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Activities Bulletin
June 2019


If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the June Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the June 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 group 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/Saturday

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, June 8th no later than Saturday, June 1st. You may RSVP via Meetup.

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

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

  • 2019logo

    WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Rate Increase Alert! Join the fun at WeeM at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling starting Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd. Saturday, May 4th (less than 2½ weeks from today) is the last day you can preregister for WeeM and qualify for the early bird WeeM discount. Preregistering means you won’t have to fill out any forms at registration, you’ll get a pre-printed badge, and you can pay via PayPal. And best of all, it’ll be much quicker to get your registration packet when you arrive.

  • 2019logo

    WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Hotel Rate Deadline! Thursday, October 10th is the last day you can book a hotel room at the WeeM discount rate of $117 at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling. So book now while this great rate is still available.

2/Sunday

  • Buffalo Grove Pride Parade TBA. A seventh grader is organizing the First Annual Buffalo Grove Pride Parade. The story is that she attended a gay uncle’s wedding, then went to Aurora’s first ever Pride Parade last year and was so moved by the two events that she felt her hometown of Buffalo Grove needed a Pride Parade and, with her mother’s and the city’s blessings, she is pulling it off. The SIG will have a small, walking contingent with a banner in this parade. We want to give support to provide visibility of Mensa’s name in this Northwest suburb and show the SIG’s pride. Timing is TBD. All Chicago Area Mensans and their guests are invited to attend. Contact our Rainbow SIG coördinator. See article in the May ChiMe.

4/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.

6/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 may also RSVP via Meetup. This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.

RSVP for Ethnic Dining held on Sunday, June 9th no later than noon on Friday, June 7th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

7/Friday

8/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. If possible, please bring a small dish to share. No pets — and please do not ask if an exception can be made. End time is 11 PM promptly. RSVP by one week prior (Saturday, June 1st) is required. Kevin B.’s contact information is on our website. Please see the Southwest Area Group Facebook page for information for this and other SwAG events; 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!

9/Sunday

  • Aurora Pride Parade TBA. Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois. It would provide great visibility for Mensa. This is the second year they are having a Pride Parade. We are currently working on approval from National for this parade. As with Buffalo Grove, we will have a small, walking contingent with a banner in this parade. This is a far Western suburb. Timing is TBD. All Chicago Area Mensans and their guests are invited to attend. Contact our Rainbow SIG coördinator. See article in the May ChiMe.

  • Ethnic Dining: Bulgarian 6 PM. Back to a seldom visited continent, and ethnicity. Join us for a family-style Bulgarian dinner at Balkanika Restaurant, 1414 E. Oakton St. in Des Plaines. Private parking lot and street parking. One non-Mensan guest may accompany each member at the GOBS-subsidized cost of $20, but additional guests will be charged the full price of $40. Cash only to be paid upon arrival. Reservations are requested no later than noon Friday, June 7th; attendance is limited. Contact Carey S. directly and include 1) your full name, 2) the names of any guests, and 3) the guest’s Mensa membership status. 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. More details on Meetup (when posted). See article in the June ChiMe (when it becomes available). For Ethnic Dining notifications, updates, and all the details, sign up for the Ethnic Dining E‑Mails.

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


 

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

12/Wednesday

  • Northern Exposure: Dinner 7 PM. Join us for dinner somewhere 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. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

13/Thursday

  • 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.

14/Friday

  • Rockford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-area Mensans for dinner at Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. in Rockford (located on the south side of Auburn st., a block east of Main St.). For more information or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L. the Rockford Area Coördinator. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member.

  • Poetry Discussion 7:30 PM. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator, for the contact information of the person selecting and providing copies of the poems and of the host, or for general information. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.

  • flags Flag Day

15/Saturday

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, June 16th no later than 2 PM on Saturday, June 15th. 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 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 may also RSVP via Meetup.

  • 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. Usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • RSVP for Chinese on Saturdays no later than 2 PM.

    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. RSVP by 2 PM Saturday via e‑mail, Meetup, or phone. For those using the phone or whose Meetup messaging is blocked, provide a way you can be contacted about any last-minute changes to the event. For e‑mail or phone RSVPs, Walt L.’s contact information can be found on our website or in the latest issue of ChiMe.

  • 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 available here on our website or in the latest issue of ChiMe. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Gary is not a member.

2019 ag
  • Annual Gathering (AG) Online Registration Deadline! Today is the last day to register online and to qualify for a discount. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about the “Mensa Rising” AG held Wednesday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 7th in Phoenix, Arizona. Enter to win a trip for two to the AG. Hot place. Cool people. And register now for the Colloquium presented on Tuesday, July 2nd, where the topic is “Privacy in the 21st Century: Mystery or Myth?”

16/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 N., the West Suburban Coördinators, by 2 PM on Saturday, June 15th and let him know if you are coming. His contact information is also in the latest issue of ChiMe. You may also RSVP via Meetup. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.

  • fathers day

18/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.

