Today the 26 year-old International Federation of Trekkers fan club has relaunched (and rebranded) itself as "The Federation", complete with a brand new website, and a new online magazine. More information and links below in the official press release.
A New Day Dawns for International Federation Of Trekkers
International Federation Of Trekkers Re-launches as The Federation.
June 15th, 2010, will mark a new beginning for the Star Trek fan club known as the International Federation of Trekkers as the group undergoes a re-launch and re-brands itself as The Federation . This will be a culmination of a months-long project for members of the club’s staff who have been at work redesigning the organization in preparation for this day.
Originally launched in 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio, the International Federation of Trekkers has grown over the years into an international non-profit corporation and is the only Star Trek fan group that was started with the help of the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry’s assistance is a legacy that Federation founder Russ Haslage keeps close to his heart. This is a very exciting day for me. I promised Gene that I would take good care of this organization. I hope today he might be proud. Not so much of me, but of what The Federation has become.
Haslage went further into what Roddenberry wanted for the organization, He wanted our organization to be one where fans from all over the world, fans with different interests and different talents, would come together to do wondrous things. ‘Do as the crew of the Enterprise does in every episode….go places and help people,’ were our orders from Gene.
I hope I have done well in fulfilling that mission. Today’s Federation brings people from all over the world together to do great things and have fun doing it. Gene wanted us to be a service organization, serving all fans as we helped to make the world a better place. I hope Gene is proud of us today.
The re-launched Federation will have several new features never before seen in the group, including a new Federation Marine Corps, for members who want to play in the land forces part of Star Trek, much like the MACOS seen in Star Trek: Enterprise, a newly redesigned website with more features for members and non-members alike, and a new magazine for fans called VOYAGES.
I think the thing that is most exciting and will get the most acclaim is the new VOYAGES magazine. It is a top-notch publication that will rival any magazine on the market today. And what’s special about it is that is for fans, by fans and about fans. I think the magazine will really get a lot of attention.
About the changes in The Federation, Haslage further commented, The new TrekFederation.com website is the best in fandom. Its high-tech, has lots of neat features for visitors and even more for Federation members. I’m excited that Cyrano Jones has taken on the job as Proprietor of the Federation Promenade shopping area and will be visible on the site and on the invoices that go with each order. I’m excited that Chase Masterson is our Face of The Federation; that George Takei is one of our most famous advocates (and a member). I’m excited that the new website will have live customer service. And I’m excited that we will continue to add enhancements and new features to the website in the months to come. Most of all, I’m excited that we have assembled a great team of members and affiliates to serve Star Trek fans as never before. And I am most excited that THIS is the ultimate fan club that Gene envisioned.
All of the features being unveiled to the world on June 15th, combined with the organization’s recent purchase of TrekUnited.com, promises to make The Federation the talk of Star Trek fandom for a long time to come.