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SOCIAL EVENTS:

8th Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic
Posted: 16 April 2017

  Date:  Sun., 21st May, 2017
Time:  12:00pm – 4:00pm   

Where:  Seneca Creek State Park (Buck Pavilion)

                            Cost:  IRAA members:  $15.00 ea; spouse or 1 guest:  $15.00 ea.

           Additional guests and non-members:  $18.00 ea. 

Menu:  Burgers, hot dogs, chicken and refreshments (beer/wine, soda/water)

Pls mail check payable to:

   Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association
   c/o Rani (Satpal) Chhabra
   P.O. Box 40027
Washington, DC 20016-0027

Note:  Payment must be rcvd not later than Fri., 12th May.

Alternatively, you may make payment via PayPal on our website:  www.myiraa.com

  • Click on Pay Dues & Other Payments
  • Click on Click to Pay.
  • Enter new Amount-to-Pay:  (override $20.00 with new amount to be paid)
  • Click on Enter new Amount-to-Pay

          Note:  Amount to pay is: will change from $20.00 default to new amount)

  • Click on Begin Payment Process via PayPal

- Area Map layout of Seneca Creek State Park - Click HERE

- Seneca Creek State Park Info link – Click HERE

- Google Map link to Seneca Creek State Park – Click HERE

Directions to Seneca Creek State Park (from Washington, D.C., Virginia, and points South):

  • Take I-270 north towards Frederick, Maryland
  • Take Exit 10, Route 117 (Clopper Road)
  • At the bottom of the ramp take a right
  • Park is about 2 miles ahead on your left
  • Go to the main Park entrance kiosk – you will have to pay an entrance fee, so bring some cash:

          -  MD residents:             $3.00/person
          -  Out-of-state residents: $5.00/person

  • After you’ve gone through the gate, make a right at sign to Recreation Areas.
  • Go about 1 mile (passing picnic areas Cardinal, Chickadee, Kingfisher, Bluejay & Nuthatch) until you come to a stop sign.
  • Turn left at the stop sign towards Deer Ridge & Quail Ridge.
  • Go about .6 mile (passing Fawn & Doe picnic areas) to Buck Pavillion to the right.
  • There should be ample parking; else, there is some overflow spaces up ahead on the left.

 Questions?  Email Ati Olson (bali2002@comcast.net) or Alan Olson (way2cool1x@comcast.net) 


8th Annual COMARA/IRAA Strathmore Concert Event
Posted: 29 January 2017

COMARA/IRAA members are cordially invited to an afternoon performance by the National Philharmonic at the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland:
 
Sunday, April 23 – 3:00 pm 

The Strathmore Music Center
5301 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, MD 20852

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National Philharmonic presents:  Mussorgsky's Pictures at An Exhibition
 

Featuring:
  

Zuill Bailey, cello
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Celebrated cellist Zuill Bailey performs Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei,variations on two themes of Jewish origin, and Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, the final work of this composer’s Jewish Cycle. Mussorgsky’s wondrous and colorful Pictures at an Exhibition depicts an imaginary tour of an art gallery.

Bailey’s “sound is rich, like dark chocolate,” writes Voices magazine. “His voice is distinctive – strong and direct. Bailey reaches from the soul of his instrument to our own.”

Program:

Bruch
Bloch
Mussorgsky/Ravel  

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Schelomo
Pictures at an Exhibition

Note:  Instrument Petting Zoo:  2:00pm - 2:30pm.

This year we are featuring (16) seats in two areas: (8) Orchestra seats at $47.20 each; and, (8) Grand Tier (2nd balcony) at $44.00 each. Ticket prices represents a 20% discount off Strathmore’s regular prices of $59.00 and $55.00, respectively. Seating will be arranged on a first come, first served basis.
 
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Children 7-17 can attend free without charge.  Let us know if you may need any Kids Free tickets.

