SEMMantics 36 has a new date
An “RG” is a Regional Gathering, so called because even though it is hosted by a local group of Mensa, it is such a special event that members come from surrounding groups, as well. Our RG is called “SEMMantics” and is the only RG in Michigan. Next year, it will be held on a new weekend: April 24-26, 2015.
The RG runs from Friday late afternoon to Sunday afternoon. One-day registrations are available, but most people come for the weekend. The registration is a super bargain compared to most conferences, especially since it includes all meals and 24-hour hospitality. The earlier you register, the less you pay. There is a discount for current Mensa members and although members can always bring guests, you must come with a current member to register. Children 5-18 are ½ price, and kids under 5 attend for free.
The kids hang out at the kid’s room, which is away from alcohol and has it’s own schedule of amazing activities, especially on Saturday. The list of gifted children speakers and activities is probably the best of any RG in the country, thanks to Melissa Jenkins and her helpers. Watch Melissa’s column for details.
There will be a lineup of fascinating speakers you won’t want to miss. See another article from Tiffany DeVos seeking volunteers to speak. Contact her now, as she is hard at work lining up super presentations. She will write more about who will be on our schedule in the coming months. Join the Saturday morning hike, aqua aerobics, or take a dip in the pool.
Two areas are open all weekend: the hospitality room and the games room. Avid gamers spend most of the weekend in the games room; it is great to have true peers to play against. Local M Karen Smith brings an amazing assortment of games, all available in the games room.
There are many different types of tournaments throughout the weekend. In addition to “regular” games (poker, euchre, songburst, double-deck-cancellation hearts, cribbage etc.), there will be special SEMMantics only tournaments, such as MensaBowl, Carnelli, and Movie MashUp. Contact Joan Rayford if you would like to lead a new tournament or game.
Hospitality is stocked with fruit, munchies, good beer and wine, a wide assortment of sodas, water, and coffee. We always have some healthy things and something for those who cannot have sugar or gluten, as well as those sinful treats you only eat at a party—which this pretty much is, for three days. You will always find conversation in the hospitality room on an endless array of topics, and since many people at an RG are new to each other, jumping into a conversation is not only okay, but encouraged. An RG is a great place to meet new people!
Did I mention the wine tasting and Chocolate Orgy Friday night, and the beer tasting and Decadent Desserts on Saturday night? Since there is so much to do and most of us are up far later than usual, staying in the hotel is recommended.
Planning our annual RG is done by a Team of volunteers. Why don’t you join us? It’s a great way to learn new skills or get more active in Mensa. We will make use of whatever time or talents you bring. Our meetings will be at 7 pm on January 22, February 18, March 26 and April 9, 2015, at the RG hotel. Can’t attend those dates? We have jobs that need to be done that don’t require meetings or need to be done that weekend. Do give me a call or email me.
The E-Registration system for SEMMantics is available at mensadetroit.com/semmantics. Either a credit/debit card or a PayPal account is needed at the time of registration.
Jean Becker, SEMMantics Chair