Wizard World Austin Comic Con 2013

Fleet 31 was determined to make a showing at Austin Comic Con this year, even though we weren’t able to get many people to the convention center. Fortunately, I still had Lt. Ashly and Cadet Hardy with me to help out. I must admit, it was a pleasant experience. Overall, the people were nice and friendly. There were moments in which it got a little busy, but as long as we were all there it was handled nicely.

There were a lot of booths and variety of items that could be bought, and a variety of fan booths for all to see. The Con had a lot of gaming, such as the Zombie Zone, and cosplayers were in abundance. On Sunday, we even had the Mario Brothers dancing to Gangnam Style! I even got to enjoy playing Artemis with Fleet Captain McFadin of the USS Zavala, and when it turned out the table between Fleet 31 and the Zavala went unclaimed by its fan group, we assimilated it, splitting it down the middle.

Not only did I meet people that were visiting Austin for the con, but I had quite a bit of luck networking with vendors on behalf of the fleet. Getting the word out about who we are and what we do is very important, but it’s also just plain fun.

At our table, we raised $140 for the Austin Children’s Shelter by selling glow-in-the-dark Star Trek: Into Darkness posters and raffling off a Reman Viceroy action figure. It really means a lot to me to help others, so I’m proud that we can do things like this as a group.

I can honestly say I would do this again if given the opportunity. It has taught me a great deal about how to promote a group about something you love and to also give to others. It makes me even more proud to be a part of this Fleet knowing I am part of something that means more to others than myself.
I want to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this.

Lt. Bill Milligan
USS Constancy

Walk For Wishes 2013

We had a grand time at the Walk For Wishes in Irving yesterday, with 11 crew showing up (with 9 in uniform!) to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The walk was invigorating, the weather beautiful, the company exquisite.

Also, Grubbs Infiniti was donating $20 for every person driving or riding in one of their show cars, so we piled in to bring in some more cash. They actually let me drive a convertible. Probably not the smartest idea on their part, but it was fun!

With all the food and drink flowing from every direction (including our new friends at My Cupcake Garden!), it’s easy to forget that these events aren’t actually just about having fun. The money from today’s event will go toward granting the wishes of children with terminal illnesses, and if that doesn’t give you an “aww” moment, you might be a Vulcan.

As always, we had a great time with friends new and old, and we hope to see you at the next event!

Capt. Wilkinson
Commanding Officer
USS Summoner

First Contact Day 2013

So, it’s the 50th pre-anniversary of First Contact with the Vulcans. And what else would Fleet 31 do on a day like today, a commemoration of peace? War. That’s right, we’re going to Main Event in Plano to engage in war games and tactical exercises. So if you’re bored today/tonight and don’t know what you want to do, come on out and play laser tag with us!

And to top things off, tomorrow morning is the Walk For Wishes, benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you’re thinking it’s too late to join us, you can stil register and/or donate here, with more details on Facebook.

Happy First Contact Day – Live Long and Prosper.

Capt. 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

IKV Melota Charity Ball

This past Saturday, January 26th, we attended an Annual Charity Ball hosted by the local Klingon group IKV Melota. The event was a gathering of Star Trek fans who came together to have fun and most importantly, give back to the community by supporting a great charity. The beneficiary was SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an agency that works to prevent domestic violence and help victims rebuild and recover their lives. It’s truly a wonderful organization. More information about SafeHaven can be found at their website, at http://www.safehaventc.org/

A Star Trek collector donated her entire collection of memorabilia for the event, so these items were auctioned and raffled away to guests with all the money going directly to SafeHaven. Fleet 31 acquired some cool Star Trek items and supported a great cause in the process. Additionally, each guest donated 5lbs of food to the shelter – reaching a total of over 600lbs. Overall, the event was very successful. Many thanks go out to the IKV Melota for hosting it. Qapla!

But the away team’s mission was still not over. Following the charity event we set course for a local bowling alley for a very different kind of ball. We played a few games and had an absolute blast! It was a foggy night, so that only meant one thing: there’s coffee in that nebula. To close out the great night of festivities, we went to IHOP for food, friendship, and coffee.

Until next time!

Capt. Erica Kenney