by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
December is the month of the Solstice and its derivative celebrations as well as the end of
the year. In planning for 2016, the first event is the judging of Northern New Jersey's
Mensa scholarship application essays. Scholarship judges are still needed. The
scholarship reading day will be Sunday, January 31, 2016, from noon until 4 pm. If you
can help out by judging some essays, please contact Nisha Zoeller, our scholarship chair,
and let her know. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Wendy Sailer Scholarship is an award given annually by Northern New Jersey
Mensa (NNJM) based on an essay contest. It is funded by contributions from members
of NNJM and is given in memory of Wendy Sailer who was very active in NNJM.
In 1983, Wendy Sailer, a 34-year old computer programmer from Lodi, and her friend,
Israel Weiner, 55, a professional proofreader and an amateur photographer from Garfield,
were flying in his Cessna 182. On September 9th, they flew into a sudden storm over the
Montana wilderness and their plane crashed in the Crater Lake area near Kalispell. For
nineteen years search parties hunted for the plane but two hikers found the wreckage by
accident on August 9, 2002.
Both Wendy and Israel had been very active members of NNJM. Wendy had served as
Local Secretary and was a major supporter of the scholarship program. Their loss was
devastating to many members who decided to establish a scholarship in her name. Funds
were actively solicited through the 1990s, and the scholarship is still being paid out of
what was raised then. (Yes, the scholarship still needs contributions. You can mail a
cheque made out to Northern New Jersey Mensa, to our Treasurer, William Holzmann,
163 Morningside Road, Paramus NJ 07652.)
Our executive committee meeting took place on Sunday, November 15, 2015. Angela
Daidone has been approved by American Mensa to give Mensa qualifying examinations.
She will begin her work on this soon. Lynn Anne Cutler has advised me that she is
renewing her Mensa membership and is happy to continue as membership chair. We do
still need a SIGHT coordinator. You can find out more about Mensa's SIGHT program at
http://www.us.mensa.org/connect/sight/. Would someone interested in travel or travelers
please volunteer! The next executive committee meeting will be Sunday, January 17,
2016, at noon, with a "snow date" of February 14, 2016.
The next Mensa Annual Gathering is at San Diego. The website is at