Answers To Common Questions

The following are some of the common questions people have about the Wernher von Braun. If, after reading through this you still have questions, please feel free to ask at a meeting or E-Mail us at info@usswvb.org.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

We have our general business meeting on the first Sunday of every month. Check out our Meetings Page for the details about our monthly meetings. We also try to have at least one other activity each month in addition to our meeting. This activity can range from a community service or fund raising event to another fun, social event, and every combination in between. Sample past activities have included picnics, video parties, convention trips, game nights, and more. As always, feel free to suggest an activity that you would like to see us do. You can also find the latest updates on our meetings and events on our Facebook Fan Page. PLEASE NOTE: All of our activities are currently virtual events online due to Covid-19 concerns. The health and safety of our crewmembers is our highest priority. Thank-you for your patience and understanding during this time.

MEMBERSHIP:

We no longer charge local membership dues. We just didn't feel right asking for your money when we couldn't produce a newsletter on a regular basis, or offer you anything else substantial for your money. Therefore, we do ask that you join STARFLEET and make sure you request assignment to us. As a result, most of our events are potluck, in that you we ask you bring your own food and something to share with others. Occassionally, if we have an additional expense, a donation may be asked to help offset the cost.

STARFLEET:

We're actually a chapter of STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association. Chartered in Huntsville, AL, we are part of Region 2, which comprises many of the states in the Southeast. Over 150 chapters exist all over the world, encompassing nearly 2000 members. STARFLEET offers a whole lot more for the individual, from STARFLEET Academy to the Marines and other departmental level programs.

Individual membership in STARFLEET is currently only $5, though they have several family options available. Make sure you ask to be assigned to the USS Wernher von Braun, and include our NCC number, which is NCC 72069. The SFI website has online registration options for those with credit cards, or you can download, print, and mail your application.

Your membership entitles you to a fictional rank and awards system, a membership handbook that incorporates our constitution, a vessel registry, and a subscription to the quartly news magazine called Communiqué. The Communiqué contains articles on Star Trek, convention listings, classified ads, reports about science articles, news from around the Fleet, and much more! Please note that all membership materials are now available online only.

RANK:

Rank is an awards system for those who join STARFLEET. Promotions are based upon your participation in various activities that you participate with on the ship, region, and STARFLEET. Rank does NOT give anyone authority over another. It is used as an indicator of performance and awarded accordingly. Nor do you have to salute a superior officer or address them by rank. Rank is for recognition and fun ONLY.

UNIFORMS:

We recommend people dress appropriately for the situation. For example, don't wear a hot uniform to an outdoor day activity in the middle of a heat wave. But for an awards ceremony or other special event, a uniform would be ideal. If the situation warrants a uniform, we encourage you to wear them, but we do not require it, nor will we think any less of you for not doing so. Any sci-fi uniform is acceptable, though Starfleet uniforms, particularly Next Generation through Voyager era, are recommended. After all, wearing a uniform helps with publicity and recruiting.

We also have more casual "uniforms" as well. It's basically black shorts with a uniform style T-shirt. (This T-shirt can be made by cutting and sewing a black T-shirt together with a T-shirt in one of the three departmental colors: red for command, blue for sciences, and gold for operations.) Unfortunately, we no longer have ship t-shirts available with our logo on them. If you want to make your own with iron-on transfer paper, a hi-res version of our logo is available. If all else fails, wearing your favorite sci-fi T-shirt is fine too.

PARTICIPATION:

This is a volunteer organization. Everything we do, we do for fun and because we want to help others who need a hand. However, the more you participate, the more fun you will have with us. While we have our fun events, we also do some community service projects. Your participation in those is completely up to you. Furthermore, our events and activities should never interfere with your work, school, or other real-life obligations.


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This page was last updated on Monday, February 01, 2021. For any questions about the Wernher von Braun or this web page, please contact us at info@usswvb.org.