April 24-26, 2015
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
37529 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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 is a lineup of fascinating speakers on a wide variety of topics. See Tiffany DeVos’s list of speakers and descriptions about their talks, and other program information, under the SEMMantics tab above. It is our goal to make it hard to choose what to do in each time slot!
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.
Call 248-477-7800 for hotel reservations. Reservations may also be made online. To get the discounted $89 rate, be sure to mention Mensa or Southeast Michigan Mensa for phone registrations, or use the Group Code SEM for the online registration. If you wish to select a specific room in the hotel, please be advised that Hospitality will be located on the 3rd floor and the Games Room will be on the 4th floor.