About membership

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Who are we?

  

We are the USS REPRISAL, a family-friendly Star Trek and Sci-Fi Fan Club located in the Kingsport/Church Hill/Gate City area.


We are a family-oriented group with members ranging in age from 3 to 73 years old! We have paramedics, computer techs, insurance agents, nurses and people from all walks of life. I guess what I am trying to say is that we are not your average geeks. Oh, we’re geeks all right, just not average!

What do we do?

  

We have fun! That’s a hard question to answer because the interests of our members are as many and varied as the stars! Many of us love Sci-Fi from Trek to Star Wars, Anime, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel and on and on. Some of us are into costuming and some are into gaming. We have several who are interested in the paranormal field as well. We have picnics, movie nights, putt-putt tournaments, go bowling, do charity work, travel to regional attractions and sometimes just watch Star Trek! The one thing that draws us together is our mutual love of Star Trek! What keeps us together is our friendship that has continued for over 25 years.


What does it cost?

  

It costs nothing to be a Reprisal member. We occasionally ask for donations to help pay for food and meeting expenses, but we charge no membership dues. The cost to be a member of STARFLEET International is $5 per year for an individual, but prices increase only slightly for more family members.

Now what?

  

The first thing you need to do is to get in touch with us by going to our website, our Facebook group or e-mailing us. Next, come to a meeting and see what we are about for yourself! What do you have to lose other than a few hours of your time? We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Some of our standard events and activities

  

  • Meetings to discuss chapter business and plans 
  • Frequent Picnics and cookouts (and the occasional swim party)
  • Zombie paintball and cornfield mazes
  • Our annual trip to the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train in Blowing Rock, NC
  • Creating and filming fan films (see our Fan Films tab)
  • Reprisal Putt Putt Challenge
  • Reprisal Roll Bowling Tourney
  • Movie nights
  • Trips to local attractions such as Bays Mountain and the Gray Fossil site
  • Participation in annual charities, such as Bowling for Kid's Sake (Big Brothers/Big Sisters), Operation Christmas Child and Toys for Tots
  • Coat and food drives
  • Helping the needy with construction projects and lawn work
  • Attending and working on the Region  1 Summit
  • And so much more!

Some highlights of our past activities

  • Host of the 2012 and 2016 Region One Summit in Pigeon Forge Tennessee (100 members from R1 in attendance)
  • Co-hosts of the R1 Summit 2009, 2013, 2014, 2018
  • R1 Summit Security 2003, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Winners of "Best Picture" in the R1 Summit Video Contest 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Attended Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Expedition to see the "Brown Mountain Lights" off the Blueridge Parkway, November 2018
  • Attended the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, WV 2017, 2018
  • Tennessee Bigfoot Day convention at Bays Mountain Park 2017, 2018
  • Halloween Costume Party 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018

  

  • REPRISAL MOUNTAIN RALLY - This annual event was held in the spring of each year. The day began at Bays Mountain Park and nature preserve. We attended the Planetarium show, hike, and observed the animal and nature programs in the park. Then we moved down the mountain to the picnic shelters and had a big cook out. This event was first held in 1999 and has been a big success for us. We have had members from as many as 7 or 8 chapters in attendance. The event hasn't been held since 2013, but there has been talk of resurrecting it!