Captain’s Log – September 2019

Greetings,

I hope you've all had a fantastic summer! There will be much catching up in September, I'm sure. In my family, we've had lots of travel for work, fun at the cabin, a trip to Buffalo for the Vikings game and to Niagara Falls, and all kinds of other fun. Plus, we made it to the Fair SIX TIMES!! Just like always, it's like a switch is flipped on Labor Day, and it's fall again and time for our new USS Nokomis year.

First things first: don't forget that all dues are due in September. Send yours by PayPal or bring them in person to the membership meeting. As promised, we'll also have some cool USS Nokomis umbrellas at the meeting for those who didn't get them at the 35th anniversary picnic. Heads up - there are FOUR UMBRELLAS! Speak up, or forever get wet. And don't forget that it's bowling time! See below for the details and join us. Everybody's welcome to this one - friends, family, kids, aliens from other clubs and worlds, etc.

New this year: please send me a note if you want to nominate someone for an award. Each October we have a fun review of our year at the membership meeting. We also have awards. These aren't your typical awards - we've had everything from the Miles O'Brien Award, the Dabo Girl Award, the Quatloo Queen Award, and more. You can make up your own, if you want, to recognize someone for something they've done that's kind, labor-intensive, or just pretty neat. No logical submission will be turned down!

It's time to start our planning for the big 35th Anniversary Bash on December 7th. Everyone is welcome to be on the committee to do the planning, and as you know the work is not hard and not long. We'll likely have dinner, dancing and fun, just like we had at Trek 50. This will be open to everyone, so tell your friends and plan to have a nice time at our (can you believe it?) 35th anniversary event.

Finally, welcome aboard to our new members! We hope to see you at the meeting in September and the bowling afterwards, so we can get to know you better!

See you around the galaxy!

Mary

Don’t forget: Bowling after our September Membership Meeting!

Once again the USS Nokomis general meeting for September will be followed by bowling(as much as you want! it's covered!) at St. Francis Bowling Center, 426 Osceola Ave S, St. Paul MN. 55102.

First we have our meeting and make sure we've paid our membership dues for September 2019 to August 2020. Second we take a break and do yoga. Third we bowl.  Fourth we eat, at a restaurant, because that is a thing we do after meetings! Just kidding, we don't do yoga!  The September meeting is for going over the recommended activities for the next year, getting more ideas and reviewing the fun things we've done in the past year.

The bowling is for fun and our first 2019-2020 activity.  After our meeting is over the lanes are turned on and you can bowl until 4 pm or your arms give out!  Whichever comes first!  You may bring your own ball and kit or use the bowling centers supplies.  All members are welcome and we always welcome members of other science fiction groups.  If you are not a Nokomis member (or + 1) please email the to give us an estimate on numbers to expect.

So see you on Saturday September 14 at noon.

Roxanne Hill

2019 Movie Night Recap

We had lots of fun under the stars at the movie night on August 17th. The theme this year was Food, Glorious Food, and our episodes included By Any Other Name (TOS), Body and Soul (VOY) and Yesterday's Enterprise (TNG). Can you figure out how each one of those is related to food? Truthfully, we would have gone on to another one, but the big storm was approaching. We cleaned up just in time!

Our food was great. We had Denebian Porcupine Balls, Hasperat, Smashed Leola Root, Berry Nut Greens, Horta Eggs (Mocha and Peanut Butter) and Orange Cheesecake of the Prophets. Of course, no movie night is complete without fresh-popped corn!

Thanks to everyone that came, and special thanks to Lynne and Dawn for helping with the food, and Phill for his audio/visual expertise!

Mary & Jack

Duluth Tall Ships

Special thanks to Denise and Mike for hosting us at their lovely cabin in Wisconsin on August 10th. We had a great time on the water, great food and a nice fire, and wonderful company. A small group trekked up to Duluth to watch the magnificent ships on Sunday, too. Don't we do fun stuff?

Feed My Starving Children – July Packing Event

We had a great crew of folks packing at the Eagan location in July to send food to kids in need. As usual, it went way too fast and when they called time, we were all ready to go longer. However, as usual we were soothed by dinner at a yummy nearby restaurant. Plus, we know we can do it again in January! Thanks to those who came to help out!!

Captain’s Log – August 2019

Greetings and felicitations!

