These are the steps needed in order to add a menu.
1. File > New > class: BaseActivity
2. Modify to read "BaseActivity extends Activity"
3. CTL-SHFT-O Organize Imports
4. [HoverOver] Click: Add unimplemented methods
5. Put common functionality such as menu items here
7. As you add menu items, add functionality as part of a CASE: statement
8. File > New > Android XML file > menu.xml
9. Make sure you set the icon property in the menu.xml
10. Update Android.manifest
11. Update new child activity pages like this: NameOfActivity extends BaseActivity