DKFC Membership Kit

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Title: DKFC Membership Kit
Date(s): 1982 or later
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek, DeForest Kelley
Language: English
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DKFC Membership Kits are undated. They usually contain 15-20 pages.

The kit, a print zine, was issued to members of the DeForest Kelley Fan Communique.

a 1987 cover of a membership kit for the DeForest Kelley Fan Communique
a cover of a membership kit for the DeForest Kelley Fan Communique
a photo from a membership kit for the DeForest Kelley Fan Communique
a photo from a membership kit for the DeForest Kelley Fan Communique

This kit also included a periodic "Membership List" which included member addresses and bios. This list, of course, was fluid in content.

Kit Contents

Each kit, which was updated yearly, was slightly different in content. Some kits included:

  • a long biography of DeForest Kelley, author unknown (seems to be present in all kits)
  • The Night DeForest Kelley Shocked the Minister, written by Stan Ross in 1968, original publication place unknown
  • DeForest Kelley's acting credits and appearances
  • color photos of DeForest and Carolyn Kelley taken in 1982 at SpaceTrek, of Kelley posing with his dog...
  • illos of DeForest Kelley by Vel Jaeger
  • clippings, both current and old, regarding Kelley's roles in stage, film, and television

From an Undated Membership List

Welcome to the DeForest Kelley Fan Communique — or, in come cases, welcome back. The DKFC is an unofficial fan club designed to keep Mr. Kelley's fans informed and in touch with each other. As time goes on you will find that this club is different. Not in what it offers, but in the closeness and friendliness of its members. We're a family, and we want you to be a part of it. One of the best ways is to become involved. We encourage participation because that way you'll feel that you belong. Just keep in mind that we can always use material for our newsletters: Letters of Comment, Zine Reviews, Classified Ads, Kelley Reviews, Feature Articles, Short Stories, Artwork, Convention Reports, etc. If you send in a LoC, be sure to mark it "for publication" so we don't print something by mistake.

Our pen pal listing is very important to the club. Each year we redo the membership listing with current addresses and biographies of our members. What we would like you to do is send us a 1/2-page biography and let us know if you're looking for pen pals.

Our club newsletter, The DeForest Dispatch, is published quarterly... sorta. When it's time to put out the Oct/Nov/Dec issue, that means you may get it in Oct/Nov/or Dec. Sometimes the Dispatch has to wait for a special announcement, project, etc. that can't wait for the next issue. Also I have a full time job (with lots of O.T.) that really limits the amount of time I can spend on the club. So be patient with me, ok? I also get a horrendous amount of mail.

The membership kits are redone once a year. Some of the material (Mr. Kelley's biography and credits) won't change much, but there will be new photos, updated pen pal listing, and other parts that wi11 change. Also, we have a lot of gaps in Mr. Kelley's credits, so if you can fill any of them in PLEASE let us know.

"DeTV" is a video taping service offered to our members for a nominal fee. Basically it covers Mr. Kelley's non-Trek roles as well as a few interviews. We are always looking for shows that we don't have, so, if you have something, please let us know. We'd like to get as wide a selection as possible for our members.

Our club's charity is the North Shore Animal League, one of Mr. and Mrs. Kelley's favorites. The NSAL rescues and cares for approximately 40,000 dogs and cats per year, then finds good homes for them. Their basic rule is never to destroy and animal, and in over 40 years of operation, they never have. The DKFC will be sponsoring various projects to raise money for the League and I hope you participate. It's a very worthy cause.

Well, that's about it, except to say the I hope you enjoy the next year with the club. If you have any complaints or suggestions, be sure to let me know... anything can be improved. -- Sue Keenan