Volume I, Number 13  •  April 2009 

•  Wednesday, April 8: Star Trek Bingo Night
•  Saturday, April 11: Spring Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
•  Sunday, April 26: Spring Dinner & Business Meeting
•  Friday-Sunday, May 1-3: OutLantaCon
•  Friday-Sunday, May 8-10: Star Trek Movie Opening Weekend

•  In Memoriam: Ensign Shelton S. Jackson
•  USS Republic wins three Regional awards
•  Aspen Book Shop joins Member Benefits Program

•  Captain Watts interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

•  USS Republic is now... on Facebook
•  USS Exeter files activity report for March
•  Ship's Store loaded with chapter merchandise
•  Member Recruitment Special: Star Trek Collector's Plates
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos
•  Classifieds

•  April Birthdays
•  April Membership Renewals
•  Member Reenlistments
•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  6 Years Ago Aboard the USS Republic

Star Trek Bingo Night:
Trekkies and Tribbles and Klingons, Oh My!
A benefit for PALS Atlanta and the Republic

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The Wild Mustang / Jungle Club
2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta GA  30324
Phone: (404) 844-8800
The USS Republic is pleased to partner with PALS Atlanta for a charity event to benefit both PALS Atlanta and the Republic.  Hosted by the hilarious and outrageous Bubba D. Licious and held at The Wild Mustang / Jungle Club just off Cheshire Bridge Road, proceeds from this event will help PALS Atlanta continue its mission of providing free food and basic veterinary care and support to the pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans.  This event will also serve as a fundraiser and member recruitment opportunity for the Republic as publicity and promotion for the new Star Trek movie will be reaching its zenith just four weeks before its premiere.

Tickets are $20 at the door but can be purchased for only $18 each—a 10% savings—from the Republic's web site until midnight Tuesday, April 7.  Visit the Republic's Ship's Store to order.  Prepaid tickets will be held for you at the door.

This is a costume-encouraged event and all members and friends of the USS Republic are asked to wear their best Star Trek costume (Starfleet, Klingon, etc.), Republic sport shirt or t-shirt, or your own club's t-shirt.  We hope to hold a costume contest of some sort during the event; details to be announced if and when confirmed.

Doors at The Wild Mustang / Jungle Club open at 6:30 p.m. with the first Bingo number being called at 7:45 p.m.  A cash bar and food concessions are available. Your game card includes all seven games with cash prizes totalling $1,100!

Spring Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2009
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA  30071
(770) 416-7630

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

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 previous events 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.  On behalf of the command and crew of the USS Republic NCC-1371, we hope to see you there!


Spring Dinner & Business Meeting

7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009
Fuddruckers Restaurant
240 Perimeter Center Parkway, Dunwoody GA  30346
(770) 399-6641
All members and friends of the USS Republic are invited to join us at our Spring Dinner & Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at Fuddruckers restaurant in Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall.  We'll enjoy some of the "World's Greatest Hamburgers" (as well as chicken, fish and salad selections) at 7:00 and then start our business meeting promptly at 8:00.

This is an especially important meeting to attend for everyone who plans to help with our recruitment table at the Star Trek movie premiere (additional details below), OutLantaCon and TimeGate events in May, as well as anyone who wishes to help with our parties at Sci-Fi Summer Con in June and Dragon*Con in September.  We'll discuss what we need to do to make these events successful for the chapter, what we will and will not be allowed to do at each of them, what our obligations and expectations are, and plans for additional chapter activities from May through October.

Of course, it's not all business... you'll also be able to enjoy the company of your fellow shipmates as we talk about recent chapter events such as the Region 2 Summit and the St. Patrick's Parade, the recent Battlestar Galactica series finale, and our expectations for the new movie and what impact it will have on the Star Trek franchise.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!


