For more than 35 years, STARFLEET has given Star Trek fans a way to meet, develop friendships, have a good time, give back to their communities, and signify that the ideals of Gene Roddenberry can live long and prosper. On the one level, members can meet with other fans for an assortment of pleasurable activities. On another level, STARFLEET provides members a lot of resources that you won’t find in any other fan clubs of Star Trek. In addition to a great number of membership products and a published newsletter, it provides its members with the chance to get involved with the STARFLEET Academy, the STARFLEET Marine Corps, and other facets. They also have academic monetary scholarships that are awarded to STARFLEET members every year.
STARFLEET is separated into numerous local chapters, everyone named as a starship or space station. Chapters are where the members get together to mingle and have some fun. The various chapters are spread out across the US and all over the world.
The chapters differ in size from ten members to over 30. Some get together and meet in person while others engage through letters and emails so members who live a distance away can still correspond by telephone and email, even postal letters.
The beginning of STARFLEET was in ‘73 when John Bradbury and a group of Star Trek fans in Texas formed the USS Enterprise. With Bradbury’s leadership, the group did about as much as the modern chapters of STARFLEET. There were fundraisers, parties, and the goal of increasing membership.
Despite cancellation of Star Trek, STARFLEET has stayed strong. Still going with more than 4,000 members in more than 250 chapters on all different continents, STARFLEET carries on the great tradition begun more than 30 years ago by a little group of Texas Star Trek fans.