2016 Minutes

December 2016 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON DECEMBER 8, 2016

 

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the Board meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Denny Holt, Susan Braymer, Larry Bell, Norman Chaffee, Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Robert Galvez, Estella Gillette, and Rob Kelso, Joe Maloy, Dan Sedej, and Chester Vaughan.  Those unable to attend were Greg Blackburn, Phil Deans, Cyndi Draughon, Wayne Hale, Jon Hall, Frank Hughes, and Renee Lance.

 

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the November 10, 2016, Board meeting were approved.
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Including Status of Approved Contributions) - Submitted by Susan Braymer as of December 6, 2016.  
  3. Investment Committee –Gordon Ducote submitted the status of investments.  He referred us to the Treasurer’s list but stated that dividends are what we projected in March. 
  4. Review Calendar—We reviewed the calendar. 
  5. NAL Planning Retreat –Denny Holt reminded the Board that the retreat is scheduled for January 12, 2017, in building 57, room 107, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The agenda will begin with the Board working together until about noon, when we’ll have lunch, then committee chairs should be ready to report.  He is finalizing the agenda, to include the discussion on the three objectives he requested from each committee chair.  Again, Denny stressed the discussion on membership.  Estella has the action to identify the military liaison in the Astronaut Office to see how we can contact outgoing/military astronauts who were detailed to JSC.  Estella Gillette also suggested the Engineering Reunion as a place to recruit NASA retirees who retired over the past several years and have not joined NAL.  [Norm:  Can you approach the reunion committee about allowing us to do that, please?]
  6. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that three new members have joined since the November meeting.  She also reported that she has been working with Stokes McMillan and Dan Sedej to convert the current master roster from a Word document to an Excel document.  This is in preparation for possibly merging NAL-JSC committees and activities into a database that works for all of us and that will allow access for reporting purposes across NAL-JSC. She also shared the three objectives for Membership Committee for discussion at the NAL-JSC Board retreat in January:  (1) identify a permanent source/liaison within JSC Human Resources Office to, on a regular basis, provide us with the list of upcoming retirees so that we ensure contact to send  them an invitation to join; (2) actively recruit JSC retirees who have retired over the past 10 years and have not joined NAL; and (3) work on retention and maintenance of current members.
  7. Mentoring Committee – Jon Hall sent his report:  (1) JSC Formal Mentoring Program—he continues to receive positive feedback from participants (provided examples) of comments he receives from the mentors about their positive experiences with their respective mentees; (2) Management Seminars—Norm Chaffee is busy working details for NAL-sponsored management seminars at JSC;  (3) Leadership Seminars—Jon and Rob Kelso are discussing the strategy for these forums, emulating the JSC leadership retreats or “fireside chats.”  Denny commented that he did not see an NAL connection with Jon’s suggestion to recruit local small business owners as panelists. Jon provided a list of questions for additional discussions/actions; and (4) the Request for Mentoring action item submitted by member Michele Brekke has been completed—Greg Blackburn found a volunteer in EV.   
  8. Photo Project – Jon included in his report that there was nothing new to report this month but reported that Denny commented that this project should be a topic for our January retreat.  NAL-KSC has a Photo ID project that we could use as a model for our project (http://nalfl.com/?page_id=2114), KSC has a core team with an archivist connection.  We could possibly connect with UHCL for an archivist.  Frank Bryan is someone we can talk to and discuss their approach with him. 
  9. Communications – Dan Sedej reported the need to update our website but that it has been difficult to find someone knowledgeable enough to help us.  Denny mentioned the NAL-KSC and that maybe we could talk to them about their website.  In any case, our website really needs to be updated, so the discussion included paying a knowledgeable person to help us, maybe even a coop or someone who is employed full time and could work on our website part time.  Joe Maloy said he may have a contact to whom he can reach out—he will let us know what happens. 
  10. Programs Committee – Phil Engelauf reported that on November 15, Dr. Jon Charles presented an overview of the Long Duration Mission twins study.  He reported that due to a late schedule issue, the December 1 program was changed from the planned Sierra Nevada brief by John Curry to the Hope 1 Spacesuit Design Project, presented by Gordon Andrews of the ISS Program’s Strategic Communications Office, and Ian Cion, former Director of the Arts in Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center.  The program engaged young cancer patients in an artistic design program that culminated in a crew flight suit flown aboard the ISS.  The effort garnered widespread support from astronauts, including Nicole Stott, as well as crews and space workers from the European, Russian, and Japanese space programs.  Mr. Curry’s briefing is now scheduled for January 5.  Other upcoming programs are February 2, Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration – Mr. Doug Archer; and March 2 (tentative) EVA Suit Design Status—Amy Ross (general overview of suit development and forward plans).   The dates for the 2017 dinner socials have been proposed for March 7, July 18, and November 7, 2017, since these dates were open at the Gilruth Center.  The Board approved the dates. 
  11. Education Committee – Frank Hughes was unable to attend the meeting.  He did extend to us an invitation to the Columbia Museum on February 1, 2017.  The museum will observe the 14th anniversary of the loss of Columbia.  This remembrance event starts at 7:45 a.m.  The Shuttle   Columbia broke up above the town at 8:05 a.m. Those who attend can arrive later that morning or through the day.  Frank and his party will stay overnight to be there first thing on February 1.  He asked that we contact him if we are planning to attend the event so that he can make motel reservations. 
  12. Newsletter—Renee Lance was unable to attend.  But she did report that the newsletter will go out the end of January 2017.  The last week of December she will send the Board a call for articles with a schedule for publication of the newsletter so that we will all be on time to submit an article.
  13. Old Business
  • Norm reported that he had accompanied Belinda Gay, Hemphill Museum, to the JSC Gift Shop to make arrangements for selling JSC Gift Shop items at the museum for a small percentage (8-10%) of the price of items. 
  • Aneta Davis would still like to host a party for the Board at her home in Houston.  Denny said that Cyndi had the action to work with Aneta on a date that most of us can attend, if not all of us!
  • NOTE:  Denny wanted to have a picture taken of the Board at during the December meeting; since we did not take a picture during the meeting, will we plan the picture during our retreat on January 12, 2017?

New Business

  • Astronaut John Glenn died.
  • The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Coin Act was approved by the Congress, pending Senate approval. [On Saturday, December 10, the United States Senate passed the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2726) without amendment. The bill now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it. The Apollo 11 commemorative coin bill authorizes the production and sale of coins honoring the 50th anniversary of the first time any nation had set foot upon the surface of another planetary body and the mission that made it happen.]
  1. Other – Chet Vaughan announced that he is resigning as Senior Advisor to the Board.
  2. Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Estella H. Gillette for Cyndi Draughon

Nov 10, 2016 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON NOVEMBER 10, 2016

 

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the Board meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Denny Holt, Susan Braymer, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell, Greg Blackburn, Norman Chaffee, Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Jon Hall, Frank Hughes, and Rob Kelso.  Those unable to attend were Phil Deans, Robert Galvez, Wayne Hale, Renee Lance and Dan Sedej.

 

1.     Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the October 13, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 

2.     Treasurer’s Report (Including Status of Approved Contributions) - Submitted by Susan Braymer as of November 9, 2016.

 

 

        

 

 

 

Frank Hughes will submit a request for check to the Science National Honor Society so that the check can be cashed before the end of the year.

 

Investment Committee –Gordon Ducote submitted this status of investments:

 

 

 

3.     NAL Planning Retreat –Denny Holt asked the Board members and committee chairs to submit their top three goals and objectives for the coming year in preparation for a planning retreat in January.  He would like to have the retreat agenda finalized by December Board meeting.   The retreat is scheduled for January 12, 2017, in building 57, room 107, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Denny would like to emphasize increasing the membership in 2017, with a goal of 500 members.  Estella Gillette sends NAL membership info to people retiring now, but there are many people who retired five years ago or more who might join with an organized recruiting campaign.    It was suggested that we develop a formal brochure about NAL, containing our “elevator speech” about membership.  It should include points about why people join – connection with other retirees; opportunity to contribute through education and mentoring events; etc.  The brochure should state what NAL-JSC does for the members, for JSC, and for the community.  It was also suggested that the Board investigate how we can measure our accomplishments.

4.     Appointment of Two Additional Directors – Denny Holt welcomed to the Board Joe Maloy and Irene Piatek, who were appointed Directors, filling the two positions created when the Chapter voted to increase number of Directors from eight to ten.

5.     Visit with JSC Center Director Meeting with Center Director, Ellen Ochoa, has been rescheduled.  Denny Holt will send to the Board the presentation that has been shared with JSC Senior Staff.

6.     Revised NAL-JSC Logo – Options for new NAL-JSC logos were reduced from 16 to three.  We will select from those three and the winning design will be presented at the retreat in January.

7.     Memorial for Jack Garman – An email will be sent to all NAL members asking them to send letters or emails with their memories of Jack Garman to Cyndi Draughon, to be collected and presented to Sue Garman.

8.     “In Memory” Recognition?

9.     Communications – Dan Sedej was unable to attend the meeting.

10.  Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that seven new members have joined since the last meeting.

11.  Education Committee – Frank Hughes reported that the simulator is installed at the Columbia Museum in Hemphill.  The Columbia Museum held a successful “Night at the Museum” fundraiser on October 22.  There will be another fundraiser in April and some NASA astronauts will be supporting that event.  Frank, Norm Chaffee, and Greg Blackburn visited the new planetarium facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS).  They presented the approved $1,500 donation Dr. Carolyn Sumners.  Frank was able to distribute tickets to the new movie “Arrival” to several Science National Honor Society chapters.

12.  Mentoring Committee – Jon Hall reported that NAL participants continue to provide positive feedback from participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program.  Jon stated that the JSC coordinator of the Mentoring Program has changed, and it is unclear whether or not NAL members will be invited to participate in the next cycle.  Norm Chaffee is still working on the NAL-sponsored management seminars at JSC.  Rob Kelso and Jon Hall are discussing possibilities for leadership forums.  Michele Brekke of AIAA requested a mentor for a local high school student and Greg Blackburn is working with someone in his former division to supply a mentor. 

13.  Photo Project – JSC employees briefed the JSC External Relations Office (ERO) Director on the results of the Photo Project Pilot Study that occurred in September.  ERO was pleased with the results of the pilot study and appreciated NAL member support. NAL members had made several suggestions to improve efficiency of the activity that was initially focused on identifying digitized photos. Budget constraints are a problem for the work with the digital imagery, so NAL members had suggested using NAL volunteers and focusing on identifying archived hard-copy photos stored in 3-ring binders.

14.  Programs Committee – Phil Engelauf reported that the tour of the NBL on Thursday November 3 was a great success.  Dan Sedej organized and co-hosted the tour, which included a walk around of the pool and discussion of the kinds of testing and work currently being performed by NASA and commercial users. As a bonus, astronaut Kjell Lindgren was finishing up a session and stopped to shake hands and speak to our group for about 10 minutes.  The scheduled First Thursday programs include:  December 1 – John Curry, Co-Program Manager at Sierra Nevada Corp. will present updates on the Dream Chaser Program, back at Gilruth; January 5 – Gordon Andrews will present the Hope 1 Space Suit Design project (Gilruth).  Two additional commitments from presenters with dates to be determined:  EVA Suit Design Status – Amy Ross (General overview of suit development and forward plans); Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration – Mr. Doug Archer.  The dates for the 2017 dinner socials have not yet been determined.  We will work with Gilruth so that we can reserve the ballroom well in advance and continue to line up these high quality speakers.

