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Activities Bulletin
October 2020

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

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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 October calendar.

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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 October 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.

1/ Thurs­day

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

  • Smart Talk 6 PM. Topic: Making it! We’ve all had our ups and downs as a lay-off, divorce, business failure, illness, or other events damaged our financial well being. But… what seems to matter most in the long term? Many factors that affect how rich or poor we become. Certainly chance plays a role. For example, High school & college graduates trying to start a career during recessions tend to have lower lifetime earnings than those who start out in boom years. Significant others, our circle of friends, and even our neighborhood also tend to play roles in shaping our life trajectory, as their constructive or destructive attitudes & behaviors may either make or break us. On the other hand, we might simply find more constructive partners, friends, and neighborhoods by seeking other social circles, moving, or even joining the military. I personally know three people who escaped poverty by joining the military and taking advantage of subsidized training (one became a doctor, one a dentist, and one an IT professional). Visit Meetup for the full write-up and for links to videos and some articles on this topic. 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 available on our website as part of host Michael B.’s contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

2/ Fri­day

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  • CAMBeer 7:30 PM. I declare a CAMBeer! Join us with your libation of choice for a virtual happy hour. See host

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  • American Mensa Leadership Development Workshop: Being Assertive in Dealing with Problem Members 8 PM. High IQ doesn’t always correlate with awesome social skills. What’s an event host to do when someone does something they shouldn’t? When behaviors cause issues, intervening can be challenging. Having a few strategies ready can be a big help. At this virtual LDW, we’ll also discuss what can be done should recommended adjustments go unheeded. Let’s all do what we can to ensure Mensa events — including virtual ones — are enjoyable for everyone! This workshop is being lead by our very own CAM member Heather B. Please register on the American Mensa website to attend. There is no fee to join. For those have registered, you will be sent the Zoom access info.
    Virtual Event!!

8/ Thurs­day

9/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Fran­chesco’s Ristorante lo­cated at 7128 Spring Creek Rd. in Rockford (next to JMK Nippon Japanese restaurant). 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.
    Venue Change!!

  • 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 have the poems and contact information sent to them. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

10/ 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, October 3rd) 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!

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  • Games and Conversation 7:30 PM. G&C at the virtual WWHfWM. We’ll gather for conversation and then split into breakout rooms as desired for games. I don’t know what games we’ll be playing, but we teach! We’re using the Discord app again, so if you haven’t got it, be sure to download the app ahead of time, register, and check out the CAM Introduction to Discord doc. Access information was available as part of host Beth W.’s contact info. Join us.
    Virtual Event!!

12/ Mon­day

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    Columbus Day

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  • Argentinean Dinner in Palatine 6:30 PM. We will be dining at the Artistic Cuisine Restaurant, located at 16 S. Bothwell St. in Palatine (at the east end of the strip mall located on thw SW corner of Bothwell St. and Palatine Rd.). The fare offered is Argentinean, as well as some Italian, and other Latin cuisine. It is been rated 4 stars on Yelp. Depending on the weather and availability, we may be dining indoors or outdoors. Be prepared for either. Unfortunately, separate checks will not be available. Attendees will have to calculate their share, including tax and tip. Payments may be made by credit card. RSVPs are mandatory. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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 on Hiatus This Month!!

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  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie 7:30 PM. Mister Tootsie will be back in October leading us in a mixology course focused on bourbon. All the cocktails will be bourbon-based and 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. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. RSVPs are required; to RSVP, e-mail and pay Beth W. the appropriate amount via PayPal . Payment required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

17/ Satur­day

  • 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. Unless COVID regulations have changed, masks are required to enter the restaurant and order food, but are not required at our reserved tables.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

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  • 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 October ChiMe.

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  • New Member Zoom Event 7 PM. It can be hard to come to an event when you don’t know anybody yet. People have lots of questions: Can I bring a guest who isn’t a member? What do people wear? Can I really go to an event at someone’s home when I don’t even know them? What do Mensans do at the Monthly Gathering? What do people talk about? Do I have to play board games? What do I do so I can play board games with other Ms online? What is HalloweeM? What’s an AG? Why would I want to go? How can I schedule an event I want to do? What are area coördinators? What is AGOG? How can I find out what’s going on?

