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qepHommey - peSap! (quarterly call for volunteers)

This is a special time for people who want to host a qepHom.  The 
KLI's annual language conference, the {qep'a'}, is approaching. 
Anyone who has attended a {qep'a'} knows how much more invigorating
actually speaking Klingon face to face can be, compared to the less 
immediate medium of the mailing list.  If you won't be attending the 
{qep'a'} in Las Vegas this year, consider making the small effort of 
hosting your own Klingon language meeting in the next few months.

The deadline for being listed in {HolQeD} is fast approaching  (it
seems to be getting earlier each issue -- the editor is obviously a
very busy man).  The listing at /kli/qepHom.phtml 
can be updated with very little notice, but please think quickly and
make plans soon so you can get the widest possible exposure.


yIqIm!  yIbuS!  To each of you and all of you,  peqIm!  pebuS!

We speakers of the Klingon language are an active and dynamic group,
and it's up to all of us to keep up the energy.  There are people "out
there" who are as excited about tlhIngan Hol as you are but do not yet
realize that there are others with whom they can share their passion.
Find them!  There are people who do not yet know that they will love
this language if only they get a taste of it.  Reach them!  There are
even those who are deeply into Star Trek and who consider knowing how
to speak Klingon a useful skill.  Seek them as well.

Remember:  mataHmeH maSachnIS -- to survive, we must expand.

If you are willing to host a {qepHom} sometime this summer, there is 
an honored spot in the upcoming issue of _HolQeD_ for you.  The task 
is not difficult.  Remember that these are "minor meetings" -- they 
are not supposed to be big productions.  The flyers that the KLI can
provide call them "informal gatherings of Klingon enthusiasts."

There have been qepHommey held in restaurants, bookstores, college
classrooms, and even people's homes.  Your job as a qepHom host is
simply to set up and advertise the event, then to discuss with the
people who show up the reasons you enjoy speaking this language.  Tell
them a little about the history of the language and where it's going.
Have a collection of reference books and _HolQeD_s out for people to
look through.  Maybe listen as a group to _Conversational Klingon_.
Practice the correct pronunciation of such useful Klingon phrases as
{nuqDaq yuch Dapol} and {reH Suvrup SuvwI''a'}.  Show off your
treasured hardbound copy of _Hamlet: the Restored Klingon Version_.
You *do* have a copy, don't you?  And tempt the attendees with the
knowledge that the paperback edition should be published soon.

I've put a document on the World Wide Web for prospective qepHom hosts
to read.  Browse and
see how simple it can be to do some Klingon language outreach.

So pick a time and place and let me know in the next week or two.  I
will need to get your information before the end of May to be sure it
will be included in the next issue of {HolQeD}.  All we need right now
is a date, a city, and a name with a phone number to contact for more 
information.  As the time gets closer, I can help with promotional 
material and information to distribute before and during the event. 
Please don't respond on the list, but send your answer directly to me
at <>.

  Alan Anderson, professional programmer and amateur Klingonist
      qepHom Coordinator for the Klingon Language Institute
qo'mey poSmoH Hol -- language opens worlds -- /

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