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Pictures from First Wednesday in December Event at Woodside Deli

Photos from 2016 First Wednesday in December About 45 COMSAT Alumni attended the 2016 First Wednesday in December gathering. Here's a first look at the photos. We had a great turnout and were surprised to see a number of former employees that were not COMARA members. Ben Pontano (former director of COMSAT Labs) and Prakash Chitre (V.P. & G.M. at Comsat Labs, ViaSat) in Germantown.

We will get around to tagging people in the photos soon. (The webmaster can use some helpt for this task.)

Thanks to Ron Johnson for organizing this event.

See the announcement for the 2016 First Wednesday in December.
First Wednesday in December 2016

2016 First Wednesday Photos

Wed, Dec 7, 2016
Woodside Deli
Germantown Commons Center

Next Board Meeting

Tue, Feb 22, 2017 11:30am
Chez Kinzie

Upcoming Events


National Electronics Museum Satellite Exhibit

Request for Models

In anticipation of the opening of the new permanent Satellites exhibit at the National Electronics Museum (NEM) in spring 2017, the NEM is seeking donations of desktop models of a variety of satellite types.

Nov 30 NEM Newsletter

Dan and Margaret Swearingen - Sad News

Dan was diagnosed very recently with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He is now at the Sunrise at Bluemont assisted care facility, 5900 Wilson Blvd., Room 455, Arlington, VA. The phone number is 703-536-1060 (switchboard). Dan may not be able to talk on the phone. I'm sure most of your remember Dan as a warm-hearted guy with a ready smile, a fine engineer, a charter member of the "Ancient Mariners," and one who served two terms on COMARA's Board, including a stint as Treasurer.

Martha Swearingen Martha passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016. For full information on the Memorial arrangements, go here: Martha Swearingen Obituary

To summarize, there will be a Visitation on Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 - 8 p.m., at Murphys' Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.

There will also be a Memorial Service for Martha on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA

This is a family tragedy of the highest order. I'm sure the entire family would be grateful for your prayers.

JOSEPH VINCENT CHARYK - September 28, 2016

Joseph Charyk JOSEPH VINCENT CHARYK (Age 96) Of Delray Beach, FL, Falmouth, MA and formerly of Washington, D.C. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career, making key contributions to the field of global telecommunications. Charyk is widely credited as the founder of the geosynchronous communications satellite industry.

This notice was sent to COMARA members.

Barbara Swaylik

Provided by Victor J. Slabinski

Although she is not listed as a member: I report the passing of long time Comsat employee Barbara Swaylik who was a secretary on the L'Enfant Plaza 8th floor (executive suite). She (probably) died the week ending 2016 Oct. 15. My wife heard mention of her passing (in prayers for the dead) at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA where Barbara was a long time parishioner. No death notice appeared in the Washington Post.

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:

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