Leonard Nimoy Memorial Blood Drive at MarsCon

As fans throughout the world struggle with ways to honor and remember Leonard, we have found a great opportunity to do both. We offered our services to the MarsCon convention committee, and they have accepted.

On Saturday, March 7th, the 10th annual USS Nokomis blood drive at MarsCon will be dedicated to Leonard Nimoy's memory. We have extended the hours to 10:30 am to 4:30 pm to accommodate more blood donors and added additional signup slots. If the day goes smoothly, we may be able to collect up to 50 units of life-saving blood. That's a potential of 150 lives we can touch in honor of our favorite Vulcan.

We also have another duty that day. We will be accepting donations from convention attendees for the COPD Foundation, one of the charities designated by the Nimoy family. As Leonard died of end-stage COPD and the Foundation's mission is to educate, prevent and treat COPD, the convention committee and our board members believe that it is a perfect choice.

If you are not planning to attend MarsCon, please consider dropping by to donate blood or bring your COPD Foundation donations to the March meeting.

Mary

MarsCon 2015

We will have a room at the convention this year on March 6th through 8th. Since the theme of the con is "Heroes and Wizards and Fae, OHhh MYyy!", what would be better than a reboot of our very successful Wizard of Oz room? We have many characters so far, including Dorothy, the Wicked Witch, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda and others. We really could use a Tin Man, so if you're interested please let me know ASAP.

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St. Pi’s Party is March 14th!

For quite a few years, Jack and I have hosted beer tasting parties. First, they were at my house with food and beer. Then, we upgraded to the Barn Tasting Beer Dance and enjoyed several years of bonfires and dancing with our food and beer. Recently, we've hosted the parties at hotels where a soak in the hot tub was substituted for the dancing with the food and beer. This seems to be working pretty well, so we're at it again this year. However, our traditional date is a pretty big deal this year. Why? Think about the date. 3.14.15. Sound familiar? It should - it's PI! Therefore, instead of having a St Patrick's Day party, we're calling it the St Pi Day's party. 

You are invited to the Residence Inn Roseville at 2985 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville MN 55113 any time after 4:30 pm on March 14th (the day of our March meeting). Please bring some food to share. Let's see how many people can bring Pi-themed food. Think about it all of the possibilities: anything round will work, including anything in a round bottle or bowl, meatballs, cookies, etc. You could even bring a square pizza, since Pie Are Squared! I can guarantee that we will have a special toast at 3.14.15.9:26. It will only come once in our lifetimes!
And then, of course, there's the beer. Please bring at least a six-pack of your favorite to enter. We will taste in elimination rounds and the tasting will be blind. Two winners will be chosen, along with the winner of the coveted Bad Beer Board. The decisions of the judge will be final. Don't forget to eat between rounds!
If you'd like to get a room at the hotel, visit www.marriott.com/mspro . Studio rooms start at $103 and "sharable" rooms start at $113 (today's rate). See you there.
Mary

January Dance – Disney Style

We had a great time at the Fort Snelling Officer's Club on the 17th of January at our 14th annual dance. Our lovely meals of Champagne Chicken or Strip Loin of Beef were delicious and we topped them off with Peach Cobbler. We were so fortunate to have both our favorite bartender, Gary, and our favorite DJ, Rob, to celebrate the night with us. The music was perfect for our Disney theme, reminding us that there are lots and lots of danceable songs in the movies! We had villains like Cruella de Vil and Narissa, leading men like Bert the Chimneysweep and Prince Charming, beauties like Snow White and Fantasia Fairy, and assorted other human and animal characters. Sometimes you even had to guess! It was quite lovely and I hope that everyone had a great time. See you next year!

Mary

Captain’s Log – February 2015

Captain's Log - March 2015

Greetings, crew! Happy Valentine's Day, late. Happy St Patrick's Day, early. We aren't having a St Patrick's Day party this year, but we have a lovely alternative for you. See the article about the event in the newsletter and on the website.  

It's a little early for me to report on the success of our Feed May Starving Children packing, but you can check out the results on the website. It's pretty neat for everyone to be able to go online and check for what's going on without having to wait until the newsletter comes out. Check it out for the most up-to-date information. 

It's been a rough month for us. Losing our friend Juana was devastating. It was immensely gratifying to see so many of you at the funeral. When we were asked to raise our hands, we sure made a showing! A standing-room-only crowd was a wonderful testament to the loving and special woman she was. We were all very lucky to have had her in our lives. As we move forward, she will live in our memories and our photographs. I hope that Juana has joined with our other lost crewmates and is enjoying a laugh and a hug. 

See you around the galaxy!

Captain Mary

Feed My Starving Children in January

Duefmsclogo to popular demand, we are returning to Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for children in need. During the summer, we packed over 15,000 meals in an hour and a half, and we can do so again! Join us on January 27th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Coon Rapids location. Following the packing, we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant. Sign up today at www.fmsc.org