In February 1987, a group of former Langley employees began working with the Office of External Affairs to establish a Langley Research Center Alumni Association. Gary Price in External Affairs had initiated the effort to explore such an organization, and their efforts led to the formation of the LAA.
The acting Chairman of the Board of Directors was William J. Boyer, and the committees and their chairs were: Finance, Edmund A. Brummer; Membership, Domenic J. Maglieri; Nominating, Charles B. King; Program, Donald H. Ward; Social, Abraham Leiss. Betty Joyner was acting secretary/treasurer. These officers served until January 1988 when an annual membership meeting and election of a board was held.
The Alumni’s purpose was to develop, maintain, and enhance the relationship among former employees of the Langley Research Center and provide a mechanism for the Centetr to maintain contact with its former employees. It also provided an organized way for members to support special events at the Center and other activities of mutual interest.
All former NACA/NASA employees of LMAL/LaRC are eligible for membership. Former employees of contractors who had 5 or more years continuous support to the Center are also eligible. The dues were set at $5.00 per year.
The LAA is an active alumni organization today, with a strong supporting relationship with the NASA Langley Research Center. The LaRC external affairs office is a key partner in this valuable alumni organization.
Current Officers and Board of Directors
The 2018 LAA Officers are: President: Roger Ferguson; Vice President and Programs Chair: Damodar Ambur; Secretary: Daniel Palumbo; Treasurer: Fred Morrell; Membership Chair: Dick Davis; Nominating Committee Chair Daniel. Palumbo, and Chair, NACA/NASA Hall of Honor: Duncan McIver; Telephone Committee Coordinator: Bob Feldhousen; E-mail Coordinator: Dick Davis, Duncan McIver; Immediate Past President is Ira Abbott; Registered Agent: Betty Joyner; The LAA website manager is Duncan McIver.
The LAA Board of Directors, by Class are:
2017: Robert Calloway, Shirley Davis, John Korte, Charles Laney, Arline Levine, Fred Morrell, Robert (Wayne) Richie, Clayton Rogers, and Bo Walkley
2018: Damodar Ambur, Edwin Fasanella, Stewart Harris, Daniel Palumbo, Paresh Parikh
2019: Carrie Walker Creedon; Fred Jones; George Allison; Dave Reubish; David Rudy; and Jim Pittman
LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC. (LAA)
REVISED BY-LAWS, DRAFT June 14, 2018
ARTICLE I: Name
The name of this organization shall be the Langley Research Center Alumni Association, Inc., hereinafter noted as the LAA. The LAA, Inc is registered in Virginia as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
ARTICLE II: Purpose
The purpose of this organization is to maintain the relationship among former civil service and contractor associate employees, herein called Alumni, of the Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its predecessor, the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and to provide a mechanism for the Center to maintain contact with Alumni to the mutual benefit of the Center and the Alumni.
ARTICLE III: Membership of the LAA
The LAA shall be open to:
Section 1 – All former civil service and contractor employees of the NACA/NASA Langley Research Center.
Section 2 – Civil service and contractor employees of the Langley Research Center who qualify for retirement under current regulations.
Section 3 – The surviving spouse of an individual who qualified for membership under Section 1 or 2.
ARTICLE IV: Management
Section 1 – Board of Directors
The control and management of the LAA shall be vested in the Board of Directors, hereinafter noted as the Board. The Board shall manage the affairs of the organization according to the objectives of the organization and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws as applicable to the mission and funding of the organization.
Section 2 – Composition of the Board of Directors
The Board shall be composed of no fewer than fifteen (15) and no more than twenty-seven (27) representatives of the Membership. Board complement shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee (described in Article VI, Section 2).
Section 3 – Nomination and Election of the Board of Directors
Nominations shall be submitted by the Nominating Committee and sent by email from the Secretary to the membership, and posted on the LAA website, http://www.larcalumni.org, at least three (3) weeks before the Annual Meeting of the Membership (defined in Section 5). Also, any dues paying member of the LAA may nominate other candidates to fill vacancies by filing the names of such candidates with the Secretary at least two (2) weeks before the Annual Meeting of the Membership. The dues paying members present at the Annual Meeting of the Membership in person and in good standing shall constitute a quorum, and these members shall vote on the nominees. To be elected, a nominee must receive a majority vote of the voters who are present. If there is no election on the first ballot for each Director, a choice shall be made on another ballot between the candidates not receiving a majority vote on the first ballot. In cases where the nomination slate is equal to the positions to be filled, then the ballot, on motion, may be dispensed with and the slate of Directors elected by acclamation.
