Monday, January 14, 2013

August 2011 Meeting Minutes (part 2)

A complaint was lodged about the way the Klingon Culture pane was conducted.  An Audience member approached O'dwinn (Kevin) and remarked that the panel (Which was mostly a Q & A) was more about fan activities and not about the Klingon Culture as seen on the show.  The ship needs to do more cultural events and bring more "Klingon" into the convention appearances we do.  More discussion and planning of such events will be taking place in the months to come.  All ship's members, wishing to research cultural events as seen on the show, or who wishes to devise something mentioned but not actually shown tot he viewing audience, are welcomed to do so.  We will be doing a LOT more work on this in the months to come!

During the Star Trek vs. Star Wars vs. Firefly panel, a young Anime fan, who was asked by the panelists why he and his friends didn't jump into the older science fiction franchises, remarked that he didn't know where to start--there was so much information to digest, where does one begin?  Approved by the members present was the idea of hosting late evening panels at future conventions for which we volunteer to introduce this younger crowd to Star Trek and its universe.  Such panels would last two hours or more and/or one or more episodes, witht he ship's members answering the audience members' questions, talking Trek, etc.  Also approved was the ship's dedication plaque for the website currently under construction.  Those present liked the Klingon design from another ship's website, over the modified Federation plaque.

It was suggested that meeting agenda topics be published on the ship's listserve BEFORE the pending meeting date.  This is to give those members who cannot make it to an upcoming meeting the opportunity to comment on the topics to be discussed via email.

It was also suggested for our appearance at ConQuest 2012 that wh makeup Hanicap Parking "stickers" for walkers/scooters used by older/disabled members of the ship.  This will allow those using such devises for mobility to park outside the consuite door (if the consuite is congested, making it difficult to manuever such devises inside), so such devises will not be removed without cause.

The planetarium visit at UNO will be held in March as the ship's first celebration of the Klingon Days of Honor.  Tentive date we are targeting is March 24, a Saturaday.  We will be doing more planning on this in th ecoming months.

Also approved by those present was the isea of setting up a date to do a Klingon Day at Krypton Comics since Free Comic Book Day fall on the same weekend as DemiCon.  A date and time needs to be set up.  More discussions will take place in the months ahead.

Members in the Omaha area should keep their ears open for the opportunity of doing a movie premier appearance, when Star Trek (XII) is released.  More discussion will take place in the months ahead.

Of course, first and foremost, work on uniforms need to be scheduled so ws can get everyone properly geared up for future appearances.  This is considered to be a priority for all ship' members.

Before the meeting adjourned, Deb Ketelsen expressed a desire to join the ship.  She had frogotten how much fum such events could be, and the facr that we were actually following through on our plans excited her even more,  However, being on disability, she couldn't guarantee that she would be able to afford to do everything, but would participate as she was able.  She accepted the position of Ship's Counselor and also expressed her desire to remain Human in character.

One last item: Also approved was the idea of a quilt raffle for charity and/or ship's fund.  My grandmother has lots of scrap material for the making of quilts.  Also, the students of the Onawa Headstart program are in need of throw quilts that they can use to cover up with during nap time.  My mother, Kalesta (Honey) occasionally volunteers at the Headstart.  Quilt throws can be made and donated to the Headstart kids by ship's members or by members of the captain's family in honor of the ship.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Lt. Akela tai-K'Tor
Commanding Officer
IKV Raptor's Heart
Klingon Assault Group

Monday, January 7, 2013

Meeting Minutes for August 2011 (part 1)

The crew of the IKV Raptor's Heart met at Scooter's Coffee Shop in the Old Market in Omaha, NE.  In attendance was Lt. Akela tai-K'Tor (Sharon Boren), Commanding Officer; 2nd Lt. Kalesta tai-K'Tor (Honey Davis), Chief Medical Officer; 2nd Lt. Kurras tai-DoQ'Marr (Steven Holdern),Second Officer/Quartermaster; 2nd Lt. O'dwinn tai-DoQ'Marr (Kevin Caroll), Tactical Officer; and 2nd Lt. J'Sheel tai-DoQ'Marr (Julie Powell), Chief Operations Officer.  Also in attendance was guest Deb Ketelsen, who had some funky jewelry that she had collected as a member of the Suns Glory.  She thought that we might like to have the pins to make ship award pins out of them.  I bought the collection from her for the ship's use.

