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Last update: 16-Nov-2019

Next Board Meeting

Nov 12, 2019, 11:30

Location: Mechanick Mansion

First Day in December 2019 Event

Dec 4, 2019 at Woodside Deli
Order meal and Pay at Event
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Upcoming COMARA Events

First Wednesday in December - Dec 4, 1:30pm

A group of Labs employees started the First Wednesday in December gathering a number of years ago. The gathering was held at Roys Place in Gaithersburg.

Woodside Deli After COMARA was formed, and Lockheed Martin had purchased COMSAT, the gatherings continued. Unfortunately, Roys Place, a unique bar that offered an amazing selection of exotic sandwiches, has closed. Ron Johnson has been organizing gatherings for several years now, and found Woodside Deli (in the Germantown Commons shopping center) to be a suitable venue. The Woodside Deli is described as An Authentic Jewish deli and restaurant. They also offer an extensive selection of food.

Ron has completed arrangements to hold the First Wednesday in December 2019 at the Woodside Deli. So, join us December 4 at 1:30 for an afternoon of comaraderie and reminiscing. See the announcement at
First Wednesday in December 2019 - Dec 4 for information.

Retirees With Health Benefits: Update Your Information

After careful consideration, Lockheed Martin has selected Via Benefits as the approved partner to provide you with plan advice and enrollment assistance for health reimbursement expenses for medical, pharmacy, and dental coverage.

Via Benefits handles health benefits for Lockheed Martin Retirees who have health reimbursement converage. It is likely that some of us have not made any updates to our benefits list since we originally signed up for Health Reimbursement services. You may need to update some of your own information,or the list of doctors or prescriptions you use. You should check your information once a year to see that it is still current. If you plan to make any changes in your health benefits, be sure you go through VIA Benefits.

There is a link on the COMARA home page to VIA Benefits to help you get started (in case you don't remember the link). VIA Benfits is reached through

Call during your Medicare Special Enrollment Period: Have the current list of doctors and medications available for each family member.

Program Eligibility: Via Benefits provides personalized assistance to help you make informed and confident enrollment decisions and choose the health coverage that meets your medical needs and budget. You are eligible for coverage through Via Benefits if you are Medicare eligible meet the age and other requirements.

Contact Via Benefits to discuss your employer's specific qualification rules as well as your health coverage needs.

VIA Benefits uses "Two Factor Authorizaton" to connect to your account. This means you also use either your house telephone or your cell phone (in addition to your phone or computer) to connect to your VIA Benefits account. For example, when you you want to connect to your VIA Benefits account, you will connect to the VIA Benefits site and enter your email address and the PIN you set up for the account. VIA Benefits will then send a 6 digit code to your cell phone using a text message, or send the code to your telephone using a voice message. Enter the code you received to the sign in form

  1. Use a browser to contact VIA Benefits. Enter your email address and the PIN for VIA Benefits using your computer keyboard
  2. VIA Benefits will either send a code to your cell phone using a text message, or will call your home phone with a voice message.

Enter the code (6 digits) to the box on your device to establish access.

If you have questions, send them to

COMARA Social Photos, Sunday, Sep 22, Thats Amore

2019 COMARA Social Photos
September 22, 2019
Thats Amore (Rockville)

Here are a few photos from the 2019 COMARA Social
Thanks to Geza Serenyi and Paul Schrantz for sharing these pictures.
See View 2019 Social Photos. - Wait for photos to load.

I received some pictures from Dan Shawen along with picture from the 2019 COMARA Social from Paul Schrantz and Gezy Serenyi. Dan's pictures are not from the social, but individual photos he collected of our colleagues at COMSAT. These will be added later when other work on the web site is complete. So - thanks, Daniel. Dan may be able to provide additional pictures.

If you have already paid your 2019 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2019 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 2019 and 2020 membership dues.
PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827
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Board of Directors
  • Denis Curtin - 2017
  • Dan DiFonzo - 2017
  • Bob Kinzie - 2017
  • Maury Mechanick - 2018
  • David Lee - 2018
  • Richard Rankin - 2018
  • Fred Kelly - 2019
  • Geza Serenyi - 2019
  • Ron Johnson - 2019
  • Maury Mechanick - President
  • Fred Kelly - Secretary
  • Geza Serenyi - Treasurer
  • Denis Curtin - Social
  • TBD - Membership
  • Ron Johnson - 1st Wednesday
  • Paul Schrantz - Legacy
  • Rich Lustig - Benefits
  • Jack Hannon - Benefits
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