Volume I, Number 4  •  July 2008 
•  Saturday, July 26: USS Republic Summer Pool Party
•  Friday, Aug. 22: Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders

•  USS Republic launches shuttle USS Exeter
•  The Sovereign Star #6 (Spring 2008) still available!
•  20th Year Celebration t-shirts still available!
•  2008 Republic calendars still available!
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  July Birthdays
•  July Membership Renewals
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  Our Member Benefit Program Partners
•  Fifteen Years Ago Aboard the Republic
USS Republic Summer Pool Party

12:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2008
Hosted by and in the home of Ensign 3rd Class Hal Doby
4651 Cedar Brook Drive, Conyers GA  30094
Ensign 3rd Class Hal Doby is pleased to invite all members of the USS Republic, as well as all our friends in Stargate Atlanta, KAG Atlanta, the Atlanta OutWorlders, the USS Atlanta and all other STARFLEET chapters in Region 2, to "Dobywood" in Conyers for a full day of fun, food and water on Saturday, July 26!  Starting around noon, we'll open the pool to anybody that wants to splash around and have fun.  Since the last time we were at Ensign Doby's home, there have been some major renovations, including a $4,000 update of the pool area.  If you stay into the evening, you'll get to see the pool's new built-in "light show."  This feature has Ensign Doby's neighbors sitting out on their patios watching his pool in action all night long!
        Repeating what was a lot of fun back in the spring, our event meal will be tacos and fajitas.  Ensign Doby and his partner, Friend of the Republic David McDonald, will provide ground taco meat as well as strips of beef and chicken along with fixings for fajitas, tacos, nachos and tostadas.  Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to go with these Mexican favorites.
        There is a limited number of outdoor chairs around the pool, so if you can bring a folding lawn chair, it might come in handy.  Since it's a pool party, don't forget to bring your swim trunks and a towel to dry off with!  The Republic will be providing ice and nonalcoholic beverages for your enjoyment.  The event is BYOB, so should you choose to bring spirits, please enjoy yourself responsibly.
        The event will be an all-day affair and go on as long as everyone wishes to stay, so feel free to arrive as early or as late as you're able.  Ensign Doby will have his large screen TV screening movies and other programs of interest in his theater room for when you want to take a break from the great outdoors.
        This invitation is open to all metro area science fiction fans, as well as any one else that would enjoy a good time.  The command and crew of the USS Republic look forward to seeing you there!
        "Dobywood" is located just south of the city of Conyers off of State Highway 20, about 20 miles southeast of the Interstates 20 and 285 interchange in DeKalb County.  Click the link below for detailed driving directions.
Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders

8:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008
Hosted by and in the home of Alan Siler
2582 Addison Drive, Doraville GA  30340
Let's join our friends, the Atlanta OutWorlders, for a night each month that celebrates the quintessential American science fiction television franchise: Star Trek. Each month, we'll explore a different theme by seeing episodes taken from all of the show's TV incarnations: Star Trek, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and yes... even Enterprise.  Few television shows, particularly sci-fi, have had the impact on American culture that Star Trek has had.  For the month of August, the theme is "Cold as Ice (The Andorians)."

Driving Directions:
•  Take I-85 to the Chamblee-Tucker Rd. exit (that’s the first exit inside I-285 on the NE side of the city). If you’re traveling N on I-85, you would turn left onto Chamblee-Tucker.
•  Go through the first light, turn right at the second light (Shallowford Rd).
•  Take the immediate next right turn onto Addison Dr.
•  Go through the first stop sign; we’re the 5th house on the left.  Mailbox has very reflective numbers.
USS Republic launches shuttle USS Exeter NCC-1706; Exeter holds first meeting
Commanding Officer, Republic, is pleased to announce that we have officially launched our first shuttle under my command. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the USS Exeter NCC-1706 is under the command of Commander John R. Sims, with whom I have been working since April towards this goal.  Cmdr Sims recruited the required number of potential crewmembers to launch a new shuttle in May and the shuttle received its official STARFLEET name and registry in June.  Other newly recruited members of the Republic who will be assigned to the Exeter upon its commissioning next year include Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo, Ensign Jordan Cain, Ensign Julie Cain, Ensign Ryan McDowell and Ensign Chris Hamm.

