Greetings, all! And happy new year!
I hope the first weeks of 2019 have been treating you well. We have a great opportunity to truly show off what the otters can do, when we host the annual Fleet Banquet on the 26th. I have full faith that we can blow it out of the water – we’ve pulled together and made great things happen many times in the past.
Thank you, all, for a great 2018. I know we can make 2019 even better.
A short note on chain of command, both within the club and within the fleet. There has been much discussion concerning observing the chain of command, which is also the chain of communication.
When we’re talking about official communications, there is a very specific trail to follow: department chief > first officer > commanding officer > fleet council > admiralty board. If you truly feel as though you have an issue that you can’t discuss with your department chief, your first option should be another department chief, or the assistant department chief, who can then bring it to the X.O., who can then take it to the C.O. Ideally, we are close enough that we can take care of issues quickly and between the involved parties. If, for whatever reason, you feel as though you can’t speak directly to the necessary party, there are workarounds to solve any issues.
There have been occasions within the fleet wherein members of a ship have gone either directly to the admiralty, or to members of a different ship, disrespecting and disregarding the official chain of command, blowing problems completely out of proportion, and blindsiding their COs and XOs when the issues are brought up at fleet council meetings. Keep in mind that this is *only* for official fleet business or issues. Chatting with other members of our fleet-wide family is welcomed and encouraged.
Thank you all for your time. See you next time!
I hope you’re surviving the cold weather we’re having. ( Personally, I will be very happy when the warm weather returns.)
As you may have noticed, there are parts of our site here that are terribly out of date. We are working on getting things fixed. We have a crack(ed) team of specialists working to mend, spit and polish her up. Please be patient as we work our way through this endeavor.
Our events calendar is always up-to-date, so you can go there for quick checks.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, please take a gander at the latest newsletter. It’s big and beautiful and full of fun stuff.
Our meeting on December 12th is our annual Mugato Gift Exchange. This year, our mugato is red. What this means is that if the gift you bring is red, you get a little treat. (It must be the gift itself that is red, not the wrapping paper/bag.) All gifts need to be wrapped and anonymous. If you choose something that is new and store bought, please don’t spend more than $10.00 on it. We’re just having fun and don’t want to break the bank. Handmade items are always popular. If the item you bring is used, please make sure that it is clean, has all it’s parts, and is in good working order. In short, make it something that you would like to receive.
We will be meeting in the classroom in December, so that we can have treats.
I hope to see you all there. We have some fun things to hand out before the craziness gets underway.
As you slide down the banisters of life, may the slivers never point the wrong way. =)
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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.
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!
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)