Volume I, Number 7  •  October 2008 
•  Saturday, October 18:  Fall Dinner & Business Meeting
•  Friday, Oct. 24:  Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders
•  Friday, October 31:  Halloween Spooktacular

•  USS Republic XBox Live Gamertag created
•  USS Republic's web site moved to new host
•  Commanding Officer elections coming in December
•  Contributions needed for The Sovereign Star
•  One XXL USS Republic sport shirt available
•  20th Year Celebration t-shirts still available
•  Recent Chapter Event Photo
•  Classifieds

•  October Birthdays
•  October Membership Renewals
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  Our Member Benefit Program Partners
•  16 Years Ago Aboard the USS Republic
USS Republic Fall Dinner & Business Meeting

6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2008
Hosted by and in the home of Ensign Naomi Hemingway
2318 Hampton Drive, Decatur GA  30035
Phone (678) 481-8792
Ensign Naomi Hemingway welcomes all members and friends of the Republic to her new home in Decatur for our Fall Dinner & Business Meeting.
The lovely and vivacious Ens Naomi Hemingway has graciously offered to host the Republic's Fall Dinner & Business Meeting in her home in Decatur on Saturday, October 18, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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.

This dinner meeting will be a potluck!  Ens Hemingway will provide plenty of her famously delicious chicken wings, which were such a hit at our 20th Year Celebration STARFLEET Reception in June. Republic will provide paper goods and a selection of canned sodas.  Attending members and guests are asked to bring a hearty side dish or dessert.  Note: Our host respectfully requests that, due to religious customs, no pork dishes be served in her home.  This event is also BYOB; adults who partake are expected to imbibe responsibly.

This event will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Members and guests bringing side dishes are asked to arrive no later than 6:30.  The business meeting is scheduled to begin around 7:00 and will likely last between a half-hour to an hour.  Following the business meeting, we'll have a variety of entertainments available: a variety of Star Trek board games to play, a selection of Star Trek videos to watch, or just hang around and chat with your fellow members!

Ens Hemingway's home is located in the Snapfinger Woods area of Decatur, just south of Miller Grove Middle School off Miller Road, and accessible by MARTA on Bus Route 111 from Indian Creek Station.  Carpooling is encouraged.  Click the link below for a map and driving directions.
Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders

8:00 p.m. Friday, October 24, 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 October, the theme is "Ghost Stories."

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 Halloween Spooktacular

Friday, October 31, 2008
The Republic's Second Annual Halloween Spooktacular
October 2007
The USS Republic's Third Annual Halloween Spooktacular is scheduled for Friday, October 31, but as of press time, we have not yet confirmed a location for the event.  Any member or friend of the Republic who would be willing to host this event in their home should contact the Captain as soon as possible!

This will, of course, be a costume-encouraged event—and not necessarily Star Trek or science fiction costumes!  Depending on where the event is held, it may be a potluck dinner and BYOB event... or maybe not!  Additional details to be announced soon.
USS Republic XBox Live Gamertag created
Attention XBox Live gamers!  Ens Christopher W. Smith has registered an XBL gamertag for the Republic!  Anyone who wishes to join our XBL group should point their XBox to "USS Republic," add it as a friend, and prepare for online gaming Trekker style!  Contact Ens Smith for additional information.
USS Republic's web site moved to new host
Commanding Officer, Republic, is pleased to announce that the chapter's domain name registry and hosting services have been moved.  A new host was needed in order to prevent the web site from being shut down for exceeding its "traffic allotment" on our previous hosting service, DotEasy, towards the end of each month, which happened again at the end of September.  There are no such traffic restrictions on DreamHost, so there should be no further disruptions in service.  We are especially grateful to Region 2 Chief of Computer Operations GSGT Dave Lowe of the USS Tiberius of St. Petersburg, Florida, for handling this DNS change and for hosting our web site on his server.
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 October 12, 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 word 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.
One XXL USS Republic sport shirt available
One of the Republic's gorgeous royal blue-and-black sport shirts, size XXL, with the Republic's full-color logo embroidered on the left breast, 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!
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 Photos
STARFLEET Bowling Challenge  ||  September 27, 2008
Ens Todd Dissinger, ENS3 Mark A. Ozanick, Ens Julianne Trew, Ens Joanne Trew, Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Jeff Trew, Stargate Atlanta's Jack Moore, ENS3 Zannetta Law, KAG Atlanta's Marq Collins, Rick Day and (Ens) Chris Jones.
Left: Ens Claire Willis, ENS3 Chadd Franklin, Ens Julianne Trew.  Right: A great-looking Friend of the Republic.
Some of the members of the Atlanta Regional Furries who participated.
KAG Atlanta's Kevin Parker, Marq Collins, Rick Day and Chris Jones claim victory for the Klingons.  Rick scored 171 points, the highest score out of 46 bowlers, to claim the brass trophy.
Roommate needed:  $600.00 per month.  Must like cats.  Non-smokers a must.  No furniture necessary; perfect for a college student. If interested, call Ensign Page Lewis at (404) 875-5916.  Please let it ring or leave a message.


