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					            U.S.S. Aquila: The First Ten Years

                 By Rob Langenderfer

       I have been the historian of the U.S.S. Aquila for nearly 14 years. During
that time I have never attempted to write a chronological history of the ship. Part
of the reason that I avoided doing so was that in the Aquila, like any human
organization, there have been some conflicts at times between members, and some
people have even left the ship as a result of them. However, as 1st officer Linda
Widener and I have become the only regular members of the club who were part of
the organization prior to the summer of 1997, I felt that it was important for the
other members of the club to get a sense of the sheer amount and variety of
activities that the Aquila has been involved with in its history and what things have
been like. Thus, with one notable exception involving an international
organization that impacted us, I have left the politics out of this history because
ultimately it has been the good times that members have had together that have
formed the ship. Hopefully this will provide all of the membership with a sense of
what the Aquila was like at different times as well as provide a record of things
that the club has done. I have listed (in an appendix) the members of the command

 1990 – In the spring of 1990 Sam Hearld approaches U.S.S. Polaris member
Carolyn Cook about starting a Starfleet International shuttle in the Northern KY
area, and Polaris CO Tom Milinksi writes him on June 16, 1990 with more details.
On Aug. 9, 1990 Sam writes Tom and re-confirms his interest in starting a shuttle
and notes that he just received his membership packet for joining Starfleet

Sept. 1990 – Sign up for Northern KY shuttle at Crescent Springs Creation Con
with James Doohan nets a good list of over 50 interested people in the Northern
KY shuttle according to the U.S.S. Polaris newsletter; another article in the same
newsletter (the Nov. 1990 Red Alert ) claims 38 expressed interest by signing the
sign-up sheet. Glenna Juilfs noted that she signed the list as did Cindy Paugh and
Alice (Farley) Collier. (For what it’s worth I think the 38 number is more likely
correct because it also notes that 12 signed up for the Shuttle Camelot and 38 for
the Polaris itself. Unfortunately that list has now been lost, so that valuable
historical document is no longer with us; I was at that convention but do not recall
signing the list. It is intriguing how close I came to being a charter member of the
ship.) However in the process of researching this series, I found a computer print-
out dated Oct. 28, 1990 of 11 people interested in forming a KY shuttle. Those
people were Linda Widener, Charles Kersker, Stephanie K.F. Stichberry, Kevin
Rack, Sam Hearld, Greg Turner, Jennifer Alexander, Bev Hater, David and
Darlene Slaughter, and Linda Nebel. (All of these names and addresses and
phones are typed.) There is also a notation by Sam’s name in ink that he is to be
CO, and Joy Menges’s name is written in ink along with the notation that she is to
be XO. This document was truly fascinating as I had no idea that it existed before
tonight (July 8, 2009) or had forgotten completely about it.

 Nov. 1990 – First organizational meeting for the Northern KY shuttle occurs at
Crescent Springs LaRosa’s held on the 18th with 16 members being present
including Jennifer Alexander, Janet Burgoon, June Gunter, Bev Hater, Sam
Hearld, Charlie Kersker, Dennis Schwendemann, Glenna Juilfs, Ben Stull, Linda
Widener, Tammy Widener (Linda’s youngest daughter), and Dave Slaughter. It is
decided that the shuttle’s name will be Aquila, which is Latin for “eagle.” (Sam
Hearld later wrote an article elaborating on the origin of the name of the club,
which was published in the Apr. 2008 Talon’s Edge.)

Dec. 1990 – Second organizational meeting occurs in which the U.S.S. Polaris
formally agrees to sponsor the Aquila in Starfleet International as a shuttle (ship in
training). Sam Hearld becomes the ship’s CO by mutual agreement and Joy
Menges was appointed 1st officer. Joy Menges, Cindy Paugh, Adam Widener,
Brian Widener, and Greg Turner are among regular ship’s members who attend
their first meeting at this time.

Dec. 1990 – Sam Hearld and Bev Hater and Glenna Juilfs, Glenna’s daughter Pam
Paynter, Pam’s daughters Jessica Pence, Crissie Paynter and Nikkie Paynter attend
the Christmas party given by Polaris CO Tom Milinski at his house.

Jan. 1991 – First Talon’s Edge newsletter issue published, edited by Joy Menges.
It would come out on a monthly basis. Tina Widener (Linda’s oldest daughter)
attends her first meeting.

Feb. 1991 – Janet Crouch attends her first meeting.
Mar. 1991 - Tammy Borchardt and Erin Pence (Glenna’s son) and Vanessa Turner
(Greg’s daughter) attend their first meeting as do Tom and Melanie Kummer. The
club collects 1150 items for U.S. soldiers in Operation Desert Storm, and the club
also makes a video to send with the items. Sam announces in the Apr. 1991 TE
that the Aquila has been officially recognized by Starfleet International as a shuttle.
The Aquila plans to contribute, along with the U.S.S. Polaris and the U.S.S.
Yorktown to a joint fanzine, Nimbus, planned for late 1991. Tom Milinski retires
as Polaris CO and 1st officer Joan Riley becomes CO. Three Aquila members
attend Millennicon.

Apr. 1991 – Gary Donner attends his first meeting. Glenna, Bev, Ben, and Freda
Kurtzman attend Marcon.

May 1991 – Tony Scott attends his first Aquila meeting, and it is also the first club
meeting held in the Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church, which would be the
regular club meeting place for almost two years. Members of the Aquila along
with the Polaris work a table at Creation Con that month with Marina Sirtis. Other
members attend. It is the first major convention that a great many club members
all attend together and probably stands as the single largest gathering in club
history at a convention. Cindy, Angela Hellard, Tammy B., Joy, June, Jennifer,
Frank Ketron, Tony, Bev, Glenna, Erin, Ben, Freda, Tina Tindall, Sherry Tindall,
Linda, Tina, Tammy W., Adam (Linda’s oldest son), Brian (Linda’s youngest son),
Greg, David and Darlene Slaughter (David’s sister), Sam, Dennis, Linda Nebel,
and Art Menges attend or work at the convention. This was THE major event that
Cindy recollected from the first couple years of the club’s history, but she also
remembered that when she tried to give blood, she was found to have a 102 degree
fever and was sent home! The Federation clubs beat the Klingons in the Blood
Feud. The club makes its first major contact with the IKV Doomslayer (Joe
Manning’s ship, which would go on to head the Dover Peace Conferences). Bev
Hater resigns as 2nd Officer of the Aquila and transfers to the Polaris where she
will soon begin a long tenure as its Security Chief and perform many great services
to local SF fandom (many of which will be mentioned here).

June 1991 - Leonard Robinson attends his 1st meeting. Cindy Paugh is named 2nd
Officer. The Aquila’s sister ship, the U.S.S. Camelot, achieves starship status.
July 1991 – Carson Widener (Linda’s then-husband), Terrie Holahan, Pam Paynter
(and I believe Rob Langenderfer, although I’m not listed in the meeting minutes
and would not formally join the ship for another year and a half – I know I was at
an Aquila meeting where Sam ran the business meeting) attend their first meeting.
It was noted that the Aquila received a distinguished service award from Starfleet
for its work on the Blood Feud. Carolyn Cook was named U.S.S. Polaris liaison to
the Aquila.

Aug. 1991 – Linda, Tammy W., and Tina Widener attend Rivercon. Jessica Pence
and Shelley Wagner attend their first meeting. The first editions of the Aquila
Crew Member manual and the Aquila Officer manual were passed out. Later in
the month CO Sam Hearld resigns and Joy Menges becomes Acting CO and 2nd
Officer Cindy Paugh becomes Acting XO with an election scheduled for October.

Sept. 1991 – Cindy Paugh, Glenna Juilfs, and Darlene Slaughter travel (along
with some Polaris members) to Dover, OH to help the IKV Doomslayer and the
Shuttle Kestrel of Starfleet International with recruiting members. The members
posed in costume by an Air Force jet and by a theater that the cinema could use for
an advertisement. The later large Dover peace conferences would come from this.

Oct. 1991 - An election is held to select the new Aquila command staff. Joy
Menges is voted CO, Cindy Paugh XO and Greg Turner 2nd Officer. Cindy Paugh
is interviewed by the Channel 12 Cincinnati TV station to obtain her reaction to the
death of Gene Roddenberry, which occurred during that month. Nimbus I is
released with contributions by Aquila members Alice Farley, Glenna Juilfs, and
Cindy Paugh. Joy Menges is one of the co-editors of the fanzine.

Nov. 1991 - Terrie Holahan edited a sample issue of Talon’s Edge in addition to
Joy doing the regular issue as Joy had asked that someone else take over the
newsletter. At this time in many cases, different division chiefs such as Glenna
Juilfs (Operations), Greg Turner (Security) as well as Vanessa Turner from the
Cadet Corps published their own division newsletters. Glenna among others
attended Starbase Indy and reported on the many fun things that occurred.

