North Hampton, NH (PRWEB) April 17, 2009
Just in time for the release of the new Star Trek™ movie, STARFLEET (http://www.sfi.org), the oldest and largest Star Trek™ fan organization of its kind in the world turns 35 years old.
Founded on May 23, 1974, STARFLEET has operated continuously as an active Star Trek™ fan organization, being recognized as the world's largest Star Trek™ fan club by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004. Today, STARFLEET has nearly 3,500 members living on four different continents. Over 200 STARFLEET chapters cover most of the United States, with more in Canada, and in countries as far away as Australia, South Africa, and even a chapter in Iceland!
STARFLEET is marking this major anniversary with a series of celebratory events. The most significant is their annual International Conference--being held this August in Greensboro, NC--where Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise (himself a member of STARFLEET) will make a special appearance.
STARFLEET has also just launched a brand new, redesigned website (http://www.sfi.org) targeted to serve current members while at the same time encouraging new members to join. Earlier this year, STARFLEET published the 150th issue of its organizational newsletter, the STARFLEET Communiqué, a bi-monthly publication that regularly includes close to 50 pages of Star Trek™ and STARFLEET news, articles, and other fan features.
STARFLEET members gather both in person and over the Internet to share their love of this enduring science fiction phenomenon, but they also unite to serve their local communities with a wide range of philanthropic activities. Chapters raise money for cancer and AIDS research, participate in clothing and toy drives for the poor, appear in uniform at children's hospitals, send care packages to U.S. soldiers serving abroad, and countless other endeavors. Additionally, for the last 20 years, STARFLEET itself has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in monetary scholarships to numerous members who are students studying medicine, engineering, education, and a wide variety of other subjects.
Among the many resources STARFLEET offers its members for a $15/year membership fee is the unique and extensive STARFLEET Academy, made up of nearly 1,000 correspondence courses available to any member at no charge. Subjects range from Star Trek™ trivia-related and general science fiction courses to more "down-to-earth" pursuits such as how to research your family tree.
STARFLEET continues to be recognized as one of the leading Star Trek™ fan organizations, and Paramount Pictures has offered STARFLEET members the opportunity to participate at the Hollywood red carpet premiere of the new Star Trek™ movie being released on May 8 of this year. A number of major magazines have approached STARFLEET to do features on the organization as excitement builds leading up to the film's debut.
"STARFLEET has never been better," says Commodore Jon Lane, Chief of Communications. "I've been a member for 25 years, and I'm certain I'll be here for another 25."
STARFLEET's 14th Commander, Fleet Admiral Sal Lizard, had this to say: "I am so proud to be leading such a great group of people. STARFLEET is more than just a fan club; it's a worldwide family that comes together to share the dream of a better future. I hope people who find out about us for the first time will consider joining. It's a wonderful experience."
STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. is an organization of nearly 3,500 Star Trek™ and science fiction enthusiasts that have united the world of fandom in their appreciation of Star Trek™, the greatest human adventure. Founded in 1974, STARFLEET has operated continuously for 35 years, making it the oldest Star Trek™ fan association of its size in the world. This unique organization has over 200 chapters globally, linking members from one corner of the Earth to the other both in person and through the Internet. STARFLEET is made up of people of all ages and from all walks of life who have come together to make new friends, share an interest in Star Trek™, science fiction and space, and to serve their local communities.
For more information on STARFLEET, please visit http://www.sfi.org. To contact, send an e-mail to pr(at)sfi(dot)org or call 1-888-SFI-TREK.