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The April Monthly Gathering scheduled for April 17th will be a video conference event held via Discord.

Monthly Gather­ing

Our Chicago Area in-person Monthly Gatherings are open to the public. The April Monthly Gathering will be held via Discord featuring audio/video channels (similar to Zoom breakout rooms); it will not be open to the public. Anyone who has used our CAM Discord server can simply open the Discord app. Those who haven’t can find an Invitation Link on our Contacts page. The gatherings are held each month, except for No­vem­ber.

Mensans, if you don’t have Discord already, here are the Discord setup instructions. We recommend you sign up at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. Also, check out the CAM Discord FAQ especially about setting your push-to-talk key(s), a requirement to speak in the MG Speaker channel. If you’d like to play games with your fellow Mensans, follow the setup instructions for Board Game Arena a few days before the MG, and checkout the FAQ for the list of other games for which you must register.

Typical Monthly Gathering

4:00 PM
Mensa Admissions Test (for anyone who wishes to become a member) — Pre­reg­ister to reserve a space for this session or for a different test lo­ca­tion/date. To see if any of your past tests qualify for membership, see what you need to qualify.
Cancelled for April!!
5:00 PM
Business Meeting — Our five board members and any other interested members discuss various topics and issues. Members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, but only the Board of Directors can vote. Find us in the Business Meeting channel. The Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new Discord members, is now available.
April Discord Event!! CAM
7:00 PM
Socializing — Join the Monthly Gathering event and experiment with interacting with other Mensans via Discord. BYOB and snacks . There will be various voice channels (aka rooms) so people can have conversations with a smaller group of people (before and after the speaker presentation) and people can easily move themselves from one channel to another channel and see who is in each of the channels. Drop in any time to see how you like it. Open Discord app to join the fun. Mensans who haven’t joined our CAM Discord server yet will need the Invitation Link.
April Discord Event!!
Election Results — Our Election Committee Chair, Deb J. will announced the results of the election (online or mail-in ballots only).
April Discord Event!!
~7:35 PM
Speaker Presentation — The gathering usually begins with announcements from our Local Secretary (LocSec), followed by a guest who speaks on an interesting topic for about an hour. We meet in the MG Speaker channel. The Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new Discord members, is now available.
April Discord Event!!
8:30 PM
More Socializing plus Games — Converse or play games. Our customized-version of Discord offers great flexibility to move yourself between groups, plus much more. People can play various games including using Board Game Arena while talking with one another in Discord . Visit the find-a-game channel on our CAM server for a list of the many other games for which you have to register in advance. See the instructions for more information. The Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new Discord members, is now available.
April Discord Event!!

CAM 2021 Election Electronic or Mail In Only

Once again, due to the continuing pandemic, we will be holding our election remotely. This year we will be offering electronic voting in addition to mail-in voting. Electronic voting will be held using this online ballot. All ballots must be submitted/received at or before 5 PM on Saturday, April 17th. To cast an electronic ballot, click on this link. Fill out your member number (required) which is listed as part of your profile on the American Mensa website. Cast your vote for officers. Candidates will appear in random order. Use “Other” if you want to vote for a write-in for Local Secretary, Business Manager, and/or Treasurer. If you wish to vote for a write-in candidate for Gen Rep please vote for write-in (1 or 2) and fill in the name below. The form will not allow you to vote for more than the allowed number of Candidates. You do not need to vote for every office to submit your ballot.

Mail-in ballots are available in the April ChiMe and on our website. Please print out the ballot or, if you get a paper version of ChiMe, use the one in the April issue. The Election Notice can be found in Appendix B. Your ballot(s) must be received by Saturday, April 17th, so mail it today!

In the case multiple ballots are received from a member, only the most recently received ballot will count. For mailed ballots, the postmark will be used as the date of submittal. The candidates’ statements are available on our website as well as in the April issue of ChiMe. The results will be announced at 7:30 PM at the April Monthly Gathering. If you have questions, please contact Deb Johnston, our Election Procedures Committee Chair.

Instructions for

The AprilMonthly Gathering is being held via video conference!

Before the MG: The CAM Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new CAM Discord users, is available on our website. If you don't have Discord already, we recommend you download the app and register at least 30 minutes before the event (see setup instructions); it’s free. A large list of online games available can be found here, including on which platform. Visit our FAQ webpage to get an idea of what our customized version of Discord offers, including a list of some of the online game websites which require advance registration. For example, if you’re interested in playing online games using Board Game Arena , the initial setup is a simple process; please sign up and add the CAM game hosts a day or two before the Monthly Gathering. After the setup, allow time to practice to familiarize yourself with Board Game Arena . If you plan to attend the presentation and you wish to talk in the MG Speaker channel, follow the instructions to define your push-to-talk key(s).

During the MG: At 7 PM you can open the Discord app (new CAM Discord users will need to use our Invitation Link to join the event) and start socializing until 7:30 PM when our Election Committee Chair, Deb J., will be announcing the results of the election. After the election results, there will be more socializing in any of the voice channels listed under Hos­pi­tal­ity. At 7:30 PM join the MG Speaker channel, listed under Events. Announcements of interest to the group will be made. Stay to listen to this month’s presentation. After the presentation, people can choose to move themselves into groups to any of the voice channels listed under Hospitality or Games. Anyone more interested in playing games may want to start in the find-a-game channel to see the list and join the Find Game Partners channel to find people interested in playing the same game they are interested in and then agreeing to join the voice channel corresponding to the name of the game to converse while playing.

It’s always an interesting experience and aren’t you ready to try something fun and new? BYOB and snacks . Drop in any time to see how you like it and provide feedback.

Monthly Gathering Schedule

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Mensa Testing

The test is administered at 4 PM at every Monthly Gathering. Get more information about taking a proctored test to join Mensa including different dates and lo­ca­tions. You must pre­reg­ister to take advantage of any special offers from American Mensa. Or check out if any of the tests you’ve taken in the past can be used as prior evidence to join.
Cancelled for April!!

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