As part of a pandemic food drive, the USS Nomad, a Huntsville-based chapter of the Starfleet International Fan Association, has donated 225 lbs of food to The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation.
The group formed in summer 2020 and quickly grew from just five members to almost 50. While it’s a Huntsville-based group, meetings and events are held online via Zoom and they have members from across Canada and the U.S.
Eleven of the club’s members participated in the food drive across seven communities, donating a total of 1554.5 lbs to people in need. They all collected from their own cupboards, asked friends and family, or purchased the food themselves.
“I wasn’t the biggest Star Trek fan, even though I’m becoming one, but I joined the group because I was interested in the charity aspect,” said club member and web developer Randy Mitson. “I’ve always believed in supporting our community and my son is big into all this and was bugging me to join.”
While charitable activities are a big part of USS Nomad, club members also participate in many Star Trek-themed virtual events.
Every week they have a trivia night, a viewing party where they watch an episode of Star Trek, and club meetings on Fridays.
“Because of the pandemic it’s been so nice to get together with friends,” said Mitson.
Everyone is assigned a role in the group and can pick a fictitious name or use their own. Some roles are more fantasy-based while others have real-world duties like creating a newsletter or editing videos.
“The Star Trek club has a lot of amazing qualities I believe are important,” said Mitson. “We all are passionate about helping people. They often do a check in with all our members to make sure everyone is doing okay during the pandemic so that aspect has been really supportive for everyone.”
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