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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

Flashback: Hansen Planetarium Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice Event

Here is another flashback article from a previous event. The Hansen Planetarium was the primary planetarium in Utah during the 1990’s. They held a cosplay event for a Summer Solstice one year that gave several USS Kelly members a chance to show off their Star Trek cosplay.

We are not certain what year this article was published or which newspaper it was. It could have been somewhere between 1993-1995. The photo itself shows at least three Kelly members. The Klingon officer is wearing a Kelly combadge with the ranks represented on the badge itself. This article was either in the Salt Lake Tribune or the Deseret News.

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.

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.

Star Trek: Lower Decks is here

The new animated Star Trek series, “Lower Decks” dropped today on CBS All Access. This comedy series focuses on the adventures of four ensigns serving on the California-Class Starship, the USS Cerritos.

The first episode, titled “Second Contact”, has the crew of the Cerritos making a follow up contact with a new Federation member, the Galardonians. There we meet our four ensigns. Brad Boimler, Beckett Mariner, D’Vana Tandi and Sam Rutherford. There they…..

….. wait (in Professor River Song’s voice) “Spoilers.” Don’t worry, this post is spoiler free.

As Star Trek fans, we want to talk about our favorite show. Especially when a new episode drops. However not everyone has had a chance to watch it yet. That is both the beauty and the curse of having the episodes available on streaming. Due to schedules, some fans may not have a chance to watch the new episode for a day or two. In the past when new episodes of Star Trek Discovery or Star Trek Picard were released, we tried to limit our discussions on the Seventh Fleet Facebook page. However Facebook doesn’t give us the tools to only let a few people talk on a certain subject. If someone posts a spoiler, there is a possibility that someone may see that spoiler before they get a chance to watch the episode.

We’ve been researching other tools to alleviate this issue and we think we have found one. We have set up a Seventh Fleet Discord server that members can use to have conversations on a variety of subjects (cosplay, collecting, fan fiction and even the latest episodes). These channels can be muted by someone who hasn’t had a chance to see the latest episode or read the latest Star Trek novel. Thus they will not get any notifications about new messages. Once they have seen/read the latest adventures, they can un-mute the channel and join in on the conversation. Thus the tradition of “did you see that…” or “did you notice the easter egg…” can continue.

Note: This is not the same Discord server that we just recently held our Seventh Fleet Week on. That was set up specifically for that special event. If you would like to access the Seventh Fleet Discord, follow the link on the Seventh Fleet Facebook page or email Info@SeventhFleet.org and we can send you an invite.

Let’s talk Trek. But let’s do it in a way that allows those who wish to avoid spoilers can do so. Tally Ho.

Introducing: Seventh Fleet week

Greetings, members, family, and friends of the Seventh Fleet!

As you know, normally at this time of year we would be holding our annual Fleet Games. Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to safely gather together for the games and the food and the friendship.

(Don’t worry, though! We are preparing to be able to hold the actual Games in person next year!)

For this year, the Ticonderoga is proud to present

-=/\=- Seventh Fleet Week -=/\=-

Allow me to invite you to join us for some fun this week!

Featuring Star Trek and Seventh Fleet trivia

Cosplay displays

Art displays

Games and roleplay

Discussions and chats

And much more!

Pictured above are just a couple of the items we have available.

Some will be up for bid in a silent auction.

Some will be given as prizes.

Still others will be available to pick up in the swap meet.

How do you join in the fun, you ask?

Simple.

Join us in the Seventh Fleet Week Discord server:

https://discord.gg/ukZV7wA

There’s one little thing to remember:

When you join, you need to go to the Code of Conduct channel, read the code of conduct, and, most importantly, click the green box at the bottom

Things will be happening all week, from July 24 – 31.

On Saturday, August 1st, there will be an informal picnic, for you to pick up your goodies. 

Anyone who wishes to bring a lunch can join us at the picnic, or you can swing by just long enough to get your stuff.

I hope you’ll pop in and say hi! And maybe join in the fun as we get together in a virtual world.