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Activities Bulletin
January 2021

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


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 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):


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 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!!

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.

7/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. 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. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • 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.

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. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is now using Zoom 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 and the Zoom information to them. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

9/ Satur­day

  • SwAG Session Cancelled. 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.
    Event Cancelled Until Further Notice!!

  • Games and Conversation 7:30 PM. Join us at the (Virtual) WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans (WWHfWM). We’ll gather for conversation in the Game Night Foyer on CAM’s Discord server (see the FAQ if new to Discord) and then split into channels (rooms) as desired for playing games — mention or upvote games in the game-night!! channel. I’m newly addicted to The Crew, a coöperative trick-taking card game. I’d love to play some online Euchre. We’ll be playing other games, too—and we teach—and like being taught, if you have a favorite. Access information was available as part of host Beth W.’s contact info; new members must agree to the Code of Conduct to access all the channels. If you’re new to Board Game Arena , you should register in advance to play The Crew. For more information, contact Beth W. Join us.
    Discord Event!!

10/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. F&F will discuss Alchemy of Glass, by Barbara Barnett. The novel opens with Erceldoune visiting the Columbian Exposition of 1893 — beginning with the time travel aspect of a novel which has him struggling to prevent the future from degenerating into a wretched dystopia. To do this – with a plot that outshines Wells’s Time Machine — he attempts reconciliation with Dr. Anne Shaw, whom he treated poorly in the first book. Additionally, he must explore the mythic, mysterious Eildon Hills of Scotland (his sanctuary when young), and discovers the faery journal of his old friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a glass shard which transports him into a world utterly different from that which Doyle describes. This sequel can stand alone, but some readers note that knowing the past history of the characters helps us to empathize with their confusion and frustration while confronting the romantic, historical fiction, fantastic, mythological, and science fictional situations encountered. Their depth makes them attractive. See the ar­ticle in the December 2020 ChiMe for more details. If COVID is still an issue (and I [Steve] suspect it will be), we will meet via Zoom. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.
    Virtual Event!!

12/ Tues­day

13/ 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!!

14/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Join 10-20 of us in learning & sharing our views while having fun in a friendly & safe environment! Topics: our place in the world, the power of music, and whatever else the group wants to discuss. 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.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

15/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie 7:30 PM. It’s a new year and Mister Tootsie is back for some additional fun! This month, we’ll be mixing gin-based drinks. New “students” welcome! Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment, as well as the Zoom info, by e-mail prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login where one person has to be a CAM member. The cost is $20/login if no one is 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!!

16/ Satur­day

  • 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.
    Time & Location Change!!
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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 January ChiMe.

18/ Mon­day

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

21/ Thurs­day

The March Monthly Gathering scheduled for March 27th will be a video conference event held via Discord.


23/ Satur­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Discord )
    The January Monthly Gathering takes place via video teleconference using Discord. 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?

    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting :
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Socializing :
    7 PM in the Hospitality channels.
    Nomi­nations for Local Officers:
    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.

    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 ChiMe or January ChiMe for details. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications.
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    The Deadline for Candidate’s Statements was Monday, February 22nd. The statements for publication in the April ChiMe are to be no longer than 500 words and cannot include any boldface, italic, or larger type; they should be sent to Casey C. via e-mail.
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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. 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: Science of Obesity
    Anthony Auriemma, MD, will be speaking on the science behind obesity and weight loss. He will cover topics such as how the hormones Leptin and Ghrelin affect appetite, why the calorie in, calorie out model is broken; the role of gut health on weight loss; why you cannot rely on exercise alone to help you lose weight; the ketogenic diet; and much more.
    Members, see the full write-up in the January ChiMe.
    Discord Event!!

26/ Tues­day

  • 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 will be indoors. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

28/ Thurs­day

29/ Fri­day

  • CAMBeer 7:30 PM. I declare a CAMBeer! CAMBeer (n): a gathering of Chicago Area Mensans in the presence of alcohol so that stressors flow off the sides. Beer is optional; if you find wine, a mixed drink, water, or soda to be a better stress-reliever, that works, too. We’ll use CAM’s Discord platform.
    Discord Event!!

30/ Satur­day

  • Murder Mystery: 80s Mall Murder Madness 7 PM. It’s 1985, and real estate developer and “entrepreneur” Whit Wiley has just cut the ribbon opening the newest marvel in his shopping mall empire: the Wiley Waterside Galleria Mall in Malibu. Whit was to top the Forbes list of most rich and powerful men of 1985 — until he washed up in the mall fountain, strangled by his skinny tie.

    Who could be responsible for the murder of this influential businessman?  Was it his first wife Willhemina Wiley, seeking revenge for Whit Wiley’s many extramarital affairs? Was it local super shopper Connie Sumer, angry over the Galleria’s inflated scrunchie prices? Or was it fashion designer Cal Von Cline, who objected to Wiley’s appallingly gaudy bad taste? Time to whip out that credit card and tease that hair as big as it can go — we’re shopping for a murderer in 80s Mall Murder Madness!

    Yep, we’re doing it again! It was so gnarly last time that we decided to make this an ongoing event every other month or so. Join us for this GOBS-subsidized (in this case: free), virtual Zoom event lasting for about two hours. There is no charge to attend. We will need between 6 to 20 character players, so RSVPs are required to play one of the roles. Reply via Meetup and send or message your e-mail address to Karen G. by Monday, January 25th, if you are interested in playing a character. Sometime before the event, your character information will be e-mailed to you. Costumes and props appropriate to your character are encouraged but not required.

    If you want to join us in the audience and watch the mystery play out, it would be like totally tubular! We’d love to have you. The Zoom id is listed as part of host Karen G.’s contact info. Let’s go back to the 80s, join together virtually, and have some fun figuring out who strangled Whit Wiley!
    Virtual Event!!

31/ Sun­day

  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert! Today was the last day to register before the rates increased. 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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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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