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					                                                       ANNUITANT CLUB
                                                        MORRIS AREA

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT                                                           August 14, 2008

        There was good news coming out of the EACMA Board meeting held on July 8. The Board
unanimously approved a recommendation from Treasurer Vince Citarella that the 2009 membership fee
be unchanged from 2008. Within this Newsletter is a form to renew your EACMA membership for next
year. Please take a moment and send in your form and check. By so doing, you can assure that your
renewal doesn’t fall through the proverbial “crack” and that you continue to enjoy the benefits of EACMA

        The Board continues to look for ways to control our costs in the face of inflationary pressures. For
example, at present, we distribute this Newsletter via e-mail to 230 EACMA members who have so
indicated on their membership application. This electronic distribution saves both printing and postage
costs. However, more than 200 other members receive a hardcopy of the Newsletter through the US
Postal Service, even though more than half of these members have an e-mail address. The EACMA
Board has decided that starting with the October, 2008 Newsletter, members who have provided us with
an e-mail address will receive the Newsletter only electronically and will no longer receive a hard copy,
unless they request a hardcopy from Secretary Kathleen Smith. Of course, those members who have not
provided us with an e-mail address will continue to receive their Newsletter as a hardcopy through the
U.S. Postal Service.

          EACMA activities continue at a good pace. Through the efforts of Don Fitzpatrick and colleagues,
EACMA’s Day Trip program is alive and well. The April trip to the Frick Museum in New York City and the
June trip to the Hunterdon Playhouse in Clinton, NJ were well attended. There are plans for an October
Fall foliage trip to Woodloch Pines, PA. A potential fifth trip to the New York Botanical Gardens is being
investigated. The Financial Club and Computer Club continue to be active and the Fall golf outing is
scheduled for September 25 at Farmstead Golf and County Club.

           Special thanks to Beverly Harris, daughter of Membership Chair Doris Harris, for volunteering to
fill-in as EACMA’s Webmaster while Paul Natanson is undergoing medical treatment. For matters related
to EACMA’s Website, Beverly can be reached at Our best wishes to Paul for a
full recovery.

       I look forward to seeing you on September 26 for the Fall luncheon at the Hamilton Park
Conference Center in Florham Park.

                                                                     Arnie Goldstein


 2008:    February 14        May 8      August 14        October 9

Those who receive the newsletter electronically should be notified by email on these dates. Those who
receive by U.S. mail should receive within a few days afterwards. It is possible that due to email or street
address changes, or faulty records in the Club’s database, you might not receive a newsletter.
We suggest you mark these dates on your calendar. If you do not receive a newsletter (email or U.S.
mail) within a few days of the above dates, you can view it online or print it out by visiting our website, Alternatively, you may contact the editor: Kathleen Smith, 973-822-0601,, to request a copy by email or US mail.
 We want to remind club members to provide one of the Outreach Committee members with information
 on the illness or death of a club member, so that we can make appropriate contacts. Beverly Constant
 (908) 204-9643, Joan Gensicke (973) 267-8543, Margaret Yousko (908) 464-5452 .

 The Committee is saddened to report the deaths of these members since our last newsletter:

       Carol Karl, wife of George Karl, April 29, 2008
       Manny Borstlemann, July 9, 2008
       Frank Biribauer, July 27, 2008

       Linda Sonnichsen Bevard, daughter of Trudy and Tom Sonnichsen died July 6 after a long illness.
                                A memorial service will take place in the Chapel of Mountain Lakes
                                Community Church, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes, NJ on Saturday
                                August 30 at 10:30 A.M. Condolences may be sent to Trudy & Tom at:
                                17231 Four Seasons Drive, Dumfries VA 22026.

 Our fall luncheon will be held at Hamilton Park, 175 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ, (across from the
 former ER&E 101/102 site), (973-377-2424), Friday, September 26th. The luncheon menu is:

                                        Hamilton Chopped Salad
                   Iceberg Lettuce, Kalamata Olives, Tomato, Cucumber, Feta Cheese,
                                           Classic Vinaigrette

                                           Choice of ONE Entrée
                           Chicken Piccata, Capers, Lemon and Cream Sauce
                        Herb Seared Norwegian Salmon, Heirloom Tomato Relish,
                                           Tomato Dill Vin Blanc
                              Petit Filet Mignon, Frizzled Bermuda Onions,
                                        Peppercorn Madeira Sauce

                                           Seasonal Vegetables
                                          Bread Basket and Butter

            Crème Brule garnished with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Chocolate Straws
             (Fresh fruit plate in lieu of Crème Brule dessert available – indicate on coupon)

                         Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Herbal Teas and Iced Tea

 The cost is $25.00 for members and $38.00 for Associate members and Guests. The cash bar opens at
 11A.M. Lunch will be served at noon. Please send your reservation coupon (attached) ASAP to Barbara
 Casey. All reservations must be in by Friday, September 19 . You may contact Barbara at 973-822-9250 if
 you have any questions.