Section 4 – Terms of the Board of Directors
Terms of the Board of Directors shall be for three (3) years, with a minimum of one (1) year off the board at the end of the three (3) year term, except, that any member of the Executive Committee(Article VI, Section 2) shall be eligible to retain membership on the Board to serve in any subsequent Executive Committee role at the pleasure of the Board. One-third of the Board, or as many as necessary to fill the Board complement, shall be elected yearly. All Board members shall officially take office at the Annual Meeting of the Membership.
Section 5 – Meetings of the Board of Directors
Section 6 – Vacancies on the Board of Directors
Vacancies on the Board may be filled from a slate presented by the Nominating Committee to the Board. Upon election by the Board, the Board member(s) shall fill the unexpired term(s).
Section 7 – Order of Business
The order of business for this Board shall be “Roberts Rules of Orders,” revised.
ARTICLE V: Officers
Section 1 – Election of Officers
The Board shall elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer from the Board’s membership. Nominees for officers shall be voted upon at the Annual Meeting of the Membership or within 30 days thereafter. The chair and members of the Nominating Committee shall call and preside at the meeting until the officers are elected from the Board
Section 2 – Term of Office
Officers will be elected for one (1) year, but are eligible to serve subsequently in any office of the Executive Committee at the pleasure of the Board. Ideally, the President should be selected from nominees who are serving or have served on the Board.
Section 3 – Duties of the Officers
ARTICLE VI: Committees of the Board of Directors
Section 1 – Standing Committees
The Board shall have the following Standing Committees: Executive Committee; Membership Committee; Nominating Committee; and NASA Hall of Honor Committee.
Section 2 – Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist of the immediate past President (with full voting rights), the Officers of the Board of Directors, the Chairs of the Standing Committees, and an Ex Officio Member assigned by Langley Research Center management. The Executive Committee shall set its meetings at a time and place mutually agreeable to its members but shall meet at least quarterly. A Board meeting may replace an Executive Committee meeting if attended by the Directors, Chairs and Ex Officio Member. The Executive Committee shall carry out the business of the Board between regular Board meetings if necessary and report to the Board on its actions.
Section 3 – Membership Committee
The Membership Committee shall maintain a record of membership status to assist the Secretary.
Section 4 – Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall be the chair, plus other members appointed by the Board in the first quarter of the Calendar Year. The Nominating Committee shall provide the Board with a slate of nominees for Board positions when such positions become vacant. The Nominating Committee shall also provide a slate of nominees for Executive Committee positions and oversee all elections.
Section 5 – The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor Committee
The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor Committee in partnership with the NASA Langley Research Center will develop a Hall of Honor (HoH), which provides a means by which distinguished Langley Research Center researchers and managers could be honored for their exemplary careers and contributions to NACA, NASA and the nation. The HoH also provides a focused opportunity for the local aerospace community to reflect on the contributions of these notable individuals who made enduring impacts on aerospace technologies.
Section 6 – Ad Hoc Committees
The President may appoint Ad Hoc Committees as necessary to serve at the pleasure of the Board. Any LAA member can propose an Ad Hoc committee to the President.
ARTICLE VII: Memberships and Affiliations
Section 1 – Liaison with LaRC
The official LAA interface with the Langley Research Center shall be through the Langley Office of External Affairs. The Head of this Office will serve as or designate the Ex Officio Member of the Executive Committee.
Section 2 – Cooperative Relations
The Board shall work cooperatively with NACA/NASA organizations or any other organizations with similar goals. The Board shall review such memberships and affiliations annually.
ARTICLE VIII: Membership Dues
Annual dues shall be set by the Board before the 4thquarter of the year and are due and payable by January 1 of the following year. For new members, dues for the first year are waived. The dues are a means to facilitate the mission of board, that is, to nurture the relationship between Alumni and the Langley Research Center and can be used to fund activities which further this cause. Expenditures outside this scope, for example to a charity, can be considered as well. Any expenditure shall be approved by the board.
ARTICLE IX: Amendment of the By-Laws
These By-Laws may be amended by written notice of the proposed change to the Board and membership two (2) weeks prior to the Annual Meeting or a special meeting of the Membership, at which time the change will be presented to the membership. The amendment then will be voted upon at the next Board meeting. A quorum, as defined in Article IV, Section 5(b), is necessary to ratify an amendment to the By-Laws.
ARTICLE X: Dissolution
In the event of dissolution of the LAA, assets of the Corporation shall be disbursed, per recommendation of the then current Board of Directors, to other appropriate non-profit corporations qualifying as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.