Important note: If not enough tickets are purchased to meet the minimum number required for the discount pricing, tickets will be purchased at the regular price.  We will then send you a follow-up request to remit payment of the difference amount; i.e., $11.80 — for Orchestra, and $11.00 for the Grand Tier.

 
Tickets may be picked up the afternoon of the concert next to the ticket office until 15 minutes before performance time or 2:45pm, after which time they will be available at the Will Call ticket window.  
 
This NPO event includes access to the VIP Lounge, a favorite in years past, both before the concert and at intermission.
 
Important Note:  Number of seats are limited and we can only guarantee seating together in two’s or more for the first-come-first-served reservations in each section. 

Please make your checks payable to “IRAA” and mail to:

Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association
c/o Satpal Chhabra 
P.O. Box 40027 
Washington, DC 20016-0027

Alternatively, you may make payment via PayPal on the website:  www.myiraa.com
 
Click the tab Pay Dues & Other Payments
Enter new Amount-to-Pay:  (highlight/type over default $20.00 with the new amount)
Click Update Amount to Pay (the Amount to Pay is will change to the new amount)
Click Begin payment process via PayPal
 

To meet our payment deadline with Strathmore, we must have your payment confirming your reservation by Wednesday, 18 April, 2017 -- latest. 
 
Concert Hall Performance Parking
 
Parking is located in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage off of Tuckerman Lane. Parking is complimentary for ticketed events in the Music Center's Concert Hall. Go early as it gets busy.  At the end of each ticketed event in the Music Center's Concert Hall, the exit gates to the garage will be open for 30 minutes to exit the garage.
 
Metro has recently eliminated live exit attendants. They have been replaced with a Customer Service Station in every parking exit lane with an intercom, video/camera connection and a credit card and Smartrip Card reader. This station will connect a patron with Metro’s Parking Operations Control Center. The parking barrier gates are opened and closed remotely from the POCC and customers can interact live with POCC Office Staff through the in-lane Customer Service Stations. If you leave before, or up to 90 minutes after this 30 minute period, you must show your ticket stub to the POCC Office Staff.
Valet Parking

Valet Parking is $15 per vehicle at all public Concert Hall performances. Valet drop off and pick up at the Circle Plaza entry to the Music Center at Strathmore at 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 
 
Driving Directions:
 
Strathmore is located just 1/2 mile north of the Capital Beltway. Take Exit 34 and head north on Wisconsin Avenue, Route 355 (Rockville Pike). 

From the Capital Beltway (I-495) Outer Loop 
(From Baltimore and points east)

Take a right onto Tuckerman Lane just after the Metro overpass and follow Tuckerman around to the left. The entrance to Metro parking garage is on the left. Take the stairs or elevators to the 4th level of the garage and walk across the sky bridge into the Music Center’s main entrance.
 
From the Capital Beltway (I-495) Inner Loop 
(From Northern Virginia and points west)
 
Take the Capital Beltway Exit 36 onto Old Georgetown Road (Route 187). Turn left off the exit ramp onto Old Georgetown Road and proceed for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Tuckerman Lane and follow Tuckerman Lane for about 2 miles.
Stay on Tuckerman Lane and cross over Rockville Pike (Route 355). The entrance to Metro parking garage is the second driveway on the right. Take the stairs or elevators to the 4th level of the garage and walk across the sky bridge into the Music Center’s main entrance.

From the I-270 Spur (heading south)
(From Gaithersburg, Frederick and points north)
Exit the I-270 Spur onto Old Georgetown Road (Route 187). Follow the signs to Old Georgetown Road North (Route 187 North). Turn left onto  Old Georgetown Road North (Route 187 North). Within a quarter mile, turn right onto Tuckerman Lane. Follow Tuckerman Lane for about 2 miles.
Stay on Tuckerman Lane and cross over Rockville Pike (Route 355). The entrance to Metro parking garage is the second driveway on the right. Take the stairs or elevators to the 4th level

On Rockville Pike (Route 355), heading north
(From DC, Bethesda and points south)
Take a right onto Tuckerman Lane just after the Metro overpass and follow Tuckerman around to the left. The entrance to Metro parking garage is on the left. Take the stairs or elevators to the 4th level of the garage and walk across the sky bridge into the Music Center’s main entrance.
 
