Pride Festival Volunteer Shifts

Posted: May 22nd, 2013

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region will have a presence at both the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 9, and the Baltimore Pride Festival on Sunday, June 16. The Capital Pride Festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 4th and 7th Streets, NW, from noon to 7 pm. The Baltimore Pride Festival is in Druid Hill Park from noon to 5pm. Please note, both festivals have changed their schedules since last year. We plan to close down at the Capital festival by 6 pm.

We’d like to have two people on duty at all times. That means we need to fill 10 to 12 person-hours at each festival, and we need your help. The Pride festivals comprise our best chance to build our membership each year. We are preparing a range of materials, including membership forms, brochures, and copies of the national newsletter, so you’ll have all of the information about the organization right in front of you. We’ll also brief you on the main talking points. And if you haven’t been able to be as involved with NOGLSTP-CR as you would like to be, we’ll make sure to pair you with someone who has more familiarity with our activities.

I am coordinating our volunteer schedule, so please e-mail me directly (at cr-chair -at- noglstp.org) with your availability. You can let me know a specific period of time you’d like to sign up for, or a maximum amount of time and a range during which you’re available. We currently have staffing needs throughout the day at both festivals. This is also a great opportunity to get a friend, co-worker, or partner involved in NOGLSTP; if you bring in a second person to work a shift with you, it satisfies twice as much of our needs and gives you reliable companionship during your shift. Please include your full name and the full name of any other person who would be staffing with you, along with a contact phone number at which we can reach you during the day of the festival.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with a confirmation of when you will be volunteering.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

BBQ, 6/2/13, and Membership Request

Posted: May 21st, 2013

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region invites you to join us for a barbecue on Sunday, June 2, at the Annapolis home of NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair Lawrie Hollingsworth. This is a family-friendly event, so please bring your partners, children, and other friends and family.

What: Pride Kickoff Barbecue
Where: Home of Lawrie Hollingsworth in Annapolis (see text, below, for address and parking information)
When: Sunday, June 2, 1:30 pm - 6 pm (rain or shine)
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, May 29

This will be a fun, informal gathering. NOGLSTP-CR will provide basic grilling items (hot dogs, burgers, and veggie burgers–along with buns) and condiments (ketchup, mustard, and relish), as well as some soft drinks. We’ll have coolers for any other beverages you wish to bring (including alcohol, but always drink responsibly). We also encourage you to bring anything else you’d like to grill and your favorite fixings. Please also bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

Lawrie lives at 1706 Trinity Place, Annapolis, MD 21401. Per Lawrie, “We are at the end of a cul de sac, so parking is no problem. We just ask that people not park in our driveway; the kids play ball there and will probably be riding scooters or something up and down it.” For directions, Lawrie suggests that you use your favorite internet or GPS directions source. Once you’re in range, here is some guidance from her: “We are in a private community on the water called The Downs. When you turn off Route 178 onto Old Generals Highway and go down Sherwood Forest Dr., you’ll turn right through Coachway and see 2 brick markers that say ‘The Downs.’ When you go a few more blocks on Coachway, you’ll come to the main entrance and see bigger brick gates that have ‘The Downs’ written on them. First street on the right after that is Trinity Place.”

Lawrie’s home features a deck, a fire pit, and (she guarantees) “the biggest grill you have ever seen at anyone’s house.” Feel free to bring any activities that can be safely enjoyed in the out-of-doors. This is a rain or shine event, as Lawrie will make her spacious interior available if necessary, and the grill is in a covered area. So if the weather looks bad, feel free to bring board games and other indoor activities, instead.

At the barbecue, we’ll also be finalizing plans for the upcoming Baltimore and Capital Pride Festivals. Please be on the lookout for a separate email later today regarding those events.

Finally, NOGLSTP-CR is working to update our membership roster. If you would like to join, renew, or update your membership in National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region, please fill out the membership form, available in the “Files” section of our Yahoo! group, and email it back to cr-treasurer -at- noglstp.org. Instructions for paying dues are included in the form.

Sincerely,
Greg Sachs
Treasurer, NOGLSTP-CR

National Electronics Museum, 5/4/13

Posted: April 20th, 2013

Hi Everyone,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region is organizing a trip to the National Electronics Museum (http://nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/) in Linthicum, MD. We will meet there at 11 am on Saturday, May 4, for a guided tour of their many exhibits on defense and aviation electronics technology.

Where: National Electronics Museum, 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland (see website, above, for directions, or below for carpool information)
When: Saturday, May 4, 11:00 am
Cost: $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for students and seniors, paid at the door. Kids 5 and under are free.
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, May 1, please

The NEM is close to–but in most cases not directly served by–public transportation. If you would like to join us but rely on public transportation to travel, we will be happy to arrange for someone to pick you up from BWI Airport (Baltimore Light Rail, WMATA B30 bus) or BWI Amtrak Station (Amtrak). Just let us know that you need a ride, and someone will be in touch to make arrangements. Baltimore’s 17 bus can also be ridden directly to the museum.