Dec. 1991 – Terrie Holahan becomes the regular Talon’s Edge editor. Nineteen
members were part of a recruiting drive at the premiere of Star Trek VI. A
Covington Latin High School student (and eventual salutatorian) who would put
forth a not insignificant effort in trying to make the ship a more active and fun
place to be in the years to come recalls his ticket being on opening night of the film
being taken by a rival of his on Villa Madonna Academy’s academic team, its
eventual valedictorian, the club’s recruiting officer Jennifer Alexander, as well as
being recognized by Greg Turner (the club’s security chief who was in full
Klingon makeup) with the exclamation, “You were at one of our meetings! (Any
guesses who that was? You only get one! <grin>) Ken Paugh, Frank Ketron,
Vanessa Turner, Bob James, June Gunter, Tammy Borchardt, Charles Kersker,
Glenna Juilfs, Cindy Paugh, Greg Turner, Shelley Wagner, Jennifer Alexander,
Linda Widener, Tammy Widener, Erin Pence, Tina Widener received Certificates
of Appreciation for working at the recruiting drive. Brian and Adam Widener
were also there. Seven people attended a Christmas party at Tammy Borchardt’s
home. Shawn and Heather Borchardt (Tammy’s children) attend their first Aquila
meeting that month. At the December Aquila meeting, Joy Menges, Darlene
Slaughter, Glenna Juilfs, Cindy Paugh, Dennis Schwendemann, Russ Walters, Erin
Pence, Ken Paugh (Cindy’s husband), Tammy Borchardt and Jessica Pence were
awarded certificates for participation in Malts after Midnight. Malts after
Midnight was a group coordinated by Bev Hater that was comprised of users of
Tri-State Online, a local computer BBS in which a number of Polaris members and
Aquila members as well as many other people participated, and the Malts after
Midnight participants included members of the Polaris, Aquila and other people
who were not affiliated with either group. Basically they would go out to different
United Dairy Farmers at midnight and get malts and other tasty treats. They even
made the Feb. 9, 1992 Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jan. 1992 - Nothing particularly exceptional happened this month except that the
club was invited to attend the first annual Dover Peace Conference set for April.

Feb. 1992 - The name Aquila won by two votes over its nearest competitor for the
name that the ship would keep when it attained starship status. The Aquila crew
also selects Pepper as the whale it wishes to adopt. Alan Wright attends his first
meeting. By this time Tammy Widener had become Stampede Coordinator and
received a promotion for it.

 Mar. 1992 – The Aquila Cadet Corps, under the stewardship of Linda Widener, is
announced to be the largest division on the Aquila and the biggest Cadet Corps in
Region 1 of Starfleet. All throughout this time, division chiefs are preparing
formal written reports that are regularly sent to the command staff and to the
regional division chiefs in Starfleet. The command staff in turn write reports for
Starfleet. The club would never have so much paperwork as it did in the first
couple of years when it was preparing to apply for starship status. There would
sometimes be special joint division meetings with the U.S.S. Polaris, the Shuttle
Aquila’s mothership.

Apr. 1992 – Glenna Juilfs won 2nd prize in the costume contest at a recruiting drive
at Forest Fair Mall in late March. Nine members (Cindy and Ken Paugh, Greg
Turner, Tammy Borchardt, Leonard Robinson, Erin and Jessica Pence, Russ
Walters, and Glenna Juilfs) attended the Dover Peace Conference in April. More
than fifty people attended the Malt Run at the convention that was the biggest Malt
Run ever held at that time. Thirteen members from the U.S.S. Polaris attended the
convention as did one from the U.S.S. Camelot. The convention featured a formal
flag ceremony in which Glenna participated as a representative of the Romulan
Star Empire, a national Romulan club. This convention in particular was a place
where friendships were forged between people from many different clubs, and
many memorable and fun (and funny) events and miscellaneous occurrences
happened, things that Glenna Juilfs would be especially good at recording in her
departmental (and later the club) newsletter. The shuttle blueprints, having been
completed, were on sale at the club meeting this month, as was the Gene
Roddenberry tribute book. At this time, the club meetings were long and did not
contain much Star Trek or SF news or SF talk, but a great deal of the material was
Starfleet-related. There was not often even much talk of activities, but the
formality and reports given at the meeting contributed toward the club attaining
starship status.

May 1992 – A total of 33 members and 4 visitors were present at the meeting,
which was pretty typical for the ship at that time.

June 1992 – This meeting netted 26 members and 6 visitors, and Polaris CO Joan
Riley noted that the Aquila was ready for starship status. Tammy Borchardt hosted
an impromptu ST:TNG season 5 finale party at her house on June 19 attended by
several people. On June 26 Cindy hosted an Operations Department meeting at
her house.
July 1992 - Glenna Juilfs was appointed 3rd officer of the ship. She also became
the ship’s activities coordinator. Cindy hosted the club meeting at her house that
month, the first of several that she would host over the years. She also hosted an
Operations department meeting that month. At that time, divisions in the club
were large enough that they sometimes had their own separate meetings. Linda,
who became Medical Chief that month (a position she still holds today, 17 years
later – the longest current post on the ship filled by a member), would write letters
to the members of her division on a monthly basis to stay in contact. Tammy
Borchardt replaced her as Cadet Corps Commander. At the end of the month (on
July 26, 1992) the paperwork that the club needed to send in to apply for starship
status was sent out although due to Starfleet misplacing the paperwork (which,
thankfully Joan Riley had made an extra copy of), the Aquila would not receive
their official notice that they had achieved starship status until Nov. 19, 1992 (with
the U.S.S. Aquila’s commissioning date being retroactive to Aug. 15, 1992 to
make up for the lost paperwork). The club started to be part of a newsletter
exchange program this month.

Aug. 1992 – Twenty-five people members and seven visitors attended the meeting
at Cindy Paugh’s house. Among them was Pam Paynter, Glenna Juilfs’s daughter ,
making her first appearance at a club meeting. Joy took Tina Widener and Erin
Pence out for pizza for having “graduated” from the Cadet Corps, and several other
people joined them. Carson Widener was able to help Camelot CO Russ Grubb
when he had car problems.

Sept. 1992 - There was a report on Space Station Cincy in the Sept. 1992
Operation’s Obelisk newsletter that had John DeLancie and Majel Barrett as
guests. The review is unattributed, but it sounds like Glenna Juilfs’s voice writing!
Cindy Paugh, Glenna Juilfs and Erin Pence answered phones at the MDA
Telethon. I was at the club meeting that month at a steak house (although I’m not
listed in the minutes), and it was the fact that I was treated with some warmth and
friendliness by Tammy Widener, Pam Paynter, and really everyone there that I
decided that I would definitely permanently join the ship at some future point.
Erin also participated in the MDA Ice Skate-a-thon. On Sept. 13, 1992, Linda,
Tina and Tammy Widener, Glenna Juilfs, Erin Pence, Stephen Pence, Tonya
Rutledge, Pam Paynter, Jessica Pence, and Polarisites Ron Plogman and Bev Hater
showed Star Trek VI to patients at the VA Medical Center.
Oct. 1992 - The biggest event this month was the club Halloween Party (held on
the day of the club’s October meeting), which had a large enough number of
entries in their Masquerade Contest to give several honorable mentions as well as a
large number of awards. Joy Menges, Cindy Paugh, Tammy Borchardt, Terrie
Holahan, Glenna Juilfs, Ken Paugh, Greg Turner, Linda Widener, Heather
Borchardt, Shawn Borchardt, Gary Donner, June Gunter, Freda Kurtzman, Tom
Kummer, Katie McManus, Linda Nebel, Jason Paugh, Angel Paynter, Crystal
Paynter, Pam Paynter, Erin Pence, Jessica Pence, Leonard Robinson, Tonya
Rutledge, Dennis Schwendemann, David Slaughter, Vanessa Turner, Shelley
Wagner, Adam Widener, Brian Widener, Tammy Widener, Tina Widener, Brooke
Johnson, Dustyn Pence, Dustyn Pence, Jr., Janet Burgoon, Stephen Pence, and
visitor David Alexander attended. Thirty-eight people at a single Aquila meeting
and party – it may well be a club record for all time, and it certainly was a high
point of the group’s time as a shuttle. Brooke Johnson, Pam Paynter, Nikkie
Paynter, Crystal Paynter, and Freda Kurtzman all joined the ship this month – five
new members, quite possibly a club record for all time. Alan Wright attended
Lagrangecon ’92 this month in Cleveland and saw Jonathan Frakes, Robert
O’Reilly and Ann Crispin.