Future luncheon dates for 2008:

         Holiday - Wednesday, December 10 Birchwood Manor




        We have arranged a delightful bus trip at the peak of the foliage season to the Woodloch Pines
Resort in the Poconos. We can’t guarantee that we will enjoy those brilliant fall colors but we can
guarantee an Octoberfest luncheon with entertainment at The Inn at Woodloch.

       The bus will leave from the Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, NJ (corner of
Parsonage Hill Road and Hartshorn Drive) at 8:30 AM sharp. The ride to the Woodloch Pines Resort is
two hours. The church has requested that we please park at the rear of the parking lot.

      On arrival at about 11 AM, we will be escorted downstairs and entertained by various acts and a
German dance band. Bingo will also be held. Lunch will be served at 12 noon consisting of:

         Cold Selections                                     Hot Selections

German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Beerwurst,          Grilled Bratwurst, Broiled Knockwurst,
Hard Salami, Head Cheese, Bologna, Sliced            Sauerbraten w/gravy, Potato Pancakes
Tomatoes, Cucumber and Onion Salad, Herring          Red Cabbage, Roast Pork Tenderloin
Fruit Salad, Applesauce and much more.               Warm Apple Strudel and much more.

         After lunch, we may be treated to a boat ride on the lake. The Woodloch Country Store is alive
with attractive gifts as well as homemade breads and baked goods. Departure time will be 4PM.

      Total cost for the lunch and show will be $55 per person for members and $65 for associate
members and guests. Send your reservation and check made out to EACMA to:

                      Don Fitzpatrick
                      5 Edor Lane
                      Succasunna, NJ 07876

Please include your email address and your telephone number so that we can contact you, if needed. If
you have any questions, I can be reached at or at 973-584-7201. Deadline for
reservations is October 9.


        As we’ve done for the past several years, a survey of potential topics for the Fall 2008 and Spring
    2009 program was conducted using our website. Based on a review by our Steering Committee, 17
    topics were included in the web survey and the 10 highest rated topics are now being used as the
    basis for the program for this next year.
    Thursday, Sept. 4                            Alternative web browsers: Firefox
    Speaker: Dave McRitchie                                Host: Hardee Kilgore

    Firefox is a very popular web browser (now 2nd only to MS’s Internet Explorer). Its appeal comes
    from being a cross platform browser, ability to run on older systems and a wide range of extensions
    and preference settings. Dave McRitchie of Verizon will give us an introduction to this program, and a
    comparison with other browsers: IE7, Opera 9.5 and Safari 3.1.1. Topics will include features,
    possible extensions (customizations) of Firefox, invoking other browsers from within Firefox and
    keyboard shortcuts.

  Thursday, October 2                  The Advantages of Macintoshes in Today’s Computing World

  Speakers: David Bailin and Alan Routh                   Host: Jeff Philips

  The speakers, David Bailin and Alan Routh, will present the advantages of the Macintosh:
          Why a Mac?
          What can a Mac do? Computers, Apple Software, Third Party Software, Support,
          How does one migrate from a Windows environment to an Apple one?

  Thursday, November 6                  Windows Vista: What's New and How It Can Work for You

  Speaker: Tara Michelle Ortiz                            Host: Paul Natanson

  Thinking about making the switch to Vista? Learn how to prepare, whether you're upgrading your
  current PC or purchasing a new one. Tara Michelle Ortiz will guide us through the Vista operating
  system, showing the newest features and improvements as well as where to find the tools and
  information to help make the transition more enjoyable!

  Thursday, December 4          Potpourri: E-mail When Away, Remote Access, Internet Fraud Video

  Speaker: Len Barnstone

  If you’re going to be away for more than a couple of days, you’ll probably want to get access to your
  E-mail and the Internet. There are safe ways of doing this, and there are dangerous ways. Also,
  there are things you should do before you leave to make it easier to access your mail. Len will review
  these topics.

  Are there times when you’d like to remotely access a friend’s or relative’s computer (or visa versa) to
  help troubleshoot a problem or install software? Microsoft has a free utility that will do this for you, and
  it will be demonstrated.

