I realize that we haven’t updated this Website very often. The truth is, we are much more active on Facebook. So, before I get into what the USS Kelly has in store for 2023, you might want to check us out over there. (Link to Facebook)
This year, we’ve been able to plan out our activities a little better than we have in the past. To that end, let’s list them…
- January 18 – Admiral’s Banquet (Seventh Fleet annual winter event)… more on this later
- February 18 – Game Night at Fiiz
- March 18 – First Aid Kits
- April 15 – Kelly Kookbook night
- May 20 – Share your Favorite Trek Scene
- June 24 – Fleet Day (Seventh Fleet annual summer event)
- July 14-16 – Kelly Kampout
- August 3-6 – Star Trek Las Vegas convention
- September 16 – Star Party at U of U
- October 21 – Mad Hatter (hats only costume contest)
- November 18 – Clarke Planetarium
It’s been a long time since the Kelly has gone to a convention in force, and we’ve made it our goal this year to do so. The plan is to go to the STLV:57 convention this August. Since that is a large expense, we plan to do things that are much cheaper for our monthly activities. More details on the individual events will follow, and of course will also be on our Facebook page.
So, whatever money you would have spent on a larger event, set it aside for the convention.
Report on the Admiral’s Banquet 2023
As you may have noticed, we’ve already had our first event of the year. Per tradition, we joined with other ships of the fleet for some food, fun, and a report on what each ship has done last year (or is planning this year). See the photos below.
Additionally, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet. Think about that a moment. 25 years of this larger organization of clubs. Some of those clubs are newer, and some (like the Kelly) were there when the Fleet was formed.
How many clubs do you know that last even 5 years?
There is a reason we have stayed together so long, and it is simply this: Star Trek is a common interest, one that we use as an excuse to get together. If you look at the members of the Fleet, you will find other people who share interests of yours that aren’t Star Trek (for example, Admiral Stark and I actually met in a Doctor Who fanclub… that no longer exists). We all know that the Galaxy-class Enterprise is made up – but we love it nonetheless. The only true “ships” in these clubs is our friendships. That is the reason the Seventh Fleet’s motto is “We Do Not Stand Alone”… because we don’t. We stand together, with our friends.
As part of the Fleet’s 25th anniversary celebration, the Admiralty board have created a 25th Anniversary Bingo – a list of 12 items we can do. Those events, and how to mark that you’ve done them, will be posted on our Facebook page. One of those things, titled THE SCORCH, is to sign a special banner the Admiralty created for the event with your name, ship, and rank. Here’s mine:
Of course the other point of this is to simply have fun. Below are some photos of us at the Banquet, and I don’t know about the rest of my crew but I, for one, definitely had fun.