  • Near West-Southwest (WSW) Mensans Dinner 6:30 PM. This month, we enjoy dining at a venue TBA. Spouses, dates, and significant others are also welcome. Reservations are not required, but please contact Jay V. so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. You may also RSVP via Chicago Mensa Meetup. This event usually recurs on the third Tuesday of the month.

21/Friday

  • Summer Summer Solstice

Our next Monthly Gathering is on April 27th.
The April Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Rolling Meadows Community Center,
3705 Pheasant Dr., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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Our April MG will be free to all CAM members!
If you can’t attend the MG, please mail your ballot.
The locations of the MGs vary.

22/Saturday

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    CAM Monthly Gathering @Benedictine University


    Monthly Gathering
    Our June Monthly Gathering will be held Benedictine University
    5700 College Rd. in Lisle.
    The gathering will be held in Goodwin Hall (building 8 on the campus map) which is near the south-center end of the campus. The parking garage (building 7 on the campus map) is closest to Goodwin Hall. The business meeting, games, and hospitality will be in room 411. Parent-child play and testing will be in room 317. Our speaker will be in room 321. Note: The rooms tend to be a bit chilly, so you may want to bring a sweater or sweatshirt. The Monthly Gathering directions section has more detailed information about parking and driving instructions. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. There will be a parent-child play room available. 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: 6 PM.
    Program: 7:30 PM.
    Party: 8:30 PM - Midnight.

    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
    See the full write-up in our June ChiMe (when it becomes available).
    MG Earlier to Avoid 4th of July Week!!

RSVP for Breakfast in Mt. Prospect held on Tuesday, June 25th no later than 10 AM on Monday, June 24th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

24/Monday

25/Tuesday

  • Breakfast in Mt. Prospect 10 AM. We meet at at Jelly Café located at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mt. Prospect. Diverse breakfast menu includes eggs, benedicts, omelettes, scramblers, skillets, french toast, pancakes, crepes, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, oatmeal, etc. RSVP via Meetup or directly to Ken L. no later than 24 hours before the event. This event will recur on the last Tuesday of the month.

  • Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon Dinner 6 PM. The group will be dining at a venue TBA. To RSVP, for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, please send a message to Dave L. the Rockford Area Coördinator. This event is usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month from May through September.

  • Tasty Tuesday Table Treats 7 PM. This month we dine at a venue TBA. Order whatever you wish; the GOBS Trust subsidy will be ½ of your total (food, drink, tax, and tip) up to $30 (maximum subsidy is $15). You are responsible for the balance, payable in cash only. I [Ken] will collect a $15 cash deposit per person prior to dinner. After dinner, the totals will be calculated, and you will either receive a refund or pay any overage. This event is open to Chicago Area Mensa members and one non-member guest and is limited to 10 people. I have the official list of attendees and will notify you if your reservation is confirmed or whether you are on a waiting list. RSVP to Ken L..

RSVP for Cheddar Curtain Area Dinner no later than 10 AM. You may RSVP via Meetup.

26/Wednesday

  • Cheddar Curtain Area Dinner 7 PM. It’s South-of-the-Border, north of the border! Please join us for our monthly Mexican feast, bringing together Mensans on both sides of the IL/WI state line. We’ll meet at Iguana Wana Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar located at 9080 76th St. in Pleasant Prairie, WI, a couple minutes east of Exit 344/US-50 on I-94. Please RSVP via e‑mail or via Meetup by 10 AM the morning of the dinner so I [Janice] can reserve us a big enough table. This event recurs on the fourth Wednesday of most months.

27/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.

30/Sunday

  • Rainbow SIG Sponsors Participation in the Chicago Annual Pride Parade ~11 AM. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year in the Chicago Annual Pride parade. Although it started out as gays marching down Broadway to display their pride after decades of discrimination, it has evolved into a million people, gay, straight and everything in between supporting equal rights for everyone and celebrating the diversity that was once frowned upon. The interaction with the crowd is exhilarating. And spreading the idea that Mensans are everywhere and come in all shapes, sizes, sexual preferences and gender identities sends an important message. Participants who sign up will be notified of the exact time and location (near Montrose and Broadway in Chicago) once that information is known, about a week before. There will also be a meal nearby after the parade. For details, see the article in the May ChiMe. The SIG is also participating in the Buffalo Grove’s 1st Pride parade on Sunday, June 2nd and the Aurora Pride parade on Sunday, June 9th. To join in, you can sign up at one of the Monthly Gatherings, or e‑mail the parade coördinator.


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1 July/Monday

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

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the August ChiMe. Please submit original articles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you. The theme for the month of August is “Animals.”

  • 2019logo

    WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Rate Increase Alert! Join the fun at WeeM at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling starting Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd. Saturday, May 4th (less than 2½ weeks from today) is the last day you can preregister for WeeM and qualify for the early bird WeeM discount. Preregistering means you won’t have to fill out any forms at registration, you’ll get a pre-printed badge, and you can pay via PayPal. And best of all, it’ll be much quicker to get your registration packet when you arrive.

  • 2019logo

    WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Hotel Rate Deadline! Thursday, October 10th is the last day you can book a hotel room at the WeeM discount rate of $117 at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling. So book now while this great rate is still available.


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