| JANUARY 10 – Joe Abbin | FEBRUARY 14 – Charlie Frates | FEBRUARY 22 – 3-Way Conference | MARCH 14 – AT&SF 2926 Update | APRIL 6 – SNL News Article – 3-Way Conference | APRIL 11 – Project Heart Start | MAY 9 – National UFO Historical Records Center | JUNE 13 – The Spy Case of Jonathan Pollard | JULY 11 – Fire Chief Emily Jaramillo | AUGUST 8 – Norm Fenton | SEPTEMBER 12 – Lap Dog Rescue | OCTOBER 10 – Mark Medley, ID Theft Solutions | NOVEMBER 14 – Jon Gordon, Universal Hydrogen |
Previous Programs – 2023
“Albuquerque, NM, is in the top five worst major cities for crime in the US.”
Mr. Abbin has the experience and the personal motivation to speak up about some of the societal issues that it seems no one else wants to address. He stays updated on the issues, and he seeks out and informs us on what others have done to try to resolve these issues.
February 22, 2023 (Wednesday) – SPECIAL CORONADO THUNDERBIRDS MEETING – ZOOM ONLY
A three-way collaboration of: the US Air Force – Kirtland Force Support Squadron, Sandia National Labs, and the Coronado Thunderbirds
We heard from representatives of the above groups on how and why you would want to join the Coronado Thunderbirds and the benefits offered on Base. A highlight was the Cyber Security topics covered by SNL experts: How to Use Security Tokens, Ways to Ensure Cell Phone Protection, Setting Up Desktop/Laptop Protection, and Recognizing Phishing Attempts.
These presentations will help our members and members-to-be protect their personal devices from intruders. The presentations are available in .pdf form.
Security Keys/Tokens – Stan Hall
The “Hook, Line, and Sinker” of Phishing Awareness – Tyler Morris
Hands-On Demonstration and Practice of CPR/AED/Abdominal Thrusts – Also, we will be taught “How to Recognize the Signs of a Heart Attack”
Preceded by a short introduction by 2023 President John P. Anthes
MAY 9 – Dave Marler, Executive Director, National UFO Historical Records Center – https://nufohrc.org/ [a 501(3)c organization]
In his presentation, Mr. Marler is not going to try to change your beliefs about UFOs, but he “recognizes what appears to be a core phenomenon beneath it all.”2 He will concentrate on UFO history as it applies to New Mexico, including Sandia, Las Cruces, KAFB, and Los Alamos.
The acronym UFO, for unidentified flying object, was coined by the USAF in 1952, just 5 years after the term “flying saucer” was coined by pilot Kenneth Arnold after he flew past Washington State’s Mt. Rainier, observing “nine bright saucer-like objects.”1 From that moment, the reports and information on sightings such as this have accumulated.
Mr. Marler has researched UFOs for 32 years. He has conducted investigations, traveled doing lectures on UFOs, consulted on TV and radio programs, and gathered information thereon. With a “follow what interests you” career change, Mr. Marler has collected and kept records preserved for researchers and other interested parties.
He is in process of finding a home for his collection–which includes at least 32 file cabinets with documents, case records, news clippings, audio recordings, and books. He wishes to preserve all the stories that have been created over the past 75 years.Mr. His mission – to provide a center for these records to be preserved and protected, but available for access and examination. Mr. Marler has created a 501(c)3 organization thereon, and has a website, www.nufohrc.org, with other information regarding his mission.
NUFOHRC has also joined in partnership with The Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU), which is “a data-driven organization of scientists, academics, and research professionals dedicated to conducting and supporting open scientific research into unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP).”
You will be amazed with the stories he will share with us, and Mr. Marler will be more than happy to answer questions you have.
1 Mulroy, Clare. “UFOs and UAPs explained: This is how NASA classifies unidentified aerial objects.” USA Today 16 Feb. 2023. 23 Mar. 2023 <https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2023/02/16/what-does-ufo-uap-stand-for/11265209002/>.
2 About the Author, Amazon.com. Marler, David. “Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation” <https://www.amazon.com/stores/Mr.-David-Marler/author/B00DJGFXD6?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true>
JUNE 13 – Mr. Richard (Rich) J. Sullivan, Special Agent, Retired, U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service – “Abetting Jonathan Pollard: The Failures of Personnel Security in the 1980s”
Mr. Sullivan offered an “open source” program about his role in the events re: Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, who was convicted of spying for Israel and was incarcerated. Mr. Sullivan will discuss his own involvement, and he bases much of his information on “Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought To Justice,” by Ronald J. Olive, Special Agent, NCIS (Ret.). Mr. Sullivan also emphasized all of the “red flags” in that case. Sure to be a “spy thriller!”
JULY 11, 2023, Fire Chief Emily Jaramillo, Albuquerque Fire Rescue
History was made in Albuquerque in March of 2023 – Albuquerque Fire Rescue (formerly Albuquerque Fire Department) has been in operation since 1900, replacing a volunteer organization, and Emily Jaramillo was promoted as its first woman Fire Chief in its 123-year existence.
Ms. Jaramillo grew up in rural New Mexico, and after receiving a BA degree from Luther College in Iowa, she returned to Albuquerque. She worked as an English teacher with APS when she decided to make a career change after a firefighter talked to her class. She took an EMT class, and in 2005, she become a firefighter, a graduate of the 71st cadet class.
In 2015, she was the recipient of the IAFF 244 Outstanding Leadership Award and was nominated as an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Excellence in 2022. The Fire Chief is also balancing earning a graduate degree while raising two young children.
AUGUST 8, 2023, Norm Fenton, A Man and His Guitar
Mr. Fenton played beautiful songs (many that he had written) as we enjoyed the long-awaited return of the Annual Picnic.
SEPTEMBER 12, ANNUAL MEETING/ELECTION/AWARDS/ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ELECTION RESULTS – By affirmation, the following slate was unanimously elected as the 2024 Board of Directors
WE ARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY – WON’T YOU HELP US?
- President – Connie DeFoe
- Vice President/Programs – OPEN
- Secretary – OPEN
- Treasurer – Alice Kilgo
- Membership – Tom Laub [NEW]
- Entertainment – Karl Gass
- Newsletter – diana frederick
- Calling – Guylaine M. Pollock
- Website Administrator – Rick Bell [NEW]
- Past President – John P. Anthes
- Awards – Assigned – Lionel Holguin
- Tours Coordinator – Chris Korbin
PRESENTATION – Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico
Ms. Stephanie Holinka from the rescue group told us all about the work of the group, its history, and also about its connection with Sandia National Labs. Lots of great information and questions.
She cannot bring any dogs into the Post, but she may have lots of adorable photos!
Board of Directors Meeting – Tuesday, September 5, 2023, Kirtland Lanes Bowling Center Conference Room – All members may attend, but please let us know ahead of time. Spare Grill serving “Taco Tuesday” menu
OCTOBER 10, 2023, PROGRAM – “Mark Medley – The Man Behind the License ‘V'”
From LinkedIn: “As a victim of Identity Theft I have decided to start my own business to help others with the prevention and/or finding resolutions in solving the headaches this crime creates. I had my wallet stolen and the person who stole it used my information when arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle as well as a long list of other crimes. He was arrested and booked into jail using my name. It took me over five years to clear up my situation. In the meantime I have worked with the New Mexico State Legislators, State Attorney Generals Office as well as the City of Albuquerque to improve the laws here in New Mexico. I will never tell anyone that I can fix the problem for them, but I will tell them what I have learned through my own experiences and what resources are now available to them in the State of New Mexico such as the ID Theft Repair kit now available to victims of identity theft. I feel that it is important to educate the general public and people in your organization as to what we have done in New Mexico in passing laws and putting resources together to help victims.”
Board of Directors Meeting – Tuesday, October 3, 2023, Kirtland Lanes Bowling Center Conference Room – All members may attend, but please let us know ahead of time. Spare Grill serving “Taco Tuesday” menu
NOVEMBER 14, 2023, PROGRAM – Jon Gordon, Universal Hydrogen Co-Founder and General Counsel, Head of Partnerships and Government Affairs
From the Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook 11/14/2022 – “NM is ground zero for hydrogen-based aviation – Universal Hydrogen to build drop-in plane-conversion kits and fuel tanks at Sunport”
“An end-to-end solution for hydrogen-powered flight
We are building a flexible, scalable, and capital-light approach to hydrogen logistics by transporting it in modular capsules over the existing freight network from green production sites to airports around the world. At the airport, the modules are loaded directly into the aircraft using existing cargo handling equipment. No new infrastructure is needed. Starting with regional airplanes, we are also developing conversion kits to retrofit the existing fleet with a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.”
Board of Directors Meeting – Tuesday, November 7, 2023, Kirtland Lanes Bowling Center Conference Room – All members may attend, but please let us know ahead of time. Spare Grill serving “Taco Tuesday” menu
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