STF relies on the ongoing volunteer work by many of the club's members. Much of this work takes place behind the scene, and often some of our members go above and beyond to ensure the ongoing success of the club. To ensure that these members are recognized for the work that they do, various traditions have developed to allow the club president to publically recognize the members and their contributions. This is done by various means:
Presidential promotions. The club president can promote a member to a rank above Captain in order to recognize the member's ongoing contributions to the club. Prior to March 8, 2009, there were three recognized STF member ranks above Captain: Fleet Captain, Commodore, and Admiral. On March 8, 2009, two additional ranks were added, making the list of ranks: Fleet Captain, Commodore, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, and Admiral. Except for two members, members who held the rank Admiral prior to March 8, 2009 were re-designated Rear Admiral. As outlined in the MOO By-law, promotions to ranks above Captain are increasingly rare, proportional to the rank. (In addition, in rare cases, a club president has promoted a member to the rank of Captain - other than for the purpose of a CO vacancy - to recognize a member's contributions to the club.)
Over the many years of STF, tradition has evolved so that most of the post-Captain promotions are done at the end of a president's term. However, it is not uncommon for a club president to promote a member mid-term depending on the circumstances.
Presidential commendations. A formal commendation system was created in 2015 with Dipper-3 Edict #15. There are two types of formal commendations. Cabinet-level commendations are awarded by Fleet Commanders or Department Directors for work associated with their fleet or department, in consultation with the president. Presidential commendations are awarded by the president for work across the entire club, or where the president believes a presidential commendation is more fitting than a Cabinet-level commendation for the level of work conducted. Commendations are awarded by Presidential edict, usually at the end of a term, are supposed to be as public as possible, and a ceremony takes place at some point afterwards (usually at the next STF Awards ceremony).
Presidential thanks. The club president can thank a member for specific contributions to the club or assistance to the president by edict. This tradition is generally considered to have developed in 2007 (although there are one or two examples of this prior to 2007), and generally occurs at the end of a president's term.
In addition, club presidents have issued edicts to recognize a member's contributions in other ways.
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