Captain’s Log: May 2021

Greetings, Crew!

Although I missed it by a day, May the Fourth Be With You!! And happy Cinco de Mayo today!! And don't forget tomorrow: The Revenge of the Sixth!! Geez, it's a big week...

We hope you'll join us for this weekend's virtual General Membership Meeting (the Zoom link is below). We'll hear lots of updates about our upcoming plans, including getting back to some in-person events!

Did you see that there is a Minnesota State Fair event on Memorial Day weekend? I sure hope I win the lottery to get in! My big post-pandemic goal is to go to every single day of the Fair this year, so it will be good practice. OK, I have other goals too, but that one is a fun biggie!

Speaking of fun, do join us for the Virtual Scavenger Hunt this Saturday after the meeting. Phill did a fantastic job of putting together questions for the last one, and they had us rolling in the aisles. He's doing it again and you're all welcome. Everything you need is in your own head or in your home, so no special preparation is required. Plus, it will be great to see your face!

I haven't mentioned this for a while, but I still need more recipes for our 2021 USS Nokomis Cookbook. Do you have any fun extras, like candies, condiments, or sauces? That section is very light right now, so please send me your great ideas.

I want to wish a happy Mother's Day to all of the parents in the group, and to the parents of everyone, too! Have a wonderful weekend and see you around the Galaxy!



May 8th General Membership Meeting Zoom Link

Here's the link to this week's meeting. Please join a little early to check your tech. Non-members are most welcome - just contact a board member to forward you the link.

After the meeting, we'll have our Virtual Scavenger Hunt. It's a hoot, so we hope you'll join the fun.


Mary Pucel is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: USS Nokomis May Membership Meeting and Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Time: Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time

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Meeting ID: 314 108 5993
Passcode: 12345

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Blood Drive Follow-up News

Did you ever wonder what happens to the blood we donate - and help others to donate - at our blood drives? Thanks to the club's efforts, thousands of blood products have been sent to help patients in need. Here's a fun message that came in this week, showing five examples of specific shipments to area hospitals. The rest of the products will also be delivered to other patients, next door or across the country. It's fun to see the fruits of our efforts, isn't it?


GalaxyCon brings back Shatner and Lloyd

Did you miss Captain Kirk the last time he appeared at GalaxyCon? He's coming back on May 9th with his buddy Kruge, aka Christopher Lloyd. Meet them with GalaxyCon Live at 2pm ET on Saturday, May 8th. You can Video Chat One-to-One, Get Personalized Autographs, and see a FREE Live Stream Q&A.

If you haven't checked our GalaxyCon lately, click HERE to see all of the choices on the schedule. From Star Trek and Star Wars to Halloween and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, it's crazy the variety they have! And it's all virtual. Have fun exploring!

NLC “Light Dawns”

Mark Uecker is a good friend and supporter of the Nokomis, in addition to being a member.  The National Lutheran Choir is very important to Mark, and you can imagine how hard this COVID year has been on the entire organization.

Here is the information from the NLC about "Light Dawns", their spring celebration and replacement for the Benefit Gala.

Captain’s Log, Supplemental: April 14, 2021

Greetings, Crew!

This week we celebrate the International Day of Human Space Flight. April 12th, 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin. On April 7, 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared April 12th as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”

Also on April 12th, 40 years ago, the first space shuttle flight occurred with the launching of Space Shuttle Columbia from Kennedy Space Center. I remember being in school and having the TVs brought in so we could watch! Check out this video and get goosebumps like I did HERE

We also celebrated the accomplishments of our members after Saturday's meeting with the C.A.T. Show. See the article in this newsletter about some of the wonderful things we saw. We've always known that we have a huge talent pool related to props, sets and costumes, and there are so many other amazing skills and ideas, too!

Tonight is the April installment of TC Trek Trivia, and you're all invited to join my team. The theme is United Federation of Cool Cats. I love these theme teasers because they always get me thinking - what could it mean!??? Let me know ASAP if you want to join the team and I'll send along the link.

Finally, we have a fun opportunity for those who like to make stuff. Click HERE for the Facebook event: Cutting Board Class @ Barley John's. We discussed doing this last year, but it got cold before we could set it up! On June 6th at 1pm, the class will take place on Barley John's patio. You get to learn about types of woods, pick your colors, and design your own board. They go back with the woodworker to be finished and then are delivered back in a few weeks. I will pick up the boards for anyone that wants me to, and get them to you. You can also enjoy a Barley John's beer or other beverage during the class. There are limited spots due to seating, so check it out now.

See you around the galaxy!




Pampered Chef Party 2021

Starting this week we're having another online party and the proceeds will go to charity. This time our chosen recipient is Feed My Starving Children. We've had a long-standing tradition of packing food in January and July at their locations in Coon Rapids and Eagan. This January we couldn't go, so we're donating funds instead! They use the donations to purchase the food that is used in packing events. Never fear, we plan to return to in-person packing on July 20th at the Eagan location, but we'll help this way in the meantime!

Watch the website for an online ordering link. Please share our link far and wide with friends and family and let them know our party goes until next week. The more people, the more we raise to help our charity, and also we all know somebody who's always on the lookout for a Pampered Chef party! Keep your eyes on our Facebook page too, where we'll post the link to the online party group. Terry (our great PC rep) will also post some recipes and ideas and stuff. Since we have over 200 followers, we hope to get some sales there, too.

2021 Craft, Art & Talent Show

The C.A.T. Show at our April membership meeting was a blast. Interestingly, the Zoom format was a plus, as we could get up close and personal to the creations and see their detail. Our members are quite talented, as we've always known, and they shared many accomplishments great and small. Some representative samples are shown here, and others included electronics, culinary projects, home improvement, physical activity, and more! Let this serve as inspiration to everyone, and we'll do it again!




Newsflash: a REAL BABY!!

We are thrilled to welcome a new little one to our group! Over the last 37 years we've had many members. Most of them have been old enough to find us at a convention or event. Of course, the best days are when babies are born! Here is the wonderful announcement:

On March 21st at 9:33AM, Dexter Blair Dorzok was born. He is 6 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 inches of perfection. As he is the son of Allison (Speck) and Codey Dorzok and the grandson of Lori and Jon Speck, we now have three generations of the family in our ranks! He is also the namesake of our Captain Blair Keith.

Fly straight and true, Cadet Dorzok. Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning!



Big News in Trek

Monday was First Contact Day, and two important revelations were made during the panels.

First, Star Trek: Picard dropped a new teaser trailer that gave away the big surprise. Check it out HERE and get excited! Once you do, you can catch the discussion between Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton and the mystery guest right HERE

Pretty exciting stuff, but there's also a Save The Date that was announced during another panel. On August 12th, we can expect to start the new season of Star Trek: Lower Decks. We'll be planning for a group viewing, and the location will be determined by the circumstances. Let's hope we can go to a restaurant and enjoy a traditional premier party together! Finally, Paramount+ has renewed Lower Decks for a 10-episode Season 3!