by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
January 2016

This month we open the door to the new 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. (

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 next executive committee meeting will take place at noon on Sunday, January 17, 2016. (Snow date: February 14, 2016) Lynn Anne Cutler has taken on her responsibilities as Membership chair. We do still need a SIGHT coordinator. You can find out more about Mensa's SIGHT program at Would someone interested in travel or travelers please volunteer!

The next Mensa Annual Gathering is at San Diego. The website is at