  The US Post Office has developed an excellent video on Identity Theft that will be shown at the
  Computer Club meeting, followed by a discussion of cases that club members may have

  Topics that are planned for 2009 include:

     Blogging – What is It and Why You Might Want to Create One
     The Best Ways of Using Wireless (Wi-Fi) in the Home
     Demystifying Mobile Cell Phones
     Junk Mail – How You Can Control It
     Problem Solving Q&A
     Voice Features

  About the EACMA Computer Club:
  The Computer Club offers annuitants of all levels of ability an opportunity to expand their knowledge
  and share their skills with other Club members. Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each
  month in the Chase Auditorium of the Madison Library from 10 AM until Noon with coffee, tea and
  cakes served at 9:30 AM. All are welcome.

  To learn more about the Computer Club’s activities (and stay up-to-date), log onto our web site:
  The web site provides access to Information on What’s New, Meeting Notices, Handouts and
  Presentations from past and current Monthly Meetings and Computer Training Workshops.

The Financial Club meets at the Morris Country Library at 10a.m. on the third Thursday of the month. The
library is located at 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ 07981 (973) 285-6930. The website provides comprehensive information , including directions to the library and closures for
weather, etc.

September 18, 2008 – Macroeconomic and Financial Developments Confronting US policymakers
TJ Marta, RBC Capital Markets

Mr. Marta is a "market strategist" with expertise in foreign exchange and US government rates. He is
employed by RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Marta is a frequent guest on Bloomberg and quoted in the Wall
Street Journal and NY Times. TJ Marta will provide a view of the macroeconomic and financial
developments confronting US policymakers and US fixed income investors. The contours of the
presentation will follow the "Three Front War" currently being fought by the Fed: inflation and growth, as
per the Fed's dual mandate of stable prices and full employment, and the banking/financial crisis, which
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has noted is a prerequisite to the Fed achieving its dual mandate.

Oct 16, 2008 - Economic Outlook- Smith Barney’s Latest View Mitchell Held courtesy of Jeff Goria,
 Mitchell J. Held is a managing director in the Economic and Market Analysis Department of Citigroup
Global Markets. Held focuses on delivering the economic message to Smith Barney’s Private Client
Group. He began his career in Citibank’s economic department in 1976, joined Smith Barney in 1981 and
served as the firm’s chief economist in the late 1990s. He has more than 29 years of experience in the
economics and investment field.

        Sponsor: Rene Bertrand

Nov 20, 2008 – To Be Announced . Speaker to be announced

Subject to be announced

Dec 18, 2008 - To Be Announced Speaker to be announced

Subject to be announced..
Jan 22, 2009 – To Be Announced. Speaker to be announced

Subject to be announced.


The Golf League has been having another great summer. We are racing toward the playoffs with 3 teams tied for
second place. At this writing there are only 2 position rounds remaining in the regular season so it will be tough for
the 5 place team to bump one of those tied for second and get into the playoffs, but there is still a chance.

There were 51 entries for the Summer Tournament played on July 17 at the Riverview Country Club in
Easton, Pa. This was our third time at the course, and it is proving to be one of the most popular. We will
be back next year on July 16. The excellent buffet after the round was in the 2 year old pavilion for the first
time, which was much better than under a large tent. After everyone ate we had the normal presentation
for winners and the raffle, where everybody won a prize. We gave away golf clubs, umbrellas, golf balls,
clothing, and some duffels, much of it provided by Salomon Smith-Barney and the Meadows Golf Club.
Pete Gallo did an outstanding job doing the scoring as we had a shotgun start which meant everyone
started and finished at the same time. Congratulations to the Tournament Directors, Marty Cohen and
Rich Walter, for a successful outing.

Our Fall Tournament and awards dinner is being held on Thursday, September 25 at Farmstead
Golf and Country Club, Lafayette, NJ. This and the other away tournaments are open to all golfers.
Send in your entry form (attached) and check for this tournament as soon as possible. As with the other
tournaments this year, there is one price for all:

COST: Fall Tournament at Farmstead          $90

Tee off times are from 9:00 a.m. Price includes greens fees, power cart, prizes and a great buffet dinner
(soft drinks and iced tea included) after completion of 18 holes.

For further information please contact our Tournament Directors Vince Citarella (973) 377-6223, or Pierre Davis (973) 360-3170,


January 12 to 28, 2009 - Panama Canal on Oceania’s Regatta I’m sorry to say that Oceania has taken
back our Panama Canal space. Only 4 people indicated an interest in going and the cruise line could not
let me hold our space any longer – the sailing is almost sold out.

