Volume I, Number 19  •  Late October 2009 

•  Saturday, October 31:  Sci-Fi Halloween Spooktacular
•  Saturday, November 14: Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
•  Monday, November 16: Star Trek DVD Midnight Launch Party
•  Saturday, November 21: Fall Dinner & Business Meeting

•  USS Exeter commissioned by Admiral Janeway
•  Visit the USS Republic Ship's Store today!
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  October
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  October Membership Renewals
•  Member Reenlistments
  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  News from TrekMovie.com
    — Star Trek
Movie Deleted Klingon Scene Available Online
    — Star Trek Wins Hollywood Movie Award
    — Abrams: Next Star Trek Needs To Be "Most Meaningful"

Sci-Fi Halloween Spooktacular
A Joint Event with Stargate Atlanta and IKAV Nemesis

7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009
In the home of Jack Moore
1018 Duke Dr, Conyers GA  30013
(678) 369-4455
The Republic's Third Annual Halloween Spooktacular
October 2008
Members and friends of the USS Republic have been invited to join Stargate Atlanta and the IKAV Nemesis for a joint Sci-Fi Halloween Spooktacular in the home of Jack Moore in Conyers!  (Map and directions below.)  Many thanks to both these groups for inviting us to join their event!  Several members of the Republic are also members of these groups and members of both groups often join us for many of our events, so this "three-way" event promises to be a festive evening of fun and friendship!

This is a pot-luck event, so please bring a light dish to share with our friends!  Some of the items already planned include homemade meatballs, deviled eggs, mini-cupcakes and shrimp wraps... chips and dip, desserts and/or any other type of munchie you might like to bring would be perfect!

This is, of course, a costume-encouraged (but not required) event—and not necessarily Star Trek or science fiction costumes!  Be as creative as you'd like and come dressed in your scariest outfit!  And we don't mean leisure suits from the '70s!  We'll probably watch a scary movie or two... the Republic will be bringing the most recent episode of Starship Farragut!  Eeek!

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 14, 2009
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA 30071
(770) 416-7630

Let's join our Klingon friends from KAG Atlanta at the Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park in Norcross for this fun-filled fundraiser benefitting Bread of Life Food Ministry, a community food bank in Lawrenceville.  We had a lot of fun at this event the last two years 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!
Republic shirts or Star Trek costumes encouraged but not required!
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
Sci-Fi Summer Con chairman and KAG Atlanta Quadrant Commander Chris Jones.  On behalf of the command and crew of the USS Republic NCC-1371, we hope to see you there!  Q'pla!

Star Trek DVD Midnight Launch Party

9:00 p.m. Monday, November 16, 2009
Movie Stop at the Gwinnett Place Shopping Center
2615 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth GA  30095
(770) 232-7404
All Movie Stop stores across the country are having Star Trek Midnight Launch Parties at their stores on Monday, November 16, and the Republic has been invited to participate in the event being held at the Duluth store.  In addition to the Republic having a recruitment table during the event, the party will include a costume contest, a trivia contest and a raffle (prizes include movie upgrades, free movies, Star Trek movie posters and collectibles), as well as free food (pizzas and sodas).  The store manager will try to get the attention of the local media during the event, and our presence there will go a long ways towards making that happen!

All card-carrying members of the Republic will be able to purchase the Star Trek DVD at the pre-order price of $13.97 for the single disc or $19.95 for the double disc set.  This offer is good at the Duluth store only!  Also, the manager there has promised that if the Republic recruits our 100th member during this event, he will give that person a prize!

Republic members who wish to participate in this event should arrive at the store at 9:00 p.m. to set up our recruitment table.  The Launch Party will officially start at 10:00 p.m. and the Star Trek DVD can be purchased at midnight!  Is this event being held on a Monday?  Yes!  Is it being held during the late evening!  Yes!  But will it be a lot of fun and worth attending!  Yes!  Save the date and make plans to attend!  USS Republic: Boldly Going, Boldly Doing!

Fall Dinner & Business Meeting

6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21, 2009
Location to be announced
The Republic's 2008 Fall Dinner & Business Meeting
The Republic typically holds two business meetings a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, to set the chapter's course for the following six months.  At this meeting, we'll be making specific plans for chapter activities from December through next May.  Members who wish to be more involved in the Republic's operations are especially encouraged to attend.  As always, the Republic's many friends and guests are invited to join us.

Restaurant or Potluck?  Any member who would like to host this meeting in their home as a potluck event is encouraged to contact the Captain.  Otherwise, a family-style restaurant will be chosen and announced next month.

Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.  The business meeting is scheduled to begin around 7:00 and will likely last between a half-hour to an hour.  If this event is a potluck, following the business meeting, we'll have a variety of entertainments available: a variety of Star Trek board games to play, a selection of Star Trek videos to watch, or just hang around and chat with your fellow members!
USS Exeter commissioned by Admiral Janeway
The USS Exeter NCC-1706, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a shuttle of the USS Republic.  Captain John R. Sims, Commanding Officer of the Exeter, submitted a comprehensive activity report for September 2009, including details on their crew's road trip to Atlanta and first two days at Dragon*Con. This excerpt recounts the events of Sunday, September 6.

Sunday—this is the day that the Exeter is to be commissioned.  Muscles tighten, throat... dry.  Okay, you can do this. [TrekTrak Director] Eric Watts was kind enough to save two reserved seats for my yeoman and I in the front row for the Kate Mulgrew Q&A.  When we arrived at the main ballroom, we told the staffer who we were and were quickly escorted to the very front and center row.  Wow!  Too cool!  I was wearing my handmade gold-green first-season variant wraparound and my yeoman wore a blue science uniform.  We would have loved it if the Neu family could have been there, but they had to head back early due to work scheduling.  After Ms. Mulgrew completed her set, Eric came onstage and called my yeoman, Hyo Soon, and myself up to the stage.  We clamored up there as fast as we could and stood next to this wonderful actress.  As I looked into the audience, I realized that there must be several hundred people out there!  Yikes.   Ms. Mulgrew, in character as Admiral Katherine Janeway, read our orders of commissioning, gave us our shingle (official certificate of commissioning) and an autographed bottle of very good champagne to christen our vessel.  With Captain Watts at her side, she also announced my promotion in rank to Captain.
On behalf of STARFLEET International, Star Trek: Voyager actress Kate Mulgrew, speaking as Admiral Katherine Janeway, commissions the USS Exeter NCC-1706 at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, September 6, 2009.  Commander John R. Sims and Lt. Hyo Soon Yoo (left) were presented with the Exeter’s official commissioning certificate and a bottle of champagne autographed by Mulgrew.  Sims was also promoted to Captain.  The ceremony was arranged by TrekTrak Director and USS Republic CO Captain Eric L. Watts (right).

Now, this is something of a big deal to me.  I have wanted to achieve this rank since my days with the old USS
Excalibur.  I was not ready for command back then (the ’80s), but I knew that if I worked hard and brought together a good group of people that maybe, just maybe, this could happen.  Well, it has, and I thank my yeoman, Hyo Soon Yoo, Janice Neu, Ed Neu and the two little ones and the rest of the crew of the Exeter, for which without your help, this would have not succeeded.  Not to mention the unbelievable help from the best Captain in STARFLEET... USS Republic Commanding Officer Captain Eric L. Watts.  The funny thing is that on the drive home back to Jacksonville, my yeoman had to drive, seeing as I was all misty-eyed after achieving this goal.  Once again, thanks go out to Eric Watts, Janice Neu and my adorable yeoman, Lt. Hyo Soon Yoo.

A few weeks later on, I took part in the Huntington’s disorder fundraising walk on September 19.  Unfortunately, we would have had more members attending, but due to the lack of information I was getting from the event coordinator, I was unable to alert the rest of the ship in time.  I attended despite this and helped to raise over $8,000 towards research concerning this hereditary condition.  Next year, we hope to increase this total.

Coming up is the annual Sci-Fi Saturday at the local museum of Science & History.  We are planning to send a landing party to this function as our October meeting.

The command and crew of the USS
Exeter would like to again thank Captain Eric L. Watts for his help, guidance and inspiration.  Without him, we would have not achieved our goal and we are forever in his gratitude.

Hailing frequencies closed.  Portamus Incendia Ornamentum!

As of October 5, the USS Exeter crew included twelve STARFLEET members in good standing.  Visit the Exeter's web site here.
Visit the USS Republic Ship's Store today!
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!

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 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!
Personnel Records
Capt Eric L. Watts was slightly injured in an accident that totalled his car on Columbus Day, October 12.  While stopped at red light in Decatur, he was rear-ended by an ambulance.  Capt Watts got banged up a bit but was not seriously hurt, is taking pain medication for his neck and back, and is currently shopping for a replacement car.
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Dragon*Con Parade  ||  September 5, 2009
For the first time ever, the USS
Republic had an official presence in the annual Dragon*Con parade.  Above, ENS3 Jeff Trew (left) and Ens John Stump (right) carry the Republic's parade banner.  In front of the banner on the motorcycle is Friend of the Republic Scott Rennick.  Many members and friends of the Republic marched behind the banner, including ENS3 Joanne Trew, who coordinated the Republic's parade presence.


