Officers and crew,
On this memorial day, I would like to take a moment to show respect to the members to our chapter and to the Federation as a whole who either are serving time in the military or have served time as well. We all have family members or friends that have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy. The ability to have a BBQ with family and friends and the opportunity to be able to think on our own and do things without being told we can’t do that. Memorial day is to honor those who have fallen in the name of freedom, whether it be during combat or not. Support troops deserve just as much recognition as those who have fought on the front lines. My father a retired USAF Master Sergeant served his time as a part of the support troops. Helping maintain Top Secret equipment that enabled others to perform their duties as well. To day we bow our heads and raise our pride in honor of those men and women of the armed forces.
Now on to my next part of this message, I know a number of you have seen promotions and recognition to members whom have participated in something for or with other members of this chapter. I am also aware that a number of you have excuses of one nature or another on why you can’t or won’t participate. Most of them range from it’s to far away, I don’t have the gas, I don’t have a car, or in some cases I don’t have the time. I can rattle on the number of different reasons why you as a member of the USS Nathan Hale Crew can say I don’t care. Here is a point, you don’t have to BE at any meeting, away mission or gathering to be considered a participant. Helping in votes, answering emails, commenting on Facebook posts (Provided you have a Facebook Account, some don’t) all of which is OK. You all join this group as an officer holding the fictional rank of Ensign. In naval terms that is the lowest Officer rank when joining up. This does not mean you have to stay at that rank because you don’t think you can participate with the chapter. Helping in other matters is also a great way to participate. We are in need of someone to help maintain the chapter website, (Engineering Crew) No that does not mean only one person can help. We need someone that can help out with finding reliable charities. Why do I say reliable? Well there are a large number of charities that say we do this or that, and in reality most of the financial donations end up in the pockets for those who run them. I understand that part but we as a registered 501c3 Non-Profit charity don’t take any finances and put any into our pocket. We are all VOLUNTEERS, yes including me. I would love to have a pay check doing what I love to do.
Do you wish to remain an Ensign during the entire time you are with our organization, or would you like to be recognized in your efforts to help out. Even if means you can’t go to the meetings, or attend away missions or help at conventions like Ensign Rick Richardson, or Commander Connie Rizo even Cadet Lt. Commander Rosemarie Hohensee of our own chapter at the past convention we were at. They all helped run the convention in one capacity or another, helping recruit new members, helping with catering parts for the crew or other activities. Physical or other reasons are not a limitation in my book, they are avenues to help yourself know you are cared and loved no matter who you are.
We don’t have any Enlisted members, although one of our members is considering dropping to those ranks to help encourage others, and enlisted member does not have the ability to command a department, however they still have all the powers of an active member, from recognition of work they have put in, helping other crew members with the tasks they are hoping to achieve. Right along with a few more that I don’t think of as I am typing this message.
As you may have read at one point or another and might not completely believe, our co-founder and President of The Federation, had a long standing friendship with the creator of the Star Trek franchise, Gene Roddenberry, his son Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry is also a part of our organization and is an Executive Producer on the new Star Trek Series Discovery. So we in a long way around have some connection to the new show. Although we have zero input on what we would like to see, I know I would love to provide some or find out more about what their thought process is for the show.
In short, participation has it’s rewards, recognition, promotions and more. If you don’t know how you can help out, send me an email, a private message on Facebook. I will answer your concerns and help you figure out where or what you can to do help out the chapter or the organization itself. There is always something you can do to help out, I usually take anywhere from 15 to 20 min. a day to do something for the chapter. Yes I have a personal life, my wife demands it.
Now go celebrate our country on this Memorial Day, stay safe, be weary of others. Most of all love your family.
Admiral Allen Hohensee
USS Nathan Hale NFC 9900
Vice – President ‘The Federation’
A 501(c)3 charitable organization