March 17 to April 12, 2009 – Holland America’s ms New Amsterdam – 16 day South America
Explorer Tom and I hope you will join us on this exciting cruise – Patagonia with its windswept silence;
the Chilean fjords that are more beautiful than Alaska and Norway, we are told. Then there is Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil with its beautiful beaches and a flavor of its own; Buenos Aires, Argentina with the thrilling
pulse of the tango and glittering night life; gracious Montevideo, Uruguay is always a favorite; Port Stanley
in the Falkland Islands; Cape Horn; the Darwin Channel and so much more. It is an itinerary you have to
see to believe. Enjoy it with all the comforts, fine service and delicious meals on the ms New Amsterdam.
It’s a winning combination. We have some firm reservations already, but as of now our space is still being
protected until October. --- DON’T DELAY!

CRUISE RATES: $1999 ppdo (per person double occupancy) inside, category K
              $2609 ppdo outside, ocean view, category E
              $2669 (DD), $2729 (DA), $2849 (C), ppdo – large ocean view
              $4199 ppdo - verandah suite, category H
ROUND TRIP AIR (Newark) with transfers approximately $1480 per person, DEPOSIT to confirm $850
per person

June 7 to 14 – Windstar’s Cruise Lines WINDSURF and the Jewels of the Adriatic Many of us have
fond memories of past cruises on Windstar Cruise Lines and this one is no exception. All three of the
Windstar sailing vessels have been beautifully refurbished recently, and this particular itinerary is a real
winner. The moment you see the brilliant white sails of the Windsurf unfurl, you start to relax. Begin your
journey with an overnight in Venice to enjoy a cool drink in Plaza San Marco surrounded by beautiful
music; visit the Doge’s palace and San Marco cathedral. Sail away to the unspoiled Croatian islands along
the Dalmatian coast; colorful Rovinj with its winding streets, bright red roofs and yellow shutters. In Split
explore the colorful treasures throughout Old Town and linger over a fresh seafood lunch by the water.
The fortified medieval city of Dubrovnik awaits; it is unforgettable with its historic ramparts, before sailing
back to magical Venice. Croatia has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of Europe.

RATES: A deck two, $2626 per person double occupancy; cruise only
          B deck one, $2432 “        “    “       “         cruise only
          Plus air fare from Newark and $300 pp in taxes and fees
          Deposit $750 to confirm
Windstar vessels are small so they do not allow blocked space. Sign up as soon as possible so as not to
be left out of a fascinating experience. We are really looking forward to this one.

Early October – San Francisco and the Wine Country – Our previous plans did not materialize. We
were not happy with the quality, so we are now negotiating for a better plan, and we will have the details
very shortly. Please check the coupon next to San Francisco and we will be sure that you receive a
personal mailing just as soon as we have everything confirmed. It will be a good one, I promise.

For reservations on all extended trips, please call Michelle Bemis at McCabe World Travel. Her direct line
is 703-762-5049. The agency number is 800-747-8401. Michelle’s email is
The agency address is 1491 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101 attn. Michelle.

You can also call Trudy Sonnichsen with any questions, at 703-730-7925 or email


It is time again to renew your membership for year 2009. The Membership fee is $10 per person ($20 per
couple) if it is received by December 31, to permit us to meet Houston’s reporting schedule. Membership
renewals received after December 31 will be at Double Rates (i.e. $20/person $40/couple)
Please complete the attached Application and return with your check payable to EACMA to: Doris Harris
34 Adams Drive, Whippany NJ 07981-2051
Again this year we are asking everyone to update their E-mail address, even if it has not changed.
We want to keep our records up to date and we find that E-mails continue to change often.

2008 EACMA Officers, Directors and Committee Contacts
            President      Arnie Goldstein           973-884-2420
            VP Luncheons Barbara Casey               973-822-9250
            VP Events      Don Fitzpatrick           973-584-7201
            Secretary      Kathleen Smith            973-822-0601
            Treasurer      Vince Citarella           973-377-6223
        Committee Contacts
            Web Site       Paul Natanson             908-630-0406
            Financial Club Dennis Odea               973-887-8615
                           Eugene Reiss              908-233-1576
            Membership     Doris Harris              973-887-5108
            Computer Club Len Barnstone              973-993-9168
            HRI&A          Rene Bertrand             973-376-5870
            Travel         Trudy Sonnichsen          703-730-7925
            Deeds          Art Thomas                973-410-1676
            Golf Club      Cal Roth                  973-584-0721
            Outreach       Margaret Yousko           908-464-5452
        Board Members
            Past President Jack Griffel              Director        Frank Nicastro
            Director       Doug Bryant               Director        Steve Porac
            Director       Bob Garman


                                                             For the Board of Directors:
                                                             Kathleen Smith, Secretary
                             GOLF CLUB FALL TOURNAMENT
                               Response Deadline: Sept. 11

