And the winners are…
And the winners are… avatar

Congratulations to all the USS Continuum award winners for 2010!

Scholastic Achievement – STARFLEET Academy: Sharon Bogart
Humanitarian Award: DJ O’Brien
Artistic Accomplishment: Sharon Bogart
Officer of the Year: Connie Fleming

Dec/Jan meetings
Dec/Jan meetings avatar

As we have done in years past, there are no Business (Command Staff) or Social (General) meetings for the month of December.  This is because the holidays are a very busy time for our crew — filled with Christmas parties, traveling, shopping, pageants, and the like.  So instead of adding two more events for our members to attend, we’ve decided to try and keep it simple.  We’ll have our Anniversary Dinner this Saturday, a Costuming Workshop next week, and (hopefully) a New Year’s Eve party.  But other than that, we’ll not meet again until January 7.

And speaking of our first Business Meeting of the year: now is the time to start looking at 2011.  At the January 7th meeting, we’ll be discussing events and  filling our calendars.

Between now and then, I want each of our members to evaluate 2010.  What did we do that you liked?  What did we do that you think we could improve upon?  What activity (if any) do you think doesn’t work anymore, and we should just drop completely?  What activities do you think we should start doing?  Or maybe there’s one we haven’t done in awhile and should start up again.  You bring your list, and I’ll bring mine, and I hope to see you all on January 7.

Seventeen years is a long time
Seventeen years is a long time avatar

In a manner of speaking, of course.

We’re about a week-and-a-half away for the Continuum’s Anniversary Dinner, and I can still remember the time we were the Shuttlecraft Continuum under the command David Brumbelow and Keith Boleen.  On December 4, 1993, we received our commission, and now seventeen years to the day, we’re celebrating our anniversary.  I was the Assistant Chief Engineer back in those days, and we’ve had our highs and lows ever since.  In fact, we’ve had our highs and lows this year.  But I am very excited about what the future holds for our group.

The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse (9006 Pensacola Blvd) with all the usual celebration features — dinner, the ship’s annual awards, and the “sneaky Santa” gift exchange.  Please bring one gift, $15 or less, wrapped with no to/from identification for the game.  Dress is Star Trek costume or semi-formal attire.

Preparing for Yuri’s Night 2011
Preparing for Yuri’s Night 2011 avatar

Next April will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic flight that made Russian Cosmonaut Yuri’s Gurgain the first person to enter space. So to celebrate, the U.S.S. Continuum is looking forward to doing some BIG things at next year’s Yuri’s Night Pensacola. So big, we’re taking a six-month head-start to work out all the planning.

Our first YNP 2011 planning meeting will be at 8:30 p.m., Friday, October 1, in the back room of Village Inn, Cordova Mall. (Continuum members, this will be after our regular scheduled CS meeting at Books-a-Million).

Yuri’s Night Pensacola is already featured on the 2011 YN “Party List,” which can be found here.

You are invited to attend this meeting to offer your suggestions for Yuri’s Night. However, please RSVP to Jay Gallops so Village Inn can know how many to expect.

We’re really looking forward to making this a great event for the Northwest Florida area in 2011 and hope that you’ll join us!

Cleaning House
Cleaning House avatar

For the past several months, a brand new facility for the Ronald McDonald House has been under construction. With their open house coming up shortly, the Continuum has volunteered to help them clean this Friday, August 6, starting at 9 a.m.

RMH is located on Bayou Blvd in Pensacola, right across from the Mellow Mushroom and Rave Theater.

If you have any questions or are available to help us clean, please contact Jay.

UPDATE:

Aug 9 2010.  RMH still needs our assistance! Another group will be going 9 a.m., Tuesday, August 10 to continue the work we began last Friday.

Volunteers can go at any time, either as part of a group or as individuals. Just contact the Ronald McDonald House, so they can know when to expect you.

Food Drive
Food Drive avatar

At our general meeting on August 20th, the Continuum will hold a food drive to benefit Manna Food Pantries. Members are asked to bring at least one bag of groceries to the meeting.

According to the “Donations” page on Manna’s website:

Needed Food Donations

•Grains: Pasta, Rice, Oatmeal, Jiffy Mix, Breakfast Cereals, Grits, Ramen Noodles
•Vegetables: Canned, Green Beans, Corn, English Peas, Tomatoes, Squash, Sweet potatoes
•Fruits: Canned, Juice, Fruit Snacks/Dry Fruits, Raisins, Jelly
•Milk: Powdered Milk, Canned, Milk
•Meat & Beans: Peanut Butter, Dry & Canned Bean, Canned Tuna, Chicken, Ham

The most needed items always include:

•Powdered Milk, Breakfast Foods, Peanut Butter

If you’re unable to attend the meeting but would still like to make a donation, contact Jay Gallops.

Pardon our dust
Pardon our dust avatar

I know – it’s been a looong time since we’ve added a post around here.  We started using WordPress to prevent our site from going static and, unfortunately, that’s what we let it become. 

In the last few months, our webmaster had to step down, being busy at his real life job.  Then we had to change servers.  Then we had to make sure everything from the old site made it over here to the new.  And while all of that was going on, we have continued staying busy with our many projects offline

It’s still all a work in progress. I’m still learning the ins and outs of WordPress.

The Continuum remains a very active chapter of STARFLEET.  We’ve recently had a few yard sales and a lock-in.  Our members are drafting a bid for the Region 2 Summit 2012. We have a food drive coming up in August and are looking at other community service projects to be involved with afterwards. We’re working on Star Trek costumes and Star Trek gaming. We’ve talked about doing yet another lock-in. We’ve talked about bowling again, maybe even starting up a league. We’re looking at updating our flyers, display boards, and web media — all in an effort to recruit new members. Like I said… we’re busy! And hopefully, this website will continue to be updated to keep folks aware just how busy, giving people the opportunity to join us on the many things we do.

Until next time,
CO Jay Gallops