15.  NOTE:  Denny Holt would like to have a picture taken of the Board at the next meeting,

 December 8, 2016.

16.  Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

 

 

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Oct 13, 2016 NAL Board Mtg Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON OCTOBER 13, 2016

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the October Board meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Denny Holt, Cyndi Draughon, Greg Blackburn, Norman Chaffee, Susan Creasy, Phil Deans, Gordon Ducote, Robert Galvez, Estella Gillette, Frank Hughes, Rob Kelso, and, by telephone, Aneta Davis.  Those unable to attend were Larry Bell, Susan Braymer, Phil Engelauf, Wayne Hale, Jon Hall, Renee Lance and Dan Sedej.

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the September 8, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Including Status of Approved Contributions) - Submitted by Susan Braymer as of October 5, 2016.

     Total networth is $72,821.38  (Includes funds for Lance Scholarship)

It was noted that the donation to the HMNS Expedition Center has not yet been presented to the Museum, which is why the check has not yet been cashed.  Phil Deans will check in with the Longhorn Project to determine when they might need our donation.

Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote reported that the dividend returns are on track as expected, except for VYM September distribution which was below expectation.  VYM is more sensitive to Dow and S&P averages which were highly volatile in September.  Gordon submitted this status of investments:

  1. NAL Planning Retreat – When the new NAL Board was installed, Wayne Hale stated that he would like to have a NAL Board Retreat in January.  In preparation for the retreat, Denny Holt asked the  board members and  committee chairs to submit their top priority goals and objectives for the coming year.  He would like to have the retreat agenda finalized by December Board meeting.   Cyndi Draughon will try to schedule the retreat at the onsite JSC Collaboration Center on January 12, the date of the monthly Board meeting. 
  2. Appointment of Two Additional Directors – The candidates for Director who were not elected in August will be contacted regarding their current interest in serving on the Board.
  3. Visit with JSC Center Director – Denny Holt reported that he and Wayne Hale had productive meetings with JSC Deputy Director, Mark Geyer, and the new management team at Space Center Houston.  A meeting is scheduled in mid-November with Center Director, Ellen Ochoa.
  4. Revised NAL-JSC Logo – Frank Hughes presented rough drafts of ideas for a revised NAL-JSC logo.  Cyndi Draughon will send all options for logos to the Board.  Each person will be asked to vote for their top three designs, and we will discuss further the three with the most votes.
  5. Memorial for Jack Garman – An email will be sent to all NAL members asking them to send letters or emails with their memories of Jack Garman to Cyndi Draughon, to be collected and presented to Sue Garman.
  6. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that seven members have joined since the last Board meeting, including one Lifetime member.  Estella clarified with JSC Security the difference between the NAL-JSC badge and the NASA retiree badge:  The Retiree ID Card is just that –  an ID card. On its own it does not allow site access.  The Retiree ID Card does not have an expiration date on it.  The retiree may go to the badging office (with his/her driver’s license and ID card) and JSC Security will issue a Visitor badge for 1-5 days.  The Alumni badge is the only retiree badge that expires.  Estella wrote an article for the Newsletter reminding members that the JSC Badging Office will not issue a badge until it has received notification from the Membership Committee regarding all new and updated membership information.  Members should not proceed to the Badging office until they have been notified by the Membership Committee to do so.  Estella and Jon Hall prepared a 2-sided flyer to distribute to non-NAL JSC retirees who attended the September 16 panel discussion.  The flyer combined the NAL “highlights” on one side with the NAL application on the other side.  Several NAL-JSC members attended the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation STS-1 and 2 event on September 17, 2016.  Post-event, ASF sent us a note asking that we distribute to our membership the request to send Supporter Senator letters for  S. 2957-the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. The goal was to add 67 Senate sponsors by September 23.  NAL-JSC did distribute the note to the membership and asked that they participate, if desired, as individuals
  7. Mentoring Committee – Jon Hall continues to receive positive feedback from the NAL-JSC participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program. Norm Chaffee is leading the effort to provide NAL-sponsored management seminars at JSC and will report when he has news.  Rob Kelso has offered to assist the Mentoring Committee.  The committee set up a display table with NAL-JSC information at the Teague Auditorium for the STS-1 and -2 Anniversary Forum.
  8. Photo Project - JSC manages a collection of over six million images that document human spaceflight and institutional activities from 1959 to present. External Relations Office (ERO) Director, Mike Kincaid, initiated an effort in February 2016 to engage interested JSC alumni, Beth Nguyen, Hai Nguyen and Jon Hall, to investigate what assistance retirees could provide in the imagery process. Annotating available digital content currently hosted [internally] on Imagery Online (IO) was chosen to pilot a process to involve the volunteers. ERO led the pilot formation with IRD and NASA Communications, Outreach, Multimedia & Information Technology Contract and NASA Alumni League (NAL) assistance.  NAL-JSC members were invited to assist in the pilot on Sept. 15 and 16.  About 30 alumni volunteers participated in eight hours of work over two days.  Identification was collected for some 500 images ranging from pre-Apollo to shuttle and institutional events. That included 200 digital images and 300 hard-copy photos. The provided information for the digital images is saved in the SME field on IO. The information for the hard-copy photos has been transcribed and is awaiting addition to IO after IRD digitizes the negatives at a later time.  The ERO will review the results and determine if/how this activity will continue.
  9. Communications – Dan Sedej was unable to attend the meeting.
  10. Programs Committee – Phil Engelauf sent a report stating that the upcoming First Thursday presentations will be:  November 3 – NBL Tour (organized courtesy of Dan Sedej); December 1 – John Curry, candidates for October, November and December and asked the board to send any suggestions to him. For the NAL Dinner/Social on November 15, 2016, Dr. John Charles will present findings from Scott Kelley’s year-long stay on ISS. December 1 – John Curry, Co-Program Manager at Sierra Nevada Corp. will present updates on the Dream Chaser Program, back at Gilruth; January 5 – Gordon Andrews will present the Hope 1 Space Suit Design project.  There are two additional commitments from presenters with dates to be determined:  EVA Suit Design Status – Amy Ross (General overview of suit development and forward plans); Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration – Mr. Doug Archer.  The dates for the 2017 dinner socials have not been determined.  Phil will work with Gilruth so that we can reserve the ballroom well in advance and continue to line up high-quality speakers.  Denny Holt has invited Lauren Meyers, the NASA archivist at UHCL, to be our guest at the November social.
  11. MCC Restoration Status – Denny Holt reported that there is no news on this activity.
  12. Education Committee – Frank Hughes reported that Jim Dean traveled from Colorado to assemble the last phase of the simulator at the Columbia Museum in Hemphill this week.  Frank met recently with the student advisor and the students involved with the Science National Honor Society chapter that he started at Hemphill High School.  The Columbia Museum is having a “Night at the Museum” fundraiser on October 22.  Frank will be a speaker and will emphasize the education aspects of the simulator and the entire museum.  Frank suggested that the NAL make a donation to the museum as a part of this celebration.  The Board decided to wait until the January retreat to determine additional donations to the Museum.  There will be another fundraiser in April and some NASA astronauts will be supporting that event.  Carolyn Sumners of the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) has invited the NAL Board to visit the new planetarium facility.  The HMNS has a new projector that provides an 8K pixel view.  A visit to the HMNS is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, at which time the approved $1,500 donation will be presented to Dr. Sumners.  Frank will submit a request to Susan Braymer for the approved $1,000 donation to the Science National Honor Society.
  13. Purchase of Equipment for Oral Histories – Equipment to support recording oral histories will not be purchased.  The Board decided that an oral history should be recorded for anyone on the Board who has not yet done one.  Frank Hughes, Norm Chaffee, and Greg Blackburn will discuss how to proceed and agreed to interview Phil Deans first.
  14. Newsletter – Renee Lance plans to distribute the next Newsletter on October 25.
  15. New Business
    1. NASA Archives at UHCL – Greg Blackburn has agreed to work with Lauren Meyers on information for retirees regarding donating history items to the repository.
    2. Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – Cindy MacArthur will lead the JSC effort for this anniversary.  Rob Kelso agreed to lead NAL-JSC cooperation events.
    3. Clear Lake Council of Technical Societies (CLCTS) - Norm Chaffee is the current President of the CLCTS and reported that they are trying to rejuvenate the Council.  It is an umbrella group that was established in the late 1960's as a way to coordinate the activities of the various local area technical societies - exchanging information about the individual programs, sponsoring a couple of CLCTS technical seminars annually, along with one or two dinner meetings, including an Awards Program where we solicited nominations from the member societies.  The charter and function of CLCTS are: periodic Board meetings (every 4 months); one meeting annually with the Advisory Board to report status and progress and define goals; create and publish a simple monthly Newsletter distributed to all member societies for further distribution to their membership, which features inputs from member societies and includes a calendar of the upcoming events of all the societies; sponsor a couple of technical conferences annually (we currently do a Robotics-themed symposium and another called the Innovation Symposium).  The Board agreed to join the CLCTS ($25 annual dues) and Rob Kelso volunteered to be the NAL-JSC representative to the Council.
  16. Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

Sept 8, 2016 NAL Board Mtg Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON September 8, 2016

 

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the September Board meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Wayne Hale, Denny Holt, Larry Bell, Norman Chaffee, Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Robert Galvez, Estella Gillette, Frank Hughes, Rob Kelso, and, by telephone, Susan Braymer, Jon Hall, and Dan Sedej.  Those unable to attend were Cyndi Draughon, Greg Blackburn, and Renee Lance.

 

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the August 18, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Including Status of Approved Contributions) - Submitted by Susan Braymer as of September 6, 2016.

