Volume I, Number 8  •  November 2008 
•  Saturday, November 8:  Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
•  Friday, Nov. 21:  Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders
•  Sat., Dec. 6, 2008:  Georgia Public Broadcasting Pledge Drive
•  Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008:  Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony

•  USS Exeter holds third meeting, gets web site, is
      officially launched by STARFLEET
•  Preregister now for the 2009 Region 2 Summit
•  USS Republic to be represented at USS Continuum event

•  Commanding Officer election is next month
•  Member Benefits Program seeks additional partners
•  Contributions needed for The Sovereign Star
•  One XXL USS Republic sport shirt available
•  20th Year Celebration t-shirts still available
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos
•  Classifieds

•  November Birthdays
•  November Membership Renewals
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  Our Member Benefit Program Partners
•  10 Years Ago Aboard the USS Republic
Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge

Sponsored by KAG Atlanta and Sci-Fi Summer Con
A charity event benefitting Bread of Life Food Ministry

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 8, 2008
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA  30071
(770) 416-7630

Let's join our Klingon friends for this fun-filled fundraiser benefitting Bread of Life, a community food bank in Lawrenceville.  We had a lot of fun at last year's event and have been challenged by KAG Atlanta to do it again!

*  Malibu Grand Prix is on Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross, just west of I-85 at Indian Trail-Lilburn Road
*  Bring at least two canned food donations per person for a free 18-hole round of putt-putt per person (a $6.99 value)!
*  All other attractions at group rate prices!
*  Prizes to the winner and person donating the most canned goods!
*  Wearing of costumes is encouraged!
*  All local fan clubs and fan groups are challenged and welcomed to attend and participate!
*  This is a "family-friendly" event.
*  There may be some fun semi-fabulous prizes for the winner.

For more information, please contact Ens Chris Jones.  We hope to see you there!


Star Trek Night with the Atlanta OutWorlders

8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, 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 November, the theme is "Not Another Time Travel Episode!"


Georgia Public Broadcasting Television Pledge Drive

6:45 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2008
Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th Street NW, Atlanta GA  30318

Put on your USS Republic chapter sport shirt or t-shirt and join us in the Georgia Public Broad-casting television studios to answer phones for their pledge drive, and be seen on TV!  

The mission of Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) is to create, produce and distribute high quality programs and services that educate, inform and entertain audiences and enrich the quality of their lives.  GPB's nine public television stations deliver quality PBS and locally produced programming to every county in Georgia, and to significant portions of surrounding states.  Since 1984, GPB’s listener-supported, 15-station public radio network has been Georgia's source for great music and National Public Radio (NPR) news.  During GPB’s television pledge drive, we will answer phones and take pledges when viewers call to give their support.  This is an excellent opportunity for the Republic to be seen in the community and promote our chapter while helping a very worthy cause!

We need between 12 and 24 members to commit to this community event before Friday, November 21.  We should arrive at the studio no later than 6:45 p.m. for a brief training, and our shift begins at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner will be provided!  Please make plans to join us for this event and please RSVP as soon as possible!  If you would like to order a chapter sport shirt or t-shirt, please contact the Captain.


USS Republic Christmas Party, Awards Ceremony and Commanding Officer Election

6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 21, 2008
Hosted by and in the home of ENS3 Mark A. Ozanick
1690 Hudson Road, Decatur GA  30033
(678) 350-5366
The USS Republic's 2007 Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony at Ens Ozanick's home in Decatur
Save the date and make plans now to attend the USS Republic's fabulous annual Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony, where we'll eat, drink, be merry!   We'll also announce this year's distinguished Member of the Year... and who your Commanding Officer for the 2009-2010 will be!  This event will once again be hosted by ENS3 Mark A. Ozanick in his beautiful home in Decatur.  All members and friends of the Republic are cordially invited to attend.  An Evite will be sent out next month so that everyone who plans to attend can RSVP with the number of guests they plan to bring.

USS Exeter holds third meeting, gets web site, is officially launched by STARFLEET
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 third meeting.  Commander Sims submitted the following report:

The crew of the USS Exeter held its third meeting at the Bowl America in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, September 7, 2008.  We thought we'd take a page from our mothership activities.  In attendance were Commander John R. Sims, Yeoman Hyo Soon Yoo and XO Ryan McDowell, as well as prospective members Ed and Janice Neu and their two sons.

We arrived at 6:00 p.m. and held a brief business meeting.  The subjects discussed were our plans for polo shirts, the upcoming Vulkon and recruitment to our chapter.

After this, we enjoyed a few games of bowling.  The scores were not that great, but the overall fun was!  Ed & Janice Neu's two sons made the night. Watching these two little dynamos bowl was too cute for words.

We adjourned to some bowling alley food and had a good time just being together, getting excited about the convention and eating some pizza and fried corn thingies.  Overall, another successful outing for our new chapter.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday evening at Vulkon Orlando at the North Orlando Hilton on October 31 to November 2, 2008.  We are hoping to get together with the USS
Paegen and any other ships present at the con.

