We had a great time at FanX 2019, the Salt Lake Comic Convention last weekend. It always takes a few days to recover. Many thanks to the many fleet members who volunteered or just stopped by the booth to show your support. We were able to raise some funds for the Christa McAuliffe Space Center in Utah County.
Here are just a few of the photos that were taken at the booth with the Borg Alcove. We had visits from a wide variety of fans and guests including Larry Nemecek and John Eaves.
“Once again, I’m struck by your species’ desire to help others.” Dr. Phlox- Dear Doctor, Date: Unknown
Once again Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet will be hosting a charity booth at the FanX (formerly known as the Salt Lake Comic Con) on September 5-7 at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City. We will be at booth 2409 (as indicated on the map posted above) with the Borg Alcove and Science Station. This year the booth is being organized by the PCU Pulsar and volunteers from the fleet. The selected charity will be the Alpine School District/Christa Mcaullif Space Center. Feel free to stop by and have your picture taken with the alcove. Any donations will be gladly accepted. Thank you to Dan Farr and the many volunteers at FanX for helping us with our charity mission.
Log Entry: Stardate 68092.0, Rear Admiral Carl Stark recording. We had a ton of response from our Salt Lake Comic Con booth. We raised some money for HopeKids of Utah (which they said Thank You). We also had a lot of people sign up for more information about the club. If we could read your handwriting (some of them were a little difficult) you should be hearing something soon from a nearby chapter. We would like to thank the SS White Buffalo for running the Artemis Bridge Simulator and all of the volunteers who came out to help sell club t-shirts (still on sale) and promote the Seventh Fleet. We look forward to next Septembers Salt Lake Comic Con and thank all of the volunteers who helped put the event together.
Once again we had a large number of fans ask about a Utah County chapter. Currently at this time we do not have a chapter in that area, yet. Usually a new chapter is started when a member of an existing chapter moves to the new area and starts a chapter-in-training (also known as a Runabout) or if an existing club applies to become a chapter of the Seventh Fleet. However to our knowledge there is no Utah County only club and we have not been informed of anyone getting ready to move. Luckily thanks to our friends on the SS White Buffalo in Tooele, we do have an option for a nearby area that wants a chapter. Right now what we are doing is conducting a survey. If you live in Utah County and would be willing to participate in an exploratory meeting about starting a local chapter, please contact us at Join@SeventhFleet.org
If there is enough interest we can schedule the meeting and see what options we can do to start a new branch of our Star Trek family in the Utah County area.
Log Entry: Stardate 67042.6. Rear Admiral Stark recording. Our apologies for the delay in uploading the photos. Our webmaster caught a stomach virus from the convention and it put him out of commission for a few days. However we are now happy to report that all of the photos taken with the shuttle Fairbanks are now posted online. CLICK HERE TO FIND THE PHOTOS
The USS Rendezvous had build the shuttle as part of their Star Trek fan film called The Inquiry. After they had completed filming, Captain Trowbridge of the Rendezvous recommended that we use the shuttle to also fulfill one of our other primary goals as a Star Trek fan club, helping our community. At the Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet she proposed running a photo booth with the shuttle at the upcoming Salt Lake Comic Con-FanX. We discussed various charities and elected to support HopeKids of Utah and Idaho this year.
The fleet came together to help get the shuttle finished for the event. Following out motto of “We do not stand alone”, members of all chapters pitched in to help. They also helped when it came time to get the shuttle to Salt Lake (over 100 miles one-way) and especially to run the booth promoting both the fleet and HopeKids.
So we would like to give a big thank you to everyone from the fleet, HopeKids, The Salt Palace staff, Dan Farr and the Salt Lake Comic Con staff and to everyone who participated in this charity fundraiser. Over $2,000 was raised for HopeKids and we look forward to helping them at future events.
Side Note: Some of you may have your photo numbers stating that the dates the photos will be online will be from 5-23 to 6-23. To make sure everyone has a chance to download their photos, we will leave the photos up until 6-23. Afterwards they will be taken down.
Log Entry: Stardate 67041.4, Rear Admiral Carl Stark recording. This quote from Ray Bradbury is very inspiring: “Science fiction is the fiction of ideas. Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
The Seventh Fleet would like to thank the USS Rendezvous for the use of the Shuttle Fairbanks at Booth 2520 of the Salt Lake Comic Con-Fan Experience. For those of you who don’t know, building the shuttle was the brainchild of Stewart Hunsaker who wanted to have it for an episode of the Star Trek Rendezvous fan film. Stewart and the Rendezvous spent a year putting this idea together (spending lots of time, effort and money into the project). If you would like to see the final results of these efforts, you can view the fan film on YouTube by clicking on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTD77e1gZ5I
If you can read the excitement in the Ray Bradbury quote above, the same level of excitement started hitting members of the Seventh Fleet. We loved the fan film, the costumes, the sets that were put together and especially all of the effort that went into this love of Star Trek. We were especially excited about the shuttle. As the opportunity to use the shuttle as part of a charity fundraiser appeared, other clubs in the Seventh Fleet were invited to help finish the shuttle exterior (sanding, painting, adding greebles). With their assistance, the shuttle is now ready to help raise money for HopeKids Utah at FanX in Salt Lake City this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 17–19). Like Ray said, “It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
Log Entry Supplemental: This photo of the shuttle was shown to the head of Salt Lake Comic Con, Dan Farr. Dan responded with the following. “Wow! This is so impressive and fun that you guys accomplished such an amazing work. I look forward to seeing it and you guys next week. Thanks for sending the photo.”
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