    We’d like to help answer these questions by having our first New Member Zoom Event. We’re hoping that the virtual format will make it easier to attend and get to meet some of the members that you’ll meet when you attend your first in-person event (whenever we can start having them again). If you have any questions, contact Stacey K.; the Zoom access info is also available as part of Stacey’s contact info. All are welcome. Hope to meet you!

18/ Sun­day

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  • Savory Galettes and Pantry Vinaigrette Cooking Class 5 PM. Join one of the master chefs from Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn to learn how to cook galettes. Galettes are easier to create than, well, pie. A flaky crust supports an endless possibilities of toppings and the free form finish means whatever shape your galette takes is the right shape. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as a main dish or side dish, galettes are a meal in themselves. Add a salad and the meal is done. On the menu: Savory Fall Vegetable Galette with Fresh Greens and Pantry Vinaigrette.

    The GOBS-subsidized rate for this event is $20 per login. You can have as many people on your login as your kitchen will fit, so this is a great time to involve the kids in a cooking lesson! Please note that this event is geared towards adults, so all children must be supervised. The class lasts about an hour and half. We’ll start at 5 PM and be done in time for a nice dinner at 6:30. The Zoom link will stay open so we can eat together and compare results. An ingredient shopping list will be sent out before the class.

    If you have any questions or to sign up, contact Heather B.. Your spot will not be held until you’ve paid for it. Payment via Zelle or PayPal is preferred. If you can only pay by check, please make sure to send it early to leave enough time for it to arrive via USPS.

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  • CultureQuest 3 PM. Today, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 120-minutes-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to the twenty teams and one youth team with the highest scores! We wish our teams the best of luck today!

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22/ Thurs­day

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM. As work-lives move back toward the status quo ante, this early morning group has spun off. This online event is not hosted which simply means when you dial in, 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 instead. You can join this event as a video teleconference or just by phone. Access information is here on our website. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Starting in December, Discord will be used rather than Zoom. Contact Matt C. for any general info. This event will recur every weekday until further notice.

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  • Conversation with London Mensans including CAM Morning Coffee 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 receive the Zoom sign-in information (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.

  • WeeM 44½: A WeeM-Away Alert! Join the fun at our first, and hopefully last, virtual WeeM starting Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st via Discord . Plan and film your costume, as well as your kid’s, now because you’ll need to submit a video of it by Sunday, October 25th to enter the Costume Contest. Enjoy the programs, tournaments, trivia, online games, and conversations with Mensans from all over the world. We’re using a very special WeeM-customized version of Discord which makes it easy to take advantage of all that this RG has to offer. Get all the details about this year’s virtual RG on our website.

23/ Fri­day

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. As work-lives move back toward the status quo ante, an additional early morning group has spun off. Both of these online events are not hosted which simply means when you dial in, 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 instead. You can join this event as a video teleconference or just by phone. Access information is here on our website. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Starting in December, Discord will be used rather than Zoom. Contact Matt C. for any general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.

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    Mole Day
    Avogadro’s Number (6.02 × 1023).

24/ Satur­day

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    CAM October Monthly Gathering @Video Teleconference

    Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Video Teleconference)
    The October Monthly Gathering will take place via video teleconference. Here are the setup instructions for Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom already, we recommend you download Zoom and sign up at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. Check out the CAM Zoom FAQ.

    The Zoom id will be available on the evening of Thursday, October 22nd via our website, via a Mensa Connect e-mail, and on CAM Facebook. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . In this age of social distancing, are’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different? Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM via video teleconference.
    Socializing :
    7 PM.
    Program :
    7:30 PM.
    Socializing & Games via Discord :
    8:30 PM.

    Volunteer
    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.
    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 or the CAM Zoom premium account!

    Video Teleconference Event!!
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    Program Topic: Getting Acquainted and Transitioning to Discord
    In the future, our virtual Monthly Gatherings will be held via Discord as well as this year’s HalloweeM. So we’d like everyone to become familar with and get comfortable using it. The Monthly Gathering will start via Zoom as usual. Prior to our gathering, we recommend you download the Discord app onto the device you usually use for Zoom and then register yourself. Check out our WeeM Discord webpage for more details. Also check out the FAQ so you get an idea of what to expect.

