Hailing Frequencies Open: October 2021

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Hailing Frequencies Open October 2021

September saw the Seventh Fleet manning a booth at FanX: The Salt Lake Comic Convention. There we were able to raise money for the Best Friends Animal Society-Utah. If you are checking us out after vising our booth, welcome.

October is a time for Halloween celebrations. Don’t forget the ways to keep you and your family safe during this holiday time.

Welcome Aboard:
Crewman 3rd Class Emelene Henscheid (Conn Department- USS Valkyrie)

Congratulations To:
Travis Jensen for achieving the rank of MACO First Lieutenant (USS Valkyrie)

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:
October 17 USS Rendezvous anniversary (1992)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:
October 2 Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
October 4 Star Trek: Short Treks premiers (2018)
October 9 Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise)
October 15 Mark Lenard (Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
October 22 Christopher Lloyd (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
October 24 F. Murray Abraham (Star Trek: Insurrection)
October 26 Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery)
October 27 Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: First Contact)
October 30 William Campbell (Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Other Dates To Note:
October 4-10 World Space Week
October 11 Federation Day
October 11 Columbus Day
October 21 Back to the Future Day
October 31 Halloween
November 2 Election Day
November 7 Daylight Saving Time ends
November 11 Veterans Day
November 25 Thanksgiving Day

Upcoming Events:
November 5 Seventh Fleet Council 4th Quarter Meeting
January 22 Admiral’s Banquet

Hailing Frequencies Open is posted on the 1st of the month at SeventhFleet.org. If you have an entry that you would like to be included in a future HFO, please contact your Commanding Officer. The CO needs to have it submitted to the Admiralty by the 2nd to last day of the month for inclusion.

Welcome new recruits

Besides raising funds for the Best Friends Animal Society of Utah, part of the reason we had a promotion boot at FanX: The Salt Lake Comic Convention, was to introduce ourselves to possible new members.

If you are checking out our website after visiting our booth, welcome. We hope that this site will help answer any questions you may have about joining our Star Trek family. If there is a question that you can’t find here that you need answered, feel free to email us at Info@SeventhFleet.org.

Just a reminder that there are no dues to join Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet. There are also no “uniform” requirements to join. Just show up and have fun is all we ask. The level of participation is completely up to you. Families of all ages are welcomed to attend, however anyone under the age of sixteen should be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

If you signed up at the booth to be contacted, that information has now been passed onto the local chapters. There were a few entries that were really hard to decipher. We tried to pass on the information correctly, but may have made a mistake in our translation. If you signed up and have not been contacted soon, feel free to reach out to the fleet at the above Info address and we can assist you.

We are also very active on the Seventh Fleet Facebook page. Most chapters have their own individual FB pages as well.

Hopefully we will get a chance to see you at a future event. Always remember to have fun.

FanX 2021 Photos/Videos Part One

And another FanX: The Salt Lake Comic Convention is in the books. Many thanks to the many volunteers from different Seventh Fleet chapters who helped out at the booth. We were able to raise some money for the Best Friends Animal Society-Utah. A big thank you to all of the members and friends who came by to visit us at the booth. And another big thank you to Dan Farr and his army of volunteers at the convention. We greatly appreciate your efforts in putting this show together.

If you are visiting our website after checking out our booth, welcome. Feel free to look around and learn more about us. If you have any questions or you would like to join one of our chapters, feel free to email us at Info@SeventhFleet.org. We hope that you’ll be able to join us at one of our many fun events in the future.

Here is a video taken at the con that features the Seventh Fleet.

Our own Admiral Stark was interviewed by Salt Lake Magazine at the con.

And we know that a lot of photos were taken at the convention. We would love to post them on a future blog post. Feel free to email them to Webmaster@SeventhFleet.org and we will upload them soon. Here are some that we already have.

How To Join The Seventh Fleet

Members of the Seventh Fleet in uniform.
Members of the Seventh Fleet in uniform.

We get a lot of visitors to our website that are interested in knowing more about Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet. Usually the question comes up: “How do I join your Star Trek family?” This blog post will go into details of how to join and why we follow this path for membership.

The first thing to keep in mind is that membership in the Fleet or one of it’s chapters is free. It already costs too much to be a Star Trek fan (as most of us already know). In our 23 years of operations we have never charged dues. Some of our chapters are 25-35 years old and they have also been dues free the entire time that they have been in existence. The reason behind this is that we want members who show up to the events because they are fun and interesting instead of attending because they want to “get their money’s worth” out of the club. If a chapter attends an event that has an admission fee, then the individual members pay their own way into the event. For example, if the group is going to a local corn maze for a fun activity, you would be buying your own ticket into the maze.

