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Last update: 20-Aug-2014
2014 Election for COMARA Board of Directors
The COMARA Board of Directors is please to announce the slate of candidates that it is recommending for election for the three vacancies that are up for election this year to each serve a three-year term (2014-2017). The candidates are:
Bob and Denis are currently members of the COMARA Board of Directors, and have graciously agreed to stand for election for another term. Dan DiFonzo would be a new addition to the Board, and would be replacing Joe Pelton, who has already served two terms on the Board, and also served as the President of COMARA during that period, for which the organization is extremely grateful. Joe advised the Board that he would prefer not to run for another term, and we are appreciative of Dan DiFonzo's willingness to join the Board at this time. (The election is conducted using an online ballot that will be available by Aug 28.)
Members who have paid dues can cast your votes for this year's election.
Fall Social and Annual Meeting - September 28, 2014
Please join your COMSAT friends and colleagues for a social gathering on Sunday afternoon, September 28, 4:00pm at the Golden Bull Grand Cafe in Gaithersburg. This will be a chance to visit and catch up with friends and acquaintances from your COMSAT days. Spouses are welcome.
The cost is $30 per person. The
has details for the excellent menu that will be served from 4:30-5:30. Main dishes include Carved Round of Beef, Chicken Marsala, and Seafood Newburg. If you haven't paid 2014 dues, please consider adding $15 to the total to pay for 2014 dues. Please mail your checks by September 19 to
You can also use the PayPal link on bottom of the COMARA home page to pay for your reservation.
Pass the word to others with Comsat backgrounds. Note that although this social is being organized by the COMSAT Alumni & Retirees Association (COMARA), the event is open to all former Comsat employees and spouses.
CosmicHazards -- How Dangerous is Your Cosmic Neighborhood?
Joe Pelton and Firooz Allahdadi are editing a new book on orbital debris for the International Space University and have produced a video featuring ex astronauts Rusty Schwieckart and Ed Lu of the B612 Foundation and Dr. Donald Kessler of the Kessler Syndrome Fame.
The Rise and Fall of Comsat
Comsat Engineering - The Early Years
Note from Miriam Metzger: I just came across a draft of a paper Sid had written
for a symposium at G.W. It deals with the organizational and technical
problems during the early years at Comsat in great detail. I'm wondering if COMARA would be interested in it? We did tell her that we would definitely be interested.
See the paper in the Legacy section:
The Early Years
New COMARA member - Peter Varadi
PayPal now available
Geza Serenyi (COMARA Treasurer) recently established an account with PayPal so that COMARA Members can pay for annual dues or event charges using either their own PayPal account or any of a number of credit cards. All of the personal information regarding your credit card is handled by PayPal. None of the information is shared with COMARA. When you complete a transaction using PayPal, you receive a confirming email from PayPal, and the treasurer receives an email confirming the amount of the transaction. You don't pay any extra for this service. Peter Hoover, our newest member, was the first one to test the new feature.
NEM Satellites: Transforming Our Lives Concept Drawings
The NEM (National Electronics Museum) Exhibit:
Satellites: Transforming Our Lives is supported by a number
of COMARA members. Joe Pelton provided a copy of the newest
concept drawings from Brady Petitti Design (Version 3)
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