I received a letter in the mail last Thursday from Brad Larsen, Business Development Officer for Pen Air Federal Credit Union. Not only has the Continuum been approved for membership, all of our members and their immediate families are eligible to open accounts. Simply go by a PAFCU branch to speak with a respresentative, and they’ll help you get started.
Seeing how this is my first post to this blog, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you what it’s all about. “Captain’s Log” will be an opportunity for me, as the CO of the USS Continuum, to tell you what’s going on behind-the-scenes in our organization. It’ll be a chance for me to offer my opinion on topics relating to the ship, Region 2, STARFLEET, Star Trek, and science fiction, in general. I may even address questions and concerns by both our members and by the public, when necessary.
It’s no joke when I tell you that, as Commanding Officer, I’m busy just about every day with matters relating to the Continuum or STARFLEET. That’s not just me being a “Trek geek” who can’t put his work down. That’s me wanting this chapter to be the best: constantly moving forward, constantly growing, constantly showing the public that we really are a lot of fun and we can do some amazing things for our community.
I set out with three goals for 2010. First, I wanted us to be more active in community service. Second, I wanted us to have a greater public presence (namely for recruiting purposes). And third, I wanted us to be more involved with our parent organization, STARFLEET, and with Region 2. In doing those three, however, I don’t want us to lose sight of our being a social group; we’ll occasionally do things “just for fun.”
I’m happy to say all three of my goals are “on track.” Although we haven’t accomplished them yet, and there are probably still a million-a-one things that can take us off course, plans are already in the works to make those goals a reality. For the first goal, we’re planning to help with the Great American Cleanup, Toys for Tots, the Ronald McDonald House, FCAT tutoring, and others. For the second, we’re making plans for Yuri’s Night 2010, Festival on the Green and for local conventions. For the third, there’s the Region 2 Summit (where I’ll personally be hosting a panel on recruiting), and we’ll be making a greater emphasis on STARFLEET Academy and on the STARFLEET Individual Awards.
With all that in mind, I don’t think there’s ever been a greater time to become a member of the USS Continuum and to be involved with our organization. We’ve always been a group that’s run by our members: they’re the ones who bring up the ideas as to what we want to do and help make it happen. And from the looks of it, I feel great things are going to be happening in 2010!