From the Captain: New Department Chiefs

Intrepid Class Conference Room
Intrepid Class Conference Room

Greetings, All! As you all know, we’ve been doing some reorganizing in an effort to make the club run more smoothly, and trying to do away with redundancies. At the end of June, all department chiefs were released, and applications were taken throughout June and July. Some of our chiefs are new, some are returning, and I’m happy to have all of them.

John Barnes – Civilians
Brandee Burke – Ops (social media)
Richard C Luke – Medical (emergency preparedness)
Julia Nielson – Engineering (merchandising)
Brad Jacobs – Science (photo album & archives)
Damon Ricks – Conn (Newsletter & crew anniversaries)
Sarah Podwys – Communications (Newsletter & crew birthdays)
Annie Stephens – Security (ship’s library)
Troy L. Oldham – Klingons (Sub-Department)
Ivan Podwys – Tactical (gaming)

Those of you that have not yet reached the rank of Lieutenant junior grade will have the title of “Acting” department chief, until such time as you reach Lt. (jg), or you decide to step down.

Congratulations! I hope all of you are ready for a challenge, because some of these departments have been left to languish, so are going to need a good deal of work to rebuild.

Please remember that it is your job as chief to get and keep your department running. Dave and I can help out, but we can’t build your department for you.

The duties of a department chief are as follows:

1 – Have fun! If you’re not having fun, what are you doing here?
2- Make certain department members are having fun.
3- Making progress on moving up the ranks.
4- Assist department members to move up the ranks.
5- Commit to attending both general ship’s meeting each month, AND the monthly senior officers’ meeting. Be prepared with departmental reports.
6- Commit to calling all members in your department once a month, keeping them informed of activities and any changes (because life happens!) Also, collecting any needed RSVPs from your department members and passing that information on to the XO and Captain in a timely manner.
7- Coordinate departmental activities – at least one a year, though more is fine.
8- Coordinate one ship activity each year. (This can be combined with #7.)
9- Gather and track the following information on department members: years of service and earned medals; and make certain the XO has that information.

Becoming a department chief is a serious commitment of time and energy, and the club will no longer tolerate CINOs (chiefs in name only). We all understand that sometimes life happens, and that the club is not real life. However, that is no excuse for neglecting the agreed-to duties for months on end because someone is “too busy” or “forgot”.

Department chiefs can select assistants. Assistant department chiefs must be willing to make the same time and energy commitments as the chief, and be willing and able to step in and take over when needed.

As with all voluntary positions, if something is a priority, you will find a way to do it. If it’s not a priority, you’ll find excuses.

On to the changes in the departmental duties! The main thing we wanted to do was to make things easier, and to eliminate jobs that were no longer relevant.

For example: back in the day, it was the job of Communications to assemble the newsletter, and the job of Conn to distribute the newsletter. Nowadays, that is unnecessary, because they are all available to anyone who wants one, with the click of a button. But, because assembling the newsletter is the second-biggest job in the club (biggest is the XO’s job of keeping track of points, and keeping on top of rank advancements). Now, the newsletter will be a tag team effort between Communications and Conn, so the job doesn’t fall on one set of shoulders.

For Medical, we felt it would be a good idea to have a department to help us make certain we are prepared for any eventuality. Living along the Wasatch Front, there is always the specter of a major earthquake. Then we have the regular occurrences of power outages caused by harsh weather; flooding is a thing that happens; and you never know when the zombie apocalypse is going to start!

To Science, we moved the twin jobs of keeping the photo album and archive/scrapbook updated. It just didn’t make sense to have those duties split between two different departments. (It resulted in no one knowing where these things were currently located.)

Security now has the duty of curating the ship’s library. If you’re looking for a Star Trek book to borrow, there’s a good chance our library has it.

Operations has the duty of staying on top of the club’s social media accounts:
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Engineering hasn’t changed – it’s still all about the merch! Hats, shirts, badges, bags, thongs, whatever!

Tactical is another that stayed the same. Tactical is all about the games – board games, card games, RPGs, tabletop, video, etc.

Klingons are a sub department. In other words, in addition to his regular duties as a member of the Security department, the chief of the Klingon department educates us on Klingon culture and language, among other things.

The Civilian department is where crew members go who aren’t really interested in gaining rank – they just want to come and have fun. But, they still need to be kept in the loop regarding events and activities. The Civilian chief greets all newcomers, making them feel welcome, (and making sure the Captain and XO are aware of said newcomer.)

As a side note, if anyone wants to change departments, you are more than welcome to do so. Just make sure the XO and I know about it.

