Hitting the Target

If you’re tired of hearing how much fun we’re having, and more importantly, tired of not being a part of it, maybe you should head over to our how to join page.

Yesterday was the Texas Lottery’s big attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most costumed Star Trek fans in one room or something like that. Overall, it was a pretty abismal attempt. Despite advertising on every radio station and a few billboards (not to mention web adverts) that William Shatner would be on hand and signing autographs – and many of the writings indicated the autographs would be free – only 561 of us showed up at the Dallas Convention Center to be counted. Even worse, Shat only stuck around long enough to give a three minute speech and sign autographs for the five VIP contest winners before beaming out.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time at the event, but it wasn’t because of the Texas Lottery, and it certainly wasn’t thanks to Shatner. We met some really cool people yesterday, including a few promising recruits (woohoo!), and spread the word of our involvement in the Walk For Wishes next Saturday (more details here).

Even better, a handful of us went to Main Event in Lewisville to join the USS Navras in “tactical exercises” yesterday evening. We hadn’t heard at the time that the USS Navras had cancelled the event, but with the appearance of a few of the day’s recruits, we had ourselves a grand ol’ time.

And in keeping with our mission to provide a better online knowledge resource for Trek knowledge, work has continued on the Memory Core with completion of articles on the captain’s vest from Star Trek: First Contact, as well as variations of the Monster Grays, and more to come. Want us to add more knowledge to the Memory Core? Tell us what you’d like to see!

Capt. Cam Wilkinson
Commanding Officer
USS Summoner

Silver Lining

First, the bad news:
We are putting our “First Contact Day Charity Extravaganza” on rain delay, since we feel that it is more important to put the success of the fundraiser ahead of celebrating a specific holiday. Given the relatively short planning time allotted to this project, we are pushing back the event to take better advantage of our resources.

The good news is that we will still be celebrating First Contact Day on the night of April 5, 2013, most likely with laser tag and/or bowling, although the event will be casual. The morning of April 6, we will still participate in the Walk For Wishes. For more information on the walk, please visit Fleet 31 at Walk For Wishes.

We need all the help we can get, so please join our team and walk with us, or donate through our team page.

Capt. Cam Wilkinson
Commanding Officer
USS Summoner

All-Con 2013



All-Con is a great convention held in Dallas every year in March. It’s a bit different from most Sci-Fi and Comic Cons. It’s a smaller venue than some of the more prominent ones. Without question, the greatest feature of this convention is always the community. For many who attend, All-Con is one big weekend-long family reunion. Back in 2007, All-Con was my first convention, so I was very excited about returning this year.

Saturday was the busiest day of the convention where most of the incredible artisans, cosplayers, and other enthusiastic and talented folks have the opportunity to share their passion through panels, competitions, and other events. Fleet 31’s Lizzie Lynch, who is a talented makeup artist, presented an excellent panel about sci-fi, cosplay, and special effects makeup. Lt. Commander Zander Price and his lovely wife Moogle had a booth running the whole weekend where they sold hand crafted bead artwork. Also, several members attended an enormously fun session of Star Trek Jeopardy.  The end of the day was filled with some of the best photoshoot experiences we’ve had yet, so stay tuned for updates as the best of these pictures come through.

All-in-all, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend full of unforgettable memories and lifelong friends.  Here’s looking forward to another great one next year!

Capt. Erica Kenney