Scribbles
by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

April, 2017

The month Aprilis had 30 days; Numa Pompilius made it 29 days long; finally Julius Caesar's calendar reform made it again 30 days long, which was not changed in the calendar revision of Augustus Caesar in 8 BC.

In Ancient Rome, the festival of Cerealia was held for seven days from mid-to-late April, but exact dates are uncertain. Feriae Latinae was also held in April, with the date varying. Other ancient Roman observances include Veneralia (April 1), Megalesia (April 1016), Fordicidia (April 15), Parilia (April 21), Vinalia Urbana, Robigalia, and Serapia were celebrated on (April 25). Floralia was held April 27 during the Republican era, or April 28 on the Julian calendar, and lasted until May 3. However, these dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar.

The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16-April 26 each year, with the peak generally occurring on April 22. Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20 each year with peak activity on or around May 6. The Pi Puppids appear on April 23, but only in years around the parent comet's perihelion date. The Virginids also shower at various dates in April.--Wikipedia

Nisha Zoeller, our scholarship chair, held the annual scholarship essay judging on January 29, 2017. The winner of this year's Wendy Sailer scholarship is Albert Appouh of Maplewood.

Activities for our gifted youth: Check with Stephanie Janssens on Facebook or email her at stillstephanieglenn@gmail.com for further information. NNJM's young Mensan Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNJMensanYouth/

Early next month (April 7th), the movie GIFTED is being released that will afford us a positive opportunity to drive the gifted (and Mensa) message to the general public. Here is a link to the trailer if you are curious to see what the movie is about, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7CAjpdRaXU&feature=youtu.be.

Angela Daidone, our new testing coordinator, advises me that she is scheduled to begin Mensa admission testing at the Rochelle Park library in April.

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