Also, department chiefs can step down at any time. Again, just please be sure to let the XO and I know.

Whew! That’s a lot of information to take in, but I believe it will make the club better in the long run. Thanks for sticking around for all of it!

From the Captain: August 2017 events

      Greetings, All! And happy August.  The summer has been so filled with events and occurrences (some good, some sad, some irritating) that it just got away from us.

      We still have a LOT of activities coming up, so we’re not done yet.  First up is the “We Can’t go to Star Trek: Las Vegas” trip to Wendover, NV. There are still some spaces left on the fun bus. (Follow link for details)
      August 12th is Fleet day! Come join other members of the fleet for a day of games, food and fun! Please RSVP to me by Saturday, Aug 5th, if you are planning on partaking of the lunch provided. (Follow link for details)
Fleet Day info
Also, if you are able, please remember to bring a small donation for the command project:
(We will have a box at the August meeting if you wish to donate, but won’t be attending Fleet day.)
      August 21st is the Solar Eclipse party. Join us as we check out this super rare event. (Most of us will only get to experience a full solar eclipse once or twice in our lifetimes!) (Follow link for details)
      Don’t forget our regular monthly meeting, Wednesday, August 9th, at the Roy library, 7 pm. Don’t forget to bring your show-and-tell items.
      For our new and returning department chiefs, the Senior Officers’ Meeting will be taking place on Friday, August 11th, at Starbase 40.
      Keep an eye out for the announcement of the Admiral’s game. We will be the guinea pig for Admiral Stark’s game.

      September is shaping up to be chock-full of activities, as well.  I hope to see you all at some or all of these activities.

April is here? Yes it is.

Wow we were so busy with March with our activities and the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX booth that we blinked and March was over.  Many thanks to the volunteers who helped out at the booth.  We had several compliments on how relaxed our “Ten Forward Lounge Theme” was set up.  So here is what we have coming up in April.

Wednesday, April 12th is our monthly meeting.  However our regular meeting location, the Roy Library, is booked for this month.  Luckily Ticonderoga crewmembers Damon and Amanda Ricks were able to set us up with a temporary location for this month.  So we will be meeting at the Marshall White Community Center located at 222 28th Street in Ogden.  The Ricks have set up a special event for our meeting so be on time for some prizes.  The meeting starts at 7:00pm and feel free to bring a friend.  In May we will be back at the Roy Library.

The Ticonderoga Senior Officer’s meeting will be held on Friday, April 14th at Starbase 40.  Please let the Captain know if you will be attending so she can make sure there is enough food for dinner.

April 21-23 are the dates for the StarFest convention in Denver. This is the 40th Anniversary of the convention and a lot of Seventh Fleet members are attending.  (especially if we missed the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention last August)  We have a discount ticket code from our friends on the USS Pioneer.  If you are interested in going, contact the Captain.  A few members may still have spots open for rides and/or rooms.  Walter Koenig and Rene Auberjonois are two Star Trek actors who will be in attendance at the convention.  This would also count as an out-of-state convention for those working towards the ‘command grade’ ranks.  Additional details can be found at www.StarFestDenver.com

We have a free event for Saturday, April 29th.  We will be visiting the Hill AFB Museum.  However instead of just wandering between exhibits as we have done before, we have a guided tour.  Please be at the museum lobby before noon in order to go on the tour.  We may have several visitors from other chapters joining us for this event.

Just a week later will be our May activity on Saturday the 6th.  We will be meeting at a park in Clearfield or Layton for a rocket launch and drone races.  This will run from 11:30am-3:30pm.  Bring your own picnic lunch for the event.

From the Captain: February 2017

Greetings, Crew and Visitors!
Welcome to February! We have some great activities coming up in the next year – I hope you all will be able to join us often.

At the end of January, we attended the annual Fleet Banquet, hosted by the USS Valkyrie and the USS Rendezvous. It was great to see members from nearly every ship in the fleet, in attendance.  If you haven’t been, or haven’t been in a while, I hope to see you there, one of these times, as well.

We’ve been doing some work on making sure we have a more noticeable presence here on the World Wide Web. To that end, in addition to this website, we are now on several social media sites, with more to come as they prove practical.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USSTiconderoga/
Tumblr: http://7thfleet-ussticonderoga.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/USS_Ticonderoga
Snapchat: USS Ticonderoga-A
Instagram: USS Ticonderoga_A

We’re looking at a couple of others, but it isn’t yet clear as to whether or not they will be useful for our purposes. We’ll keep you updated!