Nov. 1992 – This meeting was another one with a very large attendance. The same
people were there as the previous month although Charlie Kersker, was also there
and Heather Borchardt, Janet Burgoon, Dustyn Pence, Dustyn Pence, Jr., and
Stephen Pence were absent. Barb Bruser, Melanie Kummer, Shirley Robinson and
myself were there as visitors and Polaris CO Joan Riley was there although she
arrived late and was not counted as being present, but I remember because I was
there and remember her complaining about never driving this far for a meeting
again, and I also had her write her name and phone number on a newsletter of
mine. I can’t remember for sure if Carolyn Coook was with her or not, but I think
she was. This little incident reveals that sometimes things can happen that even the
attendance record doesn’t reflect and that on some things people’s memories can
be very clear and on other things they can be foggy. At the meeting it was
announced that the Aquila had achieved starship status. Cindy Paugh was
promoted to Commander, Greg Turner was promoted to Commander and Glenna
Juilfs was promoted to Lt. Cmdr., and Joy would be officially recognized as
Captain a week later (among promotions for the command staff). Glenna Juilfs
was voted Officer of the Year for 1991 and Tammy Borchardt was voted Officer of
the Year for 1992. Nimbus II was now available. Glenna Juilfs (and probably
some other ship members with her) attended Starbase Indy in Indianapolis over
Thanksgiving weekend where Leonard Nimoy was a guest. There was a listing of
Aquila club officers with their names and addresses that was dated Nov. 25, 1992,
six days after the ship finally received a letter confirming its starship status. Since
that is a nice snapshot of who was heavily involved in the club at the time, I will
provide it.

Commanding Officer: Captain Joy Menges
Executive Officer: Commander Cindy Paugh
Second Officer: Commander Greg Turner
Third Officer, Chief of Operations: Lt. Cmdr. Glenna Juilfs
Cadet Corps Commander, Project Genesis Coordinator: Lt. Tammy Borchardt
Chief of Communications, Ship’s Newsletter Talon’s Edge Editor: Lt.jg Terrie
Chief of Medical: Ensign Linda Widener
Chief of Engineering: Ensign Ken Paugh
Quartermaster: Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Kersker
Chief of Science: Ensign Dave Slaughter
Treasurer: Lt. Dennis Schwendemann
Records Officer: MCPO Gary Donner
Outreach Officer: MCPO Alan Wright
Stampede Coordintor: PO2 Tammy Widener

It had been a long haul for the ship, and there was still some confusion as initially
the ship was assigned an NCC # that had already been given to another ship, but its
correct NCC # arrived in time to make it onto the cover of the Nov. 1992 Talon’s
Edge. The shuttle had finally made it to starship status.
       Part of the reason I was so comprehensive in my listing of events for these
years as a shuttle is that they are now almost 17 years in the distant past and many
people do not know about them at all and people who were there don’t remember
them clearly. I filled out my little yellow card at the December meeting of the
(now) U.S.S. Aquila to officially make known in writing my intention to join the
U.S.S. Aquila and was a regular member from there on out. There have been so
many things that have happened in the last 16+ years that I feel a simple listing of
them would be pointless (and far too much work for me!). Instead, I am going to
speak much more in my own voice of my recollections of what it was like to be a
member of the club throughout its history and try to cover the major events of the
club’s history in great detail to convey the flavor of how the club has evolved.

       In November I sent in my check to join Starfleet, the Aquila’s parent
organization with the intention of then officially joining the Aquila as an official
member, having been present at five meetings as a visitor. Since my membership
would not be processed until after my 18th birthday late in November, I would join
the ship as a Petty Officer and not at a cadet rank. There were many people in the
club around my age at that time, so it was a group with whom it was especially
easy to interact, and the adults in the group were very welcoming to me.

        The Aquila was at its peak around this time as a club that was built around
families. Linda Widener was a member along with her husband Carson and
daughters Tammy and Tina and sons Adam and Brian. Tina had turned 18 at the
beginning of the year and Tammy would turn 16 in 1993. Tammy, Tina and Brian
were regular members along with Linda. Glenna was a member along with her son
Erin (who, like Tina and myself for that matter, had also turned 18 in 1992).
Glenna’s daughter Pam Paynter was also a very active member along with Pam’s
daughters Jessie Pence (who stayed quite active in the club for a number of years),
Nikkie and Crissie (who weren’t as active). Glenna’s sons Dusty, and Stephen
were also somewhat active in the clubs although their live-in wives Janet Burgoon
and Tonya Rutledge (more commonly called Billie Jo – yes, I know sometimes the
names are confusing) were more so and Dusty and Janet’s children Dusty, Jr. and
John John (who was born a few months later and who I can still remember
crawling around at one of our events as a one-year old with a big smile on his face
– he was always a ham!). Glenna’s daughter Lynda and Lynda’s daughters Becky
and Cyndi would also eventually come to events. Glenna’s son Ben and his
girlfriend Renee would also come to events. First Officer Cindy Paugh and her
husband Chief Engineer Ken Paugh would bring their four year old son Jason to
events. Cadet Corps Commander Tammy Borchardt regularly attended meetings
as did her son Shawn (who was in high school) and her daughter Heather (who was
soon to be in high school) and Heather’s friend Brooke Johnson (who was in high
school with Shawn) and Tammy’s niece Katie McManus. Second Officer Greg
and his daughter Vanessa (who was in high school) also came to meetings
regularly together. As you can imagine, Aquila meetings at the church where they
met at that time were pretty raucous affairs with kids running around and a lot of
noise being made but a lot of fun being had by all, although the meetings were
much more business-like and long and seemingly much more focused on the ship
and its divisions and committees than on much directly related to Star Trek than
the meetings would be in the future! Videos were sometimes shown after the
meetings (although sometimes it could be hard to focus on them due to all of the
other noise), and potluck dinners were a not infrequent occurrence.

       In terms of the Star Trek franchise itself, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began
airing in January of 1993. Dave Woodard, who was on the U.S.S. Camelot at the
time, hosted a premiere party. A Creation convention was held in Ft. Mitchell the
weekend before the premiere. James Doohan (Scotty) was the guest and my friend
Joe Link and I attended together. Cindy Paugh and several others from the Aquila
were there and we exchanged pleasant greetings and I became more and more
convinced that this was a great time to be getting involved with local fandom as the
Aquila had a family feel about it that other groups simply could not match.

       In February of 1993 there was a special Starfleet wedding to commemorate
the marriage of newsletter editor Terrie Holahan to John Drummonds after the club
meeting where Erin Pence was named the new Cadet Corps Commander for the
ship, a position that he would hold for the next eight and a half years until he and
Glenna moved to Texas. I had been formally assigned to Security the previous
month as a Petty Officer on the Aquila, and I did not take a large part in the
proceedings, but I was there. Attendees at this event were Joy Menges, Cindy
Paugh, Jason Paugh, Greg and Vanessa Turner, Linda, Tina, Tammy, Adam and
Brian Widener, Glenna Juilfs, Erin and Jessica Pence, Pam, Crissie and Nikkie
Paynter, Stephen Pence, Tonya Rutledge, Tammy, Shawn, and Heather Borchardt,
Brooke Johnson, Katie McManus, Gary Donner, June Gunter, Ben Stull, Dave
Slaughter , Terrie and John Drummonds, Alan Collier, Alice Farley, David
Alexander, John, Carolyn and Jody Cook, Christina Shafer, Leonard and Shirley
Robinson, Dave Borcherding, Dennis Schwendemann, Alan Wright, Rob
Langenderfer, Freda Kurtzman, Tom Kummer, Charlie Kersker, and Shelley
Wagner attended. It was the last Aquila event held in Crescent Springs
Presbyterian Church for word had gotten out that church member Jennifer
Alexander was no longer regularly attending Aquila meetings and the church no
longer had a reason to agree to serve as a meeting place for the club.
        For the next several months the club met at Bonanza Steakhouse. In April
Joy Menges stepped down as CO, and the club finally established a set procedure
for choosing the command staff on a regular basis, something that the group had
not had prior to this point. Cindy Paugh was elected CO, Greg Turner was elected
1st officer, Glenna Juilfs was elected 2nd officer and Dennis Schwendemann was
elected 3rd officer. After the meeting several members, including myself, Tammy
Borchardt and her family, Glenna and some of her family and possibly Cindy and
her family went to have an Easter Egg hunt at a local park. Later that evening,
Pam Paynter, Erin Pence, Tammy Borchardt, Gary Donner and myself went out to
a Malts After Midnight outing. Cindy was there as was Bev Hater, Joan Riley
(having recently stepped down as Polaris CO), and a lot of other people from the
Polaris and from Tri-State Online (which was not as active as it once was Trekwise
but still maintained Trek and SF forums). There was even an admiral from
Starfleet in town from Washington state who was head of one of the Starfleet
regions from the West coast talking a bit with Joan about financial issues at the
international HQ of Starfleet between the retiring Fleet admiral, Jeannette Maddox
and her successor, Rob Lerman. It was great to be there, and Gary Donner even
treated me to an ice cream, but all of us actually had more fun talking and joking in
the car on the way over than at the Malt Run itself! Fourteen Aquila members
attended the Dover Peace Conference later in April, including Cindy and Ken
Paugh, Glenna Juilfs, Tammy Borchardt, Heather Borchardt, Brooke Johnson,
Greg Turner, Pam Paynter, and Jessie Pence were there, among others. The game
Bounty Ball, where you toss a roll of paper towels around until the plastic comes
off, which was later played in great fun at Maryanna and Terry Willacker’s among
other places, was created on this Dover trip. Dover had become THE place for
people from many different Trek clubs all throughout OH to gather together in a
fun setting.