Friday - Sunday, May 1-3, 2009

Holiday Inn Atlanta Northeast
2001 Clearview Avenue, Doraville GA  30340
(770) 280-2983
OutLantaCon is the new Atlanta-based "geekvent" for gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgendered / other fans!  They'll have everything you expect from a convention—guests, panels, contests, live bands, films, costuming, a con suite, a dealers room, etc.  And just like Gaylaxicon here in Atlanta in 2007, there will be all sorts of special surprises in store.

One of OutLantaCon's guests is Andy Mangels, best known for his work in the Star Trek universe.  His titles, written either solo or with co-writer Michael A. Martin, include Star Trek: Enterprise—The Good That Men Do, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—Prophecy and Change, the ground-breaking Star Trek: The Next Generation—Section 31: Rogue, installments in spin-off series Star Trek: Excelsior and Star Trek: The Lost Era, and the first two novels in the USA Today best-selling Star Trek: Titan.

The USS Republic will have an official presence at OutLantaCon.  Members and friends who plan to attend and would like to sign up for a shift at our recruitment table are encouraged to please contact the Captain or plan to attend our Spring Dinner & Business Meeting on Saturday, April 25.

Star Trek Movie Opening Weekend

Friday - Sunday, May 8-10, 2009
Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway Access, Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-9468
It's official—the USS Republic will have a weekend-long chapter presence at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24 cineplex in Chamblee!  Many thanks to general manager Ronald E. Murphy for working with Regal Entertainment Group ("corporate") to allow us to set up a recruitment table during the weekend, especially given that many other theaters around the country are not allowing other Star Trek fan clubs to have a presence at their own local cinemas.

The Republic will be allowed to hand out flyers, brochures and other promotional materials to movie-goers, but we will not be allowed to sell merchandise of any sort.  As of this writing, we are still working with Regal to determine whether we can accept payments for membership dues.

Mr. Murphy has given us permission to have our table inside the lobby, near the doors of the theaters showing the movie, during all business hours, and has suggested that if possible, we plan on having our table staffed between the hours of about noon to about 10:00 p.m. all three days.  To that end, Commanding Officer, Republic, will be recruiting volunteers to man the table in two-hour shifts on all three days: noon to 2:00, 2:00 to 4:00, 4:00 to 6:00, 6:00 to 8:00 and 8:00 to 10:00.  Members and friends of the Republic can volunteer for as many or as few of these shifts as they'd like.  We are also currently working with Mr. Murphy to obtain a limited number of free passes for the movie; if we're able to work out a deal, each volunteer will receive a free pass at the end of his or her two-hour shift.  One free pass per person, please.  Please contact the Captain and/or plan to attend our Spring Dinner & Business Meeting on Saturday, April 25, to volunteer.

Members who volunteer for a table shift are encouraged to wear their best Star Trek costume or Republic chapter sport shirt or t-shirt.  Our 20th Year Celebration t-shirts are still available from our Ship's Store for $15.00 each.  Our popular chapter sport shirts can be ordered for $30.00 each on or before Saturday April 25; please contact the Captain or plan to attend our Spring Dinner & Business Meeting on Saturday, April 25, if you'd like to order one.  For members in costume, our awesome Republic comm badges are still available for $10.00 each for clasp pin backs or $12.00 each for magnetic backs, from either the Ship's Store or at the Spring Business & Dinner Meeting on Saturday, April 25.

This long-awaited movie premiere promises to be the highlight of the year for all Star Trek fans, and Republic is delighted to be a part of the premiere.  We hope you'll plan to join us for this awesome weekend!
In Memoriam: Ensign Shelton S. Jackson

Ensign Shelton S. Jackson, SCC #64767, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in his hometown of Newark.  His death was due to complications due to AIDS.  He was 31.