After the tour, we will be free to continue exploring the museum. Then the group will choose one of the local restaurants for lunch. We hope you can join us!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair–Judges Needed!

Posted: February 20th, 2013

Hello All,

Since 2010, NOGLSTP-CR has presented an award at the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. We are eager to continue this tradition at this year’s fair on Saturday, March 2, and we hope to expand to additional science fairs in the region, going forward. This year, we will be giving out as many as 8 monetary awards totaling up to $350. This is a very large science fair, so we want to have any many judges as possible. Because judges will be representing NOGLSTP-CR and will be acting on the organization’s behalf, judges for this award must be NOGLSTP members; membership forms are available on the Yahoo! group, and completed forms can be brought with a dues payment on the day of the fair if you are not currently a member. The judges will divide up the exhibits to determine which ones might qualify for the award’s criteria, which involve responsibility in science, and then we will consider the exhibits together to pick a winner.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools have set no particular deadline for registering, but online registration should be completed as soon as possible; if you plan to participate, please fill out the registration form at http://www.aacps.org/science/judges and also RSVP directly to us. When filling out the form, identify yourself as a “Special Award Judge” on question 3 and answer “National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region” on question 4. (You do not need to include the name of the organization in your answer to question 2.) Please make sure you can arrive at North County High School in time for the 9:15 am judges’ orientation. More information about the science fair is available at http://www.aacps.org/science/secondscifair.asp.

What: Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: North County High School (http://www.northcountyhs.org/)
When: Saturday, March 2, 9:15 am to 12:30 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com and http://www.aacps.org/science/judges, by Friday, February 22

If you are already involved in judging a science fair in the Chesapeake region, or are aware of one, please let us know so that we can consider establishing a presence there in a future year. Or if you are unsure of what science fairs take place in your local area but are interested in becoming involved, let us know where you are located and we’ll help you look into it. Additionally, if you wish to make a donation to NOGLSTP-CR, earmarked for science fair prizes, we would gladly accept it; please email NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com for details. Donations to NOGLSTP-CR, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with the local community, and we hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

International Spy Museum, 2/24/13

Posted: February 11th, 2013

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region has twice before organized trips to the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC (http://www.spymuseum.org/). These trips have been very successful, and the museum currently has two extensive, temporary exhibits, so we’re going back again! The museum’s general collection contains a variety of exhibits about spies both famous and obscure, and the devious technology they used as they plied their trade. Tons of fascinating information from WWII and the Cold War is now declassifed, and the quality of the exhibits is top notch.

Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F St., NW, Washington, DC (see website, above, for directions)
When: Sunday, February 24, 1 pm (with lunch earlier, see below)
Cost: $15.95 for NOGLSTP members*, $19.95 for non-members**, paid at the door***
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, February 20, please

*NOGLSTP-CR is subsidizing $4 of the cost of admission for paid members. We’ll have membership forms on hand for anyone who wants to join the day of the event.
**There are discount rates for seniors and young children (see website).
***You can also buy tickets online, but you pay an extra fee of $2; we don’t think it’s likely the museum will sell out. The museum does open at 10 am, so you could also buy a ticket earlier in the day.

Before we visit the museum, we’ll meet for lunch at nearby Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 900 F St., NW (http://www.gordonbiersch.com/locations/washington-dc), at 11 am. We’ll make sure the host or hostess knows where the NOGLSTP-CR table is.

We will meet in front of the museum’s main entrance at 1 pm. Tours at the International Spy Museum are self-guided, and the museum is open until 6pm on Saturdays. The focuses of this visit will be “EXQUISITELY EVIL: 50 YEARS OF BOND VILLAINS” (http://www.spymuseum.org/exhibition-experiences/exquisitely-evil/), consisting of eight galleries, and “ARGO EXPOSED” (http://www.spymuseum.org/exhibition-experiences/argo-uncovered/), containing behind-the-scenes info about the “Canadian Caper” from CIA agent Tony Mendez, a founding board member of the Museum. We plan to visit these two exhibits first, and then continue to explore the museum.

We hope to see you there! When you RSVP, please let us know if you’ll be joining us for lunch, the museum, or both.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Opportunities to Help Advance Diversity in STEM

Posted: January 21st, 2013

Hello All,

On March 20th and 21st (Wednesday and Thursday), NOGLSTP will again be participating with about 30 diversity-related STEM organizations in an annual event on Capitol Hill in DC, organized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The theme of this year’s SWE Capitol Hill Day is “Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).”

We are looking for a couple of interested NOGLSTP members to join us at this event; because they will be representing the organization in a formal capacity, all participants must be current members or interested in establishing membership now. In addition to networking with people in the other STEM organizations, we will be meeting with Congressional offices to advance the cause of broad-based diversity and inclusion to enhance America’s STEM capability as a national interest. Those of us who participated last year had an enjoyable time networking and attending a reception as well as in our meetings with the offices of Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI). If you are a current NOGLSTP member who is interested and able to participate in this event, please email us back at CR-chair -at- noglstp.org.

