Friday-Sunday, May 22-24: TimeGate & TimeGate
Friday-Sunday, June 12-14: Sci-Fi Summer Con
Saturday, July 4: Fourth of July BBQ & Pool Party
USS Republic is
all over the media
Phase I of Project Legacy
USS Republic Forums
web site under development
Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy
recruitment brochure distribution
Join the USS Republic's
Facebook group page
USS Exeter files
activity report for April
Ship's Store loaded with
Recent Chapter Event Photos
About the Republic
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10 Years Ago Aboard the USS Republic
& TimeGate Room Party
Friday - Sunday, May 22-24, 2009
Holiday Inn Select
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee GA 30341
is an annual science fiction / fantasy convention that focuses
on Doctor Who and Stargate, though all interests
are represented. So if you're into Stargate SG-1,
Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood
or The Sarah Jane Chroniclesor you're excited
about the upcoming show Stargate Universethis
is the con for you! But if not, they'll also have
Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes,
literary, horror and comics programming, too, along with
many other topics.
of TimeGate's Guests of Honor this year is Brad Greenquist,
who played "Krit" in the Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine episode "Who Mourns for Morn?," "Demmas"
in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Warlord," "Khata'n
Zshaar" in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode
"Dawn" and the Rigelian kidnapper in the Star Trek: Enterprise
Registration rates are currently $15 for Friday only, $20
for Saturday or Sunday only, or $40 for the full weekend.
ROOM PARTY! The USS Republic will
have an official presence at TimeGate with a member recruitment
table throughout the weekend and a room party on Saturday
night, hosted by Ens Joanne Trew with snacks and
adult beverages provided by Ens Sue Lin Lange, Ens
Zannetta Law and Ens Mark A. Ozanick. We
hope to see you there!
Friday - Sunday, June 12-14, 2009
Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta
1775 Parkway Place, Marietta GA 30067
Summer Con is a recreational convention with sci-fi, fantasy,
horror, comics and anime themes at the start of summer each
year. There will be many guest speakers, games, indoor/outdoor
activities, discussion panels, movies and vendors, plus
an arcade, "dive-in movie," costume contests,
parties, and more!
Sci-Fi Summer Con was the host of the Republic's
awesomely successful 20th Year Celebration last year, and
we are pleased to have an official presence there again
this year. In addition to a member recruitment
table throughout the weekend, we'll also be hosting another
awesome Saturday night dance party. We hope to
see you there!
of July BBQ & Pool Party
12:00 noon to late evening
Saturday, July 4, 2009 (Rain Date: Saturday, July 11)
Hosted by ENS2 Hal Doby
4651 Cedar Brook Drive, Conyers GA 30094
2nd Class Hal Doby is pleased to invite all members
of the Republic, as well as all our friends in the
IKAV Nemesis, KAG Atlanta, Stargate Atlanta, Atlanta
Outworlders and the USS Atlanta, for a full day of
fun, food and water on Saturday, July 4! This year,
the theme is "The Classic American Mid-Twentieth Century Picnic,"
circa 1950-1960. The menu is traditional American picnic
food, such as hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs on the grill.
Ensign Doby and the Republic will provide sodas,
burgers, chicken, hot dogs and the fixin's; attending members
and friends are asked to bring covered dishes and sides such
as fried chicken, potato salad, pies, cakes and other traditional
picnic food. But wait! There's more! Don't
try to sneak in with just any old can of store-brand pork
and beans. Just for fun, we'll hold a "Republic
Iron Chef" contest where people will vote on their favorite
side dish. The contest theme will be "The Classic American
Summer Picnic" and the winner will get an award of some sort
and the title of Republic Iron Chef! Entries
will be judged by popular vote based on originality, presentation
and of course, taste.
Starting around noon, we'll open the pool to anybody that
wants to splash around and have fun. Don't forget to
bring your swim trunks and a towel to dry off with! The
Republic will be providing ice and non-alcoholic beverages
for your enjoyment. The event is BYOB, so should you
choose to bring spirits, please enjoy yourself responsibly. The
event will continue into the afternoon and evening for as
long as everyone wishes to stay, so feel free to arrive as
early or as late as you're able. We'll show some classic
sci-fi movies of the 1950s and 1960s on Ensign Doby's 57"
Big Screen TV later in the day. This invitation is open
to all members and friends of the Republic, all other
metro area science fiction fans, and anyone else that would
enjoy a good time. The command and crew of the USS Republic
look forward to seeing you there!
