For the next Fleet Admiral’s Challenge, I thought for a while about the things that I could ask you to participate in that would help make some kind of difference in our communities, but that would not put members at significant risk.
I’d thought about things for Earth Day, like planting trees, cleaning parks, but I wasn’t sure how that would be something that could be easily measurable. I thought about road-side trash clean-up, but I worried about people being possibly hurt by passing cars, flying stones from the road, or even from someone being stupid and throwing something out the window of a passing vehicle, and kids aren't permitted to participate in road-side clean up activities in many communities, so that would exclude many of our cadets.
I then thought about pet rescues and shelters, and about how much they need help to take care of the pets in our communities.
Many of you who know Debbie and I know how important our dogs are to us. Nikki and Melodie have become (as Laura and Serrah were before them) a part of our family. That’s taken on a larger importance to us since Debbie had been prescribed a Service Dog to help her in day-to-day life. We were very lucky that we found that Nikki could be trained and certified to serve in that capacity for Debbie. It’s made a world of difference for her.
Many of you also have pets that are part of your families, and I know how important those pets can be in our lives, both as companions, but also for our own health and well-being. Some doctors are even recommending dogs or cats to patients with cardiac concerns, such as high blood pressure, as the companionship of a dog or cat can help reduce blood pressure, or even help those who need recuperation time, an opportunity to heal.
And, while they can sometimes drive us crazy with the things they do, or the messes that they can make, pets can be every bit as an important part of our lives as companionship with other human beings can be.
So, with this being said, I am announcing the next Fleet Admiral’s Challenge to benefit the local animal shelters and rescues in our communities.
I’ve taken some time to speak with some friends in the animal rescue community, and they tell me that the biggest needs for rescues and shelters are:
- Cleaning Supplies;
- Bedding & Sheets;
- Leashes and Bowls; and
What I’m challenging STARFLEET’s chapters, regions, brigades and MSGs/MEU’s to do is to collect pet-related items, keep an itemized list, and to donate those items to a local animal shelter or pet rescue to help provide care and assistance to those services in our communities. I’d also very much like for chapters, regions, brigades and MSGs/MEUs to take pictures of the donation, perhaps when you deliver them to your local shelter or rescue for publication in the CQ (either online or print) and on our Facebook page.
When you make your donations, please send the itemized lists of what you have donated to our Annual Campaign Director, Brian Murphy, at email@example.com so that he and his assistant can tally up the lists and determine our winner.
The Challenge will start on March 1st, 2013 and run through May 31st, 2013.
I’ve put together a list of examples and criteria for the above list of needs, and I’ve given each item on the list has a point value. The chapter, region, brigade or MSG/MEU with the most points will win the challenge.
Good luck, and I look forward to seeing pictures of your donations!
Starfleet HQ has just initiated a new form of Shuttlecraft program which might be beneficial for us here in the region i suggest taking a close look at this document below.
Commodore G Sigmundsson
STARFLEET SHUTTLECRAFT PROGRAM
Some groups of active or prospective members may simply be too small to become a Starfleet chapter. Some may have tried to undertake the Shakedown Program and couldn’t build up to the necessary numbers, or perhaps the group is isolated and there aren’t many fans where they are located. This program offers these members an alternative to joining a correspondence chapter or just remaining unassigned.
The core of this program is a linkage between these small groups of members and existing chapters, designed to serve the needs of both.
WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS:
This program is a link for small, isolated groups which are unable to build up the necessary member numbers to become chapters. It is also a support system for existing chapters. It is, in addition, an opportunity for existing chapters to mentor the small groups and help them to grow, with the potential for them to possibly grow enough to seek chapter status at some point in the future.
WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS NOT:
This is not a mechanism for piling more groups into areas already well-served by existing chapters. It is not a support system for members to create grudge chapters. It is not a mechanism to carve up chapters by interest or other characteristics that can be accounted for within a chapter’s internal structure. And it is not a program that should be applied where doing so could be disruptive to the activities of a region or other chapters.
1] Chapters willing to work with and support small, semi-autonomous groups will advise Operations and their RC. Operations will maintain a list of these “mothership” chapters.
2] Groups of 3 or more persons petition Starfleet Operations for inclusion in the Shuttlecraft Program.
3] DTS will verify that the group’s preferred name is not in use. Since shuttle groups will be listed in the Vessel Registry, they need not to duplicate any other chapters’ names. Shuttlecraft registries follow the pattern, “NCC-XXXX/YY” or “SFR-RRXXX/YY”, where “NCC-XXXX” or “SFR-RRXXX” is the registry of the mothership or station and “YY” is the shuttlecraft number (as determined by the mother chapter).
4] When a request for inclusion in the Shuttlecraft Program is received by Operations, the list of
available supporting chapters is reviewed, and a recommendation is made regarding an available mothership. This may—and often will—be the closest chapter, but that may not always be the case. Group characteristics, to the extent known, can also be taken into account, to optimize compatibility.
5] The recommendation is forwarded to the involved RC (or RCs, if the mothership is in a different region). If the RC(s) concur with Operations’s recommendation, the chapter and prospective shuttlecraft are given each others’ contact information.
5A] Note that an RC can also decline to authorize a shuttlecraft in his/her region, especially if he/she feels that the presence of that group is likely to be a disruption or unstable element in the region. (Since shuttlecraft would be relatively small, isolated groups, this would probably be a rare circumstance.)
6] If the chapter and prospective shuttle group are compatible and get along, the shuttlecraft group can be linked. The shuttlecraft group’s members become members of the chapter (in accordance with the chapter’s mechanisms for such), and are listed as such in the Starfleet Database.
7] There is no time-limitation for a shuttlecraft. Groups may operate as shuttlecraft indefinitely, if desired.
8] Shuttlecraft will file monthly reports with the CO of the chapter to which they belong, who will report on the shuttlecraft’s activities in the chapter MSR. If, at any time, the RC should become concerned that the shuttlecraft has gone inactive, the RC may query the shuttlecraft commander and request direct response. Should the shuttlecraft group fail to do so within a reasonable timeframe (suggest 2 weeks), the RC may terminate the shuttlecraft. The chapter CO may also recommend termination of the shuttle for failure to report or other specified cause.
9] If, at some point in the future, the shuttlecraft is able to gather sufficient members, the group may apply for the Shakedown Program.
Congratulations to one of our Captain´s
The Captain of the USS Thorshammer and his wife just had a baby girl this morning.
A trekkie has been born and a pending member to SFI.