by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
February, 2017

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 February. --Wikipedia

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 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

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

You can visit our NNJM Facebook page at and our webpage at