Welcome to fall and a new year for the USS Nokomis. I hope everyone had a great summer like we did. Graduation for Harrison, Patriots Marching Band season, a few travel opportunities, and a Mary and Harrison European cruise kept us crazy-busy! Now it's back to school, the Fair and other fall fun, including the new Vikings season!
We start our USS Nokomis year at the September meeting with a few important activities that you won't want to miss:
First, we will recap all of the fun we had over the summer. This summer was full of good times we'd like to share, especially if you were not able to join us.
Next, we'll see a proposal from the Governing Board for the next year and a half. This will include social activities, fundraising ideas, and charitable pursuits. If you have ideas to add, you can still do so until September 11th by getting them to any Board member. All ideas are most welcome.
Finally, we'll be collecting dues from all members. Remember that everyone owes dues at the same time from now on, regardless of the month you joined the club. We'll have a celebration of everyone's years in October.
These activities are in addition to our usual agenda, so don't miss the meeting! We also have a super activity planned for afterwards!
See you around the Galaxy!
Remember that your dues are due (no pun intended) in September, regardless of your anniversary month, unless you have already paid in 2015. All dues will be due each September for now on. This will allow us to have a fabulous celebration of unbelievable longevity for all in October!
If you are going to miss the September meeting (and we hope you aren't, because it's a biggy and it has a bowling party after), don't despair. You can get your dues to Pam by mail if necessary. Let her know your plans if you need to, as she'll be putting together a reminder notification to those who miss September's deadline.
Please remember that you must pay by the drop-dead time - BEFORE the October meeting - in order to be included in the October celebration. Plus, you won't get newsletters any more, and then how will you know what's going on?
If you have questions, the Governing Board is here to help.
The big year is 2016, and we need to be ready. We'll start to discuss possibilities for activities and such at the September meeting. Be there.
Okay, that's a bit of a silly title, but it was a great evening! Emma, Shannon and Harrison put together a lovely meal in a lovely setting. Eleven crew members enjoyed the following menu:
First Course: Roast Beef Summer Rolls with Asian Dipping Sauce, Roasted Summer Squash Soup Shots with Creme Fraiche, and Cauliflower Cheese Nuggets. The cocktail of the evening was DragonBerry Lemonade.
Second Course: Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill
Main Course: Orzo with Pesto Vinaigrette, Summer Vegetables and Grilled Shrimp, and Zucchini Boats with Roasted Corn and Cotijo Cheese.
Dessert Course: Banana Cream Pie Bites, Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries and Chambord Whipped Cream, and Strawberry Nutella Wontons dusted with Powdered Sugar.
All that remains to be said is YUM. They did an amazing job. The amount of funds raised will be announced at the meeting. We just hope that they keep these dinners coming!
The Lake overnighter/outing was great fun! We started with the fish fry/supper at Friendly's in Star Prairie. Since It was hot and muggy, some enjoyed staying indoors with the air conditioning. Even though we had a smaller group than usual, everyone enjoyed swimming, playing assorted games, adult beverages, eating and snacking, riding on the pontoon, visiting with Nokomis friends near and far, or doing nothing. No rain!
Mark made omelets on Sunday and Joann added some fabulous blueberry pancakes.
As for next year, Mark has some commitments in August. We are trying to find a workable weekend which may mean moving to July or August.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable weekend and being "well behaved".
Mark and Karen
This year's Mermaid Star Drive-In Experience, which took place on August 29th, was a tribute to our dear departed friend Leonard. We watched some fun non-Trek content, such as Leonard's rendition of Bilbo Baggins and some of his TV appearances. The main features includ
Congratulations to the packers who joined together on July 22nd to pack food for starving children in Haiti. Our group of 13 packed 105 boxes of food. This means 22,680 meals, or enough food to feed 62 children for an entire year. That's pretty impressive. Way to go!
The summer is just flying by. You should be proud of what's happened so far this summer, from a fun con, great picnics, a beer launch partnership, lives saved by blood donation and children fed by packed food. It's pretty neat to be part of a group that does these fun things!
August has some more fun in store. Don't miss the campout and picnic at the cabin and the backyard movie night. More information is found in this month's newsletter. Don't forget to check back on the website often for changes and to join the Facebook groups for up-to-the-minute information.
Soon our young members are starting college - can you believe it! And the State Fair is coming, and Renaissance Festival! It's a fun time of year. It's also time to pay your yearly dues, which are all due in September for the first time this year. We'll be having a massive presentation at the October meeting of all year pins, and then we'll all find out who really needs to Get A Life!! Sorry, I had to.
See you around the Galaxy!
At our September Governing Board meeting on September 11th, we will be putting together the calendar for our upcoming year. You are invited to include suggestions for social events, fundraisers and charitable activities. Anything goes, as long as other crewmates are interested in your idea. It helps if you give us as much information as possible, including a suggested date or dates, cost if applicable, what's included in the activity, and so on. It really helps if you are willing to do the legwork, like setting up the reservation or being responsible for other details.
Remember that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, which means we have some special ideas already. For example, we plan a bigger presence at CONvergence and this will take lots of hands. Here's our chance to show people what we're capable of, particularly the younger generation who have been brought into the fold by the new movies but have never seen our sets. What else would you like to see for the 50th?
Let a board member know about your ideas and/or come to the meeting for discussion.
We had such a great time at the Summit Brewery on August 1st! The launch party was a huge event, with several hundred people of all ages. We brought the Transporter, Captain's Chair and Bridge Console, and all were huge hits with the crowd.
The new beer, Make It So, was well-liked. The flavor of Earl Grey Tea went well with the Extra Special Bitter in which it was brewed. We received samples of this beer and many other options, and also enjoyed a fabulous food truck called Butcher Salt.
The customers also loved our costumes, which included two alternate universe characters, several Starfleet officers, a civilian and an Andorian. Two of us were contestants in the costume contests, but unfortunately did not win but lost to a cute Bajoran! Pam shoulda won, if you ask me! The event was really great, and one of those moments that makes us proud to be part of this fun fan group. Who else could have provided Summit with this level of prop beauty, after all?