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Activities Bulletin
July 2020

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About
Meetup

Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up and get notifications. 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 :

1/ Wednes­day

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

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM & 8 AM. As work-lives move back toward the status quo ante, an additional early morning group has spun off, so if this time works better for you, be a trailblazer. Both of these online events are not hosted which simply means when you dial in, you may be the first — wait several minutes and give the others a chance to join you. You can expect casual conversation on any topic you and the others would like to explore. You can join this event as a video teleconference or just by phone. Access information is here on our website. 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 any general info. Both events will recur every weekday until further notice.

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Cancelled. “Nerd Camp” in Kansas City, Missouri. See the AML 2020 AG website for details about the AG held Wednesday, July 1st through Sunday, July 5th.
    AG Cancelled This Year Due to Coronavirus !!

2/ Thurs­day

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Cancelled. “Nerd Camp” in Kansas City, Missouri. See the AML 2020 AG website for details about the AG held today through Sunday, July 5th.
    AG Cancelled This Year Due to Coronavirus !!

3/ Fri­day

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  • Mr Mensa: Kings and Queens Edition 7 PM. Although the AG has been cancelled, the pageant will be held virtually, proceeds from which directly benefit the Mensa Foundation. Find out more info about the event by visiting the American Mensa website.

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Cancelled. “Nerd Camp” in Kansas City, Missouri. See the AML 2020 AG website for details about the AG held today through Sunday, July 5th. Enjoy the Gala Dinner with guest speaker, MIT robot ethics expert, Dr. Kate Darling on “Where AI Meets IQ.”
    AG Cancelled This Year Due to Coronavirus !!

4/ Satur­day

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    Independence Day
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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Cancelled. “Nerd Camp” in Kansas City, Missouri. See the AML 2020 AG website for details about the AG held today through Sunday, July 5th.
    AG Cancelled This Year Due to Coronavirus !!

5/ Sun­day

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Cancelled. “Nerd Camp” in Kansas City, Missouri. See the AML 2020 AG website for details about the AG held through today.
    AG Cancelled This Year Due to Coronavirus !!

6/ Mon­day

7/ Tues­day

8/ Wednes­day

  • Outdoor Mexican Dinner in Mt. Prospect 6:30 PM. We will be dining at Hacienda El Sombrero. There is a large overhang covering most of the outdoor tables. Except for a major thunderstorm, we will dining outside. The restaurant is located at 1100 S. Elmhurst Road in Mount Prospect. It is in a strip mall located on Elmhurst Road (Illinois Route 83), a little south of Golf Road, on the west side. Masks required when not seated at the table. Due to imposed restrictions, attendance is limited. RSVPs are mandatory. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • 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 on Hiatus This Month!!

9/ Thurs­day

10/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mr. Tootsie 7 PM. Ever wanted to learn more about cocktail mixing? Mister Tootsie is doing an hour-long virtual mixology class for us. All the cocktails will be rum-based and participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment, as well as the Zoom info by email prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. RSVPs are required; to RSVP, e-mail and pay Beth W. $10 via PayPal . You are not considered to have RSVP’d until payment is made.
    Virtual Event!!

  • 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 evening of the second Friday of the month or the following Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

11/ Satur­day

  • Rockford-Area Mensa Pool Party 2 PM. Bring your own drinks and munchies to pass around to Ted K.’s. We’ll order out for pizza or something. Guests and family (children and grandchildren) welcome! Masks required (but not in the pool). To RSVP and for Ted’s address, for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. Rain date is Sunday, July 12th at 2 PM.

  • 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, July 4th) 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!

  • Virtual Games & Conversation via Discord 7:30 PM. This event will feature the usual online games but using Discord for conversation. Discord provides multiple A/V rooms, among which you can move freely, and persistent text channels. If you’re already a member of Discord, tap/click on this link. If you’re not, it’s best to download the app. The CAM invitation link is included as part of your host Matt C.’s information as is the link to a Discord Guide for CAM Members. To learn more about Discord, see their Beginner’s Guide
    Virtual Event!!

  • Chinese on Saturdays Cancelled. 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.
    Event Cancelled Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus Concerns!!

12/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. F&F will discuss the novel Crosstalk, by Connie Willis. Review: Would you undergo brain surgery if it meant a deeper emotional connection with your lover? When Trent, Briddey Flannigan's boyfriend, asks her to get an EED—a procedure to open emotional pathways between two people—she agrees, despite her family's disapproval. While Briddey is used to her Irish American relatives meddling in all aspects of her life, she is surprised when coworker C.B. Schwartz tries to stop her from getting the EED as well. The operation does not go as planned, leaving Briddey telepathically joined to C.B. instead of emotionally bonded to Trent. …A fun, romantic, near-future romp from a scifi master. See Steve’s ar­ticle in the June ChiMe. If COVID is still an issue (and I suspect it will be), we will meet via zoom.com (whose anteroom feature prevents unwanted intruders from getting in). If it is no longer a problem, we hope to meet To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. The number of in-person attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. If held via Zoom, the link will be provided in response to the RSVP. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.