I hope everyone is enjoying the nice(r) weather. Hurry up, because it's already August! We've had some good fun this summer, starting with our anniversary picnic in June. It was so fun to have a beautiful day, good food and fun friends, and what a wonderful thing to experience a Peep Toss after a years-long hiatus. It was especially fun to see the 20-somethings, who grew up on the Peep Toss, having a good time and remembering the glories of past Tosses. Thanks to Lori for the fun!

As you know, we have been working feverishly for months on the plans for CONvergence 2019. I'm happy to report that the room worked out well in the new hotel, and you can find details in this newsletter.

We have not been idle in our community service efforts this summer. We hosted our 36th blood drive at CONvergence, collecting 46 pints of blood. The better news is that we had 89 people who were willing to donate, so next year we'll be increasing the capacity of the drive. The best news of all is that we hit our 1,000 donor! The happy (and unsuspecting) winner received applause from the crowd and a prize pack of American Red Cross and USS Nokomis goodies from us. Thanks to Jane, Roxanne, Jenna and Joann, who all helped on Saturday at the bloodmobile. A special round of applause to Jane, who spent many hours calling donors in the weeks preceding the con.

Another community service event this month was our visit to Feed My Starving Children. A group of us packed food in the Eagan location, and our final total was 62 boxes and 13,392 meals packed. That's enough to feed 37 children for a year - great work!!

Don't forget our upcoming events (especially those that need advance registration). As I do every August, I am putting out a call for ideas for the upcoming calendar. At the September Governing Board meeting, we'll entertain all submitted ideas for social, community service and science fiction events. Send you ideas to me or another board member by the end of August, with all relevant details. Remember that no idea is too big or too small, and it always helps if you are willing to chair your activity. We know that there are lots of fun things to do out there, so let us know!

See you around the Galaxy!

Mary

Talls Ships in Duluth

Join us on the shores of Lake Superior for Festival of Sail Duluth 2019. The festival runs from Sunday, August 11 to Tuesday, August 13. We will be going on Sunday. The hours are 11am to 7pm. Tickets are sold on the website (www.festofsailduluth.com), and you should order them ASAP. We'll also be having a sleepover on Saturday night, thanks to Denise and Mike. They have a cabin half-way to Duluth and are welcoming us to come up on Saturday. We'll have breakfast in the morning and then caravan up to Duluth to meet those who aren't sleeping over. Please sign up by August 1st if you want to be included. 

CONvergence 2019

We did it! Thanks to a (relatively small) group of hard-working volunteers, we succeeded in our quest to adapt our sets to the new executive suite in the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. It was a whirlwind weekend full of hard work and hard play. The most important thing is that we welcomed many guests - old and new - to our rooms and maintained our status as the best room at con!!

The weekend started out on Wednesday, July 3rd with the loading of our U-Haul. Everything had been meticulously staged during our construction day, but it's still a lot of hard work in the humidity! We unloaded in the main loading dock of the hotel. This adventure is best shared over a strong cocktail, but many details will be outlined at our meeting in September. We resumed activity on Thursday morning, when (news flash!!) we discovered that the dimensions of the room were not as expected! Gasp! That's not really how it went - the language was far more colorful - but we had to do what the Borg do and adapt. In the end, and after 10 hours of hanging, pounding, taping, painting, lugging, considering, debating, banging, and good-old camaraderie, we opened to the roar of adoring fans on time!

The weekend went well, with about 2,000 red and green drinks served and many, many thrilling comments from the visitors. I can't tell you how many "Oh, my God" and "No way!" and "I always wanted to see this" comments we heard as people walked in. It was the best.

One wonderful addition this year was the Friday afternoon trivia session, hosted by the folks from TC Trek Trivia. It was standing room only in the Horta Cave as they help several competitive rounds, complete with prizes. It went so well that people asked all night if we'd do it again on Saturday, but alas, it was not to be. Maybe next year!

Skip ahead (due to hysterical amnesia) to Sunday afternoon, when we stowed all of our precious pieces in Cargo Bay 3 and said goodbye for a while. Thanks to another hardy crew, this work was efficient and quick and our driver Scott could return the truck and join us at the usual destination - a restaurant where we ate and drank and collapsed!

We'll be having lots of conversation in the upcoming months about plans for next year. Will we have enough helpers? Will we have more helpers when the convention is held in August, as the plan for 2020 suggests? What can we do in the new room that takes better advantage of the space? Oh, so many mysteries exist!

