The USS Rhode Island NCC-72701 is a chapter-member of STARFLEET TASK FORCE 31, based in Middletown, Rhode Island.
The USS Rhode Island launched on 7 January 2020 and officially commissioned on 31 October 2020 in Middletown, RI.
Potential members of the USS Rhode Island must first join Task Force 31, and then at that time can be assigned to the USS Rhode Island.
Membership to the USS Rhode Island is free and open to any Task Force 31 member in good standing.
The USS Rhode Island conducts its business in two ways, monthly meetings when possible and by correspondence via the internet (such as email, Facebook, online meeting chats etc.)
The chapter formed in January 2020 and the fictional timeline of the chapter was originally set in the Trek calendar year of 2383. To help you understand the time line, 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 Rhode Island is a science fiction and fantasy fan club that embraces everything from Captain James Kirk to Doctor Who. The USS Rhode Island also participates in many events that includes, but is not limited to: Cookouts, movies, parties or celebrations, trips to local tourist attractions, and Sci-Fi conventions.
When a person signs aboard the USS Rhode Island, the member may choose to serve within one of the chapter’s departments listed below:
- Support Service
- Diplomatic Corps
The USS Rhode Island is classified as a correspondence chapter, so we use several communications mediums to keep in touch and reach the membership base. At present we use the old standards of land-mail and telephone tree, as well as the Internet such as: email, listserv, Facebook, messaging and video conferencing.
Each member of the USS Rhode Island is entitled to and will receive the following in an electronic format:
- ID Card (chapter)
- Membership Handbook
- 6 issues of the bi-monthly newsletter called “OCEAN STATE JOURNAL”
- 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 Rhode Island members. Here in Rhode Island, 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, “OCEAN STATE JOURNAL”.
Finally, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact either the Commanding Officer or First Officer listed below:
Live long and prosper!
|Master Chief Petty Officer
|Paul G. Dyl
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