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2021 Seventh Fleet Calendar

Sample of the 2021 Seventh Fleet Calendar cover.

Several of you have asked if we plan to do a 2021 Seventh Fleet Calendar. The answer is yes, we are moving forward with it’s production now. Thanks to our wonderful publisher, Carr Printing, we will be able to keep the price at $10.00 an issue. Please get the money to your Commanding Officer who will turn it into the Fleet.

If we are unable to meet at the Admiral’s Banquet in January, we will mail the calendars out or deliver them. Most likely to the Commanding Officers for them to distribute to the chapter members. For those chapter members that are out of the area, we can make special arrangements.

The Seventh Fleet has been publishing a yearly calendar since 2012. This calendar includes dates of Fleet & chapter activities, Star Trek historical information and known dates of conventions. We plan to continue this tradition for as long as it remains logistically feasible. Various members volunteer their time to get the inside organized, the cover created, images and artwork submitted for use. This has been one of the ways that members of the Fleet have been able to display their creativity. We would like to thank those members who have helped to put this together. We couldn’t do it without you.

From Lower Decks to Discovery

The first season of Star Trek: Lower Decks has just wrapped up and what a ride it was. Currently there is a call for reactions to the first season from Seventh Fleet members for a future blog post. Crewmembers contact your Commanding Officers for details and the quickly approaching deadlines.

Now that Lower Decks has completed, next Thursday (October 15th) will be the third season premier of Star Trek: Discovery. The first episode is titled “That Hope Is You”. If you haven’t seen the trailer for the third season, you can watch it here. You can also watch the first two minutes of the first episode here.

Lower Decks only had three of the after-shows hosted by Wil Wheaton (or as Jonathan Frakes calls him , ‘WW’). If you haven’t watched those, check them out. They contained a ton of information that I found very helpful. Wheaton announced that that there would be an episode of The Ready Room after each Discovery episode.

National voter registration day

September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day. A civic holiday that celebrates our democracy. In the Seventh Fleet we are always trying to make our future a better place by improving ourselves and serving our friends, neighbors and community. One of the primary ways that we can accomplish this goal is by encouraging qualified citizens to vote. As an organization, we will never tell you how to vote. But we encourage you to research the candidates and issues and cast your vote as you see fit.

In order to be able to vote, you must register in your state so that they can send you a ballot. National Voter Registration Day encourages citizens to check their registration status before the deadlines in their local area (usually the first part of October). The National Voter Registration Day link above can guide you to various local sources that you can use to check your status or register if you are not set up.

If you live in Utah, you can go to the Vote.Utah.Gov website, click on “Find My Voter Registration Info” and then enter in your information. It will pull up what is registered (if present). You will also find options to submit a registration.

For our Star Trek family members who live in Idaho, you can go to IdahoVotes.gov and click on “Check Your Voter Record” to find out if you are registered. There is also an option for a new or update registration record.

Members don’t forget to list that you participated in voting on your Duty Reports. Some chapters award Promotional Merit Points for participating int he voting process.

Articles from members of the fleet- Khitomer Class

Here within the Seventh Fleet, we are all about supporting the members. Especially when it comes to the wonderful creativity displayed by fleet members. In the past we had members send us photos of their various cosplay. We are also willing to post articles from various members of the Seventh Fleet. We would encourage you to submit the articles to your chapter newsletter first.

Admiral Dennis Hollinger has always been a fan of various starships seen in Star Trek. This includes all of the fan made and licensed Star Trek products. Recently Admiral Hollinger put together an article detailing the Khitomer Class Alliance Battlecruiser from Star Trek Online.

If you have an article that you have written and would like to be presented, submit it to your commanding officer. They will then send it to the Admiralty for consideration.

Star Trek: Lower Decks is here

The new animated Star Trek series, “Lower Decks” dropped today on CBS All Access. This comedy series focuses on the adventures of four ensigns serving on the California-Class Starship, the USS Cerritos.

The first episode, titled “Second Contact”, has the crew of the Cerritos making a follow up contact with a new Federation member, the Galardonians. There we meet our four ensigns. Brad Boimler, Beckett Mariner, D’Vana Tandi and Sam Rutherford. There they…..

….. wait (in Professor River Song’s voice) “Spoilers.” Don’t worry, this post is spoiler free.

