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Activities Bulletin
February 2021


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 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):

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Meetup

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 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.

There may be other virtual events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. Both of these weekday online events are not hosted which simply means when you join the Morning Coffee channel (under Events) on our CAM Discord server, 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 (on Meetup) rather than Discord. In the mood for some interesting conversation? It’s easy to check in any weekday and see who else is up for a chat. Contact Matt C. for general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.
    Discord Event!!

1/ Mon­day

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

2/ Tues­day

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    Groundhog Day

4/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 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 local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • 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.

  • Capricon 41 through Sunday, February 7th. This event promotes the sci-fi genre, and is being held online. For more information, see the Capricon website.
    Public Online Event!!

6/ Satur­day

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  • Games and Conversation 7:30 PM. Join us at the (Virtual) WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans (WWHfWM). We’ll gather for conversation in the Game Night Foyer on CAM’s Discord server (see the FAQ if new to Discord) and then split into channels (rooms) as desired for playing games — mention or upvote games in the game-night!! channel. Do you have a favorite game? We like to learn! For more information, contact Beth W. Join us.
    Discord Event!!

9/ Tues­day

10/ Wednes­day

  • 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 Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns!!

11/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Join 10-20 of us in learning & sharing our views while having fun in a friendly & safe environment! We will discuss the many sides of these topics: Pet Mania followed by Idiocracy. Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for links to some videos and articles on these topics. 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 provided to those who RSVP on Meetup or e-mail Mike B.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

12/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Ciao Bella Ristorante, lo­cated at 6500 E. Riverside in Loves Park (formerly the Basil restaurant, just east of the India House and west of Perryville Rd.). 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.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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 e-mail the poems to be discussed and the Zoom information to them. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

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    Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
    State of Illinois holiday.

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    Chinese New Year
    Year of the Ox

13/ Satur­day

  • GLAAM Virtual RG 11 AM. Greater Los Angelos Area Mensa has scheduled two Zoom lines for their all day, virtual StaRGazing RG. Expect lots of speakers, a bunch of fun games, entertainment Saturday night in the form of Mensa members’ stories, and the opportunity to chat with friends, old and new! It’s free but you must register in advance by Friday, February 12th. Visit their website for all the details.
    Virtual Event!!

  • SwAG Session Cancelled. 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.
    Event Cancelled Until Further Notice!!

14/ Sun­day

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15/ Mon­day

  • MtRushmore
    Presidents Day
    Federal Holiday

16/ Tues­day

  • Mardi Gras Mask
    Mardi Gras

18/ Thurs­day

19/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie 7:30 PM. Mister Tootsie is doing another bourbon mixology class for us, this time with less sour drinks. If you haven’t joined us before, perhaps February is the right month! Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment, as well as the Zoom info, 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. RSVPs are required; to RSVP and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

20/ Satur­day

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  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 107th 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.

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 1 PM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized Un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location and the COVID restrictions at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coördinator. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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 February ChiMe.

  • SEMMantics 42: The Answer to Everything RG held today as a free, members-only, Zoom experience with fun, games, speakers, and more. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit their website, where you can reg­ister and which will have the most up-to-date information.
    Virtual Event!!

22/ Mon­day

  • Washington

    George Washington’s Birthday

  • Deadline for Nomi­nation Statements. Candidates’ statements for publication in the April ChiMe are to be no longer than 500 words and cannot include any boldface, italic, or larger type; they should be sent directly to Casey via e-mail.

23/ Tues­day

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  • Breakfast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch 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. Dining will be indoors. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

25/ Thurs­day

26/ Fri­day

  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) 7 PM. Join us for a relaxing weekend of fun, games, and conversation. Bigger than a house party, smaller than an RG — about a hundred friendly, albeit competitive, players. Enjoy yourself at our first virtual AGOG event by joining us via our customized CAM Discord server. Check out the FAQ for setup info as well as the list of online games for which you must register. If you participated in HalloweeM, you know what to expect. Get all the info about AGOG.

The March Monthly Gathering scheduled for March 27th will be a video conference event held via Discord.


 

27/ Satur­day

  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) continues. Join the fun and attend the long weekend gathering of just games all day through Sunday afternoon via our customized CAM Discord platform. Get all the info about AGOG.

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Discord )
    The February Monthly Gathering and AGoG take place via video teleconference using Discord. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . In this age of social distancing, aren’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different?

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting :
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Nomi­nations for Local Officers:
    7:30 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Program :
    ~7:35 PM Trivia via Zoom as part of AGoG

    The Nomi­nating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to run for the elected po­sitions on the Chicago Area Mensa Board of Directors. If you’re interested or just curious, see Deb J.’s ar­ticle in the February ChiMe or January ChiMe for details. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications.
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    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.
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    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!

    Program Topic: Tipsy Trivia with Tim!
    BYOB as Mensa Tim Schifle of Cleveland Area Mensa takes us through 6 rounds of multi-category trivia. Teams of up to 6 can compete for bragging rights in this family-friendly event.

    Have a team already? Reserve your spot via this link. No team? No worries — there are 4 teams labeled “open.” Feel free to join one of those. A Zoom name will be needed so that teams can be pre-grouped into the breakout rooms for this event. The keynote text channel under Monthly Gathering and tipsy-trivia text channel under Tournament Signups both list the Zoom access info for this program.

    Answers will be collect via the Last Call Trivia app, so we recommend that you have your team captain download this app in advance from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
    Discord Event!!

28/ Sun­day

  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) continues until 3 PM. Join us for a relaxing weekend of fun, games, and conversation. Bigger than a house party, smaller than an RG — about a hundred friendly, albeit competitive, players. Enjoy yourself at our first virtual AGOG event by joining us via our customized CAM Discord server. Check out the FAQ for setup info as well as the list of online games for which you must register. If you participated in HalloweeM, you know what to expect. Get all the info about AGOG.


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1 March/ Mon­day

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

  • pulaski

    Casimir (Kazimierz) Pulaski Day
    Observed in Chicago & Cook County


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