by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary

March, 2020

The name of March comes from Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman god of war, and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for warfare, and the festivals held in his honor during the month were mirrored by others in October, when the season for these activities came to a close. Martius remained the first month of the Roman calendar year perhaps as late as 153 BC, and several religious observances in the first half of the month were originally new year's celebrations. Even in late antiquity, Roman mosaics picturing the months sometimes still placed March first. --- Wikipedia

Keith Armonitis has resigned as Program Coordinator. If you are interested in this position, please advise me.

Angela Daidone, our testing coordinator, advises that she and Franck Mounier plan to schedule more testing dates for candidates. Precise dates are posted on the American Mensa website. I have appointed Franck as our new Membership Officer and look forward to his initiative in his new position.

Bill Holzmann has served us as Treasurer for the last twenty years and has advised me that he would like to resign as soon as a replacement for him can be found. If you are capable and willing to do this job, please let me know,

Jennifer Ferrara successfully organized some Gifted Youth events this fall. Jennifer reported great success with the events which were very much enjoyed by the students. Michael and Elise Korn presented the programs. She plans on more events in the Spring. When scheduled, these 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,

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.

At the request of donor Nancy Van Court, the executive committee voted that the donations made for the Meit scholarship will be awarded now in one scholarship rather than be set aside as capital whose interest is used for scholarship awards in the future.