Republic is all over the media
the North Dekalb Neighbor newspaper wants to
do an interview for a feature article about Star
Trek, who do they call?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wants to do
an interview for an article about Star Trek
and a group photo of Star Trek fans in costume,
who do they call?
Roddenberry.com wants an interview about the new Star
Trek movie, who do they call?
Paramount Pictures wants to invite a select group
of Star Trek fans to an advance screening of
the new Star Trek movie on a brand new IMAX
theater screen, who do they call?
answer? The USS Republic, of course. Greg
Rossino of the North Dekalb Neighbor interviewed Captain
Eric L. Watts, Ensign Joanne Trew and Friends
of the Republic Kevin and Theresa Parker on
Thursday, April 30, for an article that appeared in the May
6 issue of the weekly newspaper. See the online
edition of the article here. Bo
Emerson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed
Captain Watts on Wednesday,
May 6, and again on Friday, May 8, for an article that appeared
in the Monday, May 11 issue of the daily paper. Read
the print copy article here
and the online edition here. Eve
Gidion from Roddenberry.com asked Captain Watts for his thoughts
about the movie, which were posted on her blog here. And
when Paramount invited the Republic to see the Star
Trek movie at the IMAX theater in Kennesaw, Brant Sanderlin,
a photographer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
was there to cover the event for an online feature that can
be seen here.
Commanding Officer, Republic, would like to thank all
those members and friends of the Republic who were
able to attend these events in costume on very short notice. The
Republic's ever-increasing and virtually exclusive
presence in the local media is a clear sign that we are the
preeminent Star Trek fan club in the metro Atlanta
I of Project Legacy is complete
Officer, Republic, is pleased to announce that Phase
I of our ongoing Project Legacy is now complete. Thanks
primarily to the efforts of ENS2 Mark A. Ozanick, with
additional assistance from Captain Eric L. Watts and
former Republic member Dr. Bruce Peret, all
51 issues of chapter newsletters (under eight different names)
in our archives dated 1987 to 2003 have been converted to
PDF documents and uploaded to the News
& Newsletters page on our award-winning web site. These
newsletters, now available to anyone for free with just the
click of a mouse, serve as the best record yet of the Republic's
long and illustrious history. You cannot know where
you are until you know where you've been, so members are encouraged
to visit the newsletter archives at their convenience, take
their own trip back through time and learn more about our
Many thanks to Commodore Jeff Kirkland, a former longtime
member and a previous commanding officer of the Republic,
for donating these newsletters to the chapter's official archives
for posterity's sake.
Phase II of Project Legacy will be scanning and uploading
to the Republic's web site the many dozens of photographs
taken of various chapter activities during our first ten years,
loaned (not donated) to the Republic by Comm
Kirkland. Any member of the Republic who
might be able to assist in the scanning of these photographs
is encouraged to contact
the Captain as soon as possible.
Republic Forums web site under development
to the efforts of Ens Drew Schlosser, the USS Republic
is currently developing a brand new Forums web site for our
membership, where members can log in, create a variety of
topics for discussion, post messages and announcements and,
best of all, not have such messages emailed to every
member subscribed to our members-only YahooGroups message
board. As of this writing, the new Forums site hasn't
officially launched yet, but you can see the site under development
new site is in addition to our recently established Facebook
group page. Many thanks to Ens Drew for
suggesting the idea and getting it started. We
hope to officially launch the site in the next week or two!
Republic Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy codified
USS Republic's Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy,
which has been in effect since Captain Eric L. Watts
took command of the chapter in May 2006 but which has never
been put into writing in its entirety, has finally been codified,
published and made available to the membership on the Republic's
YahooGroups members-only message board. The document
can be found in the "Governing Documents & Policies"
folder in the Files section. Members of the Republic
who are not yet subscribed to our YahooGroups message board
can do by sending an email here.
Republic recruitment brochure distribution
in the Star Trek franchise being the hottest it's been
in... (ahem) generations, the Republic hopes
to capitalize on it by distributing our awesome full-color,
four-page chapter brochures at various area establishments
where Star Trek fans are likely to gather. So
far, we've placed ten brochures in highly visible locations
at The Dragon's Horde comics and gaming shop in Stone
Mountain, Odin's Comics in Lilburn, Aspen Book Shop
in Tucker, and the Galactic Quest comic shops in both
Lawrenceville and Buford. Many thanks to these
shop owners for allowing us to place our recruitment materials
in their stores!
If you know of other local business establishments where Star
Trek fans routinely gather, please contact
the Captain so we can ask them if they'll let us put
out some of our brochures.
the USS Republic's Facebook group page
USS Republic has its very own page on what Wikipedia
says is the world's largest social networking site. The
group page is 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!