In June the Aquila began to meet regularly at Boone County Public Library in
Florence. Cindy’s command style was less formal than Joy’s and much more
relaxed and laid back. I hosted my first party for the ship that month even though
the weather was quite uncooperative. I sought to bring together members from the
Aquila and The Friends of the Time Lord, the Dr. Who group in which I had been
a regular member for two and a half years and through whom I had originally
gotten information about the Polaris and through their newsletter editor at the time,
Renee Alper, found out about the Aquila two years before. Linda, Tammy and
Brian Widener were able to attend as well as F.O.T.L. president Joe Link as well
as Tom Kelly (who, at the time, was Chancellor of Commuications of F.O.T.L. but
would move up to the Vice-Presidency the next year and then have six years as the
group’s president after that) and her room-mate Anna Kelley. Anna in particular
(as well as her husband Wayne) would maintain ties to Aquila members
(particularly myself, Linda Widener and Glenna Juilfs) for many years thereafter.
In spite of the terrible weather, which had kept many people, including Glenna
Juilfs and Tammy Borchardt from attending, those who were able to make it had
an excellent time. Fourteen Aquila members attended Paramount’s King’s Island
on June 6th that had special Star Trek content at the time. Terrie stepped down as
newsletter editor during the summer, but in early August Glenna assumed the post
and would remain as the club newsletter editor until she moved to Texas eight
years later. In August there was a fun gathering of members of many different
clubs, including the Aquila and the Polaris at the planetarium where we got to see
an interesting space-related program on their big special screen, and Anna and
Wayne Kelley were also there. Sixteen members of the U.S.S. Aquila attended the
club picnic at Indian Lake Wildernes Preserve in September, including Cindy
Paugh, Glenna Juilfs, Erin and Jessie and Dustyn Pence, Janet Burgoon, Pam,
Nikkie, and Crissie Paynter, Stephen Pence, Billie Jo Rutledge, Carson, Linda,
Tina, and Brian Widener and Rob Langenderfer. I remember this event
particularly well as it was the first time I met Linda’s husband Carson, and it was
the first major lengthy outdoor event with the Aquila that I had attended. The
sense of family among the club was never more evident. Earlier that month I had
attended my first Engineering Blueprints meeting at Cindy’s house, and ten
Aquilans (although not me, who had other plans that night, seeing Kenneth
Branaugh’s Much Ado About Nothing with Joe Link) saw the special Star Trek
festival later that night at the Emery Theatre.

        Late that month five long-time members of the ship left the group to help
form a correspondence ship with one other long-time member joining them in the
not-too-distant future. However, that was not able to darken the mood on the ship
as the club had its commissioning party in October with Cindy Paugh, Glenna
Juilfs, Erin Pence, Leonard and Shirley Robinson, Greg and Vanessa Turner,
Tammy, Shawn and Heather Borchardt, Alan Wright, Linda, Carson, Tammy and
Brian Widener in attendance. They partied from 9 P.M. until 3:30 A.M.! If I had
not been at my uncle’s wedding, I would have been there!

       Although this may say seem somewhat personal and arbitrary, I can’t
neglect to mention when reviewing these particular months all of the help that I
received from Linda, Tammy, and Tina Widener in helping me to construct my
Cyberman costume for Visions ’93 in Chicago (the big 30th anniversary convention
in honor of Dr. Who). Although Anna and Wayne Kelley and Tom Kelly and
Anne Cox-Espenlaub and Erb Hansel from the Dr. Who club also helped vitally in
the process and should not be forgotten, the help of the Wideners at their house,
my house and going with me to stores late at night and even working on aspects of
the costume when I was practically asleep was particularly invaluable and is
representative of many acts of the Aquila that have not been mentioned in this
ship’s history. (My costume was finished, and I did wear it in the Visions Costume
Contest and received an honorable mention and later wore it at other events.)

       In November of 1993 Carson Widener took over as Treasurer for the ship.
Later that month several members of the crew (including at least Glenna and
Cindy) journeyed to Starbase Indy to see Renee Auberjonois (Odo) where they
witnessed Polaris Security Chief Bev Hater try to show her good friend IKV
Doomslayer Captain Joe Manning something, causing him to slip and then Bev,
who was only semi-conscious at the time, dragged him across the floor, giving him
a bad case of rug burn! Although Bev denied it, there were witnesses who saw
her sitting in Joe’s lap later during the convention! (If you know Bev, that was a
truly unusual and newsworthy occurrence!)

        In January, 15 crew members participated in an Engineering Blueprints
development party at Cindy and Ken’s. The activities committee also had a
meeting there where they tossed around ideas for future events (some of which are
still being discussed today). Another engineering party was held in March at the
Paugh’s. In April Ken Paugh was voted Officer of the Year for 1993. In April a
large number of Aquilans journeyed to New Philadelphia, OH for the Dover Peace
Conference including Cindy, Greg and Glenna (with Glenna fighting to protect her
Romulan ears from several Klingons, including Greg!). In the legendary Hatergate
trial, Bev was placed on trial for what had happened at Starbase Indy with Joe
Manning’s rug burn. After Bev was freed when actor Robert O’Reilly (who
played Gow’Ron, leader of the Klingon high council on ST:TNG and ST:DS9)
made a phone call to Joe leaving the decision up to Joe’s judgment, Joe himself
was placed on trial by a Klingon admiral for letting her go free, and Cindy and Bev
among others were called to testify, Bev claiming that she couldn’t remember
anything! It was eventually decided that the disputes would be resolved by
whether Klingons or Starfleet groups could collect the most food for their local
food banks. Such were the fun and funny happenings that could occur at
conventions. In May Cindy stepped down as CO, with Greg moving up to CO,
Glenna to XO, and Linda Widener to 2nd Officer. On May 31, 1994 the Paughs
hosted a ST:TNG finale watching party at their house. It was quite a good time,
particularly as the last season of the show had declined in quality over the previous
ones, but they definitely delivered the goods in the finale “All Good Things…”

       The Aquila also supported each other during rough times. It was around this
time that the Wideners’ house burned down and they lost nearly all of their
belongings. (This was the second time that they had to undergo that particular
tragedy as it had occurred once to them before the Aquila had been founded.)
Many members of the ship came to help sort through the remnants of what was left
and to donate clothes and other items for them, and the ship unanimously voted the
proceeds of the club’s bake sale to the Wideners.

       In July, Glenna got involved in a new group, the Space Station Star Hawk
that was open to people from many different clubs – Romulan, Federation,
Klingon, Dr. Who. The group was led by Juanita Daley who dressed as a
Romulan. Glenna, Erin and probably Janet Burgoon marched in a 4th of July
Parade with them in which they had built a float. (Some of this is based on
guesswork, matching the unidentified people that mentioned in different divisions
with the Aquila crew roster dated Sept. 26, 1994 on which forty people were listed.
However, except for one event each that I can recall, Brooke Johnson (who was at
Heather’s graduation party five years later), June Gunter (possibly), Rocky Wood
(possibly, but I can’t picture her in my mind after so long), Tom and Melanie
Kummer (both of whom I cannot picture in my mind after so long but I remember
Linda saying goodbye to Melanie at a party over at Cindy’s house) and Howard
Hudson and Steve and Billie-Jo and their son Brian (who had moved to Georgia)
no longer attended any ship’s events, so at this point the ship effectively had 31
members. ) Those 31 included Tammy, Heather and Shawn Borchardt, Janet
Burgoon, Glenna Juilfs, Ben Kirby, myself, Katie McManus, Cindy, Jason and
Ken Paugh, Pam, Nikki, and Cryssi Paynter, Dustyn, Dustyn Jr. and Jonathan
Pence (who by this time was a smiling, devilish one year old crawling around at
great speed for his age!), Erin Pence, Lynda Pence, Jessica Pence, Leonard and
Shirley Robinson, Greg and Vanessa Turner, Linda, Carson, Tina, Tammy, Adam
and Brian Widener, and Alan Wright. Twelve of those thirty-one were members
of Glenna’s family.

 Later in July the Aquila held a tremendously successful picnic at Indian Lakes
Wilderness Preserve in Batesville, IN that had 43 people attending, including
several members of the Star Hawk and members of Space Station Renegade and
the IKV Buruk. Steve and Billie Jo drove up from Georgia to attend, and 21
people, including myself, spent the night there. It was a really wonderful time
being out under the stars with all of Glenna’s family and Brian and Adam , and I
can still recall feeling how lucky I was to be on a ship that had such a family
atmosphere to it.

By this point the Operations newsletter was the only newsletter coming out of a
division on a semi-regular basis, and that was done by Glenna who had been the
Chief of Operations from the founding of the ship and who was also now doing the
monthly Talon’s Edge newsletter. However, Glenna (and, particularly with her
making the point consistently in the newsletter, the rest of us) had already long
realized that the Aquila was not a division-oriented ship. Virtually all of the events
were ship-wide.

In August the Aquila began meeting at the Florence Union Hall, moving after just
over a year in the Florence library.