13/ Mon­day

14/ Tues­day

  • Bastille Day
    Bastille Day

15/ Wednes­day

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    Federal Tax Deadline
    The usual April 15th deadline was extended until today
    for both federal and Illinois!

16/ Thurs­day

  • Smart Talk 6 PM. Join us for thoughtful & fun conversation about “The War on Normal People.” 10s of millions of responsible working Americans are losing their jobs due to the mandatory Covid lockdown, automation, companies’ focus on short term profits & stock price, and other reasons. In addition, jobs are being lost as the twelfth major series of riots since 2000 continue. Where do we go from here? Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for links to videos and some articles on this topic. 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 FreeConferenceCall.com app. You may also simply call in, although you may sometimes need to call in a few times due to the fact that the network provider’s capacity is sometimes overwhelmed by the call volume. The meeting info is on our website. Learn more on Chicago Mensa Meetup.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

17/ Fri­day

  • CAM Beer 7:30 PM. I declare a (virtual) CAM Beer! Join us for conversation and hanging out. Bring your beverage of choice. See Beth W.’s contact info for the Zoom access information.
    Virtual Event not in ChiMe!!

18/ 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 are appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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. 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 July ChiMe.

19/ 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, July 18th 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!!

20/ Mon­day

21/ Tues­day

22/ Wednes­day

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  • Ernest Shackleton Webinar 8 PM. This webinar will be presented by Quark Expeditions, a commercial travel company specializing in polar expeditions. The subject is the life of Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton is most well known for his Endurance Expedition, described as the greatest survival story of all time. His skills and leadership abilities kept his men alive for 21 months under the most extreme, unimaginable conditions. 28 men survived without a single fatality. The speaker is Tim Jarvis, an environmental explorer. Registration information can be found on Meetup for both this event and one earlier in the morning at 9 AM. This event is host by Ken L..
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

23/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans including CAM Morning Coffee 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. I [Carey] participated last Thursday and had a very nice chat with three of our “siblings” in the London area. The Zoom sign-in information is listed as part of local host Carey S.’s Contact Info or check Meetup. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • 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.
    Venue Change to Virtual!!

24/ Fri­day

25/ Satur­day

The August Monthly Gathering scheduled for August 29th will be a video conference event.

The locations of the MGs vary.


 
  • Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Video Teleconference)
    The July Monthly Gathering will take place via video teleconference featuring breakout rooms. and Board Game Arena . If you don’t have Zoom already, we recommend you download Zoom and sign up at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. Check out the CAM Zoom FAQ. The CAM Board has purchased some Board Game Arena premium accounts so we can play games with one another online while using audio chat . Or people can play via Zoom in one of the breakout rooms. The initial setup of Board Game Arena is an easy process that just requires some lead time; try to sign up and add the CAM Game Hosts no later than the day before the MG. After completing the setup, try to find time to practice.

    The Zoom id was available via our website. The speaker is willing to present using Zoom so why not try it. Zoom breakout rooms make it easy for smaller groups of people to converse and people can switch from one room to another. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . Illinois Coronavirus Phase 4 limits non-family, in-person groups to 50 people so live MGs are difficult! After all these weeks of being shut in, aren’t you ready to have some fun and to try something new?

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM via video teleconference.
    Socializing :
    7 PM.
    Program :
    7:30 PM.
    Socializing & Games via Zoom or Board Game Arena :
    8 PM.

    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. 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!

    Video Teleconference Event!!
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    Program Topic: Goat-2-Meeting
    Goat-2-Meeting will do an introduction to their farm and introduce us to the animals on our virtual tour. Which animals we’ll see depends on which animals are lively. Come join us!
    See the full write-up in our July ChiMe. And regarding last month’s program on “Native Plants”, see Heather’s presentation materials but she requests this information is not distributed outside CAM given she uses this info to earn a living.

27/ Mon­day

28/ Tues­day

  • Breakfast in the NW Suburbs 10 AM. Outdoor dining at This month’s lo­ca­tion: 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. Sepa­rate checks will be available. Masks required to go through restaurant to patio but not on patio. RSVPs  required due to attendee limits and in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not. Recurs on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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.
    Venue Change to Virtual!!

  • Best Night for Double Meteor Shower Viewing . Both the Southern Delta Aquariid and Capricorids showers will be hitting their peaks with as many as 20 meteors per hour. After midnight the moonlight is less likely to be an issue.

29/ Wednes­day

30/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans including CAM Morning Coffee 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. The Zoom sign-in information is listed as part of local host Carey S.’s Contact Info or check Meetup. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

31/ Fri­day


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1 August/ Satur­day

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