Volume I, Number 24  •  March 2010 

•  Saturday, March 13: Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

•  Letter from Commander, STARFLEET, Sal Lizard
•  Thank you from First MCC Atlanta
•  Coming soon to a mailbox near you
•  Time to order new Republic shirts

•  Need a custom, tailor-made costume?
•  STARFLEET vs. Chapter dues
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  March
•  Member Reenlistments
•  Wish List

About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  News from Dragon*Con
    — New
Star Trek Director, Guests, Events Announced for 2010
•  News from TrekMovie.com
Star Trek Wins Oscar For Makeup + Pine & Saldana Present
•  News from TrekToday.com
Andrew Koenig’s Life Celebrated


Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Line-up begins at 10:00 a.m.
Step-off is at 12:00 p.m.
Peachtree Street at Ralph McGill Boulevard
Atlanta GA  30308

Republic and IKAV Nemesis members marched together in the 2009 Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade.

The USS Republic will march with our friends aboard the IKAV Nemesis in the 2010 Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade this coming Saturday, March 13.  Both groups are listed individually on the ASPPF web site as parade units, but we will march together behind the Republic's parade banner in a strong showing of Star Trek solidarity!

Parade staging begins at 10:00 a.m.  Our group will be staged at
Peachtree Street at Ralph McGill Boulevard.  You might consider taking MARTA to the Civic Center station (closest to the starting point) or Five Points station (closest to the ending point).

2010 will be the largest, best-attended St. Patrick's Parade & Festival since the first Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade held 152 years ago, in 1858.  The Grand Marshal this year is legendary football coach Vince Dooley.  The parade begins at 12:00 noon, runs 1.1 miles starting from Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill Boulevard, proceeding down Peachtree past Woodruff Park, then left on Decatur Street to Pryor Street and right on Pryor through Underground Atlanta and the huge Underground Atlanta Festival where there will be free entertainment and vendors.

The 2010 Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade will have over 200 units, including clowns, floats, bands of every kind, military units, bagpipe and drum corps, thousands of children, Irish dancers, clowns, high-tech firefighting equipment, police units, drill teams, dogs, horses, antique cars, dignitaries from Ireland and our own government leaders.  Join us for a great day and for a grand time as we celebrate Atlanta and her Irish Heritage in 2010.

Please contact the Captain as soon as possible if you're planning to join us so we can have a reasonably accurate idea of how many to expect.  This is a costume-encouraged event, so please plan to wear your Republic chapter sport shirt, chapter t-shirt or your best Star Trek costume.  If you don't care to march with us, consider coming out with your camera and cheering for us as we go by!


Letter from Commander, STARFLEET, Fleet Admiral Sal Lizard
Commanding Officer, Republic, received a hand-signed letter from Commander, STARFLEET, Fleet Admiral Sal Lizard in February congratulating the chapter on our achievement of exceeding more than 100 members.  A personal note of commendation from the highest-ranking officer in the Fleet is a rare and distinguished honor.  Click the image below to see and read this amazing letter in its entirety.
Thank you from First MCC Atlanta
Commanding Officer, Republic, received a phone call from the Rev. Paul Graetz, Senior Pastor of the First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta, earlier this month to thank the membership for our donation of a large box of nonperishable food items to the church's food bank, which were collected at last month's Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Dinner.   Rev. Paul stated that First MCC helps feed more than 100 families every week and that every donation is greatly appreciated.
Coming soon to a mailbox near you
Thanks to STARFLEET Communiqué editor Comm Jonathan Lane, here's the actual front page that will appear on CQ #157, featuring the USS Republic.
In a matter of weeks, the whole world will learn about the Republic's remarkable achievement of breaking the 100-member mark when the next issue of STARFLEET Communiqué (CQ) arrives in the mailboxes of more than 4,000 members worldwide.  In addition to the front page, the issue will also feature a five-page, 6,000-word article by Capt Eric L. Watts detailing the Republic's many successful member recruitment strategies and marketing campaigns used over the last four years that helped us reach this tremendous milestone.  Many thanks go to CQ editor Jon Lane, who sent us a sneak peek at the issue's front page.
Time to order new Republic shirts
Detail of our embroidered sport shirts--click to enlarge
Several members mentioned at our Victory Lunch in January that they'd like to order one of our spiffy USS Republic sport shirts, so we're once again accepting orders.  These high-quality collared shirts with a black yoke, collar and sleeves with royal blue torso, reminiscent of the Voyager-style Starfleet uniform, have the Republic's red, blue, yellow and black logo embroidered on the left breast.  They have been very popular at Republic events and activities where full Star Trek costumes aren't necessary or appropriate (see "Recent Chapter Event Photos" below).

