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Activities Bulletin
September 2020 (Tentative)


If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the September Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the September 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 and details of 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.

If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the September Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the September 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 and details of 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/ Tues­day

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

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

3/ Thurs­day

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinators are not members.

  • 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. To RSVP or for more information, contact Carol (her contact information can also be found in the latest issue of ChiMe). You may also RSVP via Meetup. RSVP recommended as event may be cancelled without notice. This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, September 12th no later than Saturday, September 5th. Use Facebook to RSVP.

5/ Satur­day

6/ Sun­day

  • Odd Adventures: Morton Arboretum 9:30/10:30 AM. This month’s excursion will be at the Morton Arboretum, lo­cated at 4100 IL-53 in Lisle. We will take a one hour tram ride, have a (bring/buy your own) picnic lunch, and then you’ll be free to wander the Arboretum. The non-subsidized cost is $24/person for the entrance fee and the one hour tram ride. We have a GOBS subsidy for up to 30 people for ½ the cost; all Mensans will be subsidized as well as up to one guest/Mensan. For Arboretum/Botanic Garden members, the amount is $4.50. RSVPs will be via Meetup (preferred) or via e-mail to Beth W. prior to Friday, September 4th. Your slot is not reserved until you’ve paid $12/$4.50 to Beth W. via PayPal or similar method. Tickets must be presented by non-members of the Arboretum/Botanic Garden at the entrance to the Arboretum parking lot, so attendees must pick up their tickets from Beth at the Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove, just 1.1 miles north of the Arboretum. Enter the Forest Preserve from IL-53 (east side of the road), and then turn right. Beth will be there only from 9:30 - 10:15 AM. At 10:15 AM, Beth will leave the forest preserve and go to the Arboretum, so you’ll need to get your ticket from her before 10:15 AM. Arboretum/Botanic Garden members can meet by the tram at 10:30 AM. Our tram ride is at 11 AM. For more information, contact Beth. I hope you can come adventuring with us!

7/ Mon­day

8/ Tues­day

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinators are not members.

9/ Wednes­day

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

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:50 PM. 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.

11/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-area Mensans for dinner at Sam’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 6075 Riverside Blvd. in Rockford (on the SE corner of Riverside and Mulford; entrance south off Riverside). To RSVP, for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our 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 about this SIG. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month or the following Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

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12/ Satur­day

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, September 13th no later than 2 PM on Saturday, September 12th. You may RSVP via Meetup.


 

RSVP for Chinese on Saturdays no later than 2 PM. You may RSVP via Meetup.

  • 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, September 5th) 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!

  • 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. Please RSVP by 2 PM 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. This event recurs on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

13/ Sun­day

  • West Suburban Sundays Noon. Join us for Sunday lunch in the south­west suburbs at the Steven’s Family Restaurant at 2393 63rd St. in Woodridge. The restaurant has a large variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items, reasonably priced. Please call John or Betty N. or e-mail John N., the West Suburban Coördinators, by 2 PM on Saturday, September 12th 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.

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. We will discuss a novel TBA. 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 are 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 odd-numbered months.

  • Rainbow SIG Dinner 6 PM. Dinner at Nookies Edgewater (1100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago). Seating in the general dining area. Order off the menu. Plenty of parking in the rear (enter through the alley by the el tracks). Very close to the Red Line Bryn Mawr station. Contact Jim C. so we have a head count or you may also RSVP via . To find out more about this SIG, also contact Jim, the SIG coördinator.

17/ Thurs­day

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinators are not members.

18/ Fri­day

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    Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown.

19/ 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 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.

  • 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.

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    Octoberfest begins
  • Pirate Day
    International Talk Like a Pirate Day

22/ Tues­day

  • Breakfast in the NW Suburbs 10 AM. Breakfast and conversation on the 4th Tuesday in various lo­ca­tions. This month’s lo­ca­tion: a venue TBA. Sepa­rate checks will be available. Attendance is limited. RSVP strongly suggested in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail.

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinators are not members.

  • Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon Dinner 6 PM. The group will meet for dinner at a venue TBA. To RSVP, for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, please send a message to Dave L. our Rockford Area Coördinator. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member. This event is usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month from May through October.

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    Northward — Vernal in our hemisphere — Equinox

Our next Monthly Gathering is on February 22nd.
The February Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Rolling Mead­ows Com­munity Center
3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

The locations of the MGs vary.


 
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CAM September Monthly Gathering @Bene­dictine Univer­sity

26/ Satur­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    Our September Month­ly Gath­ering will be held at 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 212. 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.

    Mensans, forward your Mensa Voucher Program (MVP) code (“Windy­City19”), that AML e‑mailed you in September, to non-members, who may, at no cost, pre­reg­ister for any of the supervised tests held before the end of March.
    * * * * *
    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 September ChiMe (when it becomes available).


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1 October /Thurs­day

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

  • 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.


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