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Pictures from 8th Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Seneca Creek State Park - Buck Pavillion
Hosted by Intelsat Retirees & Alumni Association

2017 IRAA/COMARA Picnic Photos We have some photos taken at the 2017 Picnic on May 21. These are hosted on Google Photos.
Alan Olson and his crew provided a great menu featuring Peruvian chicken, burgers, grilled vegetables, desserts, and salads.
The weather was great and all who showed up enjoyed the conversation and comaraderie. We hope more COMARA members will take advantage of the event next year. We are under a shelter so we are sheltered from hot sun or rain. There are lots of places to sit.

Sun Towards High Noon by Peter Varadi

Peter Varadi Peter Varadi is a COMARA member
My second solar book "Sun Towards High Noon" was just published.
The meteoric expansion of the solar (PV) industry resulted from an incredible reduction in the prices of PV systems-first described in the author's earlier book Sun Above the Horizon.

Attached please find the Flyer:Recent-Varadi-Publications.
The publisher is offering 30% discount and free shipping to all of the members of COMARA.
Peter F. Varadi

Albert I Eaton Oct 17, 1931 - Jan 21, 2017

Albert Eaton Albert I. Eaton Jr. of Sarasota Florida, formally of Woodsboro, Maryland, passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, January 21, 2017.
He was the son of the late Albert I. Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Eaton and married to his loving wife Alice, AC, of 60 years.

Albert spent his working career as an Aerospace Machinist with Communication Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) until his retirement. -
See more at: Herald Trubune Obituaries

Thanks to Anne and Bill Windell for providing this link.

2017 IRAA/COMARA Picnic
Sun, May 21, 2017 12:00-4:00pm
Seneca Creek State Park
Check or PayPal to IRAA by May 12

Next Board Meeting

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

2017 Strathmore Concert
Sun, April 23, 2017 3:00pm
Strathmore Center Bethesda
Check or PayPal to IRAA by Apr 18

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Report on NEM Satellite Gallery Exhibit by Maury Mechanick

Maury Mechanick, COMARA President, has provided an update for progress on the Satellite Gallery Exhibit for the National Electronic Museum. You can view his report at April 19, 2017 Newsletter: NEM Satellite Gallery . This newsletter was mailed to COMARA members. If you didn't receive a copy, please let the webmaster know your current email address. The COMARA Board

Thanks to: Maury Mechanick, President, COMARA, and the rest of the Satellite Gallery Task Force (Joe Pelton, Denis Curtin, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Ramesh Gupta and Scott Chase)

Joe Pelton provided a look at the design of the Satellite Gallery last fall.
Design Development Presentation 09-28-2016.pdf

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".
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 2017 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2017 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 2017 and 2018 membership dues.
PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827
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