Job Corp – Help Emma Move to the New House!

Emma and Joey have a Brand New House and they need many hands to make light work.  Meet at 2501 28th Avenue, St. Anthony (same as the Beer Tasting at St. Patrick's day) at 8AM to start moving.  Emma will have all the stuff boxed and ready to move, and it should be done in just a single trip.

The end point isn't far away, in New Brighton.

Emma's contribution will scale up with the some folks.  Come along and have fun moving!

September Bowling Party has Meeting attached….

Or is it the September Membership meeting has a bowling party attached!

Once again we will be meeting for our September General Membership Meeting at the St. Francis Bowling Center. It is located at the St. Francis School building at 426 S. Osceola Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102 (one block North of the intersection of Randolph and West 7th St.).

Our September meeting tends to be busy with taking annual membership payments, reviewing and approving the 2018/2019 budget and visiting after a busy summer.

After our official meeting ends (about 1:30 pm) the lanes will be open for bowling. As always the lanes are paid for by the Nokomis. This is one of our fun returns for the dedicated hard work of fundraising for the club. We have the lanes until 5:00 pm again (or until your fingers go numb..., whichever comes first).

After the bowling we will meet at a restaurant (to be determined and announced at the meeting) and complete our favorite club activities--eating and talking!

Please feel free to bring your family and to invite other fandom groups. Give us a heads up on the number of folks coming if you can to help with planning.

Don't forget to bring your shoes and ball if you have them! See you soon!

Captain’s Log September 2018

Hello, crew!

I hope you are all enjoying the festival season. Between the Fair, Renaissance Festival and many other Fall favorites, it's a very full time. We also have several fun things in store, including our September meeting and bowling party and the Super Duper Movie Night. Please join us at these fun activities!

We also have two other important happenings in September. First, everyone's dues are due to be paid by the end of the month. If you can't make the meeting, please make sure you get in touch with a board member to pay or use PayPal on the website. Second, we will be planning our 2018-2019 calendar. If you have a fun idea for an event, a fundraising idea, or some meaningful way for us to contribute to our community, please bring your thoughts to a board member ASAP. We'll be putting forward our proposal for the new calendar at the September meeting. Keep in mind that anything goes, as long as we have enough people who want to participate. It also helps if you are willing to do the leg-work to get us the information and help organize the crew.

Have a great Fall, and see you around the galaxy!

Mary

2018 Super Duper Movie Night

Please join us for our annual outdoor movie night on September 15th. The fun starts at 7pm in the backyard of the Captain's Quarters.

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 September 8th. It is critically important for everyone to RSVP.

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!

A message from Mark Uecker…

USS Nokomis Friends,

Gosh! What can I say? It’s been 31 or 32 years since we started the lake weekend tradition. My hair was a different color. My waistline was smaller. My car likely had crank windows without backup cameras, blind side indicators, GPS, or any other of those space age star trek type of gadgets. The internet did not exist. And, some of you weren’t even born. At least our TV had color even if the choices were mostly limited to the major networks.

Thank you all for years of memories, late night fires, excess carb weekends, plus supportive and set in stone friendships. We’ve gone from the old cabin weekends which included tent cities, the wrong side of the tracks, porta potties, fireworks and fireworks with a Viking ship sinking, fish fries, and even some skinny dipping. For Karen, the USS Nokomis has been a constant joy in her life. She looked forward to the lake weekend every year as it brought all the people she treasured into one venue for a long weekend of fun and possible debauchery.

You have always been good courteous guests. I am truly appreciative of the acceptance, understanding, and friendship that each of you offered this past weekend as Karen struggles with her frontal temporal lobe dementia. She really wanted one final weekend as she cares deeply for her Nokomis family and the bonds of friendship. I’m not a true star trek fan (I’m another type of geek); but, the bond between Nokomis members mirrors the bond I have with members of the National Lutheran Choir.

So, I thank each one of you for your friendship over the years. If that sounds like a cliché or even trite, please know that one of the most positive aspects of the Nokomis family which I have witnessed over the years is that you are always there for each other with support, time, transportation, weddings, funerals – whatever is needed. Just knowing that someone cares has a therapeutic effect and is appreciated by the person in need. It matters.

I will do my best to get Karen to Nokomis meetings and events as she is able and it’s logistically possible. In the meantime, I know she would enjoy a short email () from time to time. It’s the best way in which you can show support.

Until we see you again, live long and prosper.

Mark

Barley John’s Brewery Tour was FUN

A group of us enjoyed the beer and food and Barley John's on August 17th. It was fun to go through the brewery and see the process, taste the hops and get the story on how they make the beer. We also made it over to the 45th Parallel Distillery for a sampling of their cocktails. It was a fun time!

2018 Bake Sale – Get Your Treats Ready!

On November 10th we'll have another bake sale at the membership meeting. These sales have been pretty tasty over the years, and since we skipped last year you are all surely hungry! Please bring your specialty to help us raise money, and bring some cash to purchase an assortment of yummies!

Barley John’s Brewery Visit

On August 17th we'll be visiting Barley John's Brewing Company in New Richmond, Wisconsin. This is the brewery for Barley John's Brewpub in New Brighton, where we've enjoyed many a fun time.

The brewery is located at 1280 Madison Avenue, New Richmond, WI 54017. Please join us at 4pm for some craft beer, good food and a tour. We'll wrap up in time to get to Lake Paulsen and the remaining weekend festivities.

Please let Mary know at if you can come, so the reservation will be accurate.

CONvergence Blood Drive Saved More Lives Than Ever Before!

The 2018 CONvergence blood drive was our 32nd and it was the biggest one ever! We had an amazing 90 people come to donate blood, while the most we've had in the past has been 60. We were able to get 73 donors on the bloodmobile, yielding 55 pints of blood. We have touched up to THOUSANDS of lives with our blood drives over the years, and this is truly something to be proud of!