The USS Exeter NCC-1706 held its first organizational meeting on Sunday, June 22, 2008.  Commander Sims submitted the following report:

At 5:30 p.m. EST, the core members of our chapter-in-training convened at Commander John R. Sims' quarters.  The members were Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo, Ensign Chris "Tex" Hamm and Ensign Ryan McDowell.  Although we were expecting three other members to attend, they bowed out at the last minute due to personal reasons that the Commander deemed justified.
     During the meeting, we discussed STARFLEET, our place in it and what we as a chapter can do to enhance its strength, short-term goals such as OTS and OCC exams, filing MSRs and recruitment ideas.
     We also discussed the delegation of duties as our chapter grows and raising funds for a web site and newsletter, costuming, attending conventions and accommodations by selling personal items and collectibles, as well as artistic creations by the CO and XO on eBay.  The CO has been selling his works on eBay since 2002 and his perfect rating will help facilitate this.  The CO's user name is "moonwalkerjohn."
     Other activities discussed were volunteering with the local Museum of Science & History, landing parties to the zoo, local theatre and dinners out. Not to mention our attending the upcoming Vulkon in Orlando in October in full
Exeter uniforms!
     Long-term plans are to help the Fleet by recruitment, staying active on all fronts, and to set an example for others to follow. Just as our mothership, the
Republic, has done under the command of Captain Eric L. Watts!
     After all the business was completed, we adjourned to some incredible Korean dishes prepared by my yeoman, Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo.  The treats included beef tips in garlic, noodles and vegetables and sushi.
     We gathered around the TV and watched the
Star Trek: New Voyages episode "In Harm's Way."  Seeing as this fan film as well as Starship Exeter inspired me to return to the Fleet, it only seemed appropriate.
     Afterwards, we discussed meeting again at the end of July and bid our farewells.  Overall, the meeting went very well and this new chapter has a long and prosperous future.

Ensign Chris "Tex" Hamm, Ensign Ryan McDowell and Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo enjoy Korean cuisine at the USS Exeter's first meeting.

Commander John R. Sims presided over the first organizational meeting of the USS Exeter NCC-1706 on Sunday, June 22, 2008.
Commanding Officer, Republic, congratulates Commander Sims and his crew on the Exeter's first meeting and is committed to working with the Exeter over the next eight months towards their official commissioning ceremony at the 2009 Region 2 Summit!
The Sovereign Star #6 (Spring 2008) still available!
Winner of STARFLEET Region 2's "Best Printed Newsletter" Award at the 2007 Region 2 Summit, the sixth issue of the USS Republic's quarterly magazine, The Sovereign Star, has been mailed to all members and key Region 2 personnel, and is now available to all Friends of the Republic!  A full-sized, full-color, fully illustrated 12-page magazine, the Spring 2008 issue includes:

•  Feature Article: "Republic Wins 3 Awards!  Region 2 honors include Best Printed Newsletter, Most Informative Web Site and Recruiting Awards"
•  Command Performance: "Twenty years, three name changes and thirteen commanding officers later..." by Capt Eric L. Watts
•  TrekSounds: "Leonard Rosenman's score for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" by ENS3 Brooke Perry
•  Star Treknology: "It's Dead, Jim: Star Trek Seasons Two and Three not to be on HD DVD" by ENS3 Hal Doby
•  Around the Region: "Region 2 Summit review, award winners and STARFLEET politics" by FCapt Lucy Ferron
•  Original comic art: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" by Ens Germaine Webb and Jason Bullock
•  PLUS: Chapter Activity Report, Crew Manifest, Quartermaster's Report, Starfleet Academy Graduations, Upcoming Events and more!

See for yourself why The Sovereign Star is the "Best Printed Newsletter" in Region 2!   To order your copy, please visit our web site!
20th Year Celebration t-shirts still available!
Making their debut at Sci-Fi Summer Con, our 20th Year Celebration commemorative t-shirts are now available to everyone!  These high-quality, 100% preshrunk cotton tees are available in sizes Medium to 4XL and feature the two-color USS Republic 20th Year Celebration logo screenprinted on the full chest.  Each limited edition, collector's item shirt is only $15.00 postpaid!  Order yours before they're gone forever!

Click here
to buy with PayPal or send check payable to "USS Republic" to Captain Eric L. Watts, 2902 Aspen Woods Entry, Atlanta GA  30360-2759.
2008 USS Republic calendars still available!
It's not too late!  The 2008 USS Republic wall calendars are still here!  This full-sized, 10.75" x 17" calendar, printed on 90# index card stock and suitable for any wall (especially yours!), features full-color photos of twelve different chapter events held during the previous year and a half, the birthdays of all our members, all federal holidays and other notable occasions!  Comb-bound and predrilled for easy hanging!  A limited edition of only 20 copies, hurry and get one of the last remaining three copies today for only $5.00 each plus $2.00 shipping and handling!

