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We are having a picnic

So we have an opportunity to finally get together as a group. The USS Rendezvous (who was scheduled to host the Admiral’s Banquet in January) volunteered to put together a Seventh Fleet Picnic. Basically we want to safely get together and see the members of our Star Trek family.

This will be held on Saturday, April 24th at noon. The location will be the Richmond City Park (address is 100 S. Highway 91, very near the city building that we’ve held past Admiral’s Banquets). Attendance is voluntary. The south pavilion is large enough that we can sit with social distance. Please wear a mask as well.

This will bring your own lunch event. There are several local grocery stores and restaurants. The following list was provided by Captain Knowlton.

Local Food Establishments:
-Richmond
Big J Burgers (Pizza, Mexican, Burgers, Fish)
Maverick
-Smithfield
McDonald’s
Wendy’s
Arby’s
A&W
Various sandwich shops
Lee’s grocery store
-Logan
Lots of fast food, sandwich shops, restaurants and grocery stores

Hailing Frequencies Open: April 2021

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No fooling, we have reached April. Hopefully, if everyone continues to follow the health guidelines, we can get together for a Seventh Fleet Picnic on the 24th of this month. Location to be announced. We do know that everyone will be bringing their own lunch and that some distances may still be maintained. But we would like to see everyone. As one Captain told me in March, we are sociable creatures by habit and we need to see our friends.

Hailing Frequencies Open April 2021

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:

April 1: Grace Lee Whitney (Star Trek, Star Trek: Voyager)

April 4: Casey Biggs (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise)

April 15: Michael Ansara (Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager)

April 20: George Takei (Star Trek, Star Trek: Voyager)

April 24: Jack Quaid (Star Trek: Lower Decks)

April 29: Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Other Dates To Note:

April 1: April Fools’ Day

April 4: Easter

April 5: First Contact Day (2063)

April 5: Klingon Day of Honor

April 22: Ancestors’ Eve

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

May 9: Mother’s Day

May 17: Tax Day (moved from April 15th)

May 31: Memorial Day

Other Items To Note:

The Fleet Calendars have been delivered to the commanding officers. Check with them to pick up your order.

Upcoming Events:

April 10: Seventh Fleet Council 2nd 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.

Twenty-Five years of the USS Ticonderoga

The first USS Euphrates command staff at the official launching.

Editors Note: This article originally appeared on the USS Ticonderoga website.

Vice-Admiral Carl Stark, the first Commanding officer of the USS Euphrates/USS Ticonderoga was asked to write up some memories for the 25th Anniversary of the Star Trek club now known as the USS Ticonderoga. Here is what he sent in for the newsletter.

What happened Twenty-Five years ago by Carl Stark

Wow, March 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Star Trek fan club known as the USS Ticonderoga.  As I look back on how this all came together, I have many fond memories.  Some of them good and some not-so-good.  But life is dealing with both the good and the bad.  I was asked to put down my thoughts on this fan club that I helped to start and grow. 

The year was 1995 and it was not a kind one for me while I was living in the Salt Lake valley.  I was working as a computer support tech for three different companies.  And in that span of a year, I had been laid off three times from those same three companies.  I was beat and discouraged.  One of the few things that kept my spirits up was my membership in the Star Trek family known as the USS Kelly

I had been a member of the Kelly since 1991 (on the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek) and I had earned the rank of Lt. Commander in the years that followed.  I had also been tasked with being the Chief of Security.  Looking back, I’m grateful for the time I spent as a department chief.  Running a department is like running a mini-starship.  I had to select an assistant department chief, meetings had to be planned and agendas written, I had to keep my members informed and active.  We helped each other with our rank advancement goals and special projects.  It was a sense of pride to have a good running department because I felt that I was helping to make the chapter a better club. 

As it turns out, this was noticed not only by the Kelly CO, Captain Dennis Hollinger and XO, Commander Richard Henline but by the Admiralty at Starfleet Command as well.  The performance of my duties had been noted in the USS Kelly chapter reports.  I was not aware of this at the time, but my name had been placed on a promotion list of possible future commanding officers within the fleet. 

