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.
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.