In September, Glenna, Cindy, Erin and Linda worked at Care+Con in Columbus,
and three other club members (including Tammy Borchardt) attended this
convention where the proceeds went to charity. The convention had possibly the
most remarkable list of guests of any convention that the Aquila attended with
Marina Sirtis (Troi), Michael Dorn (Worf), Jimmy Doohan (Scotty), George Takei
(Sulu), Grace Lee Whitney (Rand), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Mark Lenard
(Sarek), John De Lancie (Q), Robert O’Reilly (Gowron), and many others. Nearly
all of the guests went above and beyond the call of duty in being gracious and
warm toward their fans, and Glenna recalled the tears of joy that were on a blind
girl’s face and warm words of appreciation that were given by her to Aquila
members as they led her to meet some of her heroes, and she pointed out that tears
were on the Aquila members’ faces as well as they witnessed the touching scene.

Twenty-two people attended the special Aquila Halloween party on Oct. 15, 1994
with Tammy Widener, Erin and Jessica Pence, Glenna Juilfs, Rob Langenderfer,
and Jodi Crouch receiving awards for their costumes. (I had forgotten that I had
worn my Sherlock Holmes costume to an Aquila event before I saw it in Janet’s
story in the newsletter.)

Glenna and several members of her family worked the Delhi Haunted House with
members of the Star Hawk that month. They worked a room that was made up as
the Collins’s Family Mausoleum from Dark Shadows. Earl Jones was Barnabus
Collins, Janet Burgoon was Angelique, Erin was the Grim Reaper, Glenna was a
gypsy fortune teller, and Eileen Dehyle was a disembodied hand coming out of a
coffin. Juanita Daley, the commander of the Star Hawk, helped to design the

In November, the ship’s 4th anniversary party was held. Tammy Borchardt was
elected Chief of Science. Prior to the party 23 members journeyed over to an event
at the planetarium that members of the Polaris and other Star Trek clubs were
attending. The premiere of Star Trek: Generations occurred later that month, and
the Aquila held a recruiting drive the night it came out that 12 Aquilans (including
myself) attended. This time truly was the period in the ship’s history in which the
members of the ship were the most active. Members of the club participated in
recruiting drives at Media Plays in both Florence and Western Hills, marched in
Thanksgiving and Christmas Day parades, did a “Breakfast with Santa”, and
helped at a canned food drive all in the span of just over a month. Additionally,
Glenna Juilfs, Erin Pence, Jessica Pence, Janet Burgoon, Leonard Robinson, and
Rob Langenderfer performed alongside Juanita Daley, Elza Correll, Eileen Dehyle,
Chris Dehyle, and Bill Robb from the Space Station Star Hawk in two
performances of Klingon Monkey Business at the Westside Nursing Home in Price
Hill and the Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg in December.
I have endeavored to keep politics out of this history, but there is one matter on an
international scale that affected a great many clubs in Star Trek fandom and the
Aquila itself to a major degree, so it is one political matter that I cannot ignore
because it has shaped how the ship has functioned since 1995. To deal with the
matter extremely briefly, Starfleet International, the mega- Star Trek club that was
over the Aquila, its mother ship U.S.S. Polaris and its sister ship U.S.S. Camelot as
well as hundreds of other chapters, had suffered from not having turned in tax
returns to the IRS in 1991 and 1992 since it had been incorporated. A candidate
for Starfleet President, Dan McGinnis, had been suspended, pending an
investigation into various matters, including having airline tickets for himself, his
wife, and others paid for out of Region 12 funds. When his Vice-President,
Deborah Nelson, assumed the presidency, she reinstated him as president of
Starfleet International and he in turn fired all of the directors of the Starfleet
Academy schools as well as the Starfleet Regional Coordinators who had opposed
him. There were concerns that Starfleet International would begin to impose tight
controls upon local chapters about how they would use their money. At the Feb.
1995 meeting, of the 19 members of the club who were present, 17 voted that the
group end its ties with Starfleet International. (The U.S.S. Camelot and the U.S.S.
Polaris also voted to leave Starfleet International around this time, along with
many other Starfleet chapters.)

After the meeting, many of us journeyed over to Cindy and Ken’s for what would
end up being the last Engineering blueprints meeting/party we would end up
having. The preliminaries for the blueprints were completed, and work on the final
drawings was in process. However, unfortunately, they were lost during Glenna’s
2001 move to Texas. The Engineering parties that we had at the Paughs (and I
attended four of them) and the two other general parties we had there that I
attended were always a lot of fun. Even though I was always self-conscious about
my lack of drawing ability (and consequently never did anything of note in terms
of actually helping create the engineering blueprints), I was very active at the
Activity Committee meetings that took place over there, and one could argue that
they were my initial steps in actively participating in the process of developing
ideas that the Aquila could carry out on a short and long-term basis that provided
direction for future fun activities. We would watch videos over there to
tremendously late hours while talking and joking around about all sorts of things
and comically noting how, especially in his early years, Cindy’s dog Dusty was
absolutely obsessive about sniffing anyone and everyone any number of times!
We had many good times over there, and I, for one, miss all the camaraderie of
those late hours, hours that we never seemed to have the stamina for anywhere

In March Darlene Stroberg, a friend of Tammy Borchardt’s joined the ship, the
first regular new member the group had gained in a couple of years. She joined a
ship that would never again be affiliated with an outside group in anything more
than a nominal way although the Aquila still retained ties of friendship to the
Polaris and the Camelot. With the Aquila having left Starfleet International, the
club policy manual was revised to reflect the relevant changes that the step entailed
as well as other changes that the revision committee, comprised of Greg Turner,
Glenna Juilfs, Linda Widener, Tammy Widener, Tina Widener, Leonard Robinson,
myself, Cindy Paugh and Ken Paugh thought necessary. Many members of the
crew participated in a St. Patrick’s Day and a Memorial Day and a 4th of July
parade (after having spent many hours building a Bird of Prey float at Juanita
Daley and Elza Corrill’s house with their 13 cats and floats which took up a great
deal of space in their living room) with the Space Station Star Hawk.
Documentation for some of these events is sketchy in the Aquila newsletter since
Glenna by this time was also editing the newsletter for the Star Hawk, Hawk Talk.
It may not be necessary to give a detailed account of every parade, but as I was
heavily involved in helping to build floats and attending the regular monthly Star
Hawk meetings (where plans for Tall Stacks ’95 in which Aquila and Star Hawk
members planned to participate were regularly discussed), I wanted to try to give
those of you who were not there a sense of what it was like. For one thing, there
were gatherings at Juanita’s house, sometimes as many as five or six a month when
we were at our most active points getting ready for a parade. Glenna was always
there and served as very much of an anchor of stability for the occasionally volatile
but vulnerable and also somewhat motherish Juanita Daley, suffering from cancer
but managing to uphold virtues of dignity and determination, who felt, however,
that she been treated badly by Klingon clubs in the past and was almost always
worried about them intruding on her turf. Glenna had always served as an anchor
of calm and controlled thought on the Aquila when things threatened to burst out
of control. Because she was quite low key, when she stated a position on
something, you knew that it had merit, whatever the issue concerned. Many years
ago now Joan Riley observed to me that Glenna was a gem that was often
overlooked. Erin was always at her side loyally helping on the floats and with
anything else that was needed. Janet Burgoon, the mother of two of Glenna’s
grandchildren who lived with Glenna at the time, was also over there a fair
amount. Once Linda Widener became involved in Star Hawk activities, she
became one of its most consistent members, always helping frequently in building
the floats and in marching in the parades. Many times Brian and myself were also
with her, and I have many pleasant memories of innumerable times listening to
country music in her van as we went over to Juanita’s. Juanita (who liked to be
called Mommy O’Rommy and Joan Riley (who often went by Captain Mom) both
had motherish qualities about them, but the two people who most exemplified the
best of those attributes so much that their kids each called the other “Mom” and
helped a young historian in his college days deal with emotional private family
issues outside his prior experiences and treat him and make him feel like a member
of their own families were right here on the Aquila command staff at the time.
Brian and Erin had a lot of fun together and Tammy W. was also a not infrequent
participant in parade-related events and even Tina showed up now and then.
Leonard and Shirley were nearly always present for the parades and other events
although they didn’t do a great deal in terms of float construction. From outside the
Aquila, Earl Jones and his wife Margie and son Ed represented the IKV Harbinger
and Ed and Monica Watkins represented another Klingon ship with Eileen Dehyle
also helping on things. Bill Robb’s tapes of Star Trekking Across the Universe
could always bring a smile to my face when we started the parades. The Star
Hawk crew also attended many Native American cultural events since Juanita was
a full Navajo. At the May 1995 meeting, after a successful Dover Peace
Conference that had Robert O’Reilly in person as a guest that Glenna, Erin, Janet,
Tammy and Darlene and Greg attended and also just after the Paynters moved to
Texas, the following people held offices on the Aquila:

Captain Greg Turner, Commanding Officer
Commander Glenna Juilfs, Executive Officer, Operations Chief, Newsletter Editor
Lt. Linda Widener, Second Officer, Medical Chief
Commander Leonard Robinson, Records Officer, Ship’s Archivist, Marine Officer
in Charge
Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) Carson Widener, Treasurer
MCPO Janet Burgoon, Assistant Operations Chief, OPS Newsletter (note : which,
effectively, she never did anything with; Glenna edited the final issue in which she
announced Janet as the new editor in the Winter 1994-95 issue, and the last Aquila
division newsletter bit the dust)
Lt.jg. Ken Paugh, Engineering Chief
MCPO Vanessa Turner, Communications Chief
Commander Erin Pence, Cadet Corps Commander
Lt. Cmdr. Tammy Borchardt, Science Chief
MCPO Tina Widener, Project Genesis
Ensign Alan Wright, Quartermaster, Outreach Officer
Captain Cindy Paugh, Recruiting Officer
Ensign Shirley Robinson, Overseas Coupon Project Coordinator, Stampede
Coordinator (as far as I can recall Shirley never did anything related to those
positions; Tammy Widener was the only person who did anything with Stampede)

The revised policy manual was approved at the May meeting. Later in May I
hosted a club party that many club members attended. All 6 of the Wideners were
there, and Greg and Tammy and Darlene and Glenna and Erin (and I think Art
Lauer from the Friends of the Time Lord and I think Alan Wright and maybe
Leonard and maybe some other member of Glenna’s family). At the party
Glenna announced that she had heard from Cindy about a major special event that
Bev Hater and Polaris CO Dave Abbott (who had succeeded Joan) were in the
beginning stages of working on with people from the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Leonard became Director of the Aquila Academy following the ship’s departure
from Starfleet, and he developed versions of Officer’s Training School and
Officer’s Command College for the ship. Leonard handed over the position of
Ship’s Historian to me in July, and I have held it ever since.

In September Tammy Borchardt hosted the annual club picnic at her house. Many
people (including myself attended), and Tammy would go on to host more than
twelve more parties at her house for the club over the years that I would attend. I
got to know her mother and her sister Candy and her dogs (one of which we saw
grow up from being an excitable puppy into a friendly and well-mannered Lab-
Chow girl) quite well. They were always very hospitable, and her sister in
particular was a very good conversationalist. I feel sad that I don’t think I ever had
the chance to share with her about my trip to Disney World, for she was a big
Wizard of Oz fan, and I got to see the ruby slippers. Tammy’s “worms and dirt”
(chocolate pudding, crushed oreo cookies and gummi worms) was always a hit
with the cadets. While Cindy and Greg and Glenna and Linda were rather quiet
and thoughtful leaders, Tammy was all emotion and tended to shoot from the hip.
“I don’t want any of that Next Generation crap!” she shouted when a prospective
ship’s motto that was a line from ST:TNG was proposed as the Aquila’s motto
when the ship’s going to starship status was discussed many years before. At
another time, she admitted, with a hint of a smile, “I’m not always tactful.” While
Linda and Glenna and Cindy could be Kirk and Greg could be Spock, Tammy was
McCoy through and through (a bit ironic, since Mr. Spock was Tammy’s absolute
favorite character on Star Trek). Tammy was always very sweet and motherish to
the cadets, especially the small ones. A frequent attendee at conventions with the
group, Tammy did not take shit off of anyone, once punching out Earl Jones when
he started fooling around with her after he had too much to drink. An artist,
always capable of very deep feelings, extremely blunt in her speech, extremely
talkative, Tammy could be very down-to-earth at times and sharp-tempered at
other times. She was always interesting and she had a way of rallying the group
when it had hit a low point by holding a party or just spouting forth on some topic
or another. Extremely fun-loving and never predictable, she brought life and
energy to the group wherever she went, and she remains the only member of the
group to be voted Officer of the Year three times (in 1992, 2000 and 2001). No
one else has even won it twice. (To be fair, in 2002 the award was eliminated, so
2001 was the last year for which it was awarded.)

 Later in September Carson, Linda, Tina, Tammy, Adam and Brian Widener, Alex
Snodgrass (Tina’s fiancé), Chris Langsdale, Tonya Jones, Jodi Crouch, Eddie
Jones, Leonard Robinson, Glenna Juilfs and Erin Pence journeyed down to Lake
Cumberland to help clean up the area, which was full of garbage. In October
Linda, Tammy and Brian Widener and myself, Cindy Paugh, Glenna, Erin and Ben
Kirby helped out at the 1995 VA Homeless Stand Down, giving clothes and other
aid to the homeless. At Tall Stacks ’95 in October the following people from the
Aquila and the Space Station Star Hawk helped out (with the great majority in
historic costumes that they had made) to make the event more enjoyable for the
thousands of people who came to see it: Linda, Tina, Tammy, Adam and Brian
Widener, Jodi Crouch, Tonya Jones, Cindy Paugh, Erin Pence, Glenna Juilfs,
Juanita Daley, Eileen Dehyle, Elza Corrill, Rob Langenderfer, Samantha
Lawrence, April Byrd, Lynda Pence, Ben Kirby, Alex Snodgrass, Don Deyhle,
Tammy and Heather Borchardt, Darlene Stroberg, Bill Robb and Terry. Glenna
Juilfs, Erin Pence, Adam and Brian Widener, Jodi Crouch, Tonya Jones, Ed and
Monica Watkins, Tami Illis, Eileen and Don Deyhle, Casey (Jones – who was
Eileen’s granddaughter), Stacy, Sam Fields, Mary Sipe, Earl and Eddie Jones and
Jonathan Praether manned two rooms at the Delhi Haunted House – a medieval
torture chamber and the family funeral of the electrocuted murderer. Members of
the group who helped out at Boo Fest at the Haunted Neighborhood at the
Cincinnati Museum Center were Linda Widener, Erin Pence, Glenna Juilfs, Juanita
Daley, and Eileen and Don Deyhle. At CPR Saturday in November Linda and
Brian Widener, Janet and Jodi Crouch, Glenna Juilfs, Erin Pence, Eileen Deyhle
and Rob and Mary Langenderfer all obtained or renewed their CPR certifications.
I listed all of these events to give those reading this a sense of just how active the
group was at this time.

In January of 1996, the group moved into its new meeting place at the Barnes and
Nobles bookstore in Florence (having had to leave the Union Hall after 1995 since
Greg was no longer a union officer). That would remain its regular meeting place
for the next ten years. At the meeting, Glenna, Erin and Leonard were promoted to
Captain, Linda was promoted to Lt. Cmdr., I was promoted to Lt., Tina and
Vanessa were promoted to Ensign, Tammy Widener was promoted to MCPO, and
Brian was promoted to CPO, and Adam was promoted to PO (having been in the
Cadet Corps and having started on the ship with a much lower rank). Although the
prior two months were relatively disappointing due to bad weather, the death of
Juanita’s father and the almost total destruction of the floats in the Thanksgiving
and Christmas parades, the next months would again be a period of great activity
as the Star Trek Federation Science Exhibit came to the Cincinnati Museum
Center, and Star Trek clubs from all over the Greater Cincinnati area were given
the opportunity to help explain the different experiments and rooms that comprised
the exhibit which were designed to help the public better understand science and
the technology that was coming from it. In February Janet Crouch and Sam Hearld
returned to the Aquila after long absences, and Greg’s stated intention to retire was
vetoed by the entire crew, and he agreed to stay on as CO for another two years.
The Aquila Marine unit (38th MSG) was given an award for being the SMI 7th
Division Strike Group of the Year, and Leonard was given an award for being the
SMI 7th Division Marine of the Year. Tina had married Alex Snodgrass and had
moved to West Virginia, so Darlene Stroberg took over Project Genesis. At the
April meeting, plaques for the 1993, 1994 and 1995 Officers of the Year were
presented to Ken Paugh, Greg Turner and Linda Widener respectively. The
Museum Center exhibit finished up this month with a great volunteer party where
Fleet Captain Joan Riley (former Polaris CO) had the opportunity to promote Dave
Abbott (who by now had himself retired as Polaris captain, handing the reins over
to Tom Creech) to Fleet Captain for his hard work on the exhibit. Bev was
promoted to the rank of Captain later that month at Dover, largely because of her
hard work on the exhibit. The exhibit was more than just a way of teaching people
about science and Star Trek and being a nice PR activity for both the museum
center and local clubs. It got people from different clubs working together and
interacting with each other in a way they never had before. New friendships were
formed, and a greater sense of community among fandom resulted. Glenna, Linda,
Erin and Brian each worked 100 or more hours at the exhibit, which gave each of
them the rank of Commander the way the ranking in the museum center’s system
was done, with only Captain (with 150 or more hours of volunteer time) eluding
them. Janet Crouch made the rank of Lt. for her volunteer time, Cindy made the
rank of Lt.jg. and Leonard and I both made the rank of Ensign while Jodi made the
rank of Chief. Tammy Borchardt, Darlene Stroberg, Janet Burgoon, Tammy
Widener and her then boyfriend Robert Hollander were also recognized by the ship
for the time that they had put in volunteering on the exhibit.

