Fleet Dinner II: The Wrath of Dinner

The original intent of the Fleet Dinner back in January was to make a few key announcements to formalize the goals of Fleet 31 going forward. We had originally thought about possibly having another dinner in July just for fun, but our growth has been so explosive that we’ve gone ahead and scheduled it for June 22.

So of course, where are we having this dinner? IHOP, naturally! After spending a few hours looking for a location that had relatively low prices, with food for everyone’s tastes, and both a party room and parking enough to accommodate such a huge party, we came to the realization that our old standby was the answer. As often as some of us eat there before and/or after conventions, it should have been obvious to us from the start!

We have a figurative ton of announcements to make this time, which is still amazing to me considering we had everything completely covered at the last dinner just five months ago! We’ve had several ship commissions, and a whole slew of major promotions to acknowledge, and we’ve already got upward of 30 crew and family RSVP’d for the event as of this writing.

Formalities have never really been my thing, but I can honestly say I am downright excited for this one.

Adm. Cam Wilkinson
Commanding Officer
USS Summoner

Comicpalooza 2013

Houston’s premier comic convention turned out to be a huge appearance for Fleet 31! Our presence attracted positive attention from fellow Star Trek fans who were also in attendance. The Monster Grays worn by Admiral Wilkinson and Commander Scheinemann received much attention.

The con itself was a huge step up from previous years. The whole bottom floor of the GRB was taken up by dealers, artists, guests, and autograph tables. The guest line up was equally impressive, especially for Star Trek fans with Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Avery Brooks, and Sir Patrick Stewart all in attendance.

Many photographs were taken and numerous inquiries about Fleet 31 (and what we do) were made. Thankfully we had plenty of business cards provided by the admiral to hand out to curious con-goers. This led to a noticeable influx of new members. All in all it was a pretty good weekend for Fleet 31, and we all had a great time!

Lt.Cdr. Jared Salomone
First Officer
USS Constancy

Dallas Comic Con 2013

It is an exciting time to be a member of Fleet 31, and it clearly showed at Dallas Comic Con 2013. So many people recognized Fleet members, and overall it was a great experience. The Admiral and other members of the fleet were featured in several videos and news articles, as well as numerous photo opportunities. This was my first con as a member of Fleet 31, and I will have to say it felt really good being noticed by so many folks.

We met new friends and had several prospective members ask about recruitment. Admiral Wilkinson and I made out like bandits with some awesome Star Trek memorabilia. The Fleet 31 Cadet Division was represented at this con as well, with Cadet Kirkham making a well-noted appearance as the Borg Queen on Saturday. Keep up the good work everyone, and keep Boldly Going!

Cmdr. Kevin Martin
First Officer
USS Summoner

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

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

Sci-Fi Expo 2013

Phasers for everyone!
Phasers for everyone!

This past weekend Fleet 31 attended Dallas Comic Con’s annual Sci-Fi Expo at the Irving Convention Center.  Some of the crew have attended this convention for years, and it’s always a weekend well spent. This year, the Star Trek guest of honor was Avery Brooks, the great Benjamin Sisko himself.

In addition to meeting Mr. Brooks and other renowned sci-fi actors (including Edward James Olmos and Christopher Lloyd), we made some great new friends. The officers and crew of Fleet 31 extend a warm welcome to all of the new recruits we met this weekend, and we look forward seeing them join us in future events and adventures.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and helped make this another great convention weekend!

Capt. Erica Kenney

A great time was had by all.

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