Share account                                      $          5.00    

Checking Account                                $  9,531.99      (includes Lance Scholarship)

Money Market                                                 $22,515.38     

Schwab Account                                              $40,091.53     

Total Worth on 9/6/2016                    $72,143.90      (includes $8008.41 Lance Scholarship)

NOTES:                                                  

$9477.72 collected from Dues YTD - includes Lifetime

$1340 collected for HQ YTD

$3350.44 in donations to NAL YTD

6 Lifetime Members $2968.70

$142.61 in PayPal fees YTD

$8008.41 remaining in the Lance Scholarship Fund

$71.59 deducted from Lance fund for scholarship supplies

$1000 Check written to Norm for Exchange Scholarship - cashed

$1500 Check written to Expedition Center - not cashed

$100 collected for NCSF YTD

$75 collected for Memorial Funds             

  1. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote reported that the portfolio has returned ~5.5% this year to date.  ETF’s pay dividends in September. Gordon submitted this status of investments:
  2. Appointment of Two Additional Directors – Wayne Hale reported that no action had been taken. Deferred to October’s board meeting.
  3. Proposal project for renovation of Apollo boilerplate by CCISD – Rob Kelso reported that CCISD was reevaluating the project since Space Center Houston had decided that the Apollo boilerplate on display would not be released for use.
  4. JSC Center Director Visit – Wayne said he would schedule a meeting with the JSC Center Director. Denny will schedule meetings with SCH and BAHEP.
  5. Revised JSC-NAL Logo – Frank Hughes reported that no action had been taken. Deferred until October board meeting.
  6. Purchase of equipment for Oral Histories – Frank reported that it might be possible to use a laptop with readily available software rather than purchase equipment. Action: Frank, Norm and Susan Creasy will evaluate and provide recommendation to the board.
  7. STS-1 and STS-2 Panel Discussion – Denny Holt reported that NAL would canvas the membership for STS-1 & STS-2 questions to be provided to the panel moderator as requested by the JSC knowledge capture office.  In addition, JSC will set up a table for the NAL in the lobby, will allow badged NAL members to bring one guest without having to get badged and will provide limited parking adjacent to the Teague Auditorium.
  8.  Participation in STS-1 & 2 gala in September with the ASF – Estella Gillette said that the NAL had purchased 39 of 45 allocated tickets to the gala.
  9. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that nine new members had joined since the last Board meeting.  Estella reported that the blood drive for Bill Bates was very successful.
  10. Mentoring Committee – Jon Hall continues to receive positive feedback from the NAL-JSC participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program. Jon will provide Norm with information on the request from Alvin HS for interviewees to discuss with high school students what it means to be a professional engineer.
  11. Photo Project Plan – Jon Hall gave the history of JSC’s request for NAL volunteers to assist in identifying archived imagery from the Shuttle Program.  The 1958 Collaboration Center (renovated buildings 56 & 57) will be used to screen images. The initial screening will take place in conjunction with the STS-1 & STS-2 events.
  12. Newsletter – Renee Lance will request inputs soon for the October newsletter.
  13. Communications – Dan Sedej reported that the NAL web site had been updated to reflect the recent election of NAL officers and directors and to show current upcoming programs. Several communications were sent for the activities surrounding the STS-1 & STS-2 event. Also, the request from Sandra Tetley for input on the JSC request to add a UAV area at Ellington.
  14. Programs Committee – Phil Engelauf reported on upcoming First Thursday presentation candidates for October, November and December and asked the board to send any suggestions to him. For the NAL Dinner/Social on November 15, 2016, Dr. John Charles will present findings from Scott Kelley’s year-long stay on ISS.
  15. MCC Restoration Status – Denny Holt reported that SCH will conduct fundraising for the project.
  16. Education Committee– Frank Hughes will be coordinating a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the fall for the Board. Frank Hughes has paid for extending the NAL-JSC web domain until 2022 and paid for hosting at GoDaddy for that period as well.  Paying for the long duration reduces the total cost.  Those bills have been forwarded to Susan Braymer
  17. DreamUp – DreamUp is a NanoRacks spinoff that offers research platforms for students, using the NanoRacks commercial research lab.  DreamUp plans to conduct competitions among students to be able to run on-orbit experiments. After discussion, it was felt that other organizations might be better suited for DreamUp. Norm will pursue with SATOP or AIAA.
  18. Updates for Calendar – BAHEP 40th Anniversary celebration on Septeber 14, 2016, will be attended by Wayne and Denny.
  19. Old Business - new Business -
  20. Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Denny Holt

August 18, 2016 Board Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON AUGUST 18, 2016

 

   The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the August Board meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Tetronix,    1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  New and current Officers and Directors were invited to the meeting.  Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee,  Wayne Hale, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell, Greg Blackburn, Susan Creasy, Phil Deans, Phil Engelauf, Denny Holt, Rob Kelso, Rick Nygren, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Susan Braymer.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Gordon Ducote, Robert Galvez, Estella Gillette, Frank Hughes, Jon Hall, Renee Lance, and Dan Sedej.

 

  1. New Officers and Directors – Norm welcomed to their roles new President, Wayne Hale, Vice-President, Denny Holt, and Directors, Greg Blackburn and Rob Kelso.
  2. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the July 14, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  3. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.

     Total Networth was $72,402.25  (includes Lance Scholarship funds).

        Susan also stated that she would like to discuss whether or not we need a debit card at the next Board meeting

  1. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote submitted this status of investments:
  2. Status of Approved Contributions —Norm Chaffee reported that he presented the NAL-JSC $1,000 contribution to the Starport scholarship to Brady Pyle, Director, Human Resources this month.  (Norm wrote a personal check to Starport and will submit a claim for reimbursement.)  The HMNS donation has not yet been made.  The Longhorn Project donation is on hold until school resumes.  ACTIONNorm will provide Susan Braymer with information on sending funds to LSU for the Max Thibodaux Scholarship.
  3. CCISD Renovation of Apollo Boilerplate – Rob Kelso reported that the Rotary Foundation would like JSC-NAL support for a project in which the CCISD High Schools renovate an Apollo Command Module.  AIAA will ask Space Center Houston (SCH) to loan the empty Module that they have to CCISD and the module will be moved between the schools as each finishes their part of the renovation – software, equipment bay, couches, outside of module, etc.  The AIAA would like to have NAL-JSC members provide expertise to the schools as they perform this work.  The project will be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.  The Board agreed to support the plan.  Wayne Hale asked to be included in the meeting between Rotary (Bob Wren) and SCH.  When the project plan is firmer a specific request for support will be sent to all members.  ACTION:  Rob will write a Newsletter article on this topic when more information is available.
  4. Revised JSC-NAL Logo – The Board has several new designs from Vicki Cantrell and from Jon Hall.  ACTION:  Frank Hughes to follow up with Tietronix person for additional designs.
  5. Oral Histories – The Board confirmed the plan to purchase recording equipment and proceed with recording Oral Histories ourselves, and offering them to JSC when completed.  Denny Holt suggested checking with UHCL to see if they will archive the oral histories that have already been completed.
  6. STS 1 and 2 35th Anniversary Gala, September 17, 2016 at SCH — Estella Gillette will send a separate update on the sale of the 50 tickets provided for NAL-JSC.
  7. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette reported that two new members joined since the last Board meeting and one member renewed as a Lifetime Member.  Estella notified JSC Security that Wayne Hale is the new President, effective August 18, 2016.  She will send Security the list of the new Directors. 

   Estella is coordinating the NAL-JSC support to the M. D. Anderson blood drive for Bill Bates on August 31, 2016.  Dan Sedej has sent a notice about the blood drive to all members:  Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, Houston, TX, 77059.  Estella has several volunteers to work the blood drive; she would like to have two people per 1-hour shift. 

  1. Nominating Committee Report – Phil Engelauf reiterated the results of the election of new Officers and Directors and reported that the two proposed changes to the By-Laws were approved.  Phil suggested that for the next election we look into an electronic voting system that will tally the votes for us.  Wayne Hale asked Norm Chaffee to be a Senior Advisor for the Board and Norm agreed to do so.  To start the process of filling the extra positions created when the By-Law change was approved to have 10 Directors, Wayne will talk with the three candidates for Director who were not elected about their interest in serving.
  2. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall continues to receive positive feedback from the NAL-JSC participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program. He asked in the July Newsletter for input from members regarding outreach activities they are involved with but did not get any replies.  Jon reported that Judy Guy has asked Norm to discuss with Steve Guy using Walt Guy’s “Management Tenets” for presentation as Management Seminars for JSC.  This will delay the original schedule for the sessions.
  3. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej was absent so no update.
  4. Programs Committee Report – Phil Engelauf agreed to co-chair the Programs Committee.  He reported that Wendell Mendell is helping to find speakers.  The goal is to find topics about future NASA activities, more than covering past activities.
  5. MCC Restoration Status – Denny Holt reported again on the estimates for restoring the MCC.  The estimate for putting the control room back to Apollo status was $2M.  Center Operations has a contract that will do curation, which will expedite the process of revising the control room.  The estimate for creating a world-class visitor experience was $6M.  Gene Kranz and an Apollo Flight Operations team is working with Space Center Houston (SCH) on fundraising, which is in the start-up phase.  There is a plan to establish a Flight Ops 501(c)(3) with a Board of Directors in support of the fundraising.  Denny is working with SCH on a Kickstarter crowd-sourced funding campaign for the restoration.
  6. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes was absent but sent a reminder that there will be a fundraising event for the Hemphill museum in September. 
  7. New Business

   Retreat – Cyndi Draughon asked about a goal-setting retreat for the new Officers and Board.  Wayne said that he would like to have one in January.

   Center Director Visit – Norm Chaffee recommended that Wayne and Denny meet with Ellen Ochoa and Wayne agreed that they will try to schedule that soon.

   STS-1 and -2 Panel Discussion – Norm Chaffee reported that JSC Public Affairs has invited NAL-JSC to attend a panel discussion highlighting the anniversaries of STS-1 and STS-2 in the Teague Auditorium on September 16.  The Board agreed that we would like to have a table in the Teague lobby with information about NAL.  When the final schedule is determined, Dan Sedej will be asked to send a communication about the event to all members and Norm will collect names of spouses or guests who need badges to attend.  The Board approved provided a keg of beer at the Gilruth Center as a follow-on to the panel discussion.

  1. Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

 

      Respectfully submitted

      Cyndi Draughon

July 14, 2016 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON JULY 14, 2016

 

   The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the July Board meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini,  Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Wayne Hale, Cyndi Draughon, Larry Bell, Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Denny Holt,  Frank Hughes, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Aneta Davis, and Dan Sedej.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Susan Braymer, Phil Deans, Jon Hall, Rick Nygren, and Renee Lance.

 

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the June 9, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  2. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.

  1. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote reported that the Investments Committee will meet in September.  The current investments are on track.  Gordon submitted this status of investments:

 

 

  1. Status of Approved Contributions —Norm Chaffee reported that the JSC Exchange Council approved accepting our donation to the Starport Scholarship.  Rob Banfield will schedule a date for presenting the check to Brady Pyle, Director, Human Resources.  The HMNS and SCH donations have not yet been made.  The Longhorn Project donation is on hold until school resumes.  ACTIONNorm will provide Susan Braymer with information on sending funds to LSU for the Max Thibodaux Scholarship.
  2. Revised JSC-NAL Logo – The Board has several new designs from Vicki Cantrell and from Jon Hall.  ACTION:  Frank Hughes will follow up with Tietronix person for additional designs.
  3. Oral Histories – Gary Kittmacher as offered to help us with Oral Histories.  Frank Hughes will purchase recording equipment and we will move out on recording and transcribing additional Oral Histories and make them available to JSC.
  4. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej coordinated with Estella Gillette in updating the mailing list for current members in anticipation of sending out ballots for the upcoming election.  Dan has updated the website to include the charts from the July 7 First Thursday presentation.
  5. STS 1 and 2 35th Anniversary Gala, September 17, 2016 at SCH — Estella Gillette reported that as of July 12, 2016, five Board members have bought tickets to the Gala.  An announcement about ticket availability will be sent to all members later this month.
  6. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette reported that the current membership is Green:  406; Yellow:  22; Red:  98 (some of these memberships expired before JSC took over membership and we have lost contact with several of these members).  One new member joined since the last Board meeting and one member renewed as a Lifetime Member.  In June Estella emailed a new NAL-JSC Directory to the Board, using a format that is easier to update.
  7. Nominating Committee Report – Phil Engelauf reported that the Nominating Committee has compiled the ballot of candidates for the 2016 election cycle.  There is one candidate for each of the Office positions and 10 candidates for the eight Director positions.  Candidate biographies and photos, a description of proposed By-Laws changes, and voting ballots will be sent to current members around July 17.  Ballots will be due back on August 1.  The new Officers and Board of Directors will be installed at the August Board meeting, which is rescheduled to August 18, 2016.
  8. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall continues to receive positive feedback from the NAL-JSC participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program. The Board decided that we will not provide materials for use in outreach efforts.  Many resources are available online and can be used in presentations and as reference for educators. 