On Rockville Pike (Route 355), heading south
(From Rockville and points north)
Pass the Mansion at Strathmore and take a left onto Tuckerman Lane. The entrance to the Metro parking garage is the second driveway on the right. Take the stairs or elevators to the 4th level of the garage and walk across the sky bridge into the Music Center’s main entrance.
 
By Metro:

Strathmore is located immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, on the Red Line. Follow the walkway out of the metro station to the left entrance of the Metro Garage. Take the stairs or elevators to the 4th level and walk across the sky bridge into the Music Center’s main entrance.
 
Map to Strathmore:
 
Click HERE for map to Strathmore.
 
Questions? Ati Kadarmanto-Olson:  bali2002@comcast.net or Alan Olson: way2cool1x@comcast.net


IRAA/Intelsat Winter Social Gathering - Epilogue
Posted: 29 January 2017

The 1st IRAA/Intelsat Winter Social Gathering was held yesterday on Saturday, 28th January, 2017, at IRAA member Maria Fernanda Delgado's home in Alexandria, Va.  A total of 42 persons RSVPd with a total of 29 members/spouses in attendance.

Attendees reconnected with friends and former colleagues, some who haven't seen each other in many years.  Everyone enjoyed the great food catered by Saint Germain and the yummy shrimp ceviche prepared by Anita Saltos, home cooked Lumpia vegetarian egg rolls provided by Ati Kadarmanto-Olson and 3 Bean w/Avocado salad prepared by Alan Olson, as well as some nice music/sounds provided by DJ Ed Stoner.

There were several fun games played:  Intelsat Trivia, 1st Place winner Jane Kinzie; 2nd Place winner Ed Stoner; 3rd Place winner Olivia Chattin.  Name that Tune:  Team of Angela Kummel, Ginny Pilar, Ulrika Williamson and Olivia Chattin.  Guess the Number of Chocolate Emojis in the Jar:  Ginny Pilar winner.

Anita Saltos also passed around several old photos of Intelsat staff for attendees to try and guess who they were, and there were a lot of ooohs, aaahs, and really!?

Click HERE for some pix of the event taken by Ed Stoner and Alan Olson.


 

