From Adm Sam Black, Region 3 Coordinator
I hope everyone is enjoying their families and friends during this holiday season. I know this is going to be a long post so I have a holiday bonus for everyone who makes it to the bottom.
We are still looking for an R3 Comms Chief. As a reminder, the job description is:
"The Chief of Communications (“CoC”) is responsible for the coordinating communication between Chapters in the Region, developing the branding/stylesheet for the Region, and the publishing and issuing of the Region 3 Newsletter, Fleet Channels. The CoC will generate a calendar of events that includes inter-chapter activities, Region 3 events, STARFLEET events, and any known conventions of interest to the Region. The form of the calendar is left to the current technology. The CoC will also utilize any other current, applicable technologies to facilitate communications within the region, at the direction of the RC. The CoC will be in charge of submitting news to the CoCO to be posted on the Region 3 website as needed."
This is not necessarily a job for one person -- a staff can be, and is encouraged to be, put together to make things as easy as possible on everyone. We are here for each other and things only work when we are in this together. Please get with me and/or Marian with your interest in the position.
I've heard that the Zone Game Days went well. Maybe we can get some more pictures from all of them for the Facebook page and (hopefully) an upcoming issue of Fleet Channels.
I'd also like to thank the USS Reaper and her crew for a fun time at their Laser Tag and Dress Mess event last month. I had a great time and I'm looking forward to many more great things from them in the years to come.
Congratulations to the USS Zavala on the launching of her two new shuttles, Shuttlecraft Pedernales, out of Conroe, and Shuttlecraft Black Elk, out of Gallatin, TN.
I've also been talking to the reps for the Zone 5 bid for the 2016 summit. I am expecting to have a contract in time for an announcement at Retreat next month.
And, speaking of Retreat, we will convene on Saturday, January 31st, at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Airport at 10am. We will be able to sample the service of the hotel as we will be working through lunch. The menu is still being finalized but I will be distributing it within the week. For those needing to stay over, I have secured room rates of $89/night. When you call (888-615-0518 or 210-349-9900) to make your reservations use the code: STA. Be sure to make your reservations by January 16th to ensure availability of our room rates. I'm looking forward to sitting down and going over the plans for the next year as we look forward to a fun 2015.
Summit will follow before we know it. That's May 15-17 at the same hotel as above. Those room rates are going to be $95/night and we will be publishing the reservation code soon.
The region can only do great things with its members help.
As things on the SFI front get back on track, I'd like to pass along a few updates on that front.
On the AB conference this past Saturday, the chief of Membership Processing (and R17 RC) said they were completely caught up through the middle of last week (including the packets he was stuffing as we were on the call). The only delays at this point are because he is having to get CompOps to manually pull the mailing lists because that's one part of the database that's still not fully operational, just yet. If you are still missing packets from anytime prior to renewals in the last month, please let me know so I can follow up and do my dead level best to get to the bottom of things.
And, speaking of CompOps and the Database, the AB has approved CompOps starting the moving of the Database Application and all the assorted parts and pieces over to a new hosting provider after all the issues that DreamHost has caused over the past few years. That said, over the course of the next month or so, we could experience some additional outages as that move takes place. Please be patient and know that stability is coming. Announcements will be forwarded as they come in.
The AB was given an update on the status of the CQs and the SFI Comms Department. The position of SFI Chief of Comms is still open for applications, but the CS and his staff are working with the CQ staff to get the backlog taken care of. The postal permit issues are finally and completely put to bed. CQ 177 is supposed to being printed this week and will head out as soon as the mailing house can make that happen. CQ 179 is awaiting a proof copy to be readied to be green-lit and will be printed and mailed as soon after that approval is given. CQ 178 is a little more up in the air because we don't have a print-ready electronic copy available because it was created on the now-retired SFI Comms Chief's work laptop and her IT department took it for rotational replacement without her realizing she didn't get everything off it. The CS is looking into completely recreating that issue from scratch so we have the high-quality, print-ready version to go into the printers for everyone. CQ 180 is in the layout stage and CQ 181 is being copy-edited, but there is still time to get articles in that issue as the deadline was extended to the end of December.
So, hopefully, mailboxes will start to see CQs again soon. We should have 2 issues by time for Retreat so if you haven't gotten them by then, please send word.
The books on IC2014 are just about closed after having to deal with the hotel being sold and having a massive turnover in personnel. The CS has reported that there are just a couple of items left to iron out and all will be cleared. IC2015 is in Niagara Falls, NY and it would make a great vacation for one and all.
This has been an interesting year. I am honored that you have allowed me to serve the remainder of the current term. I am only here to serve and help make this the best region in the fleet. My comms channels are always open to everyone.
And now, I will sign off this email with my personal wish for a happy and safe holiday season to everyone.
Adm. Sam Black
Region Three, STARFLEET