Scribbles

by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

November, 2019



November is the penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendar. November was the ninth month of the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. November is a month of late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, November in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. In Ancient Rome, Ludi Plebeii was held from November 4–17, 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 Blōtmōnaþ by the Anglo-Saxons. Brumaire and Frimaire were the months on which November fell in the French Republican Calendar.

November meteor showers include the Andromedids, which occurs from September 25 to December 6 and generally peak around November 9–14, the Leonids, which occurs from November 15–20, the Alpha Monocerotids, which occurs from November 15–25 with the peak on November 21–22, the Northern Taurids, which occurs from October 20 to December 10, and the Southern Taurids, which occurs from September 10 – November 20, and the Phoenicids; which occur from November 29 to December 9 with the peak occurring on December 5–6. The Orionids, which occurs in late October, sometimes lasts into November.Wikipedia

Angela Daidone, our testing coordinator, advises that she and Frank Mounier plan to schedule more testing dates for candidates. Precise dates are posted on the American Mensa website.

Jennifer Ferrara plans on some Gifted Youth events this fall in addition to the October Blitz, just concluded. When scheduled, they will be posted on our website http://nnjmensa.org

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. Central Jersey Mensa will advise us when beer and whiskey tasting resumes. Email Jason Weiss, j23weiss@gmail.com, for more details.



All other Mensa groups also welcome us to their activities. Their newsletters and calendars are on the Americal mensa website, http://www.us.org

Our neighboring Mensa chapters:

to the Southwest: Central New Jersey Mensa
(straight to the calendar.)

to the East: Greater New York Mensa

to the North: Mid-Hudson Mensa

to the Northeast: Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Mensa

to the East: Southern Connecticut Mensa

to the East: Boston Mensa

To find Local Groups elsewhere in the U.S., see the “American Mensa | Groups” page on the American Mensa website: www.us.mensa.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Groups

You can visit our NNJM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nnjmensa/ and our website at http://nnjmensa.org.



Our scholarship program: 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.