Do you still have questions or still unsure if the USS Serling is your cup of tea? Settle down with a cup of Earl Gray and check out some of our most frequently asked questions.

Q. Can I sit in on one of your meetings before I join?

A. Of course! Visitors are always welcome and our meetings are open to anyone who wishes to join us--either as a member or just to hang out.

Q. When and where do you meet?

A. Regular meetings are held at 5pm on the second Saturday of every month at Fat Cat Comics in Johnson City. A more detailed schedule can be found on the Mission Log page.

Q. Do I have to go out in public dressed like a Klingon or Vulcan?

A. Only if you want to.

Q. Why do you use officer titles and crew designations for your members?

A. Part of the reason is to add to the feel of the club--we are a Star Trek fan club, after all--but there is a practical reason as well. Just as other clubs have a president, treasurer, etc., several of our members possess leadership roles within the club. Our titles simply reflect the nature of the club.

Q. Is there a cost to join?

A. Yes, members of STARFLEET pay yearly dues of $5 and non-STARFLEET members pay $15. Additional fees may be assessed for optional items, such as USS Serling shirts, patches, etc. Further details can be found on the Beam Aboard page.

Q. Do I have to join STARFLEET?

A. No, you don't have to join STARFLEET, but the USS Serling is a Chapter of STARFLEET - The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. (SFI), and joining is strongly encouraged. Joining STARFLEET affords a member with many opportunities that are not available otherwise.

Q. What kind of opportunities do you mean?

A. If you want to earn Commissioned Officer ranks, or serve on the Command Staff, you must maintain membership in STARFLEET. SFI membership also lets you participate with other fans from around the world, from local all the way into the international level. All SFI members also have access to 'correspondence' courses through STARFLEET Academy, and/or SFMC Academy and receive a subscription to the STARFLEET Communiqué.

Q. Why is STARFLEET all upper-case?

A. We use STARFLEET (or SFI) to denote the International Fan Organization and not the 'Starfleet' famous in "Star Trek" television series, movies, and fiction.

Q. I don't know how active I'll be but I want to become a member; what are my options?

A. Although we naturally want 'active' members to join our Chapter, whatever level of participation you choose is up to you. Participation in any activity is strictly voluntary. And, as with any voluntary activity, you get out of it what you put into it.

Q. What happens after I become a member of the Starship USS Serling?

A. You are given a Membership Certificate and a current Membership Roster. You will be given the initial rank of Crewman Recruit (Cadet Crewman Recruit if under 18), and asked to choose which of the Ship's Section you wish to be assigned.

Q. "What is a 'Q'?"

A. "It's a letter of the alphabet as far as I know."


If you still have questions feel free to send Captain or Communications Officer an email and we'll help you out. Federation subspace channel not required; we'll answer any form of subspace communications.