by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
Wikipedia tells us that the Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the
derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire,
"to open", in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open",
which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of anixi (opening)
for spring. Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as
April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has
been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek
goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros).
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!
Charles Hanna remains our local ombudsman although he has moved out of our group's
designated geographical territory. His email remains firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com Skype: Charlie.hanna.1 He is currently living at Cabarete,
Dominican Republic. Tel. 809-935-7804.
Activities for our gifted youth are ongoing. Check with Stephanie Janssens on facebook
for further information.
The next Mensa Annual Gathering is at San Diego. The website is at