Shelton joined STARFLEET International and the USS Republic NCC-1371 in April 2008.  He returned to New Jersey in June 2008 and had been a patient at UMDNJ since January of this year.  Born and raised in Newark, Shelton escaped the crime and violence of the streets through education.  In the eighth grade, his world was changed when he was introduced to poetry.  He used this new medium to express the trials of his coming out of the closet, falling in love at first sight with a man, becoming HIV-positive for that love, and finally being reborn to do what he described as “God’s will.”  Shelton authored and published two books of poetry on his journey of acceptance—The Second Chapter: Acceptance and The Dawn of a New Day.  He was also part of a national college speakers’ bureau for young people who were HIV-positive and not afraid to talk about it, and was featured in the CDC campaigns “Take The Test—Take Control” for National Testing Day and “Does HIV Look Like Me?”

At the time he was admitted to UMDNJ, Shelton was a consultant for the African-American Office of Gay Concerns in Newark, working on a social marketing project.

Although Shelton's membership aboard the USS Republic was brief, he made a lasting impression on everyone he met.  Author, poet and HIV activist, Ensign Shelton S. Jackson served with honor and distinction not only in STARFLEET, but in life.

Donations, flowers and cards can be sent to:

Shelton S. Jackson Memorial Fund
c/o African-American Office of Gay Concerns
877 Broad St, Suite 211
Newark NJ  07102

USS Republic wins three Regional awards
Fleet Captain Lucy Ferron presents Capt Eric L. Watts with the Region 2 Brenda Bullock Mothership of the Year Award for 2008
At the 2009 STARFLEET Region 2 Summit Awards Banquet held on Saturday evening, March 7, in Jackson, Mississippi, the USS Republic won three awards: the Recruiting Award, for having recruited more new members into STARFLEET than any other Region 2 chapter; the Richard Daystrom Cyberspace Award, for "having the most informative web site within Region 2;" and the Brenda Bullock Mothership of the Year Award, for "demonstration of outstanding support and guidance to the shuttle(s) entrusted under your care."

This is the third consecutive year that the Republic has won the Recruiting award, the second year in a row that we have won the Most Informative Web Site award, and the first time we have won the Mothership award if not ever, then at least in a very long time.

USS Republic Commanding Officer Captain Eric L. Watts is the chapter's web site designer, creator and administrator; has worked closely with Commander John R. Sims since last May to launch the USS Exeter in Jacksonville, Florida; and is directly or indirectly responsible for recruiting 29 of the 36 new members that joined the chapter during calendar year 2008.  Captain Watts personally accepted these three awards on behalf of the chapter.

Interestingly, in spite of the facts that the Republic was arguably the busiest chapter in Region 2 during 2008, travelling to two other cities to participate in other chapters' events and participating in such notable events as the Georgia Public Broadcasting pledge drive and a charity event for a local food bank; in spite of the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary with a huge celebration that included 15 hours of programming; in spite of the fact that we recruited more members than any other chapter; in spite of the fact that we were the largest chapter in Region 2 throughout the year, the largest meeting chapter in STARFLEET throughout the year and even became the largest chapter in all of STARFLEET for about a month last fall; in spite of all this (and more), the Republic did not win the coveted Chapter of the Year award.  That honor went to the USS Haise of Jackson, Mississippi.  The USS Haise is under the command of Fleet Captain Lucy Ferron.

This was the third consecutive year that the Haise has won this prestigious award.  Fleet Captain Lucy Ferron has served as Region 2's Vice Regional Coordinator for, coincidentally, three years.  This year's Summit was hosted by... the USS Haise.

The USS Republic respectfully congratulates the USS Haise on their well-deserved Chapter of the Year award.
Aspen Book Shop joins Benefits Program
USS Republic is pleased to welcome the Aspen Book Shop in Tucker, Georgia, as our newest Member Benefits Program Partner.  Aspen buys, sells and trades used, rare and out-of-print books and has a huge selection of science fiction titles.  Located at 4987 Lavista Road across the street from Tucker High School, Republic members can now present their valid membership card to receive 25% off all Star Trek titles and 10% off all other used books in the store.

