2015 Minutes

December 10, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON DECEMBER 10, 2015

 

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the December Board meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Wayne Hale, Susan Braymer, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell, Gordon Ducote, Estella Gillette, Denny Holt, Renee Lance, Dan Sedej, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Jon Hall, and Rick Nygren.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Susan Creasy, Aneta Davis, Phil Deans, Phil Engelauf, Frank Hughes, and Guy Thibodaux.
  3. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the November 12, 2015, Board meeting were approved. 
  4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.

NAL JSC CHAPTER TREASURER’S REPORT

Net Worth as of 12/8/2015 is $66,355.40

Contact NAL treasurer for details (unable to paste table)

  1. Board Members’ Payments for Gemini 7/6 Luncheon – Susan Braymer reported that three Board members still need to pay for their lunches.  Rick’s payment has been mailed and Norm Chaffee will contact James Oberg and Phil Deans.
  2. NAL-JSC Chapter Contribution to NASA College Scholarship Fund (NCSF) – Norm Chaffee reported that the Chapter donated $100 to NCSF in honor of Mrs. James Beggs, who passed away recently.  Norm shared with the Board the note of thanks from Mr. Beggs.  Susan Braymer noted that the letter of acknowledgment from NCSF did not mention the amount of the donation.  Susan has asked Scott Wood of the NCSF to insure that the donation amount is noted in Thank You letters.
  3. Investment Strategy and Options – Gordon Ducote reported that Investments will be discussed at the Strategic Planning meeting in January.
  4. Status of NAL HQ and MOA with NASA – Wayne Hale reported that the Memorandum of Agreement between NASA Headquarters and the NASA Alumni League is still in the works but not yet approved. 
  5. December NASA Advisory Committee (NAC) Meeting - Wayne Hale gave a brief report of the NAC meeting held at JSC in December.  This meeting was focused on Human Exploration.  NASA would like for the NAC to endorse the Agency’s Mars evolvable plan.  Wayne was able to promote the Oral History project in hopes that NAC would endorse that project. 
  6. Gemini 7/6 50th Anniversary Activities – Denny Holt reported that the Program went very well.  The Knowledge Capture Office recorded the event.  Dan Sedej said that he is able to post the recording on the NAL-JSC website when it is available.  Denny has begun discussing with the Knowledge Capture Office and Public Affairs Office the many Apollo anniversaries coming up in the near future. 
  7. Mission Control Center (MCC) Restoration - Denny Holt reported that the physical aspects of the restoration will be added to an existing Center Operations contract.  A Request for Proposals for creating the “experience” for the new MCC has been released.  Denny and Jack Knight are on the team that will evaluate submitted proposals.  The MCC Restoration Committee will give a briefing to Senior Staff next week.
  8. Status of Senior Staff Briefings and Plan to Complete – Norm Chaffee said that the remaining members of Senior Staff will receive the NAL-JSC briefing.
  9. Strategic Planning Meeting – Norm Chaffee will schedule a date and time for a one-half day meeting in January to update the chapter Strategic Plan and develop the 2016 budget.
  10. BAHEP/Team NASA Activities – Norm Chaffee reported that there have been no recent activities with these groups.
  11. January Newsletter – Renee Lance will send an e-mail reminder the first week of January asking for articles for the next Newsletter.  She plans to publish the Newsletter at the end of the month.
  12. Nick Lance Scholarship Implementation – Renee Lance reported scholarship applications are due in mid-March.  Norm Chaffee, Chet Vaughan, Susan Braymer, Teresa Sullivan, and Renee will review the applications and select the scholarship recipient.  The scholarship will be awarded at a ceremony on May 26, 2016.
  13. Status of Proposed Oral History Initiative – Norm Chaffee recently sent to the Board members a link to the website with all oral histories.  He asks that the Board review that list and propose 10 more people who should be interviewed.  This initiative will be discussed further at the January Strategic Planning meeting.
  14. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej reported that the transition of the website from Tietronix to Go Daddy went well.  Dan stated that he will require access to Drupal technical support.  He remarked that our JSC-NAL communications are well distributed – he was contacted by someone from New Orleans and someone from Italy about attending the Gemini 7/6 anniversary event!
  15. Education Committee Report – Norm Chaffee stated that the recipient of the NAL-JSC-funded AIAA scholarship is a teacher from Pearland Intermediate.
  16. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that five people have joined since the November meeting.  Estella will take care of providing kolaches or another treat to the staff at the badging office in appreciation for their help through the year.  Estella mentioned that she was recently told by Gilruth Center that retiree membership costs $250, but it had been $195.  She cites the reduced cost in her membership invitation to new retirees, so she will contact Gilruth Center management to confirm the correct cost.
  17. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall reported that the NAL provided mentoring support of the JSC Intern Program during their annual “Apollo 13 – The Movie” social event on Friday evening, November 13, 2015.    Norm Chaffee provided a technical orientation of the Saturn V at the display in the JSC Rocket Park.  The Interns then moved to the Mission Control Center where Frank Hughes discussed mission operations and the culture of the 1960’s to set the stage for the showing of the movie. 

     Jon invited JSC mentoring coordinators, mentors and protégés to attend the December 2, 2015,Gemini 7/6 50th Anniversary, and the December 3, 2015, Apollo MCC Restoration and Documentation of JSC's Historic Buildings.  Jon has been invited to attend an Employee Resources Group Mentoring Event (and Holiday Social) on Sunday, December 13, 2015.  There, he will provide information about upcoming NAL events.  JSC Human Resources (HR) invited the NAL to consider participating in the next cycle of the JSC Mentoring Program which begins in late January, 2016.  Jon will confirm whether or not HR is looking for retirees to actually be mentors, and, if so, will develop a communication to go to all members.   

     The Mentoring Committee is exploring the possibility of conducting management seminars on a variety of topics in a panel format - probably an hour or so at a time - spread out over the year in a series presentation. Topics could be focused on technical topics/problems as well as management approaches. 

  1. Program Committee Report and Winter Social/Dinner – Denny Holt reported that the First Thursday speaker for January will be Clay Anderson (who will sell/sign his book, The Ordinary Spaceman) and for February will be Joel Walker, Director of Center Operations.  Norm Chaffee asked Denny to pursue a speaker to cover recent planetary activities for the Winter Social.
  2. 2014 Annual Report – Norm Chaffee asked that Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs identify accomplishments in our area of purview during 2014 and 2015 to be included in an annual report.  Norm would like to have this information by late January or early February.
  3. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

 

November 12, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON NOVEMBER 12, 2015

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the November Board meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX  77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Wayne Hale, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Renee Lance, Dan Sedej, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Aneta Davis, Jon Hall, and Frank Hughes.  Those unable to attend were Susan Braymer, William Bates, Phil Deans, Denny Holt, Rick Nygren, and Guy Thibodaux.
  3. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the October 8, 2015, Board meeting were approved. 
  4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.

   NAL Net Worth on 11/1/2015 was $65692.96     Contact the NAL Treasurer for details

   
  1. Investment Strategy and Options – Gordon Ducote presented his findings from a questionnaire that he sent to several NAL-JSC members regarding investment risk versus reward.  The general survey conclusions were:  respondents were shocked that we have so much money; most members do not feel competent to propose portfolios; professional management is required for complicated investments; and there is strong support for index ETF’s and Mutual Funds versus Common Stocks.  Gordon recommended a planning session to:  set target returns from safe/low-risk investments; maintain a base amount in account(s) and use growth + dues to project next year funds; transfer more funds from JSCFCU to Schwab; broaden and increase donations; communicate budget to membership; modify NAL-JSC By-Laws to reflect investment goals/strategy.  Norm Chaffee will set up a mini strategic planning session in late January, 2016, to update our November, 2014, plan.  He will consult the Board for acceptable dates.

      Estella Gillette suggested at the Strategic Planning Meeting we create a simple policy statement regarding what NAL-JSC funds support.  Norm Chaffee, Larry Bell, and Chet Vaughan will write an article about the history of our Chapter’s income for the next Newsletter.