For February, we have the general meeting on the 8th. We will be at our usual location, the southwest branch of the Weber county library.  2039 w. 4000 s., Roy, UT 84067, at 7 pm.
Our activity for this month is bowling. This will take place on Saturday the 25th. We will be at Davis Lanes, 1396 s. Main Street, Layton, UT 84041. We will be there from 4-6 pm.

There are more cool things coming up in March and beyond. We’ll keep you up to date on all the happenings!  (If you want to get a jump on planning, check out the calendar on the site. Just remember that sometimes plans change!)

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow today, I hope you all stay warm and cozy, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

What should we do for 2017?

The new year is here (finally).  As we do at every January meeting, we fill out our calendar for what events we would like to do.  Is there an activity or charity event that you would like to see the Ticonderoga participate in?  Bring the details to the January 11th meeting and we can see can find a time for it.

As mentioned above, the January meeting will be on the 11th at the Roy Library.  We will still be starting at 7:00pm.  Bring a friend, bring family, just be there.

We do have one activity already lined up, on Saturday, January 28th.  This is the date of our annual Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet.  The host is the USS Valkyrie and they have already covered the food costs (yes you do not need to pay for food, but a donation jar will be available if you wish to donate).  The meal will be a potato bar.  If you cannot have this, you are welcome to bring your own meal.  This will start at 2:00pm and will contain speeches and videos from the different chapters.  This is a uniformed or nice-dress event. It is also a very wonderful opportunity to meet the other members of our Star Trek family.  Please RSVP with the Captain ASAP if you wish to attend this event.  She needs to turn in a head count for this event.

Happy New Year everyone.

Welcome to the end… of 2016.

We have finally reached December in this year of Trek.  We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, the 30th Anniversary of the USS Kelly (our parent chapter) and the 20th Anniversary of the USS Ticonderoga as a club.  But the fun is not over yet.  December is very busy with holidays and parties.  So we limit ourselves during this hectic month to a few items.

First is our regular monthly meeting.  Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00pm.  We are returning to the Roy Library (2039 West 4000 South) and we will be in activity center two.  Every December we hold our gift exchange.  (Think white elephant with a Star Trek twist).  Here is some information from Captain Stark about our Purple Mugato gift exchange.

The Rules:
-Gift must be clean and complete – no missing pieces, no used hygiene items. (Think something that you wouldn’t mind winding up with when all is said and done.)
-Gift must be family-friendly.
-Gift must be wrapped and anonymous, and please don’t spend any more than $10.00 if you are making a purchase (creating items is encouraged).
-Each person that wishes to participate in the gift exchange must bring a gift.
-Don’t forget, if the gift itself (not the wrapping) is the same color as our mugato, you get a treat!

Also at the meeting don’t forget to turn in your $10 for the 2017 Seventh Fleet Calendar.  This is going to be the sixth straight year that the fleet has produced a calendar for the Star Trek family.

On Friday, December 16th Captain Stark will be hosting the Senior Officer’s Meeting at Starbase 40.  This will be at 7:00pm.  Please brown-bag/drive through your dinner for the night.  Captain Stark has a LOT of information from the recent Seventh Fleet Council meeting to go over.

New Years Eve we will be holding our annual party.  This will be at the home of Lt. Frank Buck in Layton.  The food theme this year will be Italian dishes.  Please see your department chief for food assignments.

What we are doing in November

2x08eWow, November 2016 already?  We dive into the holiday season with a variety of different activities and events.

Saturday, November 5th starting at 2:00pm the crew of the USS Ticonderoga will be gathering at the home of Kathy Campbell in Ogden (contact the Captain for the address).  We will be watching episodes or movies and working on rank advancement ADVOTs.  This is also a pot-luck so bring a dish to share (and your own drinks).

Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day.  To make this world a better place, we would like to encourage you to vote for the candidates of your choice.  On your duty report that you turn in at the start of December just note that you have voted and you will earn Leadership promotional merit points.

Wednesday, November 9th is the date of the USS Ticonderoga general meeting.  PLEASE NOTE: because the Roy Library was booked, we will be meeting at the Layton Library (Address: 155 Wasatch Dr near Layton High School).  Because we have to be done with the meeting at 8:30pm we will be skipping the 30 min “catch up” time that we usually have (in other words we will be starting right at 7:00pm instead of 7:30).  We don’t know if we will have time for show in tell but Admiral Stark will have the latest copy of the new Star Trek Encyclopedia to show off.

Friday, November 11 the Ticonderoga Senior Officers will be meeting.  Senior Officers please talk with the CO or XO for details.

Saturday, November 12th the Tactical Department is hosing a Co-op Game Night.  Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1383769328307491/

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day on November 24th.  If you are braving the crowds on Black Friday, be safe.

