KLINGON ASSAULT GROUP TIMMINS
For 50 years Star Trek has captured the imaginations of people across the globe who have dreamt of a better tomorrow.
To mark the franchise’s Golden Anniversary, Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint have released sets of commemorative coins and stamps. The crew of the Crimson Dawn, Timmins’ chapter of the Klingon Assault Group sent a raiding party to the post office to help promote these unique collectables.
In addition to iconic images of the USS Enterprise and the classic Klingon Battlecruiser, the stamps show some of the most significant characters of Star Trek: The Original Series, including Captain Kirk, Scotty, and Commander Kor of the Klingon Empire, all played by Canadian actors.
Products from Canada Post range from books of regular postage stamps, to special edition posters, signed by William Shatner.
The coin series was launched at the recent Starfleet Experience opening gala at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa by Shatner himself, accompanied by Royal Canadian Mint CEO and President, Sarah Hanington.
“The Mint is proud to celebrate a cultural phenomenon that has carved a space in the hearts and minds of Canadians and fellow Star Trek fans all over Planet Earth,” Haninton said.
The group of Star Trek fans at the post office in Timmins are part of an international costuming club called the Klingon Assault Group or KAG, which has been in operation for over 25 years.
KAG is primarily focused on exploring and playing with the culture of the Klingons, one of Star Trek’s most well recognized alien races. However the group does accept aliens of any sci-fi species.
KAG is a world wide organization which as well as offering a fun way for science fiction fans to connect, seeks to be a positive force in their communities by getting involved with important causes, and taking part in local events.
In addition to their appearance at Canada Post, the club has recently attended the Timmins Festival of Beer, the Northern Ontario Expo and celebrated the Klingon Day of Honour: the anniversary of the first time Klingons appeared on Star Trek.
They also took part in events in support of the Northern Ontario Expo, including a presentation at City Hall, and held a fundraiser for Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps TIGER’s upcoming trip to Vimy Ridge, Normandy, Paris and London.
KAG has no dues, few rules, and costumes not required for membership. People interested in joining are encouraged to sign up at www.kag.org/join, or contact the Commanding Officer, Karen Hutchison at [email protected].
You can also follow the local ship’s exploits of facebook at www.facebook.com/TimminsKlingons