Saturday, October 1
Commander Brian Holloway

Sunday, October 2

ENS3 Nelson M. Barnhouse

Tuesday, October 14
Ensign Mike Stauffer

Tuesday, October 21
ENS3 Germaine M. Webb

Friday, October 24
ENS3 Mark A. Ozanick

Thursday, October 30
Ensign Brenda J. Pruitt
Ensign Eddie Hines


ENS3 Tony Cade
Ensign Robert H. Dorton
Ensign Joshua Graham
ENS3 Zannetta Law
ENS3 Anita Letendre
ENS3 Michael Shipley
Ensign Mike Stauffer
Ensign Tom Wilson


17 New Members in September!

Ensign Joel Tyler Anderson
Ensign Richard H. Beall
Ensign JG Cody Harner
Ensign Joseph M. Harner
Ensign Eddie Hines
Ensign Darrell R. Ortiz
Ensign Philip Patron
Ensign David M. Phillips MD
Ensign Linda Phillips
Ensign Will Sims
Ensign Christopher W. Smith
Crewman Connor Sollie
Ensign Mike Sollie
Ensign Jamie Sweat
Ensign Jonathan W. Thomas
Ensign Jose A. Torres
Ensign Claire Willis

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

Commissioned on May 14, 1988 at Dixie-Trek, the USS Republic NCC-1371 is a chapter of STARFLEET International (SFI) and a member of STARFLEET Region 2.  The Republic currently has 68 active members (as of October 12) 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 magazine, 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 discounts and rebates on products and services offered by our Member Benefits Program partners.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join is on our award-winning web site.



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From the Center Seat
by Captain Kelly Hilliard
Well, the summer's winding down finally, and none too soon.  This year's con season has really been a busy one.  By the time you read this, I imagine Vulkon Atlanta will be over and we'll be able to catch our breaths.

SciTrek has decided to postpone our debut until December during the Festival of Trees.  There we will help advertise the coming of the Star Trek exhibit from the Smithsonion in January.  Uniforms are a must for most of these activities.  So, if you're interested, you might want to find or make up a uniform.  However, we will be doing the Halloween parties for the kids right before, so for all those of you who have uniforms, I hereby put out the call for volunteers for this worthy cause.  Call me at my home and leave a message (587-4669).

A special note of appreciation goes to those members of the Republic who responded to Gail Fuller's recent request for dry foods and baby foods for shipment to Florida to help the folks caught in Hurricane Andrew.

As of late, participation in club activities has been down.  I don't know why, though.  If there is anything we are doing wrong, please let us know immediately.  If there is something you'd like to do, by all means let me know and we'll see what we can do.  Remember people -- this is your club.

I'd like to welcome the Fishers, Erwin Cox, and Christine Hodgson to the Republic.  I hope you enjoy our activities and I look forward to meeting all of you.  I'd also like to take the time to thank Jeff Kirkland for sending in stamps for the Stampede.  And finally, I'd like to thank all the people who work so hard for this club.  Without you, none of this would be happening.

Thanks everyone!

First Officer's Report
by Cmdr Dawn Williams

Greetings, crew.  I have a few things to update you on.  The first was the MDA telethon on Labor Day.  Gail Fuller of the MacLeod worked hard and organized over several months to contact the various Trek groups here in Atlanta to assist with the telethon.  Many people turned out for the event, including members from Starfleet, IFT, KLAW, and Starfleet Headquarters.  The telethon was successful and they appreciated our participation.  We have been asked to return next year.  Good work, Gail!!  Next year, let's try to have a larger turnout of members for this good cause.

Thanks to all for your participation in this various events at Vulkon.  Shane Shadrix, Jeff Kirkland, Deborah and Jay Leafey, and Jesse Feldberg (among many others -- you know who you are!) helped staff the Republic's recruiting table, and Jesse took part in our Klingon skit for the talent contest ("Shut up, Wesley!").  Capt. Hilliard drew double duty at the table and as part of con security.

In the last two weekends of October (October 23, 24, 29, and 30), the Chattahoochee Nature Center is having their annual Halloween Hikes.  This is a non-scary alternative for kids for Halloween that also educates about native wildlife, plants, and the environment.  They need volunteers for these evenings.  This would include helping sell tickets, guiding groups, entertaining crowds, etc.  If anyone is interested, please contact me (396-4742).

The Republic has T-shirts and badges for sale.  These shirts were made by a local artist and they look great!  We will be selling these at Vulkon and other events.  We have shirts with the Republic logo and Klingon Embassy shirts.  We are selling them for $13 each.  If you would like to purchase a shirt, contact Capt. Hilliard or me.

This fall, we would like to plan some special events.  What do you want to do?  Let us know -- let's plan something fun.  I would like to plan a camping trip to the mountains.  Please let me know if that sounds good.

Long live the Empire!
Reprinted from
And to the REPUBLIC
Volume IV, Issue Nine
October 1992.
Copyright © 1992 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 7, October 2008.
Published monthly by and Copyright © 2008 USS Republic NCC-1371.
Captain Eric L. Watts, Editor.

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