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Activities Bulletin
December 2020 (Tentative)


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

Illinois is now in Phase 4 where groups are limited to 50 people. Indoor dining is possible but at lower capacities and subject to an explicit maximum number of people as well as no party of more than 10 and a time limit of 2 hours. Restau­rants may impose even stricter group or time restrictions. You must wear a mask except when seated. RSVP to verify that an event has not been cancelled and that you are one of the lucky ones that can attend due to restrictions. And why not host your own event, virtual or in-person?

1/ Tues­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2021 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 January 2021 ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Monday, December 14th no later than Monday, December 7th. Use Facebook to RSVP.

The July Monthly Gathering scheduled for July 25th will be a videoconference event.

The locations of the MGs vary.


 
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CAM December Monthly Gathering @Rolling Meadows Community Center

5/ Satur­day

  • American Mensa Board of Di­rec­tors (AMC) Meet­ing 9 AM at the Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove, lo­cated at 121 NW Point Blvd. in Elk Grove Village. To encourage members to see our national leadership in action, the regular quarterly meeting of American Mensa’s Board of Directors (AMC) is being held in Elk Grove Village — not far from O’Hare airport. Members are encouraged to attend and observe the proceedings. For those wishing to briefly address the Board, opportunities for member comments will be made available at the beginning and end of the meeting. Expect to be on your own for meals. Since Elk Grove Village is a short drive away from the Monthly Gathering in Rolling Meadows, members can easily attend both events the same day.

    The December AMC meeting agenda will be available mid-November. See the ar­ticle in our December ChiMe (when it becomes available). RSVPs via Meetupor e-mail to Jon G., are requested but not required. We hope to see you there!

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our December Month­ly Gath­ering is the Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
    3705 Pheasant Dr. in Rolling Meadows.

    Games and hos­pi­tal­ity are in the spacious auditorium, with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event is in the Card Room. A Parents-Kids Play Room is available after the Mensa Test. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. 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:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    Nomi­nations for local officers:
    7:15 PM.
    Program:
    7:30 PM.
    Party:
    8:30 PM - Midnight.

    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. Or consider watching the children at the MG for a fee. 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 the CAM Zoom premium account!

    Program Topic: Chicago Holiday Traditions — Old and New
    “Topics covered include the municipal Christmas tree, the Christmas Tree schooner, caroling at Cloud Gate, downtown ice skating past and present, the wreathing of the Art Institute lions, Chicago’s Holiday Train, State Street traditions, Marshall Field memories, and the Christkindlmarket.”
    For all the details, see the ar­ticle in the December 2019 ChiMe.

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. The number of attendees is limited, so you must RSVP.

10/ Thurs­day

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    Hanukkah starts this evening.

RSVP for Rainbow SIG Dinner held on Tuesday, December 15th no later than Friday, December 11th.

11/ Fri­day

  • 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.

12/ 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, December 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!

13/ Sun­day

  • Best Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing peaking on the night of the 13th through Monday morning. For more information, see the NASA website or see the viewing tips at space.com.
    Public Event!!

16/ Wednes­day

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    Pythagorean Theorem Day
    122 + 162 = 202

17/ Thurs­day

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, December 20th no later than 2 PM on Saturday, December 19th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

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. The number of attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. You may also RSVP via Meetup.
    Restaurant Capacity Limited — Illinois COVID-19 Restrictions!!

  • 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. The number of attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. 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 latest issue of ChiMe. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Gary is not a member.

20/ Sun­day

  • West Suburban Sundays Cancelled. 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, December 19th and let them know if you are coming. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.
    Event on Hiatus until Illinois Phase 5!!

  • Best Ursids Meteor Shower Viewing tonight through Monday morning, or see the viewing tips at timeanddate.com.
    Public Event!!

21/ Mon­day

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    Winter Solstice

22/ Tues­day

  • Breakfast in the NW Suburbs 10 AM. This month’s lo­ca­tion: a venue TBA. Sepa­rate checks will be available. Attendance is limited. RSVP mandatory in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail.
    Restaurant Capacity Limited — Illinois COVID-19 Restrictions!!

23/ Wednes­day

  • Festivus Day

24/ Thurs­day

25/ Fri­day

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    Christmas Day
    Have a merry holiday.

26/ Satur­day

  • Boxing Day

29/ Tues­day

  • Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon Dinner Cancelled. 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.
    Event on Hiatus!!

RSVP for New Year Day Luncheon held on Friday, January 1st no later than 11:30 AM on Thursday, December 31st. You must RSVP via Meetup.

31/ Thurs­day

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    Happy New Year's Eve

RSVP for Mexican New Year’s Eve Party no later than 4 PM. You must RSVP via Meetup.

  • Mexican New Year’s Eve Party 7:30 PM. Hacienda El Sombrero is having a New Year's Eve party with a live band. The restaurant is lo­cated at 1100 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (in a strip mall lo­cated on Elmhurst Road (Illinois Route 83), a little south of Golf Road, on the west side). Learn more & RSVP by 4 PM @ Chicago Mensa Meetup.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!


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1 January /Fri­day

Happy New Year
  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Advertising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the February 2021 ChiMe.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the February 2021 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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