  1. Suggested Policy for Other Memorial Scholarship Fund Requests to NAL-JSC – Norm Chaffee sent to all Board Members a revised policy to clarify the NAL-JSC role in memorial contributions to the NASA College Scholarship Fund.  Estella Gillette moved that the Policy Statement be approved.  Norm Chaffee seconded the motion, and all voted to approve.
  2. Status of NAL HQ and MOA with NASA – Wayne Hale reported that the Memorandum of Agreement between NASA Headquarters and the NASA Alumni League is still in the works but not yet approved.
  3. Status of Senior Staff Briefings and Plan to Complete – Norm Chaffee reported that most of JSC Senior Staff has been briefed regarding the NAL-JSC, except a few managers who were recently appointed to new positions and some of the institutional organizations.  The Board agreed that all Senior Staff who have not yet heard the presentation should be briefed.
  4. Gemini 7/6 50th Anniversary Activities – Phil Engelauf reported that invitations have been sent to Panel Members, Moderators, and guests for the December 2 event, and responses are coming in.  The Panel Members and their guests will be guests of NAL-JSC at a luncheon at Cullen’s following the event.  Phil created a nice flyer to be sent out advertising the event.
  5. BAHEP/Team NASA Activities – Norm Chaffee reported that there have been no recent activities with these groups.
  6. October Newsletter – Many kudos to Renee Lance for another fine Newsletter.  Renee reported that the next Newsletter will be distributed at the end of January.  She will send a request for inputs the first week of January.
  7. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall went to the October 29 National Management Association (NMA) luncheon at the Gilruth Center to deliver a few NAL information flyers since the program was “The Value of Mentoring.”  Potential NAL-JSC Mentoring activities under development:
  • NAL is ready to provide panel members to discuss JSC History and Culture upon request.
  • NAL invited JSC Mentoring coordinators, Mentors and Protégés to attend NAL monthly technical programs / KOTM social.
    • NAL extended a special invitation to JSC Mentoring Program for mentors and protégés to attend the following NAL technical programs:
      • Dec 2, 2015 - Gemini 7/6 Remembered: The 50th Anniversary of the First Rendezvous - Panelist Dr. Chris Kraft, Frank Borman, Tom Stafford, Jim Lovell share the story of this historic milestone.  Moderated by Glynn Lunney, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Gilruth Alamo Ballroom.
      • Dec 3, 2015 - Apollo MCC Restoration and Documentation of JSC's Historic Buildings, Sandra Tetley, JSC Historic Preservation Officer, 2:30 - 4 pm, Gilruth Lone Star Room
  • Collaborate with NMA (Joyce Abbey) on providing a guest speaker for their monthly brown-bag luncheons.  (Suggested topic – discuss services provided by NAL including informal mentoring). 
  • Collaborate with JSC HR/Peggie Wooten and Debbie Denton-Misfeldt to determine the value of meeting with the different JSC Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to explore opportunities for reverse mentoring, and addressing how to get over generational gaps that can become obstacles to learning from one another.
  1.  Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt is out of town.
  2. October 13 Dinner/Social – Cyndi Draughon reported that the dinner went well, despite several people attending who had not made reservations.  This was our first time to use an outside caterer (Red River Barbecue) and the food was very good.  We charged a little bit more for the dinner than it actually cost because we did not want to have significant swings in the price of the meals from event to event, which resulted in a small profit.  The Gilruth Center was extremely cold during the meeting, which was reported to the scheduler.  Also, the sound system was not particularly good.
  3. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that 11 people have joined since the October meeting, two September members have not renewed, and five October members have not yet renewed.  Estella is looking for “nominees” for our “featured member” for our next newsletter. This is a good way to tell some of those “untold” stories, if the member wants to share; could even use info from JSC History files.  We could also feature a new member. 
  4. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes suggested that the NAL membership should go to Hemphill to visit the Columbia Memorial Museum.  It is about 180 miles from Clear Lake. We could set up car pools like the Houston Museum trip.  Frank proposed that we contribute an amount like $1500 to the museum and consider that we continue that amount each year.  We should also start some kind of continuing activity using video as well as personal visits to attract people to that museum.  Frank also suggested that we offset the ~ $2200 cost of installation of a Shuttle simulator at the Museum.  It was recommended that these items be brought up when we discuss the 2016 budget in January.
  5. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej working to remove the NAL-JSC website to a new host, GODADDY.  This will cost $75 per year.  There was some discussion about archiving the NAL-JSC information that has been hosted by Tietronix.  Frank Hughes stated that each year’s data is archived to CD.  It is not clear who is responsible for keeping those CD’s.
  6. Status of Proposed Oral History Initiative – Frank Hughes has found that the equipment used for recording/transcribing oral histories will cost about $400.  Norm Chaffee will follow up with Natalie Saiz on whether or not NAL-JSC should proceed with working on the oral histories.
  7. 2014 Annual Report – Norm Chaffee will create a summary of the 2014 activities.  Each Officer and Board Member is asked to go to the website and look at the 2013 Annual Report and tell Norm what 2014 should be included from you.
  8. New Business – Norm Chaffee reported that when he made the NAL-JSC briefing to Joel Walker, Joel asked if we would be willing to support the Longhorn Project manager, Andrea Wilson, and serve on the Advisory Committee.  All third and seventh graders in Clear Creek Independent School District visit Rocket Park each year.  Estella Gillette recommended that Norm ask Ginger Gibson to be the NAL-JSC representative on the Advisory Committee since she did some work in that area while at JSC.
  9.  Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

October 8, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE 

JSC CHAPTER

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON OCTOBER 8, 2015

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League (NAL) held the October Board meeting on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX  77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:  Larry Bell, Norman Chaffee, Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Jon Hall, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Rick Nygren, and Dan Sedej.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Susan Braymer, Aneta Davis, Phil Deans, Cyndi Draughon, Wayne Hale, Renee Lance, Guy Thibodaux, and Chet Vaughan.
  3. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the September 10, 2015, Board meeting were approved. 
  4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report as follows:

NAL JSC Chapter Treasurer’s Report

JSC Chapter Net Worth 10/2/2015   $65,133.92

  1.  Investment Strategy and Options –Bill Bates submitted the Schwab Report but was unable to attend the meeting.  He did send a note stating that two proposals had been distributed prior to the last meeting and that he understood members of the Board of Directors had their own recommendations.  He suggested that we discuss the topic as to how we want to invest the NAL funds the Schwab account so that he can implement the decision as soon as he returns from his current trip.  He stated that Gordon Ducote had more details.
  2. Status of Investment Advisory and Strategy Study--Gordon Ducote had agreed to lead this effort and has enlisted the help of others.  He has sent a questionnaire to 32 members with a request that they respond by October 15. The desired outcome of the survey is to establish that we are in compliance with the NAL and chapter bylaws regarding investment philosophy. The questions are not in depth questions.  Gordon was advised to involve Richard Hergert, NAL member, for his comments, since Richard is a financial advisor.  Gordon has received 10 replies so far.  With the Chapter’s “healthy” income, we should ensure expenses are matching, but in the right away.  Perhaps this is a topic for our next retreat, a discussion on increasing scholarship funding.  
  3. Nick Lance Scholarship Process Status – Renee Lance was unable to attend the meeting, but she had sent her report and stated that every thing has been done to start the scholarship.  There will be no further updates until March 2016 when the CLHS will send her the applications, the applications will be evaluated, and two winners will be selected.
  4. Revised Policy on Memorial Donations to the NCSF – Norm, Teresa Sullivan, and Chet Vaughan discussed the process of accepting donations for NCSF and changing the process to ask members to send donations directly to NCSF instead of NAL’s receiving and then forwarding to NCSF.  Now that NCSF is back on the Combined Federal Campaign list, we can refer our members to the direct address for sending donations.  Regarding the draft policy for NAL memorial donations, Norm is still awaiting comments from Board Members on the proposed revised policy to clarify the NAL-JSC role in memorial contributions to the NASA College Scholarship Fund. 
  5. Status of NAL HQ and MOA with NASA – The report from Wayne Hale is still pending.
  6. Status of Senior Staff Briefings and Plan to Complete – Meetings with senior staff are close to completion.
  7. "O COLUMBIA" Program at JSC September 18, 2015 – The event was well attended at JSC in the Teague Auditorium.  The story is about “Columbia” and the many roles “she” has played in history.  The story ends with as a tribute to the Columbia STS-107 crew.  It was a very well done story.  Board members at the meeting suggested recommending the event to other audiences. 
  8.  Report on the Presentation of the Columbia Museum DVD “Of Good Courage” at JSC – Board members who attended either of the two sessions at JSC were very impressed with the real courage demonstrated by the Hemphill citizens and the community that came to help with the recovery of the Columbia STS-107 crew and the spacecraft debris. There are many ways to help the Columbia Museum and we continue to look for ways.  They are struggling with lack of resources and other types of support.  How can we help?
  9. BAHEP Activity—Norm reported that he is now the NAL member on the BAHEP Education Committee and Aerospace Advisory Committee. He is impressed with how BAHEP is involved in so many of the community activities, like Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD), far beyond just the involvement with the aerospace community.  Norm mentioned that Harvey Hartman, NAL member, has received the CCISD award Volunteer of the Year Award.  Our members keep giving to the community!!  A recommendation was made that NAL purchase a table for the annual BAHEP Annual Event, which is the awards event and attended by community leaders and representatives, including NASA alumni.
  10. Team NASA Activity – Norm reported BAHEP Team NASA activities for which NAL members could volunteer, including Outreach opportunities working at the Hope Village in Friendswood and at the upcoming Wings Over Houston event on October 16-17 at Ellington Field.  The Ellington Field event hosts the first day of the show as a pre-show opportunity for children with disabilities and requires numerous volunteers for many different activities. Norm is talking to Joyce Abbey, who represents SAIC on BAHEP and TEAM NASA, about activities in which NAL members can become involved to ensure we have information in time to invite members to participate.
  11.  Newsletter for October – Renee Lance sent a note reminding Board members that the deadline for articles was October 7.  As of October 8, she had only received two articles. 
  12. Membership Committee Report—Estella Gillette reported that five new members had joined our chapter since the last reporting period.  Estella asked about starting a “Featured Member” column in our newsletter about NAL member contributions to NASA and what the featured member is doing now.  This would be a good to tell some of those “untold” stories, if the member wants to share, and possibly a good way to lead into the JSC Oral History project that our chapter is pursuing.  More to come on that!
  13. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt reported the upcoming programs:
  • 10/13/2015—NAL Fall Social and Dinner Program—5:30 p.m., Gilruth Alamo Ballroom. Tom Moser, presenter (former JSC Director of Engineering/ISS Program Director; Evolvable Lunar Architecture  Review Team Member).  Topic:  Report on NextGen Space  Study.  Norm will introduce Tom. 
  • 12/2/2015—50th Anniversary of Gemini 7/6:  The First Rendezvous Mission—time TBD: Gilruth Alamo Ballroom. Panel discussion—Ken Young (NAL member), Moderator; panelists—Chris Kraft (NAL member), Frank Borman, Tom Stafford, Jim Lovell, Glynn Lunney (NAL member). 

        This program is still evolving.  The panelists have been contacted.  The time is still being determined and whether or not there will be a meal involved and for whom.  Denny will be out for this event, but Phil Engelauf will fill in for him. 

  • NAL First Thursday Series—all 2:30 p.m., Gilruth Lone Star Room
    • 11/5/2015—Marianne Dyson, presenter (NAL member).  Topic:  A Passion for Space:  Adventures of a Pioneering Female NASA Flight Controller.
    • 12/3/2015—TBD
    • 1/7/2016—Clayton Anderson, presenter (NAL member, astronaut and author).  Topic:  The Ordinary Astronaut.
    • 2/4/2016—Joel Walker, presenter (Director, Center Operations).  Topic:  The Changing Face of JSC—Renovation, Innovation, New Buildings.

        Other ideas for programs include presenters include Frank Culbertson (former astronaut/ Orbital ATK executive); Apollo Mission Control Center restoration with Gene Kranz as presenter.

        Norm asked for information on contacts on the topic of orbital debris—he is putting together a presentation for middle school children.

  1.  Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej reported that it is difficult to work with embedded documents that are in distribution items that we ask him to distribute.  It is hard to post some of these documents, too.

        Dan also recommended that we have a link to the Roundup in our website, since this would make past and current issues more readily available.

