Soon it will be time for our Spring Luncheon 2019 on May 31.  We expect the new Director of NGA, Vice Admiral Sharp, to be the guest speaker.  As usual, we will also receive interesting briefings from NGA and will be awarding our NGAA Excellence award. 

The details are found in this flyer.  If you have not already done so, send your RSVP to Paul Mich at your earliest convenience.


Saturday 8 June 2019

NGAA and AMS present

Ponies and Paella

Belmont Stakes Party

4-9 pm

Please join us for an afternoon of food and conversation while watching the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, at Diane and Jack Hild’s horse farm in Ellicott City, Maryland.  Will we see a Triple Crown Winner?

Arrive around 4pm for drinks and appetizers with dinner after the race around 630pm.

Drawings will be held for 2 or 3 of the races after 4:30pm, so bring some petty cash and enjoy the thrill of cheering your horse down the stretch.  We buy $2 WIN tickets on every horse and generally get about 2 to 3 tickets per person.  Before the race, drop $2 in the bowl and draw a ticket.  Winners collect immediately based on the track payout.


Beer, wine & soda




The address is 8434 Old Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD.  For the GPS challenged, (or the map enlightened) go north on Rt 29 until it ends just north of Rt 70.  You are 3 minutes away at this point.  Turn right at the end of Rt 29 and then “left” at the circle.  Arrive at 8434 in ¾ miles on the left.

This is an adults only event.  The cost is $30 per person, payable to Paul Mich by 5 June 2019.  Please mail check and names of attendees to: 

Paul Mich

1308 Rock Chapel Rd

Herndon, VA 20170

Or use the PayPal app and send to Paulfmich@aol.com 

The fine print:  Parking isn’t an issue, but some may need to park at the barn, about 100 yards away.  There is room for handicap or drop offs at the house for about 10 cars.  Attendees need to be able to climb 6 steps.  The stairs have railings.  This is mostly an outdoor event.  Bad weather may cause a last minute cancellation.



Come out and join your fellow NGA alumni/ae for our next happy hour, hosted by NGAA-East! Our happy hour will be held at McCormick & Schmick's, 11920 Democracy Drive at Reston Town Center. It will be a chance to catch up with your fellow alumni/ae and just have a good time.  The next Happy Hour will be announced later.

If you don't live close to Reston and would like to have a happy hour at another venue, let us know! You can either call or e-mail your thoughts to Joe Steel (703-483-1251) or jwsteel3@aol.com, or Ange Meoli (301-661-9378) or ngaaeastexec@aol.com.

Check out McCormick & Schmick's at their web site: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com.

Hope to see you at our next get-together!


NGAA- East Wine-Tasting and Picnic Lunch

NGAA members and guests, and all former NGA and heritage employees, are invited to participate at various times at Hiddencroft Vineyards outside Lovettsville, VA.  This charming winery (www.hiddencroftvineyards.com) was founded in May 2008 by husband and wife, Clyde and Terry Housel.  The couple, who came from long careers with NGA and its predecessors, began planting their vineyard in 2001 and were grape-growers first.

The Housel’s decided from the beginning that they would focus on producing grapes, and then wines, of superior quality. Clyde, who is the winemaker and largely self-taught, is doing just that. Hiddencroft wines are approachable and readily drinkable. The red wines see plenty of barrel time…between 22 and 42 months. The whites are complex and show the characteristics of the terroir…fruit, flowers and spice.

The event usually starts at noon.  A picnic lunch, consisting of cold lunch meats, cheeses, bread/buns, prepared fruit and veggie trays, chips and dips, and water/soda, is usually served. The cost is  around $20 per person which includes the wine-tasting fee and picnic lunch. It is about a 50-minute drive from Tysons Corner via the toll road without traffic.


NGAA Oral History Program.

The first in this series of oral history interviews is with three people who worked closely with the renowned geodesist, Dr Irene Fischer.

Irene Fischer was a renowned AMS geodesist who redefined the ellipsoid (Fischer 1968) and had a significant role in developing today’s World Geodetic System. She died in 2009 at the age of 102, after an extraordinary life that included escaping from the Nazis in 1939. NGA’s East Campus Learning Center is named in her honor. Yet, when cited at the Library of Congress Symposium on Women in Mapping in March 2015, many important current practitioners and academicians attending had not heard of her. That led to an East Chapter decision to locate and interview several people who had worked with her. Listening to these interviews with THELMA ROBINSON, and ERICH RUTSCHEIDT and BERNIE CHOVITZ (Part One) (Part Two) will give you some insight into Irene Fischer, the scientist and the person. Then you may want to locate and read her book “Geodesy, What’s That? My Personal Involvement in the Age-old Quest for the Size and Shape of the Earth with Running Commentary of Life in a Government Research Office”, published in 2005.  This is a PHOTO of Bernie Chovitz, the principal interviewee, taken on the occasion of the Fall 2015 NGAA-E luncheon at NCE. Bernie, with his boss Dr O'Keefe, hired Dr. Fischer into AMS, collaborated in her initial research, and, following her retirement, assisted in getting her memoir published.  (Photo courtesy of NGA.)

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