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Friday

2 – 5 p.m.

Youth Setup

YOUTH (St. Croix)

If you’d like to help set up the Youth Room, come on over! Please note that the Youth Room will NOT be open for hanging out or activities during this time, and only those who are working to help set up should be in the room at this time.

2 – 5 p.m.

Games Room Setup

GAMES (St. Lucia)

If you’d like to help set up the Games Room, come on over! Please note that the Games Room will NOT be open for games-playing during this time, and only those who are working to help set up should be in the room at this time.

2 – 5 p.m.

Hospitality Setup

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

If you’d like to help set up the Hospitality Room, come on over! Please note that the Hospitality Room will NOT be open for hanging out or eating during this time, and only those who are working to help set up should be in the room at this time.

5 p.m.

Hospitality Room Open

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

The Hospitality Room will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and will remain open until 2:45 p.m. on Monday.

5 p.m.

Games Room Open

GAMES (St. Lucia)

The Games Room will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and will remain open until 1:15 p.m. on Monday.

5 – 8 p.m.

Registration Open

REGISTRATION (St. Thomas)

Registration opens at 5 p.m. Friday, and closes at 8 p.m. For badge and materials pickup outside these hours, call or text (407) 590-9362.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Dinner

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

The opening-night dinner will be provided by Sonny’s BBQ and will include their famous pulled pork or bone-in chicken with sides including hearty macaroni and cheese, baked sweet potatoes, vegetarian barbecue beans, cornbread, and tossed green salad, accompanied by Sonny’s signature sweet tea, unsweet tea, and lemonade.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

RG 101: Everything You Need to Know to Have an Amazing RG

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Is this your first RG? Your first RG with CFM? Join us for RG 101: Everything You Need to Know to Have an Amazing RG. Meet in the speaker room for a quick tour of the hotel property, a quick rundown of how the RG works and how to figure out what to do and when, and a Q&A session.

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Cribbage Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Cribbage, or “crib,” is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four, or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for scorekeeping; the eponymous crib, box, or kitty; two distinct scoring stages (the play and the show); and a unique scoring system including points for groups of cards that total fifteen.

Jennifer Keating has lived in Orlando since 2005, and lived in South Florida before that. She loves playing Professor Layton and Harvest Moon. She’s been a member of Mensa for a few years now and enjoys getting together for food and games. She is the Treasurer for the CFM ExComm and enjoys serving the group.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Scrabble

GAMES (St. Lucia)

This description is probably unnecessary, but in case you’ve been living in a cave your whole life: Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles bearing a single letter onto a board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words that, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downward in columns, and be included in the Scrabble dictionary.

Steve Ruediger has been a member of Southwest by South Florida Mensa for over thirty years and has played Scrabble with a local Scrabble club for about twenty years. He is retired from having been a newspaper reporter and from having been a stockbroker.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Phase 10

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Phase 10 is based on a variant of rummy known as Liverpool Rummy, and is a member (along with Liverpool) of the contract rummy family. It requires a special deck or two regular decks of cards; it can be played by two to six people. The game is named after ten phases (or “melds”) that a player must advance through in order to win. The object of the game is to be the first person to complete all ten phases. For each hand, each player’s object is to complete and lay down the current phase, and then rid their hand of remaining cards by discarding them on laid-down phases, called “hitting.” The player who does this first wins the hand and scores no penalty; all other players earn penalty points according to the value of cards remaining in their hand. The winner is the first to complete all ten phases; if two players complete all ten phases in the same round, the winner is the player with the lowest number of points. Novices welcome; game play is extremely easy to pick up.

Tiffany Patterson enjoys math, reading, jigsaw puzzles with thousands of pieces, and games that require quick thinking.

8 – 9:15 p.m.

The Human Gut Microbiome and Your Health

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Our knowledge of our gut microbiota is undergoing a quantum leap forward. About 100 trillion bacteria inhabit the gut of just a single human — and we’re now finding out that they play an essential role in our physical health and psychological wellbeing. Recent studies show that interactions between microbes and our immune system in our first three years of life are critical for calibrating immune responses. If an infant/toddler does not get sufficient exposure to a wide variety of bacteria, his or her immune system may fail to learn to distinguish clearly between self and non-self, leading to lifelong autoimmune disorders. Some of these issues can begin in the womb with disruption of the mother’s gut microbiome from trauma, stress, or antibiotics. Disturbances in gut microbial communities are associated with obesity, diabetes, allergies, autism, anxiety, depression, and many more adverse health conditions. There is an emerging link between these conditions and the consumption of processed foods that are rich in animal fats and simple sugars. Obesity and diabetes are becoming increasingly common among the wealthier strata of developing countries as they adopt the food habits of industrialized societies. While it is very difficult to alter our gut microbiome once it has become established in early childhood, there are dietary and lifestyle changes that can shift the balance of microbes in adults in a healthier direction. In this presentation, we’ll discuss some suggestions for improving the health of our microbiome and our own wellbeing. It is important to realize that we’re not single autonomous entities, but rather a symbiotic community of trillions of cells. The good news is that knowledge is power: In the near future, we’ll be able to inexpensively manage our microbiomes for greatly improved health and wellbeing in an era of skyrocketing costs for conventional health care.

Steven Maranz, Ph.D., is a scientist, inventor, and biotech entrepreneur with a background in international agriculture and global health. He’s the founder of BetaBiotica LLC, a next-generation probiotics R&D company based in Tampa.

8 – 9:15 p.m.

Qwirkle Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Qwirkle is a simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick thinking, and a well-planned strategy. Players of this addictive game score points by building rows and columns of brightly colored tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape, without creating duplicates in a row or column. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes; create a line of all six in a row, and you score a “Qwirkle.” The player with the most points when the tiles run out wins! Qwirkle combines the game play of Dominoes and Scrabble and is the perfect combination of skill and chance.

Stephen Stull is the creator of those soul-crushingly difficult puzzle games no one can solve. He likes movies that make him feel bad and tattoos he can’t show at work. This is, like, his eleventh @#$%&! time writing a bio for himself, and he hasn’t gotten any @#$%&! better at it. Please direct all complaints regarding his behavior at the RG to: Fingerhut Customer Service, 6250 Ridgewood Rd., St. Cloud, MN 56303.

