Contributors: CAPT Randolph Allen
STARFLEET’S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013
CAPT Randolph Allen and LCDR Raymond Boudreau once again braved the wilds of the unknown (otherwise known as Dallas, TX in August [the conference in Hell]) representing the Chapter. For four days they go together with old friends from the USS ZAVALA, the USS TIBURON, USS CORSAIR, and the rest of Region Three.
The guest of the IC was Vaughn Armstrong, he has played a wide variety of characters from Star Trek over the various franchises, but he is really well known for being Admiral Maxwell Forrest from STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. Personally he is one of the nicest men you could meet. A very gracious guest and was at nearly every event.
Charities sponsored by the IC 2013 made over $6400 this year from generous members. This came from various events such as SFMC Marine Mess Hacks, Nerf Wars, the Hunger Games event, the Charity Auction and of course Pieing Marian L. Murphy IC 2013′s Chairman. Who not only got the pie but two. Needless to say those who were awarded to Pie Marian was IC Guest ADM Vaughn Armstrong and outgoing CS FADM Dave Blaser.
Two new ships were commissioned at IC this year. The first was Region Three’s USS TEXAS. The Chapter based in Round Rock, TX and the USS ZEBULON PIKE based in Colorado Springs, CO. The USS NEW ORLEANS welcomes them both to our happy STARFLEET.
Next year the International Conference will be in Rockwood, IL and their theme is “Time is Fleeting”. This will be a significant year for STARFLEET which will be celebrating its 40th year as a Star Trek Fan Association. So make your plans early!
ACCOLADES FOR THE CHAPTER!
The USS NEW ORLEANS walked away with quite a few awards at the IC this year. It shows that we have what it takes as a Chapter to not only be willing to do things in regards to having fun and community service.
2012 Shakedown Chapter of the Year!
This was the big surprise of the International Conference and certainly made the trip worthwhile.
The USS NEW ORLEANS would like to thank the following for making this happen. The USS CORSAIR for being our mother-ship. To ADM Wayne Killough who was a wonderful as our guide as Region Three ShOC Officer. And of course the rest of Region Three as whole for welcoming us into their family.
(Captain’s Personal Note: No one recognizes the hard work that the entire Krewe did for the Chapter even those members who are no longer with us. Most importantly I need to offer my thanks to the USS NEPTUNE in Region Two. When we launched they were there with us as plank owners and part the krewe. Even though they are their own Chapter this award is as much theirs as ours. Again my many thanks).
Orders of Merit.
The Chapter has quite a few of these members who have won their Awards.
Order of Axanar Third Class
1LT Cheri Cerio
Order of Babel Third Class
LT Keith Rombach
ENS Allie Henson
CRR Kathy Beauford
Order of Dionysus Third Class
FCAPT Robert “Scrybe” Suttles.
STARFLEET Academy Awards.
For the most part the Academy awards for the sheer number of courses taken. According to Vice Commandant of the Academy ADM Wayne Killough there are now over 1000 courses available.
Boothby Awards are given to those members who take 50 courses and then more. However there are more based on the schools. By completing all the course work for a given college a member can also earn the following awards.
This is for Cadet Courses. Any Cadet completing a school from Cadet Schools. The Cadet with the most Blue Squad Awards in a given year is the Blue Squad Leader.
This is for any Cadet for taking and passing the Adult Level Courses.
Any Adult or Cadet completing and passing a school or college courses at the STARFLEET Academy.
The 2012 Red Squad Award for the USS NEW ORLEANS goes to CAPT Randolph Allen for his work on the Romulan Orientation College and the College of Strategy and Tactics.
The Gold Squad are for STARFLEET Family Members who complete and pass schools at STARFLEET Academy.
The 2012 Gold Squad Award goes to LCDR Raymond Boudreau.
The Commander of STARFLEET Election 2013.
In the next couple of weeks members will receive a ballot in the mail for the next Commander of STARFLEET and the Executive Committee. Please take your time and VOTE!
There are those in the Chapter who are not familiar with the Candidates you can visit their platforms. If you think there is a question that needs to be answered by them, both teams welcome emails so you as members of STARFLEET can feel comfortable with the candidates.