As Star Trek fans, we want to talk about our favorite show. Especially when a new episode drops. However not everyone has had a chance to watch it yet. That is both the beauty and the curse of having the episodes available on streaming. Due to schedules, some fans may not have a chance to watch the new episode for a day or two. In the past when new episodes of Star Trek Discovery or Star Trek Picard were released, we tried to limit our discussions on the Seventh Fleet Facebook page. However Facebook doesn’t give us the tools to only let a few people talk on a certain subject. If someone posts a spoiler, there is a possibility that someone may see that spoiler before they get a chance to watch the episode.

We’ve been researching other tools to alleviate this issue and we think we have found one. We have set up a Seventh Fleet Discord server that members can use to have conversations on a variety of subjects (cosplay, collecting, fan fiction and even the latest episodes). These channels can be muted by someone who hasn’t had a chance to see the latest episode or read the latest Star Trek novel. Thus they will not get any notifications about new messages. Once they have seen/read the latest adventures, they can un-mute the channel and join in on the conversation. Thus the tradition of “did you see that…” or “did you notice the easter egg…” can continue.

Note: This is not the same Discord server that we just recently held our Seventh Fleet Week on. That was set up specifically for that special event. If you would like to access the Seventh Fleet Discord, follow the link on the Seventh Fleet Facebook page or email Info@SeventhFleet.org and we can send you an invite.

Let’s talk Trek. But let’s do it in a way that allows those who wish to avoid spoilers can do so. Tally Ho.

Introducing: Seventh Fleet week

Greetings, members, family, and friends of the Seventh Fleet!

As you know, normally at this time of year we would be holding our annual Fleet Games. Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to safely gather together for the games and the food and the friendship.

(Don’t worry, though! We are preparing to be able to hold the actual Games in person next year!)

For this year, the Ticonderoga is proud to present

-=/\=- Seventh Fleet Week -=/\=-

Allow me to invite you to join us for some fun this week!

Featuring Star Trek and Seventh Fleet trivia

Cosplay displays

Art displays

Games and roleplay

Discussions and chats

And much more!

Pictured above are just a couple of the items we have available.

Some will be up for bid in a silent auction.

Some will be given as prizes.

Still others will be available to pick up in the swap meet.

How do you join in the fun, you ask?

Simple.

Join us in the Seventh Fleet Week Discord server:

https://discord.gg/ukZV7wA

There’s one little thing to remember:

When you join, you need to go to the Code of Conduct channel, read the code of conduct, and, most importantly, click the green box at the bottom

Things will be happening all week, from July 24 – 31.

On Saturday, August 1st, there will be an informal picnic, for you to pick up your goodies. 

Anyone who wishes to bring a lunch can join us at the picnic, or you can swing by just long enough to get your stuff.

I hope you’ll pop in and say hi! And maybe join in the fun as we get together in a virtual world.

members showing off their cosplay

We sent out a call to members of the fleet to send us some of their favorite cosplay photos that they would like to share. Here are the submissions we received.

Carl Navales of the USS Delaware as a Starfleet Trill Officer.
Erin Ruston of the USS Essex as a Klingon warrior.
Captain Erica Stark of the USS Ticonderoga laughs with Admiral Dennis Hollinger, Vice Admiral Carl Stark and Commodore Marla Trowbidge of the Seventh Fleet.
Laura Swift Lind of the USS Rendezvous shows her Jedi cosplay.
Brad and Amiee Jacobs of the USS Ticonderoga posing with Tony Todd at a local convention.
James Woodham of the USS Delaware checking out The Iron Throne.
James Woodham of the USS Delaware on the Shuttle Fairbanks.
A Borgified Eric Evans checks out the USS Ticonderoga transporter console.
Eric Allan Hall, Carl Stark and Erica Stark.
Brooke Wilkins of the USS Pulsar is a Starfleet Officer in the transporter beam.
Scott Armstrong as a TOS Redshirt.
Damon Ricks of the USS Ticonderoga as a Klingon.
Michelle Ludeking of the USS Pulsar and Michael Hansen of the USS Delaware meet a Romulan.
Dave Stock of the USS Ticonderoga and Vice Admiral Stark show off their Doctor Who autographs.
Eric Nelson and Brooke Wilkins combine universes.
Damon and Amanda Ricks of the USS Ticonderoga.
Michael Hansen of the USS Delaware in the Shuttle Fairbanks.
Vice Admiral Carl Stark in his Admiral’s uniform from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Mindy Madsen and Brooke Wilkins of the USS Pulsar cosplaying as Deep Space Nine and the Bajoran Wormhole.

Damon Ricks as the Gamorrean Guard.