      Return entry form and check to: Vince Citarella, 205 Brooklake Road., Florham Park, NJ 07932
            (973) 377-6223 or if any additional information is required

                    Enclosed is my check payable to “EACMA Golf Club” for $__________

                                                                                 STAYING FOR
NAMES                                                PHONE         E-MAIL          YES NO
_________________________________________ _______________ _________________ __________
_________________________________________ _______________ _________________ _____ ____
_________________________________________ _______________ _________________ __________
_________________________________________ _______________ ___________________________
Note: Entries are welcome from singles, twosomes or threesomes and will be matched accordingly
Cost: Fall Tournament at Farmstead $90

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Clip and return the coupon below to Trudy Sonnichsen, 17231 Four Seasons Drive, Dumfries VA 22026

NAME _____________________________ PHONE ____________________

ADDRESS ____________________________________________________

I am interested in:
* 16 day South Americal Explorer         __________
* Windstar – Venice and the Adriatic __________
* Receiving the brochure of San Francisco and the wine country as soon as arrangements
  have been confirmed.                   ___________

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                                    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

             Telephone_________________ E-Mail______________________

             No. Members/Guests________@ $55.00 each                               $______________
             No. Associates/Guests________@ $61.00 each $______________
                                   Total Enclosed                                   $______________

             Make checks payable to EACMA and forward to:

                         Don Fitzpatrick 5 Edor Lane Succasunna, NJ 07876
                         Phone 973-584-7201
             Reservation deadline is October 9

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                                      Coupon must be received no later than September 19

                            Return to Barbara Casey, 28 Brooklake Road, Madison, NJ 07940

  ____Members $25.00/person and ____ Assoc.Members/Guests @ $38.00/person

  Enclosed is my check payable to EACMA for $ ______

  Member Name(s) _______________________________________________Phone_________________

  Assoc. Member/Guest Names(s)____________________________________Phone_________________

  Meal choice: Annuitant______________Spouse______________Assoc./Guest____________________

  Choices are: Beef or Chicken or Fish                      Fruit plate instead of Crème Brule Dessert ________________

  If you need directions to Hamilton Park, please call Barbara at 973-822-9250 or e-mail to

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                                 2009 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION / RENEWAL FORM

                                EXXONMOBIL ANNUITANT CLUB OF THE MORRIS AREA

 EACMA is open to ExxonMobil retirees and their spouses. Additional information about membership eligibility may
be found by going to and clicking on the By-Laws link in the left margin. Dues will remain the same
amount as last year.

New /Renewing Members is $10 per person ($20 per couple), if received by year-end 2008. Memberships
received after December 31, 2008 are at DOUBLE RATES (i.e. $20pp./ $40 per couple) since ExxonMobil does not
subsidize for late renewals. Please complete this application and return to Doris Harris. If you have questions,
please call Doris @ 973 887 5108 or e-mail at

SEND TO: Doris Harris 34 Adams Drive Whippany, NJ 07981-2051

Enclosed is my Check No. _______ payable to EACMA for $___________
to cover: ___ one ___ two memberships as follows:

Please add “nickname” that you would prefer to use.

Annuitant ________________________ Spouse __________________________

Nickname ________________________ Spouse’s Nickname________________

Email address ________________________________________
(Please provide email address even if it has not changed since last year.)

Membership Type ___ Regular Member **___ Associate Member

     ** If you check “Regular Member”, then you are designating the EXXONMOBIL ANNUITANT CLUB OF THE
     MORRIS AREA (also known as EACMA) as your primary Annuitant Club thus allowing us to benefit from
     ExxonMobil’s subsidy. Alternatively, if you choose another Annuitant Club as your primary club, then please
     check “Associate Member.” Because your other club will receive the subsidy, you will be subject to slightly
     higher fees for EACMA activities.

If you have an e-mail address, you will receive the newsletter electronically.

    Newsletter may be sent electronically to both the annuitant and the spouse.

     If you want both, then please list the second email address here: _________________


PHONE: ( ________ ) _________ - ____________________

MAILING ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________
E-MAIL ADDRESS _______________________________________________

Please provide Social Security Number(s) (SSN’s) and retirement information below for use by ExxonMobil Annuitant
Affairs, Houston:

Annuitant SSN ______/______/_______ Retirement Date ___________________

Retired from (name of ExxonMobil Origination) ____________________________

Spouse SSN _____/_____/______ Or Surviving Spouse SSN _____/____/______

The EACMA Club needs new volunteers to continue its varied activities. If you would like to serve in any
capacity, please indicate below the activity and/or office you would be willing to undertake.



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