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!
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.
If 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.
Now 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.
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.
At 6:11am (Mountain) on September 2, 2013, our dear friend, Captain Ruth Burns of the USS Ursa Major passed away due to heart complications. She is no longer in pain. No funeral arrangements have been announced yet. When we have more information, we will post it here.
With the new Star Trek: Into Darkness movie coming out soon, several magazines are prepping their upcoming issues to celebrate the event. Star Magazine reached out to the Seventh Fleet and asked if a representative would be willing to be interviewed. Admiral Carl Stark was asked to represent the Fleet and an interview was set up. We have been told that the interview will now be published in the March 27th (Wednesday) publication by Star Magazine. The Star Into Darkness Special will have 200 photos, special interviews and various Star Trek previews. Star Magazine sent us a copy of the cover to share with everyone as well. Let us know what you think of the interview.
Welcome everyone to the year 2013 (Stardate: 66010.1 in the Seventh Fleet system). The year of 2012 held many good memories for us. Star Trek: The Next Generation turned 25 years old (and we are celebrating with the TNG Re-Watch Party that is still going on). We had the re-integration with Utah’s longest running Science Fiction convention, CONduit with special guest Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager). At this convention the USS Ticonderoga won the Room Party Contest. The release of Star Trek: TNG blu-rays had two theater specials. The Seventh Fleet held a wonderful Admiral’s Banquet and Seventh Fleet games where we had fun with our Star Trek family. We started role-playing nights for Star Trek and Dungeons and Dragons. And Star Trek returned locally to our airwaves on KTVX 4.2.
So what are we looking forward to in 2013? This will be the 15th Anniversary of the founding of the Seventh Fleet. We had to pull together after our previous parent organization had disbanded. Even today challenges remain and new adventures await us. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will turn 20 years old in 2013. Star Trek fan, author and historian, Larry Nemecek, will be attending CONduit 23 as a guest. And probably the biggest event, the new Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on May 17th. This will be an opportunity to promote both the movie and the club as well.
So what else will we be doing in 2013? There are many months that we could fill with many fun club activities. At the January 9th meeting we will be putting together the 2013 calendar of events. We need everyone to show up and submit your ideas and feedback on many different events and community service that the club can participate in. This will be at the Weber County Library-Main Branch (25th and Jefferson in Ogden). This is your club, what would you like to see it do?
So several chapters in the Seventh Fleet had the opportunity to attend the Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Two theatrical premier last week. Star Trek historian and archivist Larry Nemecek was collecting photos from various events across the country to show on his Trekland website. Of the photos he selected he chose several from the USS Retributor in Salt Lake and the USS Ticonderoga in Ogden.