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Host a CAM Event

It’s easy to host an event for your fellow Mensans and get the word out. Of course, you have to figure out what, where, and when. You’ll also have to decide if it’s going to be a virtual or in-person event. Do you want people to RSVP and by when? Is there are a maximum number of attendees. Our Submissions page provides a good checklist about the information you may wish to consider when planning your event. Once you’ve figured all that out, CAM will help you promote your event on this website, in ChiMe (with enough lead time), and on Chicago Mensa Meetup.

GOBS Trust Funds

If you plan to take advantage of GOBS Funds to subsidize the cost of your event, you will be required to have your event listed in the ChiMe newsletter; an article about the event is also encouraged which should be submitted to our editor@chicago.us.mensa.org  (see the Submissions page for guidelines). Therefore, at this point, your event must take place in October or later, and you must send your e-mail before the submission deadline (you still have 24 days to submit it for the October issue). The CAM Board must also approve the submitted GOBS request before the event which means at a monthly business meeting (see our Monthly Gatherings schedule); you need not be present. For example, if your event will take place prior to the October business meeting, you’d need to submit your GOBS application before the September business meeting.

What to Expect from CAM

Once the Activities Bulletin Editor  receives your Zoom Event Form submission or e-mail (see below for specifics), your event will be added to both our website (listed on the appropriate Monthly Activities) and Meetup. If you are a Meetup member, our Meetup coördinator will designate you as the host, which will enable you to edit the event as you see fit. There is no deadline to get your event listed on Meetup and here on our website, but you do want it listed as soon as possible to give your fellow Mensans a chance to find out about it as well giving the CAM Meetup and website volunteers some time to list your event. It may also be listed in the upcoming events e-mails that are sent via Mensa Connect to our group as well as being promoted on the closed CAM Facebook group. If you happen to be planning well in advance, like October or later, and you submitted your form or sent your e-mail before the submission deadline (you still have 24 days to submit it for the October issue), your event will also be listed in the ChiMe newsletter. If you have a lot of information to be communicated, you may wish to submit a separate write-up of your event to our ChiMe newsletter editor in addition to the short event notice; the details about submitting it via e-mail are on our Submissions page.

Virtual Event

You can take advantage of the Chicago Area Mensa premium Zoom account to host your event by filling out our Zoom Event Form to reserve a time slot. Our account restricts us to only one Zoom event during any period of up to one hundred participants and unlimited group time. This is the same account used to host our virtual Monthly Gatherings, so, if you attended one, you’ll have an idea of what’s possible. Your submitted form will be sent to the Activities Bulletin Editor . Should you need to cancel, e-mail  the Zoom Coördinator, so s/he can let someone else use your time slot, as well as the Activities Bulletin Editor , so they can update the website and Meetup.

In-Person or Board Game Arena Event

Just let us know the details of your event by filling out our CAM Event Form. Alternatively, e-mail our Activities Bulletin Editor  and include all the details about your event. Our Submissions page provides a good checklist about the information that is required as well as optional information your attendees may need to know. Should you need to cancel, e-mail the Activities Bulletin Editor  so they can update the website and Meetup.

Facebook

If you use Facebook to promote an event, please notify the Activities Bulletin Editor  so that all CAM members know.



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