Captains Welcome!

A Welcome Letter from the Captain of the U.S.S. Balthasar

Welcome aboard the USS Balthasar!!

We are a Star Trek fan club and a member of STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc.  We were officially commissioned as a new chapter of STARFLEET on April 25th, 2017 after going through the shakedown process beginning July 12th, 2016.

We are a ship and crew committed to having fun!  We have a monthly business meeting the second Monday of the month and the other Mondays are reserved for online game nights where we play Star Trek Adventures.  We also have an in-person board game night, usually the fourth Wednesday evening of the month.  We like to table at various conventions and other events promoting our ship while cosplaying as Star Trek characters.

The USS Balthasar is a 501(c)(3) charity.  Our club motto is “Talem Futurum Per Artem” which, loosely translated, means empowering future generations through art.  The money we raise is then channeled to organizations that provide opportunities for youth to participate in different arts programs.  The money is stipulated to support economically disadvantaged youth specifically.  In 2019 we were able to contribute over $1500 to three different organizations: The Gallo Center Youth Academy and YES Company, the Boys and Girls Club of Stanislaus County, and the Lathrop High School Music Dept. and LAMP program.

Come aboard, join in the fun, and help us grow!

Captain Bob Van Tuinen
Command Officer, USS Balthasar
“Talem Futurem Per Artem”

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