Business hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Drop by soon and introduce yourself to Al Head, the owner, and be sure to bring cash, as credit and debit cards are not accepted.
Captain Watts interviewed by AJC
Captain Eric L. Watts was one of two people interviewed by Phil Kloer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for an article about the April release of three new Star Trek-branded fragrances.  The article, which mentions the USS Republic, was published online on Wednesday, March 25, and in the print edition of the paper on Thursday, March 26.  Read the article here and here.
USS Republic is now... on Facebook
It might be a sign of the coming Apocolypse... or, it might be a simple surrender to the inevitable takeover of the world by Facebook.   In either event, the USS Republic now has its very own page on what Wikipedia says is the world's largest social networking site.  The group page is brand new so there's not much activity on it yet, but membership is open to anyone interested in the Republic and its activities, and all members and friends are encouraged to join.  Click here to visit the page and join!
USS Exeter files activity report for March
Commander John R. Sims, Commanding Officer of the Republic's shuttle, chapter-in-training USS Exeter NCC-1706, submitted the following report for March 2009:

This month, the USS Exeter had a very exciting event to watch: the launch of shuttle Discovery!  Cmdr Lee Archambault and the intrepid crew of STS-119 left the surly bonds of Earth to deliver and deploy the final solar array for the international space station.  Members of the crew witnessed this launch from two vantage points in Jacksonville: Ed Neu, his wife Janice and their two sons on the north side of Jacksonville, and Cmdr Sims and his yeoman Hyo Soon Yoo from the parking lot of the local high school.

At 7:43 p.m. EST, during a beautiful spring evening, the
Discovery lifted above the horizon for all to see.  Its trajectory was to the northeast, giving us an unprecedented view of its ascent as well as the separation of the solid rocket boosters.  What was truly encouraging about this was all the local residents coming outside to see this modern marvel.  Afterwards, Ed called to confirm our viewing and we shared notes on it.

Our group then had its monthly dinner meeting at the local restaurant Sweet Tomatoes on Sunday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m.  It was another great get-together with members Marian LaPlaca and her daughter Shannon,
Hyo Soon Yoo, Ed and Janice Neu and their sons Adam and James.  Unfortunately, XO Ryan McDowell was tied up at work again, so he was not there.  The CO discussed his continuing conversations with the local AMC theater manager concerning our recruitment table for the upcoming
Star Trek movie.  There was a bit of disappointment when I told them that because of certain restrictions against providing us the space due to contractual commitments to another in-house company, we will not be allowed to have a proper table and display.  But the manager will allow us to be there between shows to hand out flyers to anyone who seems interested.  This comes as a shock to me personally, seeing as when I was with the old Excalibur chapter in the 1980s and '90s, we had no such problem.  The times are a' changing, eh?

USS Exeter's Cmdr John R. Sims,
Ens Hyo Soon Yoo, and Cadets
James and Adam Neu.
We all had a wonderful dinner and discussed a field trip for the next meeting, possibly a landing party to the local zoo, seeing as we missed our opportunity last month or a movie night out.  We may even have another bowling party as well!

Costumes were also discussed.  The CO recently bought a pattern for the male tunic from Roddenbery.com and has made himself a rather fetching spinach green dress tunic for the evening's events at the upcoming Dragon*Con.  I gave a copy of the pattern to Janice Neu so that she may be able to outfit her two adorable sons for the con as well.

Overall, March was a very good month for our ship, indeed.  We are looking forward to getting commissioned at Dragon*Con amongst all our friends in the Fleet.  Our ship would again like to thank USS
Republic Commanding Officer Captain Eric L. Watts for his unwavering help and guidance.  Our ship would be caught in an interspatial shift (à la the Defiant) without him.  Thanks, Captain!

Find out more about the USS Exeter on their web site.
Ship's Store loaded with chapter merchandise
The USS Republic's Ship's Store has plenty of merchandise still available.  Help stimulate your chapter's economy by purchasing one or more of these exclusive, custom-made, Republic-branded items that are the envy of all other Region 2 chapters.