After being laid off from my third IT job in 1995, I didn’t know what I was going to do next.  I had several job leads that I was pursuing when I was approached by a former Kelly member, Robert Aswin, who had moved up to Davis County the year before.  He was looking for roommates to live in his house in Layton and invited me to move up with him.  Another Kelly member, Mark Boone, had started a job at the America Online tech support call center in downtown Ogden and stated he could put in a good word for me.  I passed the interview with flying colors and was offered a position that would start in two months.  This would give me plenty of time to get things wrapped up in Salt Lake and moved into the new area at the start of 1996.  A fresh start after the disastrous year of 1995.

At a Kelly senior officers meeting I let Captain Hollinger and Commander Henline know of my intention to move up to the Ogden-Layton area in a few months.  While not a huge distance, I felt it was far enough that I could not give my Chief of Security duties the proper time needed to perform them.  They understood my decision to resign my department head position.  It was at this time that they let me know that my name had been placed on a promotion list with Starfleet Command. If I wanted to take a Runabout (chapter-in-training) to run in the Ogden/Layton area I had the blessing of the Kelly leadership and the Admiralty at Starfleet Command.  As Mark Boone (who was also a Kelly department head) and I were driving away from the senior officers meeting I let him know that I was giving it serious thought.  Mark turned to me and said that if I took on this new role, he would join my chapter-in-training despite still living in the Salt Lake valley.  My roommate, Robert Aswin, was very supportive as well. 

The Ogden/Layton region had originally been the home of a Star Trek fan club called the USS Dominion.  It had operated from 1989 to 1994 before disbanding due to a lack of recruiting new members and several members moving away.  But it had a lot of good remaining members who had enjoyed their time with the club.  There had been several other attempts at starting Star Trek clubs, but they hardly lasted after a year or two.  It was easy to start a club, but to keep a club going and growing took a lot of work.  While seeing those in uniforms with recruiting booths and having fun at meetings may look easy from the outside, on the inside it was a lot of time and energy.  As people found out after starting a club, this work could be exhausting if you were not prepared for it.  So, these Star Trek clubs never got very far.  But the USS Dominion had set the groundwork for the fans in the area to join the newly launched USS Euphrates. 

The Euphrates was one of two Runabouts available to launch from the USS Kelly. A chapter-in-training allows newly minted commanding officers and crew to walk-the-walk of a Star Trek club, but still make mistakes.  Learning from these mistakes with help from the mothership allowed the club to grow and eventually graduate into full chapter status.  On Saturday, March 9, 1996 at a ceremony at the Davis County North Library in Clearfield, Captain Dennis Hollinger presided over the launching of the USS Euphrates under command of Lt. Commander Carl Stark with Lt. Robert Aswin as the Executive Officer and Lt. Mark Boone as the Second Officer.  After the ceremony the first official activity was touring the Hill Air Force Base Museum as a group and going to dinner soon afterwards.  You know a meal had to be involved in there as we always seem to get together with friends for a meal.

Running the USS Euphrates did take a lot of hard work.  There was even one meeting where the only people who showed up are those that came in the CO’s car.  But there were other times when the persistence and hard work paid off.  The Euphrates lead the group of volunteers who helped at a Salt Lake appearance of William Shatner at a Star Trek convention.  Shatner was so impressed with the volunteers that he complimented them the next day at another Star Trek convention put on by the same organizer. 

After going through the growing pains of a year and a half I had been promoted to the rank of Commander and the Admiralty at Starfleet Command informed me that we were nearing the end of their chapter-in-training phase.  I was instructed to decide upon a final chapter name and class.  A list of several chapter names and classes were provided to me to select from.  After looking over the list I narrowed it down to three possible choices.  The Nebula-Class USS Virginia, the Cheyenne-Class USS Black Hawk or the Intrepid-Class USS Ticonderoga.  These names were presented to the crew and the majority of them voted to become the USS Ticonderoga.  The primary reason this name was selected was because of the history of vessels named Ticonderoga.  Apparently, this decision had shocked Captain Hollinger and Commander Henline as they thought the larger Nebula-Class would have been selected.  They even had a schematic poster of the USS Virginia printed up in anticipation of the decision. 

On October 25, 1997 the friends of the USS Euphrates: The USS Kelly, USS Rendezvous, USS Zambezi (i.e., the future USS Retributor), Rebel’s Associated (a local Star Wars fan club), the IRW Falcon (a local Romulan club) and other friends got together for a meal and the launching ceremony of the USS Ticonderoga. This was held at a banquet center in Kaysville.  There I was promoted to the rank of Captain and given command of the USS Ticonderoga, NCC-74676. 