8 – 9:15 p.m.

Rummikub

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Rummikub is a tile-based game for two to four players, combining elements of rummy and mahjong. Players take turns putting down tiles from their racks into sets (groups or runs) of at least three. The first player to go out scores a positive score based on the total of the other players’ hands, while the losers get negative scores. There are 104 number tiles in the game (valued 1 to 13 in four different colors, but duplicated) and two jokers. An important feature of the game is that players can work with the tiles that have already been played.

Tiffany Patterson enjoys math, reading, jigsaw puzzles with thousands of pieces, and games that require quick thinking.

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Stout Beer Tasting

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Do you like roasted flavors of coffee or chocolate? Do you like rich flavors? Do you like beer? (Put your hand down, Justice Kavanaugh, we all know you like beer.) If so, then this event is for you. Come check out a variety of roasty and malty beers at our stout beer tasting. Stout beers are dark, malty beers that are typically full of roasty flavor, and not usually as bitter as pale ales. We’ll be sampling a variety of different styles of stout beers including dry Irish stout, American stout, oatmeal stout, and Russian imperial stout. For obvious reasons, you must be at least 21 to participate in this program.

Gary Franczyk is a competitive homebrewer and a BJCP Certified Beer Judge, and will be teaching you some of the history of and differences between the various types of stout beer.

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Double-Deck Cancellation Hearts

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

With a large number of players, Hearts can be played with multiple decks. In this variant, identical cards cancel each other out. This adds new levels of strategy and tactics to the game. First-time players are welcome, but some level of experience is useful.

Pat Henderson has been a member of Central Florida Mensa since 1989. She is a retired librarian from Valencia College and is enjoying her retirement by traveling and dancing. She and her husband lead the Orlando International Folk Dance Club. Their weekly meetings are listed in the Flame. Pat is an avid bridge player and all-around games player also.

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Anomia

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Anomia (anomia is a real thing—an impaired ability to recall the names of persons and things) exploits the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information: things to eat, pop songs, Web sites, etc. Sure, under normal circumstances, it’s easy to give an example of a frozen food or a dog breed, but you’ll find that your brain works a little differently under pressure! To play, draw and reveal a card from the center pile. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player’s card? If so, you must quickly face off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on his or her card before he or she can do the same for yours. If you blurt out a correct answer first, you win the other player’s card and the drawing continues. Sounds simple, right? Wrong! Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things to which you must pay attention. Cascading face-offs can occur when you hand over a lost card, thereby revealing a new top card on your play pile.

Joseph Patterson is a delightfully stubborn young man who likes to create things on his computer and loves long strategy games.


Saturday

7 – 10 a.m.

Hotel Breakfast

BREAKFAST AREA (Hotel Breakfast Area)

Enjoy a full hot breakfast in the Clarion Hotel’s dedicated breakfast restaurant. Hotel guests will use their room card; RG attendees who are not staying at the hotel will need to obtain breakfast vouchers from Registration.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Transgender 101

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Transgender 101 is for people who have heard the term “Transgender” and have no idea what it’s all about. It will also be of interest to those parents who have just discovered they have a transgender or gender-nonconforming child or grandchild. You will meet the Gender Bred Bear. We will trace the history of trans people and the doctors who have tackled the mystery and made giant steps toward solving it. We will also untangle the ever-growing acronym “LGBTQ.” Once we all understand the language and the basics, we will look at transgender life in these United States. We will investigate the “Bathroom Meme,” its impact, and what is happening today — maybe even at the RG! The best always comes last. I will open up the floor for questions and we will continue until the cows are back in the barn — or we get thrown out of the room.

Robyn Kelly retired from over thirty years of government service specializing in systems analysis for Air Force Intelligence operations, Naval recruit education and Army simulation contract management. Robyn received a masters degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and has spent several years as a group counselor/facilitator. She assisted in establishing Gender Identity in Florida Today in Orange County and served on its board of directors. Robyn established the Triangle Interweave web site and has served as the Secretary of the Board of the Interweave Chapter in Lake County. Robyn regularly speaks on conditions faced by members of the transgender community, is a local resource for questions on LGBTQ issues, and serves as a transgender resource for the PFLAG Chapter of Lady Lake. triangleinterweave@gmail.com; triangleinterweave.org

9 – 10:15 a.m.

SET

GAMES (St. Lucia)

SET is a speed game. Each card contains four features: color (red, purple, or green), shape (oval, squiggle, or diamond), number (1, 2, or 3), and shading (solid, striped, or outlined). A SET is three cards where each feature, when looked at individually, is either the same on all cards OR different on all cards. The first to see a SET calls out “SET!” and picks up the three cards that make the SET. There are no turns and no luck. Race to find as many SETs as fast as you can. Be the one who has the most SETs when the cards are gone, and you win!

Amarian “A” Christman joined Mensa of Wisconsin in 2014 and has been bringing family members from Tennessee and Texas to the CFM RG for the past several years. He may best be known for wearing ascots and “TAKING FOREVER” to finish his turn — but when he isn’t soliciting players for his favorite strategy board games, he’s likely engaged in wilderness backpacking, motorcycle touring, and landscape photography, ideally some combination thereof.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Saturday Morning Cartoons (with a Side of Math)

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Wake up, throw on your bunny slippers, grab yourself a bowl of Froot Loops, and head to the tournaments room to enjoy a wholesome, nostalgic Saturday morning of classic cartoons. Oh, and maybe knock out a math quiz while you’re at it. (We are nerds, after all.)