Next USS Ticonderoga meeting on October 12th

star-trek-slap1Every second Wednesday of the month is the USS Ticonderoga meeting.  For October, it will be on the 12th.  It will be held at the Southwest Branch of the Weber County Library (2039 West 4000 South in Roy).  We will be meeting at 7:00pm.

Bring a friend, bring family, bring yourself and don’t forget to bring an item for the Star Trek/Sci-Fi show-n-tell.  We will be discussing our end of year activities.

Come join us for the fun and meet the Star Trek family.

Star Trek 50th Anniversary (and September events)

st50Airing on the NBC network the night of Thursday, September 8, 1966 at 7:30pm the world was officially introduced to Star Trek. It took two pilots, several recasting and the support of the Desilu studios (then owned by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) to finally get the USS Enterprise off the ground and into television history.

Do you recall the first time you saw Star Trek?  Was it during the original run in the 60’s?  The re-runs of the 70’s or the movies of the 80’s?  Perhaps it was one of the many spin offs or even the new Kelvin-timeline based movies.  No matter what introduced you to our favorite franchise, being a Star Trek fan automatically makes you a friend that we want to talk to.  We tip our hat to the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek and look forward to many more years to come of new movies, TV series, conventions, comics, books, games and more.

As most of you know, part of our charter is to provide community service.  We are trying to make our world a better place as seen in the 24th century.  In early September at Salt Lake Comic Con (and with the help of the Seventh Fleet) we raised about $300 for the Best Friends Animal Society of Utah.  This is a no-kill shelter that has helped hundreds of dogs and cats (and other animals) find good homes.  Thank you to everyone who helped put the Borg Alcove together, helped man the booth or even just stopped by to donate.  A special thank you goes out to Dan Farr, Bryan Brandenburg and all of the Salt Lake Comic Con volunteers for putting on such a wonderful event.

Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00pm we will be holding our monthly meeting. This will be at the Weber County Library Southwest Branch in Roy (2039 West 4000 South).  This meeting is open to the general public so feel free to invite any friends who may be interested in checking out our free Star Trek fan club.  Don’t forget  your Star Trek/SF show and tell items.

Department Heads we will be holding a staff meeting on Friday, September 16th at 7:00pm.   This will be at Starbase 40.   Please RSVP with the CO.

We will be holding our 50th Anniversary Party on Saturday, September 17th from 6pm-9pm at the home of Captain Stark (Starbase 40) in Clearfield.  Bring light snacks to share as we watch the first several episodes of Star Trek.

The next Saturday, September 24th also at Starbase 40 we will be holding a Star Trek game night.  from 6pm-9pm we will be watching Star Trek Scene It and answering the trivia questions.  Again bring light snacks for this event.

Don’t forget that in October we are planning to visit the Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake.

What we will be doing in August (and early September)

71ieqe.jpgIf you are checking out our website after meeting us at the Star Trek Beyond promotion, welcome.  We hope that you find information on our Star Trek family interesting.  We look forward to meeting you and your family/friends at any of our upcoming meetings or activities.  We loved watching the new movie and we would like to thank the Layton Cinemark for hosting our promotion.  They were very accommodating.

Our first event in August will be our regular monthly meeting on Wednesday the 10th.  We will be meeting at the new Weber County Library – Southwest Branch (2039 West 4000 South, Roy, UT 84067).  This will be at 7:00pm in the large auditorium.    We will be discussing the movie, Star Trek/Sci-Fi Show and Tell and the upcoming events at the Salt Lake Comic Con (see below).

For our monthly activity the crew has decided to beat the heat and take in a swimming activity at the Roy Aquatic Center (2977 W 5200 S, Roy, UT 84067).  We will be enjoying the fun from Noon to 5:00pm on Saturday, August 20th.  You can bring in your own lunches.  Make sure you bring sunscreen and lawn chairs.

Salt Lake Comic Con will be held on Thurs-Sat, September 1-3.  The USS Ticonderoga is heading up the Seventh Fleet booth at the convention with our life size Borg Regeneration Alcove.  The Ticonderoga is also heading up a Star Trek panel at the convention.  William Shatner will be appearing on Thursday.  Other Star Trek guests are lined up for the event.  For details visit www.SaltLakeComicCon.con

Some news from the Fleet, Captain Roger Taylor has moved from Bountiful, Utah to Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He is taking the USS Essex up to it’s new patrol area and will be building a new crew.  The previous crew of the Essex have transferred to the new chapter-in-training, the PCU Protecteur.  Congratulations to the new chapter-in-training and good luck to Captain Taylor in Idaho.

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