The July Monthly Gathering scheduled for July 31st will be a video conference event held via Discord.

Monthly Gather­ing

The July Monthly Gathering scheduled for July 31st will be a video conference event held via Discord.

Our Chicago Area in-person Monthly Gatherings are open to the public. The July 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.

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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.

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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 July!!

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, to be provided on Thursday, July 29th.
July Discord Event!!

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.
July Discord Event!!

7:30 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, to be provided on Thursday, July 29th.
July 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 setup instructions for Board Game Arena . The Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new Discord members, to be provided on Thursday, July 29th.
July Discord Event!!

Venue Info for

The December Monthly Gathering will be held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center at 3705 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows. The Community Center is lo­cated just east of IL-53, just north of the Algonquin exit and south of the Euclid exit. Use the map on the right for di­rections.

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We will have games and hospitality in their spacious auditorium with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event will be in the Card Room. There will be a Parents-Kids Play Room available. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight — plan accordingly.

Parking is plentiful and free.

  • Heading north on IL-53 north through the Northwest Suburbs, look for the Kirchoff Road exit.
  • Exit right (east) onto Kirchoff Road.
  • Continue east on Kirchoff Road for ~1 mile to Meadow Drive.
  • Turn south (right) onto Meadow Drive.
  • Continue south on Meadow Drive for two blocks to Martin Lane.
  • Turn west (right) onto Martin Lane.
  • Continue west on Martin Lane as it curves south into Pheasant Drive.
  • Continue south on Pheasant Drive to the Community Center which is on the west (right) side of Pheasant Drive.
  • Pull into the first (northern-most) driveway and head for the rear lot.
  • Park near Entrance K (shown above).
  • Exit at the Euclid Ave East exit.
  • Continue east on Euclid Avenue a short distance to Rohlwing Road.
  • Turn south (right) onto Rohlwing Road and continue south for a ½ mile to Kirchoff Road.
  • Turn east (left) onto Kirchoff Road and continue east for 0.7 miles to Meadow Drive.
  • Turn south (right) onto Meadow Drive and continue south for a ½ mile to Grouse Lane.
  • Turn west (right) onto Grouse Lane and continue for 0.2 miles to Pheasant Drive.
  • Turn north (right) onto Pheasant Drive and continue northwest for 295 ft. to the Community Center which is on the west side (left) of Pheasant Drive.
  • Pull into the first (northern-most) driveway and head for the rear lot.
  • Park near Entrance K (shown above).

Attention, city-dwelling Chicago Area Ms! Until further notice, there will be a taxi service for our suburban Monthly Gatherings, between the closest Metra station and the meeting site. For the Rolling Meadows site, we will have a taxi pick you up at the Arlington Park station at 6:30 PM (Union Pacific–Northwest line — it leaves Ogilvie Station at 5:40 PM). A taxi will then leave the Park District building by 10 PM to return you to the Arlington Park station for the 10:29 PM train, which is the final train of the evening. Use of this service must be requested in advance by e‑mailing Greg  three days prior to the MG.
Note: CAM will cover the cost of the taxi, but you are responsible for your own train ticket.
Double check the Metra Train schedule which has changed due to Coronavirus

The July Monthly Gathering is being held via video conference!

Before the MG: The CAM Discord Invitation Link, needed only by new CAM Discord users, will be provided no later than the evening of Thursday, July 29th. 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. View the large list of online games available, 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 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.

There is no Monthly Gathering in October nor in November. Instead, CAM hosts HalloweeM, the largest Regional Gathering (RG) in the country. It's a wonderful, fun, and informative event that runs Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, October 31st. Expect games, dances, programs, costume parades, and excursions. Get the most up-to-date information about WeeM by visiting our website. Our great RG will be held at the Westin-Chicago North Shore Hotel at 601 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. The hotel is lo­cated on the east side of Milwaukee and the main entrance is at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Wolf Road (just south of Lake-Cook and north of Dundee Road).

Book your room today! The hotel is offering a WeeM room rate of $119 through October 7th. The rooms facing east enjoy a great view of the Forest Preserves. The hotel is lo­cated just west of the Des Plaines River and is steps away from the Des Plaines River Trail leading into the Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve.

There’s plenty of free parking both on the north and the south side of the hotel. The south lot is closer to the meeting rooms.

The hotel offers a shuttle service from the nearby METRA stations . Please call them well in advance to arrange a pickup.

Monthly Gathering Schedule

2021

CAM Discord
CAM Discord
CAM Discord
October 28th–October 31st
HalloweeM
Westin North Shore Hotel
601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
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HalloweeM

November
No Gathering
 
 
December 4th
Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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 July!!

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