        Frank Hughes commented that our NAL-JSC site that Tietronix has hosted for years is too large now and that we need to host it somewhere else. The host company for Tietronix has made that recommendation.  Frank will provide us with a price for storage, yearly fee, etc.  A Board member asked if there is a calendar capability that we can add to any new changes we make to our website.

  1. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall reported on the outcome of the Expo that was  held on September 23 at the Gilruth Center.   Our chapter of the NAL supported the JSC Mentoring Mid-Year Expo that was hosted the JSC Human Resources.  The program included a guest speaker, Dr. Mark Poteet, co-author of the book Designing Workplace Mentoring Programs: An Evidence-Based Approach, plus table displays by JSC’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), our NAL Chapter, and others.  The event drew a modest but earnest crowd from the mentoring program, including both NASA mentors and protégés.   Our JSC Chapter of the NAL had a table set up at the Expo with banners, balloons, NAL-JSC information flyers, and some remarkable memorabilia provided by Bob Spann.  The NAL was well represented by officers, committee personnel, and members, including Norm Chaffee, Wayne Hale, Cyndi Draughon, Denny Holt, Jon Hall, Bob Spann, Mack Henderson, Jack Knight, Ray Nuss, Ken Young, Greg Blackburn and Larry Bell.   The refreshments and social hour provided ample opportunity for casual conversations, story-telling, and networking. The event concluded with a “social hour” that began in the Alamo Ballroom at about 4:30pm, and finished up out at the Small Pavilion around 6:30pm in perfect early fall weather.  A very special thanks to Bob Spann for his efforts to design and set up the table of memorabilia.  Bob’s career spanned decades, so he brought models, plaques, patches, and other items reflecting the development of human space flight over the last 50 years or so.  The interaction with mentors and protégés was enjoyable, and worth doing again.

        Comments were made about the EXPO event and how perhaps more social media coverage would have helped the attendance levels.  Enough word may not have gotten out.  Was it in JSC Today?

Jon further reported other activities on which the Mentoring Committee is working: NAL will provide panel members to discuss JSC History and Culture; work with Program Chair Joyce Abbey of the JSC Chapter of the National Management Association to provide a guest NAL speaker and discuss the role of NAL-JSC, including informal mentoring; work with JSC Human Resources Inclusion and Innovation Office representatives Debbie Denton-Misfeldt and Peggie Wooten to  determine the potential for meetings with the different JSC Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to explore opportunities for reverse mentoring and addressing generational gaps that can become obstacles to learning from one another; and continue to invite JSC Mentoring Program coordinators, mentors and protégés to the NAL monthly first Thursday programs and KOTM social.

Jon also reported the list of products developed and/or purchased in preparation for the NAL participation in the EXPO.  The committee created and had a banner prepared for the event and for use at future activities. 

  1.  Education Committee Report—Frank Hughes reported on the outcome of the NAL Board’s tour of the Exploration Center.  The group was able to watch a simulation from the mission control center side and inside the simulated spacecraft. 

        Frank also reported on his trip to the Hemphill Columbia Museum. He proposed that NAL JSC contribute an amount of $500 (give or take) to the museum each year.  He recommended that we establish a continuing activity with videos that (NAL would provide) and personal visits to attract people to that museum. He also recommended that we visit the museum, which is about 180 miles from Clear Lake.  After the Board meeting, Frank showed the DVD “Of Great Courage.”

  1.  Status of Oral History Initiative—Frank and Norm are still working that.  The last input was that we would work with Natalie Saiz at JSC, who is now responsible for the JSC Oral History Program, and with Rebecca Wright.  We are awaiting any additional information from them on the design of flow for interviews so that we can begin our internal NAL-JSC Oral History Program to further enhance the JSC program.
  2. Create Annual Report for 2014--Norm reported that we had inadvertently neglected to complete the 2014 annual report.  He will take the action to review past minutes and reports and put the report together so that we can add it to the archives (in accordance with our procedures).
  3. Old Business—Nothing else—everything covered already!
  4. New Business—Those who have seen the movie “The Martian” had great things to say about it.  We also discussed where the “cheaper” movie theaters are and the great packages one can get—cheap tickets and popcorn!
  5. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Estella Hernández Gillette 

For Cyndi Draughon

Sept 10, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the September Board meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX  77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:  Susan Braymer, Cyndi Draughon, William Bates, Larry Bell Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Renee Lance, Rick Nygren and, by telephone, Wayne Hale, Phil Engelauf, Jon Hall, Denny Holt, and Frank Hughes.  Those unable to attend were Norman Chaffee, Aneta Davis, Phil Deans, Estella Gillette, Dan Sedej, Chet Vaughan and Guy Thibodaux.
  3. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the August 13, 2015, Board meeting were approved. 
  4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.

       Net Worth 9/8/2015 is $63,855.33

 

 

 

  1. Investment Strategy and Options – Bill Bates created several investment options for discussion by the Board.  It was suggested, and Bill agreed, that it would be helpful to have a group of people consider these and other investment options to fund the NAL-JSC budget.  Gordon Ducote agreed to lead the effort and will enlist the help of others.
  2. Nick Lance Scholarship Process Status – Renee Lance has sent to the Clear Lake High School Career Counselor the requirements/application for the scholarship and those have been posted in the electronic system used by the school.  Applications will be due in mid-March.  A committee will review applications and award two $1,000 scholarships, which will be presented at an award ceremony at the school in May.  The plan is to award two $1,000 scholarships this year and the next three school years.
  3. Suggested Policy for Other Memorial Scholarship Fund Requests to NAL-JSC – Norm Chaffee sent to all Board Members a revised policy to clarify the NAL-JSC role in memorial contributions to the NASA College Scholarship Fund.  Several people had not had a chance to review the changes so discussion was deferred until the October Board meeting.  Renee Lance recommended the policy state that the minimum amount for a viable scholarship should be $2,000.  The Board agreed.
  4. Catering Survey Results – Cyndi Draughon sent a survey regarding catering options to 50 members who have recently attended Socials and 29 responses were received.  The most preferred option was a barbeque dinner (~$20) but the full-service meal from CulinArt ($28-$30) received almost as many votes.  Based on this input we will select from multiple options when selecting meals for future Social events.
  5. Status of NAL HQ and MOA with NASA – Wayne Hale reported that the Memorandum of Agreement between NASA Headquarters and the NASA Alumni League is still in the works but not yet approved.
  6. Status of Senior Staff Briefings and Plan to Complete – Denny Holt will schedule meetings with additional Senior Staff.
  7. Reminder of "O COLUMBIA" Program at JSC September 18, 2015 – Norm Chaffee has sent information to all members about the “O COLUMBIA” event at JSC on September 18.
  8.  Plans to Present the Columbia Museum DVD “Of Good Courage” at JSC – To follow up on the "O COLUMBIA" opera presentation and to help out the Hemphill Columbia Memorial Museum, Norm Chaffee has reserved the JSC Building 30 auditorium for Monday, September 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and the Lone Star Room at the Gilruth Center for Tuesday, September 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to show the 60 minute DVD, "Of Good Courage,” which was developed by the Board of the Columbia Memorial Museum in Hemphill.  The Building 30 showing on Monday will be for on-site JSC and contractor employees, and the Gilruth showing on Tuesday will be for our members and those in the community who do not have JSC-access badges.  Norm will send the information out to members via email and to the general retiree community via Larry Moon.  Norm will have the info put into JSC Today next week.  Frank Hughes and Norm will also approach the Starport Gift Shops and the Space Center Houston Gift Shop about carrying the DVD as a fund-raising effort for the museum.
  9. Recent Visit to the Hemphill Columbia Museum – Frank Hughes recently visited the Columbia Museum in Hemphill and reported that it was a very good experience.  The video “Of Good Courage” is very moving, conveying the experiences and memories of members of the community on the day of the accident and the period following.  He felt that the exhibits were very well done and encouraged Board members to visit.  Some ideas for helping to support the museum include:  NAL-JSC make an annual donation to the museum; place information about the museum on the Houston Chronicle and other newspapers; develop a Science National Honor Society for the Hemphill High School (Frank will work on this); and invite NAL notables to go to Hemphill to give lectures at the museum or a larger venue.
  10. Upcoming JSC Events of Interest – Norm Chaffee sent an email to NAL-JSC members about a JSC Panel discussion on the book and movie "The Martian,” to be in the Teague Auditorium on September 15, and author Andrew Chaikin’s presentation on Exploration, also in the Teague, and book signing in Building 3 on September 16.
  11. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes reminded the Board of our planned visit to Houston Museum of Natural Science on September 16.  While there we will observe a group of students running a mission simulation.  As part of NAL-JSC support to the Oral History Project, Frank is creating a list of candidate interviewees.  He has received from Rebecca Wright, of the History Office, a release to be signed by the interviewees and guidance to be used by the interviewer. Sandra Johnson is researching recommendations for possible purchase of recording equipment for NAL use.  The equipment could be stored at Tietronix and checked out when interviews are scheduled.
  12. Invitation for NAL-JSC Chapter to Join TEAM NASA - As a member of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) Norm Chaffee is participating in their Aerospace Advisory Committee and their Education Committee.  At the latest BAHEP meeting Joyce Abbey invited NAL-JSC to be members of TEAM NASA (a consortium of JSC and the JSC contractor community that performs public service and outreach activities).  Norm agreed to participate and will use that forum to let others know about our activities and to identify opportunities for service by our members.  Frank Hughes will be asked to participate as necessary in the BAHEP Education Committee activities, and Norm would like to have a representative to the TEAM NASA group as his back-up.  The Board agreed that any of the people who recently agreed to serve but were not appointed as Directors would be good candidates for this role.
  13. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall reported that at the end of the First Thursday presentation on September 3 he reminded attendees of the upcoming JSC Mentoring Expo and asked attendees to support the event.  The Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 23, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Gilruth Center.  It will be a combination of presentations, information booths and opportunities to network.  Attendees will be mentors and protégés, aerospace industry reps and NAL-JSC.  We will have an information booth/table in support of the event and we have agreed to sponsor a keg for the reception from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      In the future we will explore with JSC HR the idea of presenting panel discussions focusing on JSC history and culture and featuring our members as presenters.  There is also potential for meeting with the different JSC Employee Resource Groups to explore opportunities for reverse mentoring, and addressing how to get over generational gaps that can become obstacles to learning from one another

