Call for Participation: Life Member Affinity Groups

An IEEE Life Members Affinity Group (LMAG) is a local unit of an IEEE Section constituted by IEEE members who have obtained Life Member, Life Senior Member or Life Fellow Member status.  LMAG's are organized to fulfill the needs of this group of members and retain active IEEE associations.  LMAG's allow members to enjoy each other's company through professional, educational, and social activities.

Find out if you have LMAG in your Section by viewing the list at

If your Section does not have an LMAG, you can petition to establish one by following the instructions at

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Walt Downing at [email protected]


Lone Star Section LMAG

About the Lone Star Section Life Member Affinity Group

The Lone Star Section LMAG (formerly Central Texas, San Antonio, Region 5) won the 2019 LMAG Achievement Award and is an example of a group that is very active and has a good time together.  They organize monthly luncheon meetings with speakers on topics of general interest to the group and their families.  They regularly support local STEM activities such as serving as science fair judges or advisors for science projects.  They support local museums of science and technology with special exhibits funded through IEEE grants and awards.  And they promote the recognition of historical technical achievements as IEEE Milestones and Region 5 Stepping Stone Awards.

Photo: Using grant funds from the IEEE Foundation, LMAG members developed hands-on exhibits on cybersecurity at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology.


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LMAG members serve as mentors for the SA Best Robotics Competition.

Another LMAG project was making "George the Robot" functional for the San Antonio Zoo.

In 2019, fifty LMAG members and companions took a 10-day motor coach tour of major science and engineering sites in Texas.


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The group meets at a local Mexican restaurant in a private room.  Here, the chair (Scott Atkinson) conducts business at the start of the meeting.  The guest speaker (John Brogan) is seated at the head table.  John is a retired engineer from the local utility company and spoke about his experiences installing a standby power generator at his home.

Afterward, the current and past LMAG chairs presented John with a token of appreciation.

Pictured from left to right are Garrett Polhamus, Richard Wiggins, Ernest Franke, Scott Atkinson, John Brogan, James Brakefield, and Larry Higgins.

Life Senior Member Walt Downing wears his Lone Star Section LMAG shirt with pride.