The STAT Club of Maryland is a Science Fiction fan organization, first founded in 1978 by approximately ten people who shared an interest in Star Trek. A year later, they held the first Shore Leave Convention, which attracted even more Star Trek enthusiasts to their group. The club grew.
As time went on the interests of the club expanded to include the promotion of not only Star Trek and Star Wars but also of science fact and other areas of science fiction. Today, STAT has approximately fifty members residing primarily in the Baltimore-Washington DC corridor, but also including members in other parts of the mid-Atlantic region.
Past STAT activities have included costumed visits to local hospital pediatric units, visits to libraries and schools to promote literacy, participation in the Towson 4th of July Parade and pre-parade entertainment. Our current major activity of course, is holding our annual Shore Leave Convention each year.
The organization’s charitable projects include an annual Blood Drive for the Red Cross, Food Drives for the Maryland Food Bank, as well as the Marine’s Toys for Tots. STAT itself has become an example of IDIC in action — Infinitely Diverse people Infinitely Combined by their love of Star Trek, science, and science fiction.
Our membership is composed of many individuals practicing varied professions and careers, including, among others, school teachers, social and political scientists, astronomers, biologists, chemists, ecologists, psychologists, nurses, paramedics, public safety and law enforcement representatives, computer experts, writers, artists, secretaries, and clerical personnel, and representatives of business and management. The individual STAT members participating in our charitable projects and Shore Leave Convention serve as an all-volunteer staff. No individual STAT member receives personal profit from any STAT/Shore Leave activity.