Thanks!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Barbecue and Silly Hat Contest

Posted: October 8th, 2012

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region invites you to join us for a barbecue on Saturday, October 20, at the Annapolis home of NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair Lawrie Hollingsworth. This is a family-friendly event, so please bring your partners, children, and other friends and family. In preparation for Halloween, we’ll also be having a silly hat contest!

What: Barbecue and Silly Hat Contest
Where: Home of Lawrie Hollingsworth in Annapolis (see text, below, for address and parking information)
When: Saturday, October 20, 1:30 pm - 6 pm (rain or shine)
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, October 17

This will be a fun, informal gathering. NOGLSTP-CR will provide basic grilling items (hot dogs, burgers, and veggie burgers–along with buns) and condiments (ketchup, mustard, and relish), as well as some soft drinks. We’ll have coolers for any other beverages you wish to bring (including alcohol, but always drink responsibly). We also encourage you to bring anything else you’d like to grill and your favorite fixings. Please also bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

Lawrie lives at 1706 Trinity Place, Annapolis, MD 21401. Per Lawrie, “We are at the end of a cul de sac, so parking is no problem. We just ask that people not park in our driveway; the kids play ball there and will probably be riding scooters or something up and down it.” For directions, Lawrie suggests that you use your favorite internet or GPS directions source. Once you’re in range, here is some guidance from her: “We are in a private community on the water called The Downs. When you turn off Route 178 onto Old Generals Highway and go down Sherwood Forest Dr., you’ll turn right through Coachway and see 2 brick markers that say ‘The Downs.’ When you go a few more blocks on Coachway, you’ll come to the main entrance and see bigger brick gates that have ‘The Downs’ written on them. First street on the right after that is Trinity Place.”

Lawrie’s home features a deck, a fire pit, and (she guarantees) “the biggest grill you have ever seen at anyone’s house.” Feel free to bring any activities that can be safely enjoyed in the out-of-doors. This is a rain or shine event, as Lawrie will make her spacious interior available if necessary, and the grill is in a covered area. So if the weather looks bad, feel free to bring board games and other indoor activities, instead.

In the spirit of Halloween, please wear your most fun, dapper, or outlandish headgear! A small prize will be given to whomever is judged to have the best hat.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Out To Innovate Summit

Posted: October 1st, 2012

Hello All,

We wanted to remind everyone that the 2012 “Out To Innovate” LGBT Career Summit is coming up, for those who might be interested in attending.

This year’s summit will be at Ohio State University on 13-14 October.

This is NOGLSTP’s Career Summit for LGBT students and professional in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The 2010 summit in Los Angeles was a huge success.

Detailed information is available at the website: http://www.noglstp.net/outtoinnovate/

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Upcoming Social Events

Posted: August 1st, 2012

Hello All,

Each summer, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region organizes social dinners in Baltimore and DC as an opportunity for all of our current and prospective members, especially the most recent additions to our mailing list, to network in a relaxing environment. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet us and each other, and we hope to see you there. See below for specific details.

What: NOGLSTP-CR Baltimore social dinner
Where: Marie Louise Bistro (904 North Charles St., Baltimore, http://marielouise-bistro.com/)
When: Tuesday, August 14, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, August 10

What: NOGLSTP-CR DC social dinner
Where: Maddy’s Bar (1726 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, http://maddysbar.com/)
When: Wednesday, August 22, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, August 17

The officers will arrive at each restaurant by 6 pm; we’ll start with cocktails at the bar and we’ll be seated at 6:30 pm. The officers will be wearing name tags for those who haven’t met us yet, and we’ll also make sure the host or hostess knows where to find us. We hope you’ll be able to join us. We look forward to answering your questions about NOGLSTP-CR, learning more about you and your interests, and hearing your thoughts on possible future activities for the group.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events

Posted: July 10th, 2012

Hi All,

NOGLSTP-CR is planning to participate in two upcoming events where we would need support from our members (or from anyone on the mailing list). If you’re able to help us out, please write to us at NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com and let us know.

The first event is the Chesapeake Pride Festival (http://chesapeakepridefestival.org/), being held on Saturday, August 4, from 12 - 6 pm in Mayo Beach Park (near Annapolis). Unfortunately, almost all of the officers are out of town during this event. We’d like to support it by having a booth, but that will be impossible without a few people able to each spend at least a few hours at the event to assist the one officer who can be there. Also, the price to register increases after today. So if you’re able to help us out, please write to us as quickly as possible at NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com, and say what times you’d be able to be there.

The second event is the annual LGBTQ Fall Mixer and Information Fair at American University, being held on Thursday, August 30, from 7 to 9 pm. I will be participating in the event, but it would be preferable to have a second person there with me. If you can be at American University with me on that day, please let us know at NOGLSTP-CR-owner -at- yahoogroups.com. My current plan is to walk from the Tenleytown Metro station, and I will be transporting our distribution materials; for this reason, my preference would be for someone who is able to bring a car to the area and pick me up at the Metro station (or near BWI, where I work). But I would welcome the assistance of anybody who can get to AU for the event.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR