August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It was originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, and 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 46 BC (708 AUC), giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed in honor of Augustus. 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 testing coordinator, advises that she expects to continue the testing of candidates in September with no testing in July or August.
Mid-Hudson Mensa continues to encourage us to participate in their events. They have an events page at http://tinyurl.com/MHMEVENTS
Central Jersey Mensa continues to invite us to join them in beer tasting. This month it is on August 15th. Central Jersey Mensa has also started a whiskey tasting circle. And a weeknight tasting, this month on August 22nd. Email Jason Weiss, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
The main NNJM event of the year is the annual picnic in August at Van Saun Park. This is scheduled for August 5, 2018, from noon until 4 pm at Pavilion I. Please plan to come.
Members have expressed a renewed interest in our scholarship program. If you can, please join them andcontribute to help support the 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 when adequate funding is provided. Some members have begun funding this scholarship again. Please consider making a contribution by sending a check to our Treasurer, Bill Holzmann.
Activities for our gifted youth: Stephanie Janssens is pregnant and still on temporary leave as Gifted Youth Coordinator but we hope to have her back soon! You can email her at email@example.com for further information. NNJM’s young Mensan Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNJMensanYouth/