Are You A Rockwell Collins / Collins Aerospace Retiree?
The Collins Retirees Association is a non-profit organization. The purpose of the Association shall be to provide a meeting place for the members and their families, where they can find companionship and opportunities to pursue their interests in recreational activities, crafts, education, and activities to promote the welfare of the community. The Collins Retirees Association (CRA) is primarily a group of Collins Radio Co. or Rockwell Collins retirees local to the Dallas, TX area. However, we welcome retirees (or family members) from related organizations who have worked directly for or retired from Rockwell Collins or one of the affiliated organizations that were part of the Rockwell International group or spin-offs from that group. If you have retired or otherwise fit the description above, you may register as a member and receive our newsletters, emails and meeting notifications.
NOTE: Your privacy is important to the organization and your personal information will NOT be released outside the organization in the future. In the past, it was the practice to release rosters with name, address, phone, and email to members of the organization. The policy was revised effective July 1, 2018 to only release a roster of active names with associated email addresses (if email release was specifically authorized by the member). Rosters will be released in PDF format only.
It would be nice to collect historical documents describing the formation of the Retirees Association and it’s history. Also, we are always interested in seeing pictures that commerorate the work we did at Collins, particularly in Dallas area.
Presidents Ponderings by Tommy Dodson
Message From Our President…
The saga continues with COVID. The recent surge in COVID cases makes it inappropriate to hold our Fall meeting. The Zoom meeting we held in April 2021 was a marginal success. The attendance was low and we did not get to talk with each other much. So at this point, let’s look forward to a in person meeting next April 2022.
I hope that each of you and your families are doing well and have been relatively untouched by the pandemic.
We have learned that our meeting location ( Richardson Civic Center) will not be available for our future meetings. We will be looking for alternative locations to hold our meetings. It would be appreciated if anyone with a potential location to recommend forward that to our email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The leadership team will also be looking for alternative locations.
We are seeking nominations and/or volunteers to lead the RCRA from Oct 2021 to April 2023
The two year terms for our current officers completes after our April 2021 meeting. We are now asking for volunteers to take one of the three positions. The positions are President, Vice President and Treasurer. If you have interest in one of these opportunities, you can contact one of our current officers with any questions and to volunteer. The officers and their contact information can be found under the contacts section of the website. A quick reminder of our current officers is provided below:
- President – Tommy Dodson ( 951-313-4264)
- Vice President- Vacant (Bill Zeigler Acting 214-886-5634)
- Treasurer – Ted Fredricks. ( 214-803-6544)
New Retirees & Obituaries
Due to privacy concerns, Rockwell Collins does not directly release the names and contact information of employees retiring. Therefore, it is up to us (all of you and me) to take notice of those retiring and report that information to the RCRA leadership. Please provide name and contact information of new retirees by email or phone to the RCRA officers. See the Contacts & Links page for phones. Email: email@example.com. We ask you to notify one of the officers of obituaries/death notices for our members and send a copy to our email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) to aid in distribution of that information to our members.
RCRA Meeting is Coming!
April 21, 2022 Meeting
NOTICE: There will be NO Oct 2021 Meeting Due to COVID Surge
Next Meeting - April 15, 2021
Collins Retirees Association Requests Donations in Lieu of Requiring Dues
The Collins Retirees Association (CRA) has a few sponsors but must have donations from members in order to pay for meeting facilities and other costs associated with the CRA’s operation. When we can return to face-to-face meetings, we will be forced into commercial venues at a higher cost as the Civic Center is entering renovation. You may donate at the link below using a PayPal account or your credit card.
Thursday – April 21, 2022 Meeting will be held in a new location (tbd).
10:00am Meeting Start
10:30am Speaker – tbd
11:00am Sponsor Time
11:15-11:45am Open Discussion
For planning purposes, our meetings are scheduled on the third Thursday of April and October each year. You can mark you calendar now to reserve the dates.
We will continue to follow local guidelines for large meetings. We have been informed that the Richardson Civic Center will not be taking any reservations for meetings in foreseeable future and likely will not host public meetings when it fully reopens. As a result, we are looking for alternative venues to hold our meetings when large meetings are more appropriate.