LL Retirees Association Picnic
June 11, 2013
Ravenswood Historic Site
11 AM to 2:00 PM
Price: $25.00 per person
BBQ fixins by "Pit Stop BBQ & Deli"
Reservations are required no later than Friday, June 7th. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.
Renew Membership or Join LL Retirees Association
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Photos from Retirees
2012 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2011 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2010 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2009 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2005 Retirees Picnic courtesy of Alan Mode.
Dick Ryon's kayak cruise Dick Ryon made an eleven-day kayak expedition out the Columbia River and down the Oregon coast for 180 miles to Florence
Fleet Week Photos by Ron Gunn taken during Fleet Week on October 7, 2007, aboard the Hornblower party boat in San Francisco Bay.
LL Retirees Association Travel Group
The Travel Group needs a volunteer to run the program. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carole Hilton at Chair@LLNLretirees.org.
LL Retirees Association Discounts
Are you ready to go Wild at Work? Enjoy money-saving deals exclusive to LLRA members made possible through our partnership with Wild at Work. Your discount program includes money-saving offers on theme parks, hotels, restaurants, and many more! Some featured offers include Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, Knott's Berry Farm, Grand Canyon Railway, T-Mobile, Marriot Hotels, over 15,000 restaurants…everything is on the website!
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Message from LLNL Director to Employees
LLNL director Parney Albright sent a reassuring message to LLNL employees after Los Alamos announced that it was developing a 400-800 employee voluntary workforce reduction plan because of budget shortfalls expected in the rest of this fiscal year.
Here is the text of Director Albright's message:
"You may have seen that Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced it is working with NNSA to develop a workforce plan to help mitigate the impact of budget shortfalls at LANL for fiscal year 2012.
"Our Laboratory remains on a sound footing for FY12. As you know, there is still a great deal of uncertainty in Washington over final appropriations for FY13 and beyond, and LLNL senior leaders continue to work the situation very closely. The Laboratory can remain on a sound footing if final appropriations for FY13 are consistent with FY12.
"LLNL senior management is working proactively to maintain stability throughout the expected federal budget turmoil, to include a possible yearlong Continuing Resolution at the end of FY12, while keeping the entire institution fiscally sound and meeting the demands of our many missions."
New Element to be Named Livermorium
The city of Livermore and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory may soon have an element named in their honor. Lab scientists and colleagues at a Russian institute synthesized a superheavy element a decade ago, and it landed a spot as No. 116 on the periodic table -- the master list of elements.
Temporarily called ununhexium, it will become "livermorium," an international chemistry organization announced this week. The name honors the scientists who helped create it and the city hosting the national security lab... more.
Retiree Health Benefits
If you have any questions or problems with your retiree health benefits, you may contact Johnetta Jones, LLNS Benefits, at LLNL, by phone at 925-422-8726 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are all aware that tests show that the performance of students in science and mathematics in elementary school in the United States fall behind students in many industrialized countries in the world and even some of the developing countries, such as China and Korea. Furthermore, eighth grade students in California ranked 47th out of 52 (50 states plus DC and DoD) in mathematics achievement in 2009 according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Report. One way you might be able to help rectify this problem is to help improve elementary school education, using your wealth of experience and training. And you can have a rewarding and fun experience in the process.
TOPScience (Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science) is a program using volunteers (the "Partners") for (1) assisting teachers in grades K-8 with preparation and delivery of science and engineering lessons in the classroom, (2) providing content knowledge to teachers when needed to teach quality science and engineering lessons, (3) motivating students with career and educational models and information, and (4) educating families through after school family science events. TOPScience began with Partners who were retired scientists and engineers. Currently, the source of volunteers includes scientists and engineers who are employed or on leave as well as retired. The program began in 1993 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education with three Partners at three elementary schools. The program has grown to over 40 Partners at as many schools in a five county region in Central California.
Most Partners volunteer to serve about one-half day per week during the school year; however, the schedule can be flexible to accommodate differing needs of the Partners. The Partners attend a TOPS Institute during the summer preceding each school year which provides training for new Partners.
In February of this year, the Pleasanton School District decided to institute a TOPScience program and they need four volunteers to get started.
This is your chance to make a difference. Contact:
It’s a Bumpy Ride to Private Management for Los Alamos, Livermore
Dave Edwards pointed out an interesting article that appeared in the American Physical Society's June 2010 issue of APS News. We include it here with the permission of the APS. Click here to read the article, “It’s a Bumpy Ride to Private Management for Los Alamos, Livermore”.
Outreach for the Medical Screening Program for Former Lab Workers
We are contacting you on behalf of the Medical Screening Program for Former Workers of LLNL, LBNL, and Sandia-CA. This is a joint venture between Boston University and UCSF and is one of many screening programs for former employees of DOE facilities nationwide. Our program is looking to inform the Lab retiree community of its presence and encourage anyone who may be interested to contact us. We are interested in collaborating with your organization by attending events held for your members, newsletter postings, fliers, and possibly a link to our program website www.bu.edu/formerworker.
Click here for a brochure that gives an overview of what our program does. Please contact our Dublin office at (925) 551-7844 or send an e-mail to email@example.com with any questions you may have. We look forward to discussing how we can work together to serve the Lab retiree community.
Gail St. John, MPH
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Tours of LLNL and Site 300
Two free tours are available for LLNL Retirees and also for the general public. Both tours last about 2 hours and 30 minutes. All attendees must be at least 18 years old. US Citizens must sign up at least two weeks in advance, non-US citizens must sign up at least one month in advance. To make a reservation, contact the LLNL Public Affairs Office at (925) 422-4599.
Tour 1: Community Tour of LLNL on Tuesdays starting at 9:00 AM.
Guides will describe buildings and equipment during a bus tour of the entire site with time to view of the surrounding terrain from the West observation post (the highest location at Site 300).
Change of Address for Mailings from the Lab
Have you moved since leaving the Lab? Send an email to Don Johnston at johnston19@LLNL.gov if you want to keep receiving mailings from the Lab. Include your old address along with your new address. You need to file a separate change of address with your retirement plan and benefits.
Change of Address for Mailings from LL Retirees Association
To change your address, home or email, with the LL Retirees Association, send an email to secretary@LLNLretirees.org.
For more information send an email message to info@LLNLretirees.org.
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