      Norm Chaffee confirmed that NAL-JSC will be conducting three brown-bag lunch seminars onsite; Panel discussions based on Walt Guy’s “Management Tenets” material.  Norm has t   talked to Judy Guy and details of the panel sessions are being worked.  The goal is to be ready by mid-August to meet the schedule of an early September brown-bag session.

  1. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt reported that upcoming First Thursday presentations are Dr. Paul Spudis about a presentation on “The Value of the Moon” in August and Aaron Burton speaking on viruses on the ISS in September.  It was suggested that a follow-up by Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz would be of interest.
  2. MCC Restoration Status – Denny Holt reported that there is no news on this subject.
  3. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes reported that Jim Dean is assembling the final phase of a simulator that will be delivered to the Hemphill Museum in September.  Frank recommended that the Board visit the Museum in September or October when the simulator is up and running.  He is working to schedule a time with the new contacts at Space Center Houston, Tracy Lamm and Dan Newmyer, to deliver the NAL-JSC donation.  Frank also reported that Carolyn Sumners of HMNS has invited the NAL Board to visit the new planetarium facility.  They have a new projector that provides an 8K pixel view.  Frank will try to schedule a trip for August. 

Norm Chaffee reported on a telecom between Norm, Frank, and Carrie Lemack of DreamUp, a company that offers research platforms for students, using the NanoRacks  Commercial research lab.  DreamUp plans to conduct competitions among students to be able to run on-orbit experiments.  DreamUp would like NAL members to agree to be mentors and advisors for students, DreamUp will find companies to develop winning ideas, and experiments will be manifested.  The kickoff of the project is tied to the 2017 Superbowl in Houston.  Denny Holt recommended that Norm make Debbie Conder aware of the activity since Debbie is coordinating JSC involvement with the Superbowl.  ACTION:  Norm advise Debbie Condier of the DreamUp plans.

 

  1. Newsletter – Renee Lance asks that articles be submitted by July 16.  She will send a draft on July 19 with comments due by July 25.  The next Newsletter will be published July 27.
  2. Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

 

 

R  Respectfully submitted,

     Cyndi Draughon

June 9, 2016 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON JUNE 9, 2016

 

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the June Board meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Wayne Hale, Cyndi Draughon, Susan Braymer, Susan Creasy, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Denny Holt, and, by telephone, Larry Bell, Aneta Davis, Jon Hall and Dan Sedej.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Phil Deans, Gordon Ducote, Frank Hughes, Rick Nygren, Renee Lance, and Chet Vaughan.

 

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the May 12, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  2. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.

 

 

 

 

 

Board-Approved Education Contributions:

Check Provided

Check Cashed

  Space Center Houston

 

 

 

 $         1,500

 

 

  HMNS Expedition Center

 

 $         1,500

 

 

  AIAA STEM Program

 

 

 $            500

  Science National Honor Society

 

 $         1,000

 

 

  Hemphill Museum

 

 

 $         2,750

  NCSF (1 time donation)

 

 $            500

  Longhorn Project

 

 

 $            650

 

 

  Space Settlement Design Competition

 $            400

 JSC Gilruth Starport Scholarship

 

 $         1,000

 

 

 

The Board confirmed that the Treasurer should keep the $5 dues for NAL-HQS in escrow and pay to HQS periodically, as convenient.

 

  1. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote was unable to attend the meeting but submitted this status of investments:

 

  1. Contribution to JSC Starport Scholarship—Norm Chaffee informed JSC/Rob Banfield of the NAL Board’s decision to donate $1,000 (with no restrictions) to the Starport Scholarship.  The JSC Exchange Council will meet June 22 and Rob will let us know if they approve accepting our donation. 
  2. Revised JSC-NAL Logo –Norm Chaffee had distributed to the Board several options developed by Vicki Cantrell for a new logo.  Frank Hughes has asked a Tietronix artist to develop logos, too.  We will wait to see the second artist’s ideas before deciding on a new logo.
  3. Closing of JSC History Office – Frank Hughes and Rick Nygren were both absent, so we do not have news of them meeting with Mori, the new IRD contractor, to offer NAL-JSC support to the Oral History program.
  4. STS 1 and 2 35th Anniversary Gala, September 17, 2016 at SCH — Estella Gillette met again with the ASF reps on Monday, June 6.  The $150 ticket will include a pre-dinner reception, the dinner and panel discussion, and the dessert reception.  The number of tickets available for purchase was originally slated for 20-25 tickets, but after we spoke, ASF is making 50 tickets available for NAL members.  The Board agreed that tickets will be limited to two per person and will be offered first to Officers and Directors, then to all other members.  If we sell out, ASF can talk about other options, but initially ASF is thinking they can offer additional seats at the $350 price point – still a discounted ticket, and what they are offering to their own ASF Astronaut Scholars. ASF is currently building a link to send to embed upon our NAL-JSC member log-in page, thus, ensuring that purchasers are NAL members. ASF would make these available to us after the link is finished, sometime in June, but ASF is asking that we collaborate with them on the date that we open this up to our members. ASF provided a flyer for promo material.

      Estella asked about volunteers assisting with the back stage tour/event.  Volunteer opportunities are filled and are quite limited for this particular event as ASF is using Jacobs to lead the tour and is working with Texas A & M University and some of ASF’s Astronaut Scholars (assigned at JSC) for volunteers.  The ASF would allow NAL-JSC to host a small exhibit or booth representing the NAL but the Board determined that we will not do that.  Estella also asked if the event is being recorded and was told that ASF is working on those details and will get back to us.  Estella gave ASF Dr. Al Koeller’s name as a point of contact for NAL-KSC; ASF was unaware that KSC had a chapter.

  1. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette reported that two new members joined since the last meeting, including Arnie Aldrich.  Only one May member has not yet renewed.
  2. Nominating Committee Report – Susan Creasy reported that an email was sent to all NAL members on May 17, 2016, requesting that they let us know by June 3 if they had interest in serving as Director or Officer.  Another email was sent on June 7 to all NAL members with a response due date of June 17.  At this date, June 6, we have two responses:  Stokes McMillan and Joe Maloy.  The committee will continue to look for volunteers and expect a few others in the next week.  The committee has heard back from all current Officers and Directors, except for Phil Deans, regarding their plans to continue to serve.  Cyndi Draughon sent an email on June 8 to Phil to see if he is still interested.  Rick Nygren let us know that due to work/time constraints, he will not be a director for the next term.  Chapter bylaws require a non- director to participate on the nominating committee and Carl Shelley and Gary are willing to be on the committee. Cyndi Draughon will also be on the committee.  The goal is to have the ballot ready to send out by July 8 with voting to be complete by July 26.
  3. Status of Nick Lance Scholarship – Renee Lance attended the Clear Lake High School Awards Ceremony on May 26, 2016 to present $1,000 scholarships to Camilla Busselberg and Alison Vicary.  Renee sent a letter to all people who contributed to the scholarship telling them about the recipients. 
  4. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall continues to receive positive feedback from the NAL-JSC participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program. A new volunteer to the Mentoring Committee has requested the NAL’s assistance in securing marketing/promotional materials about NASA & STEM careers to engage audience interest.  Materials would be made available to any member for such purpose.  In his experience with speaking at schools, even limited quantities of NASA materials will significantly increase student enthusiasm. If anyone has ideas for how to access such materials, please contact Jon.  He also suggested that all members be asked to provide Jon with brief reports of mentoring and outreach activities for reporting locally and nationally.  Jon may include a request for this info to all members in the next Newsletter.

      Jon and Norm Chaffee met with JSC Human Resources to discuss conducting panel discussions based on Walt Guy’s “Management Tenets” material.  The NAL will conduct three brown-bag lunch seminars onsite, probably in September, November, and January.  Norm will contact Judy Guy on several topics and will schedule a working session to include Norm, Jon, Jennifer Rodriguez, Wil Ellis, and Jim Jaax, to review materials and work out details of the panel sessions.  The goal is to be ready by mid-August to meet the schedule of an early September brown-bag session.

  1. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej reported that he has added a link to the two-minute preview of the “Of Good Courage” video to the NAL-JSC website.
  2. Programs Committee Report – Denny Holt reported that he has spoken to Wendell Mendell about giving a First Thursday presentation on orbital debris.  Also, a Bigelow representative may be available for one of the monthly meetings.  John Charles is still scheduled to speak at the November social.  Denny will contact Dr. Paul Spudis about a presentation on “The Value of the Moon.”
  3. MCC Restoration Status – Denny Holt reported that Space Center Houston is taking the lead on fundraising for the MCC restoration.  The priority is to restore the facility, then improve the visitor experience.
  4. Education Committee Report –We received feedback on the 2016 AIAA STEM Grants.  The NAL-JSC $500 was awarded to Amy Etchberger of Pearland Junior High East.  Ms. Etchberger (who happens to be the daughter-in-law of NAL-JSC member, Rod Etchberger) purchased kits for her students to construct robots and program them to accomplish tasks such as moving ½ inch pieces of PVC pipe to certain areas of a game mat.  The collaboration and determination needed for this challenge was crucial to teams’ success. They successfully competed in an area Texas Computer Education Association challenge. One student sent her a note that said, “Thank you Mrs. Etchberger for the wonderful new experiences in Robotics…I’ve learned a lot and these experiences have made 8th grade the best one yet.”

      Norm Chaffee and Denny Holt arranged multiple meetings for the representatives of the Hemphill Museum who were speakers at the June Social.  As a result, the SCH gift shop will now sell the Museum’s DVD, “Of Good Courage,” and the Museum personnel have a contact in the JSC External Relations organization.

  1. NAL Participation in the JSC Longhorn Project (LHP) – Phil Deans was absent so there was no report.
  2. New Business
    1. Inviting Students to NAL Socials – In discussing the Social of June 7, 2016, it was noted that Norm Chaffee (and possibly other Board members) has a variety of interfaces with many students and has taken the opportunity to invite them at his own expense to the Socials.  It was agreed that the Board will pay for meals for student/educator guests when the occasion arises to invite them to a Social.
    2. Donation to Guy Thibodaux Scholarship – Chet Vaughan asked (via email) that the Board consider making a donation of $5,000 to the Joseph Guy Thibodaux Memorial Scholarship at LSU in recognition of Guy’s early initiative in raising $70,000 for NAL, and his reinvigorating the JSC chapter after it had been dormant for a number of years.  After much discussion, the Board approved a one-time donation of $500 to the scholarship.
    3.     DreamUp - Norm Chaffee was contacted this month by Carie Lemack, co-founder and CEO of DreamUp (http://www.dreamup.org/dreamup).  DreamUp is a public benefit corporation with a mission to develop STEM outreach products leveraging the assets of the ISS.  They work with students all over the country to launch their experiments to the ISS via launch services provider NanoRacks.  DreamUp is looking to increase their product offerings (much of it at no charge) to students, and it was suggested that students and schools be paired with local aerospace experts.  Ms. Lemack will set up a telecom with Norm to explore NAL-JSC supporting DreamUp reaching out to former NASA employees to see if this is something they’d want to be involved with, in order to help students conceptualize and prepare research to be conducted in microgravity.
    4. Houston Campus for International Space University (ISU) – Subsequent to the meeting, Norm Chaffee obtained agreement from the Board to support the establishment of a subsidiary campus of the ISU in Houston at the Ellington Spaceport.  Norm will provide a letter of support to the ISU Task Force.
  3. Old Business -  Norm Chaffee continues to work on the annual reports for 2014 and 2015.
  4. Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Cyndi Draughon

MAy 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON MAY 12, 2016

 

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the May Board meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Cyndi Draughon, Susan Braymer, Larry Bell, Susan Creasy, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Rick Nygren, Dan Sedej, and, by telephone, Jon Hall.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Aneta Davis, Phil Deans, Gordon Ducote, Wayne Hale, Renee Lance, and Chet Vaughan.

 

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the April 14, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  2. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.

      Susan Braymer will investigate acquiring a credit card for the Board, to be used for paying incidental recurring bills, such as renewing website name. 

  1. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote was unable to attend this meeting.
  2. Info from NAL HQ – Wayne Hale sent information that Mal Peterson says he has submitted an Income Tax report for the NAL national organization.  Mal has now cashed the checks we have submitted for national dues, except for one that was dated with the wrong year.  Susan Braymer will replace that check.  The Board discussed how to handle the $5 per member dues to be submitted to NAL Headquarters.  It was determined that those funds will be kept in an escrow account to be paid to Headquarters upon request.  ACTION:  Norm Chaffee will ask the NAL-KSC how they handle those funds.
  3. Contribution to JSC Starport Scholarship—Norm Chaffee informed JSC/Rob Banfield of the NAL Board’s decision to donate $1,000 (with no restrictions) to the Starport Scholarship.  The JSC Exchange Council must approve accepting our donation.  Rob will inform Norm when that happens.
  4. Revised JSC-NAL Logo –Norm reported that Vicki Cantrell is still committed to working on our new logo but just has not had a chance to do so.  Norm will present the completed draft of the logo to the Board when it becomes available.   ACTION:  Frank Hughes will ask some Tietronix folks to also propose redesign of the logo.
  5. Closing of JSC History Office – Norm Chaffee and Frank Hughes met with Amy Kennedy-Reynolds and Kylie Clem of JSC Information Resources Directorate about what NAL-JSC can do to support the Oral History program.  Both were open to anything that NAL-JSC cares to take on for this effort.   Frank has identified several options for recording equipment and transcription software.  Rick Nygren suggested that the new contractor for this area, Mori Services, may be willing to use our services for this effort.  ACTION:  Rick Nygren and Frank Hughes will work with Moorehead to identify options for our support.
  6. STS 1 and 2 35th Anniversary Gala— Estella Gillette followed up with the Astronaut Scholarship Fund (ASF).  They are very busy with the annual Astronaut Hall of Fame awards event and gala on May 13-14, 2016, but will contact Estella at a later time regarding NAL-JSC support for the STS-1 and 2 35th anniversary event scheduled for September 17, 2016, at Space Center Houston.           
  7. Write Up About Dr. Gilruth for JSC Exchange Council – Cyndi Draughon submitted a short biography of Dr. Robert R. Gilruth to the JSC Exchange Council for use on the Starport website.
  8. Memorial Tree for Guy Thibodaux – The Propulsion and Power Division is collecting donations for a tree to be planted in memory of Guy Thibodaux.  However, Mrs Thibodaux has requested that the tree be planted near the Max Faget Memorial Tree, which is planted outside the current fence for the Astronaut tree grove, but inside the planned Astronaut tree memorial grove.  The JSC Center Director informed Chet Vaughan that an exception to the policy of using the Memorial Tree Grove will not be made.  If Mrs. Thibodaux does not consent to that location, funds collected will be donated to Louisiana State University, per the family’s request.  Donations can be given to Norm Chaffee.
  9. By-Laws Changes – The Board approved submitting two by-law changes to membership for approval:  1) change to membership requirements to include DOD and other Federal detailees; and 2) increase number of Directors from eight to ten.  These changes will be included on the election ballot.
  10. Biennial Election - Phil Engelauf and Susan Creasy reported their plans for conducting the upcoming elections.  An email will be sent to current Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs to determine their interest in continuing in those roles.  Then another email will be sent to all members to solicit candidates for Director and Officer positions.  The slate of candidates for Officers and Directors should be presented to the Board in June, ballots will be distributed in July and votes due in late July.  The new Board will begin in August. 
  11. Newsletter—Norm Chaffee expressed appreciation for another great Newsletter.
  12. Status of Nick Lance Scholarship – Renee Lance submitted report that she will attend the Clear Lake High School Awards Ceremony on May 26 to present $1,000 scholarships to Camilla Busselberg and Alison Vicary. 
  13. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej had no news to report.
  14. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall has received very positive feedback from the NAL-JSC participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program. A new volunteer to the committee is involved in outreach to high schools and organizations to promote STEM, addressing mentoring and education outreach.  He requested the League's assistance in securing marketing/promotional materials about NASA & STEM careers to engage audience interest.  Materials would be made available to any member for such purpose.  In his experience with speaking at schools, even limited quantities of NASA materials will significantly increase student enthusiasm. If anyone has ideas for how to access such materials, please contact Jon.  He also suggested that all members be asked to provide Jon with brief reports of mentoring and outreach activities for reporting locally and nationally. 
  15. Education Committee Report –Frank Hughes reported that he and Dan Sedej traveled to the Columbia Museum to observe Jim Dean assemble the Shuttle Simulator.  Frank will travel back to Hemphill to meet with the chapter of the Science National Honor Society that he has started there. He will be meeting with the student advisor and the Society members.  They are excited about this simulator and the idea that they can be trained to become instructors for other students.  Frank delivered the NAL checks for the museum to Belinda Gay.  Frank recommend that the Board travel to Hemphill in June once the simulator is installed and in use.  Hemphill hosted a day at the Museum an elementary school from Deweyville, Texas, that was flooded by all the Sabine River floods in March.  Frank also reported that Carolyn Sumners of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has invited the Board to visit the upgraded Planetarium, with a new 8K pixel view.
  16. Program Committee Report – Denny Holt reported that the Director of the Patricia Huffman Smith Nasa Museum Remembering Columbia in Hemphill will be the speaker at an upcoming First Thursday or at the Social on June 7.  Denny is working with Center Operations to organize a JSC tour to follow up Joel Walker’s recent presentation about new construction at JSC.  Cyndi Draughon reported that Culinart still does not have a liquor license and the only option for wine service at the June 7 dinner would bring to bring wine ourselves and provide it at no charge.  Although Cyndi is not interested in bringing the wine, Norm Chaffee stated that he would do so.  Cyndi will find out if wine can be provided by other caterers if they have a liquor license.
  17. MCC Restoration Status – Denny Holt stated that there is no news on the restoration.
  18. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette reported that four new members joined since the last meeting, and one member renewed as a Lifetime Member.  Guy Thibodaux was added to the “afterlife” list this month.  Many membership renewals include donations to the Education Fund and Estella plans to begin reporting in the newsletter those folks who have donated.
  19. NAL Participation in the JSC Longhorn Project (LHP) – Norm Chaffee reported that the LHP is not meeting while school is out and they will not need the NAL-JSC donation until after the summer.
  20. Old Business -  Norm Chaffee continues to work on the annual reports for 2014 and 2015.
  21. Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

April 14, 2016 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON APRIL 14, 2016

 

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the April Board meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Cyndi Draughon, Susan Braymer, Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Frank Hughes, Dan Sedej, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Jon Hall, and Denny Holt.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Aneta Davis, Larry Bell, Phil Deans, Estella Gillette, Wayne Hale, Renee Lance, Rick Nygren, and Guy Thibodaux.

 

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the March 10, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  2. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.  Total Networth is $70,621.27 (Includes lance Scholarship)
  3. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote presented the status of the Schwab investments, which are now in four Exchange Traded Funds.
  4. Contribution to JSC Starport Scholarship—JSC Legal determined that Starport may not accept a donation of funds from NAL if NAL imposes a requirement that our donation be part of a scholarship to a civil servant dependent.  It was suggested that Starport could provide to NAL their prioritized list of candidate recipients and NAL could award our own scholarship if we want to do so.  After much discussion the Board approved donating $1,000 (with no restrictions) to the Starport Scholarship.
  5. Membership Requirements for the NASA Alumni League—NAL-JSC would like to keep membership open to any former NASA employee (resigned or retired), including JPL, as well as any Federal Agency detailees.  Dan Sedej and Estella Gillette will insure that the website and membership information reflect the same membership requirements.  The chapter will vote on a By-law change to include former detailees in the fall election.
  6. Revised JSC-NAL Logo –Norm reported that Vicki Cantrell is still committed to working on our new logo but just has not had a chance to do so.  Norm will present the completed draft of the logo to the Board when it becomes available.  

7.   Closing of Oral History Office – The JSC History Office has officially closed, although the position of NASA Archivist remains.  Norm Chaffee and Frank Hughes will meet with a representative from the JSC Information Resources Directorate about what NAL-JSC can do to support.   Frank has identified several options for recording equipment and transcription software.

8.   STS 1 and 2 35th Anniversary Gala—The Board agreed to try to sell discounted tickets to the annual Astronaut Hall of Fame awards event and gala on May 13-14, 2016, and the STS-1 and 2 35th anniversary event scheduled for September 17, 2016, at Space Center Houston if the Astronaut Scholarship Fund (ASF) organization provides them.  We will consider other opportunities to support the ASF if asked.          

9.   Info from NAL HQ – Wayne Hale was not present; no update.

10. NAL Participation in the JSC Longhorn Project (LHP) – Phil Deans was not present; no update.

  1. Newsletter—Renee Lance requested that Newsletter articles be submitted by April 15 so that she

      can send a draft for review the next week.  The Newsletter will be published April 29.