However, the changes were not stopping there.  Our parent organization, Starfleet Command and the Admiralty based out of Baltimore, MD after running the organization for over eighteen years had decided to disband at the end of 1997.  After finding ourselves without a parent organization I had to decide what to do with the USS Ticonderoga.  We could have joined another existing parent organization out there.  But most of them charged dues to join and we had a lot of success being a dues-free organization.  I didn’t want to turn away a fellow Star Trek fan and his family because they couldn’t afford $15 or more in dues.  We could have proceeded as an independent club, but life is better when you share it with friends.  So, the USS Ticonderoga joined up with the USS Kelly, the USS Retributor (both of Starfleet Command) and the USS Rendezvous (an ex-SFI chapter who had gone independent years ago) to form Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet.  When we had told Starfleet Command of our intention to band together, the Admiralty gave us permission to use the name “Starfleet Command” in our title and promoted Captain Dennis Hollinger to Admiral just before disbanding.  Thus, making the USS Ticonderoga a plank holder with Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet.  I’m happy to say that this new beginning has allowed us to grow and meet more friends as new chapters have joined in on the fun.

Now there are a ton of different events, memories, and happy times that I could write down for this article.  However, I know our poor editors only have so much space allotted in this issue.  So, I’d like to wrap up with how I ended my term as the Commanding Officer of the USS Ticonderoga.  One of the philosophies that we try to live by within this organization is “train your replacement”.  As a volunteer organization we understand that real life comes first.  Real life has given our friends opportunities in their lives that may cause them to move to other areas.  There have also been times that other issues have caused some members to cut back on the amount of participating that they can dedicate.  And unfortunately, a few of them have entered the final frontier beyond this life.  Thus, we have attempted to teach our leaders to give opportunities to those under their command to expand their leadership roles.  This way when real life rears its ugly head, we can tell the affected individual to take care what they need to and that the club will still be here upon their return.  So, in the early 2010’s I had initiated the “Captain for a Month” program on the Ticonderoga.  Any member who had reached the rank of Lt. (j.g.) or higher could volunteer to be the acting CO of the Ticonderoga for the month.  They would be responsible for conducting the monthly meeting, writing up the senior officer meeting agenda, preparing the report for Admiral Hollinger and (if it happened during the month they were acting CO) attend the quarterly Seventh Fleet Council meeting with myself and the XO.  This would give a ton of leadership experience to the volunteer and allow the chapter to see how they would handle command.  I had four different members participate in this program before I had been approached by Admiral Hollinger.  The growth of the Seventh Fleet had reached a point where he needed more than himself to run the organization.  He had been thinking of asking one of the chapter CO’s about taking a position with the Admiralty, but he didn’t want to leave a chapter without a commanding officer.  The question he asked me was “If I gave you a promotion, is there anyone you feel confident in taking over the center seat of the Ticonderoga?”  Because I had done the “Captain for a Month” program, I felt confident that one of the four candidates could fill the position.  Both the Seventh Fleet Council and the crew of the USS Ticonderoga accepted Lt. Erica Abner-Stark as the new CO.  She was given a field promotion to Captain (don’t worry, she still went through and completed the rank requirements adopted for the fleet) and took over as the Ticonderoga CO in 2011.  I will let her tell her adventures as the Tico CO in her own article.

To my friends who joined this Star Trek fan club and just came to hang out, to those who volunteered as department chiefs and senior officers.  To those who served as executive officers, newsletter editors and more.  And especially to the spouses of those who volunteered, I say thank you to you all.  The USS Ticonderoga would not be celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary without your dedication, hard work and effort.  I’m looking forward to 25 more years of friendship, adventures, and family.

Tally Ho,

Vice-Admiral Carl Stark, Commander-in-Chief

Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet

Hailing Frequencies Open: March 2021

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It is March already. We are going to be experiencing the March Winds as we head towards the April Showers and May Flowers. We are still hopeful that the Seventh Fleet Picnic will happen on Saturday, April 24th. Keep in contact with your commanding officer for details.