  1. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej is out for the month of September.  Norm Chaffee has been using our FreeList access to send out information, and has been adding the new members that may not be incorporated yet into the FreeList data.
  2. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt confirmed that the Fall Social/Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, at the Gilruth Center, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. and will feature Tom Moser speaking about “An Evolvable Lunar Architecture.”  Denny has tentative speakers for the First Thursday events in October, November, and December.  Clay Anderson is scheduled for the January 7, 2016 First Thursday, and will sign books after his presentation.
  3. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported gaining 3 new members since the August Board meeting.  Estella has updated the NAL-JSC Directory, including changes in Board membership, new members, and additions to the “afterlife” list.
  4.  Newsletter Schedule – Renee Lance expressed her appreciation for the many inputs for the last Newsletter.  Following the meeting, Renee provided this schedule for the next Newsletter:  September 23 – call for articles; October 7 – deadline for submitting articles; October 14 – Renee will send draft Newsletter for review; October 20 – Newsletter will be sent to members.
  5. Old Business – Frank Hughes and Norm Chaffee have been working with Natalie Saiz and with Rebecca Wright in the JSC History Office to get started on our Oral History initiative.  Natalie has asked Rebecca to develop a flow chart of the process so we can discuss in detail what our Chapter would do and what JSC and the History Office would do; and to further explore how we select interviewees and what we do with the final products.  More details will follow when information is received from Natalie and Rebecca.
  6. New Business – The Board briefly discussed what information would be included in an Annual Report for 2014
  7.  Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

August 13, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON AUGUST 13, 2015

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the August Board meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX  77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Wayne Hale, Phil Engelauf, Jon Hall, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Rick Nygren, Dan Sedej, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Susan Braymer and Cyndi Draughon.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Larry Bell, Susan Creasy, Aneta Davis, Phil Deans, Estella Gillette, and Guy Thibodaux.
  3. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the July 9, 2015, Board meeting were approved. 
  4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report and Investment Report:

Total Networth 8/12/2015  $65,202.36

 

 

 

  1. Appointment of Two Replacement Directors – The Board voted by acclamation to appoint Susan Creasy and Phil Engelauf to serve as Directors through August, 2016.  All Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs had been asked to nominate NAL members to fill the two open Director positions and 36 names were submitted.  Norm Chaffee contacted all of those, and 16 agreed to serve if selected.  Officers and Directors were then asked to select five from the list of 16, and from that list Susan and Phil were selected.

      Chet Vaughan suggested that the other 14 people who were willing to serve on the Board be enlisted in current activities.  This will be discussed again at the September Board meeting.  Denny Holt agreed to contact Al Koehler, President of the NAL-KSC Chapter to find out how they use the Support Team that is part of their organization. 

  1. Nick Lance Scholarship Fund – A group of NAL members recently met with Renee Lance and others to solidify plans for distribution of the Nick Lance Scholarship Fund.  There was some discussion at the Board Meeting regarding some wording on the application versus what was described in the score card for the applications.  The Board agreed that the forms created are good.  Renee and Clear Lake High School will proceed with working to award the funds.
  2. Suggested Policy for Other Memorial Scholarship Fund Requests to NAL-JSC – Norm Chaffee, Teresa Sullivan, and Renee Lance drafted a policy describing how NAL-JSC can assist families of deceased NAL members in designating educational opportunities through NAL-JSC as recipients of contributions from family/friends who wish to honor the memory of the NAL member.  The policy describes responsibilities of the family and of the NAL-JSC.  Some Board members felt that the policy implies NAL-JSC would receive contributions for the NASA College Scholarship Fund which would put an undue burden on NAL-JSC.  The policy will be revised for clarification and will be reviewed at the next Board Meeting.
  3. Plan to Identify Preferred Catering Options for Future Events – Cyndi Draughon has contacted four of the caterers approved for food service at the Gilruth Center to determine what meals, service, and prices are available.  This information will be used to create a survey to be sent to members who attend the Socials to determine their preferences from the options available.  Cyndi will write a letter of thanks from the NAL-JSC to Peggy Wooten to recognize her support to our last two social functions.
  4. Status of NAL HQ and MOA with NASA – Wayne Hale reported that the Memorandum of Agreement between NASA Headquarters and the NASA Alumni League is still in the works but not yet approved.
  5. Status of Senior Staff Briefings and Plan to Complete – The Board discussed additional Senior Staff members who should hear the NAL-JSC briefing.  Norm Chaffee asked Denny Holt to schedule the briefings.
  6. Reminder of "OH, COLUMBIA" Program at JSC September 18, and Suggestion for Associated Event – Wayne Hale reported that the “Oh, Columbia” event at JSC on September 18 will not be the entire opera, but will be selected excerpts and spoken commentary.  Norm Chaffee stated that he would like to contact JSC management regarding an opportunity to inform JSC employees of the Remembering Columbia Museum in Hemphill, TX in conjunction with the “Oh, Columbia” event.  The Board agreed that it will be worthwhile for Norm to pursue this.
  7.  Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported gaining 7 new members since the July Board meeting.  All of the July expirations did renew.  During CY 2015 we have had 10 members who have not renewed membership and have been moved to the 2 – year “yellow status” in which they receive our emails but do not have a valid NAL badge.  Norm asked the Board members to review the 2015 “yellow status” list and remind any friends/acquaintances that we “miss them,” if the Board members feel comfortable doing that.  Eight members have been moved to “red status” in which they are dropped from our email distribution.  Board members should reach out to those “dropped” members also, if appropriate.
  8.  Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt is scheduling the First Thursday meetings for the remainder of 2015.  He has asked Michael Kincaid, the JSC Director of External Relations, to speak on September 3.  The other meetings for 2015 are in work.

Our Fall Social/Dinner has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, at the Gilruth Center, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. and will feature Tom Moser speaking about “An Evolvable Lunar Architecture”.

  1.  Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej reported he had contacted FREELIST and they have added him as our new system administrator, replacing Nick Lance.  Dan also did an audit/comparison of FREELIST to our membership list and made the necessary updates and corrections so that they match.  He met with Estella Gillette to develop the procedure for keeping the two files synchronized, and he placed the written procedure in DROPBOX.  Dan also created an Excel spreadsheet in Dropbox that lists all the names in the two NAL Freelists distribution lists.  He will update the spreadsheet as names are added and deleted from Freelists.  

      Dan changed all NAL-JSC addresses to “hidden” also.  He has made several updates and tweaks to our web site, working with Frank Hughes.  Officers and Board members should review the updated web site and provide any comments at the September Board meeting.  Dan noted that he will be gone the entire month of September.

  1.  Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall reported that he and Jennifer Rodriguez of the JSC HR office made a presentation at the August 6 First Thursday meeting to explain Committee objectives and activities, and to solicit volunteers to serve on the Mentoring Committee.  There was interest and two new Committee members were recruited. 

The mid-year JSC Mentoring Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 23, from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Gilruth Center.  It will be a combination of presentations, information booths and opportunities to network.  A substantial attendance is expected.  JSC HR has requested that NAL provide an information booth/table in support of the event.  Our Chapter can select the theme of our booth and we will need NAL members to staff the booth for the afternoon and to explain the objectives of our Chapter and the benefits of membership on retirement.

      Jon suggested that we invite the JSC HR Mentoring Coordinators to join us at a future KOTM social (following a First Thursday program).

      In the future we will explore with JSC HR the idea of presenting panel discussions focusing on JSC history and culture and featuring our members as presenters.

  1.  Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes reported that progress was difficult in reaching the Space Center Houston Education Office staff to discuss joint activities. 

Frank has initiated contact with Rebecca Wright of the JSC History Office and is getting good support and input from her on our proposed effort to augment the JSC Oral History Program. 

                  Frank also worked with Dan Sedej on the update of the Chapter web site.

      Frank is also working to set up an optional tour of the Exploration Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  He presented a selection of possible dates/times and the Officers and Directors should indicate if they are interested in attending, and then identify the dates when they could participate.  Frank will schedule the visit after he receives this input data.

  1.  July Newsletter Assessment – Norm Chaffee was very pleased with the recent July issue of our Newsletter and complimented Editor, Renee Lance, for a n excellent job.  The Board heartily agreed.
  2.  Old Business – There was no old business to be discussed.
  3.  New Business – There was no new business to be discussed.
  4.  Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon and Norman Chaffee