The crew members present decided to become volunteer workers--providing convention security--at Osfest 5.  It was also suggested that we turn the "Klingon Embassy" idea into a staff/volunteer lounge, so con staff and volunteers can grab food quickly and not have to traverse a congested consuite---provided we can get some help with the cost of food from the convention.

It was also suggested that we create a ship's fund and have some fundraisers to help offset the cost of ship events and operating costs.  One suggestion was to also have members donate a couple of dollars to the ship's fund to get it started.  O'dwinn (Kevin) mentioned that the Flea Market in the Florence district of Omaha would like to have the ship's company dress in full gear for Halloween weekend and do a walk through.  A date and time need to be set up.  Deb suggested a Raktajino stand to be our first ship's fundraiser at the Florence Flea Market while we do our walk through.  Those members who have problems getting around (Mom, Steve, and Deb) could man the stand, while the rest do the walk through. A dark roast, or robust coffee blend, chocolate syrup, and hazelnut coffee creamer will be needed to make the Klingon Coffee drink, as well as the stand fee.  Once the ingredient and fee-costs have been reimbursed, the rest of the money will go into the ship's fund.

The members present approved the ship's cloth banner and the ship shirt mock ups that Mom and I wore.  The banner is not perfect, being a 2 AM rush job.  It is designed to be an interim object for the ship's use until we (or the ship's captain) can afford a more professionally made vinyl banner.  O'dwinn (Kevin) ordered a shirt and a small personal banner.  An interest exists to make position pins for the ship's members, based on past KAG Handbook designs.

Ship departments/"job" descriptions have been posted to the ship's listserve.  These are not written in stone, therefore changes can be made as more crew members are recruited, or if upgrades need to be made.  The ship's members need to get together and plan our events better in the future.  The changes that were made to the Klingon Treasure Hunt at Osfest 4 was cited as evidence of ship's mistakes that need to be corrected.  We also need to imporve ship's communications between meetings.  Kurras (Steve) brought up times in the past where I uploaded to the listserve emails containing information that John and I were discussing by private emails.  He felt that such discussions should be brought to the whole crew for everyone's imput, not discussed between individuals privately.  [Which is why I have uploaded such emails to the ship's listserve to bring them to everyone's attention to suggestions that people have brought to me personally.  If the suggestion was something I felt the entire crew should know, I uploaded the reply and the original email to the ship's listserve.] Such instances and/or mistakes need to be addressed in the future.

It was suggested by email between meetings that a ship's "Photo Log" be made and available to interested parties for use at a ship's recruiting table in the future.  The mock up of digital scrpabooks pages based on WillyCon 13 photos were approved by those present.  It was also suggested that ship's members be more diligent in the taking of photos at conventions and other such events for the inclusion in the Ship's Photo Log.

The ship's participation at the KAG General Assembly at ConQuest 2012 was approved by those present.  As many of the ship's companywho can afford the trip is requested to attend this event.  We will be working on this in the months to come.

The ship's recruiting tools need to be better organized, and formalized for future recruiting purposes.  We have had opportunities to bring potential new members aboard and dropped the ball.  Recruiting efforts need to be revamped, revisited, and reorganized.  We will be woking on this in the months to come.

A ship's inventory was suggested, where members can donate stuff for the ship's use for recruiting tables, Klingon Cultural displays, etc. It was suggested that one person on the ship be the holder of said items.  This item will be further discussed in the months ahead.