June 2016

Wikipedia tells us that the The Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name in the Fasti, a poem about the Roman calendar. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning "younger ones", as opposed to maiores ("elders") for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named.

In ancient Rome, the period from mid-May through mid-June was considered inauspicious for marriage. Ovid says that he consulted the Flaminica Dialis, the high priestess of Jupiter, about setting a date for his daughter's wedding, and was advised to wait till after June 15. Plutarch, however, implies that the entire month of June was more favorable for weddings than May.

We now have a SIGHT coordinator. You can find out more about Mensa's SIGHT program at Keith Armonaitis has accepted this position.

Activities for our gifted youth are ongoing. Check with Stephanie Janssens on facebook or email her at for further information.

Our next executive committee meeting is Sunday, August 7, 2016, immediately before our annual picnic. We are planning our annual picnic for August 7, 2016, at Van Saun Park.

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