Stephen Stull is the creator of those soul-crushingly difficult puzzle games no one can solve. He likes movies that make him feel bad and tattoos he can’t show at work. This is, like, his eleventh @#$%&! time writing a bio for himself, and he hasn’t gotten any @#$%&! better at it. Please direct all complaints regarding his behavior at the RG to: Fingerhut Customer Service, 6250 Ridgewood Rd., St. Cloud, MN 56303.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration Open

REGISTRATION (St. Thomas)

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, and closes at 12 p.m. For badge and materials pickup outside these hours, call or text (407) 590-9362.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Digital Insurance

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

“Digital disruption” is a very common term. It is used frequently, and often inconsistently. Typically, we think of disruption as a negative event. But the nature of this disruption is much more fluid than wholly negative. “Digitally disruptive technologies” sometimes refers to technologies that are the foundation of our information infrastructure. Examples of these include cellular information networks, Web-based technologies to exchange information, and smart devices that transact information across the Internet. Sometimes “digital technology” refers to the application of intelligence gathered from interactions with various technologies. In this presentation, we will take a look at the property and casualty insurance industry, what disruption is occurring now, and what is just cresting the horizon. These technologies vary widely and include innovations such as the Internet of things, micro-services, adaptive interfaces, predictive analytics, and smart everything. We will explore industry-specific technological innovations such as just-in-time insurance, adaptive risk analysis, and automated insurance. Q&A to follow.

Steve Bierenbaum is an information technology professional who has worked in the insurance industry for more than twenty-five years. He has held positions in almost all areas of information technology, including Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Information Officer for Constitution Life Insurance Company, Chief Architect for Insurance Products in North America, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Chief Architect for Zurich Insurance Worldwide. Mr. Bierenbaum has worked with Tier 1 insurers in North America, Europe, Africa, and Japan. He is an avid SCUBA diver and holds a professional certification as Dive Master with NAUI as well as many technical diving-related certifications. He holds two patents for information technology innovations and resides in Sanford with his wife and son. linkedin.com/in/stevebierenbaum

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Pictionary

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Pictionary is a charades-inspired word-guessing game. The game is played with teams with players trying to identify specific words from their teammates.

Crystal Owens has lived in Orlando for two years. She joined Mensa about thirty years ago, and met her late husband through Mensa. She is a life coach, plus helps coordinate activities for singles through a meetup group, also volunteers with the homeless, volunteers with foster children, and volunteers with a crisis pregnancy center. Her favorite thing is playing games, which definitely qualifies her to help with the Games Room at this RG! She also has a very incredible baby granddaughter, and would like to bedazzle you with the little one’s pictures. . . .

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Boggle Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Boggle is a popular word game that can be played by any number of players. In traditional play, players find words from a tray of dice, which is shaken to get random letters. In our tournament, the grids will be created on paper so that all players in each round are using the same grids. First-time players welcome; no experience necessary. First-time players are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules prior to playing. This is an elimination tournament.

Stephen Stull is the creator of those soul-crushingly difficult puzzle games no one can solve. He likes movies that make him feel bad and tattoos he can’t show at work. This is, like, his eleventh @#$%&! time writing a bio for himself, and he hasn’t gotten any @#$%&! better at it. Please direct all complaints regarding his behavior at the RG to: Fingerhut Customer Service, 6250 Ridgewood Rd., St. Cloud, MN 56303.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Controversial Identification of Ruins in New Smyrna Beach

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Evidence of a First Spanish Period fort in New Smyrna Beach may upset the history of North America. The historiography of the area is characterized by sexism, greed, and politics. The origins of the coquina-rock ruins in New Smyrna Beach’s Old Fort Park have long been debated. A reconciliation of English and Spanish documents indicates that they are likely those of Fort San Juan de Pinos. The original wood fort was sacked and burned by Sir Francis Drake in 1586. It was later rebuilt circa 1700 by the Jorora Indians. Spanish documents locate Fort San Juan de Pinos at Mosquito Inlet (currently called Ponce Inlet). The Jorora Indians were constructing structures at that time out of coquina stone. The ruins have been used as the buried foundation of a number of buildings since the nineteenth century. However, construction features indicate an original aboveground purpose. Analyses of the evolution of coastal topography, and distances between landmarks and the ruins, further support that the object of Drake’s raid was a Spanish settlement at Mosquito Inlet, and not at the site of the contemporary city of St. Augustine.

Harris Samuels has been a Mensa member since the 1960s and is a former local secretary of Miami Mensa. He has a Master of Science in engineering from the University of Florida, and has had careers as an engineer, an antiques dealer, and appraiser. Now a resident of New Smyrna Beach, his interest in the local history stems from obvious conflicts with existing ruins.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Puzzling

GAMES (St. Lucia)

You like jigsaw puzzles. So do we. Let’s do one together! (And since we’re coming together as a group, we’ll try a tricky one.)

Tiffany Patterson enjoys math, reading, jigsaw puzzles with thousands of pieces, and games that require quick thinking.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Logic Puzzle Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

A logic puzzle is a puzzle deriving from the mathematics field of deduction, which means it’s right up the Mensa alley. Using your powers of deduction, solve the grid puzzle — and do it quickly, because this is an elimination tournament.

Lisa Sklar has been a member of CFM since 2009. She has previously served as Games Chair for the RG and served for several years on the CFM ExComm.

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

Saturday’s lunch will be provided by Chipotle. Create your own tacos, bowls, and salads. Choose from white rice, brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, or romaine lettuce, and top it with chicken, steak, or sofritas, prepared with Chipotle’s signature spice blends. Add fajita veggies, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, queso, fresh tomato salsa, tomatillo green chili salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, or tomatillo red chili salsa, choose from crispy corn or soft flour tortillas, and grab some tortilla chips on the side. Enjoy!

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Origami (Session I)

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Origami: The traditional Japanese art and skill of paper folding. Technically, origami must only use a single sheet of paper, and not require, cutting, gluing, or drawing. Origami is interesting, can be challenging, and has real-world uses. Origami is being used to solve engineering problems for fitting objects into spaces, and then having them unfold when deployed. Caught waiting with nothing to do? All you need is a piece of paper to stave off the boredom. Origami models run the gamut from traditional folds that need some imagination to appreciate the completed model to very detailed modern designs that can take hours to complete. Some modern designs take a few liberties with the traditional definition. For this hands-on session, origami paper is supplied. Just be there, prepared to fold. We’ll start with some practice folds, and then make one or two simple(r) models. Depending on time constraints, we can may be able to make something more complex. Because of the amount of one-on-one attention necessary to help novice folders, space for this session is extremely limited; however, to accommodate as many attendees as possible, there will be sessions both Saturday and Sunday.

