by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

August 2016

From Wikipedia, This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus (despite common belief, he did not take a day from February; see the debunked theory on month lengths). According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt. (I am particularly embarassed since I often taught that Augustus took a day from February so that his month would be as long as July.)

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

Angela Daidone is beginning to administer Mensa tests. More details to follow.

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. Please come if you can. Bring your family if you like. Our picnic is scheduled to begin at noon and run until 4 pm. You can find more details in IMprint.