  1. Status of Nick Lance Scholarship – the scholarship committee met in March to select the two   recipients for the 2016 award.  Two young ladies, Camilla Busselberg and Alison Vicary, very worthy candidates, were selected to each receive $1000 scholarship.  Renee will be attending the Clear Lake High School Awards Ceremony on May 26 to present the scholarship awards to these two young ladies.  Renee plans to send a letter to each person who contributed to the fund to inform them that the scholarship was set up, how it is administrated, along with a picture of the first two recipients.
  2. Proposed Joint Special Meeting with The Right Climate Stuff Group – Norm Chaffee reported that the NAL-JSC Chapter has been asked to co-sponsor a May 2 meeting at Gilruth on Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Future NASA Goals.  The Board determined that we would not participate in the meeting since two years ago the NAL-JSC submitted a response to the National Research Council call for inputs on this topic.  NAL-JSC will disseminate information about the meeting so that interested members will be aware.
  3. Program Committee Report – Denny Holt reported that Dr. Marc Fries (speaker at the dinner meeting in March) is interested in giving his presentation "Recent Findings About Pluto and Ceres - Texas-sized Planets” at a First Thursday meeting.  Dr. John Charles will do the program at the November social (which has been rescheduled for November 15 so that there is no conflict with election night) to discuss some of the findings from Scott Kelly’s one-year stay aboard ISS.
  4. MCC Restoration Status – A review by the Center Director of the “experience” portion of the MCC is scheduled for April 25.  The Texas State Historical Society will hear from interested parties regarding the reconstruction.
  5. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall has asked the eight NAL-JSC participants in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program for feedback during the year.  Jon has met twice with his protégé, who works in HR.  She graduated within the last five years with a degree in business and has been at JSC for two years.  She’s a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  She served in Central America and Jon was in the Peace Corps in Africa.  He’s been able to share some organizational insights to her, but says, “This is truly reverse mentoring with some of the insights she is providing me about the modern world.”  Jon reports that new NAL-JSC member Steve Elsner is interested in working with the Mentoring Committee.
  6. Membership Committee Report – Estella Gillette submitted information that April renewal reminders have been sent out, three “old” members renewed, and five new members joined since the March 10 Board meeting.   Walt Guy was added to our “afterlife” list this month.
  7. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej continues to “clean up” the NAL-JSC website, including updating hyperlinks.  ACTION:  Estella Gillette to get with Dan Sedej regarding recent Pay Pal/NAL Store issue.
  8. Education Committee Report –Frank Hughes reported that Jim Dean will be traveling to Hemphill to deliver the Shuttle simulator sometime in May.  Frank was given checks for the $1,250 donation to defray Jim Dean’s travel expenses and the $1,500 donation to the museum.  The museum is hosting a fund-raising “Night at the Museum” on May 13 and 14, an invitation only event for Sabine County.  Frank will deliver lectures both nights.  Another event is planned for later in the year with an astronaut speaker.  The museum is hosting an event for Deweyville elementary students whose school was flooded by the Sabine River flooding in March.  Frank and an airline pilot will talk about careers.  Frank suggested that the Board plan to visit the museum in June.  Frank and Norm Chaffee will meet with the new COO and Education Director of Space Center Houston.
  9. RNASA Tickets —Chet Vaughan reported that only four tickets were purchased for the NAL table at the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement banquet on April 29.
  10. Old Business -  Norm Chaffee asked if Board members feel that the Annual Reports are useful.  There was much discussion on the topic.  While some believe that access to information about chapter activities is available in the meeting Minutes posted on the website, others feel that a compiled summary of that information is more useful.  Norm will continue to pull together the information for the 2014 Annual Report.
  11. New Business

Cyndi Draughon and Susan Braymer relayed a request from the JSC Exchange that the NAL provide a basic biography of Dr. Robert R. Gilruth to be included on the Gilruth Center web page.  Cyndi volunteered to write the biography and provide it for review before submitting to the Exchange.

Norm Chaffee stated the need for a Nominating Committee.  The Committee should include at least one Board member and one general member.  Phil Engelauf and Susan Creasy volunteered to be on the Committee.  The slate of candidates for Officers and Directors should be presented in June, ballots will be distributed in July and votes due in late July.  The new Board will begin in August. 

23.  Meeting Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon.

March 10, 2016 Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON MARCH 10, 2016

 

The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the February Board meeting on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Tietronix, 1331 Gemini, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058.  Those in attendance were:  Norman Chaffee, Larry Bell, Susan Braymer, Gordon Ducote, Estella Gillette, Denny Holt, Rick Nygren, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Susan Creasy, Phil Engelauf, Jon Hall, and Frank Hughes.  Those unable to attend were William Bates, Aneta Davis, Cyndi Draughon, Phil Deans, Wayne Hale, Renee Lance, Dan Sedej, and Guy Thibodaux.

 

  1. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the February 11, 2016, Board meeting were approved. 
  2. Investment/Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.
  3.  

NAL JSC CHAPTER TREASURER’S REPORT

As of March 18, 2016  

Share account                                      $          5.00

Checking Account                    $  9,419.16 (includes Lance Scholarship)

Money Market                         $22,475.69

                                                   $31,899.85

Total in Schwab Account as of

3/10/16                                      $37,723.98 (includes $15,000 check)

 

Total Worth  

    3/8/2016                                $69,623.83 (includes Lance Scholarship)

12/31/2015                                  67,024.32

 

NOTES:

$8,000 transferred from Money Market to Checking Account (for investments)

$2,686.56 collected from Dues YTD

$545 collected for HQ YTD

$854.35 in donations to NAL YTD

1 Lifetime Member (Lutomski) $482.60

$54.44 in PayPal fees YTD

$100 collected for NCSF YTD

$25 collected for Memorial Funds

$500 Check mailed to AIAA (cashed)

$400 Check mailed to SSDC (cashed)

$500 Check mailed to NCSF (not cashed)

$15,000 Check sent to Schwab for investments (cashed)

Checking Account includes $8,780 donated for Nick Lance Scholarship (will start using in May)

  1. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote reported that he and his committee met and discussed investment options (dividends versus potential growth).  The committee proposed that we look at PGX ETF shares, basically that would yield 5-6.5 percent monthly dividends, select a group at which to look and select 3 to consider.  Gordon reported that the plan is to spend all of the $37K in Schwab, including cash.  Norm authorized the committee to make the decisions about when and where to invest. 
  2. Contribution to JSC Starport Scholarship--Norm Chaffee reported that he and Denny Holt met with Rob Banfield at the Gilruth Center to discuss the scholarship sponsored by the Exchange Council and how we would provide funds to add to the scholarship.  Rob is going to discuss with the Exchange Council the proposed involvement by NAL to see what the Council would like to do.  We are proposing that we add funds to the two $4,000 scholarships, but we were not sure if the NAL contribution would be part of the $4,000 or to increase the scholarship to an amount over the $4,000.  We would ask that the NAL name be associated with the scholarship.  Norm reported the Debra Johnson, Director, JSC Procurement Office, leads the selection committee and the scholarship is for children of both civil service and contractor employees. 

Action:  Norm—find out if this scholarship is the same scholarship that existed several years ago and was just renamed to its current name, or is this a different scholarship?

  1. Membership Requirements for the NASA Alumni League—Norm reported that he had responded to the note from KSC [Norm forwarded to our Board on 2/21] regarding the qualifications for membership in NAL. Fred Gregory, NAL national president, wants NAL to be inclusive.  One question that has come up is the origin of the membership qualification for DOD detailees to NASA.  Norm reported that the bylaws do not include DOD.  For NAL-JSC, we include JPL, as “qualified for membership,” as well as DOD employees detailed to JSC.  The question was asked if we include other Federal agency employees detailed to NASA JSC (i.e., NOAA).  KSC had reported that they allow membership to spouses of deceased NAL members so that they can remain in touch with NASA activities provided by NAL.  Our board determined that this would not work for NAL-JSC because that would impact the agreement we have with JSC to allow us to badge NAL members, exclusively NAL members who are NASA retirees and JSC civil service employees who resigned from JSC. 

6.   Revised JSC-NAL Logo –Norm reported that Vicki Cantrell is still committed to working on our new logo but just has not had a good chance to do so.  Norm will present the completed draft of the logo to the Board when it becomes available.  

7.   Closing of Oral History Office – The JSC History Office has officially closed, although the position of NASA Archivist remains.  Norm will ask Brady Pyle and/or Natalie Saiz about NAL-JSC plans to pursue the collection of NAL-JSC member interviews to ensure we continue to preserve their contributions to the JSC knowledge base and history.  Norm will ask if JSC will validate what we do.  Frank Hughes suggested we contact retired folks from the MOD Training Division to ensure that we get to them soon.  Frank also asked about buying recording equipment to provide it to Aneta, who will be involved with the coordination of member interviews. 

                    Action:  Frank will review the types and the price of recording equipment and report to the Board.

8.   STS 1 and 2 35th Anniversary Gala—Norm reported the contact we had with the Astronaut Scholarship Fund organization.  Estella Gillette provided the following report, since she met with the representative for ASF.

Estella met with Tammy Knowles, Executive Director, Astronaut Scholarship Fund (ASF).  Estella was the only one available when Tammy was visiting Houston.  The meeting was suggested by Dan Brandenstein when he renewed his NAL dues and mentioned that the STS-1 and 2 crews are planning a reunion here in Houston in September.  Tammy is a very experienced fund raiser and her focus is in making funds to   ensure the ASF can afford scholarships for top students.  The scholarships are granted based on merit.  Tammy provided information about ASF:  it was established by the original astronauts and they have been around since then; Dan Brandenstein is the current chair.  ASF is the organization responsible for the Astronaut Hall of Fame; it organizes the committee for the review of nominees and selection of astronauts for the Astronaut Hall of Fame; ASF is hosted by the company that runs the KSC Visitor Center, which provides the facility for the annual gala.  Some of the proceeds from the gala are for the scholarship fund. (Tammy is thinking ASF can provide NAL-JSC with discount tickets to the annual Astronaut Hall of Fame awards event and gala on May 13-14, 2016.) ASF maintains a continuous partnership with specific organizations to secure internships for the ASF scholarship winner. ASF looks for mentors within the organizations in which the students are placed.  There are currently 4 (?) ASF scholarship recipients here at JSC.  Estella provided Tammy with a modified version of the presentation that Norm has been presenting to senior staff and included the list of reasons why some of us like being in NAL.

The STS-1 and 2 35th anniversary event is scheduled for September 17, 2016, at Space Center Houston (SCH). It is a tribute to those involved in those flights. We discussed where we can work on together for the event.  Tammy will provide us with more specific information as it materializes.  There are 3 categories of ticket prices for the September event--we can have ~40 seats for the event at $150 each (she thinks).  This includes a reception, dinner, and the program in the IMAX Theater at SCH. 

      Tammy and Estella discussed ways in which ASF and NAL-JSC can work together, since we are also in the business of providing scholarships for students in STEM.   NAL-JSC to ASF: support the ASF event in September, no details yet on how; get involved with mentoring the ASF scholars assigned to JSC, basically, can we invite them to our different NAL-JSC events? (No mention of who would pay for paid NAL events.); add ASF to our list of organizations that we can donate to each year, i.e., maybe $500 (our name would then go on the ASF annual list of donors

9.   NAL HQ Filing Tax Returns – Susan reported that she still had not received a response from Mal Peterson, either in response to her monthly reports or to her questions about payment of 2015 taxes.  Wayne Hale was not present to provide an update, so we are still pending information about what NAL Hqs does with the $5 we send for each member who joins or renews.   

