by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
August, 2017

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. -- Wikipedia

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

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 if you have any questions.

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. and further details are listed elsewhere in this newsletter.

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

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 for further information. NNJM's young Mensan Facebook page is at