by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

December, 2019

December is the twelfth (and final) month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and is the seventh and last of seven months to have a length of 31 days.

December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the monthless period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.[1]

In Ancient Rome, as one of the four Agonalia, this day in honor of Sol Indiges was held on December 11, as was Septimontium. Dies natalis (birthday) was held at the temple of Tellus on December 13, Consualia was held on December 15, Saturnalia was held December 17–23, Opiconsivia was held on December 19, Divalia was held on December 21, Larentalia was held on December 23, and the dies natalis of Sol Invictus was held on December 25. These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar.

The Anglo-Saxons referred to December–January as Ġēolamonaþ (modern English: "Yule month"). The French Republican Calendar contained December within the months of Frimaire and Nivôse.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 successfully organized some Gifted Youth events this fall called the October Blitz, which extended into November. Jennifer reported great success with the events which were very much enjoyed by the students. Michael and Elise Korn presented the programs. When scheduled, winter events will be posted on our website

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

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

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:

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

Our scholarship program was discussed at the November 17th Executive Committee meeting. 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.