Available in all sizes from Small to 3XL, these great-looking shirts are available for only $40.00 each (plus $5.00 shipping, if needed).  We don't keep these shirts in stock... we special-order them once we've received a minimum of six payments.  So far, we've received only one.  Payment options and instructions can be found in our Ship's Store.  Don't miss your chance to get this great-looking shirt... order yours today!
Need a custom, tailor-made costume?
Consider contacting Bruce Tidwell for your Star Trek or other alternate reality costuming needs.  Bruce did costume design for theater in the late '80s and early '90s, then went to work as the custom designer for 4Skins Leather in Midtown in 1998.  Three years later, he started his own custom design label, House of Blackthorn.  Don't have a pattern?  No problem.  He can generally make almost anything he has an image of.  He says:

I'm a perfectionist with an attention to detail.  One of my last big projects was the female captain's uniform from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.  My client brought me a copy of the movie and I watched it until I could freeze frame on the two seconds of film time where she turned her back to the camera and I could see how her leather collar fastened.  I appreciate how important those details are to fans.  I can work from pictures and I'm willing to sit down with people and sketch what they describe until we come up with a workable design.

Bruce is particularly interested in working with people who are inspired to create personal identities, outside of mundane reality, inspired by fiction, mythology or history and develop social networks based on their adopted persona.  Contact Bruce by email or at (404) 242-9386
STARFLEET vs. Chapter dues
When you remit your annual membership dues payment of $25.00 to the Republic, $15.00 is forwarded to STARFLEET and the Republic keeps the remainder.  If you receive a dues renewal notice from STARFLEET and pay $15.00 directly to them, please remember that you still owe the Republic an additional $10.00 for chapter dues.  To make recordkeeping as simple as possible, Republic command prefers that members submit a single payment of $25.00 to the chapter.  Your STARFLEET dues will be paid on your behalf.  Dues can be paid quickly and easily on the Republic's web site.  Thank you!
Personnel Records
Ens Rob Gilliam has published his short story, "Unimatrix Revolutions: The Enemy Within," online at the STARFLEET Fiction Archive web site.  Click here to read it!
ENS3 Marilyn Teague is participating in the ING Marathon and Half Marathon in Atlanta on Sunday, March 21.  She is a Zone Captain and is looking for 8 to 12 or more course marshals in her group, located in the Candler Park area.  This can be really fun!  The times are from 6:00 a.m. to about 11:00 or 12:00 noon.  Visit the ING Marathon web site for more information, or contact Ensign Marilyn by email or phone at (678) 776-0704.
Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Michael Shipley will be touring Georgia over the next two weeks with the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus for The Road Leads Back: Georgia on Our Minds, with performances in Macon (March 19), Savannah (March 20), Augusta (March 21), Athens (March 25) and Atlanta (March 26-27).  Members and friends of the Republic are encouraged to attend one of these amazing performances, which include "best of" selections from the AGMC's last three seasons.  Visit the AGMC web site for ticket and venue information.

Listen to Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Michael Shipley at 9:00 p.m. Monday, March 22, on WABE-FM 90.1 or online as the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus' critically acclaimed 2009 Spring Concert, Shaken, Not Heard: Stories of Gay Men, Faith and Reconciliation, is broadcast on the weekly radio program, The Atlanta Music Scene, hosted by Robert Hubert.

Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy exam DRW 001 - The Unearthly Child from the School of IOSFS - College of Doctor Who completed on February 18, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy exam Math 101 from the School of IOST - College of Mathematics completed on February 18, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy exam Math 102 from the School of IOST - College of Mathematics completed on February 18, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy exam ENG 101 - Flags of England from the School of IOFA - College of United Kingdom completed on March 7, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy exam Math 103 from the School of IOST - College of Mathematics completed on March 7, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy exam DRW 037 - The Tomb of the Cybermen from the School of IOSFS - College of Doctor Who completed on March 8, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy exam DRW 065 - The Three Doctors from the School of IOSFS - College of Doctor Who completed on March 8, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy exam CHR 100.3 - Wicca from the School of IOFHS - College of Charmed completed on Mar 10, 2010.
Congratulations to ENS3 Russell Broomfield, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy exam CHR 100 - Charmed Characters from the School of IOFHS - College of Charmed completed on Mar 10, 2010.
Transporter Room: Ens Blake Anderson recently relocated from the Briarcliff area in Atlanta to Sandy Springs, Georgia!
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Dinner  ||  February 14, 2010
Not Just For Lovers: Members and friends of the USS Republic—singles and couples alike—meet for a barbecue dinner on Valentine's Day.  Nine members received a Republic rosebud vase from the Captain.  Front Row: ENS2 Sue Lin Lange, Alex Miller, Ens Ken Cribbs.  Middle Row: Capt Michael Cowart, Ens Brad Carrne, CRMN3 Jenilee Trew, ENS3 Joanne Trew, Ens Eddie Hines, Ens Tom Dempsey, Marc Frost, ENS3 John Stump, Michael Frost, Ens Barry Bynum. Back Row: CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Eve Gidion, Ens Beth Miller, Ens Eric Solomon.
Fernbank Planetarium & Observatory  ||  February 26, 2010
CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Ken Cribbs, Ens Barry Bynum, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS2 Sue Lin Lange, Ens "Wolfy."


