What is the USS Republic?
The USS Republic NCC-1371 is a Star Trek fan club headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and a chapter of STARFLEET International (SFI), a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the state of North Carolina in order to provide a social organization in which people of diverse backgrounds with similar interests can interact to promote the optimistic future as envisioned in the Star Trek universe and to support that optimistic future through community service, social activities and creative endeavors.
How old is the USS Republic?
The USS Republic was commissioned on May 14, 1988, as a chapter of STARFLEET International at the Dixie-Trek convention held in Atlanta.
How big is STARFLEET International?
STARFLEET International currently includes more than 4,800 members in 245 commissioned chapters, grouped in eighteen "Regions" around the world
What "Region" is the USS Republic a member of?
The USS Republic is a member of STARFLEET's Region 2, which is comprised of fives "Zones": Zone 1 (Florida), Zone 2 (Georgia), Zone 3 (Alabama), Zone 4 (Mississippi) and Zone 5 (Caribbean Islands).  Region 2 currently includes 631 members in 35 chapters in all five Zones.
How big is the USS Republic?
The USS Republic currently has a crew roster of 44 members who live mostly in Georgia but also in Alabama, Florida and Illinois.
When does the USS Republic hold meetings?
The USS Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, frequently partnering with other local science fiction groups in the Atlanta area for joint activities, but does not hold meetings on a consistently "fixed date" each month.  Information about upcoming events and activities can always be found on the Home page of our award-winning web site.
Who runs the USS Republic?
The USS Republic is currently under the command of Captain Eric L. Watts, who was first elected to that position by the membership in May 2006.  He was reelected in December of 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, making him the longest-serving Commanding Officer in the Republic's history.  His current term will expire in December 2014.  Captain Watts is perhaps best known as Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming from 1993 to 2009.  He received both Region 2's Commanding Officer of the Year Award and STARFLEET International's Commanding Officer of the Year Award in 2007 and is currently the founder and chairman of TrekTrax Atlanta.
If I want to join the Republic, do I also have to join STARFLEET?
Because the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  Combined annual dues for both groups are $25 per person ($15 for SFI and $10 for the chapter) and are collected by the Republic (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  STARFLEET dues are forwarded to SFI by the Republic.  Membership in the Republic includes a subscription to our award-winning monthly newsletter, The Republiqué, membership to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges in chapter elections and additional privileges that occasionally become available.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join or reenlist is on the How to Join page on our award-winning web site.
I have other questions.  Where can I get answers?
Contact the Republic at ussrepublic@aol.com.