Thank you to everyone that helped, from construction and alterations, to being in the rooms to welcome our guests, to shopping and planning. Importantly, thanks to everyone that helped in loading and unloading and building the sets (literally the heavy lifting). We couldn't do what we do without every one of you!

Mary

DON’T FORGET to sign up for 2019 Movie Night!

Please join us for our 2019 outdoor movie night on August 17th. The fun starts at 7pm in the backyard of the Captain's Quarters. Everyone is welcome to Trek under the stars!

The cost of the event is still $12 and includes your meal and entertainment. You can easily pay on PayPal through the website.

Please bring a beverage of your choice and something to sit on (most people bring chairs but blankets work, too). Please sign up online ASAP or let Mary know if you plan to attend so we can plan the amount of food. We need to know who's coming by August 11th. It is critically important for everyone to RSVP, as we've had as many as 50 and as few as 25!

The only other thing you need to know is that there is Star Trek on the menu. Please join us for the fun, rain or shine!

Mary

 

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Captain’s Log – July 2019

Greetings, crew!

I hope you're all enjoying the summer and are planning to come to CONvergence. It will be a blast! See more information in this newsletter. We're publishing this special July newsletter to make sure folks are in the know about everything that's going on, and it's a lot. Please read below and make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun - we really want to have fun with all of you!

Speaking of fun, do you have an event or community service project that you'd like to see on our calendar? Don't forget that all members are welcome to submit ideas. We'll consider anything you'd like to do, so let a board member know. The governing board will formulate the calendar and present it to the crew in September, so now's the time!

We have lots of events this summer that require advance signup. Some also require advance payment. Don't miss out - sign up today!!

  • Feed My Starving Children on July 16th
    • This summer's packing event is at the Eagan location at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136, Eagan, MN 55121. As of this writing we have only 2 people on a reservation of 15, so please go to www.fmsc.org to sign up today! As you might imagine, when we're done with our 6:00 to 7:30pm packing session we'll head to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Join us!
  • Moon Party on July 20th
    • Join us in celebrating the anniversary of the first moon landing at the Moon Party, hosted by Phill Goldman & Lynne Tauer at their home in the northern suburbs. We'll start at 6:00PM and go until "whenever." You are invited to bring your favorite side dish for potluck-style sharing, but that is completely optional. Please bring a lawn chair and, because it’s a summer evening in Minnesota, don't forget your preferred bug spray. Registration (sign up online) and payment for your meal ($11 per person) are due by Saturday, July 13. No exceptions. This event is exclusive to Nokomis members and plus-ones only.
  • Tall Ships Adventure and Overnight August 10th and 11th:
    • Join us on the shores of Lake Superior for Festival of Sail Duluth 2019. The festival runs from Sunday, August 11 to Tuesday, August 13. We will be going on Sunday. The hours are 11am to 7pm. Tickets are sold on the website (www.festofsailduluth.com), and you should order them ASAP. We'll also be having a sleepover on Saturday night, thanks to Denise and Mike. They have a cabin half-way to Duluth and are welcoming us to come up on Saturday. We'll have breakfast in the morning and then caravan up to Duluth to meet those who aren't sleeping over. Please use the signup sheet to let us know you are interested, so we can keep you in the loop.
  • Outdoor Movie Night on August 17th
    • Please join us for our 2019 outdoor movie night on August 17th. The fun starts at 7pm in the backyard of the Captain's Quarters. Everyone is welcome to Trek under the stars! The cost of the event is still $12 and includes your meal and entertainment. Please bring a beverage of your choice and something to sit on (most people bring chairs but blankets work, too). Please sign up online ASAP or let Mary know if you plan to attend so we can plan the amount of food. We need to know who's coming by August 11th. It is critically important for everyone to RSVP.
  • Top Golf Outing on August 18th
    • You do not have to be a golfer to play! Think of it as a bowling alley, perched above the playing field, with golf balls instead of bowling balls. We're going as a group during the afternoon of August 18th. Each bay accommodates 8 people and 6 players, so 2 people can observe and relax. The cost of golfing is based on the number of people that go, so we can only estimate it at this time. Since they sell out the bays quickly, we'll need everyone to sign up by July 7th. Please sign up on the signup sheet and know that we have to commit to a specific number of people for the reservation.

See you at CONvergence, at these events, and around the Galaxy!

Mary