10. NAL Participation in the JSC Longhorn Project (LHP) – Phil Deans was not present; no update.

  1. Newsletter—Renee Lance was not present; no update.
  2. Education Committee Report –Frank Hughes reported the following activities.  Current Activities: Work with Hemphill Museum to create a simulation system that they can operate and teach local high school and adults how the shuttle and other vehicles operate; Jim Dean is building the first phase of this simulator and could be available in April.  He will travel down to deliver the hardware.  The dates for this simulator may be changed since Jim has received notice that a school in California does not want their simulator now that the Shuttle is not flying; Frank proposed that we donate some funds to the museum to offset the costs of this simulation device.  We discussed delivering this check to the museum as part of the traveling up to Hemphill. However, Frank could not get any but ones and twos so far so we are on hold.  Perhaps Frank can deliver that check when he gives a lecture in April, maybe NAL can also support some training for people planning to use it.  Frank has been in touch with the Hemphill museum people to create a set of lectures that would be performed on an invitation-only style meeting.  Frank will do the first one about Apollo training and mission events.  Another will be on Shuttle training and current training operations.  Details of this will be worked out but it will occur between mid-April and mid-May; Frank has travelled to Hemphill to meet with the chapter of the Science National Honor Society that he has started up there. He met with the student advisor and the students of the group.  They are excited about this simulator and the idea that they can be trained to become instructors for other students; we will have Jim Dean around in April or May.  He can visit with the NAL to see the entire vision we have for this installation. Space Center Houston (SCH) Support:  new people are leading the SCH and we are starting a new initiative to develop better contact between the SCH and the NAL; Norm and Frank will advance some new ideas that we will present to the new people in the near future. We are inviting the new people over to a meeting or have a field trip over at SCH in the near future.

Action:  Send Susan Braymer a note with the amount and the purpose of the funds to be donated to the Hemphill Museum.   

  1. Communications Committee Report—Frank Hughes has been reimbursed $231.80 for past updates to the NAL-JSC website.
  2. Membership Committee Report—Estella Gillette reported that we gained 9 new members since the February 11, 2016, Board meeting, including new Lifetime member Michael Lutomski.  We had good returns on the second note sent to the January members who had not renewed, and we sent a second reminder to 11 February members who had not renewed.  She also reported on the meeting with the Astronaut Scholarship Fund representative, discussed in item 8, above.
  3. Mentoring Committee Report –Included is Jon Hall’s report, which he commented on during our meeting.  NAL Mentors for JSC in 2016 Mentor Cycle:  Since the last report, 8 members of NAL applied to be mentors in the JSC Formal Mentoring Program Cycle 2016, and were paired up with protégés by JSC Human Resources.  The 8 NAL members included Greg Blackburn, John Casper, Norm Chaffee, Jack Garman, Jon Hall, Denny Holt, Barbara Schwarz and Ken Young.  Greg, Norm, Jack, Jon, Denny and Ken attended the Mentoring Program Cycle 2016 Kickoff event at the Gilruth Alamo Ballroom on Monday, 3/7/16.  The keynote speaker at the event was Mark Geyer, Deputy Center Director. Mark explained his enthusiasm for the Mentoring Program was based on personal experience as both a protégé and a mentor.  Over 100 mentors and protégés attended the Kickoff to learn more about guidelines, expectations, available resources and to get face-to-face introductions with their counterparts. Now that we have NAL mentors and their protégés identified, Jon plans to ask participants for feedback during the year to report to the Board.  NAL-sponsored Management Seminars:  No new developments on this initiative during February that Jon knew of, but he will follow up with JSC HR, Norm and Walt in March to determine feasibility, suitable topics, audiences, and possible dates for these seminars. Outreach to Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Based on a suggestion in January by the ERG Program Manager at JSC, Jon was intending to support a special ERG coordinating session that was planned for March.  The ERG Program Manager suggested that this coordinating session would involve the leadership of all ERGs, and would provide an efficient opportunity for Jon to present the NAL offer to mentor.  However, after an ERG leadership meeting in February, the Program Manager noted the following:   “I did mention [the NAL offer to mentor] to the ERGs, but at the time they were trying to get settled into their new roles and didn’t indicate a great deal of interest. However, I can ask them again now that the dust has settled. They try to steer clear of activities that already have a system in place so they aren’t recreating the wheel. The ERGs did push out the JSC Mentoring application call to their members.“  Accordingly, Jon is now standing by for feedback to determine if the NAL sends a representative to the special ERG coordinating session later in March.  If there is no interest expressed by the ERG leaders, Jon recommends we stand down on this initiative for the year, remain on standby to react to invitations, and maintain contact with the JSC ERG Program Manager. 

Norm added that he is still planning to request from Walt Guy, Will Ellis, and Jim Jaax a list of their management “tenets” to share with the protégés in the format of a series of talks.  Norm asked who the point of contact would be to follow up for approval to present the series. 

  1. Mission Control Center (MCC) Restoration - Denny   reported that the report for the design of concept and cost estimate for the “experience” segment of the MCC restoration project will be presented to Director Ellen Ochoa on April 25.  The objective is to discuss the recommendations about what the experience should be and what to do to evaluate cost and schedule.  By end of April, JSC will have a good cost estimate, idea of what can be done. The review group is trying to make sure the task is completed by the time we get to the activities for the Apollo 11 anniversary activities. 
  2. Program Committee Report and Winter Social/Dinner – Denny   reported that we have 42 members who had registered for the Winter Social on March 15, 2016.  The program is “Pluto and Ceres Revealed – Findings from the Flybys” by Dr. Marc Fries, JSC Curator of Planetary Ices and Organics.  Norm added that the number was too low, therefore, he would send out another reminder later that day.  [That was a good move—registration jumped to over 70!]  Denny further reported that the April 7 program presenter is Jeff Arend from the ISS, whose topic “The Changing Face of ISS.” Denny is meeting with Jeff Davis, Director, Human Health and Performance (HH&P) and Chief Medical Officer for the NASA Johnson Space Center, to invite him to be our May program speaker.  There was a suggestion to invite Dr. John Charles back, maybe ask him to invite Astronaut Scott Kelly to discuss some of the topics that we heard about from Dr. Charles’ program last year.  Denny also mentioned that Gilruth is booked for June and that the November date is election day.
  3. History Committee/Annual Report—Norm again requested inputs for 2014 and 2015 so that Aneta and he, respectively, can compile the annual reports for both years.  Norm stated that Dan Sedej had asked about the usefulness of the reports and Norm does think they are useful, mostly for documenting and archiving discussions, decisions, and actions.
  4. New Business—Chet Vaughan has been in contact with Bill Taylor/Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) and we, again, have 10 half-price tickets ($150 each) to the “NASA Prom” on April 29 at the Hyatt downtown Houston.  The main award recipient is Charles Elachi, who has been JPL Director since May 2001. Tickets are available first-come, first-served (1) to NAL-JSC directors and officers (plus 1), then (2) any remaining tickets will be re-offered to the Officers/Directors/Senior Advisors, etc., in case they want additional tickets. Please let Chet know if you would like 2 tickets and he will provide an address for Bill Taylor so that we can remit payment directly to Bill.   Norm also reported that he had been contacted by Michael Casirian asking if NAL-JSC members with a safety background would be interested in participating in an activity involving the final determination for grants and scholarships (advertised in Linked-In).  Norm said he would follow up with safety folks who might want to become involved with this and determine if we have a role in this activity. 
  5. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Estella Hernández Gillette, Ed.D. for

Cyndi Draughon

February 11, 2016 Board Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE

JSC CHAPTER

nal-jsc.org

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

HELD ON FEBRUARY 11, 2016

 

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the February Board meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 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, Susan Creasy, Gordon Ducote, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Denny Holt, Frank Hughes, Renee Lance, Dan Sedej, and, by telephone, Aneta Davis and Wayne Hale.  Those unable to attend were Larry Bell, Phil Deans, Jon Hall, William Bates, Rick Nygren, Chet Vaughan and Guy Thibodaux.
  3. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the January 14, 2016, Board meeting were approved.  The Minutes of the January 19, 2016 Strategic Planning Meeting were also approved. 
  4. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.  Contact her for details. Total Networth is $67,852.14 (Includes lance Scholarship)
  5. 2016 Budget - The budget shown at the end of these Minutes was approved.  Note:  $1,000 for Starport Scholarship is approved pending additional information about the Scholarship.  Norm Chaffee will discuss the Scholarship with Rob Banfield and discuss at the March Board Meeting.
  6. 2015 Audit Committee – Gordon Ducote presented a preliminary draft of the Audit Report.  The Audit Committee will provide a signed copy of the Report at the March Board meeting and discuss any items of interest.
  7. Investment Committee – Gordon Ducote agreed to chair the Investment Committee.  He will draft other members to serve on the Committee.  The Board agreed to move $15,000 from the JSCFCU to Schwab in order to make minimal risk investments that will earn dividends, with the intent of using the dividends to help define the following year’s donations budget.  Gordon will have signature authority for the Schwab investments account.
  8. NAL HQ Filing Tax Returns – Mal Peterson has not yet answered Wayne Hale’s inquiry about the tax returns.  Wayne hopes to meet with Mal this week.
  9. Change to Handling of Donations to NCSF – The new process of JSC-NAL not handling contributions to NCSF was communicated to Scott Wood, President, NCSF.  The revised Donations Policy is posted on the website, and Dan Sedej included on the website information about how members can donate directly to NCSF.  Estella Gillette revised the Membership information that she distributes to reflect the change.
  10. Revised JSC-NAL Logo – Vicki Cantrell is working on a new logo and Norm Chaffee will present it to the Board when it is finished.
  11. NAL Gilruth Discount – It has been confirmed that JSC-NAL members pay $175 for annual membership at the Gilruth Center (instead of $195).  Gilruth Center employees have been reminded of this and the JSC Starport website has been updated to reflect this price.
  12. Status of Proposed Oral History Initiative – Aneta Davis will compile list of all names submitted by Board Members as potential interviewees for the Oral History Initiative.  Norm Chaffee would like to have the list ready if the NAL is asked to support the program.
  13. NAL Participation in the JSC Longhorn Project (LHP) – The approved 2016 Operating Budget includes a donation of $650 to the LHP for use in building a bio digester.  Because the digester will produce methane, the LHP must obtain a permit from the State of Texas.  They will notify the NAL when they have the permit and begin construction.  NAL will provide funding at that time.  Phil Deans attended the recent LHP meeting as the NAL representative and will continue to work with them on this project.
  14. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall was unable to attend the meeting but submitted a report.  JSC HR invited the NAL to participate in the next cycle of the JSC Mentoring Program.  The application process is expected to open up in early February, and JSC will provide the NAL with the application form.  Several members supported the formal Closing Session for the 2015 Mentor Cycle at the Gilruth Center on January 20, 2016.  The NAL provided refreshments for the event.  Jon has been invited to take part in a special Employee Resources Group coordinating session to be conducted in March.
  15. Mission Control Center (MCC) Restoration - Denny Holt reported that the design of concept and cost estimate for the “experience” segment of the MCC restoration project is due at the end of March.
  16. Program Committee Report and Winter Social/Dinner – Denny Holt reported that the presentation for the Winter Social on March 15, 2016, will be “Pluto and Ceres Revealed – Findings from the Flybys” by Dr. Marc Fries, JSC Curator of Planetary Ices and Organics.  The First Thursday speaker in March will cover modifications to Chamber A to support testing for the James Webb Space Telescope.  Speakers for future First Thursdays are TBD.
  17. January Newsletter – Renee Lance reported that several Board members (and possible other members) did not receive the January Newsletter.  She has been unable to determine the cause of the problem.  For future editions of the Newsletter Dan Sedej will provide a link to the Newsletter file on the website.  This will eliminate large files going to individuals’ email accounts.
  18. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes attended a Columbia Memorial event at the Hemphill Museum (Patricia Huffman Smith Museum) on February 1, 2016.  The Museum is planning to hold a large Memorial event in 2018 for the 15th anniversary of the Columbia tragedy.  Frank reported that a school in California is returning the Shuttle simulator module they had received, and Jim Dean will be able to use parts from that for the installation at the Museum in Hemphill.  Frank send information to the Board about making a trip to the Museum together on February 23 or March 1.  Frank has arranged for a new multi-year host for the web site, since it was moved from the Tietronix server. 
  19. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej informed the Board that changes to the website take from one-half to a full day to take effect, so we should be aware of that when submitting material to be posted.  Dan has looked at Quick Books as a tool to combine the Membership and Treasurer’s records into one system.  Data from the current systems would have to be entered manually into Quick Books.  Estella Gillette and Susan Braymer agreed to look at the tool.  Dan reported that NAL membership qualifications are different on the website than in the Membership information.  Norm Chaffee stated that the JSC rules were intended to reflect what the NAL HQ By-Laws state.  He will check on the JSC-NAL By-Law changes and Wayne Hale said that he will check with NAL HQ.
  20. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that there are five new members since the January meeting.  In response to a recent reminder to people who are not current on their dues, 13 people have renewed their membership.  JSC Security was asked recently by a customer about the areas to which JSC-NAL badge gives access so Estella provided Security with the current JSC-NAL badging policy.
  21. Annual Report – Norm Chaffee asked that Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs identify accomplishments in our area of purview during 2015 to be included in an annual report.  Please submit your inputs to Aneta Davis (anetadav@swbell.net) and Cyndi Draughon (c_dragon@earthlink.net) before the March 10, 2016, Board Meeting.  Norm will review meeting minutes and other notes to create an Annual Report for 2014.
  22. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cyndi Draughon