Hailing Frequencies Open March 2021

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:

March 9: USS Ticonderoga anniversary (1996)

March 9: USS Pulsar anniversary (2020)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:

March 2: Gates McFadden (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

March 2: Ethan Peck (Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)

March 3: Jimmy Doohan (Star Trek)

March 5: Jolene Blalock (Star Trek: Enterprise)

March 7: Jonathan Del Arco (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Picard)

March 11: Anton Yelchin (Star Trek- Kelvin timeline movies)

March 14: Penny Johnson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Orville)

March 14: James Frain (Star Trek: Discovery)

March 18: J.G. Hertzler (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

March 19: Connor Trinner (Star Trek: Enterprise)

March 21: Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery)

March 22: William Shatner (Star Trek)

March 24: Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery)

March 25: Robert O’Reilly (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

March 26: Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek)

March 29: Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Other Dates To Note:

March 14: Daylight Savings starts

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 20: Spring Equinox

April 1: April Fools’ Day

April 4: Easter

April 5: First Contact Day (2063)

April 5: Klingon Day of Honor

April 15: Tax Day

April 22: Ancestors’ Eve

Other Items To Note:

The latest issue of the USS Ticonderoga newsletter has been posted on their website. It can be found here.

Upcoming Events:

April 10: Seventh Fleet Council 2nd 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.

Admiral’s Banquet 2021 CinC Speech

We missed seeing everyone at our annual Admiral’s Banquet which is usually held on the last Saturday in January. When faced with a challenge, this group comes together and finds ways round those issues. This year we held the banquet online where we connected by video conference. After a brief speech by the Commander-in-Chief, Rear Admiral Carl Stark, everyone settled down to eat a favorite meal and watch Galaxy Quest together. It was a movie we all owned and all enjoyed.

Here is the speech from the CinC for you to enjoy.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone later this year at the Fleet Picnic and Fleet Day. We also hope to see everyone at the 2022 Admiral’s Banquet.

Hailing Frequencies Open: February 2021

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It was good to see everyone at the online Admiral’s Banquet. Hopefully next year we will be able to get back together in person like it should be. See you on January 29, 2022.

Hailing Frequencies Open: February 2021

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:

February 10: USS Mystic anniversary (2001)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:

February 2: Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

February 8: Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager)

February 11: Philip Anglim (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

February 14: Andrew Robinson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

February 14: Simon Pegg (Star Trek)

February 16: LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

February 17: Jerry O’Connell (Star Trek: Lower Decks)

February 21: Martha Hackett (Star Trek: Voyager)

February 22: Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager)

February 23: Majel Barett-Roddenberry (Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation)

February 24: Tawny Newsom (Star Trek: Lower Decks)

February 25: Anson Mount (Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)

February 26: Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Other Dates To Note:

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 15: Presidents’ Day

March 14: Daylight Savings Start

March 19: St. Patrick’s Day

March 20: Spring Equinox

Other Items To Note:

Due dates for several chapter newsletters are coming up soon. Get your submissions into your newsletter editors.

Upcoming Events:

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.

2021 Admiral’s Banquet

The last Saturday of January is the annual date of the Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet. Traditionally we all gather together at a location set up by a host and we have a meal together in uniform or nice dress.

As you’ve probably guessed, this year will be a little bit different. None of the banquet facilities we normally use were available for large public gatherings. The Seventh Fleet Council discussed this at our 4th Quarter 2020 Council Meeting and it was decided that we would have an online event on January 30th at 2:00pm. This will be held over a commercial Zoom meeting. This way it can be accessed by computer, smartphone or tablet. There will be some brief speeches before we start our main event. We will be watching a movie together (and we will have access to a chat room while the movie is going on). Everyone will be making a favorite dish to enjoy while watching the movie. This can be a full meal or just a bucket of popcorn.

If you would like to make sure you get the meeting invite to the onlne meeting, please contact your Commanding Officer an let them know which email you wish to have the invite sent to.

We still want to get together and see each other in person as it is a part of our friendships. So we are planning a Spring Picnic on Saturday, April 24th. Details will be announced as they become available. There is also the Fleet Day games planned for Saturday, August 7th which will be held in Davis County, Utah.

We miss you all and glad that you are all doing your part to stay safe.

The USS Pulsar Spirit Guide is…

… 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”.

Minerva
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.

Hailing Frequencies Open: January 2021

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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

Welcome Aboard:

-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)

Congratulations To:

-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.

Upcoming Events:

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. 

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.