Volume I, Number 6  •  Late September 2008 
•  Friday, Sept. 26:  Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders
•  Sat., Sept. 27:  Third Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
•  Saturday, October 18:  Fall Dinner & Business Meeting
•  Friday, October 31:  Third Annual Halloween Spooktacular

•  USS Exeter holds second meeting, files VRR
•  USS Republic sport shirts a huge success!
•  Commanding Officer elections coming in December
•  Contributions needed now for The Sovereign Star

•  20th Year Celebration t-shirts still available!
•  Recent Chapter Event Photo

•  September Birthdays
•  September Membership Renewals
•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  Our Member Benefit Program Partners
•  18 Years Ago Aboard the USS Republic
Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders

8:00 p.m. Friday, September 26, 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 September, the theme is "Ritual Combat."

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.

Third Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
With the Klingon Assault Group, the
Atlanta Regional Furries and Stargate Atlanta

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2008
Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 847-5703  ||  www.midtownbowl.com
Join the USS Republic for our Third Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  This year, we'll be facing the Klingon Assault Group, the Atlanta Regional Furries and Stargate Atlanta!

The game fee is $5.00 per person for two hours of bowling.  CASH ONLY, PLEASE.  Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, rent your shoes and choose your ball.  First frame opens promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally) at 7:00 p.m.  Shoe rental is $4.00 and is not included in your game fee.  Midtown Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.

Last year's Bowling Challenge turned out to be a huge media event with lots of TV cameras.  We hope to receive similar media coverage again this year, so please wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt!

Please RSVP via email to confirm your participation so that we can ensure sufficient bowling lanes are reserved for this event.  Come ready to have a great night of fun!
USS Republic Fall Dinner & Business Meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Time and Location To Be Announced
The Republic's Fall Dinner & Business Meeting
October 2007
The USS Republic's Fall Dinner & Business Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 18, at a time and place yet to be determined.  The Republic typically holds two business meetings a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, to set the chapter's course for the following six months.  At this meeting, we'll be making specific plans for chapter activities from November through next April, including the upcoming Commanding Officer election and our annual Christmas Party in December.  Members who wish to be more involved in the Republic's operations are especially encouraged to attend.  As always, the Republic's many friends and guests are invited to join us.  Suggestions and recommendations for a dinner location for this event are welcomed at USSRepublic@aol.com.  Save the date now!  Additional details to be announced soon.
Third Annual Halloween Spooktacular

Friday, October 31, 2008
Time and Location To Be Announced
The Republic's Second Annual Halloween Spooktacular
October 2007
Yes, it's early, but save the date now and join the USS Republic for our Third Annual Halloween Spooktacular, to be held on Friday, October 31.  It turns out that our previously announced host, Ensign 3rd Class Mark A. Ozanick, will be out of town that weekend and is no longer able to host this event.  Any member of the Republic who would be willing to host this event in their home should contact the Captain.

This will, of course, be a costume-encouraged event—and not necessarily Star Trek or science fiction costumes!  This will also be a potluck dinner and BYOB event, so start getting your most ghoulish recipes ready!  Additional details to be announced soon.
USS Exeter holds second meeting, files VRR
The USS Republic's shuttle-in-training, the USS Exeter NCC-1706, based in Jacksonville, Florida, and under the command of Commander John R. Sims, recently held its second meeting.  Commander Sims submitted the following report:

On Sunday, August 10, the crew of the USS Exeter convened for its second meeting, held at the home of the Commanding Officer.  Exeter XO Ensign Ryan McDowell and Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo were in attendance, and were visited by four new prospective members: Ed and Janice New and their two young sons.  Ensign Julie Cain and Ensign JG Jordan Cain made a brief visit on their way to a function of Jordan's; Ensign Chris Hamm could not attend due to a bad back injury from work.

After introductions, minutes from the previous meeting were read.  Issues discussed included recruitment, group activities and costuming.  One of the guests, Janice New, is a seamstress who will help as quartermaster for the design and construction of off-duty polo shirts.

Two other topics were also discussed: the upcoming third meeting and bowling party, as well as the fall Vulkon convention.  The crew discussed hotel accommodations, tickets and carpooling.  I also informed the crew of my discussions with the manager of the local AMC theater concerning the upcoming
Star Trek movie.  The manager was very cordial and said that he'd be happy to help us when the time came.