Our very own, custom-designed chapter comm badges, designed and created by Capt Michael Cowart, feature the Republic's "Delta Shield/Capital R" logo rendered in a Deep Space Nine/Voyager-style comm badge that can be worn with your Next Generation-era style uniform.  Each badge is individually cast in urethane resin and painted by hand to closely resemble the silver and bronze colors of comm badges actually used on the modern Star Trek series.  Available in your choice of traditional butterfly clutch (most secure) for $10.00 each or magnetic backing (won't harm fabric) for $12.00 each, these unique chapter comm badges will be a perfect addition to your uniform for all future chapter events.  Show your pride in the Republic and visit the Republic's Ship's Store to order yours now!

Calendars: Printed in full color and on heavyweight card stock, drilled and comb-bound for easy wall-hanging, the USS Republic's 2009 calendars feature twelve photos from the Republic's highest-profile events and activities from 2008, as well as member birthdays, federal holidays, major religious and seasonal observances, and most Atlanta-area science fiction convention dates.  THE calendar for all your fannish needs, this full-sized (10¾" x 17"), limited edition calendar can be yours for only $10.00 postpaid.  Visit the Ship's Store to order yours now!

GPB Pledge Drive DVDs: We came, we answered phones, we conquered!  Twenty-one members and friends of the USS Republic answered phones for two hours during Georgia Public Broadcasting's live semi-annual Pledge Drive on Saturday, December 6... and we've got it on DVD!  See Capt Eric L. Watts be interviewed on live TV!  See Ens Eddie Hines ham it up for the cameras!  See two fully ridged Klingons try to hold phones to their heads!  See it all for only $5.00 per each postpaid DVD!  In addition to 40 minutes of televised Republic samaritanism, this four-hour DVD also includes the last half-hour of Celtic Woman–The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection; Victor Borge: 100 Years of Music & Laughter! (1½ hrs); Yanni Voices (30 min.) and the first hour of My Music: My Generation–The 60s, hosted by Michelle Phillips.  Visit the Ship's Store to order yours now!

Ens Claire Willis, ENS3 Chadd Franklin and Ens Julianne Trew look fantastic in Republic t-shirts!
20th Year Celebration T-Shirts: 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 2XL are already sold out, so order yours now before they're gone forever.  Visit the Ship's Store to order yours now!
Member Recruitment Special:
Star Trek Collector's Plates
Attention Friends of the Republic!  For a limited time, we're offering these limited edition porcelain collector's plates to the first two persons who join the Republic during the month of April.  Each plate comes in its original box with a certificate of authenticity.  Similar plates are sold on eBay at prices much higher than the cost of membership dues, but one of these can be yours absolutely free by joining the Republic and STARFLEET Internaional for only $25.00.  Please visit the Republic's web site for information on how to join and please mention "Collector's Plate" on your membership application and/or PayPal payment memo.  Plates are first-come, first-served; the first person to join will have his or her choice of the Original Series or Next Generation plate.  So don't delay, join the Republic and get your choice of one of these collector's item plates today!
Personnel Records

•  Congratulations to Ens Michael A. Knight on the birth of his son, Aaron, at 3:58 p m. on Sunday, March 29.  He's about 10 weeks early, but doing fine.  He'll hopefully get to come home from the neonatal intensive care unit in mid-May.  Mom is doing very well and got to come home on Wednesday.  The Knight family lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

•  Congratulations
to Cmdr John R. Sims, commanding officer of the USS Republic's chapter-in-training, the USS Exeter, who has again been published in FineScale Modeler magazine!  In the Readers' Gallery, there is a half-page picture of his Apollo 16 command service module.  It was a project that took over a year to complete and one of his personal favorites!

•  Please support Friend of the Republic Joy Keltner, also a member of the IKAV Nemesis, who is training for a half-marathon (13.1 miles) in May through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Team in Training" program to raise money to support finding a cure for these diseases.  (Leukemia was the disease that claimed the life of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry in December.)  The money raised by this program not only supports researchers who are daily coming closer to a cure, but it also helps current patients as well.  The Society helps patients monetarily by making sure they have transportation and access to the treatments they need.  As of March 29, Joy has raised 24% of her $3,900 goal.  Please support Joy in this effort by visiting her fundraising web site and blog and making a donation to this very worthy cause.

