Meetings and Minutes

The LAA meets for lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am in the NACA Room of the Langley Research Center Cafeteria, which is located on the first floor of Building 2102, at 10 West Taylor Street.  The LAA General Meeting starts at noon featuring interesting and timely speakers. Following the LAA General Meeting,  there is a brief meeting of the LAA Board of Directors.

LAA’s Annual Meeting is held in January for electing the Board of Directors for the new year. Board meetings are held monthly. Special meetings may be called by the President or any Board member. A picnic is held on the second Tuesday in July on the grounds adjacent to the NACA room in the Cafeteria.



June 11, 2019


Roger Ferguson’s called the meeting to order at 12 noon. The meeting was attended by approximately 35 members.

Membership Report

Dick reviewed known obits since our last meeting. Please see LAA websiteor contact Dick if you would like more information. 

Presentation by the Guest Speaker

Damodar introduced Mr. Michael Mason of Mason & Associates, LLC.  Mr. Mason gave an overview of CERS/FERS retiree benefits and new tax law implications.  Mr. Mason began by informing the audience that the average taxpayer is paying less taxes than ever!  However, it probably doesn’t seem that way because changes in the tax laws and the lack of clarity on Virginia conformity caused many of us who usually receive a refund to have to write a check to the IRS.  Mr. Mason covered the conversion of after-tax dollars to a Roth IRA, a tax-free event, as well as how to make a tax-free qualified charitable donation as a distribution from your IRA.  During the question and answer session following his presentation, Mr. Mason explained how to get a reimbursement of up to $600 from your insurance company if you are enrolled in both Medicare Parts A & B.  This was news to many of the LAA members!

After the enlightening talk, Roger presented Mr. Mason with a gift to show our appreciation.

Next Meeting

Due to the July picnic, the next meeting will be August 13th.  The speaker will be Dr. Patrick Taylor of the LaRC Science Directorate.  Dr Taylor is an expert in Climate Change and will speak on “Causes and Consequences of a Rapidly Changing Arctic.”

*****Note the meeting date was later changed to August 14thdue to a conflict with the meeting room.


The June 11, 2019 meeting concluded at 1:10 pm.



June 11, 2019

Call to Order

The June 11, 2019 Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 1:20 pm by the LAA President, Roger Ferguson. A quorum was present.


Roger Ferguson, Fred Jones, Dick Davis, Sharon Stack, Fred Morrell, Charlie Cockrell, Dave Rudy, Damodar Ambur, Dave Rubush, Peter Jacob, Anthony Pototzky, Marilyn Ogburn, and Carrie Creedon. (13 members present)

Secretary’s Report – Roger for Dan Palumbo

The May meeting minutes were approved with a few minor corrections. The corrected minutes will be uploaded to the LAA webpage.

Treasurer’s Report – Fred Morrell

Fred Morrell reviewed this month’s report

Total LAA Organizational Shares:  $4950.24

Total Super Shares:  $2903.10

Total Interest 2019:  $1.59

Fred commented that we can afford the picnic!

Program Committee Report – Damodar Ambur and Roger Ferguson

Damodar reported that he has filled the ten speaker slots for 2020 and is proposing a Science-related talk instead of Mike Mason again next year. Damodar will work with Melanie to get badges for the speakers who need them.

Roger led the discussion of the July 9thpicnic.  Roger reported on his meeting with the Cafeteria personnel regarding the menu. He was pleased to report that the Cafeteria proposed a very nice, varied menu for only $9/person.  It was decided to go with their proposal, and to charge $10/person.

With the menu decided, the discussion turned to security issues for the picnic.  Apparently there is a new rule regarding non-permanently badges individuals at after-hours events.  For every five NON-permanently (“chipped”) badged people present, there must be one permanently badged person present.  Several members are DRAs with permanent badges.  We decided to invite several LaRC employees as guests of the LAA. Hopefully between the LAA DRAs and the LaRC guests, we will have enough permanently badged folks present.  Security wants a list of attendees a week in advance. Melanie proposed July 1 as a sign-up deadline.

Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture Committee (LRKC) – Marilyn Ogburn

There was no LRKC report this month.

LAA Bylaws Committee

No report this month.

LAA Website Coordination – Duncan McIver and Wayne Richie

No report this month.

Membership Report – Dick Davis

Charlie Cockrell has agreed to take over the membership list.


Anthony Pototzky asked if members would be interested in attending other LAA-sponsored activities like a tour of the Busch brewery, for example.  Other ideas were voiced; further discussion was deferred. 

Next Meeting

Roger noted that the next LAA Board Meeting will convene on Aug 13th, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

*****Note the meeting date was later changed to August 14thdue to a conflict with the meeting room.


The June 11, 2019 Board meeting concluded at 2:05 pm.

Carrie Creedon for Secretary Dan Palumbo