Another commonly asked question is: “Do I have to own a uniform/cosplay to join?” The answer is no. While we have a lot of members who enjoy the Star Trek cosplay aspect of our fandom, it is not a requirement. If you wish to create Star Trek cosplay, there are plenty of members who would love to give tips and advice on how they put together their cosplay. We also embrace creativity. If you have cosplay that isn’t 100% screen accurate, you are still welcomed to participate.

So to officially join the Seventh Fleet, you must complete four steps.

  1. Attend two meetings/activities of the chapter you wish to join. A list of the chapters can be found on the Chapters section of the Fleet website. If you visit their website or contact the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer, they can let you know of upcoming meetings and activities. You can also email Info@SeventhFleet.org and request information on a nearby chapter. Why are two meetings or activities required for membership? In the past we had interested Star Trek fans attend their first event to check out a chapter. Some discover that it’s not their cup of Earl Grey tea. Those that return for a second meeting are showing that they are interested in perusing a free membership.
  2. Fill out an application. The chapter you wish to join will provide you with a paper or electronic application that you can fill out and submit. It will provide information on how to reach you to keep you informed of upcoming meetings and events. It will also ask which department you wish to join so that you can be assigned a Department Chief. There is also a section on the application that notes who recruited you to the club. If a friend referred you, please put their name down.
  3. Meet the Chapter Commanding Officer and Executive Officer. These are the chapter’s president and vice-president. We feel that it is always good for members to know the CO and XO of the club they are joining just in case they have any questions or concerns. This also gives them an opportunity to welcome you to the Star Trek family.
  4. Receive your Orders. If the CO/XO have accepted your application for membership, they will then submit that application to the Fleet for assignment and generating a service number. If the application is accepted by the Fleet then an official set of orders welcoming you to the club will be generated and sent to your Commanding Officer. This person will then present them at a club meeting officially welcoming you to the chapter and assigning you your starting rank in Starfleet.

While these steps may seem intimidating, they are usually quite easy to accomplish. There are plenty of members who are more than happy to assist you along the way. And don’t forget that you can also email Info@SeventhFleet.org if you have any questions.

Live Long and Prosper and Always Remember to Have Fun. Welcome Aboard.

USS Pulsar launching ceremony

The USS Pulsar was able to hold their official launching ceremony on Saturday in Utah County. The club became a full chapter in 2020, but due to the pandemic, the party celebrating the efforts had to be delayed until 2021.

Vice Admiral Carl Stark (Commander-in-Chief of the Seventh Fleet) was able to perform the reading of orders and transfer of command. Captain Charles Corr and Captain Erica Stark performed the christening ceremony smashing bottles on the hull.

As you can see from the photos, a lot of energy and effort went into the launching ceremony. There was a lot of Star Trek themed food items available for the visitors to partake in.

Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet welcomes the members of the USS Pulsar into the Star Trek family. May you live long and prosper and we look forward to your many adventures.

USS Kelly 35th Anniversary

USS Kelly 35th Anniversary display
USS Kelly 35th Anniversary display

In September 1986 Captain Dennis Hollinger and Commander Richard Henline officially launched the Star Trek fan club, the USS Kelly. This club is the oldest Star Trek club running in Utah and was one of the founding members of Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet.

Past and present members of the USS Kelly recently gathered at Murray Park to reminisce about past activities and the friendships made along the way. There was a display of past USS Kelly t-shirts (including the first Kelly uniform work by then-Captain Hollinger to launch the chapter). There was also several photo scrapbooks, copies of past newsletters (over 80 issues and counting), old technical drawings and the first attempt at the Kelly Combadge (made out of resin).

The USS Kelly had originally started as a chapter of the national Starfleet Command organization (based out of Baltimore, MD) before this parent organization disbanded in December 1997. In January 1998 the USS Kelly joined with the USS Rendezvous, USS Retributor and the USS Ticonderoga to form Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet.

Dennis Hollinger held the position of the first Commanding Officer. When he moved up to Commander in Chief of the Seventh Fleet, his good friend Richard Henline took over the center chair. After several years Captain Henline stepped down to take a position with the fleet and David Thalmann took command of the Kelly (called the Kelly-A). After several years David had to step down for health reasons and Rhonda Hollinger became the Commanding Officer for a few years. The former Operations Officer, Nada Linnarz then became the Captain of the Kelly-B. Earlier this year Captain Linnarz moved to St. George and handed the reigns to the current Commanding Officer, Jill Bogler.

