… The Owl. In a ceremony Captain Joe Coleflesh unboxed the spirit guide that had selected the crew of the USS Pulsar. Inside was a statue of an owl wearing a steampunk jetpack. The crew decided to name the spirit guide “Minerva”.
In the Star Trek: Voyager episode “The Cloud“, Commander Chakotay introduces Captain Janeway to her Animal Guide. This guide offers spiritual guidance for the person. A spirit guide is unique, but does not represent the individual. It also cannot be chosen as the animal guide has to choose them.
In the Seventh Fleet, we have adopted the tradition of having animal spirit guides for our chapters. While individual members of the crew can decide what The Owl means to them, the Seventh Fleet had the following traits listed for this spirit guide. “Wisdom, Truth & Patience”. The spirit guide for each chapter is listed in the Chapter sections of the Seventh Fleet website.
Welcome to a new feature that we will be posting once a month on the Seventh Fleet blog. Hailing Frequencies Open will be a short “hey this is happening and here are some items we are celebrating”. It will primarily focus on the many wonderful members who are a part of our Star Trek family. As we do more of these, it may evolved and grow. But it should be a simple and quick post done every first of the month.
Hailing Frequencies Open January 2021
-Crewman 2nd Class Jack Graham (Tactical Department- USS Pulsar)
-Crewman 2nd Class Serena Henscheid (Medical Department- USS Valkyrie)
-MACO Corporal Travis Jensen (Security/MACO Department- USS Valkyrie)
-Richard Reusze for his rank advancement to Lieutenant (USS Valkyrie)
-Mira Bergevin for her rank advancement to Ensign (USS Pulsar)
-Travis Jensen for his rank advancement to MACO 2nd Lieutenant (USS Valkyrie)
-MACO 2nd Lieutenant Travis Jensen for earning the Class of Excellence, 2nd Class medal (USS Valkyrie)
Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:
January 3: Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet anniversary (1998)
January 26: USS Essex anniversary (2013)
January 29: USS Porthos anniversary (2011)
Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:
January 3: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiers (1993)
January 6: Aron Eisenberg (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
January 8: Michelle Forbes (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
January 12: Kirstie Alley (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
January 14: Barry Jenner (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
January 16: Star Trek: Voyager premiers (1995)
January 17: Isa Briones (Star Trek: Picard)
January 20: DeForest Kelley (Star Trek: The Original Series)
January 23: Star Trek: Picard premiers (2020)
January 27: James Cromwell (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
January 28: Gillian Vigman (Star Trek: Lower Decks)
Other Dates To Note:
January 1: New Years Day
January 4: The Star Trek Experience opens in Las Vegas
January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21: The first Star Trek convention is held in New York (1972)
February 14: Valentine’s Day
February 15: Presidents’ Day
Other Items To Note:
Congratulations to Sam Hollinger (Son of Dennis and Rhonda Hollinger) who will be married on January 2nd.
The latest issue of the USS Ticonderoga newsletter has been posted on their website. It can be found here.
January 30: Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet
February 6: Seventh Fleet Council 1st Quarter Meeting
April 24: Seventh Fleet Picnic
August 7: Fleet Day
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.
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.
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of responses from different government officials, schools, organizations and businesses regarding their response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The Seventh Fleet is just as equally concerned about the health and well-being of our Star Trek family members and the community in general.
The status on meetings by local chapters will be determined by the commanding officer in accordance with local government recommendations. We would advise that you check with your commanding officer before each gathering to confirm the latest status. At this time the quarterly Fleet Council meetings and the Fleet Day (Seventh Fleet Games) in August are still scheduled. If an changes are made to these events, we will get the information out as quickly as possible.
In the spirit of our motto “We Do Not Stand Alone”, we would like to encourage you to make regular wellness checks (a phone call is recommended before any visit) with fellow members of the fleet. We have a wide variety of members that may have different needs and together we can all help each other out.
Currently the Seventh Fleet is testing out various online tools that may assist chapters and members with communication, meetings, online role-playing and other possible options. If your commanding officer elects to use one of these tools, they will let you know.
We would also like to encourage everyone to be informed of the latest news and information about this virus from trusted sources. There has been a lot of confusion about what to do and how to handle certain situations. A lot of good information is listed on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We’ve always known that real-life come before a fan club, so we thank you for taking care of yourselves. If you can’t make it to an event, if you have any concerns or just want to lay low for a while, we understand. This fan club will always be there after we have gotten past this latest challenge. Don’t think that you are letting us down if you need to take care of your health. We would rather have you here with us when the next event comes around.
Thank you for reading yet another concerned message from an organization. Remember that we are all in this together and we can help each other out physically and mentally.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled web-surfing, binge-watching, online-gaming or book reading. Don’t forget to have some fun.
The last Saturday of January is the date we always schedule the Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet. This is an opportunity for the Admiralty and the Chapters to celebrate the members within the fleet. This semi-formal setting will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Richmond City Building.
It is encouraged for members to show up in Uniform/Cosplay, but not required. There will be video presentations and various Fleet recognized awards given out at this event.
The USS White Buffalo will be hosting this event with the meal being a pasta bar. Cost is $5/person and can be paid at the door.
For many chapters, this is their January activity.
“There’s an ancient Chinese curse, Captain—“May you live in interesting times.” Mealtime is always interesting now that Neelix is in the kitchen.” Kim- The Cloud, Stardate: 48546.2”
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