Click here to buy with PayPal or send check payable to "USS Republic" to Captain Eric L. Watts, 2902 Aspen Woods Entry, Atlanta GA  30360-2759.
Recent Chapter Event Photos

Dixie-Trek 1988  ||  May 13-15, 1988
The USS Republic's commissioning ceremony and nine of its twenty charter members, including Commanding Officer Christopher F. Ernst (far right) and Executive Officer Patrick Roberts (second from right).

20th Year Celebration  ||  June 6-8, 2008
Front: CO Captain Eric L. Watts, XO Cmdr Brian Holloway.  Rear: Ens Chris Jones, ENS3 Hal Doby, ENS3 Dave Churvis, Comm Jeff Kirkland, ENS3 Mark A. Ozanick, Ens Martha Kirkland, Ens Todd Dissinger, Ens Naomi Hemingway, ENS3 Zannetta Law.


Tuesday, July 1
Ensign 3rd Class Zannetta Law

Friday, July 4
Ensign Joshua Graham

Sunday, July 13
Ensign Todd Dissinger


Ensign Leon Gray
Ensign JG Eric Lange
Ensign Andrea Benton
Ens 3rd Class Nelson Barnhouse
Ensign Sue Lin Lange
Ensign 3rd Class Marq Collins
Ensign 3rd Class Susan J. Rey
Ensign Leslie Mele


4 New Members in June!

Ensign Todd Dissinger
Ensign Chris White
Ensign Marilyn Teague
Ensign John Godwin

The Republic needs certain items on a continuing basis to operate.  To help keep our expenses and membership dues as low as possible, donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your support!

•  address labels: Avery 8160 or compatible
•  9 x 12 clasp envelopes
•  standard staples
•  clear packing tape
•  HP 78 or 78+ color ink cartridge or compatible
•  HP 45 black ink cartridge or compatible

The USS Republic NCC-1371 is a chapter of STARFLEET International (SFI) and a member of STARFLEET Region 2.  Commissioned on May 14, 1988 at Dixie-Trek, the Republic currently has 51 active members (as of July 24) and is one of the largest chapters of STARFLEET in the world.  The 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.

Membership in the Republic includes membership in STARFLEET International.  Annual dues are $25 per person for both groups (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Membership in the Republic includes a subscription to our award-winning quarterly paper newsletter, The Sovereign Star, access to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges in chapter elections and a personalized laminated membership card which entitles the member to receive discounts or rebates on products and services offered by our Member Benefits Program Partners.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join can be found on our award-winning web site.




From the Center Seat
by Captain Kelly Hilliard
Oh baby, yeah... what?  What's that blinking light mean?  Oh, that's the intraship comm indicator.  Yikes!  Oh, uh, attention all hands---this is the captain speaking.  This month is devoted to fun AND work.  The fun parts are our annual picnic at Stone Mountain on the 21st of August and Six Flags on the _th of September.  The work part is elections are upon us again.  Nominations need to be sent in now.  There are also amendments to the by-laws that need to be made to correct problems that the ATTR created when it went bimonthly.  These issues will be covered in greater detail further in this issue.

Our efforts to raise money for MDA were semi-successful.  Republic attendance was low for a variety of reasons.  But those who did attend raised over $240 for MDA.  MDA, on the other hand, was lacking.  Media coverage that was promised never showed.  No rep from MDA was present, no poster child was sent.  It seems the representative we were working with got sacked and they didn't want to have anything to do with whatever she was working on.  As a result, our participation in the MDA telethon is up in the air.  Plans were to have a remote at American Adventures. Now?  Who knows.  I'll keep you informed.

As you might have heard, Region 2 won the bid for next year's National Conference.  It will be in Orlando on June 17, 18, and 19.  I have also been selected to chair the Hangover Breakfast.  I will need assistance in order to present it in the manner that Region 2 deserves.  Any who are interested, please contact me for more information.  This is the first conference in the southeast and I encourage all Republic members that if they attend just one con next year, that this be it.  Let's show Starfleet what Region 2 is all about!
Reprinted from And to the REPUBLIC, Volume IV, Issue Four, July/August 1993.
Copyright © 1993 USS Republic.

USS Republic NCC-1371
A Chapter of STARFLEET International
2902 Aspen Woods Entry  |  Atlanta, Georgia  30360-2759
USSRepublic@aol.com  |  www.USSRepublic.com
Commanding Officer  
  Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer  
  Commander Brian Holloway

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 4, July 2008.
Published monthly by and Copyright © 2008 USS Republic NCC-1371.
Captain Eric L. Watts, Editor.

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