I apologize for this lateness of this post, but I wanted to make you aware of a few changes to tonight’s meeting:
- It will be at PoFolks restaurant, 6895 N 9th Ave — the same location we had our Anniversary Dinner back in December.
- Instead of taking an hour to order food and then eat before we begin the meeting, we’ll begin our discussion soon after we order and then taking a break when the food arrives. (Ordering is optional but appreciated).
- If there is time remaining after the discussion, we’ll have some fun with some Star Trek trivia questions.
We have quite a lot to discuss with happenings pertaining to Pensacon later this month. We hope you’ll join us!
One of the biggest things I love about Pensacon is the opportunity to meet more Star Trek fans in the Pensacola area. And in a little over two weeks from this writing (February 23-25), we’ll be back for Year 5! There’s a number of ways the Continuum plans to be (or already is) involved with the Gulf Coast’s biggest sci-fi convention:
- THE GUARDIAN OF FOREVER AT PENSACOLA INTERGALACTIC AIRPORT. Back on January 23, the Continuum revealed its new Star Trek themed display — the Guardian of Forever — at the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport’s Renaming Ceremony. It’s located in the baggage claim area, and will remain until Monday, February 26. Feel free to stop by to enjoy the display and take pictures. (Many thanks to Ricky Wallace, Sarah Marie Jones, Paul Jacobs, Connie Fleming, and crew members of the Harry Mudd in the design of the Guardian and the additional displays).
- THE BRIDGE AND TRANSPORTER SETS RETURN TO ATLAS OYSTER HOUSE. After you enjoy your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Pensacon, set a course for Atlas Oyster House where our Original Series’ Captain’s Chair, Helm/Navigation Console, and Transporter Console & Pad replicas will be back!
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!
The crew at our Anniversary Dinner of our commissioning, Dec 15, 2017, at PoFolks. From L-R: Peggy Moshell, Lynette Bason, DJ O’Brien, James Rivazfar, Crystal Wark, Sandy Dolan, Don Villines, Dan Ditto (aka “Santa”), Gwen Conover, Lori Holdberg, Donna Jacobs, Paul Jacobs, Jay Gallops, Connie Fleming, Trip Wallace, Ricky Wallace, and Dorothy Wallace.
Every year, in December, USS Continuum crew gets together to celebrate the anniversary of our commissioning as a chapter of STARFLEET. Prior to the event, our Command Staff discusses amongst itself ship annual awards and promotions.
Back on December 15, as we celebrated our 24th anniversary, awards were presented to:
At 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.
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
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?
If you haven’t already guessed it: we here at the USS Continuum love Star Trek! I mean, really love Star Trek! It’s not just because of the great stories and great characters. It’s because of the optimistic vision of the future Gene Roddenberry created over fifty years ago where all types of people can come together and respect their differences, where each person has value and a purpose.
It’s one of the reasons the USS Continuum exists. We’re “Star Trek Enthusiasts” – people who are not just dreaming about that optimistic future, but people who are looking for ways to make it a reality.
In 2015, our group began teaming up with the 501st Legion’s Parjai Squad. They were Star Wars. We were Star Trek. But we both had a vision about community service – that we could do a good thing and have a fun time doing it. And so, we created the “Costume Bowl” – an annual fundraiser to support two very important charities in our community – Manna Food Pantries and the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. In the last two years – through businesses and people like you – we’ve been able to raise over $2,400 in proceeds to help these two great organizations!
We’re inviting you to this year’s Costume Bowl to be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Cordova Lanes Bowling Center (2111 Airport Blvd, Pensacola). You can be the Star Trek fan that helps make a positive difference in the lives of so many people in the Pensacola, Florida area! Assemble your team of up to six bowlers, go to The Costume Bowl registration page
, and reserve your lane for only $75. Every bit of the proceeds we raise will go to support the above-mentioned charities – neither the USS Continuum nor the Parjai Squad will be making a cent off of this charity fundraiser!
And it doesn’t matter if you’re a good bowler or not. To add to the fun of this tournament and to further raise money to support our charities, we’re selling “Mulligans.” You can pay $5 to change your not-so-great bowl to a Strike! Or pay $2.50 and surprise your opponent with a Gutter Ball! You can even get the bumpers raised for a game for only $10!
Furthermore, thanks to the generous support of various local businesses, we’ll be having several items, including gift cards and other collectibles, up for raffle. You can get one ticket for each $1 you donate or 8 tickets for $5.
All teams that pre-register their lanes will not only secure their chance to participate, but also get sixteen free raffle tickets to increase their chances of winning these great prizes!
Bowling shoes are included in the price. Wearing costumes is encouraged but not required. (If you do, they don’t have to be Star Trek or Star Wars OR even sci-fi or fantasy related).
But we need your help once again to make the Costume Bowl a success! Because we believe that making a positive difference in people’s lives can be a lot of fun! Check out the Costume Bowl main page and Facebook page for more information.
… because there were times it certainly felt that way with all the craziness going on during the first couple of months in 2017! 😀 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.