Noel Ingram has been folding origami as a hobby since primary school. It’s a great method of annoying teachers by giving them paper boats, birds, turtles, frogs, etc. . . . instead of attention.

2:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Lunch Money Raiders! An Armchair Treasure Hunt

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

In this tabletop puzzle competition (no expeditioning required), you and your team of up to four total players assume the roles of middle-school sneaks breaking into your classmates’ lockers to swipe their lunch money. Should you prove quicker in your larceny than your competitors, your reward will not only be glory and bragging rights — you will win actual, for realsy, good-ol’ American cash! You’d better have a hearty breakfast, though, because this treasure hunt is going to be intense. These brain teasers will test your trivia expertise, logical faculties, math knowledge, and pretty much every dusty, unused crevice of that squishy organ in your skull. In fact, it might even be easier to steal some actual middle-schoolers’s lunch money (but this is much less likely to land you in grownup “detention”).

Stephen Stull is the creator of those soul-crushingly difficult puzzle games no one can solve. He likes movies that make him feel bad and tattoos he can’t show at work. This is, like, his eleventh @#$%&! time writing a bio for himself, and he hasn’t gotten any @#$%&! better at it. Please direct all complaints regarding his behavior at the RG to: Fingerhut Customer Service, 6250 Ridgewood Rd., St. Cloud, MN 56303.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Roll for the Galaxy (FREE PLAY)

GAMES (St. Lucia)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game. This session: Roll for the Galaxy is a dice game of building space empires for two to five players. Your dice represent your populace, whom you direct to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods.

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Blockchain Consensus and Cryptocurrency Mining

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

In this presentation, we’ll discuss the backbone of blockchain infrastructure: consensus. We’ll be discussing how to reach consensus on a decentralized network, what the requirements are for a good consensus algorithm, and how cryptocurrencies avoid bad ones. We’ll also discuss the implementation of consensus algorithms in popular cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and we’ll look into how new cryptocurrencies are choosing their consensus algorithm and the current challenges.

Patrick Galloway is a lecturer for Kingsland University, which teaches blockchain technology courses around the world. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from UCF. He worked for several years as a full-stack Web developer, and helped to teach Web development in his spare time. He also has experience teaching high-school geometry. He has a passion for learning and sharing his knowledge with others.

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Dominion

GAMES (St. Lucia)

In Dominion, you are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a Dominion! Several other monarchs have the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending others off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can “buy” when they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck, striving for the most efficient path to victory points by game end. Novices are welcome to this event, but it is recommended that they attend the lesson first. This is a 2-round event. Round 1 will only use the base set. Round 2 will use cards mostly from Dominion: Adventures.

Tamara Fleming has been playing Dominion for several years and owns many of the expansions. She is outgoing and friendly and will be happy to explain the game to first-time players.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Dinner

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

Saturday’s dinner is an Old-World Italian feast. Choose from Chicken Francese (egg-battered chicken with mushrooms in a lemon-wine sauce), Chicken Marsala (chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms and shallots in a Marsala wine sauce), beef & cheese lasagna, or spinach rollatini (eggplant stuffed and rolled with cheese and spinach, topped with sauce and cheese). Includes house salad and garlic rolls.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

3D Printing: Past, Present, Future

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

“This had better be good!” — wife of Chuck Hull, credited inventor of 3D printing, 1984, upon being awakened and told to get down to the lab. And it was good — very good! In fact, even Chuck could not predict how good it would become. In this presentation, we will discover the origins of 3D printing, along with its path to the present, and finish with a look to the future.

“Swami” has been a “nerd” since his earliest days as a kid watching the original airings of Star Trek on TV in the 1960s. His fascination with science and how things work led him to pursue a degree in engineering, with an emphasis on computers and robotics. Upon graduating, a twist in circumstances led him into a career in 3D computer animation where he explored his love of graphics and programming as well as teaching/mentoring/training. Next, a near-fatal auto accident sent him on an around-the-world journey of personal experience and growth, earning him the epithet “world traveler.” Eventually, while studying string theory, Swami realized that despite his high school AP math, engineering math, and graphics/programming math, he did not really know math! To address this realization, he embarked on an intense and broad survey of mathematics, including formation of the math/philosophy group the Wing Circle (tinyurl.com/WingCircle). Currently, Swami spends his time studying topics of interest, tutoring in mathematics, and sharing his enthusiasm for life and learning!

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Stratego

GAMES (St. Lucia)

The gameboard is your battlefield. You have an army of men at your disposal and six bombs. Your mission: Protect your flag and capture your opponent’s flag. Secretly place your men, bombs, and flag on the gameboard with these objectives in mind. But remember your opponent is doing the same thing, so you must plan a defense as well as an offense. Once the armies are in place, advance your men. When you’re one space away from an enemy, attack. You and your opponent declare ranks. The lower-ranking man is captured and out of play. You control your pieces and risk your men in battles where the strength of your enemy is unknown. The suspense builds as your men move deeper into enemy territory. Move with caution and courage. The next piece you attack could be a bomb. And when attacked, it could “blast” your man off the board and out of play. The first to capture an enemy flag is the winner!

Grace Patterson plans to study nursing at USF next year. Until then, she’s going to listen to musicals and play D&D with her friends and her boyfriend.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Spelling Bee

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Test your knowledge of English vocabulary and find out if you have what it takes to be the spelling champion in a room of Mensans! This is a traditional spelling bee: Participants will be asked to spell a word, and may request the definition of the word and hear it used in a sentence. Participants must spell the word correctly without writing the word down on paper. Players of all ages are welcome to participate.

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Chocopalooza

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

What’s a Mensa event without chocolate? Come to Hospitality to taste a wide (and boy, do we mean wide!) variety of decadent chocolate cookies, pastries, cakes, and assorted other desserts and sweet treats. If you don’t find something you like, either you don’t like chocolate, or you aren’t looking hard enough.

8 – 9:15 p.m.

Fractals! A New Geometry

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

“Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.” — Benoit Mandelbrot, 1982. This quotation expresses that the geometry of the Ancient Greeks is inappropriate for describing much of nature. In this presentation, we will explore and discover the power and profundity of “fractals” in their infinite complexity yet simple basis. This mathematical beauty offers a wide range of wonders, pure and applied. The first half of the talk will be heavy on concept, and light on formal mathematics, while the second half will get into the math details. So, get ready to have your mind blown!

