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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!

USS Ticonderoga 20th Anniversary makes local paper

The first USS Euphrates command staff at the official launching.
The first USS Euphrates command staff at the official launching.

EXTRA, EXTRA!!!!! Read all about it.  Yes once again our Star Trek club has made the local newspaper.  In the Friday (March 18th) edition of the Ogden Standard Examiner published an interview with Captain Erica Stark and Rear Admiral Carl Stark about the 20th Anniversary of our Star Trek family.    The article can be found here: http://www.standard.net/Lifestyle/2016/03/17/northern-utah-star-trek-club-20-anniversary.html

Can you believe it?  We started this little get together in the basement of the Clearfield Library in March, 1996.  Our first activity was a visit to the Hill AFB Museum.

What are your memories from the past 20 years?  We would love to hear them.

USS Ticonderoga, NCC-74676-A officially launched

CaptStark_AdmHollingerNow that Captain Erica Stark has completed all of the requirements to achieve the rank of Captain (not an easy task in the Seventh Fleet) the next version of the USS Ticonderoga can now launched.  At the USS Ticonderoga room party at CONduit, Seventh Fleet CinC Admiral Dennis Hollinger officially launched the USS Ticonderoga, NCC-74676-A.  Ronin Class Starship.  Admiral Hollinger presented the dedication plaque for the new starship to Captain Stark.

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Even with this major goal accomplished, the Ticonderoga is not sitting on it’s laurels.  We have Fantasicon coming up at the Pleasant Valley Library (Weber County) on June 6th.  We also have a ton of events planned for the year and we are also continuing to grow.  We could have two new chapter-in-training Runabouts launched by the end of summer.  Now is when we need your help and now is when we need new ideas.  It’s time to boldly go.  Let’s see what’s out there.

19th Anniversary, March Meeting and March Activity

picard_clappingFirst: The USS Ticonderoga started as a Star Trek club on this date, March 9th, all the way back in 1996.  We met at the Clearfield Library to announce our launching (as the USS Euphrates, a chapter-in-training off of the USS Kelly) and then went to the Hill AFB Museum as the activity.  That was nineteen years ago.  How many clubs last for over nineteen years?  Congratulations to all of you who contribute towards the club.

Second: The March Meeting is coming up on Wednesday the 11th at 7:00pm.  And yes we are back at the Roy Library after having to find alternate locations for the last two months.  Bring your Star Trek show and tell items.  More importantly, bring a friend to introduce to the club.  Remember you gain 10 leadership points for each new recruit.

Third: Our March activity will be held on Saturday the 14th.  Lt. Richard Luke will be conducting a leather working class.  There is a $5 material fee for the items we are making (a rounder, a coin purse or a key-chain).  Please RSVP at the meeting so we have enough material.  We are also encouraging everyone to celebrate Pi Day by bringing a favorite pie.  This will start at noon at Starbase 40.   You may want to eat lunch before coming over.

Welcome to the USS Ticonderoga

tumblr_mlqazxxMau1re4m0po2_250We had a great time promoting the new Star Trek: Into Darkness movie at the Megaplex 13 theaters in The Junction.  One of the best parts was meeting all of the various Star Trek fans that came out to see the movie.  There were a lot of people in uniform and a lot of interested people who stopped by the booth.  The life-sized action figure box resulted in a lot of fun photos.  We even had the Ogden Standard-Examiner come by to profile us in an article (which will be added to our In The News section soon).

So to all of those interested Star Trek fans who are now reading this website, welcome.  We made this website for our members and possible members to find out more about our free Star Trek fan club.  We have been a club since 1996.  You can read about some of our past in our History section.  We have had a wide variety of Past Activities and Upcoming Events (we are always looking to try something new).  Our Community Service is also something that we are very fond of promoting.  We are very proud of our Intrepid class starship and it’s Namesake.  What really makes our club a family is our Crew.  We are a founding chapter of the Seventh Fleet, our parent organization.  We also get along with a lot of other Star Trek/Sci-Fi groups and proudly display the gifts we’ve received in our online Trophy Case.  Besides this website, you can also interact with us on our Facebook page or on our Yahoogroups.  If you have any questions that are not on our FAQ, you can Contact us and we will be more than happy to answer them.  If you are ready to Join, you can fill out a membership application and we will let you know when the next USS Ticonderoga meeting will be.  Welcome aboard.

January monthly meeting – planning our 2012 events

So it is time for the regular USS Ticonderoga monthly meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 11th.  As per usual this will be at 7:00pm at the Weber County Library meeting rooms on 25th and Jefferson.  Unlike other meetings, this meeting is a huge one for the crew.   This may be the last chance to order a Seventh Fleet Calendar on it’s final run ($10 a calendar).  Captain Erica Stark will have the latest information from the Seventh Fleet Council Meeting.  But most important, this will be the meeting that the club as a whole gets to plan out all of our events that we want to hold for 2012.  We will be talking about fleet banquets, fleet games, conventions (CONduit, Starfest and Star Trek Las Vegas) and more.

Bring your friends, bring your ideas and lets set a course into 2012.

Reminder to Department Chiefs: Call your people

Captain Erica Stark would like to send out a reminder to the USS Ticonderoga Department Chiefs.  Please call your people about upcoming events and activities.  Currently we need a headcount for the upcoming Seventh Fleet Olympics hosted by the USS Atlantis in southern Idaho on Saturday, August 20th.  We also need to know who needs rides and who can give rides.  We need this by Friday, July 29th.

Crewmembers, if your contact information has changed, please contact your Department Chief or the Ticonderoga’s Executive Officer, Lt. Dave Stock.