Juy 9, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE
JSC CHAPTER

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
HELD ON JULY 9, 2015

1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the July Board meeting on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77058.
2. Those in attendance were: Norman Chaffee, Wayne Hale, Cyndi Draughon, Gordon Ducote, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Dan Sedej, Teresa Sullivan and, by telephone, Susan Braymer, Aneta Davis, Rick Nygren and Chester Vaughan. Those unable to attend were William Bates, Larry Bell, Phil Deans, Estella Gillette, Jon Hall and Guy Thibodaux.
3. The Minutes of the June 11, 2015, Board meeting were approved.
4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report and Investment Report:
5. Investment Status – After discussion of the recently approved purchase of the electronically-traded fund CURE, the Board decided that future Schwab investments should be in low-risk, low-volatility, income-producing stocks.
6. Nick Lance Scholarship Fund – Norm Chaffee asked Frank Hughes, Education Committee Chair, to lead a kick-off meeting with Renee Lance and a team to help with the scholarship. In addition to the NAL personnel who will assist, Renee has several contacts familiar with scholarship applications and funds distribution who she will ask to help with administering the fund. To date, $6,930 has been received for the scholarship fund.
7. NASA College Scholarship Fund (NCSF) Status – Norm Chaffee reported that recent information from Scott Wood, President of the NCSF Board, indicates that the NCSF should be able to be included in regional (not national) Combined Federal Campaigns and receive funds from those campaigns. Norm is still working with other Centers to identify contacts for retiree organizations in their areas so that those organizations can be notified of NCSF activities and needs. Mal Peterson has sent NCSF information to NAL contacts.
8. TIME Magazine Program at JSC – Norm Chaffee expressed his appreciation for JSC continuing to inform NAL of opportunities to participate in events at the Center. Norm had sent NAL members information regarding today’s presentation of the first three episodes of TIME’s documentary series “Scott Kelly: A Year in Space.” The presentation was very interesting and several NAL members attended. The series is being released online: http://time.com/space-nasa-scott-kelly-mission/
9. Houston Grand Opera (HGO) O Columbia – The NAL is also invited to attend a special presentation of O Columbia at JSC on September 18. O Columbia is a chamber opera commissioned by the HGO which examines the past, present, and future of the American spirit of exploration and celebrates the identity of America’s frontiersmen and women. Wayne Hale is part of the core group of NASA advisors who worked with the opera’s creators. The opera will be performed September 23 and 24 at the Bayou Music Center.
10. NAL HQ and KSC Chapter Relations – Norm Chaffee reported that Mal Peterson is continuing to work on the national NAL. NASA Headquarters has not yet signed the new Memorandum of Agreement between the Agency and the Alumni League. Wayne Hale is working to get the Agreement signed.
11. Book Sales Policy at NAL Meetings – The NAL has recently had several requests to communicate information about books written, book sales or book signings to members. After much discussion, the Board agreed that the NAL will inform members of book sales and/or signings that occur as part of an NAL function. We will continue to follow the practice of allowing book sales and signings at NAL events when 1) the activity is conducted by an NAL member and 2) the activity is specifically related to space.
12. Communications Committee Discussion – Norm Chaffee introduced Dan Sedej, who has agreed to serve as Chair of the Communications Committee. Dan currently maintains two community service websites and confirmed that he will be able to maintain the NAL-JSC website. Norm Chaffee made a motion to confirm Dan as Communications Chairman, Denny Holt seconded the motion, and the Board voted unanimously to confirm Dan. Dan will also maintain the two NAL e-mail distribution lists. It was agreed that Cyndi Draughon, Secretary, will send paper copies of significant NAL communications to the 10 members who do not have e-mail.
13. Replacement Directors – Norm Chaffee received 34 names as nominees for Director to fill the two vacancies on the Board. Norm will contact each of these to determine their willingness to serve. From the list of those willing to serve, the Officers and Directors will vote for their top three to five candidates and a final vote for two will be made. Norm would like to have the process completed in time for the new Directors to attend the August Board Meeting.
14. NAL Briefing to JSC Senior Staff – Briefings have been made to all but two members of Senior Staff.
15. KIPP School Visit and Collaboration Opportunities – Norm Chaffee met with KIPP Charter Schools administrators to discuss potential NAL support such as presentations and visits to JSC. Norm asked Frank Hughes to put together a list of seven to ten people who would be good presenters at schools and meet with that group to discuss best practices for speaking to school-age children. This group would then be available to speak on various topics at KIPP.
16. Catering for NAL Socials – The change in operations at the Gilruth Center has resulted in an increase in charges for meals for the NAL Social events. Cyndi Draughon will develop a survey to send in August to members who do attend the Socials to determine preferences in options for reducing the prices (such as lighter meals, plastic plates, etc.).
17. JSC Formal Mentoring Program – Jon Hall met with Jennifer Rodriguez and Nicole Hernandez to discuss the next steps in NAL support of the JSC Mentoring Program (Mar2015 - Feb2016). The next major event for the JSC Mentoring Program will be the Mid-Year Expo being planned for some time in September, 2015. The current assumption is that this Mid-Year Expo will be held at the Gilruth; more details will be forthcoming in the next few months. Jon would like to enlist more NAL members to participate in the Mentoring Committee, especially for the Expo. It was recommended that he submit an article for the Newsletter. Denny Holt stated that Jon can be on the agenda at the August 6 First Thursday event. Jon will keep Jennifer and Nicole informed of the NAL Keg of the Month socials so that they can invite Mentors/Protégés to the events. Jon is also discussing with Denny Holt, Programs Chair, having some young people in the Mentoring Program make technical presentations at our NAL monthly technical programs
18. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes reported that the Science National Honor Society recently awarded 20 scholarships of $1,000 each. Frank will follow up with the Society about cashing the check from NAL. Frank will work with Carolyn Sumners to reschedule a tour of the Houston Museum of Natural Science after the museum summer education activities are over.
19. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt reported that there is extra time available after the August 6, 2015, First Thursday briefing by SATOP, so he will add Jon Hall to the agenda so that Jon can request participation in the Mentoring Committee. The next Social is scheduled for October 13, 2015 and the program is yet to be determined.
20. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette reported that five people have joined since the last Board Meeting. She indicated that Renee Lance has used the NAL cards that were prepared for her to recognize contributions to the Nick Lance Scholarship Fund. Renee now has the electronic copy to continue to make cards, if needed. Estella has worked with JSC Security this month regarding an issue with a badged NAL member, and identification of DOD detailees as eligible for retiree badges.
21. Newsletter Plan and Schedule – Norm Chaffee asked that all submit newsletter articles in time for Renee to meet her goal of sending the newsletter out by July 13.
22. New Business – Denny Holt reported that he was asked by a member of the JSC External Relations staff to identify contacts to participate in an upcoming NASA anniversary event. Given that there have been several such events already this year, Denny recommended that the Board consider identifying a “support” team to assist with such activities.

There being no other old or new business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Cyndi Draughon
Secretary

June 11, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE
JSC CHAPTER

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
HELD ON JUNE 11, 2015

1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the June Board meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77058.
2. Those in attendance were: Norman Chaffee, Susan Braymer, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell, Estella Gillette, Gene Grush, Jon Hall, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Joyce Seriale-Grush and, by telephone, Chester Vaughan. Those unable to attend were Wayne Hale, William Bates, Aneta Davis, Phil Deans, Gordon Ducote, Rick Nygren, and Guy Thibodaux.
3. The Minutes of the May 14, 2015, Board meeting were approved.
4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report and Investment Report:

NAL JSC CHAPTER TREASURER’S REPORT
As of June 9, 2015

Share account $ 5.00
Checking Account $ 10,414.57
Money Market $ 22,414.28
$ 32,833.85

Total in Schwab Account as of 6/9/15 $ 25,280.24

Total Worth
9-Jun-15 $ 58,114.09
31-Dec-14 $ 50,714.10

NOTES:
$6,046.49 collected from Dues YTD (includes 4 Lifetime)
$850 given to HQ YTD
$105.10 in PayPal fees YTD
$330 collected for NCSF YTD
$1,247.65 in donations to NAL YTD
$500 check dtd 2/26/15 to Space National Honor Society (not cashed)
$1,500 Check for HMNS - Expedition Center (cashed)
$500 Check for AIAA Stem Grant program (cashed)
$1,500 Check written to SCH (not cashed)
$3,220 donated for Nick Lance Scholarship
$100 in Memorial Funds YTD

5. NAL Contributions – Norm Chaffee reported that he and Frank Hughes presented the JSC-NAL $1,500 contribution to Space Center Houston today, June 11, 2015.
6. Nick Lance Scholarship Fund – The JSC-NAL has agreed to support Renee Lance in establishing a scholarship fund in the name of Nick Lance, who passed away recently. To date, more than $3,400 in donations have been received. The Board will work with Renee to determine how she wants to distribute the funds.
7. JSC 50th Anniversary of MCC Operations and EVA – Norm Chaffee reported that the NAL was well represented at the JSC activities on June 3, 2015. Dr. Ellen Ochoa recognized the NAL during her presentation at the event. Larry Bell and Norm stated that the activities were very well organized and the entire event was quite successful.
8. KIPP Charter School Program – In response to a request by Mike Kincaid, JSC Director of Community Relations, Norm Chaffee organized a presentation by KIPP Charter Schools regarding their 2-year Graduate Research Teaching Fellowship. Norm sent KIPP information and an invitation to the presentation to AIAA and IEEE members, NAL members, and other retirees via Larry Moon and E. Bob Stewart. More than 25 people attended the briefing. Norm made KIPP leaders aware of opportunities to interface with JSC in various student activities.
9. Columbia Museum in Hemphill, TX – Norm Chaffee visited with the organizers of the Columbia Museum in Hemphill recently. The museum does not have a lot of attendance and Norm offered to help them find a way to raise funds for the museum. The Space Center Houston Director of Development offered to meet with Norm to help him generate fund-raising ideas.
10. Nick Lance Celebration of Life – Norm Chaffee will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the celebration for Nick on June 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Gilruth Center.
11. BAHEP/SATOP Activity – Bernie Rosenbaum has tentatively agreed to Chair NAL’s involvement with the BAHEP Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP). Estella Gillette provided Bernie the names of members who might work with him in this endeavor. Denny Holt suggested that information about the position of NAL-SATOP liaison be added to the First Thursday briefing by BAHEP on August 6, 2015. Someone else interested in organizing the activity for NAL might respond to the information.
Estella Gillette mentioned that BAHEP’s program for mentoring military veterans returning to the workforce is another activity that might be of interest to NAL members.
12. NAL Briefing to JSC Senior Staff – Denny Holt will schedule briefings with the remaining Senior Staff over the next several weeks.
13. Catering for NAL Socials – The change in operations at the Gilruth Center has resulted in an increase in charges for meals for the NAL Social events. Cyndi Draughon will develop a survey to send to members who do attend the Socials to determine preferences in options for reducing the prices (such as lighter meals, plastic plates, etc.).
14. JSC Formal Mentoring Program – Jon Hall reported that he met with Jennifer Rodriguez and Nicole Hernandez of JSC Human Resources (HR) to discuss NAL involvement with the Mentoring Program. The current Program relies less on one-on-one partnering and will include establishing discipline-centric groups or cohorts to provide peer encouragement and insights. HR indicated that NAL can assist by supporting scheduled workshops or HR events, and addressing groups of employees on topics such as Leadership – leaders from programs, projects and institutional directorates, divisions and branches - and History/culture – providing insights in to how and why JSC does what it does. Another suggestion was that NAL-JSC could possibly host an informal, “Dutch treat” event such as a Happy Hour at a local bar or the Gilruth Center, where retirees and current employees could have informal discussions. HR would like to inform Mentoring Program participants of the NAL First Thursday briefings and Denny Holt provided the current schedule of briefings.
The Board is very interested in pursuing involvement in this area. Estella Gillette has a prepared briefing on the JSC Culture and Norm Chaffee has one about the “practice” of engineering. HR is solidifying plans for events during September, which is the middle of the Mentoring Program year-long cycle. Jon will stay in touch with HR and work with the Board and NAL members to identify what support NAL can provide.
15. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette reported that six people have joined since the last Board Meeting. Estella is receiving and documenting the contributions for the Nick Lance Scholarship Fund. She reported that donations are coming from NAL and NASA colleagues, high school and college alumni, local band parents, relatives, and friends.
16. Communications Policy – Estella Gillette has recently received inquiries about NAL distributing information to members regarding book sales and book-signing opportunities. Denny Holt will send to Board members the current policy and we will review that at the next Board meeting.
17. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt reported that upcoming First Thursday presentations are: July 2, ISS Briefing; August 6, BAHEP briefing on SATOP. Dr. Ochoa is scheduled to speak at the evening social event on June 22, 2015. Rob Kelso, executive director at the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), has offered to speak at a First Thursday event. Over the past two years, PISCES and the -Kennedy Space Center have been working together in partnership for a lunar surface flight experiment leveraging transportation through the Google Lunar X-Prize. The joint flight test project for is called the Research Investigating Dust Expulsion Removal Systems or Moon RIDERS.
18. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes and Carolyn Sumners tentatively scheduled a tour of the Houston Museum of Natural Science in mid-June. Since most Board members were unavailable on those dates, Frank will try to reschedule for August after the museum summer education activities are over. Frank is managing the NAL website until a new webmaster is identified.
19. Filling Vacant Board of Directors Positions – Norm Chaffee reported that the Board has authority to appoint replacements for vacant Board positions. Two positions need to be filled due to Gene Grush resigning because he is moving to Louisiana and Nick Lance’s passing. Board members are asked to submit names of candidates to Norm by Thursday, June 18. Norm will compile the list for discussion at the next Board meeting.

