Welcome aboard the USS Macchiato, a meetup group for Star Trek fans in the Kansas City area and the surrounding region. Do you live within transporter range of Kansas City? Do you want to hang out with fellow Star Trek fans? Join us! The more the merrier!
So, what do you need to know?
1. Membership is open to all humanoids who like Star Trek. This goes for TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well as the movies, both old and new. You don't have to like them all. You don't have to have watched them all. It doesn't matter if you've been a fan for 40 years and you own every DVD, novel, toy, and a complete Klingon costume, or if you've just been exposed to the Star Trek universe for the first time through the recent movie. Just have a love of Star Trek, and a willingness to engage fellow Trekkies in a community format.
2. Come out and play! The whole point of having a group local to an area is to MEET PEOPLE! Gone are the days of Trekkies hiding in their parents' basements. Geek is the new stud, and this is the time to dig into the things you love with reckless abandon. Want to wear that communicator pin on your jacket? AWESOME. Does your license plate say JTKIRK? Niiiice. Can you whip out a Vulcan hand salute at Warp 8? DO IT!
3. Start a discussion. Feel free! Got an idea? Want to discuss some canon or some meta? Do you have a curiosity about something related to Star Trek and want the thoughts of your fellow Trek fans? Did you run into Leonard Nimoy on the elevator at Dragon*Con and need to tell everyone before you implode into a quantum singularity from the shock of it all? POST IT!
4. Share your creativity. Did you draw some fanart? Write a fanfic? Make a costume? Craft a tribble? Show us! Let's support our fellow KCMO GQMF's in their mission to boldly craft what no Trekkie has crafted before!
5. Meetups, meetups, meetups. Where do you want to meet up? What do you want to do? Let's get this party started!
Ω. For all the fun we want to have, there's something a bit sacred to the world of Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry had a vision for a better future, and we should be true to that vision. Bigotry will not be tolerated on this group. All are welcomed here regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political persuasions, size, and planetary origin (even Cardassians)... as long as you refrain from any sort of bigotry in turn. (And please note: Preferring Spock/Uhura over Kirk/Spock does not constitute homophobia. We don't all have to be slashers.)
Likewise, there's no need to judge whether or not your fellow Trekkies are "real" Trekkies or not. The new canon should be a chance for more people to come together, not to rip us apart. Your friendly neighborhood moderator has been a Trek fan for 25 years, and I'm having fun with the new canon, and also using the new energy of the fandom as inspiration to go back and experience the old canon all over again. A "real" Trekkie? When I was a little kid, reading Trek novels at school by myself because that just wasn't cool enough, I WISHED anyone would have shared my fascination. We've got fellow fans now, so let's embrace it and move forward together.
We've got a ship, and a star to steer her by. Steady as she goes. :)