Exeter files activity report for April
John R. Sims, Commanding Officer of the Republic's
shuttle in Jacksonville, Florida, chapter-in-training USS
Exeter NCC-1706, submitted the following report for
This month, the crew of the USS
held its meeting at the CO's new abode. Although
turnout was light, we still had a great deal of fun. Because
of scheduling problems, the Neu family and XO Ryan
McDowell could not attend. But Ensigns Julie
and Jordan Cain did, as well as two new prospective members,
Bob & Joan Sims... my parents! This is kinda
cool, seeing as my mother was the one who turned me on to
The meeting was more of a social gathering. We
caught up on some family matters and discussed the new movie. Then
we enjoyed yet another incredible meal prepared by the CO's
yeoman, Hyo Soon: Korean BBQ, fried dumplings
and sushi! Afterwards, we watched an episode of
Star Trek: Phase II. My
family members were truly intrigued by the quality of a fan-made
production... but they don't know James Cawley!
This past week, I stayed in contact with the Regal Cinemas
manager and firmed up our plans for the recruitment table
for the Star Trek movie
opening. I was also contacted by no less than four
other theaters from south Georgia to St. Augustine. Geez,
where were you guys when I was calling four weeks ago? I
was also contacted by the curator of the main branch of the
Jacksonville library. They are to have a Trek-A-Thon
this coming Saturday from 1:30 until 5:00 p.m. They
will be showing the first two pilot episodes as well as the
classic "City on the Edge of Forever." I
contacted the local news media and we are to have some coverage
of that event as well.
This is gonna be a very busy week for the Exeter. We
hope to do our collective best to help STARFLEET grow vicariously
through our efforts.
On a good note, Ensign Janice Neu has passed her OTS.
Yaa! I am hoping to get all my bridge staff to
pass this before our commissioning in September at Dragon*Con.
In the next week, we will be filing another VRR to get
our approval from the DTS.
As of May 1, the USS Exeter crew included eleven STARFLEET
members in good standing. Visit the Exeter's
web site here.
Store loaded with chapter merchandise
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.
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!
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
Store to order yours now!
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
Store to order yours now!
CHANCE TO ORDER 20th Year Celebration T-Shirts!
two of these high-quality, 100% preshrunk cotton tees
the two-color USS Republic 20th Year Celebration logo
screenprinted on the full chest are
still available: one Medium and one XL. The rest
are gone, and they're not coming back! Each limited
edition, collector's item shirt is only $15.00 postpaid. Hurry! Visit
Store to order yours now!
Claire Willis, ENS3 Chadd Franklin and Ens Julianne
Trew look fantastic in Republic t-shirts!
Congratulations to ENS2 Zannetta Law, who walked
over five miles and raised $130 on Friday, May 16, at the
Adams Center Stadium off of North Druid Hills as a team of
one for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event,
which brings more than 3.5 million people from across the
country together each year to celebrate the lives of those
who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight
back against a disease that takes too much.
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 May 21, Joy has raised 53% 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
Chapter Event Photos
Atlanta's Star Trek Bingo Night || April
Seated: PALS Bingo Night hostess "Martina
Alexandria." Standing: Q100's "The Bert Show" cohost
Melissa Carter, Republic's CO Capt Eric L.
Watts, ENS3 Zannetta Law, hostess "Bubba D. Licious,"
Ens Jeff Trew, Ens Joanne Trew, Capt Michael Cowart,
SEE PROJECT Q'S PHOTO GALLERY OF THIS EVENT HERE
Dinner & Business Meeting || April
Seated: Ens Daniel Wolfgang, Linda Varonetski,
Alex Miller, Ens Jenilee Trew. Standing: ENS3
Sue Lin Lange, Tom McFarland, Capt Eric L. Watts,
Capt Michael Cowart, ENS2 Mark A. Ozanick, Ens Eddie
Hines, Ens John Stump, Beth Miller, Warren Rutledge,
ENS2 Zannetta Law, Ens Chris Jones, Ens Joanne Trew.
to Buy -- A good used working window unit air conditioner. Contact
L. Watts with price and condition.
VHS preservation -- Do you need your VHS or S-VHS tapes
preserved as MP4 or MPG files? Contact Bruce
Berryhill for details.