    Shortly after 7:30 PM, we will provide the Invitation Link so everyone can join our customized version of Discord . Then we can continue the rest of the Monthly Gathering program hour talking about and demonstrating the advantages and capabilities. The people who enjoy playing games will see advantages not available elsewhere. And everyone will get a feel for how using it for HalloweeM will enable people to view programs, play games, move themselves around, see where people are gathered, and interact with everyone.

    After the program hour, we will remain on our customized Discord server to gather in groups — similar to your experience in the Zoom breakout rooms, but better because you can quickly move yourself about and see exactly who is where. And those who wish to play online games, can easily do so (see our FAQ regarding games to get an idea of what’s possible).

    Once you have joined our Discord server, you will no longer need an Invitation Link — our server will be listed whenever you log into Discord .”

RSVP for Breakfast in Mount Prospect held on Tuesday, October 27th no later than 6 PM on Monday, October 26th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

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27/ Tues­day

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  • Breakfast in Mount Prospect 10 AM. 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. Breakfast might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are 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 by 6 PM Monday, October 26th. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

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  • 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. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

  • Smart Talk 6 PM. Topic: The Vote??? Are people really excited by either candidate? Do people believe that either party will actually “fix things?” Like Pepsi & Coke, or Marlboro & Newport, it seems to many that our political parties sell us sugar-water and cigarettes, rather than realistic solutions to our many issues. Visit Meetup for the full write-up and for links to videos and some articles on this topic. 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 is available on our website as part of host Michael B.’s contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

30/ Fri­day

  • HalloweeM 44½: A WeeM-Away Starts at 4 PM! It’s Halloween weekend and you want to dress up and go to a party tonight, or you just want to pretend to be someone else for the night. This is your opportunity to have some fun by attending the first virtual HalloweeM today. View the video of all the great costume video submissions (kids featured first), vote for the winners (best & worst pun, traditional, best group, best theme-related, etc.), meet Mensans from all over the world, and play online games all night via a very special WeeM-customized version of Discord which makes it easy to take advantage of all that this RG has to offer. An Invite Link to the WeeM Discord server will be provided prior to 4 PM so people can make sure they are all set up before any program or tournament starts. It’s the perfect virtual party, so join us at WeeM — see all the details on our Website.

31/ Satur­day

  • American Mensa Leadership Development Workshop: Uncomfortable Conversations: Coaching & Firing Volunteers 11 AM. Volunteer management is an art. People willingly give of their free time, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Join us for a virtual Leadership Development Workshop featuring AMC Communications Officer and real-life HR executive Lora Mitchell. We’ll discuss techniques to prevent volunteer mismatches, how to create and communicate clear expectations, succession planning, and ultimately how to talk with each other when there are problems. Please register on the American Mensa website to attend, and you will be sent the access information prior to the event. There is no fee to join.
    Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • HalloweeM 44½: A WeeM-Away Continues! all day. The program offers something for everyone and there are always games and tournaments. Check out the PAAG for the starting times of today’s events. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to be stimulated by everything WeeM has to offer. For our first, and hopefully last, virtual RG, we are using a very special WeeM-customized version of Discord to make it easy to move about and view programs, play, and converse with all the attendees.


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  • HalloweeM 44½: A WeeM-Away Continues! until 4 PM. Join us for the program, games, awards and more. Find out which of our CAM members will receive service awards for their CAM volunteer work as well as who was voted to be the Hell’s M’s WeeM Party Animal. Plus check out the program and tournaments. For this vitural RG, we are using a WeeM-customized version of Discord to make it easy to move about and view programs, play, and converse with all the attendees. Although there are no scheduled activities after 4 PM, attendees may continue to play online games, puzzles, and trivia, as well as chat.

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the December 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 December 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 American Mensa members for Mind Games Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 25th, in Portland, Maine, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 363 Maine Mall Road in Portland, ME. Visit the website for all the details. The registration cap has been met and if you register now, you’ll be waitlisted.

  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert! Sunday, January 31st is the last day to register before the rates increase. 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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