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Activities Bulletin
March 2019


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

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

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

  • Deadline for Nomination Statements. Candidates’ 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 directly to Stacey. She’d prefer them via e‑mail../images/email-regular.s.gif or you may send your statement on disk to her at home. Her address can be found here on our website.

  • Mensa of Wisconsin RG Registration. The RG will be held Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th, just outside of Geneva, at the The Ridge at W4240 WI-50 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The theme is Gemütlichkeit which is a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness and good cheer — dipped in chocolate and wrapped in bacon — Wisconsin style. Your registration fee includes: meals, snacks, and beverages Friday through Sunday; several tracks of the fine speakers you’ve come to expect; a games suite loaded with dozens of your favorites, and two hospitality suites with adult beverages open 24/7. The registration form is on the Mensa of Wisconsin RG website , which will be updated frequently as more details become available. Rates increase after Sunday, March 31st.

  • CultureRequest® Registration. On Sunday, April 28th, at 3 PM CDT, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 90-minute-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be awarded to the twenty teams with the highest scores! Submit your team registration information to American Mensa. The registration deadline is Sunday, March 31st. CAM teams may apply for GOBS funds to cover the team registration fee. Team captains should read the GOBS instructions and fill out the online application form.

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, March 9th no later than Saturday, March 2nd. You may RSVP via Meetup.

2/Saturday

7/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.

  • 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.

8/Friday

  • Rockford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-area Mensans for dinner at the Olive Garden Italian Kitchen, 6367 E. State St. in Rockford (on the south side of State Street between Mulford and Perryville). To RSVP, 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(s), or for general information. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.

9/Saturday

  • 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. 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, March 2nd) is required. Kevin B.’s contact information is on our website. You may 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!

10/Sunday

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  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. We will discuss Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon. It is the first in the Kylara Vatta series and reveals how Kylara, despite expulsion from the Space Academy and receiving command of an obsolete vessel about to be scrapped, nonetheless turns her situation around. 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 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. You may also RSVP on Chicago Mensa Meetup. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most months.

  • Ethnic Dining: Asian 6 PM. Join us for an Asian seafood dinner with a Cajun influence at Asian Cajun located at 1322 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. One non-Mensan guest may accompany each member at the GOBS-subsidized cost, but additional guests will be charged the full price. Reservations are requested by Thursday, March 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 March ChiMe (when it becomes available). For Ethnic Dining notifications, updates, and all the details, sign up for the Ethnic Dining E‑Mails.

12/Tuesday

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


 

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


 
  • 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.

13/Wednesday

  • Northern Exposure: North Suburban Dinner 7 PM. Join us for dinner at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Vernon Hills. This wildly successful California chain just opened its first restaurant in the Midwest, bringing quirky exotics such as Bacon Candies, Mini Corn Dogs, and Campfire Pot Roast! The menu also contains more standard fare for the faint of heart. Located at 1115 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Vernon Hills. 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.

14/Thursday

  • π Day.

16/Saturday

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, March 17th no later than 2 PM on Saturday, March 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 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.

17/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, March 16th and let them know if you are coming. Their 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.

  • Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!

19/Tuesday

  • 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.

20/Wednesday

  • moonsun Northward — Vernal in our hemisphere — Equinox

21/Thursday

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM.

  • 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.

22/Friday

  • 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.

23/Saturday

  • Our next Monthly Gathering is on January 26th.
    AGOG and the January Monthly Gathering will be held at the
    Westin North Shore Hotel,
    601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090

    The locations of the MGs vary.

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    CAM Monthly Gathering @Benedictine University


    Monthly Gathering
    Our March 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.

    The Deadline for Nomination Statements is March 1st. Candidates’ 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 directly to Stacey. She’d prefer them via e‑mail../images/email-regular.s.gif or you may send your statement on disk to her at home. Her address can be found in the here on our website.
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    Forward your voucher code, that AML e‑mailed you, to a non-member, 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
    See the full write-up in our March ChiMe (when it becomes available).

RSVP for Breakfast in Mt. Prospect held on Tuesday, March 26th no later than 10 AM on Monday, March 25th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

25/Monday

26/Tuesday

  • Breakfast in Mt. Prospect 10 AM. We meet at at Jelly Cafe 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.

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 May. 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.
    Event on Winter Hiatus!!

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


 
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Cheddar Curtain Dinner

27/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 from 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.

  • CultureRequest® Registration Deadline. On Sunday, April 28th, at 3 PM CDT, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 90-minute-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be awarded to the twenty teams with the highest scores! Today is the last day to submit your team registration information & payment to American Mensa. CAM teams may apply for GOBS funds to cover the team registration fee. Team captains should read the GOBS instructions and fill out the online application form.


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

  • 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.

  • Mensa of Wisconsin RG Registration. The RG will be held Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th, just outside of Geneva, at the The Ridge at W4240 WI-50 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The theme is Gemütlichkeit which is a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness and good cheer — dipped in chocolate and wrapped in bacon — Wisconsin style. Your registration fee includes: meals, snacks, and beverages Friday through Sunday; several tracks of the fine speakers you’ve come to expect; a games suite loaded with dozens of your favorites, and two hospitality suites with adult beverages open 24/7. The registration form is on the Mensa of Wisconsin RG website , which will be updated frequently as more details become available. Rates increase after Sunday, March 31st.

  • CultureRequest® GOBS Deadline. If you’ve registered, but have not submitted your request for GOBS funds, you still have time before the April Monthly Business Meeting. On Sunday, April 28th, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 90-minute-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be awarded to the twenty teams with the highest scores! The registration deadline is Sunday, March 31st. CAM teams may apply for GOBS funds to cover the team registration fee. Team captains should read the GOBS instructions and fill out the online application form.


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