Scribbles
by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

June, 2017

The Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name in the Fasti, a poem about the Roman calendar. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning "younger ones", as opposed to maiores ("elders") for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named.

At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Taurus; at the end of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, June begins with the sun in the astrological sign of Gemini, and ends with the sun in the astrological sign of Cancer. --Wikipedia

Angela Daidone, our new testing coordinator, advises me that the scheduled Mensa admission testing at the Rochelle Park library on May 20th, was a big success. The next testing session will be scheduled for sometime in the fall.

Mid-Hudson Mensa continues to encourage us to participate in some of their events. They have an events page at http://tinyurl.com/MHMEVENTS

Central New Jersey Mensa has invited us to join them in beer tasting. Email buccine@gmail.com if you have any questions.

You can visit our NNJM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nnjmensa/ and our webpage at http://nnjmensa.org

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. (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 stillstephanieglenn@gmail.com for further information. NNJM's young Mensan Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNJMensanYouth/