by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

November, 2018

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. November was referred to as Blōtmōnaþ by the Anglo-Saxons. Brumaire and Frimaire were the months on which November fell in the French Republican Calendar. ---Wikipedia

Angela Daidone, our testing coordinator, advises that she expects the next testing date for candidates will be December 8th.

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. Central Jersey Mensa has also started a whiskey tasting circle. And a weeknight tasting, Email Jason Weiss,, for more details.

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

Members have expressed a renewed interest in our scholarship program. If you can, please join them and contribute 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 still on temporary leave as Gifted Youth Coordinator. We hope to have her back soon! Meanwhile, I have been recertified by AML as acting Gifted Youth Coordinator and Jennifer Ferrara, the mother of one of our gifted youth members, has stepped up offering to help out by organizing some activites. On September 27th she organized a very successful evening astronomy program at Montclair. You can email her at for further information. NNJM’s young Mensan Facebook page is at

Nominations: If you wish to nominate a Northern New Jersey Mensa member for a position on the Executive Committee please send your nomination to by November 15, 2018.