Thursday, October 1
Cmdr Brian Holloway

Friday, October 2
ENS2 Nelson M. Barnhouse

Friday, October 9
Ens Barbara Nies

Wednesday, October 14
ENS3 "Wolfy"

Friday, October 16
Ens K'La Albertini

Wednesday, October 21
ENS2 Germaine M. Webb

Saturday, October 24
ENS2 Mark A. Ozanick
Ens Alex Green

Thursday, October 29
Ens Russ Smith

Friday, October 30
Ens Brenda J. Pruitt
Ens Eddie Hines

8 New Members in September!

Ens Matthew R. Broom
Ens David Donaldson
Ens Amber R. Godat
Ens Sean Johnson
Ens Barbara Nies
Ens Charles G. Smith
Ens Russ Smith
Ens Mark S. Strozier

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in October

Capt Michael Cowart

ENS2 Michael Shipley

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in September

ENS1 Hal Doby
ENS1 Zannetta Law
ENS3 Wil Sims
ENS3 Marilyn Teague
ENS3 Chris White

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: HP 10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink cartridges and print heads

Wi-fi enabled Windows XP laptop with remote mouse
postage stamps
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 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 94 active members (as of October 28) and is 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 site.



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Star Trek Movie Deleted Klingon Scene Available Online
by TrekMovie.com Staff
Ready for more Klingons?  During the Scream 2009 awards, Spike TV debuted one of the DVD/Blu-ray deleted scenes from the 2009 Star Trek movie.  The scene shows Nero being interrogated by the Klingons while at Rura Penthe prison, and it is now online.  You can now see the scene which led to Nero saying "the wait is over", which showed up in the first Star Trek trailer, but not in the film itself.  The Klingon interrogating Nero is played by Victor Garber, who was one of the stars of JJ Abrams Alias.  See the clip here.
© 2009 SciFanatic Network
Star Trek Wins Hollywood Movie Award
by TrekMovie.com Staff
You can vote for the new Star Trek movie for a couple of award shows.  The nominations for People’s Choice Awards are still being voted on, but Star Trek did win the Hollywood Movie Award, just a week after picking up the the top Scream Award.

Another Star Trek win
Star Trek was chosen for the Hollywood Movie Award by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies web site, which received 20 million unique visitors and over 160,000 votes cast.  The nominees were: 500 Days of Summer, District 9, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Hangover, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Bastards, Star Trek, Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen and UP.  Star Trek won with 26% of the votes.  The new Mr. Spock, Zachary Quinto, was there to accept the award.

Quinto was also at the Hollywood Film Festival to pick up a Hollwyood Spotlight Award, which was awarded to Quinto and three other actors.

What’s next for Trek
Star Trek seems to being doing well with these popularity contest-style awards, so hopefully it prevails again at the People’s Choice Awards.  As we get closer to the end of the year, it will be interesting to see how many critics' top 10 lists Star Trek appears.  The film did well with the critics in May, but will it still be memorable in November and December?
© 2009 SciFanatic Network
Abrams: Next Star Trek Needs To Be "Most Meaningful" – But Not Called Star Trek 2
by Anthony Pascale
Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman recently said they have more time to hand in their Star Trek sequel, so things are still in that deep thinking stage.  In a new interview, producer JJ Abrams talked about what direction he sees the next Trek is going, and how he wants it to be "deeper."  JJ also talked about what to call the sequel.

Going Deeper & Meaningful
As recently reported, the Star Trek team have more time now to work out the sequel to this year’s hit movie, with the script now to be done in eight months.  So they are still at the "broad strokes" stage.  In a phone interview with MTV, JJ Abrams noted that the first film was to "bring the family together," and act as a "bridge between what came before and the Star Trek of now."  Regarding the sequel, Abrams stated, "The second one has an obligation to go deeper and maintain the fun and adventure in the sense of optimism and scale that [Trek originator Gene] Roddenberry created.  But I do think it has to evolve and not become some polemic over-the-top, on-the-nose allegory.  It needs to be something that is not just about the characters meeting each other and having their first adventure; it needs to be about having their most meaningful one."

Not Star Trek 2
Although some in the media have started referring to the sequel as Star Trek 2, Abrams told MTV that is not the plan, noting "I think we can’t really do that, right?"  Of course, there already has been Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, so that seems like a no-brainer.  Back in June, Abrams noted, "it would have a subtitle instead of a number," which is why TrekMovie sometime refers to the sequel as Star Trek: Something Something.  An alternative would be to not have Star Trek in the title at all (like The Dark Knight).
© 2009 SciFanatic Network
USS Republic NCC-1371
B O L D L Y    G O I N G
B O L D L Y    D O I N G
2902 Aspen Woods Entry
  Atlanta, Georgia  30360-2759
Commanding Officer
  Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Commander Brian Holloway

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 19, Late October 2009.
Published monthly by and Copyright © 2009 USS Republic NCC-1371.
Captain Eric L. Watts, Editor.

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