I also informed the crew of my intentions to file the
Exeter's Vessel Registration Request (VRR) forms, an important step towards the shuttle's becoming a commissioned chapter.  Hopefully, we will get these forms through the system before the Exeter's trip to Vulkon.
Editor's Note:  The Exeter's VRR forms were received by the mothership in late August, signed off on by Captain Eric L. Watts and delivered by hand to SFI Chief of Computer Operations Commodore Matt Moyer at Dragon*Con over Labor Day Weekend.  Comm Moyer will push the remaining forms through the system.

The Exeter crew and our guests then adjourned to delicacies prepared by Ensign Yoo and watched the Star Trek: New Voyages episode "World Enough and Time" (which includes a scene with the Republic's very own Commander Brian Holloway as a security guard).  Everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously, especially Ed and Janice's two young sons, both of whom were mesmerized by the Commanding Officer's NASA collectibles.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, at the Bowl America in Jacksonville.  My crew and I wish to thank Captain Watts and the crew of the
Republic for their continuing support.  "Surely, the best of times."

Commander John R. Sims --- STARFLEET's #1 Red Sox fan! --- presides over the USS Exeter's second meeting on August 10.

XO Ensign Ryan McDowell, guests Janice and Ed New with their two sons, and the CO's yeoman, Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo.
Commanding Officer, Republic, congratulates Commander Sims and his crew on the Exeter's second meeting and remains committed to working with the Exeter over the next seven months towards their official commissioning ceremony at the 2009 Region 2 Summit!
USS Republic sport shirts a huge success!
Commanding Officer, Republic, is pleased to report that the success of our proposed chapter sport shirt was overwhelming.  Offered in August with a relatively short deadline for orders and with a minimum order of ten shirts needed in order to place the order (*whew!*), no less than seventeen members of the Republic—almost an entire third of the membership at that time—stepped forward and placed an order for these gorgeous royal blue-and-black sport shirts with the Republic's red, blue, yellow and black logo embroidered on the left breast in time for Dragon*Con.  Many thanks to all those members who placed an order, making these shirts possible and available to everyone!

One of these shirts, size XXL, is available for sale.  Never worn and still in brand new condition, this shirt is available for only $40.  Email the Captain if you are interested in purchasing this shirt!
Commanding Officer elections coming in December
Captain Eric L. Watts' first full two-year term as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will soon be coming to a close, and all members in good standing will soon be asked to cast their vote for the candidate they want to lead and administrate this chapter for the next two years.

According to Section 04:05 of the STARFLEET Membership Handbook, "Chapter Chairperson" (page 18, January 2005 edition), "The Chapter Chairperson, also known as the chapter Commanding Officer (CO), plays an extremely important role in the day-to-day operations of STARFLEET.  The CO represents STARFLEET to the members of their chapter, and likewise, through regular reports, represents the opinions and needs of their members to STARFLEET.  A CO of a shuttle is required to be a graduate of the Officer Training School (OTS), while the CO of a chapter must be a graduate of both OTS and the Officer Command College (OCC)."  Also, per Section 04:09, "Both the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer must be at least 18 years of age."

As of September 21, 2008, there are five members of the Republic who hold the necessary credentials to hold the office of Commanding Officer.  They are:

•  Lt JG David Churvis
•  Captain Matt Ebeling
•  Commander Brian Holloway
•  Commander John R. Sims
•  Captain Eric L. Watts

Any officer on the list above who wishes to announce his candidacy for the position of Commanding Officer should notify the current CO anytime before November.  Any member of the Republic not listed above who wishes to run for the office must first take and pass the OTS and OCC exams administrated by Starfleet Academy. Information on these exams can be found on the Starfleet Academy web site.

Captain Watts is willing to serve a second term as the Republic's CO.  If any other eligible person announces his or her candidacy, paper ballots will be mailed to each member in good standing in November.  Cast ballots can then be mailed to the chapter's mailing address or delivered by hand at the Republic's Christmas Party in December.  Ballots will be counted by three noncandidate members and the election results announced during the evening.  The new Commanding Officer, if any, will officially assume office on January 1.
Contributions needed for The Sovereign Star
Member contributions for the next two issues of the Republic's award-winning chapter magazine, The Sovereign Star, are now being accepted.  Winner of the STARFLEET Region 2 "Best Printed Newsletter" Award for 2007, contributions can be articles, essays, reviews, reports, fiction, poetry, artwork or games (crossword puzzles, etc.).  The only requirement is that the contribution must be related in some way to Star Trek, STARFLEET, Region 2 or the Republic.  Text documents should be submitted as MS Word or PageMaker 7.0 files; image files should be submitted as 300 dpi JPG, TIFF or BMP files.  Send all submissions to USSRepublic@aol.com.
20th Year Celebration t-shirts still available!
Making their debut at Sci-Fi Summer Con, our 20th Year Celebration commemorative t-shirts are still available!  These high-quality, 100% preshrunk cotton tees are available in sizes Medium, Large, XL, 3XL and 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!  Sizes Small and XL are already sold out, so order yours now 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.
Recent Chapter Event Photo

