SEMMantics

 

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Hurry, register prior to April 7th, 2018 for reduced pricing!!

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Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering

SEMMantics 39
April 20-22, 2018

Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
30559 Flynn Drive
Romulus, Michigan 48174

To get $99/$109 hotel rate, call 734-729-7555 before March 30, 2018.  Note: The hotel’s registration website is experiencing problems that may not be fixed until May, so please call to make your reservation!  The hotel’s code word for our event is “MENSA”.  Please mention this code word with the Marriott phone rep to quickly locate our discounted event rates.  Thanks!

Pricing up to and including April 6th, 2018

Individual:   Adults: $100, Kids 5-18: $50, Kids under 5 – Free, Non-Member Guest Adults: $25  additional charge, Non-Member Guest Kids 5-18: $12.50 additional charge.
Individual Saturday Only: Adults: $70, Kids 5-18: $35, Kids under 5 – Free, Non-Member Guest Adults: $25  additional charge, Non-Member Guest Kids 5-18: $12.50 additional charge.
One Adult with One Kid: $150.  No non-member additional charge.
Two Adults with Multiple Kids: $300.   No non-member additional charge.

Pricing April 7th, 2018 and later

Individual:   Adults: $140, Kids 5-18: $70, Kids under 5 – Free, Non-Member Guest Adults: $25  additional charge, Non-Member Guest Kids 5-18: $12.50 additional charge.
Individual Saturday Only: Adults: $90, Kids 5-18: $45, Kids under 5 – Free, Non-Member Guest Adults: $25  additional charge, Non-Member Guest Kids 5-18: $12.50 additional charge.
One Adult with One Kid: $200.  No non-member additional charge.
Two Adults with Multiple Kids: $350.   No non-member additional charge.

Lodging

Since the events start early in the morning and run far past 11 PM, for those who can still stay up most of the night, we urge you to look into reserving a room at the event’s venue.  Please note, the hotel’s registration website is experiencing problems that may not be fixed until May.  Please call 734-729-7555 instead, to make your reservation!  The hotel’s code word for our event is “MENSA”.  Please mention this code word with the Marriott phone rep to quickly locate our discounted event rates.  Thanks!
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Registration questions?  larry@nullarbanas.org (323) 642-7226

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Don’t forget to visit our SEMMantics 2018 facebook event, check on who else is going, and sign up there too!

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Here’s what to bring to the RG:

Things that don’t work anymore for the kids’ “Take-It-Apart Party”. These items would include common household mechanical objects and electronics. Imagine how exciting it will be for the kids to take these things apart to discover what makes them work.

Phone or tablet with Sky Walk or SkyView app if you plan to attend the kids’ astronomy night on Saturday and want to use the app to help you identify stars!

Magazines for the VA hospital with your name and address removed. This is the least we can do for our Veterans who sacrificed so much for our country.

Swimsuit for the hotel pool.

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And don’t forget to sign up to volunteer an hour or two of your time at the event.  This poem explains that your volunteer hours are greatly appreciated!!

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SEMMantics 2017 Fun

 

Step right up and register for SEMMantics 39!

by RG 39 Chair Kim Horger

We want you to join us at the biggest and best gathering, SEMMantics (our local Regional Gathering, or “RG”). For those of you who have never been to SEMMantics, it is a full weekend of speakers, games, tournaments, food, fun, and friendly faces.

I joined Mensa just a few years ago, and SEMMantics quickly became my favorite event to attend. For just one weekend a year, I could spend some time among other intellectuals and forget that the world around me exists.

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As memories of the Winter Bash are fading into the not-too-distant past, the promise of spring lies just around the corner. With spring, comes thoughts of rain showers, flowers, green grass, and life renewed. Why not take some time to renew your membership (if you’re not already a lifer) and renew those blossoming friendships you developed at the Winter Bash?   Step up to the next big thing to hit SEMM – the Regional Gathering, a.k.a. SEMMantics!

Didn’t make it to the Winter Bash, or did you get turned away because it was too full? You won’t be turned away from SEMMantics by space restrictions. The event will be at the Marriott Hotel near the Detroit Metro Airport.

With multiple event rooms and an overflow space for hospitality, there’s room for everyone to be a part of the fun.