My crew and I would again like to thank Captain Eric L. Watts for his support, advice and guidance. He is truly a great leader that should not be taken for granted.

Standing: Ensign Ryan McDowell, Ed Neu, Commander John R. Sims, Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo, and (in front) Janice Neu and the Neus' kids at the Bowl America in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ed Neu, Commander John R. Sims, Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo and Ensign Ryan McDowell at Jacksonville's Bowl America, the
Exeter's first public outing as a group, September 7, 2008.
Exeter introduces new web site
The Exeter now has its very own web site.  Designed, created and administrated by the Republic's Capt Eric L. Watts and hosted on the STARFLEET Region 2 web server, the new web site includes a summary of the Exeter's brief history, photos of its crew and detailed reports of all their meetings so far, with accompanying photos.

Exeter officially launched by STARFLEET
After (finally) receiving the Exeter's Vessel Registration Request (VRR) forms, STARFLEET Chief of Shakedown Operations Rear Admiral Warren Price officially launched the USS Exeter NCC-1706 on October 28, 2008.  The chapter-in-training has been added to the STARFLEET database and Region 2 web site.  More importantly, Commander Sims and his five crewman—Ensign Ryan McDowell, Ensign Chris Hamm, Ensign Hyo Soon Yoo, Ensign Julie Cain and Ensign JG Jordan Cain—have been officially transferred off the Republic's crew roster and onto one of their own, resulting in a 9% decrease in the Republic's membership.

Commanding Officer, Republic, congratulates Commander Sims and the crew of the Exeter on their official launching, and looks forward to continuing to work together towards the Exeter's official commissioning sometime next year.
Preregister now for the 2009 Region 2 Summit for biggest discount
Hosted by the USS Haise NCC-74664, the 2009 STARFLEET Region 2 Summit will be held March 6-8 in Jackson, Mississippi.  The annual Summit can be one of the most rewarding experiences in STARFLEET.  Unlike typical conventions with Star Trek stars, a Summit is a learning experience.  Not only is it a great chance to learn valuable skills in the various informative panels and workshops, but it's also a great chance to make valuable friendships with people you've only heard about through The STARFLEET Communiqué, Region 2 Update, online and other sources.  Over 100 people from chapters throughout the Region attend the Summit, along with some of the STARFLEET Executive Committee, like the Commander, STARFLEET.  It's a great opportunity to learn in a very fun environment.  You will also have a chance to find out what is going on in your Region and in STARFLEET.

One of the most important events at the Summit is the annual Awards Banquet.  The Republic has won five Regional awards in the last two years and looks forward to another triumphant year in 2009!  Adult registration for next year's Summit is only $20 until December 1.  The price goes up to $25 after that date and will be $35 after February 15.  Register now to receive the biggest discount!  Additional information about the Summit in general can be found here and additional information about the 2009 Summit, including hotel and restaurant info and PayPal links for preregistration, Awards Banquet tickets and commemorative t-shirts, can be found here.

Commanding Officer, Republic, would like for our chapter to be well-represented at next year's Summit.  Please plan to join this "away mission" and attend this very important event!
USS Republic to be represented at USS Continuum event
The USS Continuum—the STARFLEET chapter in Pensacola, Florida—will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a dinner banquet on Saturday, December 6.  The USS Republic will be represented at this gala event by Ensigns Mike and Connor Sollie, a father and son pair who joined our chapter at this year's Dragon*Con in September.

Commanding Officer, Republic, congratulates the Continuum on their anniversary and wishes to thank the Ensigns Sollie for attending the event on behalf of the Republic.
Commanding Officer election is next month
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 November 2, 2008, there are four 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
•  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 the end of 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 early December.  Cast ballots can then be mailed to the chapter's mailing address or delivered by hand at the Republic's Christmas Party on December 21.  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.
Member Benefits Program seeks additional partners
The USS Republic's Member Benefits Program has been a very successful recruitment incentive and has helped our members save money on goods and services provided by our partners.  Unfortunately, due to the recent downturn in the economy and other factors, a couple of our original partners have gone out of business in the last few months, reducing the overall value of the program.  The Republic would now like to strengthen this program by adding several new partners to it.  Partners receive free advertising on our web site, in our chapter flyers and brochures, and links to their web sites in The Republiqué in exchange for an exclusive money-saving offer to Republic members.  If you or someone you know is a business owner or manager authorized to make such agreements and would like to become involved in this program, please contact the Captain for additional details.
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

Fall Dinner & Business Meeting  ||  October 18, 2008
Ens Joanne Trew, Ens Julianne Trew, Ens Naomi Hemingway, ENS3 Zannetta Law, Capt Michael Cowart, Capt Eric L. Watts
Third Annual Halloween Spooktacular  ||  October 31, 2008
Ens Jenilee Trew, Ens Julianne Trew, Ens Joanne Trew, Ens Jeff Trew, ENS3 Chadd Franklin, Capt Eric L. Watts
Star Trek toys wanted to buy: New in box not necessary.  Ships preferred, but will consider figures and playsets as well.  Wanted for play use by Crewman Connor Sollie.  Please contact Ens Mike Sollie with details and price.

