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Last update: 12-Sep-2016

COMARA Annual Meeting/Fall Social

Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Golden Bull restaurant, 4:30-6:30.
The cost for the 2016 Fall Social is $35 per person.
Payment is due by Sep 20.
See the Social announcement for more information.
2016 COMARA Social Announcement


Typical Golden Bull Serving

  • Carved Round of Beef,
  • Chicken Marsala,
  • Seafood Newburg with rice,
  • oven roasted red skin potatoes, green beans,
  • mixed salad, fruit salad, chocolate mousse
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, iced tea, Soft drinks or lemonade.
  • Cash Bar - Wine, Beer, Mixed Drinks
  • Cost: $35.00 per person.


Pay with PayPal (See link at bottom of the home page.)
Check payable to COMARA and mailed before Sep 20 to:
Attn: Social Reservations
Post Office Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827

Note: if your payment is other than $35, include a note or send email to tell Geza how much to allocate the donation between dinner and dues.

Spouses and guests are welcome. Checks will be accepted at the door, but only if we knew you planned to attend. (We have to order in advance)

If you have not paid 2016 dues, please consider adding $15 to pay for 2016 dues or $30 to pay for 2016 and 2017 dues.

Denis Curtin: (301-460-3659)

2016 Annual Meeting

Sun, Sep 25
Golden Bull Grand Cafe
Gaithersburg, MD

Next Board Meeting

Tue, Nov 15 11:30am
Chez Kinzie

Wine Tasting Tour (IRAA Social Events)

September 18, 2016
Bus tour to 2 wineries
Payment Due Sep 8

Upcoming Events


Upcoming Election of Board Members for
Three Year Terms (2016-2019)

There are currently nine Directors on the COMARA Board of Directors. Three Directors are elected each year for a three year term. Each year, the Board nominates three candidates and, as described below, individual members can also nominate candidates. The Board nominees for the upcoming three year period (2016-2019) are

Ron Johnson,
Fred Kelly
Geza Serenyi.

Each of these individuals is currently a member of the COMARA Board, serving terms that will end this year, and each has agreed to stand for re-election for another three year term.

Under the COMARA bylaws, individual members of COMARA can also nominate candidates for Board membership in addition to those nominated by the Board.

For the upcoming election, any such nominations should be submitted by no later than August 24, 2016. No nominations were received. Balloting for Board members will be conducted electronically and will commence on Monday, Monday, August 29, 2016, and will close on Friday, September 23, 2016.

The ballot can be found on the Members section.
2016 Director Ballot

Election results will be announced at the COMARA Annual Meeting/Fall Social, scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Golden Bull restaurant, 4:30-6:30.

Virginia Wine Tasting Tour

COMARA Members are invited to participate in the Wine Tour. You can view the Wine Tour Announcement.

  • Date: Sun., 18th Sep., 2016
  • Cost: $65.00
  • Includes limo transportation, tasting fees & a boxed lunch/drink.
  • Payment Deadline: Friday, September 13 (extended)
  • Transportation: Reston Limo
  • Pick-up Location A): West Falls Church Metro Station 10:00am
  • Pick-up Location B): Reston Town Center 10:30am
  • 11:30 AM - Barrel Oak Winery:
  • 1:30 PM - Desert Rose Ranch & Winery:
  • Dropoff - Reston Town Center - 4:00pm
  • Dropoff - West Falls Church Metro Station - 4:30pm

Transportation will be provided by Reston Limo.
Pickup at the Falls Church Metro Station, or at Reston Town Center.
This invitation is open to members of IRAA, COMARA, current Intelsat staff, and anyone else who loves wine and good camaraderie.

Have you paid dues for 2016?

So many New Year's Resolutions are quickly broken and forgotten, but one resolution you should work on is to keep up with your annual COMARA membership dues. Already 124 members are paid up for 2016, consisting of 114 members who paid in advance last year and 10 who have sent in their contributions this year. The COMARA Board of Directors wholeheartedly thanks each of you who are already paid up for 2016.

Your dues are needed to support COMARA's mission of keeping the COMSAT Legacy alive and paying for this year's operational expenses such as the COMARA web site. COMARA.ORG has lots of wonderful links to legacy materials, membership contact data, and retiree benefits information.

If you cannot remember whether or not you are already paid up, you can check your dues status by signing in to COMARA.ORG and seeing if the text at the top left side next to your name say "Dues paid in current year" or "Future dues paid".
For the 600 of you are not already paid up, please mail your dues check of $15 for 1 year or better yet $30 for 2 years to:

PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827

Don't forget you can also pay your dues via the PayPal link at the bottom of the COMARA home page.

Your membership dues status is shown at the top of our Home Page after you sign in. If you have already paid your 2016 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2016 membership dues of $15 per year, please send a check to COMARA using our PO Box or use PayPal. Better yet, please send in $30 for both your 2016 and 2017 membership dues.
PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827
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