Recent Chapter Event Photos
STARFLEET Region 2 Summit Awards Banquet  ||  March 8, 2009
Capt Michael Cowart, Cmdr Brian Holloway, ENS2 Zannetta Law,
Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Julianne Trew, Ens Joanne Trew
Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade  ||  March 14, 2009
Republic and IKAV Nemesis members marching together:
Theresa Parker, ENS2 Mark A. Ozanick, Capt Eric L. Watts, Cmdr Joe Campbell, Ens Joanne Trew, Capt Michael Cowart, Kevin Parker, Ens Jeff Trew, Tonya Spanks, Joseph Scheuers
VHS preservation -- Do you need your VHS or S-VHS tapes preserved as MP4 or MPG files?  Contact Bruce Berryhill for details.


Monday, April 6
Capt Matthew D. Ebeling

Thursday, April 9
Ens Eric Lange

Tuesday, April 14
ENS3 Elisa Roper
Ens Darrell R. Ortiz

Wednesday, April 15
Lt JG David Churvis

Thursday, April 16
Ens Christopher W. Smith

Thursday, April 30
ENS2 Hal Doby


ENS3 Sheryl Parsons
Marjan F. Peltier


These members renewed their memberships in March

Capt Matthew D. Ebeling
ENS2 Lea Hepler
ENS3 Germaine Webb

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!

CRITICAL NEED: one or more HP 10 black printheads

•  HP 10 cyan, magenta and yellow printheads
•  HP 10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink cartridges
•  postage stamps
•  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)
•  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 58 active members (as of April 5) 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"


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February 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
02-15-03 Shuttle Launch Party and welcome to new members of the Chattahoochee Station.  We had members from both the Shuttle Pleiades and the Chattahoochee.  We talked, ate, drank and played Great Dalmuti.  I gave the CO and XO of the Shuttle Pleiades a gift of a model of their Shuttle.  Fun and happiness was enjoyed by one and all.

Can't wait to meet everyone at the Summit in a week.  Goodbye to our Current RC and ZC.  Both of you have been very helpful to me and I hope the new RC and ZC will be as good as you have been.

March 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
This month both the Commanding officer and Executive office attended the Region 2 Summit in Huntsville, AL.  Along with the officers Martha Kirkland also attended the festivities along with members of the Shuttle Pleiades.

This month we also attended the anniversary party for the USS Davinci in Columbus GA.  While there we performed a lunar mission at the Coca Cola Space Center.  Mission was accomplished successfully.

I have been taking the Australiana course through Starfleet Academy.  They didn't have an electronic version of their course, so after it arrived (by snailmail) I translated it into a word document for the school and sent it back to them to them.  They liked it so much they want to offer me a consulting directorship.

Our status to go back to being a ship from being a station was approved this month.  We were also allow to return to our original charter as the USS Republic.  All members seem to be very happy with our new status.  So we are now officially the USS Republic NCC-1371.

Due to the 2 away missions this month no meeting was held.   Although we did publish the newsletter for the first time since 1999.  We are sending the newsletter electronically in order to save money on postage since we have removed yearly dues from our membership.  There was a problem with the first transmission but it was fixed and all members and some recruits all received their publication.

I have been working the unassigned members list.  I have sent emails to all Starfleet members from Atlanta to Macon GA.  I explained that there was several chapters near them and gave them the information to contact the closest Chapter to them.  I then sent all members closest to my chapter a copy of the newsletter as a recruitment tool.

April 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
On April. 5th attended the Charity golf event held by the local Klingon organization here in Atlanta.  On April 12th held meeting discussed upcoming events, ie. SciFi Summer Con, Renn Faire and DragonCon.  Also had discussions with Shuttle Pleaides CO about joint away missions for next month and working together to promote recruitment.

