Board Member Update – Operations

I have the unfortunate duty of informing you that one of our board members has resigned her position. Dawn has other commitments that will take her time, so I have appointed Emma Frazee to the office of Operation Officer according to the by-laws to our constitution. Emma considered running for the office at the last election cycle and is willing to step in to the position immediately on an interim basis. We will move forward with a formal election in the coming months.

Dawn has given many years of service to the club. She has taken a leading role in many of our activities and has created many beautiful costumes to grace our events. She will be sorely missed on the Governing Board, but we plan to keep her busy at events for years to come!

Captain Mary

Captain’s Log – February 2017

Greetings, crew!

I hope everyone is having a good new year so far. We've already had four get-togethers, including the two meetings, Feed My Staving Children and January Dance. If you haven't yet joined us, please plan to do so in the coming months. We have many fun things planned.

If you have any science background, try the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. It's a very rewarding experience and fun to exercise those critical thinking skills. If you aren't a scientific mind, come along to help with other tasks. This event can sound a bit intimidating, but really, it's fun. Plus, after we're done we'll go out to eat and talk about the evening.

Details are in this newsletter for MarsCon and the St Patrick's Beer Tasting Party. We hope to see you at both of those events. They are both opportunities to relax, visit and have fun.

Also, it's time to be thinking about the 2017 Chuckwagon. The event is on April 22nd. Information will be coming in the next few newsletters, but here's the important thing to think about right now - we need auction items! Please keep your eyes open for items you can donate. This includes your own creations as well as purchased items, so if you have a special talent please consider donating the fruits of your labor. My family will be donating (at least) a Christmas ornament wreath, a decorated cake for 100 people and two gift baskets. Does that give you some good ideas? Tickets will soon be available and we hope each of you will buy and sell some!

Finally, here's a scoop. We have decided on the room theme for CONvergence. We'll be recreating the original series episode A Piece of the Action, complete with gangsters and The Book. Some of us have gangster costumes already, and those who don't should be able to find the necessary accoutrements at a thrift or customer store. You could also consult The Book if you can find a copy! Save the dates from July 6th to the 9th and register at

See you around the galaxy!



12th January Dance was Tons of Fun!

We had a great time on January 28th at the Dan Patch American Legion. There were almost 40 of us, and we really enjoyed the new location. The food was good and the service fantastic. We will definitely return here in the future.

Rob, our favorite DJ, kept us hopping for the evening. Because there was no specific dance floor, we had folks dancing all around the room! We also had some fun door prizes to give away. The theme for the evening was Renaissance, and many of us were dressed accordingly. Whatever the choice of finery, everybody looked pretty great in my opinion.

Special thanks go out to Pam and Jim Kline for their great work on this event. Pam worked with the new venue to set up the logistics, and she and Jim did a wonderful job on the decorations. We even had a knightly photo op to share! There were a committee of two, and we are thankful for their efforts.

We are tentatively planning on January 20th for next year's event, in case you're like me and plan a year ahead!



Feed My Starving Children January 2017

We had 14 members at the Coon Rapids facility on January 24th to pack food. It was us and a whole tribe of young people from St John's church. We had a great time, as usual, and the crew packed 92 boxes of food. That's 19,872 meals and enough to feed 54 kids in Haiti for a whole year. It's was another great night of service to the community and we will plan to do it again in the summer. Thanks to everyone who came!

MarsCon 2017 – Two Chances to Join Us

There are two ways to participate in this year's MarsCon on March 3rd through 5th.

The USS Nokomis will host its 12th annual MarsCon, and 29th all-time, blood drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday, March 4th. The drive runs from 10:30am to 4:30pm and we need lots of blood donors. Please make your appointment at under the drive at the Hilton, or use the blood donor app, or ask First Officer Jane to schedule you at your chosen time. Please ask family and friends to donate, too. They don't have to be registered at the convention to come and make a donation. We'll be in the lobby greeting donors during the drive and we hope you stop by to visit. We also need a few folks to do some day-of-drive recruitment around the hotel, so please let Mary or Jane know if we can count on you. We will touch over 80 lives with units we collect on that day, and your help is most appreciated.

The other fun thing to do with us at the convention is visiting the WDF room. This group, which is made of some folks from the USS Nokomis, will be in room 1113 this year on both evenings. We hope you'll come and hang out with us. We could also use some help with set-up and take-down of the room, so contact Dawn if you can help on Friday or Sunday.

