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Last update: 21-Sep-2017
Note from Webmaster - Sep 19
Members should be aware of the following events that are happening soon.
2017 COMSAT Alumni Social - Sun - Sep. 24, 2017, 4:00pm
Correction: The time for the Social is 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Joe Pelton has again offered his house in Chain Bridge Forest in Arlington as the venue for this year's Reunion. Please join your COMSAT friends and colleagues for a social gathering on Sunday afternoon, September 24, 2017 from 4pm to 6:00pm.
This will be a chance to visit and
catch up with friends and acquaintances from your COMSAT
days. Spouses are welcome. While this social is
being organized by the COMSAT Alumni & Retirees Association
(COMARA), the event is open to all former COMSAT employees and spouses.
Joe Pelton Residence, 4025 40th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207, 703-536-6985
Food and Beverage
Oktoberfest Heavy hors d'oeuvres
2017 Nominations for COMARA Board of Directors
The COMARA Bylaws specify that the members elect three directors by the time of the Annual Meeting (normally in September). The Directors serve for a period of three (3) years. There are a total of nine (9) Directors assuring a continuation.
The existing Board nominates three candidates. While the Bylaws include a provision for additional candidates to be proposed by active members, no additional candidates were proposed within the allowed period.
The Directors nominated for 2017 are
Each of these Directors have agreed to serving an additional three year term beginning in 2017. The current Board has accepted these three to appear on the 2017 ballot.
Election will be performed by electronic ballot to be provided by the end of August. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting and on the COMARA Website.
2nd Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Golf Outing
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Alan Olson sent this invitation to IRAA members using Punchbowl -
an event notification app. COMARA members are invited, and should
send Alan an email advising him of your interest.
Satellite Gallery Opens at National Electronics Museum--July 10, 2017
The "Satellites: Transforming our Lives" exhibit--after 5 years of fund raising, collecting artifacts, and careful design is finally opening at the National Electronics Museum as of July 10, 2017. It was a long hard slog to raise over $600,000 from some 50 different contributors, to put together the exhibit artifacts including satellites and launchers, create the Arthur C. Clarke mini-theater, display the entire SSPI Hall of Fame--among many other wonderful features. The committee that made this happen are to be congratulated. They include Denis Curtin, Maury Mechanick, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Ramesh Gupta, Scott Chase, and Joe Pelton, who has chaired the effort over the past 5 years. The opening will be as of July 10, 2017 and there will be a special gala opening in the Fall for members of the Maryland state government, industry officials, the SSPI, the Hall of Fame and major contributors.
A "soft opening" celebration among the satellite gallery organizers and designers
was held on Sunday June 25th to review the exhibit in its shakedown mode.
Pictured are in the introductory foyer of the satellite gallery are:
Read more about activities at the National Electronics Museum (Near BWI Airport)
Pictures from 8th Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
We have some photos taken at the 2017 Picnic on May 21. These are hosted on
Have you paid dues for 2017?
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 193 members are paid up for 2017. The COMARA Board of Directors wholeheartedly thanks each of you who are already paid up for 2017.
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
says "Dues paid in current year" or "Future dues paid".
Don't forget you can also pay your dues via the PayPal link at the bottom of the COMARA home page.
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