Hurry, hurry, step right up and register today! I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Why Should I Attend The Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering?

 Just look at all the fun and informative activities we have planned…

 SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS

Lecture/Discussion Series

Kids Activities

Keynote Speaker: Mara Schneider, JD, FBI   Counter Terrorism Chromatography Art
Cultural Transmission and Technological Evolution Forensics Kidnapping Mystery
Gifted Education in Michigan  Take-It-Apart Party
Dr. Harry Ringermacher returns with an update to his State of the Universe Address Beekeepers for Kids
Gardens of the Mind Bug Hunting and Observation
Alternative Energy Magician
Two party political system vs. Multi-party political system Freedom Songs Sing-A-Long
Michigan Beekeeping Build Your Own Hovercraft
Magician Escape Room Games
  Astronomy Night

FOR FULL DETAILS on speakers and workshops, please consult our full grid of activities and check out our speaker description and kids activities.  ***Note: grid was updated on 3/22/2018.

Kids Having Fun at SEMMantics 2017

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OTHER GREAT ACTIVITIES

 For the first time this year, we will be hosting a Gong Show event!  Here are some other interesting activities…

New Member Meet And Greet

Bluegrass Band

International Folk Dancing

Chocolate Feast

Beer Tasting

Wine Tasting

 

And don’t forget the games/puzzle room and other competitive activities such as...

Fun Poker •  Euchre • Cribbage • Scrabble • Carnelli • Poker • Mensa Bowl • Fact or ??? • Mensalympics  • Cards (against Humanity) • Q&D Encore 

Not to mention some great socialization opportunities…

 Tai Chi • Zumba • Sing-A-Long • Crafter’s Meet-Up • Pool Party • Aqua Aerobics • Sunday Mimosas

 

Time for SEMM’s biggest event!

by Jean Becker, Communications Officer

The biggest Mensa event of the year in Michigan is coming April 20-22.  Our Regional Gathering features many fun events you have seen in M-Pathy, at MensaDetroit.com or on the SEMMantics fb page.

What is the Regional Gathering?  It is a weekend of fun for the whole family.  The children have their own room and a whole weekend of activities planned, including take-it-apart party, escape room, bug hunting, magician, telescopes, build your own hovercraft and more.

For adults, we have beer tasting, wine tasting, chocolate feast and decadent desserts. Our famous SEMMantics hospitality includes sinful favorites, healthy snacks, and quality beer and wine.

There is a games room open all weekend with an amazing selection of games, and non-stop different tournaments:  Poker, Mensa Bowl, Cribbage, Euchre, Scrabble, evening trivia, Encore, Cards Against Humanity, Fact or Crap, and Mensalympics.

Special this year we have International folk dance, bluegrass entertainment, the Gong show, Tai Chi and nine excellent speakers on Counterterrorism, Gifted Education, Human-Computer Interaction, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, alternative Energy, Beekeeping and Political parties and more.

Also new this year is special family package rates as well as traditional individual rates for the whole weekend or Saturday only.  Please take note!  All rates go up April 7 because we need to know how much to buy.  The rates included hotel prepared meals Friday and Saturday.

Why should you come to SEMMantics?  It’s your choice what to do.  You can talk all weekend in hospitality or just sit back and listen to speakers and others.  You can choose to participate in games or just observe.  You can sit all weekend long in the games room or swim, dance or do Tai Chi. You can eat completely healthy food or indulge in treats you don’t dare keep in your house.

Whether you are a SEMMantics regular or have never attended, the Regional Gathering is not to be missed.  The best part about Mensa is experiencing folks who like you and are like you.  About 150 of them will gather at the Romulus Airport Marriott in April.  There is no better time to come watch or jump in—the choice is yours.

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While you are enjoying SEMMantics 2018, don’t forget about the upcoming AG in Indianapolis, which is for the first time in a long time, in a location within easy driving distance…

The ExComm is looking for members to come aboard the AG Express! If you’re planning to attend the AG in Indianapolis this July, consider going by chartered bus, to avoid the daily parking fee. They need at least 25-30 people to make this happen, and to lower the cost per person. The bus will leave for the AG on July 4 and return on July 8.

Contact Jean Becker at jeankbecker@nullatt.net or 810-229-2113 for complete information and to reserve your spot.

 

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