Having problem with MSR tool.  It is bringing up an old saved MSR from january.  I am using it to submit for May but needs to be fixed.  Also I received Fleet Captain Tonya Spanks promotion certificate but my Captains certificate was not in the package.  I need someone to send it to me.

May 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
This month we had two away missions to the Georgia Renn Fair.  The First mone was a joint mission with the Shuttle Pleaides.  There was a bit of a mixup and some members never connected with the group and by the time lunch occured a MAJOR rainstorm hit the fair washing out the rest of the day, although I did meet with an old member of the Republic and have started reinteresting him in coming back to Starfleet and the chapter.  We then had another more successful Day two weeks later.  This month we also had an away mission to see the Matrix.  Fun was had by one and all and possible a new member will be joining soon.  This coming weekend we will be at SciFi Summer Convention recruiting and hosting discussion panels.  A full breakdown of that event will be in next months MSR.

June 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
Our crew continued to enjoy the final days of the GA Renn Fair by attending the last weekend.  We also attended SciFi Summer a local convention in Atlanta.  We hosted several panels and sold items to help support our ship.  We raised over 100.00 for our ship that weekend.  We also got three new members this month.  One joined just prior to the convention and was working with us and the con doing Medical support.  He is Matt Ebeling our newest Lt JG after passing both OTS and OCC.  We then received a family of two membership from Bob Toxen and Cindy Browning who we met at the convention.  I also have another member who is from Tenn but her membership in Starfleet seems to be lost(see comments).  This month we also had a visit from the RC who came down for a multiship dinner between the Pleiades and my ship.  We then gave Tonya her promotion certificate which she has been waiting for since the summit.  I was also given my official promotion at the dinner.  We then Ate, drank and were merry for the rest of the night.

I have sent several replies to the helpdesk inquiring about a membership that appears to be lost.  I myself entered the information including my personal debit account to pay for it.  It was for Lou Ann Bowery who lives in Tenn but wants to be aboard our ship.  She did receive a confirmation email that was automatically generated but nothing else and it appears that Starfleet doesn't know anything.  I have had no replies to my inquiries and I do not want to enter my information, in the event it might get double billed, until I get a straight answer.  I also inquired about my new members, Bob and Cindy too.  They have sent their information and payment for Starfleet to me so I want to enter it via the online website but I want verification that it is all right to do so prior to attempting it.  I have been informed by a Fleet Captain Tonya Spanks that Roderick Jennings name is consistantly being changed to Jenning on all correspondence from Starfleet including the online database.  Can we fix the name(add an 's') again please.

July 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
This was the quietest month we have had in a while.  We didn't have any activities this month as we were recupurating from the previous busy months.

I was finally able to clear up the issue I had with the missing membership and I wish to thank all involved.  I was able to enter two new members this month into the system.  Welcome aboard to Cindy and Bob.  Also the issue with Roderick Jennings name is still showing up.  His name is not Jenning.  Can someone please correct this matter.

August 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
Had monthly meeting with Jim Bellon, Matthew Ebeling, Tonya Spanks, and Brian Sussman attending.  Restructured the command staff positions due to members ability to attend meetings and functions.  Jim Bellon will take over the position of XO from Jeff Kirkland once all paperwork is finalized.  Karen Bellon is taking the position as CMO.  Matt is taking the position as Comm Officer and Security Chief.  Tonya will become Chief of Ops after she renews for the coming year.  We are attending DragonCon as a ship.  Tonya is hosting a panel on Trek Kitchen with Brian, Jim and Matt helping.  Brian hosting a panel with guest stars from the TV show and publishers regarding the series Enterprise.  Our ship is helping host the 10 forward party on the last night of the Con.  More about the event will be in the next MSR.

