You are all invited to join the
COMSAT ALUMNI & RETIREES ASSOCIATION
association open to former Comsat Employees and Surviving Spouses and
organized for the purposes of:
- Maintaining social and business contacts with colleagues,
a web site and other communication channels including a bulletin board and an
- Monitoring the status of benefits and providing contact points for the
administration of benefits - providing a common forum to monitor the degree
to which successor organizations will honor the promises made to many of us
in the form of continuing employees benefits, and taking appropriate actions
if necessary to preserve those benefits.
- Preserving the Comsat Legacy by attempting to ensure that materials
and artifacts are not lost. The COMSAT Legacy Foundation was initially formed
by several senior offices of COMSAT and ownership of many materials was transferred
to the Foundation by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Some of these items were transferred
to Johns Hopkins University. The remaining items were tranferred from the COMSAT Legacy
Foundation to COMARA in 2010. The items were physically transferred to COMARA in
2011. The task of making copies of these items available through the internet is
an ongoing task.
ALONG with several thousand others,
you served with one of the most extraordinary and unique ventures of the
space age and helped develop satellite communications.
Many of you are receiving or will in the future receive - pensions, medical coverage or
Comsat as we knew it has disappeared with pieces scattered in a
variety of directions
or dissolved. There will be no focal point for information on benefits status
or former employees. A few of us as Founding Board of Directors
the task of establishing an alumni and retirees association to achieve the above
purposes and we hope you will join us. In due course, we plan to arrange for
an elected Board. Note: Elected Fall 2003
HOW TO JOIN:
- Please go complete the online Membership Registration
form by clicking the link (Register for membership!) on the left of the home page.
If you cannot register online, please contact us by email or telephone,
or old-fashion mail,
(click link "Contact Us") - and we will send you a paper registration form.
- In 2002, we set the first year dues at $25.00 to pay for the costs of
establishing and maintaining the website and mailing lists and to defray other
costs such as printing and mailing. This amount was reduced in subsequent
years. The current dues are $15. Please mail a check made out to COMARA
for $15.00 to PO Box 34594, Bethesda Maryland, 20827 (please
include a copy your Membership form if you have not filed electronically). Please
ensure that your check indicates your name and
- We are seeking all former Comsat employees as members, including
surviving spouses. Please refer any colleagues you know to
our website to fill out a Membership form.
Contact us by any of the means shown above, although we would prefer email.
- When a member dies and there is a surviving spouse, the surviving spouse will
automatically become the member. The surviving spouse receives the same services
from COMARA as the COMSAT Alumni.
- COMARA provides most communications with members through the website and
periodic email newsletters. The profile for each member allows two email
addresses to be entered. To insure continued delivery of emails, a member should
be sure at least one current email address is entered.
- When emails are undeliverable for two consecutive months, the member's
email status is marked as "bad email", and emails are suspended.
- A member can update the contact information from the "Edit my Profile" link
on the home page (link appears after sign in), or the member can send a new
email address to one of the addresses on the Contact Us page.
- COMARA mails periodic newsletters to members without a working email address
a few times a year. It is important for a member to maintain a current mailing
address. When there is neither a working email address nor a mailing address, then
there is no way to communicate with the member.
- Members can view the contact information for other members from a link on
the home page (viewable after the member signs in). However, the contact information
is only displayed if the member checked the box that reads:
" I agree to have the above contact information made available to COMARA members."
The Comsat Alumni & Retirees Association
Founding Board of Directors