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS:

--Norm Chaffee – discuss Starport Scholarship with Rob Banfield.  Look at By-Laws for correct Membership qualifications.

--Gordon Ducote – present Audit Committee findings at next Board meeting.

--Wayne Hale – NAL HQ membership requirements and tax filings.

--Aneta Davis – list of names submitted as potential Oral History interviewees

--All – send summary of activities for 2015 Annual Report to Aneta Davis and Cyndi Draughon before Marcy 10, 2016.

 

January 14, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

NASA ALUMNI LEAGUE JSC CHAPTER nal-jsc.org

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS HELD ON JANUARY 14, 2016

  1. The Officers and Directors of the JSC Chapter of the NASA Alumni League held the December Board meeting on Thursday, January 14, 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, Phil Deans, Phil Engelauf, Estella Gillette, Denny Holt, Renee Lance, Dan Sedej, Chet Vaughan and, by telephone, Susan Creasy, Aneta Davis, Jon Hall, and Frank Hughes. Those unable to attend were Wayne Hale, William Bates, Gordon Ducote, Rick Nygren, and Guy Thibodaux.

  3. Approve Meeting Minutes - The Minutes of the December 10, 2015, Board meeting were approved with two corrections.

  4. New Business – Monica Trevathan of Tietronix and Ann Henry of University of Houston-Clear Lake presented “Adventures in Spacewalk – Time Machine,” an electronic game designed for educational purposes. The game allows students to reenact historical EVAs and is intended to teach some of the history of space exploration, which is one of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for grades six through eight. The game is being developed in response to a Department of Education Small Business Innovation Research solicitation for Education Technology Products used by students or teachers (or other instructional personnel) in authentic education settings. Frank Hughes will write a letter indicating JSC-NAL’s endorsement for the game for Norm Chafee’s signature.

  5. Treasurer’s Report - Susan Braymer submitted the Treasurer’s Report. NAL JSC CHAPTER TREASURER’S REPORT

As of 12/8/2015

   
     

Share Account

$5.00

 

Checking Account

$22,421.79

Includes Lance Scholarship

Money Market

$22,460.31

 
 

$44,887.10

 
     

Total in Schwab 12/8/15

$22,848.92

 
     

Total Worth

   

1/12/2016

$67,736.02

 

12/31/2015

$67,024.32

 

Notes:
$772.12 collected from Dues YTD

$160 collected for HQ YTD
$5.02 in PayPal fees YTD
$0 collected for NCSF YTD
$128.82 in donations to NAL YTD
Checking Account includes $8,780 donated for Nick Lance Scholarship Susan will transfer $10,000 from checking to the Money Market account.

  1. Appointment of 2015 Audit Committee – Susan Braymer will recruit an audit committee for 2015 (possibly Larry Bell and Gordon Ducote) and notify Norm Chaffee who agrees to serve. Norm will send letters of appointment.

  2. Investment Strategy and Options –Investments will be discussed at the Strategic Planning meeting.

  3. NASA College Scholarship Fund (NCSF) Contribution Acknowledgements – Norm Chaffee stated that he had not yet received acknowledgement of a donation made to NCSF in early December. Susan Braymer reported that she had called the Financial Management Division about uncashed checks for NCSF donations and was told that the checks had been lost. After Susan contacted the JSC CFO the checks were located and deposited. Norm will send an e-mail to Scott Wood regarding prompt deposit and acknowledgement of the NCSF donations. There was some discussion about the NAL removing ourselves from the NCSF donation process (encourage members to send donations directly to NCSF) but no decision was made regarding the current process.

9. Strategic Planning Meeting – The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Coronado Room (upstairs) at the Gilruth Center.

10. January Newsletter – Renee Lance will send a draft of the January Newsletter on January 21 and asks for responsew by January 26. She will send out the final Newsletter on January 29.

11. Mission Control Center (MCC) Restoration - Denny Holt reported that the physical aspects of the restoration have been added to an existing Center Operations contract. Denny and Jack Knight helped evaluate 10 proposals submitted for the design of concept and cost estimate for the “experience” segment of the MCC restoration project. A vendor was selected and their product is due in 60 days.

12. Status of Proposed Oral History Initiative – Norm Chaffee asked that all Board members and Committee Chairs send to Aneta Davis by the February 11, 2016, three names of people who should be interviewed for the Oral History Project. (List of people already interviewed can be found at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/oral_histories/participants_full.htm) Norm would like to have a list of 10 people identified to be interviewed if the NAL is asked to help with this Project. Denny Holt suggested that a good way to select interviewees might be to identify a specific topic and find people associated with that topic

13. NAL Participation in the JSC Longhorn Project (LHP) – Norm Chaffee reported on his recent par- ticipation with the Project. Norm had recommended a strong space tie-in and had described a device that turns manure and agricultural waste into methane for propulsion use. LHP leader, An- drea Wilson, is interested in creating and installing a bio digester at the site. Norm suggested that the NAL might be willing to award them a grant or donation of up to $700 to build the device. Phil Deans volunteered to be the NAL representative to the LHP as he has many years of ranching experience.

14. Program Committee Report and Winter Social/Dinner – Denny Holt reported that there was a good turnout for the January First Thursday presentation by Clay Anderson. Denny has contacted Eileen Stansbery for assistance in identifying a speaker on the recent Pluto fly-by for the Winter Social. The First Thursday speaker in February will be Joel Walker and in March will be someone from Engineering to discuss changes to the Space Environment Simulation Lab Chamber A in support of the James Webb Space Telescope.

15. Mentoring Committee Report – Jon Hall reported that he, Norm Chaffee, and Walt Guy met with Jennifer Rodriguez of the JSC Intern Program to discuss the possibility of NAL sponsoring some management seminars. These seminars would be based on Walt’s “Tenets” and perhaps other material including Norm’s “How to be an Engineer.” Jon will follow up with JSC HR, Norm and Walt to determine feasibility, suitable topics and audiences, and possible dates for these seminars. JSC HR has invited the NAL to consider participating in the next cycle of the JSC Mentoring Program which begins in late January 2016. Jon recommend that NAL try this

experimentally to see if and how this arrangement might work, and then expand the effort during the next cycle if feasible. NAL will support the formal Closing Session for the 2015 Mentor Cycle at the Gilruth Alamo Ballroom on January 20, 2016. Jon continues to invite JSC Mentoring coordinators, Mentors and Protégés to attend NAL monthly technical programs and socials.

16. Communications Committee Report – Dan Sedej reported that he has changed the Drop-Box ac- count from an individual account to an NAL one so that the account is easily transferred. Dan has several website-related topics that he will cover at the Strategic Planning Meeting.

17. Education Committee Report – Frank Hughes reported that Jim Dean will be installing a Shuttle simulator module at the Columbia memorial museum (Patricia Huffman Smith Museum) in Hemphill. Frank has sponsored the creation of a Science National Honor Society in Hemphill and it is hoped that those students will learn to use the simulator and then be able to teach others. Frank has invited Jim Dean to come to Houston while he is in Texas. Frank will also find a time for him and Norm Chaffee to meet with the new Education director at Space Center Houston.

18. Membership Committee – Estella Gillette reported that seven people have joined since the De- cember meeting. As of January there are 348 current dues-paying members, 55 people who have not paid dues for the last two years, and 68 people who have not paid dues in two or more years. People who have not paid dues for the last two years are considered to be in a “grace” period and still receive e-mail announcements from the Chapter. They do not receive the Newsletter and they are not allowed to vote in JSC-NAL elections. Estella recommended reducing the grace pe- riod from two years to one.

19. Annual Report – Norm Chaffee asked that Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs identify accomplishments in our area of purview during 2015 to be included in an annual report. Please submit your inputs to Aneta Davis (anetadav@swbell.net) and Cyndi Draughon (c_dragon@earthlink.net) before the February 11, 2016, Board Meeting. Norm will review meeting minutes and other notes to create an Annual Report for 2014.

20. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Cyndi Draughon

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS:
--Frank Hughes - write letter endorsing the “Adventures in Spacewalk” game for Norm Chaffee’s signature.

--Susan Braymer – recruit Audit Committee. Norm Chaffee – write letters of appointment for Audit Committee.
--Norm Chaffee – write letter to Scott Wood regarding prompt acknowledgement of NCSF contributions.

--All – send three names of people to be interviewed for the Oral History Project to Aneta Davis before February 11, 2016.
--All – send summary of activities for 2015 Annual Report to Aneta Davis and Cyndi Draughon before February 11, 2016.