There being no other old or new business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Cyndi Draughon
Secretary

May 14, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE JSC CHAPTER MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS HELD ON May 14, 2015

1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the May Board meeting on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77058.

2. Those in attendance were: Susan Braymer, Cyndi Draughon, Estella Gillette, Gene Grush, Jon Hall, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Rick Nygren, Chester Vaughan and, by telephone, Aneta Davis and Larry Bell. Those unable to attend were Norman Chaffee, Wayne Hale, William Bates, Phil Deans, Gordon Ducote, Nick Lance, and Guy Thibodaux.

3. The Minutes of the April 9, 2015, Board meeting were approved.

4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report and Investment Report: Norm Chaffee reported that he is having difficulty scheduling a time to present the NAL check to Space Center Houston. Frank Hughes said that he will contact Richard Allen at Space Center Houston as soon as possible to make arrangements for the presentation and a photo.

5. Special Presentation to NAL by Dr. John Logsdon – Dr. John Logsdon, author of the new book, After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program, gave an interesting and informative presentation to NAL members on April 27, 2015, at the Lunar Planetary Institute. There were 38 members in attendance. After the presentation 11 members of the NAL Board of Directors took Dr. Logsdon to lunch.

6. Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) – Norm Chaffee has asked Bernie Rosenbaum to Chair NAL’s involvement with the BAHEP Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP). Bernie has tentatively agreed. Estella Gillette is working with Bernie to provide him the names of members who might work with him in this endeavor. Denny Holt has scheduled a First Thursday briefing about SATOP for August 6, 2015.

7. NAL Briefing to JSC Senior Staff – Norm Chaffee, Denny Holt, and Chester Vaughan have provided briefings about NAL to the following JSC Senior Staff: March 19 - Ellen Ochoa - Center Director March 24 - Mike Kincaid - Community Relations Director April 16 - Kirk Shireman - Deputy Center Director April 17 - Bill McArthur - Safety and Mission Assurance Director April 17 - Melanie Saunders - Associate Center Director April 23 - Brian Kelly - Flight Operations Director April 23 - Lauri Hansen - Engineering Director The briefings have been well received. Denny will schedule briefings with the remaining Senior Staff over the next several weeks.

8. Restoration of the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) – Denny Holt reported that the MOCR Restoration Working Group met last week and formed two subcommittees. One subcommittee will address who has access to the MOCR and the other will recommend the flow of visitors through the MOCR as part of the Space Center Houston tour. Denny stated that 600,000 people tour the MOCR each year.

9. JSC Formal Mentoring Program – Norm Chaffee and Jon Hall have discussed what the NAL thrust might be in support of the JSC Mentoring Program. Norm briefed Brady Pyle, JSC Director of Human Resources (HR), on what we are doing. Jon has scheduled a meeting with Jennifer Rodriguez and Nicole Hernandez of HR to discuss the NAL involvement.

10. Communications Committee Report – Norm Chaffee complimented Renee Lance and all contributors to the Newsletter. The Board agreed that the Newsletter should be sent to Dr. Ochoa, Mr. Shireman and Melanie Saunders in addition to NAL HQ, NAL - KSC, and BAHEP. Several in attendance suggested that the Newsletter be sent to all of JSC Senior Staff. There was quite a bit of discussion encouraging all Board members to submit contributions to the Newsletter. It was suggested that we each inform Norm of what we submit so that he is aware when he prepares his President’s input. Several members expressed interest in having a calendar displayed on the website so that scheduled events (such as briefings to senior staff, upcoming EVA anniversary events) can be readily noted.

11. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt reported on the June 3, 2015, activities associated with celebrating 50 years of Mission Control Center and Spacewalking. A message from Norm Chaffee will be sent to NAL members to let them know the schedule of events. The scheduled First Thursday presentations are: June 4, Advanced Propulsion; July 2, ISS Briefing; August 6, BAHEP briefing on SATOP. Dr. Ochoa is scheduled to speak at the evening social event on June 22, 2015.

12. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes is working with Space Center Houston (Julie Hill and Anson Brantley) to provide more training for their tour guides and docents. The next opportunity will be Spring Break with a tour of the Saturn V. Frank has worked up a text and photo walk around document that will be made available to SCH as well. Tietronix has created an app, Space Station Research Explorer, for smart phone or tablet aimed at allowing the public to see what is happening in the research activities on the ISS. This lines up with the NAL goal to create Educational plans to publicize ISS Research activities to a wider audience. Tietronix has also created a website, ISSLive.com, that shows live ISS date from Mission Control. Frank is in touch with Carolyn Sumners and her office to have provide a tour of the Houston Museum of Natural Science in early June.

13. KIPP Charter School Program - Norm Chaffee reported that the leadership of the KIPP Charter Schools organization (14 Houston area schools, 162 schools nationwide visited Mike Kincaid (Community Relations) to explore the possibility of attracting JSC retirees - or those active workers contemplating near term retirement - as teachers within the KIPP system. Mike Kincaid asked Norm to work with the KIPP leadership to set up a briefing at JSC where KIPP could come and present details on their 2-year Graduate Research Teaching Fellowship. This is a 2-year program paying a stipend of $75000 over the 2-year period. Candidates serve as teacher interns under close guidance by a master teacher the first year, and serve in the classroom with supervision by a master teacher during the second year. Over the 2-year period the candidate takes online courses, attends seminars, and receives other training from KIPP's graduate school of Education (fully accredited) and receives a Master’s Degree in Education at the end of the 2-year program Norm created a proposed plan and vetted it with Mike Kincaid, Brady Pyle, the KIPP leadership, AIAA and IEEE involving inviting our NAL membership, other retirees we can reach in the Clear Lake area via Larry Moon and E. Bob Stewart, AIAA and IEEE membership. Norm is currently trying to find an agreeable date, time and meeting location. He has discussed with the KIPP leadership other possible activities in which we could host student tours of Rocket Park or find volunteers to visit KIPP campuses to talk to student groups. Norm proposes that this activity be worked through the Education Committee.

14. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette reported that new enrollment is slowing down. Two new members joined since the last Board meeting. Estella will send a current roster of members to the NAL-JSC Board and will look at updating the online list of current members.

15. Oral History Support – Aneta Davis reported that her calls to the History Office at JSC have not been returned. It was suggested that she contact Norm Chaffee, who has frequent contact with the History Office, to resolve the issue. Aneta was directed to the http://history.nasa.gov/oralhistory/ohcatalog.htm website to find the Oral Histories that have already been completed.

There being no other old or new business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m. Cyndi Draughon Secretary/sites/nal-jsc.org/files/2015-04-14_nal_board_meeting_minutes.pdf