The Dover Peace Conference in 1996 with Robert O’Reilly and writers Margaret
Wander Bonanno and Brad Ferguson as guests was a wonderfully festive time, a
particular convention highlighted by one attendee of almost every Dover as the
high point of Dovers. Dover seemed to always fall right near my final exam week
at Thomas More College, but this was the one right before I was scheduled to
graduate, and I figured that I could survive the trip and still do well on my exams.
I went up with Linda, Brian, Glenna and Erin. Greg, Tammy, Darlene, Cindy and
Ken Paugh, and Leonard and Shirley Robinson also attended from our ship. I had a
nice time getting to talk with Robert O’Reilly about acting, and I was able to get
the Vulcan ears there from Earl Jones that he had made for me to complete my
Vulcan costume, which I later wore to several conventions. A lot of water has
passed under the bridge since this time, so I feel that I can finally say that I was
NOT drunk on Dave and Jennifer Woodard’s rum-soaked watermelon. When I
learned that it was soaked in rum, I decided to just act as if I was a little under to
see if I could see what it felt like and to get a rise out of people, which I did! I was
never not in control of any of my faculties, including when I was crossing the
street. Unless I was so drunk that I was not aware of my movements, which I don’t
remember being, and I do remember thinking that it would be interesting to see
what being drunk felt like and I remember consciously doing things that I was
aware might make people think I was drunk, like rubbing my pants legs, so that is
my final word on the subject unless someone who was there wants to offer their
recollections of things!
I did end up graduating from Thomas More with a 3.914 GPA, and many members
of the Aquila came to my graduation party held back at my house. Linda, Brian
and Tammy Widener (along with her then-boyfriend Robert Hollander), Glenna,
Erin, Lynda Pence and her daughters Becky and Cyndi and Dustyn Pence Jr. and
Jonathan Pence attended, and I remember all of the things that occurred that day,
playing basketball late at night with the Wideners in my driveway was the most

Wayne and Anna Kelley hosted a picnic at their home in Lynchburg, OH in June
where they had horses and a coillection of cats and dogs that would have rivaled
Juanita’s for the cats and Tammy’s for the dogs! Linda and Tammy and myself
along with several members of Friends of the Time Lord were able to attend. I
was even able to spend the night there and the next day had a nice time getting The
Lord of the Rings at a flea market and hearing Anna and Wayne’s stories of their
many years in Star Trek and Beauty and the Beast fandom on the way home.

Throughout the summer of 1996, the Star Hawk continued to go to Native
American cultural events and to prepare for the Labor Day parade. Yet even
Junaita’s relinquishing nominal command of the station to Eileen with Glenna as
1st officer could not alleviate the stress and tension that people on the Star Hawk
were feeling, quite possibly from over-commitment.

 Tammy and Darlene and myself attended Third Rock in August and were at the
commissioning of the U.S.S. Antares, a new club founded by Dave Abbott and Bev
Hater that contained members from many different clubs in the area, including
Laurie Weingartner, Joan and Richard Riley, Reggie Parker, myself and tons of
other people! At the August Aquila meeting Greg was promoted to Commodore
and given a plaque by the crew. He was speechless with gratitude!

Space Station Star Hawk did a Labor Day parade, and then the next month it
disbanded. Aquila members still did the Lake Cumberland clean-up in September
and were still involved in haunted houses in October, but the era of tremendous
activity was at an end. I was now in graduate school at UC and couldn’t have done
all of those activities even if I wanted to.

In November, the club held a recruiting drive at the movie theater in connection
with the opening of Star Trek: First Contact, and this time I stayed until the very
end at midnight and saw the movie for free and stayed awake for all of it! In
December I was promoted to Lt. Cmdr. for points and for passing OCC (the first
person to take the Aquila version of OCC that Leonard had created), and Shirley
was promoted to Lt.jg. The Aquila had a very nice New Year’s party at Sam
Hearld’s restaurant where 29 members attended and had a wonderful time. On the
sad side of things, although a number of Aquila members were able to attend the
U.S.S. Antares Christmas party, the good mood was shattered by the unexpected
death of Tina Widener Snodgrass’s husband Alex as well as the death of former
Aquila member Ben Stull. Still, the Aquila persevered into 1997.

Fourteen members of the Aquila attended a recruiting drive with the U.S.S.
Melbourne, a Northern Kentucky chapter of Starfleet Command captained by Tony
Scott with Miriam Lauer as 1st officer with Tricia Scott, Art Lauer, Jan Koenig and
Mary Kramer rounding off most of the crew that had split off of the U.S.S.
Yorktown that was held the night of the release of Star Wars: The Special Edition
at the Showcase Cinema in Erlanger and eleven members attended the recruiting
drive with the Melbourne at the opening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back:
The Special Edition. I was there at both drives and at the drive for the release of
Star Trek: First Contact (at which I think members of the Melbourne were also
present), and the atmosphere was so electric with anticipation as we saw the
movies and the previews for the next ones coming out that the evenings were just
filled with joy and energy. Recruiting drives would never be so much fun as they
were those nights.

The Aquila and its members did two panels at Millennicon, a general SF
convention held in Cincinnati, in 1997. I was on a panel dong a comparison of the
crews from the different Star Trek series and I was also on a panel with Linda and
Glenna discussing how close we were to achieving Star Trek’s technology. I won
a plaque that year for finishing 1st in Star Trek Jeopardy that was overseen by Joan
Riley at Millennicon with the plaque being made by the new Polaris CO Therese
Truitt. I remember that Linda and Glenna and I think Erin and Lynda came out to
my house to watch a video to prepare for the panel. I received boxes of material
from Cindy via Glenna and Lynda for the ship’s archives that spring and also got
archival materials from Joan Riley and Bev Hater that year to examine. (Some of
those materials have been helpful in preparing this history today.)
Tammy Borchardt, Darlene and Brad Stroberg and Anne Williams and Linda and
Brian Widener and Glenna Juilfs and Erin Pence and Earl Jones attended the 1997
Dover Peace Conference and had a good time.

Tammy B. hosted three parties in 1997 for the crew. (Occasionally, like with
Shawn and Heather’s graduation parties, they doubled as family events.) I hosted
one. Glenna, Erin, Tammy B. and myself had a very good time at the party that
Maryanna and Terry Willacker had at their house. Aimee Weber joined the group
in the summer of 1997. Erin took over as Chief Engineer, and Alan took over as
Recruiting Officer and Nelson took over as Media Liaison Officer in August.

Glenna became involved as a member with the IKV Harbinger (Earl Jones’s ship)
and the Midnight Warrior (a ship captained by Jeremy Burns and then Tina
(Schoenfield) Burns) around this time. Therese Truitt stepped down after just six
months as Polaris CO, turning the reins back over to Joan. Star Trek fandom
itself, however, was shrinking, particularly on a local level. Star Trek celebrated
its 30th anniversary in 1996, and Star Trek: First Contact was released, and one
could argue that local fandom hit a high point with the Cincinnati Museum Center
event of 1996. However, Deep Space Nine (good as it was) never captured the
public imagination as did ST:TNG. In Cincinnati, due to TV rights issues over
which local fans had no control, Deep Space Nine went off of free broadcast TV in
1997 with two seasons still to air. In early 1998 Voyager followed its elder sibling
off the air midway through its 4th season. From talking with Joan in the process
of finding out about the Aquila’s early history, I knew that the Polaris membership
was shrinking. In some cases, the problem wasn’t just old members wearing out
and getting tired (although occasionally that did happen), it was also that there
weren’t new programs to capture people’s interests, particularly in clubs that were
still, at least from their names at least, focused around Star Trek although on a
practical level, I think virtually every Star Trek club in the area broadened its base
to focus more on SF in general in the late 1990s.

In December of 1997, Leonard was voted Officer of the Year for 1996, and he had
also been voted SMI Marine of the Year for 1996 throughout the whole huge
organization of Starfleet Marines International (if I am remembering correctly). I
was voted Officer of the Year for 1997 and promoted to Commander. Nelson and
I attended the all-club Christmas party, and Glenna, Erin, Ben and Tammy
Borchardt attended the Klingon Christmas party (called the Feast of the Long
Night) coordinated by Garland Young in 1997. (Interestingly Glenna and I both
remember one year distinctly that I attended the Feast of the Long Night but
neither Glenna nor me can remember what year it was with any certainty.)

Fifteen people (including myself) attended the activities committee meeting/party
that Tammy hosted in February of 1998. It was around this time that I added the
last major bunch of archival materials that I obtained from Glenna (which she may
have given to me at that meeting), and the archive listing was now in what is
basically its current form.

The Aquila panels at Millennicon in 1998 went well, with Glenna, Linda, Erin,
Ben, Aimee, Leonard and myself attending the convention on various days. I
finished in 2nd place in Star Trek Jeopardy but was still given another plaque and
friends of the club Joel “Twisty” Nye and Tina Schoenfeld won awards in the
costume contest. (Joel won “Best of Show.”)

