The USS Bellerophon NCC-74705 is a chapter-member of STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. located in Middletown, Rhode Island.
For over 40 years, STARFLEET has provided Star Trek fans a way to meet each other, make friends, have fun, give back to their communities, and show that the dream of Gene Roddenberry can live long and prosper. On the local level, members can gather with other fans for a variety of enjoyable activities. On the international level, STARFLEET offers our members a wealth of resources that you won’t find in any other Star Trek fan clubs. In addition to a great set of membership materials and our regularly-electronic newsletter, STARFLEET offers members the chance to get involved with STARFLEET Academy, the STARFLEET Marine Corps, STARFLEET Special Operations, STARFLEET Medical, Pet Fleet, and much, much more. We even have a group of academic monetary scholarships that are awarded to deserving STARFLEET members each year.
STARFLEET Chapters are grouped into Regions, each Region covering a different geographical area. These regions will often hold gatherings where crews of many Chapters get together for conferences, parties, charity events, and a whole range of other activities.
STARFLEET is divided into hundreds of local Chapters, each named as a different starship or space station. Chapters are where the members of STARFLEET get together locally to make friends, meet, and have a fun time. Our many Chapters are spread out across the United States and also in foreign countries all over the world.
STARFLEET Chapters range in size from 10 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 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 do 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 Battleship North Carolina, Ft Fischer and the NC Zoo.
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 STARFLEET, Int. 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 North 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”.
Better yet, come aboard our ship by clicking the “Join STARFLEET” link tot he right.
Finally, if you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live long and prosper!
Captain Carol Dyl
USS Bellerophon NCC-74705
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