“Swami” has been a “nerd” since his earliest days as a kid watching the original airings of Star Trek on TV in the 1960s. His fascination with science and how things work led him to pursue a degree in engineering, with an emphasis on computers and robotics. Upon graduating, a twist in circumstances led him into a career in 3D computer animation where he explored his love of graphics and programming as well as teaching/mentoring/training. Next, a near-fatal auto accident sent him on an around-the-world journey of personal experience and growth, earning him the epithet “world traveler.” Eventually, while studying string theory, Swami realized that despite his high school AP math, engineering math, and graphics/programming math, he did not really know math! To address this realization, he embarked on an intense and broad survey of mathematics, including formation of the math/philosophy group the Wing Circle (tinyurl.com/WingCircle). Currently, Swami spends his time studying topics of interest, tutoring in mathematics, and sharing his enthusiasm for life and learning!

8 – 9:15 p.m.

Boggle

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Boggle is a timed word game where players attempt to find as many connected words as possible from the face-up letters resting in a 25-cube grid. When the timer runs out, players compare their list of words and remove any shared words. Points are then awarded for remaining words, depending on how many letters are in the word.

Grace Patterson plans to study nursing at USF next year. Until then, she’s going to listen to musicals and play D&D with her friends and her boyfriend.

8 – 10:45 p.m.

Cult Movie Crucible 7: Into the Tarantinoverse

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

The infamous cult-movie trivia competition returns, this year with a focus on the films of perpetual critical darling Quentin Tarantino. Assemble a crew of up to three or fly into the fray solo to test your knowledge of all nine of Tarantino’s feature films (or eight if you, like the man himself, consider all 247 minutes of the Kill Bill saga to be a single movie). Be prepared to complete quotes, answer trivia questions, and dance the twist for points. No, seriously — there will be a twist competition, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. WARNING: This will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has attended a previous Cult Movie Crucible or seen a Tarantino movie, but the uninitiated need to be aware that this is a staggeringly non-family-friendly event. Video clips prominently featuring vulgar language and aestheticized violence will be played, and the emcee is more than a little likely to engage in his fair share of pottymouthery as well. If you value your children’s (supposed) innocence, maybe you oughtn’t bring them along for this one.

Stephen Stull is the creator of those soul-crushingly difficult puzzle games no one can solve. He likes movies that make him feel bad and tattoos he can’t show at work. This is, like, his eleventh @#$%&! time writing a bio for himself, and he hasn’t gotten any @#$%&! better at it. Please direct all complaints regarding his behavior at the RG to: Fingerhut Customer Service, 6250 Ridgewood Rd., St. Cloud, MN 56303.

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Skip-Bo

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Skip-Bo is based on the card game Spite and Malice. Each player is dealt a stockpile of thirty cards. The winner will be whoever manages to empty their stockpile first. Cards are played onto four shared building piles in numerical sequence from 1 to 12. On each turn, a player draws until they have five cards in their hand, and then plays cards from their hand, a top card of their discard piles, or their stockpile. At the end of their turn, a player must discard onto one of their four personal discard piles. Strategy involves the organizing of cards into the discard piles, care in not setting up the next players for good plays, knowing when to play from which option, and especially the timing of playing a valuable “Skip-Bo” wildcard.

Grace Patterson plans to study nursing at USF next year. Until then, she’s going to listen to musicals and play D&D with her friends and her boyfriend.

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Pretentious Drinking: Liqueurs Tasting

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Cap off the night with a — you guessed it — nightcap! Find out what liqueurs are all about. Liqueurs are alcoholic beverages with added sugar and infused flavors of fruits, nuts, or herbs. They can be intense, so we’ll have tiny tasting cups (so we don’t have to carry anyone out of the Speakers Room). This is Pretentious Drinking, so you WILL be required to drink with a pinky up. For obvious reasons, you must be at least 21 to participate in this program.

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.


Sunday

7 – 10 a.m.

Hotel Breakfast

BREAKFAST AREA (Hotel Breakfast Area)

Enjoy a full hot breakfast in the Clarion Hotel’s dedicated breakfast restaurant. Hotel guests will use their room card; RG attendees who are not staying at the hotel will need to obtain breakfast vouchers from Registration.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

A Short Paradoxical Repartee

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

How do ancient and modern paradoxes influence the decisions you make every day? Attendees can experience and explore paradox during this informative and engaging offering. Participants will learn the details and solutions of specific paradoxes. The concept of paradox will be examined and connected to the role of cognitive dissonance in personal growth and understanding. Engage in thought experiments and banter with like-minded folks over the implications and solutions of some of the most famous paradoxes. The presentation is a great way to familiarize yourself with the most popular paradoxes on many topics. Challenge your understanding and have fun with ideological incongruence. If this sounds like something you could possibly enjoy, this offering is definitely for you!

Dr. Samuel Crupi, Jr. worked fourteen years as a public-school educator with a focus on mathematics and science education while leading a private education and research consulting business. Sam has the privilege of sharing his passion for scientific thought, numbers, and logic with students from preschool through postgraduate studies. During his successful career serving the gifted student population of Central Florida, Dr. Crupi was afforded the opportunity to carry out “on-the-ground” research related to gifted students’ engagement in local public schools. Sam’s special eye for the gifted population stems directly from his membership in Mensa. Dr. Crupi has a varied educational background, holding a Bachelor of Arts in economics, Master of Education in science and mathematics education, and most recently a doctoral degree in education. He shares his passion of logic and numbers through the incorporation of popular, high-engagement topics in science, mathematics, and technology anytime he makes a public appearance.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Power Grid (FREE PLAY)

GAMES (St. Lucia)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game. This session: Power Grid’s objective is to supply the most cities with power when someone’s network gains a predetermined size. In this new edition, players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities. However, as plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you’re potentially allowing others access to superior equipment. Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage, and uranium) needed to power said plants (except for the “renewable” windfarm/solar plants, which require no fuel), making it a constant struggle to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Sudoku Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Sudoku is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 subgrids that compose the grid (also called “boxes,” “blocks,” or “regions”) contains each of the digits from 1 to 9, without repeating any digits within a column, row, or subgrid. The puzzle-setter provides a partially completed grid, which typically has a unique solution. First-time players welcome; no experience necessary. This is an elimination tournament.

