2013 Officers and Directors
President Ben Drexler
Chairman Bill Rivera
Vice President Open
2nd Vice President Gerald Weiss
Secretary Shirley Jones 407-859-3766 cjones21 at cfl.rr.com
Assistant Secretary Cheryl Bradford
Treasurer Dave Hayworth, 2648 LAKE GRASSMERE CIR, ZELLWOOD, FL 32798-9019, 407 886-6828
Assistant Treasurer Open
Directors Tony DiBeradino, Dave Hayworth
Director (‘11) Marty Harris 407-469-1939 martyh1 at
Director (‘12) Joe Boler 407-293-6549 bolerj at
Managing Editor Evelyne Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Editor Andrea Lawrence
Distribution Alan Courne
6516 Matchett Rd. Orlando, FL 32809 (407) 859-3766
cjones21 at cfl.rr.com
Membership and Care & Concern
Ann Hartle 167 Durham Pl Longwood, FL 32779 (407) 862-8282
annhartle at earthlink.net
RAMM --THE BEGINNING
Thanks to the determination and enthusiasm of one man, REALM today is recognized as the
most active group of retired professionals in the country. He is Buzz
Showalter. Just ten years after its
founding, REALM boasts 1,700 members. Each is enjoying the fruits of confirming association
through fun times, community services, lending helping hands to each other, and donating
to the community their humane and professional skills.
The idea of RAMM belongs to Buzz Showalter. Buzz abhorred the idea of totally breaking off
the relationships and camaraderie he had established at Martin Marietta over some four
decades just because he retired. Buzz also felt that he was not alone in his beliefs, and
he was right.
He first broached the idea of a retiree club to Howard
Crouch, the Company's Personnel Manager, during an MMMC crab feast in the Fall of 1983.
"We both thought it was a good idea (and) the seed was planted", said Buzz. In
April 1984, Crouch asked Buzz to an SLRC meeting to further discuss the idea with Ron
Ribaric, then MMMC Recreation Chief.
"We discussed some of the goals of the organization, such as camaraderie, helping
each other, assistance to MMMC, keeping retirees up-to-date, social events, etc."
said Buzz. The meeting led to an action plan including contacts with aerospace
corporations nation-wide and other Company Divisions to ferret out whether or not there
were any retiree clubs. Grumman Aerospace, Lockheed, and Telephone Pioneers, among others
sent information about their retiree activities. Martin Marietta had no retirement clubs
at that time.
Next, they needed to form a local Steering Committee that would provide the foundation for
the club. Buzz recruited Ed Schaffer, whom he met accidentally at a local bank; Bob Wood,
who was volunteering at the Lucerne Hospital and visited Buzz, then a patient; and the
late Gene Foster. These men, said Buzz "rounded out a good cross-section of retirees
since Foster hired-in in the late '20s, Wood in the '30s, Buzz in the '40s and Schaffer in the late '50s.
During the next several weeks, said Schaffer, "we had numerous telephone meetings,
talking about the club's formation. The first formal meeting took place in the plant's
Personnel Conference Room in June '84 with all initial principals present. At this time
Buzz was elected Chairman. The Club's goals and objectives were firmed up, and the
Company's support was assured. Ed recalls that each member of the Steering Committee
talked both "as a group and individuals" to Orlando and Corporate management to
secure the backup needed for the Club to flourish. Overcoming occasional skepticism and
the fact that retirees may be "scattered all over the country," the committee
got it biggest boost when former President Walter Lowery decided to acknowledge the idea
support the club.
"Without the help of many Martin people," said Ed, we would not have been able
to set up and operate." The same applied to the retirees "willing to spend time
end talent, working to support the Club idea," he added. Between the July l and
September '84 time-frame, Garys Duck Inn on OBT became the site of monthly brain sessions
to determine the best avenue to get the club off to a good start. The winning idea was a
November wine and cheese get acquainted party at International Drive Holiday Inn. Thanks
to Ron Ribaric's securing $500 in Company seed money and Henrietta Rudd's retiree
personnel computer run, Buzz end Ed could usurp Myrtle Schaffer's dining room table to
stuff and address over a thousand invitations to attend the event and to join the Club.
Russ Brown was recruited to fill the treasurer slot temporarily. The Recreation Department
provided the funds to do the printing end mail outs which eventually resulted in 400
At the party Bob Wood had set up an application table, while Buzz, Gene and Ed circled the
crowd recruiting prospective members. "The party was a big success," recalls Ed.
"Our budget was $1,500, but with a much larger attendance than anticipated and a
hungry group. We overran (and) good old Martin bailed us out." At another meeting Ed
Parrish held a brain-storming
session which resulted in our current name--RAMM. With an up-to-date application roster in
hand, a brand new identity, and the Company's "real" endorsement, RAMM was off
to a good start.
Next Al Roy was charged with drafting the Club's constitution which was approved by the
Steering Committee. Initial dues were set at $5.00. The late Sid Spiegel served as
Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the 1985 slate of Officers and Directors.
At the General Meeting held at the Italian American Club on January 15th, 1985, the
Constitution was approved and the first officers were elected. They were Buzz Showalter,
Chairman of the Board; Jim Dunlop, President; Bob Wood, Vice President; Russ Brown,
Treasurer; Lavinia Ruth, Secretary; and Ed Schaffer, Clay Johnson, and Lee Schaidt,
While much had been accomplished since the Fall of 1984, much still had to be done to
establish RAMM as the vibrant organization it is today. This required constant work and
support on the part of both the membership and Martin Marietta. For instance, when it was
decided to publish the RAMM Newsletter to be sent along with the Martin News to the
membership, it took the partnership of both organizations to get the job done. Public
Relations provided their conference room for mail outs and Ann Smith supplied the necessary
copies, the Mail Room agreed to take care of the mailing and provide a mail box,
Presentations helped with promotional work and the Print Shop took care of the publication
needs. This meant that RAMM volunteers required access to the facility. Safety Director
Jim Goff kindly worked out a security agreement for RAMM access.
"When we started to work on RAMM, we had high hopes for getting started with 100 to
150 members," said Schaffer. "How happy we were to find that nearly 400 signed
Recently, commenting on RAMM's vitality, Corporate Vice President Marc Bennet said that
the Association is "the most active retirement organization in the industry, both in
helping others and enjoying the fruits of their labor."
Buzz Showalter, the cause of it all, stressed that Martin Marietta top management was
involved from the beginning, including Walt Lowrie, Tom Pownall and Don Byrnes."
lot was done prior to 1985 to get this Club on its way. Since our Club was used as a model
for the Denver and Baltimore Divisions...we can be proud of what we have