Most fan run clubs had a habit of disbanding before reaching their second anniversary. So the fact that the USS Kelly has reached 35 years shows the testament and resilience of the members of this Star Trek family. Here is to 35 more years.

Here are some photos of past members and events.

Interviewed for Star Trek Day

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 will be the 55th Anniversary of the premier episode of Star Trek. For many fans, September 8th is now celebrated as Star Trek Day. Paramount presents several online panels and events. Fans get together and watch Star Trek episodes and local libraries have been putting up Star Trek Day displays.

Community radio station, KRCL 90.9FM has interviewed our Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Carl Stark, for a special that will air on Star Trek Day. This interview is scheduled to be aired around the 6:30pm time frame. The livestream can be accessed here. We invite you to tune in and check out the interview.

Many thanks to the Thermians of Utah for setting up this interview and to KRCL 90.9 FM for the opportunity.

What are you planning to do for Star Trek Day? Let us know.

UPDATE: A recording of the interview can now be found online at the RadioACTive Show notes for September 8, 2021. The interview starts at the 27:40 mark.

Hailing Frequencies Open: SEPTEMBER 2021

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Hailing Frequencies Open September 2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2021 Fleet Day. We had a ton of fun meeting up with the members of our Star Trek family and seeing friends. It had been way too long since some of us had gotten together.

There are three items that we wanted to bring to your attention besides the usual assortment of news.

On Saturday, September 4th the USS Kelly will be celebrating it’s 35th Anniversary. This feat is amazing for several reasons. It shows the dedication and love that the members of the USS Kelly have put into their club. Through challenges and triumphs, the crew stuck together to reach the momentous occasion. They will be celebrating from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Murry Park Pavilion #3. All are invited to attend. Bring your memories.

The very next Saturday on September 11th, the USS Pulsar will be holding an official launch ceremony. Technically the Pulsar launched as a full-chapter in 2020, however certain events prevented a get together to celebrate the accomplishment. Captain Joe Coleflesh has decided that they will get together at 2:00pm in Utah County. Please RSVP on the Facebook Page Event so that they can get a proper headcount for food.

FanX the Salt Lake Comic Convention will be held at the Salt Palace on September 16th to the 18th. There are a ton of guests. From the Star Trek series we will have the opportunity to see Zachary Quinto (Mr. Spock from the Kelvin movies) and Edward Furlong (Fixer on the Star Trek Renegades fan film series). There are also guests from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, MASH, Doctor Who and more. The Seventh Fleet is planning to run a booth at the event raising money for The Best Friends Animal Society. (crosses fingers that all goes well)

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:
September 1 USS Kelly anniversary (1986)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:
September 8 Star Trek: The Original Series premiers (1966)
September 8 Star Trek: The Animated Series premiers (1973)
September 9 Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise)
September 10 Harry Treadaway (Star Trek: Picard)
September 10 The Orville Series premiers (2017)
September 11 Roxann Dawason (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise)
September 14 Walter Koenig (Star Trek)
September 15 Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis)
September 16 Jayne Brook (Star Trek: Discovery)
September 23 Rosalind Chao (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
September 24 Star Trek: Discovery premiers (2017)
September 26 Star Trek: Enterprise premiers (2001)
September 28 Star Trek: The Next Generation premiers (1987)

Other Dates To Note:
September 6 Labor Day
September 11 Patriot’s Day
September 19 Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 22 Autumn Equinox
September 22 Hobbit Day
September 25 Comic Book Day
October 4-10 World Space Week
October 11 Federation Day
October 11 Columbus Day
October 21 Back to the Future Day
October 31 Halloween

Upcoming Events:
September 4 USS Kelly 35th Anniversary party
September 11 USS Pulsar Commissioning party
September 16-18 FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention
November 5 Seventh Fleet Council 4th Quarter Meeting

Hailing Frequencies Open is posted on the 1st of the month at SeventhFleet.org. If you have an entry that you would like to be included in a future HFO, please contact your Commanding Officer. The CO needs to have it submitted to the Admiralty by the 2nd to last day of the month for inclusion.

Fleet Day 2021

Members of the Seventh Fleet at the 2019 Fleet Day.

