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. 

Fandom Creativity and You

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A small example of the creativity produced by members of the Seventh Fleet.

At the official StarTrek.com website there is a very good article by Cindy Massre titled “Before Home Video, Science-Fiction Fans Worked Harder to Keep Fandom Alive” Before you read this blog post any further, take a moment to read that article. We will wait for you.

Back? Great. Admiral Stark was very impressed with this article as it aligns with some of the goals he has been promoting within the Seventh Fleet. Part of the reason we have our fan club is to keep the Star Trek dream alive. That through infinite diversity through infinite combinations life is worth while. This is why we are a “big-tent” organization instead of focusing on just one thing. You having fun with your corner of Star Trek fandom is something we want to help out with.

Do you like to create Cosplay? We want to see your costumes. The article talked about fanzines and books created by fans. As you can see from the photo above, we have many members interested in putting together art and publications. Putting together a Star Trek fan film? We’ve had experience doing that. Has Star Trek inspired an interest in science? It has with us as well. Prop building? From the hand held to the very large, we have had some experience putting these together. We have members who express their creativity through Star Trek filk songs just like the ones mentioned in the article. We love attending conventions and running booths that allow us to perform community service which requires a lot of creativity and planning. There are a lot of things we can create as fans to keep the Star Trek dream alive. Influences from the fandom of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s made their way into official publications and episodes (including episodes of Star Trek: Discovery).

There is also an added benefit from expressing our creativity for others to see. These become archives for the next generation of fandom who get a glance of what life was like for Star Trek fans at the date of publication. If you get a chance to look at your chapter’s past newsletters, you can see back into time. Admiral Stark has been trying to preserve older club newsletters and publications in PDF format so that they are easily available for all to see.

To give our members the opportunity for creativity, chapters can publish a newsletter or post articles on the ship’s blog. If your chapter doesn’t have a newsletter or a website yet, talk with your commanding officer. They are always looking for volunteers and there are those in the fleet that are willing to give advice on sites and publications. The Seventh Fleet will also be collecting the best articles of the year and publishing them in a Seventh Fleet Annual fanzine. This gives you the opportunity to display your creativity for future fandom. Currently an Issue Zero (concept publication) is currently being created and will be released soon.

What would you like to make today? Who would you like to inspire tomorrow? Let’s create.

Happy Holidays to our star trek family

While 2020 has not been the year we had hoped for, it was the year that we came together as a Star Trek Family. The amount of support and encouragement we gave each other was truly inspiring. We got to see new episodes of Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Discovery. We also were informed about Captain Pike and company returning with the news of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and another animated series in Star Trek: Prodigy.

2021 will be a better year. We will still be dealing with some of the challenges and after-effects, but we have no doubt that members of the fleet will come through and shine like they always have.

No matter what holiday you celebrate (even Wookie Life Day) we hope that you have a safe and happy holidays.

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.