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.


Sunday, November 2
Ensign 3rd Class Antonio T. Cade

Wednesday, November 5
Ensign 3rd Class Marjan F. Peltier
Ensign Chris Hamm

Wednesday, November 12
Ensign Claire Willis

Sunday, November 16
Ensign 3rd Class Sue Lin Lange

Thursday, November 20
Ensign 3rd Class Keavin Wainwright

Saturday, November 22
Ensign 3rd Class Susan J. Rey


Commander Brian Holloway
Ensign 3rd Class Mark A. Ozanick
Ensign 3rd Class Brooke Perry


1 New Member in October!

Captain Michael Cowart

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 61 active members (as of November 2) 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.

XBox Live Gamertag:
"USS Republic"


* 10 *

From the Center Seat
by Fleet Captain
Jeff Kirkland
Open Hailing Frequencies...

A lof of things have happened since our last newsletter went out.  First, we had a good time in Little Five Points with the Klingons' Day of Honor.  There were promotions given to the Klingons and to three members of the MacLeod.  The XO of the MacLeod, Leon Lord, was also promoted to captain.  Yours truly was promoted to Fleet Captain.

Now for things coming up.  On May 9, the USS Republic Tenth Anniversary Banquet will be held at Mike and Kelly's condo complex.  On May 16, at the Express Lanes on Piedmont Road just off I-85, is the Bowl-A-Thon for Children's Miracle Network at 12:00.  To bowl is $10 minimum, but we want more.  On May 22-24 is Vulkon with Neelix and other guests.

Now for a bit of sad news.  Due to my new job, I cannot make our meetings or a lot of our events, which makes me feel that I am not able to do a good job.  So with this article, I am stepping down as the Commanding Officer.  I hope you can give the new CO as much help as you can.  This does not mean that I am leaving the ship, because I am not.  I will be as active as I can without jeopardizing my job.  Thanks for a good drive.  You have been a great crew.

Close frequencies....

From the Right Seat
by Commander
Tonya Spanks
Greeting Republic Crew!

First I'd like to welcome all new crew members.  This is an active ship and we hope that you can join us on our trips.  We are planning trips to the CARTER CENTER, CYCLORAMA, AND THE ZOO.  We are also planning our annual trips to STONE MOUNTAIN--bring lots of food, water, and your best water gun.  We play all day.  And then there is my personal favorite... WHITE WATER.  Last year we were joined by members of the MacLeod and KAG.  We had a lovely picnic in the parking lot under a nice shade tree.  Most of our activities are events in which families can participate so if your significant other and/or children don't mind strange but loveable (I speak only for myself) people they are welcome.

We (STARFLEET) are working with KAG on a BOWL*A*THON to help raise money for CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK set for May 16th.  This is a regular meeting/activity day for us.  The bowling alley is EXPRESS LANES which is located on Monroe Boulevard just off the I-85 north exit just a block up on the right headed towards Piedmont Road.  All are welcome to bowl.  I haven't bowled since 7th grade so this should be fun.  There is a minimum donation of $10 with bowling shoes included.  If you have a costume or uniform please feel free to wear it.  This makes for more fun.

Attendance at meetings has improved somewhat with the joining of Robert and John, two Coweta residents.  They have made nearly every meeting since joining.  I don't fault someone for not attending meetings because they have to work.  I work every other Saturday and can't attend all, but if you're not coming because you simply don't feel like it then what's the point of joining a fan club if you are not going to put your dues to good use.  I will be making more of an effort to keep people informed of meetings and such but it also helps for you to keep in touch with me and your caption.  Jeff's phone number is (770) 253-6474.  My phone number is (770) 808-5910 and my E-mail address is RE13711@aol.com.  See ya soon!!

On March 21st the Republic, MacLeod, and KAG met at LITTLE 5 POINTS at FILINNI'S Pizzeria for Klingon Honor Day.  There Klingons received promotions as well as Members of the MacLeod and our own Captain received a well deserved promotion to FLEET CAPTAIN (hip hip hooray!!!).  Robert and John arrived just as the festivities were coming to an end and missed our location but caught up with us at Mike and Kelly's place where the party continued with SOUTH PARK, SCATTAGORIES, and a computer lesson or two (thanks, Kelly).

The MacLeod will be going to the Georgia Renaissance festival on April 18th and I will be joining them.  All fun loving people are welcome to join (no uniforms please).

In closing, I will mention the ship's 10th anniversary party is set for May 9th and there is a VULCON scheduled for May.  Call Mike Henigan for more details on both.  His number is (404) 688-2882.
Reprinted from
The Republication
Volume X, Issue Two
March/April 1998
Copyright © 1998 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 8, November 2008.
Published monthly by and Copyright © 2008 USS Republic NCC-1371.
Captain Eric L. Watts, Editor.

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