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Activities Bulletin
May 2021

RSVPs - Always contact the CAM event host as specified in the event details — e-mail , phone , or 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 May 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):


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 May 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, as well as in-person 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/ Satur­day

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

2/ Sun­day

  • CultureQuest 3 PM. Today, all across the country as well as Canada, all at the same time, teams of Mensans will participate in a virtual 120-minutes-long contest to test cultural literacy administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to the twenty teams and one youth team with the highest scores! Teams meeting virtually may take advantage of the CAM Discord platform with a dedicated channel; just let the Discord team  know the name of your team. We wish our teams the best of luck today!

4/ Tues­day

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5/ Wednes­day

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    Cinco de Mayo

6/ Thurs­day

7/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Theo Chocolate Tasting 7 PM. Join us for a virtual Chocolate Tour and Tasting with Theo Chocolates! Each participant will receive enough chocolate for 2-4 people to taste. One of the chocolate hosts from Theo will host a private Zoom call where they’ll talk about where chocolate comes from, conduct a small chocolate-making demo, and lead everyone through a guided tasting of all the chocolate in their box before ending with Q&A. The average class lasts 60 minutes. The Virtual Chocolate Tasting box includes 6 chocolate bars, a pack of Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups, and cocoa nibs.

    The GOBS-subsidized rate for this event is $29 per box, which includes shipping. Participation at the GOBS rate is limited to 25 boxes and limit has been reached. Reservations must be made by Thursday, April 22nd, as the company needs two weeks for shipping. The box(es) will be shipped directly to the address you provide when you sign up by e-mailing Heather B. She will let you know how to submit your payment. Payment via Zelle or PayPal is preferred. You are not considered to have RSVP’d until payment is received. If you can only pay by check, please make sure to leave enough time to send via USPS.
    Waitlist Only!!
    Virtual Event!!

9/ Sun­day

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    Mother’s Day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. F&F will discuss the novel All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. The novel begins in 2016 on a perfect timeline. The Goettreider Engine gave mankind unlimited free power — the Earth’s rotation is the energy source. The ’50s and ’60s techno dreams are real: flying cars, robot maids, jet packs, teleportation, ray guns, and space vacations. Material want isn’t. Unquestionably idyllic, right?

    Not for Tom Barren. This son of the leading time travel scientist of the age lacks talent, ambition and purpose. With his life going nowhere and family relations difficult, his dad steps in and appoints him understudy to trainee chrononaut (time traveler) Penelope Wechsler. She is serious, intense and driven to go back in time to the moment (July 11, 1965) when the Goettreider Engine came on line. Tom falls in love with her, but the relationship is a disaster. Emotionally shattered, he risks a completely unauthorized trip backwhen to the Goettreider Engine start point. He does not discover until he returns to 2016 that he allowed himself to be detected; consequently his techno-idyllic timeline has been transformed: Goettreider never happened and 2016 is grimly like the year we now inhabit.

    See Steve’s ar­ticles in our April ChiMe for more info about both the novel as well as the author. If COVID is still an issue (and I [Steve] suspect it will be), we will meet via Zoom. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.
    Virtual Event!!

12/ 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!!

13/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. 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 (via Meetup preferred). 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. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

  • 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 two topics: Social Media followed by Roaring Twentie$ at ~7:30 PM. 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 will be provided to those who RSVP on Meetup or e-mail Mike B.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

14/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the India House, lo­cated at 6430 E. Riverside Blvd. in Rockford (on the SW corner of the Cherryvale Mall grounds). 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. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member. 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 using Zoom — now with closed captions — 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. Contact Roy L. for the Zoom link or any help you might need. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: Rum 7:30 PM. Drinking rum before 10 AM makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic. We’re holding off to the evening, though, which is still pirate-time. Join us for this rum-based mixology session. Mister Tootsie will walk us through making 3 different rum cocktails and then we all hang out and socialize for as many hours afterwards as we feel like. Rum and May make this a great month to join us! 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. To RSVPs and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

15/ Satur­day

  • 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. You may also RSVP via Meetup. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

17/ Mon­day

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    Federal Tax Deadline
    Extended to today.