David Fleming has been arbitrarily and unfairly judging games and tournaments in Mensa Gatherings for six years. He will make sure someone will be declared the winner, but it probably won’t be you. Enjoy!!

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration Open

REGISTRATION (St. Thomas)

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, and closes at 12 p.m. For badge and materials pickup outside these hours, call or text (407) 590-9362.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Findings Things in Your Attic

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

What are the different types of appraisals and why do they result in very different values? What do you look for when searching for value in an antique, painting, or rare document? Once you know the value . . . then what? We’ll explore all these questions and more, in addition to discussing some interesting items and collections the presenter has valued in the past.

Alan Breus advises and consults with universities, charities, brokerage firms, and accounting firms in the areas of non-cash-related gifts of fine art objects. Alan has a degree in art history and Certificate for Appraisal Studies as well as advanced studies in financial planning. He has spoken at and sponsored recent national and regional conferences. He is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Editorial Advisory Board for Art & Antiques, Trusts & Estates, and Penton Publishing and Society of American Archivists. He appraises fine art and sculpture, rare books, historic documents/autographs, fine wines, engravings and lithographs, documentary films, memorabilia, secured notes, and complete estates. He has a B.A. in art history from The New School, NYC; an Intensive Appraisal Certificate Study from New York University, and a CLU & ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) certification from American College.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Taboo

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Taboo is a word, guessing, and party game. The objective of the game is for a player to have his or her partner(s) guess the word on the player’s card without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card. The game is similar to Catch Phrase, in which a player tries to get his or her teammates to guess words using verbal clues.

Tiffany Patterson enjoys math, reading, jigsaw puzzles with thousands of pieces, and games that require quick thinking.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Cryptograms Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Cryptograms are simple-substitution ciphers where every letter of the alphabet has been switched. Your task is to use pattern recognition and your grammar and vocabulary abilities to decipher the hidden quotes. Novices welcome.

Lisa Sklar has been a member of CFM since 2009. She has previously served as Games Chair for the RG and served for several years on the CFM ExComm.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Computer Simulation

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Orlando has had a thriving simulation community for a long time. You’ll find simulations in video games, training systems, movies, science fiction universes, and research. Some of the initial simulations were created using analog electrical circuits and physical components. Digital computers were used to perform continuous simulations, which are based on differential equations run over constant time intervals, and discrete-event simulations, which process events in time order at arbitrary intervals. We’ll explore some of the history and variations of this important concept.

Robert P. Churchill (CBAP, PMP, CSPO, CSM, CSD, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) has combined mechanical and software engineering skills to build and use continuous and discrete-event computer simulation systems for nearly thirty years. He has served in a vendor or consultant role in every life-cycle phase in the fields of pulp and paper, nuclear power, document imaging, insurance, metals, HVAC, inspections, medical practices, security, evacuation, emergency response, logistics, and maintenance and reliability. He’s been a developer, architect, field engineer, data collector, IV&V agent, manager, and analyst on desktop, networked, and high-performance computing (HPC) platforms. He has built real-time, interactive, and fire-and-forget systems for analysis, design, process improvement, industrial control, operations research, and operator training.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Ticket to Ride

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Ticket to Ride is a fast-paced, addictive cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. Novice players welcome; game rules are easy to pick up.

Joseph Patterson is a delightfully stubborn young man who likes to create things on his computer and loves long strategy games.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

LEGO Blind Build

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Have you ever assembled a LEGO set and thought, “This would be much more challenging if I couldn’t see the pieces”? Of course you have! (Haven’t we all?) Well, now is your chance to test that theory. You and a partner will race to see how quickly you can assemble a LEGO set; one team member has the instructions but only the other can see the pieces. Time penalties will be assessed for any pieces in the wrong location or orientation. The team that assembles the set in the shortest amount of time wins. Come put your teamwork to the test! The winners of this contest will receive special LEGO-related prizes.

Emily Schanker There once was a girl from DeLand
Who builds LEGO sets by hand
She plays derby on skates
And decorates cakes
And plays softball on clay, not on sand. Her LEGO passion knows no bounds,
And she’s tougher than you think she sounds.
Her roller derby name,
Based on LEGO, isn’t tame.
It’s "Brick Slayer" and she’ll take you down. She joined Mensa in 2010
To meet and play games with some friends
Well, good friends were made
And great games were played
Now there’s no more to say but “The End!”

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

It’s a pizza party! Sunday’s lunch will come from I ♥ NY Pizza and will include the usual cheese and pepperoni pizzas along with veggie and several gourmet combinations, as well as garden and Caesar salads and, of course, I ♥ NY s famous garlic knots.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Origami (Session II)

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Origami: The traditional Japanese art and skill of paper folding. Technically, origami must only use a single sheet of paper, and not require, cutting, gluing, or drawing. Origami is interesting, can be challenging, and has real-world uses. Origami is being used to solve engineering problems for fitting objects into spaces, and then having them unfold when deployed. Caught waiting with nothing to do? All you need is a piece of paper to stave off the boredom. Origami models run the gamut from traditional folds that need some imagination to appreciate the completed model to very detailed modern designs that can take hours to complete. Some modern designs take a few liberties with the traditional definition. For this hands-on session, origami paper is supplied. Just be there, prepared to fold. We’ll start with some practice folds, and then make one or two simple(r) models. Depending on time constraints, we can may be able to make something more complex. Because of the amount of one-on-one attention necessary to help novice folders, space for this session is extremely limited; however, to accommodate as many attendees as possible, there will be sessions both Saturday and Sunday.

Noel Ingram has been folding origami as a hobby since primary school. It’s a great method of annoying teachers by giving them paper boats, birds, turtles, frogs, etc. . . . instead of attention.

2:15 – 5 p.m.

Settlers of Catan

GAMES (St. Lucia)

In Settlers of Catan, players colonize the island of Catan. They gather and trade resources and build roads, settlements, and cities. The game requires a combination of collaboration and competition. The most successful developer of the colony is the winner.

