by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means
purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old
lunar Roman calendar. January and February were the last two months to be added to the
Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period. They
were added by Numa Pompilius about 713 BC. February remained the last month of the
calendar year until the time of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC), when it became the second
month. At certain intervals February was truncated to 23 or 24 days, and a 27-day
intercalary month, Intercalaris, was inserted immediately after February to realign the
year with the seasons.
Under the reforms that instituted the Julian calendar, Intercalaris was abolished, leap
years occurred regularly every fourth year, and in leap years February gained a 29th day.
Thereafter, it remained the second month of the calendar year, meaning the order that
months are displayed (January, February, March, ..., December) within a year-at-a-glance
calendar. Even during the Middle Ages, when the numbered Anno Domini year began on
March 25 or December 25, the second month was February whenever all twelve months
were displayed in order. The Gregorian calendar reforms made slight changes to the
system for determining which years were leap years and thus contained a 29-day
Nisha Zoeller, our scholarship chair, held the annual scholarship essay judging on
January 29, 2017. Some of us did our judging over the internet.
Activities for our gifted youth are temporarily halted. Check with Stephanie Janssens on
Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Stephanie advises me that she plans on setting up a tour of the UN and a tour of a llama
farm as well as setting up a monthly game night. NNJM's young Mensan Facebook page
is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNJMensanYouth/
Miriam Schneidmill has resigned as Testing Coordinator and I have appointed Angela
Daidone in her place. Angela advises me that she is scheduled to begin Mensa admission
testing at the Rochelle Park library as soon as there is a sufficient number of test takers.
Mid-Hudson Mensa continues to encourage us to participate in some of their events.
They have an events page at http://tinyurl.com/MHMEVENTS
You can visit our NNJM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nnjmensa/
and our webpage at http://nnjmensa.org