2018 Regional Gathering (April 6-8): DAMNations 31 (31 Flavors)
Important RG Information
The Location is still being determined.
Please Stand By for updates to this page as the Committee works on locating a venue that meeds all our needs. Thank you for your patience.
Registration for the RG
Checks payable to Dayton Mensa RG: $70 ($10 off until 2/28/2018). If you are registering by Mail, you must download a copy of the Announcement and Registration Flier complete the form and mail it with your payment. Alternatively, you may use the E-Registration Page to register.
Mail your regisration and check (made payable to Dayton Mensa RG) to:
309 Bending Branch Lane
Miamisburg, OH 45342.
If you are using our On-Line Registration, you must complete the online registration form and submit your payment through PayPal in order to be registered. If you're going to register and pay at the door on the day of the RG, then you don't need to pre-register.
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.
We'll have a Kids Room directly connected to the Hospitality/Games area. Parents are in charge of making sure the room stays under control, but it's a great way to keep the kids occupied (games, coloring, Legos, Lincoln Logs) while knowing exactly where they are. With kids at Mensa events, the key element is critical mass. If there are enough kids, they'll entertain themselves and have a fantastic time. (This is how my kids became RG junkies)
Tamara Werno is our program chair again and she has some fascinating programs lined up, including on this summer's total eclipse of the sun. (Is there anyone who can hear that line without hearing it to music?) Phonic Uproar is performing again—complete with our own Garrett Woods (RG Treasurer). Comic books. Laura Engle Wilder. Woodcarving. Super couponing.
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
Lauren Woods and I are the Hospitality co-chairs this year and we’re planning a ton of food and drink. All snacks, meals, and beverages are included. Friday night dinner is from 7:00–8:30 pm so be sure to arrive Friday night before dinner to enjoy the salad bar, quinoa bean salad, and Jet's Pizza. Be sure to leave some room for Cassie's amazing pies!
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.
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. Stan Ward is the RG Registrar and he's used to introducing people around. He'll 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 atrium
• 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!
• The hotel has an indoor pool, so feel free to bring your swimsuit.
• 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.
• The Kids Room is right off of the atrium so it'll be possible to have adult conversation and know exactly where your kids are.
• We'll have homemade bowls for the ice cream social.
• Information about the program and the menu is being dribbled out on the DAMNations 30 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! -Beth Weiss