Today, for the first time in about a year, I’ll get to attend the monthly club meeting of the U.S.S. Chesapeake Star Trek and Science Fiction Club, based in the Washington, D.C. area.

As I mentioned in the first of these blog entries, my work schedule changed recently. Until early May, I had spent a year working on Saturdays, which made it very difficult to get to even a part of the club’s regular gatherings. Heck, I even had trouble getting to the club’s Writers’ Group, which has been working on scripts for fan films based in the Classic Trek era.

Of course, if you’ve seen the web address for this blog, you know that it is hosted at the club’s website. We’ll discuss the site and this blog at the meeting.

It’ll be fun to talk about genre news as well as what we thought about shows we’ve seen recently. We don’t all agree on things, which I enjoy. It’s good to hear different points of view. The club often hosts panel discussions at local fan-run genre conventions, and when we get together like this, it is often a dress rehearsal of sorts to prepare for the discussions we moderate later.

Members meet as close to 5 p.m. as we can, then usually go to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Then we return to the hosting member(s) place by 7 p.m. to handle club business and keep up with what other members have been up to recently. We’ll plan for upcoming “cons” and discuss what panels we’ll participate on. When we’re finished with the meeting, we often enjoy dessert or talk some more about what’s going on or coming up.

I feel very fortunate to belong to a group who often understands why I like the things I do even if they don’t all necessarily appreciate them to the same degree. And we’re a pretty diverse bunch, including a variety of races and every part of the political spectrum. I’m sure Gene Roddenberry would be happy to see a group like the Chesapeake dedicated to Star Trek and prospering as we have for over a decade.

Here’s a video not everyone will have seen–the title sequence for Star Trek’s remastered second season. Pretty cool!

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