Friday, May 1
Ensign David M. Phillips MD
Saturday, May 2
Captain Michael Cowart
Sunday, May 3
Ensign Jamie Sweat
Sunday, May 10
Ensign Linda Phillips
Sunday, May 17
Commander David A. Slaughter
Monday, May 25
Ensign Julianne Trew
Thursday, May 28
Ensign Page E. Lewis
These members' dues
expire in May
Michael A. Knight
Ensign Jeff Trew
Crewman Jenilee Trew
Ensign Joanne Trew
HERE TO RENEW!
These members renewed their memberships
ENS3 Tammy Pakulski
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
CRITICAL NEED: HP 10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow
enabled Windows XP laptop with remote mouse
10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow printheads
x 19 70-lb. smooth white opaque text stock
8160 or compatible address labels
x 12 manila clasp envelopes
x 11 90-lb. white index card stock (Springhill 15101)
on May 14, 1988 at Dixie-Trek in Atlanta, Georgia, the
USS Republic NCC-1371 is a chapter of STARFLEET
International (SFI) and a member of STARFLEET Region 2. The
Republic currently has 85 active members
(as of May 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 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
REPUBLIC RELATED SITES
MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM PARTNERS
YEARS AGO ABOARD THE USS REPUBLIC
In January 1999, the USS Republic and the USS MacLeodboth
chapters of STARFLEET chartered in Atlantamerged to
form Chattahoochee Station. In March 2003,
Chattahoochee Station changed its name back to the
From the Center Seat
We have a very busy time the next couple of months. With
DS9 ending party and Dragoncon we will be very active.
Mike and Kelly have invited us over to their place for a
DS9 ending. Dragoncon is set for the first weekend
in July. We are going to need help on the Starfleet
table. Monty Strickland has agreed to handle scheduling
for the table. I'm sure he will be getting in touch
with your about the table. Due to Dragoncon being
on the 1st Saturday of the month, our business meeting will
be on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
At that time, we need to start voting on our by-laws. The
XO in charge of the Republic, Mike Henigan has promised
to send out by email a proposed set of bylaws. Please
read these and think about them. This is just a starting
point. The are not "set in stone." If you have
not received your copy of the proposed by-laws by June 15th,
please contact me and I'll get you a copy.
One issue that I feel we need to think about is how we handle
the elections of the two XOs in charge of the ship. Please
think about this and give me your ideas.
Hope to see you soon.
From the Right Seat
one and all. Our ships have merged and no trouble
at all. This shows that through all the years
of working together as friends, we can still be friends
and shipmates working together to a common goal. The
future will be bright as we go forth to the 21st century.
At the stores now are next week's TV Guide with DS9
crews. There are four covers with different people.
I picked up two for my collection. Enjoyed the
trip to Ren Fest and the Star Wars movie. The movie
was much better than the critics say it was.
I have card protectors. They will go on any collectible
cards and the card games, a bargain of $4.25 per box containing
Captain Tonya Spanks
We have certainly had a busy time since our last newsletter.
Fleet Captain Kathy and I ventured out to the Renaissance
Festival on opening day (as per tradition) and we were
treated to a few new sites. One of the food courts
has been built up to a more level ground and covered benches
have been added so that you can have a little shade while
dinning. There have been a few more shops added
and of course, there is not enough money in my pockets
to fully, fully enjoy myself (I would need about $100
spending money). Another nice addition are the new
FLUSH PRIVIES (pause for Ahhs of joy)!!! Unfortunately,
the heat was so terrific that Kathy and I could not really
enjoy ourselves and we departed shortly after noon. Another
group went to the Festival the weekend of the 23rd as
I had free passes. Note anyone wishing to go the
Spring Festival is certainly welcome as I get free passes
from the office and usually can get enough for 10 to 12
people. We had the pleasure of being joined by Martha
and her granddaughter Lori. This time I got to see
the Great Cats of the World Show which was entertaining
as well as educational. Although these "cats" are
beautiful, they make terrible pets. The heat was
bearable but the rain drove us away this time. Maybe
next season we will get to enjoy the entire day.
Between Ren Fest. Visits, the new Star Wars movie was
released, and being the sci-fi fans we are, we went. I
for one was not overly impressed with the movie. The
special effects were good and the fight scenes were pretty
good; however, without giving too much away for those
who have not seen it, during one of the fight scenes,
IN MY OPINION, had there been LESS dancing and MORE fighting
it would have been over in less time. It was a good
movie and I plan to see it again.
DragonCon approaches and I hope to see as may people there
as possible. I will have two main focuses; Frank
Grorshwin and the TenForward. The Klingons are hosting
a beauty pageant (of sorts) and I think it just might
be worth catching.
