Welcome to 2018! We made it!
2017 had certainly been a trying year for many throughout SFI, but now we look ahead to the new goals and challenges of this year.
First off – SUMMIT! Yes, it’s taken awhile to get there, but we have a summit planned, contract signed, and registration available! This will take place in IRving, TX, and is being headed up by Glenda Stevenson and Donna Jarrett of the USS Diamondback. The theme is “Getting Away on the Holodeck” – so I imagine lots of interesting times will be had!
As we all saw, the Commander, STARFLEET – Robert Westfall stepped down at the conclusion of 2017. This came as a surprise to us all, and we all wish him well and hope he recovers fully and swiftly. This action made the VCS, Dan Toole the CS effective immediately per our by-laws and handbook. As such, the new CS is looking for his new Vice Commander now. I’ve heard he’s whittled it down to 4 choices already, and plans to have a name to the AB for confirmation around the 15th.
There may or may not be some additional moves throughout the EC, we’ll just have to wait and see. But I suspect SFI will be back to running at full capacity by the end of the month. From there we will re-engage on the various topics that face the EC and AB.
This will be my first attempt to reach out to the Unassigned list…that’s been a bit of a mess for awhile. But we’ve got the Do Not Contact List, and will be adding folks to that as they request.
Award season is right around the corner – 15 February – 31 March is the nomination period. Steve Sardeson will be providing any refined guidance for the award process, but the awards themselves will not change. Forms will be available on the website for submissions on the 15th of February.
Speaking of awards…the RC cup tallies are in, and….well we have a winner but it didn’t go quite as planned. Our new, intended metric did not work out due to a lack of reliable data. As such, the RC Cup is awarded based on impact, as quantified by monetary amount collected.
And the winner is the USS Zavala for raising $2769! They get to keep it! I’ll get with them to get the plaque on the trophy updated, but it’s there’s for another year. USS Battle Born was close on their tail with $2545 and USS Texas and Retribution Station both raising over $1000. All told the chapters of Region 3 raised $9542.50 for charities in 2017!
One of the new things we are going to try is a ‘fireside’ chat style sessions with me, the RC. This will be an audio conversation with anyone who wishes to join. They will be informal sessions, Q&A, and whatever else plays out. We will conduct this via the Region 3 Discord Server (https://discord.gg/EDq8qWY) – a free voice and text (and now video too I am told, but we will not be using that aspect) application. The first session is scheduled for 16 January at 7:30 PM – 9 PM central time, and will repeat on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at that time. Feel free to register for the server in advance, and I’ve got some Engineers (admins) ready to get you all set up.
Well done in 2017, and I look forward to working with you all in 2018!
STARFLEET Region 3