JS3C Mission Statement

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           Jefferson Starship
Stellar Cartographic Society

Jefferson Starship Society For Stellar Cartography

                                Ad Astra

                        The Stars Our Destination

     In this year Two Thousand & Two of the Common Era, in the month of January, with the Past on our shoulders and the Future in our Hearts, and with the due respect to our various societies, beliefs and common heritage, we, the living, do declare

     This new Covenant

     Of Earth and Fire
     & of Air & Water & Ideas

     As with a People, so also with Nations and Creeds, there come times that try our souls, and times our hearts take flame. The common wisdom and destination, of course, holds true.

     And while we live, it behooves us to Dream.

      A chancy business of necessity. Dreams may become nations and nightmares, build hospitals and abattoirs. The maze is infinite and fraught with risk, but a risk we must take, for failing to dream, we waste our lives.

     So let us not fear, but dream. Let us dream together and see what may ensue. With a wary eye for misused and malunderstood machineries, and with our feet on the earth that bore us and our aspirations on the heavens slowly wheeling overhead, let us convene.

Let us gather together.

The stars are waiting

Shall we not reach for them?

                           7000 Gypsies

     We leave the Nest now, in spirit foremost, with breadth of imagination, and we sail out onto the face of the deep, where things are nebulous and unknown, and where the Kraken lurks below. It becomes our task to fill in the blank expanses of the map, to banish the “Here be Monsters” signs. The stars shine like beacons in the dark.

     Our quest is to follow them, and take what steps we may to reach them. Given will enough, and time, the stars are reachable.  That is our faith.

     And so it is that we propose The Jefferson Starship Stellar Cartographic Society aforementioned; a society of Men, Women & Children dedicated to this Reach, this Imagination, this Endeavor. We now take this fire in our hands to encourage this Quest as well as an ongoing Dialogue in these Directions. Let us fill in the uncharted spaces as we may.

     We blithely propose an initial founding membership of Five Hundred Stellar Cartographers, supporting the aims and goals of this Society with annual dues of One Hundred dollars per member.
     This should be sufficient to enable the Society to hold two annual meetings, one on each coast, and very near the Great Waters, presided over by Paul Kantner and open to all subscribing members. Music will be provided by the AQU of Jefferson Starship, though the primary focus and reason for the gathering is to share ideas and experiences in furtherance of our Quest.

     These meetings will allow the members and the band to gather and meet less formally than at traditional concerts.

     There will also be these other certain perquisites of membership: releases of otherwise unavailable musics and literatures, a newsletter, credentials, passes and  items of collossal ‘swag’, boarding passes, as well as the first editions  of upcoming offerings.

     In this year Two Thousand and Two of the Common Era, under the auspices of the Speed of Speeds, the  Die is cast.

Ad Astra Per Aspera


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