April 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE
JSC CHAPTER

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
HELD ON APRIL 9, 2015

1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the April Board meeting on Thursday, April 9. 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77058.
2. Those in attendance were: Norman Chaffee, Susan Braymer, Cyndi Draughon, Gene Grush, Larry Bell, Chester Vaughan and, by telephone, Aneta Davis and Denny Holt. Those unable to attend Wayne Hale, William Bates, Phil Deans, Gordon Ducote, Estella Gillette, Frank Hughes, Nick Lance, Rick Nygren, and Guy Thibodaux.
3. The Minutes of the March 12, 2015 Board meeting were approved.
4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report and Investment Report:
The checking account balance is high, so Susan will move money from checking to money market. The Schwab account has increased by $1,000. Susan gave $500 check for AIAA STEM grant to Norm for presentation to AIAA. The chapter paid more money for the March joint meeting with AIAA than was taken in. This should not occur again, as menu will be adjusted to fit within the expected $20 - $25 price range. It was confirmed that JSC is promptly recognizing donations to the NASA College Scholarship Fund (NCSF), in accordance with agreement made last fall between NAL and Scott Wood, President, NCSF.
5. Special Presentation to NAL by Dr. John Logsdon – Dr. John Logsdon, author of the new book, After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program, will be in Houston on April 27, 2015, giving a speech at the Baker Institute at Rice University. At Norm Chaffee’s invitation, Dr. Logsdon will give a presentation to the NAL that morning from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Lunar Planetary Institute. Only NAL members will be invited to the presentation. The NAL Board of Directors will take Dr. Logsdon to lunch after the presentation.
6. NACA 100th Anniversary Follow-Up – NASA Headquarters sent commemorative patches, pins, and bookmarks, which Norm Chaffee will distribute to NACA alumni. Dutch von Ehrenfried is writing a book about the Space Task Group (STG) and asked for contact information for STG personnel. Norm sent Dutch email addresses for people who attended the NACA reunion.
7. Meeting with Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) – Norm Chaffee submitted to BAHEP the application to participate in Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) projects. BAHEP will pay the sponsoring organization (NAL) $50 per hour, up to $6,000 in a year, for members to work on technical challenges with small businesses who request support. Denny Holt has asked Alicia Baker of BAHEP to give a First Thursday briefing on BAHEP. Denny will close the loop with Alicia and Bob Mitchell regarding a possible briefing.
8. Restoration of the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) – Denny Holt reported that the upcoming meeting of the MOCR Restoration Working Group was rescheduled to April 22, 2015. There is no change in status of the efforts at this point.
9. JSC Formal Mentoring Program – Norm Chaffee announced that Jon Hall has agreed to be the NAL liaison with JSC Human Resources with regard to the JSC Mentoring Program. Jon plans to meet with the JSC representatives in the near future and identify involvement opportunities for NAL members.
10. NAL Briefing to JSC Senior Staff – Denny Holt is working to schedule appointments with all senior staff to make them aware of NAL activities and availability.
11. Communications Committee Report – Board members are asked to submit Newsletter articles to Rene Lance as soon as possible so that she can put out the Newsletter at the beginning of May. Larry Bell will submit information about the June 3, 2015, 50th anniversary of the first EVA.
12. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt is working with Dr. Ellen Ochoa’s secretary to schedule Dr. Ochoa as the speaker for our June social. Norm Chaffee reported that the Gilruth Center is changing its policy regarding using meeting rooms at no charge. Norm submitted a justification for keeping the NAL use free and that was approved.
13. Membership Committee Report – Nine new members have joined since the last Board meeting. A $100 donation to NAL was given by Michelle Fanelli in honor of her mother, Jeanette Fanelli. Chet Vaughn suggested that the chapter should have a policy on how to dispense memorial funds separately from regular STEM support by NAL. Norm Chaffee asked that we discuss that at the May meeting.
14. Other – Chet Vaughn recommended that the Board recruit NAL members to help with new jobs, similar to how Jon Hall was asked to support Mentorship. Areas that could use support include: contact with BAHEP regarding SATOP efforts; someone to work with the NASA Archivist and encourage members to donate their old work papers; and someone to lead the NAL effort to record and transcribe oral histories. All agreed that this is a good idea and will consider individuals to be recruited.

There being no other old or new business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon
Secretary

March 12, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON MARCH 12, 2015

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the March Board meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX  77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Susan Braymer, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell, Gordon Ducote, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Nick Lance, Chester Vaughan and, by telephone, Phil Deans.  Those unable to attend Wayne Hale, William Bates, Estella Gillette, Gene Grush, Rick Nygren, and Guy Thibodaux.
  3. Frank Hughes moved and Susan Braymer seconded the motion that the Minutes of the February 12, 2015 Board meeting be approved.  The motion passed and Minutes were approved.
  4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report and Investment Report:

         Susan Braymer has sent $500 to National Science Honor Society asked about when to send donations to other approved organizations.  Norm Chaffee asked that checks be sent to Space Center Houston and the Exploration Center now and he will try to set up meetings to take photos.  Norm is working with Michelle Brekke and Mike Martin to arrange to have the donation presented to AIAA.

         Cyndi Draughon reported that the Gilruth Center has a new contract for catering arrangements that will probably increase the cost of meals at the evening meetings.  We will try to keep the cost of dinners within reason for members and guests and do not intend for the treasury to have to subsidize meals.

  1. NACA 100th Anniversary Activities – Norm Chaffee reported that the activities were very nice and were well attended.  JSC was appreciative of Norm’s help with the event.
  2. Meeting with Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) – Norm Chaffee reported that Estella Gillette had suggested some time ago that NAL investigate joining BAHEP and Chester Vaughan was recently able to arrange a meeting with Bob Mitchell and Bob Payne of BAHEP.  NAL will be allowed to join BAHEP at no fee, NAL will include a BAHEP representative on our distribution lists, BAHEP representatives may attend NAL meetings, and NAL members may participate in the various BAHEP subcommittees.  BAHEP oversees for the State of Texas the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP), which strives to transfer the knowledge and technology of the space program to small businesses. Any type of small business is encouraged to submit a technical challenge to SATOP. If SATOP is able to assist, the small business is provided with up to 40 hours of free technical assistance from a scientist or engineer in the Space Program.  NAL members might be able to provide the technical assistance. Also, NAL members might be interested in participating when BAHEP organizes more than 100 people going to Capitol Hill to petition Legislators for support to NASA.  Chester Vaughan recommended that the Board identify a new member to act as the liaison between NAL and BAHEP.  To that end he and Denny Holt will review the membership roster and identify candidates for that role.
  3. Restoration of the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) – Denny Holt reported that two activities are underway related to restoration of the MOCR.  First, JSC is working to restore the MOCR to the Apollo XV configuration because the best documentation exists for that configuration. Second, an Apollo 11 “experience” for visitors to the control center is being designed. Denny and Norm Chaffee are members of the MOCR Restoration Working Group.  Denny is the NAL prime working representative to the group and he will keep our Board informed of activities and opportunities for NAL to participate.
  4. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes reported that there is a new contact at Space Center Houston (SCH).  He and Norm Chaffee will meet with SCH after spring break regarding improvements to the Saturn V exhibit.  Chester Vaughan stated that if new signage is part of the recommended improvements, it should be clarified who is responsible for same because in the past SCH has stated that JSC is responsible for signage at the Saturn V exhibit, not SCH.  Frank Hughes invited Board members to upcoming open house at Tietronix.
  5. Communications Committee Report – Nick Lance reported that Norm Chaffee and Cyndi Draughon now have ability to send e-mails to the NAL distribution lists.  Nick and Frank Hughes met on February 19, 2015 to review website issues that need the help of the developer.  Nick will maintain a list of the technical issues until they are resolved with the developer.  Nick continues to work to complete several Communications activities.

         Renee Lance requested that articles for the newsletter be submitted promptly.  She and Nick will be out of town until April 28, 2015 and she will try to get out the newsletter immediately upon their return.

  1. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt has reserved meeting rooms for the First Thursday meetings through December.  He is looking for a speaker to give an update on ISS and a speaker from Bigelow Aerospace.
  2. Membership Committee Report – Eight new members have joined since the last Board meeting.  Estella Gillette and new member, Sylvia Stottlemyer, helped Franklin Chang-Diaz with sales of his book at the spring member meeting.
  3. JSC Formal Mentoring Program – Larry Bell and Frank Hughes discussed the possibility of NAL providing “subject matter expert” presentations or seminars to current personnel working those disciplines.  Norm Chaffee would like to propose a couple of activities to JSC Human Resources, perform them, and then evaluate their success.  Chester Vaughan recommended identifying a permanent contact between NAL and the Mentoring Program.  Cyndi Draughon will contact Jon Hall to find out if he is interested.

There being no other old or new business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

Secretary

February 12, 2015 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON FEBRUARY 12, 2015

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the February Board meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX  77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell, Gordon Ducote, Gene Grush, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Nick Lance, and Rick Nygren.  Those unable to attend were Susan Braymer, Wayne Hale, William Bates, Phil Deans, Estella Gillette, Guy Thibodaux, and Chester Vaughan
  3. The Minutes of the January 8, 2015 Board meeting were approved.
  4. Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report:
  5. Annual Chapter Audit Report – Gordon Ducote and Jack Knight verified that the Treasurer’s records for the Chapter are in good order.  They will submit a formal report to the President, to be kept in the Treasurer’s records.
  6. 2015 Budget – The budget included in the January 2015 meeting minutes includes projected requirements from all Board members and is the proposed operating budget for 2015.
  7. By-Laws Discussion – Mal Peterson has rewritten the National by-laws so we will need to insure that our Chapter by-laws are in sync with the changes.  The Board can then consider whether or not to propose further by-law changes to the members. 
  8. Telecon with NAL HQ Group – Norm Chaffee and Chet Vaughan participated in a telecon regarding NAL led by Mal Peterson on January 15, 2015.  Topics covered included the relationship of NAL HQ with the Center Chapters; adding Chapters at Centers that do not have them; the NAL HQ Board of Directors; NAL support to NASA and Congress; and methods of communication between HQ and the Chapters.  Mal Peterson announced that Fred Gregory will replace James Beggs as the National Chairman for NAL and Wayne Hale has been asked to be President for NAL. 
  9. JSC Formal Mentoring Program – Jennifer Rodriguez and Nicole Hernandez of JSC’s Human Resources presented information about the Mentoring Program.  Mentors and protégés will be paired for a one-year period that begins March 25, 2015.  The NAL is being asked to consider staffing special events that will benefit large audiences such as panel discussions and presentations.  Norm asked Larry Bell and Frank Hughes for some ideas on what topics/events would be useful and how to advertise the opportunity to the Chapter members.
  10. Program Committee Report – Denny Holt reported that the February 24 social will include Franklin Chang Diaz as speaker.  Franklin will also bring both of his books to sell and sign.  At the meeting members who wish to take a tour of the Ad Astra facilities will be able to sign up and pay $20.  The joint NAL/AIAA meeting has been scheduled for March 19.  Cyndi Draughon is working with the AIAA contact on menu and pricing.  The March 5 First Thursday event will be a presentation on Robonaut and the April 2nd program will be Orion EFT-1 results.
  11. NACA 100th Anniversary Activities – Norm will send a message to NAL members regarding the NASA plans for the NACA Anniversary.
  12. Membership Committee Report – Twenty new members have joined since the last Board meeting.  There are currently 335 members. 
  13. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes and Norm Chaffee will meet with Julie Hill, Deputy Operations Manager of Space Center Houston, next week to discuss changes to the Saturn V building to get more information to the visiting public.  The Education Committee will be looking for ideas on ways to publicize ISS research activities to a wider audience.
  14. Communication Committee Report – The Communication and Membership Committees are refining the process for keeping the email and membership lists in sync.  Norm Chaffee now has the capability to send emails to the distribution lists. Nick Lance is maintaining a running list of website work requiring discussion with Frank Hughes and the Tietronix website developer; a meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 16, 2015.  Nick will work with our NAL content providers to update multiple inactive links or provide current information on the Historic Documents Page, Lending Library, and Educational Programs Page.  Nick plans to post a write-up and link to the UHCL archives, informing former JSC employees about donating their historic papers.
  15. Proposed Future Chapter Activities – Denny Holt and Norm Chaffee are working on the briefing to JSC Senior Staff.  It is hoped that meetings can be scheduled beginning in mid-March.

