2009 was another productive year for our organization as you can see below. In 2010 we are looking forward to continuing to improve the content and scope of the Bendix Radio Collection and to make this history of technical and industrial accomplishments available to researchers, historians and interested individuals.
Your support of the Bendix Radio Foundation (BRF) and the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) by becoming or remaining a Joint BRF/BMI Museum member has allowed us to continue our goal of preserving Bendix Radio, Bendix Communications, and AlliedSignal Communications history in Baltimore. While member volunteers contributed many hours of their time to this work during 2009, there are also expenses involved in collection processing, archiving, exhibit development, and database storage activities. BRF’s cost for the new Exhibits planned for 2010 requires your financial support. This past year there were 111 BRF/BMI memberships plus 29 who made monetary donations without joining. The membership fee plus additional monetary donations by members, as well as by the 29 non-members, allowed all BRF financial needs to be met. We hope that the current financial downturn does not prevent you from renewing your membership or making such direct monetary contributions for 2010.
As you may know, donations and memberships are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization. You will receive a letter of acknowledgement from the Museum for your donation. Any additional funds, in any amount you may choose to give beyond the membership donation, are also tax deductible and will go directly into an account exclusively for use by the Bendix Radio Foundation to document Bendix Radio, Bendix Communications, and AlliedSignal Communications history in Baltimore for future generations. (Place Bendix Radio Foundation in your check’s "FOR" or "Memo" location.)
The major 2009 accomplishments made possible by your 2009 membership and/or contributions were:
(1) Artifact cataloging/database entry was the biggest effort accomplished with a total of 530 artifacts documented and digitally photographed. These are contained in 44 boxes plus flat-file drawers.
(2) The Auto Radio database has 495 descriptions with 346 pictures.
(3) The Home Radio/TV database lists 115 radios (101 with pictures) and 135 TVs (40 with pictures).
(4) To allow for the building’s commercial development per our use agreement, we moved our Archival Storage to a newly built room with improved layout in December 2008 and completed the move by late January 2009.
(5) Plans are being formulated for a major BRF exhibit in the BMI Communications Room and the Decker Gallery, which is the main BMI Exhibit Hall. These exhibits, when completed this year, will insure our permanent place at the BMI. These new exhibits will provide for expanded locations to present the history of Bendix in Baltimore.
We, the Bendix Radio Foundation, would like to express our appreciation for your continuing support for the activities of preserving the history of Bendix Radio, Bendix Communications, and AlliedSignal Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Please tell your friends who have a Bendix connection about the Bendix Radio Foundation and ask them to join in supporting our objectives by becoming a member.
A BRF / BMI Combined Membership 2009 listing is enclosed. Finally, please review the membership information on the last page and mail your check to Orlando DeFelice at the address indicated. Best wishes for 2010 and stop by and see us some Thursday.
Angelo Del Negro and Bill Scott, Membership Committee, The Bendix Radio Foundation
BRF/BMI Membership Application 2009
Types of Memberships – To match the various members’ family situations, the membership choices available this year are:
Choice One: (a $50.00 donation) provides a BRF / BMI Household membership that provides a full year’s admission to the Museum for two adults or seniors and any children or grandchildren under 18 years of age, plus two family passes to share.
BRF directly receives $30.00 of the membership donation.
Choice Two: (a $25.00 donation) provides a BRF / BMI Senior membership that provides a full year’s admission to the Museum for one senior.
BRF directly receives $15.00 of the membership donation.
Choice Three: (a donation in any amount) is an option available for those who cannot visit the Museum due to an out-of-state address, health, etc. and still wish to support the BRF activities.
BRF directly receives the total amount of your donation.
The Museum membership provides unlimited free admission for one year (good until March 31, 2011); access to weekend Family Fun activities; invitations & discounts to BMI special events; advance notice of exhibition openings; discounts on birthday party packages; and an annual subscription to Nuts & Bolts newsletter.
You will be helping two organizations with one donation knowing the history of Bendix Radio, Bendix Communications, and AlliedSignal Communications in Baltimore is being preserved, and the future of the Baltimore Museum of Industry is being supported.
Make your check payable to Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Be sure “Bendix Radio Foundation” is placed on the “For/Memo” line of your check.
Indicate on your check: Choice One or Choice Two or Choice Three
Mail your check to: Orlando DeFelice 1216 Malbay Dr. Lutherville, MD 21093