November, 2017


November is the eleventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. The ninth month in the old Roman calendar, November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning nine) after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans. In Ancient Rome, Ludi Plebeii was held from November 417, Epulum Jovis was held on November 13, and Brumalia celebrations began on November 24. These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar. November was referred to as Blōtmōna by the Anglo-Saxons. Brumaire and Frimaire were the months on which November fell in the French Republican Calendar. --Wikipedia

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

Central Jersey Mensa continues to invite us to join them in beer tasting.

Departed Soles Brewing Company
Gluten Free Beer (& Non Gluten Free Beer)
150 Bay St #2A, Jersey City, NJ

Tuesday, November 7th, 6:30pm


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 Hopsfor a pint! We'll be visiting different breweries each meetup. For our eleventh event, we'll be drinking at Departed Soles150 Bay St #2A, Jersey City, NJ on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30pm. Departed Soles was named  to commemorate a lost friend's passion for sneakers, fulfilling dreams, and by offering gluten free (& not gluten free) brews. BYOF. DSBC is walkable from the Grove St. PATH station, email to coordinate public transportation.

Central Jersey Mensa is trying to start a whiskey tasting circle: Come join the NJ Whiskey Circle for our first event on Saturday, November 11th from 2-6pm. Following a brief presentation on whiskey (specifically Kentucky's finest), we'll be sampling four bourbons in Eatontown, NJ. Afterwards we'll discuss our favorites over food and sober up before heading home. The cost is $35, which includes whiskey and food. To ensure proper quantities and selection, this event requires a minimum of 8 attendees, please RVSP and pay no later than Tuesday, November 7th. Contact me at or 937-238-2651 for details and directions. You can send money to, or find me at the CNJ Monthly Gathering or a Hunterdon Hops event. See you there! -Jordan

You can visit our NNJM Facebook page at and our website at I have put a few pictures from the picnic on the website.

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. (Yes, the scholarship still needs contributions. If you can, please mail a check 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. NNJMs young Mensan Facebook page is at