Food Shelf Donations at Membership Meetings

We have a new recipient program for our monthly food shelf donations: Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. It's a program associated with the Mounds View school district, whose mission is "to provide emergency and supplemental food assistance to individuals and families who are food insecure and to connect them to other helpful resources in a manner that preserves their dignity, while they work towards stabilization."

We'd like to re-energize our long-standing food shelf donations in order to maximize our impact. Please bring non-perishable food items to each membership meeting. They'll be collected and dropped off to the food shelf by Emma and Joey, as they live nearby.

Thanks in advance for helping those in need!

Free Green Beer Tomorrow!

Not really. There will be no green beer (that I know of). However, dressing in green is definitely on the menu!

The 16th annual beer tasting and competition will take place on March 9th, starting at 4:00 pm. You do not have to compete in the tasting to attend, of course, and can simply enjoy the St Patrick's Day fun.

If you are competing, please arrive by 4:30pm and bring 4-6 bottles of your entry. The tasting will begin at 5:00 pm. All types of beer, hard cider, malt beverage, near beer, maltini, non-alcoholic beer or malternative are welcome. You can even enter a soda if you'd like to, as you never know what will win. Keep in mind that the Bad Beer Board is also up for grabs.

The party is also a potluck and the buffet will open at 5:00 pm. People who are tasting beer should eat a lot, so please bring a dish to share. Jack and I will provide soda and there is always beer left over, but if you want anything else to drink please bring it along.

Remember, the party moves back to its point of origin this year - our home in St Anthony. Drop me a line at if you need directions or want to discuss your food or beverage offerings.

Mary

It’s Finally Here!!! Axe Throwing on February 9th after our meeting!

Yes, it's true. We are excited to do something truly different after our meeting in February. We'll be at Bad Axe Throwing at 2505 Kennedy Street NE, Suite A, Minneapolis from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Check it out at www.badaxethrowing.com. It really looks like bowling, but with axes!

Axe throwing costs $39.25 per person. You can pay on site by credit card only. If you can't throw, you can come with your throwing friend or partner to watch. Everyone should plan to bring food and beverage, as we are having a pot luck. Please sign up for throwing on the signup sheet on the website so we know how many are coming. Also,

A few rules: no alcohol is allowed, although we will likely go out afterwards at a nearby Pub, and you must wear closed-toed shoes if you are throwing. We'll touch base at the meeting on Saturday, and then head over later.

Captain’s Log – February 2019

Greetings, crew!

I hope everybody made it through the Vortex and is warm. Did you see St Anthony Village in the world news, with all of our frozen pants? You never know what we'll do when going outside can freeze our skin in 30 seconds!

This is a very important year for our creative process. Remember back in 2006, when we built our amazing sets and put in thousands of hours of work? This year we have to transfer those sets to their new home on the 4th floor of the Hyatt Regency. Every one of you can be part of the fun. Since we made our sets to be movable and to fit in various areas, we'll have only a tiny fraction of the time to put in, but we need everybody that can help just in case! Please be on the lookout for our meetings and (if needed) construction days.

Before we go to CONvergence, there's a whole lot of fun to be had. We have Axe Throwing, the St Patrick's Party, the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair, MarsCon, our annual Chuckwagon fundraiser, a Brewery Tour, and more. Best of all, it's our 35th anniversary with our annual picnic!!! That's pretty cool, and we'll do some cool things to celebrate. Let me know if you want to be part of the planning for the fun.

See you around the galaxy!

Mary

MarsCon 2019

This is going to be fun! The theme for this year's convention is Legends In Our Own Minds, and we'll be hosting a party room. Check out the convention information at marscon.org.

Our theme will be that legendary Star Trek episode - Spectre of the Gun. Get together your Western duds and plan to have fun on Friday and Saturday nights at the convention. You can go all-out Wild West, Trek up your Starfleet uniform, or get creative with an idea of your own. Everyone is welcome to have a Star-saparilla and to greet our guests and see if we can uphold our tradition of a welcoming, great party room.

For those who can help, please be at the hotel for set-up on Friday, March 1st by noon. We'll set up and open by 8pm. Also, please plan to help with the take-down on Sunday, March 3rd at 9am. The more, the merrier!

CONvergence 2019 Updates

Plans are progressing for the move to the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis, and it's pretty exciting! We need some team meetings for this one, since it will be different for us. Please sign up on the website or let Mary know if you can help. We'll start meeting soon.

Feed My Starving Children Follow-up

Great job, team!! The group that packed for Sierra Leone on January 22nd did more volume than ever before. Along with the other groups present, we packed 121 boxes of food. That's a total of 26,136 meals and enough to feed 71 kids for a whole year! We'll go back in July to do more good. Watch for the signup opportunity in the coming months.

Dance Tickets are Closed – the Dance is Next Week!!

I know you've all been waiting to get the info for the USS Nokomis' formal dinner dance on Saturday, January 19.  We will once again be at the Dan Patch American Legion, 12375 Princeton Ave., Savage, MN.  Because of the great turn outs and hard work from all our members at our annual auctions, the Nokomis will be supporting more of the costs this time.  Instead of $35, the 2019 Dance will be $25 per person.  This is a big "Thank You!" for all the effort put forth and donations received to make our fundraisers a success.

If you signed up on the paper sign-up sheet at any of the Nokomis General Membership meetings, you should find your name already placed on this sheet.

The payment was due by January 12th, at the Monthly Meeting. We're making final commitments to the restaurant early this weekend.  Because of that we're not accepting any walk-ins or late registrations.

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