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Welcome All Current LAA Members and Recent Retirees

 

Dear LAA Members, Our next LAA meeting on January 12th is the Annual Meeting and the Agenda is below.  At this meeting you as a member of the LAA will vote to approve the slate of five new Board members nominated for the Board Class of 2024.  Five is the minimum number if we are to maintain Board membership in accordance with our Bylaws.  You may put forth addition names if you wish.  The Board will continue to support remote attendance at the Board meetings when we return to in-person meetings, so you can be a Board member even if you live too far to attend most meetings. The five members nominated to the Board are:

Charles Laney
Vicki Crisp
Mike Marcolini
Jaroslaw Sobieski
Olaf Storaasli

 

We will also be taking this opportunity to recognize the LAA Honorary Life Members and the out-going Board of Directors.  Please attend this important meeting and participate in the proceedings. You should have received Zoom instructions for the meeting and if not please contact Dick Hueschen. The following is the Agenda for the meeting.

Meetings of The Langley Alumni Association, Virtual or in the NACA Room in the Cafeteria at NASA Langley Research Center, will depend on the situation with the Coronavirus. Hopefully we can resume our meetings in 2021.  In the interim, your Board of Directors will meet by teleconference each Month.  The guest speaker presentations for the remaining months of the year will be decided on when we can meet and the speaker availability, and will generally follow the schedule on this website. We will keep the membership informed by Email, Newsletter, and this website

We welcome our New Members and their names are listed in the section “About Members and Obituaries”. Please take a look and greet them when we next meet together. We have also listed the names of those NASA Retirees who have recently passed. Please keep them in your memories and prayers.

Our last LAA Meeting, in lieu of our annual Winter Luncheon, we had a Virtual Winter Luncheon on DECEMBER 8 on ZOOM.After brief announcements we started the Meet and Greet Session where several members, including the current nominees for Class of 2024 Board, introduced themselves and told us a bit about their background and what they’ve been up to.  Here’s a list of those who were scheduled to speak: The Board nominees (Charles Laney, Vicki Crisp, Mike Marcolini, Jaroslaw Sobieski, Olaf Storassli), and other members (Bill Tennis, Bob Stuever, Linda Bangert, Duncan McIver and Dick Hueschen). The Meet and Greet Session lasted about 30 to 40 minutes.  After the Meet and Greet, we heard from Dave Reubush who has spent a lot of his time exploring Africa.  He had plenty of pictures to show and stories to tell.

Information on Obtaining Badges

To attend Langley Alumni Association (LAA) meetings, Langley retirees can obtain a one-day visitor badge at the NASA Langley Badge and Pass Office. Please bring two forms of government-issued identification. We now have a new process to renew your six-month badge.  Within two-three weeks of the badge expiration date, please send an email to:

larc-alumni-request@mail.nasa.gov

Please include your legal first and last name as well as a telephone or cell number and state that you are requesting a six-month LAA badge renewal. Call the Badge and Pass Office at 757-864-2790 within a week after you receive notice that the renewal is being processed and to ensure your new badge is ready for pick-up.

Note: Currently the Badge and Pass Office is not issuing badges to LAA Members due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. When LaRC will allow the LAA to have its meetings again in the NACA Room in the Cafeteria, the LAA will notify members by email so that they can apply for either a one-day pass or a six-month pass.

Information on Payment of Dues

Annual dues of $10.00 for LAA Members are now due January 2021 for 2021. LAA Members can obtain a Lifetime Membership for $100. You should pay in person at an LAA Meeting or send your payment to Charles Cockrell at the information on the Membership Application Form. 

Minutes for both the LAA General Meeting and Board Meeting are contained in the Meeting and Minute Section

 Ongoing Activities

The LAA has a close working partnership with the NASA Langley Research Center. Our liaison to NASA Langley Research Center is the talented Melanie Robinson, and she can be reached at 757-864-2660. melanie.l.robinson@nasa.gov.

For additional information on Melanie Robinson go to our section on Liaison with Langley Research Center.

The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor (HoH) is an important partnership between the LAA and LaRC to honor the pioneers and contributors to LaRC over the years. The permanent display of the Honorees at LaRC for Classes 2015 and 2017 has been completed and can be viewed in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria, where the LAA meets. This is an exciting accomplishment of the LAA and NASA Langley Research Center partnership and praise for the outstanding effort of the Langley Graphics team. You can find more information about the 2015 and 2017 classes at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website.

The LAA  ad hoc committee entitled Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture (LRKC) has been active since early 2019.  It is well known that former employees have a vast reservoir of past experience and expertise that may need to be accessible to Langley, other NASA Centers, and even outside organizations. This sub-committee has been exploring this matter and has initiated several related activities.  Members of the sub-committee are Marilyn Ogburn, Dan Palumbo, and Wayne Richie and they have been reporting their findings and progress to the Board.

All members of the LAA are encouraged to contact any member of this sub-committee with any ideas or suggestions. The primary point of contact is Marilyn Ogburn (meogburn2@cox.net).

The LAA Board is continuing to pursue information on spousal benefits. LAA Board will work with Melanie Robinson to acquire the necessary information.

Colloquium and Sigma Lectures – There is an excellent series of monthly lectures available to the LAA membership. The Colloquium is presented in the LaRC Reid Center auditorium at 2:00 pm and the same or similar Sigma Series lecture in the VASC at 7:30 pm. Please visit Colloquium and Sigma Lectures for more details including the upcoming topic.

To keep up with activities at the NASA Langley Research Center visit the NASA Langley Website.

NASA Langley provides an excellent website on public cultural resources at the Center. Please visit Public Cultural Resources.

The Federal Employee Health Benefits health plan brochures are available online at this link.

The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame is looking for nominees and information is available here.

And Applications to nominate a candidate are available here.

Comments or Corrections to this website should be addressed to Duncan McIver @ skyemciver@gmail.com

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