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IRAA/Intelsat Winter Social Gathering (Posted: 29 December 2016)
IRAA/Intelsat Winter Social Gathering - Mark Your Calendar (Posted: 4 December 2016)
17th Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association - Epilogue (Posted: 17 October 2016)
Wine Outing - Epilogue (Posted: 19 September 2016)
Peter Schultze Memorial Luncheon (Posted: 18 September 2016)
Social Following the 17th Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association (Posted: 5 September 2016)
Golf Outing - Epilogue (Posted: 26 August 2016)
Wine Tour - Update (Posted: 10 August 2016)
Golf Outing - Update (Posted: 23 July 2016)
Golf Outing - Update (Posted: 9 July 2016)
7th Annual COMARA/IRAA & Intelsat Summer Picnic - Epilogue (Posted: 23 May 2016)
7th Annual COMARA/IRAA & Intelsat Summer Picnic (Posted: 22 March 2016)
Second Group of 10 Intelsat Retirees Tour Intelsat New HQ (Posted: 23 February)
7th Annual COMARA/IRAA Strathmore Concert Event - Epilogue (Posted: 22 February)
Golf Outing and Wine Tour (Posted: 7 February 2016)
First Group of 26 Intelsat Retirees Tour Intelsat New HQ (Posted: 7 February 2016)
7th Annual COMARA/IRAA Strathmore Concert Event (Posted: 24 December 2015)
16th Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association - Epilogue (Posted: 22 October 2015)
Social Following the 16th Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association (Posted: 8 September 2015)
1st Annual IRAA/COMARA & Friends Wolf Trap Performance - Epilogue (Posted: 28 June 2015)
6th Annual IRAA/COMARA Annual Summer Picnic - Epilogue (Posted: 22 May 2015)
1st Annual IRAA/COMARA & Friends Wolf Trap Performance (Posted: 5 April 2015)
6th Annual IRAA/COMARA Annual Summer Picnic (Posted: 4 April 2015)
6th Annual COMARA/IRAA Strathmore Concert Event - Epilogue (Posted: 4 April 2015)
Social Events Survey (Posted: 6 February 2015)
6th Annual COMARA/IRAA Strathmore Concert Event (Posted: 17 January 2015)
15th Annual Meeting and Social - Epilogue (Posted: 18 December 2014)
15th Annual Meeting and Social (Posted: 6 September 2014)
EIEIO Gathering - Last One in DC (Posted: 27 May 2014)
5th Annual IRAA/COMARA Annual Summer Picnic (Posted: 23 April 2014)
5th Annual IRAA/COMARA Night at Strathmore - Epilogue (Posted: 10 March 2014)
5th Annual IRAA/COMARA Night at Strathmore (Posted: 27 January 2014)
4th Annual IRAA/COMARA and Intelsat Summer Picnic - Epilogue (Posted: 25 May 2013)
14th Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of the IRAA (Posted: 20 April 2013)
4th Annual IRA/COMARA Night at Strathmore - Epilogue (Posted: 20 April 2013)
4th Annual IRA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic (Posted: 20 April 2013)
13th Annual Meeting - Epilogue (Posted: 20 April 2013)
13th Annual Meeting - 2nd Update (Posted: 12 October 2012)
13th Annual Meeting - Update (Posted: 9 October 2012)
Congressman Chris Van Hollen Featured Speaker at the
     13th Annual Meeting (Posted: 12 September 2012)
Social Following the 13th Annual Meeting (Posted: 30 August 2012)
3rd Annual IRA/COMARA Summer Picnic Epilogue (Posted: 26 May 2012)
3rd Annual IRA/COMARA Night at Strathmore - Epilogue (Posted: 4 Apr, 2012)
3rd Annual IRA/COMARA Summer Picnic - Update (Posted: 4 Apr, 2012)
3rd Annual IRA/COMARA Summer Picnic (Posted: 6 Feb, 2012)
3rd Annual IRA/COMARA Night at Strathmore - Update (Posted: 6 Feb. 2012)
3rd Annual IRA/COMARA Night at Strathmore (Posted: 16 Nov, 2011)
12th Annual Meeting of IRA & Social Gathering - Epilogue (Posted: 16 Nov, 2011)
Social Following the 12th Annual Meeting of the General Assembly (Posted: 20 Sep, 2011)
     of the Intelsat Retirees Association

12th Annual Meeting of IRA & Social Gathering (Posted: 19 Aug, 2011)
2nd Annual IRA/COMARA Summer Picnic - Epilogue (Posted: 1 Aug, 2011)
ISU Dr. Burton I. Edelson Memorial Lecture (Posted: 11 May, 2011)
2nd Annual IRA/COMARA - Summer Picnic (Posted: 8 May, 2011 )
Egypt 2nd Revolution Seminar - Epilogue - 16 Mar. 2011 (Posted: 20 Apr, 2011 )
2nd Annual IRA/COMARA Night at Strathmore - Epilogue (Posted: 20 April, 2011)
2nd Annual IRA/COMARA Night at Strathmore - Update (Posted: 9 Mar, 2011)
Egypt 2nd Revolution Seminar 16 Mar. 2011 (Posted: 21 Feb, 2011)
2nd Annual IRA/COMARA Night at Strathmore (Posted: 4 Feb, 2011)
2nd Annual IRA/COMARA Summer Picnic (Posted: 4 Feb, 2011)
NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC: Grieg's Piano Concerto 2011 (Posted: 27 Dec, 2010)
11th Annual Meeting of Intelsat Retirees Association
     And Social Gathering (Posted: 23 Nov, 2010)


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