Dragon*Con Planning Committee Meeting  ||  August 17, 2008
ENS3 Zannetta Law, Friend of the Republic Mari Banks, Ens Marilyn Teague, Captain Eric L. Watts, Ens Julianne Trew, ENS3 Mark A. Ozanick, Ens Joanne Trew, Ens Reginald Franklin, Friend of the Republic Eddie Hines, Ens Jeff Trew, Ens Jenilee Trew.


Saturday, September 20
Crewman Connor Sollie

Monday, September 22
Ensign Lee Cox

Monday, September 29
Ensign Richard H. Beall


Ensign Patrick Anderson
ENS3 Russell J. Broomfield


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!

•  HP 10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink cartridges
•  13 x 19 70-lb. smooth white opaque text stock
•  Avery 8160 or compatible address labels
•  9 x 12 manila clasp envelopes
•  8½ x 11 90-lb. white index card stock (Springhill 15101)
•  standard staples
•  clear packing tape

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 75 active members (as of September 21) and is now the largest chapter 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.



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From the Center Seat
by Captain Michael G. Hart
Attention all hands, this is the Captain speaking...

As Republic moves into the autumn season, I sense that the crew is beginning to relax as we slowly leave the chaotic fun of the 1990 convention season.  What a season it's been for us!  In one form or another, Republic has been present at 12 cons so far, beginning with Chattacon in January and continuing through Atlanta Fantasy Fair in August.  We've traveled all over Starfleet Region Two, venturing as far south as Orlando and Daytona and Savannah, west to Birmingham, and north to Chattanooga and Greenville.  Along the way, we've doubled our membership, and we've certainly made our name known around the Southeast!

Most recently, our exploits at Atlanta Fantasy Fair included the best party our chapter has thrown since Magnum Opus Con V back in March; AFF produced a half-dozen or more new members, generated a substantial amount of funds, and simply wore out those of our dedicated members who worked con staff.  Republic crewmembers helped with registration, gaming, video room, and masquerade, and we served as the primary staff for Handicap Access.  In this regard, special commendation goes to Keith Rodgers, Republic security officer, who distinguished himself by his prompt and efficient action in an emergency during the AFF masquerade.  Due to his superior service during this crisis and his outstanding performance in Starfleet Security College, Mr. Rodgers was promoted to full lieutenant at the Starfleet meeting the following day.  Congratulations, Keith!

As host Starfleet chapter at AFF, USS Republic made contact with members of the USS Wasp (Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee), the USS Alaric (Asheville, North Carolina), the shuttle Defiant (our old friends in Birmingham), the USS Moose (Nome, Alaska), USS Ingram (Columbus, Georgia), and the [former] shuttle Alliance (North Augusta, South Carolina).  We had a fantastic meeting together Sunday afternoon in the Republic suite, and it was great to welcome our fellow Starfleet members to Atlanta.  Also in attendance were representatives from several groups around Georgia who are interested in starting new chapters.  Just goes to show how fast Region Two continues to grow.

As I've said, this con season has been especially lucrative for the Republic.  Membership is well over 100 now, making it the largest chapter in the region.  Our treasury is up again from the near-zero balance of less than a year ago, projects and outings are underway, and we're in the planning phase for continued operation during the between-seasons hiatus.  During the hiatus, we'll be taking nominations and holding the election for Commanding Officer for Republic's coming year.

I'd like to personally welcome all our new members since Dixie Trek, and everyone, please remember: if you have problems or concerns about Starfleet or Republic, please let your officers hear about them.  Your feedback is the only way we can know how to make the club better and more fun!

Helmsman, viewer ahead.
Reprinted from The REPUBLICation, Volume II, Issue Three, September 1990.
Copyright © 1990 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 6, Late September 2008.
Published monthly by and Copyright © 2008 USS Republic NCC-1371.
Captain Eric L. Watts, Editor.

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