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Activities Bulletin
September 2020

RSVPs - Always contact the CAM event host as specified in the event details — e-mail , phone , or Meetup .

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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 September calendar.

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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 September 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):

1/ Tues­day

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

2/ Wednes­day

  • Outdoor Serbian Dinner in Mount Prospect 6 PM. We will be dining outdoors at the Balkan Taste for a casual Serbian dinner. Serbian everyday cuisine bursts with flavor due to healthy ingredients, herbs, and spices. Balkan Taste was rated 4.5 stars on Yelp. The restaurant is located at 2354 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Prospect, in a strip mall on the northwest corner of Elmhurst Rd. (IL Route 83) and Oakton Ave. 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.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

3/ Thurs­day

  • CAM Morning Coffee 7 AM. As work-lives move back toward the status quo ante, this early morning group has spun off. This online event is 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. 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 instead. 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. This event will recur every weekday until further notice.

  • Smart Talk 6 PM. Increasing Social Isolation was a growing issue long before COVID-19, as outlined in Robert Putnam’s 2000 book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Current virus health concerns, whether fully justified or blown out of proportion, have accelerated this troubling trend to previously unimaginable levels. 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 Zoom app. The access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

4/ Fri­day

7/ Mon­day

8/ Tues­day

9/ 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 on Hiatus This Month!!

10/ Thurs­day

11/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Sam’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 6075 Riverside Blvd. in Rockford (on the SE corner of Riverside and Mulford; entrance south off Riverside). 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. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

  • 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.

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  • CAMBeer 7:30 PM. I declare a CAMBeer! Join us with your libation of choice for a virtual happy hour. See host
    Virtual Event not in ChiMe!!

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12/ Satur­day

  • 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, September 5th) 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!

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  • Games and Conversation 7:30 PM. G&C at the virtual WWHfWM. We’ll gather for conversation and then split into breakout rooms as desired for games. Codenames, Euchre, or Board Game Arena . We’re using the Discord app this month, so if you haven’t got it, be sure to download the app ahead of time, register, and check out the CAM Introduction to Discord doc. Access information was available as part of host Beth W.’s contact info. Join us.
    Virtual Event!!

13/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. F&F will discuss the novel Apothecary’s Curse, by Barbara A. Barnett. Good SF takes insight and initiative, and Barnett has deployed both. Barnett has a preference for dark (or anti-) heroes, and when Gaelan Erceldoun — an immortal but not quite respectable apothecary of Victorian London — makes a potion that fails spectacularly to save the ill wife of Dr. Simon Bell (she dies, Dr. Bell becomes immortal and Erceldoune goes to Bedlam and is tortured) things are dark indeed. The magic came from the mysterious Ouroboros Book, and as the novel moves to 2016 Chicago, one man searches for his lost love, the other for the Book, and a third for immortality. When geneticist Anne Shaw — departing from an unethical English drug company — enters their lives with the potential to reveal all their secrets, the tension mounts inexorably. See Steve’s ar­ticle in the August 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). 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!!

14/ Mon­day

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  • CultureQuest ® Registration Deadline. On Sunday, October 18th, at 3 PM CDT, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 90-minute-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to the twenty teams and one youth team with the highest scores! Submit your team registration information to American Mensa. Today was the last day to submit your team registration information & payment to American Mensa.

15/ Tues­day

16/ Wednes­day

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  • Outdoor Mexican Dinner in Mt. Prospect 7 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, dining will proceed rain or shine. 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. 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.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

17/ Thurs­day

18/ Fri­day

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    Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown.
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  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie 7:30 PM. Mister Tootsie is back leading us in a mixology course focused on vodka. Whether you weren’t able to join us in July or had so much fun with rum that you want to do it again, you can sign up for this GOBS-sponsored event. All the cocktails will be vodka-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 where one person has to be a CAM member. The cost is $20/login if no one is a CAM member. RSVPs are required; to RSVP, e-mail and pay Beth W. the appropriate amount via PayPal . Payment required to complete your RSVP.
    Virtual Event!!

