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The Fall 2018 issue of the Ticonderoga Transmissions has been released

The fine editors of our chapter newsletter has released the latest issue.  The Fall 2018 issue of the Ticonderoga Transmissions.

Thank you to all of the people who submitted articles, artwork and photos to the newsletter.  If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please email Newsletter@USSTiconderoga.org

The issue can be found by following this link: Ticonderoga Transmissions Fall 2018

 

USS Ticonderoga meeting on Wednesday

Don’t forget that the USS Ticonderoga meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th at the Roy Library.  We will gather at 6:30pm for our social time with the meeting starting at 7:00pm.  We may have some new visitors who just found out about us from the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention.  There will also be some special show and tell presentations.  If you ordered a 20th Anniversary Seventh Fleet t-shirt, the money is due at the meeting.  See you there.

October 2017 Captain’s Blog

Happy October!
I hope everyone had a great summer! It’s been very busy few months. Happily, things are slowing down, but we still have a bunch of fun things to close out the year.

Next Saturday, October 7th, we are taking our annual trip to Black Island Farms corn maze. On October 28th, we’re having a costume party for Halloween.

Coming up in November, we will be going to Seaquest Aquarium inside Layton Hills mall. The following weekend we will be participating in an away team with the Order of the Ba’tleth, going to check out the Viking display at the Utah Museum of Natural History.

In December, we will be having our annual Mugato gift exchange – this year he is cobalt blue – and our annual mid-winter barbecue on New Year’s Eve.

Remember that at our January meeting, we will be filling out our activity calendar for 2018. Please bring your ideas, your suggestions, and have an idea of which month you would like to see it held. Your suggestions can be for activities that we’ve done before, or activities we’ve never tried. If you can have information regarding costs, as well, that would be awesome!

Our Klingon department just held it’s first activity and meeting, and will be holding another soon. Annie Stephens has jumped on the chance to run the Star Wars department, so be looking for some more information regarding activities in this group. 2018 will see the introduction of the Harry Potter department, and hopefully other special interest departments following. If you’d like to run a special interest department, please be sure to let your department chief know, and they will pass that info along to myself and our inimitable XO.

Thank you, all, for your time and attention. Hope to wee you all, out and about!

Log entry from Captain Stark

Greetings, all! It’s amazing to me that summer is already over. The fifth annual Salt Lake City Comic Con is coming up next week. We will be there, teaming up with the USS White Buffalo, raising funds for Extra Life, in conjunctions with Children’s Miracle Network.
Come say hi to us at booth 2350, and check out the Artemis bridge simulator! Can you defeat the enemy and get your crew back safely?
Please remember to send any cool pictures you take at SLCC or any activity to newsletter@ussticonderoga.org and ticologs@ussticonderoga.org

We have some more exciting things coming up in the next few weeks. Be prepared for interviews, history, introductions, and many more great things.

Just as a reminder: one of our directives as a club is to do whatever we can to help our fellow beings and make our real world a better place. One of the ways in which you can do this is by donating something of value to a worthy cause. At this time, the American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Upwards of 5000 individuals are in desperate need of blood transfusions. If you are able to do so, please go donate blood to help our fellow humans in need. If you can’t donate blood, please donate money, items, or time. Even if that time is just a few seconds to pass on the information to your network of friends.

Remember that on Saturday, October 7th, we are going to Black Island Farms corn maze. As of this writing, there are great deals available on KSL, that are far better than any discount we can get. These will sell out quickly, so I urge you to get to the site and get your passes ordered.

Thank you all, and enjoy your day!

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:
Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr USS Ticonderoga-A on Snapchat

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.