The USS Bellerophon NCC-74705 is a chapter-member of Task Force 31, located in Greenville, South Carolina.
For over 6 years, Task Force 31 has provided Star Trek fans a way to meet each other, make friends, have fun and experience the dream of Gene Roddenberry. On the local level, members can gather with other fans for a variety of enjoyable activities. On the national level, Task Force 31 offers our members a wealth of resources matching or exceeding the other Star Trek fan clubs that are out there. In addition to a great set of membership materials and our new electronic newsletter, Task Force 31 offers members the chance to get involved by helping to make Task Force 31 one of the best fan clubs available. We are currently working on the creation of the Task Force 31 Starfleet Academy and expanding our very own Task Force 31 MACOs and much, much more to come with your help.
Task Force 31 Chapters are grouped into Sectors, each Sector covering a different geographical area with the United States of America. These sectors are encouraged to hold gatherings where crews of many Chapters get together for summits, parties, charity activities, and a whole range of other activities.
Task Force 31 is further divided into a few dozen of local Chapters at this time, each named as a different starship or space station. Chapters are where the members of Task Force 31 get together locally to make friends, meet, and have a fun time. Our many Chapters are currently spread out in 5 states of the United States of America.
Task Force 31 Chapters range in size from 5 members to several dozen. Some get together and meet in person while others are correspondence Chapters where members who live far away from each other can still exchange messages via e-mail, telephone, and even good, old-fashioned postal mail
The chapter was formed in June 2014 and our fictional timeline places our ship in the Trek calendar year of 2381. To help you understand the timeline, the Star Trek: Voyager series ended in the Trek calendar of 2378; Star Trek: Nemesis movie was set in the Trek calendar year of 2379.
Originally inspired by “Star Trek”, the USS Bellerophon is a science fiction and fantasy fan club that embraces anything from Star Trek, Space 1999, Star Wars to Doctor Who. The USS Bellerophon also participates in many activities that includes, but is not limited to: cookouts, movies, conventions, trips to local attractions such as the SC Zoo in Columbia, SC.
When a person signs aboard the USS Bellerophon, the member chooses to serve within one of the chapter’s departments:
- Support Service
- Diplomatic Corps
Membership to the USS Bellerophon is open to any Task Force 31 member in good standing, although the USS Bellerophon is classified as a meeting chapter, we use several communications mediums to keep in touch and reach the membership base. At present we use email, listserv, Facebook, messaging and snail mail for those members without internet.
Each member of the USS Bellerophon is entitled to:
- ID Card (chapter)
- Membership Handbook (electronic copy)
- 6 issues of the bi-monthly newsletter called the Oracle (electronic copy)
- Promotion Certificates as earned
- Award Certificates as earned
- Membership Certificate
We’re also dedicated to making the world a better place. Not all members participate in our community service projects. To understand further, let’s beam down for a moment to Afghanistan, where U.S. Soldiers have received care packages from USS Bellerophon members. Back in South Carolina, we’ve collected Labels for Education and during the holidays we collect donations for the areas Toys for Tots campaign and the Angel Tree Project. We’ve also participated in food can drives and recycling.
That’s just an example of how our community service is actually global service and because of our efforts to embrace the ideals of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, we’re doing our part to meet his vision of a better world.
To see what we do, check out our newsletter, “THE ORCLE”.
Finally, if you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live long and prosper!
|Senior Chief Petty Officer
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