February 2018

The first full weekend of February saw Superbowl Parties all over, including one for CBR Mensa! We tried to use the party to build up our ExComm meeting earlier the same day, but several of the ExComm members decided to be nice – and let their coughs stay home while they attended the meeting virtually. Thank you to Cynthia Corsentino for hosting the party!
The following weekend we combined a first and a last – thank you to Jim and Barbara McIntyre for hosting our first book crawl! We visited three bookstores before stopping for lunch at Jason’s Deli, and then finished up on Johnson Road.

Jim has started a new job back in Ohio, so this was the last event they will be hosting here in Charlotte. (And thank you to Tim Dienes, who is taking over the M.E.N.S.A. event.)
Lurching Toward Oblivion continues to draw visitors in waves – naturally, hosts Pradeep and Becky Kumar (thank you!) showed up with the first arrivals.
The second wave included Bill and Karin Fleet, notable because Bill was the one responsible for the name of this event.

The February theme for the Gourmet SIG, organized by Joyce Borst (thank you!) was Mardi Gras. Of special interest here is that the Gourmet SIG has branched out to include a Gourmet Next Gen subgroup.

And part of that subgroup had a busy weekend, with a trip to Purple Planet Mini Golf the following day.

I’m not sure whose birthday it was, but I am sure that everyone had a great time!
Thank you to Jack Freund (our Gifted Youth Coordinator) for organizing this one.

January 2018

We had several of our regular events in January – the first and third Friday casual dinner meetings, Lunatic Fringe and Lurching Toward Oblivion; the Monday Enchilada, Nachos, and Salsa Adventure (a.k.a. MENSA); History SIG; Gourmet SIG; the monthly speaker meeting in Matthews; and a Youth Games Day in Mint Hill. Pictures are out there somewhere… so if you have any, please share! Email them to webmaster@cbrmensa.org, or just post them on Facebook – we can grab them from there.

The topic for the Main Monthly Meeting was “A Hacker’s Guide to Anonymizing Networks and the Information Highway.” Yes, internet security. The 49th Security Division, a UNCC student group, sent someone out to explain how we can keep our private data private and be more secure on the web. It was a very engaging presentation, with a lot of members asking questions.
We hope you can join us for an event this month!

December, 2017

December activities kicked off with the holiday party at Dave and Busters, on Saturday the 2nd. Everybody had a wonderful time, as you could tell from the previous post.

Among other things, the article last month mentioned that we had ornaments on sale to help raise funds to save the pangolins. Ornament sales helped Landon donate over $1,300 to the Wildlife Conservation Network! He also helped raise awareness of the cause by submitting a drawing to the IKEA Soft Toy contest, and was one of the national finalists. We haven’t heard yet how he’s doing in the international competition.

All of our event pictures this month are from the middle of December, starting with Lurching Toward Oblivion on the 15th. Good crowd, mostly from the University Area – which makes it an excellent neighborhood event!


On the 16th, we went out for another highway cleanup. (If you haven’t seen our signs, you can find them on South Boulevard – we cover two miles from East Woodlawn to Wisteria.) As usual, we finished the afternoon with an enjoyable and refreshing “Refuel Party” afterward at Skyland.


And on the 17th, we had another table at the Charlotte Comicon. We got our name out there, answered questions, collected contact information, and enjoyed the costumes!

November, 2017

Activities in November stayed in high gear, kicked off by Jim and Barbara McIntyre with back to back events at their home and at the Monterrey. They repeated both their Sunday Afternoon Games, and the popular M.E.N.S.A. (Monday Enchiladas, Nachos, and Salsa Adventure) casual dinner meeting.
Some of the officers had back to back events a couple of weeks later. LocSec Ruth Green-Waite and Assistant Jack Freund spent a Saturday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway, participating in the charity fundraiser EggNog Jog. The course included a light show, and the after-jog activities included fireworks, a petting zoo, and a live band. The next day was the monthly Executive Committee meeting, which in this case included a craft project – making ornaments for a conservation fundraiser organized by one of our youth members. (You’ll know who and what if you read the article on the Holiday party.)

Other events repeated as usual – anyone with pictures is encouraged to send them to either the Editor or Webmaster, or to post them on Facebook. We’d like to include them here!