by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
August was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the
original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first
month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February
were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days.
Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its
modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus (despite
common belief, he did not take a day from February; see the debunked theory on month
lengths). According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month
because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.
Angela Daidone, our new testing coordinator, advises me that she is scheduling the next
Mensa admission testing at the Rochelle Park library sometime in September.
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 Jersey Mensa has invited us to join them in beer tasting. Their August
announcement reads 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 third Thursday of the month! We'll
be visiting different breweries each meetup. For our sixth event, we'll be drinking at Magnify Brewing, 1275
Bloomfield Ave, Bldg 7, Unit 40C, in Fairfield, NJ on August 17th at 6pm. Magnify is known for a solid roster
of beers and a variety of seasonal brews . BYOF & no dogs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
Our own biggest and most successful event is our annual picnic at Van Saun Park,
scheduled for August 13, 2017, noon until 4:00 pm at Pavilion "I". (Note: this is a correction.) A map of the park is
available on our website at http://www. nnjmensa.org and further details are listed
elsewhere in this newsletter.
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. If you
can, please contribute to help support our 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. Please consider making a contribution.
Activities for our gifted youth: Check with Stephanie Janssens on Facebook or email her
at email@example.com for further information. NNJM's young Mensan
Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNJMensanYouth/