Scribbles
by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

June 2015

The month June was probably named for the goddess Juno, the wife of Juppiter. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month June is named for the iuniores, or "young people" (Fasti VI.88).

On June 14, 1775, Congress created the army, who celebrate this day as their birthday. But June 14th is the political holiday in the month of June because in 1777, on this day, Congress adopted the flag of the United States. In 1916, Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, Chapter 1, Section 110 is the official statute on Flag Day; it is, however, at the President's discretion to officially proclaim the observance.

Mensa national elections are underway, and as we did two years ago, the articles which candidates sent us have been posted on our website www.nnjmensa.org. Our gifted youth members are very active under the direction of Stephanie Glenn and coordinate their activities on their Facebook group page. NNJ Mensa's next big event is our August picnic at Van Saun Park which is scheduled for August 9, 2015.