18/ Tues­day

19/ Wednes­day

  • Dinner in the North­west Suburbs: Central Asian 6:30 PM. We will be dining at Jibek Jolu. The cuisine is Central Asian and Russian, a Taste of the Silk Road. The restaurant is lo­cated at 2601 Aviator Lane in Glenview (in The Glen, near the intersection of Patriot Blvd. and Tower Dr.). Limited street parking is available on Tower Dr. There is a free parking garage at the west end of Aviator Lane. Depending on the weather, dining may be indoors or outdoors. Separate checks will be available. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail at least 24 hours in advance. If you RSVP by e-mail, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a return e-mail with a confirmation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

20/ Thurs­day

RSVP for Cheese 101 held on Friday, June 4th no later than Friday, May 21st.

21/ Fri­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at tomorrow’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, May 22nd and through Saturday, June 26th or later. For CAM events, it’s recommended you submit the GOBS request and get it approved before submitting your event information for publication in ChiMe — so no later than today for events planned for July or later. July events need to be submitted by the 1st of June to the activities editor to be included in the July ChiMe. An article must be featured in the July ChiMe for GOBS-subsidized August events with an RSVP deadline in July (same 1st of June deadline but article e-mailed to the editor; see editorial deadline).

22/ Satur­day

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    CAM May Monthly Gathering @Video Teleconference

    Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Discord )
    The May Monthly Gathering takes place via video teleconference using Discord. Here are the Discord setup instructions for new Discord members which we recommend you complete at least 30 minutes before the event; Discord is free. Check out the CAM Discord FAQ for many of the features like changing your avatar or setting your push-to-talk key(s), a requirement to speak in the MG Speaker channel.

    To join the MG, existing Discord members can simply open the app and tap/click on our CAM icon. For new Discord members, the Invitation Link will be available on our website. 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? Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting :
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Socializing :
    7 PM in the Hospitality channels.
    Program :
    7:30 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Socializing & Games:
    8:30 PM in the Hospitality or Games channels.

    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: The Need for Science Fiction in a Pandemic & Post-Pandemic World

    Every era of human history is touched by the arts, and while science fiction (at least in novel form) can trace its history back to at least Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, few people understand the role it’s played during times of national or global unrest. Science fiction resists concrete definition, but it’s commonly called the “literature of ideas” and in that case, in the hopefully waning days of COVID-19 and the world that follows, a worthy question arises: how can science fiction illuminate the present and inform the future? In this talk, I will discuss the absolute need for science fiction now and in the days ahead, and how support for speculative fiction broadly is more than mere escapism but a means to creating a better world for us all.

    Russell Davis has written numerous novels and short stories in virtually every genre of fiction, under at least a half-dozen pseudonyms. His writing has encompassed media tie-in work in the Transformers universe (as David Cian), Twilight Zone, and The Librarian, to action adventure in The Executioner series to original novels as well as short fiction in anthology titles like Under Cover of Darkness, Law of the Gun, and In the Shadow of Evil. In addition to his work as a writer, he has worked as an editor and book packager, and created original anthology titles ranging from westerns like Lost Trails to fantasy like Courts of the Fey.”

    Members, see the full write-up in our May ChiMe.
    MG Earlier to Avoid Memorial Day Weekend!!
    Discord Event!!

25/ Tues­day

  • 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 might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail by 6 PM Monday, May 24th. RSVPs by e-mail are not confirmed until you receive a reply e-mail confirming your reservation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

27/ Thurs­day

RSVP for Murder Mystery held on Saturday, June 5th no later than Sunday, May 30th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

30/ Sun­day

31/ Mon­day

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    Memo­rial Day

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1 June/ Tues­day

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

  • Annual Gathering (AG) Online Reg­istration Deadline! Today is the last day to register online and to qualify for a discount. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the “Multifaceted Minds” AG held Tuesday, August 24th through Sunday, August 29th as Mensa celebrates its 75th anniversary in Houston, Texas. Since Mensa Mind Games had to be cancelled, games will be evaluated at the AG — sign up to be one of the judges. Online reg­istration ends on Saturday, July 31st. And reg­ister now for the Colloquium exploring “Advances in Food Science” presented on Monday, August 23rd.

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