Saturday, August 7th is the first Fleet Day that we will be having in person since 2019. We won’t talk about 2020, we just won’t since that year didn’t exist.

This event is open for anyone interested in the Fleet to attend. Feel free to bring friends. The events officially start at 10:00am but you can arrive as early as 9:00am.

The USS Ticonderoga is hosting the games of Fleet Day at Jesse D Barlow Park in Clearfield, Utah. The address is 2100 South 500 West. It will be held at the large bowery at the park. Folding chairs, water and sunscreen are recommended. There is a kids playground next to the bowery.

If you’ve attended a past Fleet Day, several of the popular games from the past will be making an appearance. This includes Pirate’s Dice, Shields, Design a Starship and the infamous Admiral’s Challenge.

New for this year will be a kickball tournament. The teams are Vulcan, Andorian, Borg and Klingon. You can sign up for the team that you would like to represent and all team members will be wearing a team hat created by the Ticonderoga crew. Sign ups are first come, first served.

The meal will be a Hot Dog bar. There will be regular, beef and turkey dogs. There will also be standard toppings (ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.) and chili and cheese. There will also be various side dishes and drinks.

This is one of the two main events for the Seventh Fleet. We hope to see everyone there.

Hailing Frequencies Open: August 2021

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Hailing Frequencies Open August 2021

August is here and it brings the close of summer before school starts. The members of the Seventh Fleet Council (the Admiralty, Commanding Officers and Executive Officers) have been working on various projects for our Star Trek family. Upcoming publications, a fan club booth at FanX, chapter banners, club awards and more. A lot of work goes into this club. It may look easy on the outside, but a lot time, energy and effort. Your help can make this club a better one. Even little things like helping with a newsletter or a website will go a long way in making your chapter a better one. If you would like to take some ownership within the club, please contact your department chief or executive officer.

We are getting very close to Fleet Day on August 7th. This will be held at Barlow Park in Clearfield, Utah. It is recommended that you bring water, folding chairs and sunscreen. We are looking forward to seeing members of our Star Trek family after the events (or lack there of) from the past year. This is one of our big fun events of the year.

Several theaters are airing a 35th Anniversary showing of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home on August 19th. So far we know that the Megaplex Theaters and the AMC Theaters are hosing airings. A quick google search should give your information on airings near your location.

The USS Kelly will be holding a 35th Anniversary party on Saturday, September 6th at Murray Park. Come celebrate the longest running Star Trek fan club in Utah.

The USS Pulsar officially launched last year, however events (that we are all aware of) prevented an official launching ceremony. This will be rectified on Saturday, September 11th.

Welcome Aboard:
Crewman 2nd Class Julie Henkes (Communications Department- USS Kelly)
Crewman 2nd Class Mike Henkes (Science Department- USS Kelly)

Congratulations to:
Eric Moorer earning the Simulator Command Medal (1 mission)
Julie Henkes earning the Simulator Participation Medal (1 mission)
Mike Henkes earning the Simulator Participation Medal (1 mission)

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:
August 14 USS Valkyrie anniversary (1997)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:
August 6 Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek: Discovery)
August 6 Star Trek Lower Decks premiers (2020)
August 7 Cirroc Lofton (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
August 9 Eric Bana (Star Trek 2009 Movie)
August 10 Evan Evagora (Star Trek: Picard)
August 12 Jane Wyatt (Star Trek)
August 13 Dawnn Lewis (Star Trek: Lower Decks)
August 19 Diana Muldaur (Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
August 19 Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks)
August 24 Jennifer Lein (Star Trek: Voyager)
August 26 Chris Pine (Star Trek: Kelvin Timeline Movies)

Other Dates To Note:
September 6 Labor Day
September 19 Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 22 Autumn Equinox
September 22 Hobbit Day
September 25 Comic Book Day

Other Items To Note:
The latest USS Kelly newsletter is available online. It can be accessed here.

Upcoming Events:
August 7 Fleet Day
August 19 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 35th Anniversary Showing
August 11-15 Star Trek Las Vegas
August 28 Klingon BBQ
September 4 USS Kelly 35th Anniversary party
September 11 USS Pulsar Commissioning party
September 16-18 FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention

Hailing Frequencies Open is posted on the 1st of the month at SeventhFleet.org. If you have an entry that you would like to be included in a future HFO, please contact your Commanding Officer. The CO needs to have it submitted to the Admiralty by the 2nd to last day of the month for inclusion.