Tammy Borchardt was promoted to Commander in May for points and after taking
and passing OCC. At a special meeting on May 31st at Tammy’s house at which
she treated us to her chicken and dumplings, it was announced that the 3rd officer
position would be filled in June and that the command staff would once again meet
regularly. The following month Tammy was elected to the 3rd Officer position
beating Sam Hearld (who had been Security Chief and Marine Officer in Charge
since Leonard accepted a position as a Regional Marine head in January of 1997),
with Erin, Leonard and myself deciding not to run. The club’s election
proceedings were revised slightly to allow for a member to run for a command
staff position prior to a vote of confidence in the incumbents.

In June I graduated from UC with my M.A. in history, and Linda, Carson, and
Brian Widener and Tammy Borchardt attended my graduation party.

In early September,Glenna received the unexpected news that Greg had stepped
down as Aquila CO and that she was now in the center seat. (Sam Hearld was
elected 2nd officer in October with Tammy having chosen to remain as 3rd officer.)
However, it was a time of change. Russ Grubb had stepped down as Camelot CO
after six years, and Jonathan Steele succeeded him (with Dave Woodard as 1 st
officer), with a special transfer of command being held at a special celebration that
I was able to attend with my family at Loveland Castle.

In November I became Newsletter Exchange Officer and for a while mailed out
club newsletters to other groups that still published print newsletters. Then when
most newsletters started going online, I began to distribute our newsletter online. I
am still doing so today.

Tammy hosted another party in November, this one focused on making pottery,
that I was able to attend the last part of. Recruiting drives were held in December
in consort with the Melbourne for the release of Star Trek: Insurrection with Linda
and Tammy Widener, Glenna, Erin, Nelson, Aimee and myself making
appearances. At the December meeting Linda and Sam were both promoted to the
rank of Captain (a fact for which I had to search extra hard since it was not
specifically noted in the meeting minutes!). Nelson was also promoted to MCPO,
and Alan was promoted to Ltjg.

At Millennicon in 1999, I was a member of a team that won at Star Trek Jeopardy
and received a certificate and a Star Trek game from Polaris CO Joan Riley’s
collection (a game that I incidentally, hope to play some time at a future Aquila
event). Millennicon was a site chosen for the first fandom reunion, and Ben Bova
was the guest of honor, and I had the opportunity to ask the noted author a question
about the space program and got a helpful response. The Aquila panels, as usual,
went well. (I have kept every program for each Millennicon that I have attended.
However, I do not have them close at hand. I will copy and paste a listing of the
panels that I personally was on as part of an appendix to this history. (I’ve already
written almost 30 pages, and I still have the last ten years to cover although
admittedly and purposefully I will not describe them in as great a detail because
they do not need to be described in that way because more people remember them.)
I do remember that in 1998 or 1999 the Aquila did a panel on the works of David
Eddings that I was not on and at one point the group also did a science-related
panel that I was not on, but virtually every other panel that the Aquila did at
Millennicon I was on.)

Glenna attended Dover this year and heard a recorded message from Kevin
Conway (Kahless) who apologized for being unable to appear.
In June DeForest Kelley died and several nice tributes were given to him at the
meeting and in the newsletter. The Tranquility Base convention for which Glenna,
Linda, Cindy, Erin and Janet Crouch had done extensive planning under the
helmsmanship of Bob Westerman (who really ran the show completely and
unfortunately did not adequately publicize the convention) and Vice-Chair Miriam
Lauer (who was not given adequate authority to influence convention decision-
making in a meaningful way) was held, and despite the different issues behind the
scenes, was one of the most fun and memorable conventions that I attended. Mira
Furlan (Delenn) and Robin Curtis (Saavik) were two of the friendliest guests I ever
met at a convention. For what it’s worth, to all the people who helped out behind
the scenes at this convention, it was one of the best ones that I’ve attended, and it
was particularly nice to be able to meet Mira Furlan who played my all-time
favorite character on my all-time favorite SF TV show. Besides myself and all of
the Aquila members listed above who worked at the convention, Alan Wright,
Diane Baker and Tammy Borchardt attended the convention.

Seven people attended the Aquila’s 100th meeting in July: Heather Blair-Collins,
Tammy Borchardt, Jamie Dougherty, Glenna Juilfs, Erin Pence, Linda Widener
and myself.

In August, the group voted to join the Maquis Freedom Alliance (MFA), but like
the previous organization TREK (to which the Aquila, Polaris, and Camelot joined
after leaving Starfleet), it was an organization that did not have a major impact on
the group, and several years later the Aquila voted to leave it. (According to Joan
Riley, TREK had largely been the brain-child of Dave Abbott and Bev Hater, and
Rick Alvey, who had been a Captain in Starfleet International was selected to run
the group initially and did some work on it, but Joan, who had nominally been the
group’s Vice-President, needed mental prodding from me to remember what
group I was talking about, and then she said that Dave, Bev and Rick had basically
run things and that nothing had really gone anywhere with the group. I suppose
that all of the groups were too suspicious of outside authority after their experience
with Starfleet International to give any meaningful authority to a centralized group.
I know that was my feeling, and that is why I didn’t even bother to record an
instance in this history (and it did happen) when it was suggested that the Aquila
rejoin Starfleet (more as a means, I think, of just proposing the option and letting
people know that Starfleet, which by this time had rid itself of Dan McGinnis and
was under more effective leadership, was in better shape, than out of any real
desire to rejoin the group and have to submit endless paperwork to regional
coordinators and Starfleet HQ) and it was voted down strongly by everyone. The
Polaris also considered rejoining Starfleet but voted it down.

Sam Hearld was voted Officer of the Year for 1998, and plaques were awarded to
him and Rob (the 1997 winner).

In October, a video party occurred at Sam’s place in Butler, KY that Tammy
Borchardt, Steve Proffitt, Rob Langenderfer, Art Lauer, Alan Wright, Nelson
Charette, Leonard and Shirley Robinson and Sam Hearld attended. Diane Baker
joined the club as a regular member in November.

In December the club went to the All-Club Holiday party with Heather Blair-
Collins, Tammy Borchardt, Denny Case (Lynda Pence’s live-in boyfriend), Glenna
Juilfs, Erin Pence, Lynda Pence, Cynthia Pence and Rebecca Poff (Lynda’s
daughters), and myself attending and everyone had a good time and many toys
were collected for Toys for Tots.

In January of 2000, Carson Widener resigned as Treasurer, and Greg was elected
Treasurer at the next meeting. The Aquila panel at Millennicon that year on
Marion Zimmer Bradley went well.

In June, Glenna, Tammy, Erin, several of Glenna’s grandchildren and her dog
Trixie made the journey up for the U.S.S. Odyssey picnic. They rendezvoused
with me coming back from a family vacation in VA and we all had a great time at
the picnic. The U.S.S. Odyssey crew were very friendly, and we had a very nice
newsletter exchange with them going for quite a while. I also remember now
bringing up the possibility of doing more card-playing at Aquila events in
connection with that trip, but I never followed through on the idea (at least not
until now).

Tammy Borchardt, Diane Baker, Glenna and Ron Juilfs, and Erin Pence had a
good time at the Willacker’s picnic in August.

At the October meeting at Sam’s place in Butler where we showed a number of
videos, Diane, Nelson, Sam, Glenna, Erin, Cyndi, Becky, Leonard, Shirley, Linda
and myself were present along with Art Lauer and Mars Society Representatives
Lyle Kelly and Janis Jaunbergs who made a special presentation about the Mars
Society (an organization that encourages space exploration, particularly plans that
will lead to human exploration of and eventual colonization of Mars). I was also
promoted to Captain for points with a vote of approval by those present.

The Aquila’s 10th anniversary party was held at Linda Widener’s house in Rabbit
Hash. Appropriately enough, it fell on the actual date of the anniversary itself.
Glenna, Erin, Diane, myself and Linda and Brian and Tammy and I think Sam and
Nelson were there and possibly also Adam. It was the last time that I would be
out there, and in many respects it was the end of an era. I haven’t written about
this in the club history because they weren’t strictly speaking club events, but I
remember driving out there when I was learning how to drive and having good
times out there with Linda and her family. Linda and I would watch videos and go
over archive material. Bandit, her big beautiful German shepherd-Husky mix who
was sometimes mistaken by a wolf by police, was so friendly but knew to be gentle
with me. The house was out in the country where it was just beautiful. I
remember that night Erin and Brian and myself and several other kids who were
there went out looking for UFOs, which was a not uncommon sight in Rabbit
Hash. It brought back the wonderful days of all of the good times we had doing
parades at Juanita’s, days that when we were doing them, it seemed like they
would never end. We watched Star Trek: First Contact that night. It was a
wonderful way to celebrate the ship’s 10th anniversary as it served as an epitome of
what the ship would always mean to me. I have reached 32 pages and covered the
first 10 years. I’m going to stop now, for the moment, because I think it’s an
effective stopping point, but eventually I will cover the next nine years, and then
look on into the future.

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