The Continuum is back!
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After a crazy start of the year, the Continuum is slowly (and cautiously) getting back together:

  • Meetings on the first Friday at PoFolks have resumed. For those that would rather join us online, however, we will have a Facebook Messenger Room that you can join. (You don’t have to have a Facebook profile in order to do so). Please contact Jay Gallops to receive an invite or more information.
  • We’re in the process of possibly updating our governing documents. The last time we did so was way back in 2012, and we feel it’s past time to fully reexamine them.
  • We hope to have ongoing display workshops. At Pensacon last February, we noticed a few displays that needed repairs, and we’d also like to build new props and displays for the public to enjoy as our time and finances allow.
  • Plans are still underway for the annual Costume Bowl charity fundraiser to support Manna Food Pantries and Gulf Coast Kid’s House. We sincerely hope we’ll be able to safely do so on Sunday, October 4 at Cordova Lanes Bowling Center as since 2015, this has been a fun, successful event to support those in need within our community.
  • Other events will resume on a case-by-case basis.

As always, we strongly encourage you to follow the appropriate health guidelines before deciding to participate in any of our events. But we hope you’ll do what you can, whenever you can.

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Captain’s Log: Upcoming Happenings for the USS Continuum
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The crew discussing upcoming events at the July 11 2018 ship meeting at PoFolks

The crew discussing upcoming events at the July 11, 2018, ship meeting at PoFolks.

Okay, obviously, I can be terrible at making frequent log entries. 

It’s been a while since I’ve reported here as to what the Continuum has been doing.  And I’ll be honest: in the last couple of months, we’ve been a little break from major activities.  We’ve kept up with our meetings and our “Dinners at Ten Forward” monthly social but little else. 

But that’s about to change. Continue reading

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Celebrating 25 years of “Deep Space Nine”
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Deep Space Nine station and characters

Some of the many characters of Deep Space Nine surrounding the space station and the USS Defiant. Clockwise from top: Benjamin Sisko, Kira Nerys, Quark, Ezri Dax, Jake Sisko, Nog, Elim Garak, Vic Fontaine, Leeta, Odo, Michael Eddington, Kassidy Yates, Rom, Keiko O’Brien, Worf, Jadzia Dax, Julian Bashir, and Miles O’Brien.

We here at the Continuum are always looking to get together and celebrate Star Trek on every momentous occasion we can think of. “Star Trek Day” (aka “First Contact Day”) every April… the anniversary of our own commissioning as a chapter of STARFLEET every December… the 50th Anniversary of the Original Series back in 2016…  the 30th Anniversary of The Next Generation last year…  At 6 pm this evening at McGuire’s Irish Pub, we’ll be celebrating again.

Happy 25th Anniversary to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which premiered on this date back in 1993!

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Introducing our new Command Department
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star trek command insigniaAt our last meeting, the crew held our bi-annual ship elections. 

Jay Gallops, Peggy Moshell, and Paul Jacobs will continue to serve as Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, respectfully.

Ricky Wallace was elected our new Second Officer, and Lori Wallace Holdberg was chosen as Counselor.

The terms begin January 1, 2018 and will last until the close of 2019.

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10 topics for discussion at our September 6 meeting
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Every once in a while, the crew of the USS Continuum finds itself in the midst of a busy time.  Calendars are jammed full of events — celebrations, appearances, and our preparations for it all!  Well, fall 2017 is certainly one of those experiences as we look to close out this year and get ready for the next.  Here’s what you need to know in preparation for Wednesday’s meeting. Continue reading

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Traveling ahead on these crazy days at Warp 10
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I know.  It’s been months since I last updated this blog, and by all appearances, it might appear that nothing is going on around here.  The truth is anything but.  We move from one crazy to the next: crazy from the Holiday Season, crazy from preparing for Pensacon, crazy from preparing for the Costume Bowl…  

Now we’re in a slightly different form of crazy: not centering around an event, per se, but on recruiting and fundraising — two things the Continuum needs right now to do all the cool things we want to do.  Granted, we’re always hoping to do those two, but this time, we’re just taking a bit more focus between events.  

But don’t worry: we’ll get back to the craziness of preparing for events very, very shortly.  The 30th Anniversary of The Next Generation is in September.  And then we have the premier of Discovery and then Quest-Con before we’re back into the Holiday Season and then onto 2018.

So what’s been going on in the meantime?

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“Prepare to have your molecules scrambled!”
“Prepare to have your molecules scrambled!” avatar

… because there were times it certainly felt that way with all the craziness going on during the first couple of months in 2017!  ūüėÄ  It’s hard to believe that two weeks we were having a great time at Pensacon.  Many thanks to all the people that came by to see our Star Trek displays featured at Atlas Oyster House.  And once again, our thanks to the staff of Atlas for being gracious hosts!

If you haven’t already heard: we have a brand new Star Trek display that made its debut at Atlas.  Introducing the TOS Tranporter, here joining our Captain’s Chair and Helm/Navigation console!

