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Last update: 14-Aug-2016

JACK L. DICKS (Age 82) August 10, 2016

Jack Dicks Obituary .
Viewing is August 19 and service is August 20 at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon.

Details for Wine Tasting Tour updated by IRAA

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
  • Payment Deadline: Friday, September 8
  • 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

Obituaries for Nelson Slye and Peter Schultze

View Notice sent to members via email August 12.
Memorial Luncheon for Peter Schultze - Sep 17, 2016
RSVP to Mike Mohajeri by August 20 <>

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. To allow sufficient time period in which such nominations may be submitted, any such nomination should be submitted no later than thirty (30) days prior to the election, by a written communication addressed to the Secretary and, as required by the bylaws, signed by at least ten (10) members and including the acceptance of the proposed candidate.

For the upcoming election, any such nominations should be submitted by no later than August 24, 2016. 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. Election results will beannounced at the COMARA Annual Meeting/Fall Social, scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Golden Bull restaurant, 4:30-6:30.

  • Menu
  • 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.

Thc cost for the 2016 Fall Social is $35 per person. Payment is due by Sep 20. See the Social announcement for payment details. 2 016 COMARA Social Announcement

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

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

Golf Outing

Thu Aug 25, 10am
MGC, River Rd
Payment Due Aug 19

Upcoming Events


Golf Outing

MGC Golf Course

Anyone interested in getting together for a fun time playing some golf is invited to join our first-ever golf outing planned for this summer. Any level of play or experience is welcomed. Ed Stoner is heading up this event and will try to put together an outing with everyone who has expressed an interest. This invitation is open to members of IRAA, COMARA, current Intelsat staff and anyone else who loves to play golf and have fun. Please send an EMail to

Breaking News - July 25 - Revised Golf Outing Plans

Due to cost consideration, the venue has been changed to:

MGC Falls Road
10800 Falls Rd.
Potomac, MD:

Thu., 25th Aug.

Format: Captain's Choice

Course Fee with Cart: $35 (Age 60+),
Course Fee with Cart: #55 (Age under 60)

Pls send RSVP to Alan Olson and Ed Stoner:

Alan Olson []
Edward Stoner []

Payment in advance NOT LATER than Fri., 19 Aug, either mail check to:

Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association
c/o Satpal Chhabra
P.O. Box 40027
Washington, DC 20016-40027

Or, via IRAA website PayPal (change amount to pay):

  1. Click on "Pay Dues & Other Payments"
  2. Click on "Click to Pay."
  3. Enter new Amount-to-Pay:
    (override $20.00 with new amount to be paid)
  4. Click on "Enter new Amount-to-Pay"
    Note: Amount to pay is:
    (will change from $20.00 default to new amount)
  5. Click on Begin Payment Process via PayPal

There will be several prizes available (to be determined)
I will be setting up a website announcement ASAP and will send you that link.

Many thanks.
Alan Olson

Virginia Wine Tasting Tour
Details updated by IRAA Aug 10

Date: September 18, 2016.
Price: $65 per person.
Includes limo transportation, tasting fees & a boxed lunch/drink.
Payment Deadline: Friday, September 8.
Visit the Wine Tasting Event page in the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association web site for details and payment information. The tour includes stops at the Barrell Oak Winery and the Desert Rose Ranch and Winery.

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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