Joseph Patterson is a delightfully stubborn young man who likes to create things on his computer and loves long strategy games.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Speed Puzzling

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Some of us like to do jigsaw puzzles to relax… and some of us like to bring the adrenaline rush of competition into everything we do. Join with your friends (or attendees you’ve just met!) and compete to see which team can assemble a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle the quickest. Up to five teams can compete; teams must have between two and five members. After the puzzle is unveiled, teams will have three minutes to strategize before the speed-puzzling begins. The winning team is, of course, the first to shout out that they’re done—and then present a completed puzzle.

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Knitting 101

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Learn to cast on and knit stitches. Fast learners will also be taught the purl stitch. Knitting needles and yarn will be supplied.

Nora Foust is a longtime CFM member and currently LocSec. She has been knitting since 1961. She has traveled on several knitting trips to learn new knitting techniques.

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Paper Airplane Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Everyone has done it at some point: Build a paper airplane and see how far you can make it fly. Kids of all ages (read: this is NOT just for our youth members!) are invited to participate in our paper-airplane contest! We will meet in the Tournament Room, but the distance competition will most likely take place elsewhere (possibly the main hallway or atrium) where there are wide-open spaces for throwing. We will have materials (special airplane paper, tape, etc.). Contestants will have 45 minutes for construction and test flights. We’ll be leaving the room together at to go to the flying area. Bring a designated “flyer” or thrower (can be anyone; does not need to be the designer), and the designer* with the farthest-flying airplane will win a prize! * There will be two winners, one in the Young Mensans category and one for adult members.

Noel Ingram has been folding origami as a hobby since primary school. It’s a great method of annoying teachers by giving them paper boats, birds, turtles, frogs, etc. . . . instead of attention.

5 – 6 p.m.

CFM ExComm Meeting

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Any current member of CFM is welcome to join the ExComm for the proceedings. Please be aware that non-ExComm attendees may be asked to hold their conversation/questions/comments until after the meeting is adjourned. If you have business to bring before the ExComm, email the CFM Scribe at scribe@cfm.us.mensa.org.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Dinner

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

Sunday’s dinner comes from fresh-food experts Jason’s Deli. Enjoy chicken primo, chicken alfredo, penne pasta with meatballs, or zucchini garden pasta (vegetarian). Sides include garden and Caesar salads as well as their house-made focaccia bread.

6:30 – 9:15 p.m.

Hands-On Paint-Along

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

You might be the next Van Gogh or Rembrandt, or you might be the kid whose parents had to ask you to describe your drawings because, let’s face it, no one could tell what you were trying to communicate there. Fortunately, none of that matters. The incredibly talented Laura Bird Miller of Coffee and Canvas in Longwood will be taking you step by step through the creation of a painting, and you’ll surprise your friends and family with the beauty of your finished masterpiece. Well, we can’t guarantee that, but we can guarantee that you’ll have a blast no matter what.

Laura Bird Miller is a fine artist out of Longwood, Florida. She grew up in Minnesota, where she graduated from college with a B.A. in biology. Laura produced many illustrations for scientific publications before settling into teaching art when her children were school-aged. As her children got older, she started painting en plein air and creating oil paintings of animals, befitting of her love of nature and biology. Some of the values that guide her artistic process include empathy, transparency, and faith. The result is a clear vision that lends itself to creating meaningful images of nature through God’s handiwork. A propensity toward illustration in combination with the intuitive palette-knife and brushwork equip her to produce images that establish a strong sense of artistic identity.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Ingenious

GAMES (St. Lucia)

In Ingenious, a.k.a. Einfach Genial, players take turns placing colored domino-style tiles on a game board, scoring for each line of colored symbols that they enlarge. The trick, however, is that a player’s score is equal to their worst-scoring color, not their best, so they need to score for all colors instead of specializing in only one or two.

Ollie Patterson is an esteemed member of the Mensa high-IQ society. Oh, wait — that’s the intro he uses in his feeble attempts to impress non-Mensans. Trying again: Ollie Patterson is an average guy who does average things in average ways. He really likes to play board games — at least, the kind that were made for average people.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Spades Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

A classic card game, Spades is a plain-trick game in which spades are always trumps and players seek to collect the fewest number of tricks during play. Players unfamiliar with this traditional game will quickly pick up on its basic (yet addicting) rules and gameplay. All players ranging from novice to experienced are welcome!

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

8 – 9:15 p.m.

“The Game”

GAMES (St. Lucia)

“The Game” (always called THE Game) is a Mensa favorite. There are three rounds of game play; Round 1 is basically Taboo; Round 2 is basically Password; and Round 3 is basically Charades. Randomly selected teams compete in this fast-paced guessing game that virtually guarantees hilarity.

Tiffany Patterson enjoys math, reading, jigsaw puzzles with thousands of pieces, and games that require quick thinking.

8 – 9:15 p.m.

Closest-to-the-Pin Trivia

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

In this trivia game, you don’t have to be right, you just have to be less wrong than everyone else! All answers are numerical, and points are awarded for being “closest to the pin,” with double points awarded for knowing (or guessing) the exact answer. Remember, close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, nuclear warfare, and Closest-to-the-Pin Trivia! Scoring will be done in real-time, and the winner will be announced at the end of the game.

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Pretentious Eating: Cheese Tasting

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Turophiles, unite! Lactose-intolerant attendees . . . you might want to go play euchre or Reverse Charades. Join us as we sample a wide variety of cheeses. Bring your own wine (by that, we mean grab some from Hospitality!).

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Reverse Charades (FREE PLAY)

GAMES (St. Lucia)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game. This session: Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, in Reverse Charades, each person on the team takes turns being the guesser while the rest of the team does their best to communicate the clues—too bad they’re not allowed to talk among themselves to decide on a strategy!

9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Euchre

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Euchre is a trick-taking card game most commonly played with four people in two partnerships with a deck of 24, 28, or sometimes 32 standard playing cards. It is the game responsible for introducing the joker into modern packs. The goal is to win at least three tricks. If the side that fixed the trump fails to get three tricks, it is said to be “euchred.” Winning all five tricks is called a “march.”

