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The September Monthly Gathering scheduled for September 26th will be a video conference event.

The locations of the MGs vary.

Monthly Gather­ing

Our Chicago Area Monthly Gatherings are open to the public. So anyone interested in finding out more about Mensa is welcome to attend. The September Monthly Gathering will be held via Zoom featuring breakout rooms; it will not be open to the public. The gatherings are held each month, except for No­vem­ber, at one of four lo­ca­tions. So check this site to ensure you’re heading to the correct venue. Members can also check the latest issue of ChiMe or Chicago Mensa Meetup.

Mensans, if you don’t have Zoom already, here are the Zoom setup instructions. We recommend you sign up at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. Also, check out the CAM Zoom FAQ. If you’d like to play games with your fellow Mensans, follow the setup instructions for Board Game Arena a few days before the MG. The CAM Board has purchased some Board Game Arena premium accounts so we can play games with one another online while using audio chat . The initial setup of Board Game Arena is an easy process that just requires a bit of lead time; try to sign up and add the CAM Game Hosts no later than the day before the MG. After completing the setup, try to find time to practice. Or people can play via Zoom in one of the breakout rooms designated for the gamers.

Typical Monthly Gathering

4:00 PM
Mensa Admissions Test (for anyone who wishes to become a member) — Pre­reg­ister to reserve a space for this session or for a different test lo­ca­tion/date. To see if any of your past tests qualify for membership, see what you need to qualify.
Cancelled for September!!
5:00 PM
Business Meeting — Our five board members and any other interested members discuss various topics and issues. Members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, but only the Board of Directors can vote. Zoom meeting information is available on our website.
September Zoom Event!!
7:00 PM
Socializing — Join the Monthly Gathering event and experiment with interacting with other Mensans via Zoom. BYOB and snacks . There will be various breakout rooms on various topics throughout the evening (before and after the speaker presentation) so people can have conversations with a smaller group of people and people can move from one room to another room. Drop in any time to see how you like it. Zoom meeting information is available on our website.
September Zoom Event!!
7:30 PM
September
Topic
Speaker Presentation — The gathering usually begins with announcements from our Local Secretary (LocSec), followed by a guest who speaks on an interesting topic for about an hour. The speaker will present in one of the breakout rooms. Our Zoom meeting information is available on our website.
September Zoom Event!!
8:30 PM
More Socializing plus Games — Converse or play games. Our featured Game of the MonthDixit — will be taught by CAM’s Business Manager, Heather Booton, in a dedicated Zoom breakout room just after the speaker presentation ends. It’s sure to be a fun game for all levels, no matter if you’re a pro or just a beginner. Our Steering Committee has paid for several premium accounts on Board Game Arena so Mensans can play games with one another online with audio chat instead of participating in the Zoom breakout rooms. See the setup instructions for Board Game Arena . The Steering Committee will be looking for feedback to find out how these platforms work out for everyone. Our Zoom meeting information is available on our website.
September Zoom & Online Games Event!!

Directions to

The December Monthly Gathering will be held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center at 3705 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows. The Community Center is lo­cated just east of IL-53, just north of the Algonquin exit and south of the Euclid exit. Use the map on the right for di­rections.

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We will have games and hospitality in their spacious auditorium with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event will be in the Card Room. There will be a Parents-Kids Play Room available. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight — plan accordingly.

Parking is plentiful and free.

  • Heading north on IL-53 north through the Northwest Suburbs, look for the Kirchoff Road exit.
  • Exit right (east) onto Kirchoff Road.
  • Continue east on Kirchoff Road for ~1 mile to Meadow Drive.
  • Turn south (right) onto Meadow Drive.
  • Continue south on Meadow Drive for two blocks to Martin Lane.
  • Turn west (right) onto Martin Lane.
  • Continue west on Martin Lane as it curves south into Pheasant Drive.
  • Continue south on Pheasant Drive to the Community Center which is on the west (right) side of Pheasant Drive.
  • Pull into the first (northern-most) driveway and head for the rear lot.
  • Park near Entrance K (shown above).
  • Exit at the Euclid Ave East exit.
  • Continue east on Euclid Avenue a short distance to Rohlwing Road.
  • Turn south (right) onto Rohlwing Road and continue south for a ½ mile to Kirchoff Road.
  • Turn east (left) onto Kirchoff Road and continue east for 0.7 miles to Meadow Drive.
  • Turn south (right) onto Meadow Drive and continue south for a ½ mile to Grouse Lane.
  • Turn west (right) onto Grouse Lane and continue for 0.2 miles to Pheasant Drive.
  • Turn north (right) onto Pheasant Drive and continue northwest for 295 ft. to the Community Center which is on the west side (left) of Pheasant Drive.
  • Pull into the first (northern-most) driveway and head for the rear lot.
  • Park near Entrance K (shown above).

Attention, city-dwelling Chicago Area Ms! Until further notice, there will be a taxi service for our suburban Monthly Gatherings, between the closest Metra station and the meeting site. For the Rolling Meadows site, we will have a taxi pick you up at the Arlington Park station at 6:30 PM (Union Pacific–Northwest line — it leaves Ogilvie Station at 5:40 PM). A taxi will then leave the Park District building by 10 PM to return you to the Arlington Park station for the 10:29 PM train, which is the final train of the evening. Use of this service must be requested in advance by e‑mailing Greg  three days prior to the MG.
Note: CAM will cover the cost of the taxi, but you are responsible for your own train ticket.
Double check the Metra Train schedule which has changed due to Coronavirus

The September Monthly Gathering is being held via videoconference!

Mensans, here are the setup instructions for Zoom and for Board Game Arena . The Zoom id is available on our website, via a Mensa Connect e-mail in your inbox, and on CAM Facebook. Don't share the id to avoid Zoom bombing by malicious individuals/groups, which will ruin the event. If you don't have Zoom already, we recommend you download Zoom and sign up (we recommend you do not use Facebook) at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. If you’re interested in playing online games using Board Game Arena , the initial setup is a simple process that just requires a bit of lead time; please sign up and add the CAM game hosts a day or two before the Monthly Gathering. After the setup, allow time to practice to familiarize yourself with Board Game Arena . For more information about how to participate in our virtual Monthly Gathering, tap/click here.

At 7 PM you can use Zoom to videoconference into the event and try socializing until 7:30 PM, when the speaker presentation will begin in a dedicated Zoom breakout room. There will be breakout rooms on various topics and people can switch from room to room whenever they like. After the speaker presentation, in addition to socializing in the breakout rooms, the games begin. A breakout room will be dedicated to the Game of the Month which will be taught by one of members. The Steering Committee has purchased some premium accounts for Board Game Arena so people can play games online with the game event hosts (the ones you added in the setup) while using audio chat . People can also play games via Zoom in the breakout rooms if they like and the game lends itself to this platform. It’ll be an interesting experiment and aren’t you ready to try something fun and new? BYOB and snacks . Drop in any time to see how you like it and provide feedback.

Monthly Gathering Schedule

2020

Video Teleconference Event


Video Teleconference Event

November

No Gathering
 
December 5th

Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Mensa Testing

The test is administered at 4 PM at every Monthly Gathering. Get more information about taking a proctored test to join Mensa including different dates and lo­ca­tions. You must pre­reg­ister to take advantage of any special offers from American Mensa. Or check out if any of the tests you’ve taken in the past can be used as prior evidence to join.
Cancelled for September!!



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