by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

May, 2017

The month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people" (Fasti VI.88).

Mayovka, in the context of the late Russian Empire, was a picnic in the countryside or in a park in the early days of May, hence the name. Eventually, "mayovka" (specifically, "proletarian mayovka") came to mean an illegal celebration of May 1 by revolutionary public, typically presented as an innocent picnic.--Wikipedia

Early last month (April 7th), the movie GIFTED was released. It provides an interesting view of a seven year old mathematics genius and the conflicting pressures to be "normal" and to take advantage of her gifts. Here is a link to the trailer if you are curious to see what the movie is about,

Angela Daidone, our new testing coordinator, advises me that she scheduled the next Mensa admission testing at the Rochelle Park library on May 20th.

Mid-Hudson Mensa continues to encourage us to participate in some of their events. They have an events page at

Central Jersey Mensa has invited us to join them in beer tasting. Their notice is as follows: "Looking to try a new local brewery? Don't want to drive too far? Want to have a night of stimulating conversation? You are in luck! Come join Hunterdon Hops for a pint on the fourth Friday of the month! We'll be visiting different NJ breweries each meetup. For our third event, we'll be drinking at Czig Meister Brewing, 106 Valentine St. in Hackettstown, on May 26th at 6pm. Czig Meister opened in June 2016 and offers free tours every hour on the hour. Their beer list rotates, but expect 8+ beers to choose from. BYOF and dog friendly. Looking forward to seeing you there! Email if you have any questions."

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

Some members have expressed a renewed interest in our scholarship program. The Wendy Sailer Scholarship is an award given annually by Northern New Jersey Mensa (NNJM) based on an essay contest. It is funded by contributions from members of NNJM and is given in memory of Wendy Sailer who was very active in NNJM. In 1983, Wendy Sailer, a 34-year old computer programmer from Lodi, and her friend, Israel Weiner, 55, a professional proofreader and an amateur photographer from Garfield, were flying in his Cessna 182. On September 9th, they flew into a sudden storm over the Montana wilderness and their plane crashed in the Crater Lake area near Kalispell. For nineteen years search parties hunted for the plane but two hikers found the wreckage by accident on August 9, 2002.

Both Wendy and Israel had been very active members of NNJM. Wendy had served as Local Secretary and was a major supporter of the scholarship program. Their loss was devastating to many members who decided to establish a scholarship in her name. Funds were actively solicited through the 1990s, and the scholarship is still being paid out of what was raised then. (Yes, the scholarship still needs contributions. You can mail a cheque made out to Northern New Jersey Mensa, to our Treasurer, William Holzmann, 163 Morningside Road, Paramus NJ 07652.)

In 1995, a great friend and supporter of NNJM, Irwin Arnold Meit, a neo-natal nurse, passed away at the age of 54. Contributions were made by members and his friends, and the Irwin A. Meit Memorial Scholarship was begun in 1996 for an adult who is studying for a career change. Unfortunately, this scholarship ran out of funding (about 2010) and has not been awarded since. We would be happy to re-institute this scholarship if adequate funding could be provided.

Activities for our gifted youth: Check with Stephanie Janssens on Facebook or email her at for further information. NNJM's young Mensan Facebook page is at