January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after the Latin word for door (ianua), since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. The month is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology, but according to ancient Roman farmers' almanacs Juno was the tutelary deity of the month.
Traditionally, the original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months totaling 304 days, winter being considered a month-less period. Around 713 BC, the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King Numa Pompilius, is supposed to have added the months of January and February, so that the calendar covered a standard lunar year (354 days). Although March was originally the first month in the old Roman calendar, January became the first month of the calendar year either under Numa or under the Decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers differ). In contrast, each specific calendar year was identified by the names of the two consuls, who entered office on May 1 or March 15 until 153 BC, from when they entered office on January 1.
Various Christian feast dates were used for the New Year in Europe during the Middle Ages, including March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation) and December 25. However, medieval calendars were still displayed in the Roman fashion with twelve columns from January to December. Beginning in the 16th century, European countries began officially making January 1 the start of the New Year once again—sometimes called Circumcision Style because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the seventh day after December 25. ---Wikipedia
Angela Daidone, our testing coordinator, advises that she plans to schedule the next testing date for candidates on January 19th.
Activities for our gifted youth: Stephanie Janssens has resigned as Gifted Youth Coordinator. 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. The event scheduled for December 6th also at Montclair, about how we remember things we learn, had to be postponed. You can email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org . See the first page of our website http://www.nnjmensa.org for up to date information about our events for Gifted Youth.
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. Central Jersey Mensa has also started a whiskey tasting circle. And a weeknight tasting, Email Jason Weiss, email@example.com, for more details.
You can visit our NNJM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nnjmensa/ and our website at http://nnjmensa.org.
Our scholarship program: We need some members to help out by reading and scoring essays for the Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship Program. Essays will need to be scored between January 21st and February 13th. If you can help, please contact Nisha Zoeller, our scholarship chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-541-4881.
If you can, please 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.