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The January Monthly Gathering scheduled for January 23rd will be a video conference event held via Discord.

Monthly Gather­ing

Our Chicago Area in-person Monthly Gatherings are open to the public. The January Monthly Gathering will be held via Discord ; 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 January!!
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.
January Discord Event!! CAM
Discord
FAQ
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.
January Discord Event!!
7:30 PM
Officer Nominations — Nominations will be taken from the floor, in the MG Speaker channel, prior to the speaker presentation, so be sure to have your push-to-talk key(s) defined.
~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.
January Discord Event!!
8:30 PM
More Socializing plus Games — Converse or play games. Our featured Game of the MonthThe Crew — will be taught by Matt C., in a dedicated channel just after the speaker presentation ends. It’s a coöperative game played online using Board Game Arena . 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 setup instructions for Board Game Arena . The Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new Discord members, is now available.
January Discord Event!!

Instructions for

The JanuaryMonthly Gathering is being held via video conference!

Before the MG: The CAM Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new 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 learning January’s game of the month The Crew or playing other 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).

2021 Chicago Mensa Election Nomi­nations
Nomi­nations for local officers will be taken from the floor just prior to the guest speaker at the Monthly Meeting. Nominees do not need to be present and will be contacted afterward to determine whether they wish to become candidates. Nomi­nation by petition is also valid; check our Bylaws, or contact Deb J. for the messy details. 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 C. via e-mail. The deadline for the April issue of ChiMe is March 1st, so please get your statement to Casey well before that date.
Deb J. - Chairman, Election Procedures Committee

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 in any of the voice channels listed under Hos­pi­tal­ity. At 7:30 PM join the MG Speaker channel, listed under Events. Nomi­nations will be taken followed by announcements of interest to the group. Stay to listen to this month’s presentation (the Topic button above will provide the details). After the presentation, those interested in learning to play The Crew should move themselves into the voice channel Matt C. is in so you can hear his instructions. Otherwise 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

2021
CAM Discord
CAM Discord

A Gathering of Gamers
(February 26th – 28th)

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AGOG

CAM Discord
CAM Discord

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 January!!



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