There being no other old or new business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

Secretary

January 8, 2015

NASA Alumni League (NAL)

JSC Chapter

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Officers and Directors

Held on January 8, 2015

 

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the January Board meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX  77058. 
  2. Those in attendance were:   Norman Chaffee, Susan Braymer, Estella Gillette, Nick Lance, Rick Nygren, Chester Vaughan; by telephone, Aneta Davis, Gordon Ducote, and Frank Hughes.  Those unable to attend were Cyndi Draughon, William Bates, Phil Deans, Gene Grush, Denny Holt, Wayne Hale and Guy Thibodaux,
  3. The minutes of the December 11, 2014, Board meeting were approved.   
  4. Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report:

 

NAL JSC Chapter Treasurer’s Report

 

      As of January 6, 2015

 

      Share account                                                                   5.00

      Checking account                                                        9339.91

      Money Market                                                          17387.32

     

      Total in Schwab Account as of 1/6/15                       23960.45

 

      Total worth

                  1/6/15                                                             50692.68

                  12/31/14                                                          50714.10

 

      NOTES:

      Decrease in total worth due to Schwab losses this week

      $410.18 collected from dues YTD, not including $ to HQ

      $90 given to HQ YTD

      $13.28 in PayPal fees YTD

      $10 collected for NCSC YTD

      $97.50 in donations to NAL YTD

      A LOT more people are paying via PayPal

      People using PP often do not include a donation

 

Discussion followed regarding what appears to be fewer donations being made since members are using PayPal more frequently.  [Note:  Estella and Susan discussed this after the meeting and determined it was too early to try to make a comparison between 2014 and 2015, since we have not used PayPal long enough to make a comparison.  We will make a comparison later in the year.]

  1. Investments—Susan provided the Board with information from our Schwab account, but did not provide a summary of the report.  Bill Bates will provide the report next month.
  2. Appointment of Audit Committee—Gordon Ducote accepted leading the Audit Committee.  He will contact previous members of the committee.  Estella had the action to provide Gordon with the names of the last year’s committee members. 
  3. Budget—Susan submitted the proposed budget for 2015, including projected budget requirements from other Board members.

    

NASA Alumni League (NAL) - JSC

     

2015 Operating Budget as of 1/19/15 (includes mods from 1/8/15 discussion)

     

Type of Expense / Income

Period

Amount

Total Projected

Expenses:

     

Programs / Social Events:

     

   Evening/Afternoon Technical Socials

Four

$1,400.00

$5,600.00

   Director Retreat

One

$120.00

$120.00

   First Thursday Programs

Multiple

$400.00

$400.00

Education / Contributions:

     

  Space Center Houston

One

$1,500.00

$1,500.00

  Exploration Center

One

$1,500.00

$1,500.00

  AIAA STEM Program

One

$500.00

$500.00

  Donation to NCSF

One

$500

$500.00

  Science National Honor Society

One

$500.00

$500.00

Administrative Supplies

 

$250.00

$250.00

PayPal Costs

Est

2.9% + $.30/per

$200.00

Payment to HQ for Memberships @ $5/each

275

$1,500.00

$1,375.00

TOTAL EXPENSES:

 

 

$12,445.00

Income:

     

 Interest on JSCFCU 

Est.

$25.00

$25.00

Social Events / Programs:

     

   Evening/Afternoon Technical Socials

Four

$1,400.00

$5,600.00

   Director Retreat

One

$120.00

$120.00

Dues:

     

   Dues  (275 @$30)

Est.

$8,250.00

$8,250.00

Contributions:

     

   Donations (200 @ $10 Est.)

Est.

$2,000.00

$2,000.00

TOTAL INCOME:

 

 

$15,995.00

                   DELTA

   

$3,550.00

 

  1. Discussion of By-Laws and Possible Changes—Norm is reviewing the inputs from other Board members.  The upcoming discussion with NAL Headquarters will help clarify updates for the by-laws.
  2. Relations with NAL HQ-Telecon/Videocon with Mal Peterson—Norm has scheduled a telecon with NAL HQ/Mal Peterson, KSC, and NAL JSC members Chet Vaughan, Estella Gillette, Wayne Hale, Frank Hughes, and Cyndi Draughon.  The telecon is scheduled for January 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Tietronix office. 
  3. Website Status Report and Communications Committee Report—Nick Lance submitted his report.  He reported:
  • Changes in email list and distribution of information on January 5, 2015, i.e., the

January 8 NAL First Thursday Program and Keg of the Month gathering, as well as the distribution of  the January 2015 NAL JSC Newsletter.

  • Changes in the NAL website, including information on the home page, recent activities,

the organization, membership information, the store, posting of historic documents, and

      educational programs.

  • Review of changes for the website submitted by other Board members, including

Norm, Chet, and Estella. 

  • Providing Dropbox connection for NAL Secretary Cyndi Draughon for posting approved Board minutes and for Program Chair Denny Holt for approved programs. 
  • Identifying missing documents for eventual posting on the website.
  • Working with Frank Hughes on additional website work required.
  • Adding interactive links on the Historic Documents and Educational Programs pages, as well as the UHCL archives to facilitate donation of members’ historic papers. 
  1. Committee Reports
  • Education—Frank Hughes submitted report and reported
    • Reconsidering the yearly contributions to Space Center Houston to allow up to 10 schools to attend a day at SCH - $1500. It is a good opportunity for us to impact some of the local schools.  The follow through from SCH is marginal at best.
    • Yearly contributions to Houston Museum of Natural Science – The Exploration Center to allow up to 10 schools to attend that simulated space flight operations

days - $1500

  • Working with Space Center Houston (Julie Hill) to provide more training for their tour guides and docents.  The next opportunity will be in late January with a tour of the Saturn V. Frank has worked up a test and photo walk around document that will be made available to SCH as well.
  • Working to augment and raise funds for the NASA Scholarship Program at helps NASA/JSC and other Center employees’ children.
    • Near-term planned activities

--Solicit other ideas from general membership and Board members--discussed a tour

   of the facilities and research that Tietronix is doing.  We will have an open house  

   on the afternoon of February 26.  NAL Board members are invited to that event. 

--Educational plans to publicize ISS Research activities to a wider audience

  • Future

                    --Space Center Houston Support          

          --Norm Chaffee and Frank Hughes will give a walk-around briefing for the

             Saturn V and the artifacts in that building the week of January 19 or 26.

                            --Working with SCH to improve how they do their SAIL and Saturn V

                               briefings. 

--Still looking for a set of interesting Orbiter hardware that could be on display

 around the Orbiter mockup in the future.

  • Other educational ideas:

--Develop ideas where we can cover costs for students to attend conferences or  

    one day activities at JSC or other locations.

                    --Develop mentors who will travel to local schools to provide lectures or other

                      educational activities for grades K-16.

                    --Bring more school groups to SCH and provide guides and mentors who would stay   

                   with them all day to share information

                    --Develop briefing papers for volunteer guides and mentors to have a wealth of  

                      information developed by former experts in different fields.

  • Request for funds

   --Education Committee chair requests a first donation of $500 of NAL JSC Education Funds for the Science National Honor Society (SNHS).  The SNHS is a growing group (970 high schools now) fostering science and math studies at specific schools.  Funds go directly to a set of scholarships that are provided each year.  Last year, 12 scholarships of $1000 each were awarded by the SNHS.  Funding provided by NAL JSC would support a special NAL Scholarship awarded in the spring of each year. All funds go directly to the existing scholarship fund.  The organization is all volunteer and no one gets a salary. Tietronix provides the web site and database space.

                    --The Board approved the Education Committee’s request for funds.

  • Membership—Estella Gillette reported:
    • New members since last Board meeting: Shelby Lawson; Kathie Chaffee; Cordelia

      Foster; Ray Nuss; Everett K. Gibson, Jr.; Roberto Egusquiza; Carl Soderland; Dawn 

      Thomas; Charles B. Wheelock; Gail Chapline; Samuel E.Jones; Robert L. Spann;   

      Sylvia S. Stottlemyer; Lucy V. Kranz; and, David Fitts.

  • Members who did not renew in December:  Kenneth J. Cox; David A. Overland;

      Stanley J. Schaefer; and, Don Thomas.

  • Sadly, added names of deceased members to our “Afterlife” member list: Owen   

      Glenn Morris (December 2014) and Harold Rosenberg (September 2014).

  • Have sent reminders to those members whose renewal is due in January. 
  • Have sent invitation to join to countless outgoing/retiring JSC employees. We have been busy processing retirees who wanted to be able to trade in their old badge for the new badge on their retirement day.  Security  has been extremely helpful with this process.
    • Took homemade tamales and cookies to the JSC Security staff; I received several thank you notes and words of appreciation for thinking of them.
  • Programs—Denny Holt was not present, but Norm provided a rundown of the upcoming programs, including the joint AIAA/NAL JSC meeting on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Gilruth and the tentative presentation by Franklin Chang-Diaz for a February social/dinner. 
  1. NACA 100th Anniversary in March 2015 – Norm reported an event is scheduled in the Washington, DC, area to commemorate the 100th anniversary of NACA.  He is pursuing doing something similar here at JSC, to perhaps focus on anyone who is still in the area and provide some type of recognition or acknowledgement for their early work.  Norm will provide us with more information but asked if we knew of anyone who had worked for NACA.
  2. Future Actions Discussions—Norm updated us on NAL JSC on-going activities, including:
  • Briefings to Senior Staff –Denny Holt and Norm are coordinating; goal is to have all of the briefings completed by end of spring. 
  • Oral History Program – Norm Chaffee is looking for a volunteer to lead this effort. 

      Aneta Davis indicated she would look into what is involved to see if she can provide

      support in this area. 

  • Website Video—Nick and Norm are working on making the link possible for access to

the UHCL archives.  The video would be informative for any members who are interested in donating their NASA files and papers. 

 

There being no other old or new business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Estella H. Gillette for

Cyndi Draughon

Secretary