Laura Hammer joined Mensa in 1989 when she moved to a strange town and wanted to meet people. She stayed and has been going to RGs with her two now-adult children, Miranda and Luke Margolis, since 1997. After a career as a paralegal, Laura currently works in the travel sector while raising a pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks. In her spare time, she travels to exotic places, participates in ultramarathons, and produces/directs the Saint Sebastian 100 ultramarathon with her husband.


Monday

7 – 10 a.m.

Hotel Breakfast

BREAKFAST AREA (Hotel Breakfast Area)

Enjoy a full hot breakfast in the Clarion Hotel’s dedicated breakfast restaurant. Hotel guests will use their room card; RG attendees who are not staying at the hotel will need to obtain breakfast vouchers from Registration.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Meet the Candidate: RVC 10

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

One of our own CFM members, David Fleming, is running for the position of Regional Vice Chair for Region 10 (our region). If you have a hand for him to shake, a baby for him to kiss, or (more realistically) a question for him regarding his plans for serving our region, come to the Speakers Room for a meet-the-candidate session!

David Fleming has been arbitrarily and unfairly judging games and tournaments in Mensa Gatherings for six years. He will make sure someone will be declared the winner, but it probably won’t be you. Enjoy!!

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Scrabble Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

This description is probably unnecessary, but in case you’ve been living in a cave your whole life: Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles bearing a single letter onto a board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words that, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downward in columns, and be included in the Scrabble dictionary.

Amarian “A” Christman joined Mensa of Wisconsin in 2014 and has been bringing family members from Tennessee and Texas to the CFM RG for the past several years. He may best be known for wearing ascots and “TAKING FOREVER” to finish his turn — but when he isn’t soliciting players for his favorite strategy board games, he’s likely engaged in wilderness backpacking, motorcycle touring, and landscape photography, ideally some combination thereof.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Blokus

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Blokus (officially pronounced “block-us”) is an abstract strategy game with transparent, Tetris-shaped, colored pieces that players are trying to play onto a square board divided into 20 rows and 20 columns, for a total of 400 squares. There are a total of 84 game tiles, organized into 21 shapes in each of four colors. The 21 shapes are based on free polyominoes of from one to five squares (one monomino, one domino, two trominoes/triominoes, five tetrominoes, and twelve pentominoes). The only caveat to placing a piece is that it may not lie adjacent to your other pieces, but instead must be placed touching at least one corner of your pieces already on the board. Seems simple, but strategy can run deep.

Ollie Patterson is an esteemed member of the Mensa high-IQ society. Oh, wait — that’s the intro he uses in his feeble attempts to impress non-Mensans. Trying again: Ollie Patterson is an average guy who does average things in average ways. He really likes to play board games — at least, the kind that were made for average people.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

CBD: Health and Healing

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

Did you know we have a system in our body called the Endogenous Cannabinoid System? Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are essential for our body to function at its highest potential. Learn where they come from, what they do, and why we all need them.

Jes Street is a registered nurse and certified in hospice and palliative pediatric nursing. She currently works in pediatric hospice and skilled care while getting ready to start a nurse practitioner program in pediatric acute care. After finding out that the endocannabinoid system was left out of nursing textbooks and medical textbooks, she began researching it and the benefits of CBD for personal use as well as in healthcare practice. She now owns a CBD business and advocates for CBD use for pain relief, anxiety, depression, and many other health concerns.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Quiddler Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Quiddler is a card game that is similar to Scrabble, but with rummy-like rules. Players must combine progressively larger hands of cards into words, with the goal being to earn the most points. Although it may appear that the person who knows the most words would consistently win, this is not the case. There is an element of strategy in that players must choose whether to go out at increase the odds of getting the bonus for longest word or most words. Novices are welcome; game play is extremely easy to pick up.

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Bananagrams

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Addictively simple, and simply addictive, Bananagrams is the fast and frantic word game enjoyed by millions! Players and their opponents aim to use all their letters to build a word grid in a race to the finish. The first player to use all of their tiles is crowned “Top Banana”!

Ann Carter doesn’t care to play games unless she has a prayer of winning and she’s too lazy to invest the time to be competitive. She was introduced to Bananagrams by a young woman attending her first RG; Ann thought it a great game for people who find Scrabble too slow — er, cerebral. It’s also a great game to break the ice.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

RG Hiss & Kiss

SPEAKERS (St. Vincent)

If you want to give us a compliment (“kiss”) or CONSTRUCTIVE criticism (“hiss”), come to the Speakers Room. We welcome all criticism that is helpful and involves things we actually have control over, and we also really like to hear what you liked/what went well/why you’re super happy with us and plan to return to our Regional Gathering year after year.

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (St. Martin)

Let’s face it: It’s been a long RG. You’ve stayed up later than you meant to, had more fun than is good for you, and you’re spent. The most complicated tournament you can contemplate this late in the RG is Rock-Paper-Scissors. The rules are simple: Scissors cuts Paper, Paper covers Rock, Rock crushes Lizard, Lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes Scissors, Scissors decapitates Lizard, Lizard eats Paper, Paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes Rock, and (as it always has) Rock crushes Scissors. JUST KIDDING. This is the traditional Rock-Paper-Scissors-only variety. Shake your hands loose and come ready to compete in a no-holds-barred tournament.

Stephen Stull is the creator of those soul-crushingly difficult puzzle games no one can solve. He likes movies that make him feel bad and tattoos he can’t show at work. This is, like, his eleventh @#$%&! time writing a bio for himself, and he hasn’t gotten any @#$%&! better at it. Please direct all complaints regarding his behavior at the RG to: Fingerhut Customer Service, 6250 Ridgewood Rd., St. Cloud, MN 56303.

12 – 1:15 p.m.

Splendor

GAMES (St. Lucia)

Splendor is a fast-paced and addictive game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops — all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.

Joseph Patterson is a delightfully stubborn young man who likes to create things on his computer and loves long strategy games.

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Awards Lunch

HOSPITALITY (Little Cayman & St. Thomas)

The closing awards lunch will feature fresh, build-your-own Caribbean rice bowls from El Pollo Tropical. Attendees will have their choice of grilled chicken or mojo pork served over white, brown, or yellow rice with black beans or chopped vegetables.