19/ 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!!

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  • 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 September ChiMe.

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    Octoberfest begins
  • Pirate Day
    International Talk Like a Pirate Day

21/ Mon­day

22/ Tues­day

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  • Breakfast in Mount Prospect 10 AM. Outdoor dining 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. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. RSVP Ken L. via e‑mail by 6 PM Monday, September 21st. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    Illinois COVID-19 Group & Mask Restrictions Apply!!

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    Northward — Vernal in our hemisphere — Equinox

23/ Wednes­day

24/ Thurs­day

25/ Fri­day

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  • CultureQuest ® GOBS Deadline. If you’ve reg­istered, but have not submitted your request for GOBS funds, you still have time to submit it today before tomorrow’s monthly Business Meeting. On Sunday, October 18th, all across the country, all at the same time, teams of Mensans participate in a 90-minute-long contest of general trivia administered by American Mensa. Prizes will be award­ed to the twenty teams and one youth team with the highest scores! Submit your team registration information to American Mensa. The registration deadline was Monday, September 14th.

26/ Satur­day

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    CAM September Monthly Gathering @Video Teleconference

    Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Video Teleconference)
    The September Monthly Gathering will take place via video teleconference featuring breakout rooms. Here are the setup instructions for Zoom. 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. People can play via Zoom in one of the breakout rooms.

    The Zoom id is available on 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! In this age of social distancing, are’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.

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

    Volunteer
    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.
    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 or the CAM Zoom premium account!

    Video Teleconference Event!!
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    Program Topic: Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago
    William Hazelgrove will present a historical look at Chicago during the darkest days of the Great Depression, telling the story of Chicago fighting the hold that organized crime had on the city while putting on the 1933 World’s Fair. William provides the exciting and sprawling history behind the 1933 World’s Fair, the last of the golden age. Rufus and Charles Dawes gave the Fair a theme, and then had to find financing in the worst economic times the country had ever experienced. Another character is an intriguing woman, Sally Rand, who embodied the World’s Fair with her own rags to riches story and brought sex into the open.

    Two mayors are also interesting players. William Thompson, who owed his election to Al Capone, was the most corrupt mayor of Chicago. The mayor who followed him, Anton Cermak, was murdered months before the Fair opened by an assassin many said was hired by Al Capone. William reveals the story of the six millionaire businessmen, dubbed The Secret Six, who beat Al Capone at his own game, ending the gangster era as prohibition was repealed. But, most of all, it’s the story about a city fighting for survival in the darkest of times, and a shining light of hope called A Century of Progress.”
    Members, see the full write-up in our September ChiMe.

28/ Mon­day

  • 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. 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. 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 instead. 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.

29/ Tues­day

30/ Wednes­day


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1 October/ Thurs­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the November 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 November 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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  • 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 via Meetup (preferred for RSVPs ). The London host is Ian David Moseley.

  • 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.

  • Smart Talk 6 PM. Topic: Making it! We’ve all had our ups and downs as a lay-off, divorce, business failure, illness, or other events damaged our financial well being. But… what seems to matter most in the long term? Many factors that affect how rich or poor we become. Certainly chance plays a role. For example, High school & college graduates trying to start a career during recessions tend to have lower lifetime earnings than those who start out in boom years. Significant others, our circle of friends, and even our neighborhood also tend to play roles in shaping our life trajectory, as their constructive or destructive attitudes & behaviors may either make or break us. On the other hand, we might simply find more constructive partners, friends, and neighborhoods by seeking other social circles, moving, or even joining the military. I personally know three people who escaped poverty by joining the military and taking advantage of subsidized training (one became a doctor, one a dentist, and one an IT professional). Visit Meetup for the full write-up and 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 Zoom app. The access info is available on our website as part of host Michael B.’s contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!


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