September 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
This month our ship attended one of the largest Sci-fi and Fantasy conventions called DragonCon.  Not only did we attend but we also hosted several panels and the big party at the end of the convention called 10 Forward.   Brian as CO of the local chapter was invited to speak along with several guest stars about the latest series Enterprise.  Fleet Capt Tonya Spanks, Commander Jim Bellon, Lt. Comm Matt Ebeling and Capt Brian Sussman hosted a new panel about Starfleet cooking.  We almost filled the panel room which was a pleasant surprise to the chairman of the Trek Trak at DragonCon.  We are invited back to do it again next year.  Not to let our cooking skills go to waste, Matt and Brian also entered the first ever IronTrek cook off.  They both performed admirable as the original contestant Tonya Spanks couldn't perform and they stepped in at the last minute.  The rest of the convention many in the group attended other panels, did gaming, bought new things to add to their collections and just had a good time.  We also used this time to recruit and had two new members join who we met at the convention.  At this time their money and paperwork is inroute to membership.  All in all a very successful event.

Also this month we held our monthly meeting at our new XO's home.  We invited local Klingon groups and our shuttle for a party afterward.  During the meeting we officially pin'd our latest promotions and handed the XO duties over to Jim Bellon.  Also in attendance was Eric Watts the chairman of Trek Trak at DragonCon.  He brought along a letter of commendation for Jim as Jim performed duties above and beyond and he felt they should be recognized.  I had been informed earlier and spoke privately with other members about giving Jim an award for his acts.  All agreed and so Jim was award the first Distinguished Service award given by our ship.  At the same time we awarded Jeff Kirkland a Meritorious Service award for all his work with the ship over all the years and for his duties this year keeping the chapter going.  Our party was enjoyed by several Klingons, our new members, and some other invited guests who might join in the future.  This september has been a very successful and fun month.  We are looking forward to many more to come.

October 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
This month was a quiet month.  Our shuttle Pleaides had it's commissioning and I attended the affair.  We had our monthly meeting.  We discussed charities that we are going to be working with in the future.  We also are working on a cook book for next years DragonCon panel.  We are also working on hosting panels at SciFi Summer next year.  The Captain and Chief of Security did an away mission to the North Carolina Renn fest that weekend.  Our group is working on expanding our meetings with the use of the internet.  Plans are being worked on at the moment and no final ideas are quite ready for publication.

November 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
Last Month I forgot to mention that our ship had it's annual Halloween party held at one of our member's store.  He supplied food along with a special cake baked by our own Fleet Capt Tonya Spanks.  Gaming, videos and fun was had by one and all.  Our ship started it's own yahoo group to keep members informed of events and just fun things.  We also attended a charity miniture golf tournament held by our local Klingon group here in Atlanta.  The Republic came in second missing first by only a couple of points.  We are working on our annual x-mas party and also will be working with the Klingons to help with raising Toys for Tots.

There are two members listed on our chapter roster as pending.  Fleet captain Tonya Spanks 29719 and and Roderick Jennings 54237 both have paid their dues according to them.  If this information is incorrect could someone please inform myself, Tonya and Rod.  Otherwise can you please add them fully to our roster.  Also Please correct Roderick's last name to Jennings with an "s".  This has constantly been mispelled and he would like it corrected.

December 2003

Captain Brian Sussman
This month our chapter had it's annual holiday party with most of the membership in attendance.  We also had guests from other groups that we work with attending.  Our special guests were ZC Mike Henigan and Eric Watts who runs the Trek Trak at DragonCon.  Fun, frolic and Jeff Kirkland's eggnog flowed all night.  We had a gift exchange and Karaoke.  All had a good time and we even had a new member signup right after that.  We now have a couple of members interested in starting a Marine strike group on our ship and I will be contacting the SF marines regarding that.  We are looking forward to a new year and more fun and growth for a our group.

USS Republic Monthly Status Reports for February to December 2003 downloaded from the STARFLEET International MSR Archives database.  The USS Republic published one newsletter during 2003, available as a free download here.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 13, April 2009.
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