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Activities Bulletin
August 2019

If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the August ChiMe. (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 /Thursday

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

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

  • 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 will try to display a flag of some kind. For more information, contact Carol (her contact information can also be found in the August ChiMe). This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.

8 /Thursday

9 /Friday

  • Rockford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-area Mensans for an Asian fusion dinner at Rock-Pho’d located at 6551 E. Riverside Blvd. in Rockford. For more information or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave the Rockford Area Coördinator.
    Venue Change!!

  • 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. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.

10 /Saturday

  • Games and Conversation 3 PM. Games at the WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans, on Broker Rd. in Bloomingdale. We have a wide variety of card and board games. Bring a snack to share and your beverage of choice. Around 6, we’ll order in pizza. Call if you need a ride from the Medinah train station. For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth.

  • 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, August 3rd) is required. Kevin’s contact information is on our website. Please see the Southwest Area Group Facebook page for information about 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!

  • 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 August ChiMe.
    Schedule Change to 2nd Saturday of Month!!

11 /Sunday

  • Ethnic Dining: Afternoon Scottish High Tea 2 PM. Consisting of assorted mini fairy cakes, fruit cakes, chocolate biscuits, shortbread, and sweet pastries with a selection of various savory items including the Chef’s Three Finger Sandwiches (traditional smoked ham, chilled cucumber with heirloom tomato and smoked salmon), plus just out the oven Balmoral scones with house-made clotted cream and strawberry jam with fresh strawberries.

    This event is GOBS subsidized so the cost (including tax and tip) is only $20/Mensan; one guest/Mensan will be subsidized as well. There is a limit of 50 people for this event. Money will be collected in advance (if possible) or in person at the event. Hosted by our LocSec Laceé. See article in the August ChiMe. Please RSVP via e‑mail or text (no voicemail) or Chicago Mensa Meetup. Learn more & RSVP on Chicago Mensa Meetup.

12 /Monday

  • Best Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing will reach its maximum rate of activity tonight, although this year, the full moon will make it difficult to see them all. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night during the week before and after. For more information, see the website or the NASA Facebook page. There are also some amazing photos posted on Flickr.
    Public Event!!

13 /Tuesday

14 /Wednesday

  • Northern Exposure Dinner 6:50 PM. Join us for our monthly get together this time at Jay Lovell’s, located at 766 Sheridan Rd. in Highwood, featuring “simply the finest” in made from scratch comfort food. I [Mike] have made the supreme sacrifice of visiting Jay’s innumerable times since it reopened, trying the Meatloaf, Steak Salad, and an Omelet. All were eye-popping excellent. Please RSVP (no later than 10 AM) to our North Suburban Coördinator Mike B., so he can reserve a big enough table; also let him know if you need to cancel, even if it’s last minute, so the restaurant can change the seating and doesn’t wait until everyone shows up to take orders.

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 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.

  • 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 August ChiMe.

18 /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, August 17th and let them know if you are coming. Their contact information is also in the August ChiMe. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.

20 /Tuesday

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. Location just west of State & Ontario St. in Chicago. You must preregister and prepay — very limited seating. Enjoy a $20 discount if you preregister for today’s test or the one on the Saturday, August 24th! Parking is very expensive; public transit strongly recommended! Latecomers and anyone without a reserved spot will not be admitted. If you are or someone you know is interested in joining Mensa, see our Testing Information for contact details and additional dates/locations.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • Near West-Southwest (WSW) Mensans Dinner 6:30 PM. This month, we enjoy dining at Skadarliya, 9237 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield. Spouses, dates, and significant others are also welcome. Reservations are appreciated. Please contact Jay so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. This event usually recurs on the third Tuesday of the month.

22 /Thursday

  • WizardWorld Chicago Comic Con today through Sunday, August 25th at the Donald E. Stephens (DES) Convention Center at 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Visit their website for more information. (Check online for discounted tickets on sites like Groupon or LivingSocial.) Find our Mensa table and say “Hello.”
    Public Event!!

Our next Monthly Gathering is on September 21st.
The September Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Benedictine University,
5700 College Rd., Lisle, IL 60532

The locations of the MGs vary.

24 /Saturday

  • Monthly Gathering
    Our August Monthly Gathering will be held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center
    3705 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows.
    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 also be a Parents-Kids Play Room available. 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.

    Test: 4 PM at a $20 Discount.
    Business Meeting: 5 PM.
    Game room opens: 6 PM.
    Program: 7:30 PM.
    Party: 8:30 PM - Midnight.

    Forward your Mensa Voucher Program (MVP) code (“WindyCity19”), that AML e‑mailed you, to non-members, who may, at no cost, either submit prior evidence before the end of December, or preregister for a any of the supervised tests held before the end the year.
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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: 1812 Chicagou; A Scalping, a Murder, and a Massacre
    Patrick McBriarty offers an intimate look at Chicago’s genesis story focusing on the five months between April and August of 1812. During this time, residents of the remote military, French, and Indian trading post experienced an Indian attack and scalping, a murder at Fort Dearborn, and a massacre. At the center of the story is John Kinzie, the area’s leading fur and Indian trader. …
    See the full write-up in our August ChiMe.

27 /Tuesday

  • Breakfast in Mt. Prospect 10 AM. Breakfast and conversation 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. Conversation includes … who knows? Attendance is limited. RSVP no later than 24 hours before the event. RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. This event will recur on the last Tuesday of the month.

  • 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. This event is usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month from May through October.

  • Tasty Tuesday Table Treats 7 PM. We will be enjoying a casual Serbian dinner at Balkan Taste, 2354 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Prospect (strip mall on the northwest corner of Elmhurst Rd. (IL Route 83) and Oakton Ave.). It was rated 4.5 stars on Yelp. Weather permitting, we may be dining outdoors. 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 or $20 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/Mensan, 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..

28 /Wednesday

  • Cheddar Curtain Area Dinner 7 PM. Please join us for our monthly feast, bringing together Mensans from both sides of the Illinois/Wisconsin state line. This month, we’ll meet at Kenosha’s Tuscany Bistro, located at 7410 118th Ave. in Kenosha (just off Exit 344/US-50 on I-94, kitty-corner from Woodman’s grocery store). Please RSVP via e‑mail 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.
    Event Cancelled This Month!!

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1 September /Sunday

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Advertising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the October 2019 ChiMe.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the October 2019 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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