See you at the convention!

St Patrick’s Party and Beer Tasting

Hey, folks. It's time again to bring your favorite beer or wine or soda or other beverage you think can win a prize, so you can try to win a prize. You can try to win the best beer prizes or the Bad Beer Board. Just remember that most of the time, those who covet one will, oddly enough, win the other.

Jack and I are hosting the event on March 18th after the March membership meeting. It will be in one of the large suites on the first floor of the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington (7800 Normandale Boulevard), right by the hot tub. You are invited to bring food to share and your swimsuit and towel. In past years, many have chosen to take a room at the hotel. As of this writing, there are rooms available for as little as $89, so get your reservation now. We'll start at 5pm and the beer tasting and potluck buffet will begin at 5:30pm. We'll play some games and hang out, and in the morning the remaining folks will go to breakfast.

Here is a reminder of the rules for the blind taste testing:

Rule #1: The decision of the judges is final. Don't whine.

Rule #2: You may bring any beverage of your choice - it doesn't need to be beer. Bring at least six bottles of beer, or the equivalent in ounces.

Rule #3: Eat before you taste. Eat while you taste. Eat after you taste. This will ensure your ability to make it through to the end and still be able to taste.

Rule #4: If necessary, cleanse your palate with the provided oyster crackers.

Rule #5: Don't push or crowd. Trampling your fellow tasters is not only impolite, it will disqualify you. See rule #1. There is enough for everyone and all night to finish.

Final rule: Have fun. Tip the judge. Well, you don't have to, but she'd like it.

And then there's the St Patrick's Day aspect of the evening. Wear green if you have it!

Any questions? Ask Mary.

MarsCon Approaches

MarsCon is March 3rd to 5th this year. We'll be having our 12th annual MarsCon Blood Drive (and 29th drive overall) with the American Red Cross. Please plan to sign up to donate blood and tell your friends and family. The online link at is not yet active, but it will be soon and I'll publish it in the February newsletter.

Let's save lives at the con!

Captain’s Log – January 2017

Wow, it's 2017! Welcome to a brand new year. It seems like just yesterday we were planning for the 50th anniversary, and now it's history. I congratulate all of you on the quality of the events we had for that important occasion. It was a great year.

I hope everyone has had a nice holiday season. In my house we got to see many friends and family, plus travel to Ely for our annual Ravioli Feed. We spent fun time at the cabin too, although it was so cold we had to hide inside. No winter sports this year!

In 2017 we have lots of fun in store, as always. In January we have the Feed My Starving Children evening, the January Dance and our meetings. In February, the Valentine Dinner returns, as well as the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. March will bring MarsCon and our American Red Cross MarsCon Blood Drive. So much to look forward to! Please join us for these fun times!

Never forget that you can bring any additional events to our attention and we'll consider adding them to the calendar. We hardly ever say no, of course! We love to do fun things.

I hope everyone is well. Come to the January meeting and say hi and plan to join us for late lunch/early dinner. It will be fun to catch up in the new year.

See you around the galaxy!


Feed My Starving Children is only weeks away…Sign Up Now!

Our next packing event is on January 24, a Tuesday, at the Coon Rapids location at 401 93rd Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433. It starts at 6 pm and goes until 7:30 pm, and then we'll find a nice place for dinner. Join us - it's fun! Sign up online at under our group: USS Nokomis. As of this writing there are only 6 people signed up, so please join the list now!


January Dance is on the 28th!

There's still time to sign up for the big dance. The cost remains $35, even after all these years! Your evening will include social hour, a lovely buffet dinner, dancing to our favorite DJ Rob, and a cash bar. We'll be at a new venue - the Dan Patch American Legion in Savage - and we'll begin our social hour at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will follow at about 7:00 with dancing from 8:00 to midnight.

This has been one of our most well-attended events for years. We hope this new location will be just as fun! For this event, family and friends are welcome. The more, the merrier!

Our theme this year is Renaissance. Break out your corsets and leggings, swords and feathers! If you don't have a costume that matches the theme, join those who will dress up in contemporary wear. Everybody's definition of "dress your best" is different, so anything goes!

Most importantly, you must turn in your payment by the January meeting and WE NEED TO KNOW YOU'RE COMING. You can mail your payment to me or bring it to the meeting in January. Plus, please let me know ASAP that you intend to come so we can get an accurate count.