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2019 Regional Gathering (March 29-31): DAMNations 31


Important RG Information

2019 Regional Gathering E-Registration is now available!.

Location: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 6300 E Kemper Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45241

DoubleTree Blue Ash
6300 E Kemper Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241
(513) 489-3636 (mention Dayton Area Mensa)

Be sure to check the DAMNations 31 Facebook Page for all of the details and breaking news.
Remember to download the Announcement and Registration Flyer, especially if you're registering by mail.
The Schedule and Program documents also will be available here once they've been published.

The 2019 Announcement and Registration Flyer is now available.

Registration for the RG

Checks payable to Dayton Mensa RG. If you are registering by Mail, you must download a copy of the Announcement and Registration Flyer, complete the form and mail it with your payment. Alternatively, you may use the newly updated E-Registration Page to register.

Mail your regisration and check (made payable to Dayton Mensa RG) to:
Melissa Shirley
309 Bending Branch Lane
Miamisburg, OH 45432.

You also may want to read our articles on What's the RG About and the RG Food from the links below the RG also has its own Facebook Page, also below. What's the RG About RG Food

The FUN!

Dayton's famous 24-hour hospitality Suite has the sweets and the eats. Cards and Board Games, tournaments, trivia, and pick-upgames are all there.

2013 RG Article

Read the Past RG article What an RG! on the successes and participants' comments from a previous Regional Gathering.

Past RG Photos

Photos of events, including past RGs, are on the Events Photos Page.


Lara Kay Schneider is our program chair again and she has some fascinating programs lined up

Games and Tournaments

The Region 3 Game Collection will be attending the RG—that means there will be your "familiar favorites" and "new friends waiting to be played". Drake Schneider is organizing tournaments again. I'm particularly looking forward to Duchre, but there are lots of other tournaments planned!

Meals, Snacks, and Bevers

Friday night dinner is from 7:00–8:30 pm so be sure to arrive Friday night before dinner!

We'll have a wide range of liquid refreshment—sodas, coffee, tea, beer, wine, and alcopops. We'll put the first batch of snacks out about 3:00 Friday afternoon. Nobody will go thirsty and nobody will go hungry.

The DoubleTree Blue Ash.

Call and make your reservations (513) 489-3636. Rate is $109 per night plus tax. Make reservations by 3/4/2019.

Diving In

It takes a leap of faith to attend your first RG, especially if you haven't attended many (or any!) Dayton Area Mensa events. We'll do our best to make it easy—it's really a painless process. Melissa Shirley is the RG Registrar and she's used to introducing people around. Plenty of volunteers will make sure you know where the food and beverages are.

RG Important Information

An RG is a time to socialize. As a frequent RG-attendee, both here in Dayton and in other local groups, it's time to hang out with my friends and to make some new ones. I met some of those friends at earlier Dayton RGs-including my first one. DAMNations attendees will run the gamut of demographics: age, careers, work status, health, politics. There isn't a single "type of person" who goes to RGs-there are all sorts of types-and this is a great time to meet some of them.

An RG is also time for learning and absorbing. There's a separate article about the programs at the RG, so that will tell you more about what this year's RG will offer. For many people, the programs (watch that schedule!) are the highlight of the RG-and this one promises to offer lots of variety.

It's time to play! There will be scheduled card and board game tournaments where you can compete. There will also be open play with a wide variety of games. There are four bins of games in our basement that belong to Region 3, and it's time for them to come out of the bins and get used! It's also time to eat! It's always time to eat at an RG, if you want to. My freezer and pantry currently indicate that there will be a lot of sweet treats, but we're planning plenty of salty and savory snacks as well as five meals of "real" food.

It's 5:00 somewhere-and that means it's time for a bever. We'll have plenty of beer, wine, and alcopops for those who are interested in them. There were will be soft drinks for those who prefer them, and coffee and tea for those who prefer hot drinks. From Friday 'til Sunday, it's time for a party!

Is It Your First RG?

If DAMNations 31 will be your first RG, you might have some questions about what to bring and what to expect. So, in no particular order, here are some useful tidbits:
• When you get to the hotel, registration will be in the hallway
• Dress is casual. Most people wear jeans, but you're free to wear anything you're comfortable in.
• All food and beverages are included. You won't need any money beyond the registration fee.
• Registering on-line helps the Hospitality team know how much food to buy, but we love our walk-ins, too!
• Hospitality opens at 3:00 Friday afternoon. There will be heavy snacks available from then until the RG closes Sunday early afternoon.
• Friday night dinner will be 7:00-8:30.
• There will be a program book with information about the scheduled programs and speakers.
• There's an ice cream social.
• Information about the program and the menu is being dribbled out on the DAMNations 31 Facebook Page
• Coloring books are not just for children.
• You can register on line.
• It's always okay to ask to join a conversation or a game. Yes, it seems as if many people know each other-and they do. But they want to know you, too!
We hope to see you at the RG!

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