo­ca­tions.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

RSVP for Rainbow SIG Dinner held on Monday, January 18th no later than Saturday, January 16th.

16/ Satur­day

16/ Satur­day

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, January 17th no later than 2 PM on Saturday, January 16th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

  • 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 a table with a red Meetup sign. RSVPs are appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator. You may also RSVP via Meetup.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 103rd 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.

  • South Bend Mensa Dinner 6 PM. Contact Gary L., the South Bend Area Coördinator of Fort Wayne, Indiana Mensa, for lo­ca­tion information. His contact information is also available in the latest issue of ChiMe. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Gary is not a member.

17/ Sun­day

  • West Suburban Sundays Cancelled. Join us for Sunday lunch in the south­west suburbs at the Steven’s Family Restaurant at 2393 63rd St. in Woodridge. The restaurant has a large variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items, reasonably priced. Please call John or Betty N. or e-mail John N., the West Suburban Coördinators, by 2 PM on Saturday, January 16th and let them know if you are coming. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.
    Event on Hiatus until Illinois Phase 5!!

  • Rainbow SIG Dinner 6 PM. This will be a planning session for the year. Bring your ideas and let us know if you are willing to host an event. Meet at Nookies Edgewater (1100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago). Seating in the general dining area. Order off the menu. Plenty of parking in the rear (enter through the alley by the el tracks). Very close to the Red Line Bryn Mawr station. RSVP via e-mail or text message by Friday, January 15th, so we know how many seats to reserve. To find out more about this SIG, contact Brad, the SIG coördinator

18/ Mon­day

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

21/ Thurs­day

24/ Sun­day

The August Monthly Gathering scheduled for August 29th will be a video conference event.

The locations of the MGs vary.


 

25/ Mon­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our January Month­ly Gath­ering was 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.

    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 - Midnight.

    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 J.’s ar­ticle in the February 2020 ChiMe or January 2020 ChiMe for details. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications.
    * * * * *
    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. Or consider watching the children at the MG for a fee. 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 the CAM Zoom premium account!

    Program Topic: Everything I Learned about Teams and Leadership, I Learned from D&D
    Michael Shorten, our guest speaker, has been playing and running D&D campaigns since before there were editions! He’ll share his experience using fantasy role playing to build effec­tive teams.
    See the full write-up in the January ChiMe (when it becomes available).

26/ Tues­day

  • Breakfast in Mount Prospect 10 AM. Breakfast and conversation on the 4th Tuesday in various lo­ca­tions. Breakfast 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. Sepa­rate checks will be available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

28/ Thurs­day

  • Capricon 40 through Sunday, January 31st. This event promotes the sci-fi genre, and is being held at the Westin Chicago North Shore on Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. For more information, see the Capricon website. While you’re there, visit the Mensa Promo­tion table.
    Public Event!!

29/ Fri­day

  • Capricon 40 through Sunday, January 31st. This event promotes the sci-fi genre, and is being held at the Westin Chicago North Shore on Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. For more information, see the Capricon website. While you’re there, visit the Mensa Promo­tion table.
    Public Event!!

31/ Sun­day

  • Capricon 40 ends today. This event promotes the sci-fi genre, and is being held at the Westin Chicago North Shore on Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. For more information, see the Capricon website. While you’re there, visit the Mensa Promo­tion table.
    Public Event!!


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1 February/ Mon­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the March 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 March 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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  • Mind Games 2021 Judge Registration. Join us for Mind Games 2021 Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th, in Portland, Maine, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 363 Maine Mall Road in Portland, ME. Visit the website for all the details. Rates increase after Monday, August 31st.


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