March 7
Ens Amber R. Godat

March 8
ENS2 Katherine Akin

March 9
ENS2 Lea Hepler

March 11
Ens Brad Carrne

March 16
Ens Stacy Harris

March 23
ENS3 Will Sims

March 26
ENS3 Reginald Franklin

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in February

ENS2 Katherine Akin
ENS2 William H. Dover

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

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 103 active members (as of March 10) 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.





NEWS from
New Star Trek Director, Guests, Events Announced for 2010 Dragon*Con
ATLANTA, GA, March 3, 2010

Star Trek-related programming has been a part of Dragon*Con, the annual science fiction and popular arts convention held each Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA, since its early days.  Nothing has prepared you for what we have in store for this year’s “Trek Track”.

Garrett Wang, best known for his role as Ensign Harry Kim in Star Trek: Voyager, has accepted the position of director of Trek Track.  In his seven seasons on the popular series, Mr. Wang became a fan favorite as the clarinet-playing operations officer of the USS Voyager.  A science fiction fan as well as a Star Trek insider, Mr. Wang will bring a fresh perspective to this year’s programming.

Andorians, and Borgs, and Cardassians, oh my!  Beauties from all walks of the Federation territory and beyond will be competing for the title of Miss Star Trek Universe.  When you are done admiring our beautiful contestants, join them and other Star Trek fans for a party of galactic proportions.

In addition, a number of well-known guests have been confirmed for Trek Track.  From Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo) and Armin Shimerman (Quark) will be in attendance.  Jonathan Frakes (Commander Will Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), and John DeLancie (the enigmatic Q) will represent Star Trek: The Next Generation.  More Star Trek guests will be announced on the Dragon*Con website as appearances are confirmed.

Trek Track will be based in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Programming announcements for the Trek Track are available on the track website at http://trektrack.dragoncon.org. Ticketing and other convention information can be found at www.dragoncon.org.

NEWS from
Star Trek Wins Oscar For Makeup + Pine & Saldana Present
by Anthony Pascale
The 82nd Academy Awards have just wrapped up and JJ Abrams' Star Trek has made franchise history by taking home Trek’s first Oscar, for Best Makeup.  In addition some Star Trek vets took home Oscars, including Michael Giacchino for Up.  Also, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana were on hand as presenters.
Star Trek wins for Best Makeup – First Oscar of franchise
Star Trek went in with four nominated in four categories.  And as expected Star Trek won for Best Makeup, beating both Il Divo and The Young Victoria.  The award is shared by Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow.
The Makeup category was presented by uber-Trek fan Ben Stiller.  Even though Stiller came out made up as a Na’vi, he joked that he wished he had worn his Spock ears, admitting he had two pairs of them signed by Leonard Nimoy.
As for the other three categories, Star Trek went in as a long-shot, and so it was no surprise that it lost both Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing to The Hurt Locker, and Best Visual Effects to Avatar.  Sharing the VFX award for Avatar was Star Trek VI CG supervisor Joe Letteri.
The night was a milestone in Star Trek franchise history.  Four previous Trek films had been nominated: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (3 nominations), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (4), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2) and Star Trek: First Contact (1).  However, JJ Abrams' Star Trek is now the first and only Star Trek film to win an Academy Award.
© 2010 SciFanatic Network

NEWS from
Andrew Koenig’s Life Celebrated
by T'Bonz
Family and friends gathered together Saturday to celebrate the life of Andrew Koenig, son of Walter (Chekov) and Judy Koenig.

Approximately one hundred loved ones joined the Koenig family at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon, California, for the private ceremony.

Walter Koenig’s representative David Moss described the ceremony.  “It was a celebration of life,” he said.  “All of the family was there and a lot of his actor friends and filmmakers flew down and joined in.  It was not all happiness, I must say.  There was a lot of sadness, but there were some very nice high points.”

Andrew Koenig took his own life last month after struggling for years with depression.

Koenig’s parents did not speak at the ceremony, but their daughter Danielle and her comedian husband Jimmy Pardo showed a ten-minute film they had created about Andrew’s life.

“It was tough for them (the parents) but there was some closure and I think that was important,” said Moss.
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  Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Commander Brian Holloway

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 24, March 2010.
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