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The Prydonians of Prynceton is governed by a High Council comprising several officers and several members-at large. Our Bylaws were approved and ratified by the club's membership in 1992. (We amended the Bylaws in August 2000. And again in February 2001.)

The High Council meets every month (well, almost every month), 1 hour before the start of the Assembly, in the Lawrenceville Library. Members are welcome to attend High Council meetings. If you have an item for the agenda, please communicate it to us at least 2 days before the meeting.

There are numerous ways you can volunteer to help the Prydonians: write for The Renegade; work our table at a convention; find programming for an Assembly; or ways we haven't even thought about yet! If you'd like to volunteer, we'd love your help.

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Glad you asked!

See - back in 1984 we started as a Doctor Who fan club. We were all living between Trenton and New Brunswick, NJ, and had our meetings at someone's home in Princeton. New Jersey Network had just aired the episode "The Deadly Assassin" (like - there's some other kind of non-deadly assassin? But I digress...) in which the Doctor (played by Tom Baker) returned to his home planet of Gallifrey to solve a mystery and prevent a crime. We learn in this episode that the Doctor's people, the Time Lords, belong to various different "chapters" (presumably based on the colleges they attended; sort of a satire of the English "old boy network"). The Doctor is a member of the Prydonian Chapter, described as both the most powerful and the most devious of all the chapters. Since the Doctor ran away from Gallifrey and renounced his position in Time Lord society, one Gallifreyan official refers to him as "a Prydonian renegade." Hmmm, sounds like a good title for a publication...!

Anyway, since we were strictly a Doctor Who fan club at the time, we thought "Prydonians of Prynceton" was a great name for the club. The Prydonians are the elite of the Time Lords, and there was that cute visual pun in spelling "Princeton" with a "y". We named our monthly newsletter The Prydonian Renegade.

In 1986, we began to cover Blakes 7 as well as Doctor Who. In 1987, when Star Trek: The Next Generation came on the air, we gradually began to include all TV and movie science fiction. Plus, we quickly started attracting members from outside the Trenton-New Brunswick area. So maybe we should have changed our name. BUT - we incorporated as "Prydonians of Prynceton" in 1986. And what the heck, we started as a Doctor Who club and we're still a Doctor Who club. We're just not only a Doctor Who club anymore! So - the name sticks. Deal with it.

And now you know.

(BTW: It's pronounced "prye-DOH-nee-un".)

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