 

Many thanks to our members, who helped us set-up & take down our displays for Pensacon:

  • Paul Jacobs, who not only hosted our Display Workshops, but also did the most work on the Transporter, occasionally working on his own, and coming up with the design of the padd
  • Dan Ditto and Chris Weidel, who helped with workshops
  • Don Villines, who transported all displays to and from their location

We look forward to bring these to future events.  But don’t expect us to stop here.  We hope to continue the work for even more great Star Trek items.  We are excited about an additional venue we’ll be using for next year that we’ll be telling you more about in the months ahead.

 

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Meeting changes
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Recently, members of the USS Continuum have decided to make a few changes in our meetings that will help us better support a local business that has supported us for years!

Starting on Wednesday, October 5, we’ll be moving our first Wednesday meeting to Maximilian Coffee. ¬†It’s located at 3419 N 12th Ave in Pensacola. ¬†The meeting time of 6:30 pm will remain the same.

On Saturday, October 15, we’re moving our third Saturday meeting right next door to the Cactus Flower Cafe, 3425 N 12th Ave. ¬†Our meeting time will also change: moving up to 10 a.m.

We’ve known owner Lee Kafeety since 2009 when we met her at the (then) Rave Cinemas during the Star Trek¬†movie premiere. ¬†As Lee is also a Trek fan, we’ve visited the Cactus Flower several times over the years. ¬†The Cactus Flower Cafe was also one of our sponsors for the last two Costume Bowls.

The USS Continuum looks forward to continue working with local businesses like the Cactus Flower to better serve our community.

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The Road Ahead
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Just a quick note… 2016 is already gearing up to a amazing (yet very busy) year! We’ve just finished up with Pensacon where we were¬†excited to meet¬†people who stopped by our fan table at the Crowne Plaza.¬† We are also very excited to be a part of the “Costume Cosplay Day” at the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport.¬† (Check out the photos from the¬†event¬†here).¬† Also, many thank to¬†Atlas Oyster House for hosting the TOS Bridge Set — Captain’s Chair & Helm/Navigation console — during the weekend; always a great staff, great location, and great food!

With¬†last weekend’s¬†Region 2 Summit¬†finished, the Continuum is turning its focus first to our yard sale¬†a week from this Saturday and to the Costume Bowl.¬† Last year’s Bowl was a huge success, raising over $1,300 for Manna Food Pantries and Gulf Coast Kid’s House, and we hope to raise even more this year.

And plenty more things are coming:

  • Display workshops.¬† The next one¬†is set for Saturday, April 2 as we do some touchups for the Helm/Nav console and then transport our attention to… ahem, the Transporter Console & Pad.
  • “Star Trek Day” to be celebrated a day early on Monday, April 4 in uniform/costume as part of April’s “Dinner at Ten Forward”
  • Costuming workshops
  • Star Trek Viewings
  • Star Trek Gaming
  • More public¬†appearances, including future conventions and the Star Trek Beyond¬†weekend premiere.
To encourage even more participation, our group has started giving out latinum to our members for¬†being at¬†meetings, community service events, recruiting events, fundraisers, and workshops.¬† Those members can then trade in their bars to have the Continuum help pay for uniforms/costumes, trips to conventions,¬†items in the Continuum store, and more.¬† Just a way we’re giving back to our¬†group for all the hard work in supporting us.¬† To get your fair share, make sure you¬†join, keep your membership up-to-date, and¬†be involved.

And finally, maybe you’ve been thinking about checking¬†our group¬†out in-person but have been a little hesitant because you’re not sure as to what you’ll be getting into.¬† We ask you to come to our Saturday, March 19th meeting where we’ll be giving more details about the Continuum; our parent organization, STARFLEET; and all the many things we have planned.¬† It’s a meeting geared more to newcomers.¬† Check us out.¬† There’s never any obligation to officially become a member. Casual attire, relaxed atmosphere.¬† It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a fan for 50 years or 50 minutes or what you’re favorite series is.¬† I’ve found that the best way to further Trek fandom is for people to be involved with groups like the USS Continuum.¬† Sure, you can enjoy Star Trek privately with your friends and family, but official¬†groups stand out in the public eye whether it be in conventions, through community service, or at our events.¬† And you’re able to have fun sharing your passion for everything sci-fi with people that share that passion.¬† This is truly a great time for you to check us out!
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Captain’s Log: November 2015
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A few changes in our upcoming events:

First, the Continuum is now starting to meet twice a month to keep up with its busy schedule. ¬†The first meeting will be on the first Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ¬†The second will be on the third Saturday at 3 p.m. ¬†Both will be at Village Inn outside of Cordova Mall. ¬†However…

We will not be meeting in the month of December.  The holiday season is a very busy time for everyone, so we have traditionally cancelled our meetings during that month.  Our next meeting this Saturday will be the last of 2015.  We will resume our meetings on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

We will also not be having our “Dinner at Ten Forward” monthly social in December as it will be very to our Anniversary Dinner/Christmas Party on the 1st. ¬†We do plan to have some¬†costuming and display construction workshops ¬†during the month. ¬†More information coming soon.

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