Our fund raiser isn't doing too well, folks. Word
has been out for quite some time for recipes and so far
I have received zero. If we don't want any funds
for the station or the crew wants to do something else,
tell me now so I can stop wasting my time.
Lt. Monty Strickland
from the Medical Department. I'd like to report on
the progress of the suggestions that I made in the last
nexus. The Academy month has been postponed until
later in the year since we had a very busy April and May
as will have been reported elsewhere in the Nexus.
I look forward to this being rescheduled and will give everyone
plenty of notice so that they can be involved. As
to the suggestion that we consider having care groups, it
was decided to postpone consideraton of this suggestion
until the basic elements describing the Station have been
Elsewhere in the Nexus I hope to have an article which displays
the form for the medical information that the Station requests
be available to the Commanding officer in the case of an
emergency which occurs while the station is on an "away
mission." A duplicate copy will be maintained by the
Medical officer to be used in case the CO's copy in unavailable.
All information will remain confidential and will
only be revealed to medical personnel in the case of an
emergency. I will email the form which can returned
to me by email by those members that I have an email address
for. If you have not received any email from me in
the past and would desire a form emailed to you please send
email to email@example.com with your current email address
and I will email a copy of the mecical form to them.
The Medical Department is seeking an interested crewperson
to assume the duties of Station Councilor. This person
would initially be part of the medical department.
Upon completion of OTS and by proper approval that person
might have their own department. If the suggested
care groups become reality then it would be logical that
the Station Councilor help with them. For the purposes
of the station no actual counseling experience is needed
in order to be Station Councilor. In order to be successful,
all that is needed is a caring heart and some spare time
to devote to this. If you'd like to be Station Councilor
please contact me either by phone at 770-252-4153 and leave
voice mail or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome
any comments about the Station Councilor and the activities
that person could help within the station. I anticipate
that the Medical Department will work closely with the Station
Councilor both as a part of the department and in the event
that the Station Councilor become another department.
I have been asked to coordinate the station's table at Dragon*Con.
Upon seeing the schedule of events for Dragon*Con
I intend to divide the time that people stay to watch the
table to correspond to the interval which Dragon*Con panels
are scheduled. 2 years ago that interval was 1.5 hrs
and it worked well to have the interval to coincide. I
will make the schedule available for Dragon*Con to all interested
crew members and also ask people to sign up on the table
schedule to be at the table. Hopefully sine everyone's
tastes are different and some panels and speakers are repeated
we will have people willing to be at the table at the assigned
times and everyone will have a chance to enjoy Dragon*Con.
In the past, one or two people spent most of their
time at the table and were unable to enjoy anything at Dragon*Con.
Depending on the response if everyone will plan on
being at the table for two or three sessions then the table
will be covered without putting the burden on any one or
two people. Since Dragon*Con is July 4th weekend,
I expect both the session schedule for Dragon*con and the
Table schedule to be available soon. Look for it via
email and at meetings and social meetings between now and
then. I want to thank you all in advance for the cooperation
that I know I can expect from everyone on the station.
As busy as we have been in the past, I can't be sure when
each of these initiatives will happen except for Dragon*Con
which will be July 4th weekend. Please email or turn
in your medical information to me or the CO as soon as is
possible because we'd like to have this information available
for any trips or events we attend as a station. Thanks
again for all your help and cooperation. This concludes
the medical department report for this Nexus.
from the Editor...
Without yet having seen the finale (the ultimate final last
TV season closer forever finale) of DS9, I can't
help but to speculate about what will happen regarding the
ethical and moral crisis of the Federation's having devised
and planted the plague (through an unwitting Odo) that is
slowly destroying the Founders. It would seem to be
the absolutely right thing to do to share the cure with
the Founders, particularly since the Federation (in the
form of the thoroughly amoral Section 31 agents) spread
the disease in the first place. But in the interest
of basic self-preservation, wouldn't it be the height of
foolishness to give your worst enemy a prize that would
only strengthen them, and doubly strengthen their resolve
to continue trying to conquer you, especially when they
found out that you had tried to commit genocide? If
we gave the Founders the antidote in the perhaps naïve belief
that such a deeply trusting and sincerely honest and selfless
act would convince them of the Federation's basic decency
and commitment to justice, would Federation idealism (i.e.,
Roddenberry's deep optimism in a bright and humanistic future
for the galaxy) turn out to be the very thing that would
destroy us, leaving us defenseless and open to domination
by the renewed Founders?
Well—what would you do?
Vol. I, Issue Three, May/Jun 1999
Copyright © 1999 Chattahoochee Station