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COMARA News - March 12, 2017
Purchase Discount Hershey Tickets by March 27
Fred Kelly has once again offered to make this offer avaiable to COMARA members. Use the form an the announcement at 2017 Hershey Discount Tickets to let Fred know that you plan to purchase tickets. Then, send him a check for the tickets before Monday, March 27, 2017. The tickets can be used any day during the regular Hershey Park season from May 5, 2017 to Sept 24, 2017, that the park is open. Tickets can be purchased for family, parents, grandkids and friends. Participants do not need to be COMARA members.
Dependent Certification - Action Required
Attention: Lockheed Martin Retirees. Lockheed Martin Corporation has mailed instructions for you to certify your dependents. Continutation of benefits requires you to complete this process before April 28, 2017. (It's a good idea for you to go ahead and complete this now.) If you haven't received this notice, contact the Employee Service Center at 1-866-562-2363.
You can also certify your dependents by calling the LMESC at 866-562-2363.
We've had an increasing number of members who died in the past few months. Here's a list of the obituaries and funeral notices that we have sent to members.
This is a long-delayed publication. We did receive two notices near the end of January 2017 of the passing of Herbert Hanson from Kathy Szot and Don Fifield. The webmaster somehow missed passing the information on to COMARA Alumni.
Passing of Barbara Swaylik - October 2016
Note from Victor Slabinski (Received Nov 4, 2016):
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. This is all I know.
Joseph CharykJoseph Charyk - September 28, 2016
2017 IRAA/COMARA Strathmore Event
COMARA/IRAA members are cordially invited to an afternoon performance
by the National Philharmonic at the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland:
National Philharmonic presents:
Mussorgsky's Pictures at An Exhibition
Pictures from First Wednesday in December Event at Woodside Deli
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.
Satellites: Transforming our Lives exhibit in final phases of build-out
Joe Pelton - Jan 27, 2017
ExPlus Incoporated of Virginia has now been selected as the fabricator of the new space exhibit at the National Electronics Museum that will, we hope, be finished by the end of May 2017. If all goes well there will be an opening in June 2017. We have received confirmation of a wonderful large scale model of a Boeing satellite that is being shipped from California and we also hope to get a new Kymeta metamaterial state of the art antenna plus yet another launcher model from United Launch Systems to complete the exhibits on display. We recently received a major new donation from Northrop Grumman, but we could still use some more donations because of unexpected costs such as the $7K of costs to get the Boeing satellite model shipped to the museum. We are currently working on the "script" for the display and seeking key videos for the Clarke Theater that can be seen on slide 18 in the attached JPEG presentation of the entire exhibit.
In addition to the exhibit efforts we are also working to improve the external appearance and signage for the museum and have bids pending for painting of the exterior of the building, new signage, and other enhancements.
Our team of Denis Curtin, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard Kelly, Maury Mechanick, and Scott Chase are working diligently with Michael Simons, Director of the National Electronics Museum, David Fridberg, the display designing, Joan Mathys, the graphics and exhibit items acquisition officer, and Beth Miles, the script writer, along with myself--all trying very hard to make this really finally happen after years of effort. The support of the Intelsat Retirees Association and COMARA that allowed this all to get started is truly appreciated .
Anyone wishing to receive a copy of the 40 page museum exhibit booklet can receive one if they could make a donation of $50 or more. For details. Contact Joseph N. Pelton, Chair of Space Gallery Exhibit Committee. email@example.com
JOSEPH VINCENT CHARYK - September 28, 2016
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.
Charyk passes away - some of us were lucky to be at Comsat in the 1980's
Read Article from Space Daily posted in Comsat Alumni LinkedIn Group By Lalji Ghedia
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 124 members are paid up for 2017, 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 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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