There are two teams running for Commander and Vice-Commander of STARFLEET.
The first team is ADM Wayne Killough and CMDR Reed Bates. We know them best as Region Three’s SHoC Officer and Regional Coordinator. Please take the time to go to their site and read their platform.
The second team using their “Experience Matters” slogan is FADM Les Rickard and VADM Tammy Wilcox. FADM Rickard has served as Commander of STARFLEET twice now and this will be his third term.
(Captain’s Personal Note: Krewe I can’t tell you how to vote. But I will suggest that you do vote. Please take the time to click on the links provided and read up on both of their platforms.)
Communications/Computer Operations Merger.
The Executive Committee and the Admiralty Board (ECAB) met on Thursday to discuss the possible merger of the two Executive Committee departments under one umbrella. After some discussion there would no merger of the current departments. Such a merger would more than likely cause more confusion than streamline the departments.
Membership Rates Change.
This was hotly contested by ECAB since this would affect a number of things. It would affect recruitment and the price of printing THE COMMUNIQUE the STARFLEET newsletter. These changes will take affect on January 1, 2014.
Since the Chapter Membership is all in the Continental United States this is what is what is being covered.
There will be two options available to new and renewing members when the changes take effect. Members will note there are now two prices for joining STARFLEET.
$10 For new member or renewing members wanting the THE COMMUNIQUE and other paper related items in digital form. Less stuff being printed means savings goes back to the membership.
$20 is the membership fee for the printed media.
A second member being added to the family account will cost $5 extra. And any additional members beyond that will cost $2 per person. Remember this takes effect next year in 2014.
Renewing early this year will cost the same.
THE COMMUNIQUE (The CQ).
It was made mention at the IC that STARFLEET newsletter would be going up in cost. Hence the aforementioned discussion on membership rates. Members had decided to make the move from the newsprint to the magazine format. But this causes an increase in rates. One of the things that STARFLEET Communications is doing is taking the The CQ online with submissions and a WordPress Powered website. Thus the costs will be lowered.
The STARFLEET Website.
Computer Operations mentioned that the current website is hard to navigate and it is a little dated. As a result there is now a project underway where Computer Operations will be upgrading the website from its current format to WordPress. In addition groups having different websites and that are also using WordPress could be added as modules to the parent site. One site for consideration is the current CQ Website.
STARFLEET SPECIAL OPERATIONS (SFSO)
This unit is part of the STARFLEET Holodeck Program and now having over 100 members it is now left to its own devices. The USS NEW ORLEANS has its own SFSO Unit the 44th Intel Group nicknamed “The Harem of Angels.”
At the IC SFSO Director TJ Allen outlined his plan for the organization since he has taken over. Currently he has ideas for uniform modifications for SFSO units as well as requirements. His comments are on the SFSO website. In addition operatives will have their own rank and award systems to work alongside their STARFLEET Rank.
Director Allen wanted everyone to understand the SFSO is not separate from the STARFLEET in the like the Marines. SFSO is a part of STARFLEET.
What does this mean for the 44th Intel Group? From a Role-Play perspective the 44th can be the start of several SFSO operations. Because we are satirical we can put our own unique spin but the idea is generate missions for the more combat oriented units and if there are questions or other unresolved issues that the 44th take over the missions to investigate.
Missions will be ran once a quarter (every three months) so this shouldn’t take over the aspect of the chapter.
Also there are Academy Requirements for Team Leaders. Because the 44th is an Intelligence gathering organization we are not bound to a certain set. Instead we are a collection of specialized operatives whose skills contribute to the greater whole. Awesome!
Region Three News.
For the most part Region Three was tied up with events that was IC 2013. However there are two events to make note of.
September 21st will be Johnston Space Center Trip in Houston, TX.
On November 2nd will be the Region Three Gameday hosted across the region at the various Zones. The USS NEW ORLEANS will be hosting theirs at +1 Gaming starting at 10 AM. The USS NEPTUNE has offered to bring their Artemis Rig so we can play at the store. And the USS ZAVALA has offered another throw down with the Chapter with their Rig.
November 2nd is also the time frame set forth by Region Three “Biggest Loser” contest. For those who are looking for friends to support them to a healthier lifestyle they can now look towards the Region for help.