Volume I, Number 26  •  May 2010 

•  Saturday, May 22: Away Mission to Stone Mountain Park
•  Friday, May 28Sunday, May 30: TimeGate & Room Party
•  Friday, June 11–Sunday, June 13: Sci-Fi Summer Con

•  Captain Watts named Sci-Fi Summer Con Fan Guest of Honor
•  USS Republic wins STARFLEET Communiqué lottery
•  Time to order new Republic shirts
•  STARFLEET vs. Chapter dues
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  May Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  News from TrekToday.com
    — 2010 Hallmark Trek Ornaments
    — Trek Nation’s Colthorp on Trek, Fans and NuTrek
    — Collins: On Romulans and Trek

Away Mission to Stone Mountain Park

Saturday, May 22, 2010
US Highway 78 East, Exit 8
Stone Mountain GA  30087
(770) 498-5690
Because YOU demanded it!  At the Republic's Fall Dinner & Business Meeting last year, members voted for an "away mission" to Stone Mountain Park as one of the chapter activities they most wanted to do in 2011.  And so.. here it is!

Stone Mountain Park is a green oasis where families and friends can enjoy the outdoors together.  Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See Before You Die,” Stone Mountain Park is located just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta.  The five-square-mile park is Georgia’s most visited attraction.  Home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, Stone Mountain Park offers a variety of attractions, entertainment and recreation, including:
Sky Hike
Summit Skyride
Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard
Scenic Railroad
Journey to the Center of the Earth™ 4D Movie
Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf
The Great Barn®
Camp Highland Outpost
Ride The Ducks™
Discovering Stone Mountain Museum
Lasershow Spectacular
Admission into the park is $10.00 per vehicle with less than 15 passengers. This gives you access to many of the park’s fun outdoor activities, including hiking and nature trails, a walk-up trail and a fantastic view of the Confederate memorial carving, plus the world’s largest lasershow spectacular.  Carpooling (e.g., "cramming as many people as possible into a single vehicle") is strongly encouraged—see below for carpooling details.

Some of the park's attractions have individual admission fees; others are included only in a One-Day Adventure Pass.  Some of the individual admission fees are listed above.  Depending on how long you plan to stay inside the park and/or how many different attractions you may desire to visit, you may decide to pay for each attraction separately or purchase a one-day pass for $27.00 plus tax.  This pass offers unlimited admission to most park attractions including Sky Hike, Summit Skyride, Journey to the Center of the Earth™ 4D Adventure, Scenic Railroad, Mini-Golf and Camp Highland Outpost.  If you plan to visit three or more of the $9 attractions or even only two of the $14 attractions, the one-day pass is definitely the best value for an all-day "away mission."

The USS Republic's very first "away mission" to Stone Mountain Park... on June 4, 1988, less than a month after the chapter's commissioning!  Although many of these charter members' names have been lost to history, still recognizable are the Republic's very first Commanding Officer, Capt Christopher Ernst (fifth from right, in yellow shirt), Jon Crymes (directly under the first T in STARFLEET) and Bruce Peret (third from right, under the second T in STARFLEET).
Although the USS Republic has not visited Stone Mountain Park in modern times, this "away mission" will not be the chapter's first visit.  As evidenced by photos in the chapter's archives, the Republic visited Stone Mountain Park as a group several times between 1988 and 1993.  We're very much looking forward to renewing this long-abandoned tradition and adopting it as one of our modern annual events.

Carpooling, Picnic and Group Shot
Because admission to the park is $10.00 per vehicle, it's a good idea to carpool.  However, since not everybody wants to arrive at the same time, we'll plan on three different carpooling times.  ENS1 Tony Cade has offered the parking lot in front of his store, The Dragon's Horde, as a rendezvous point.  Those who wish to carpool into Stone Mountain Park should arrive in front of The Dragon's Horde just before 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon or 2:00 p.m.  The Dragon's Horde is located in the Value Mall shopping center at 5615 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, about 2½ miles outside the Perimeter.

Whether you choose to carpool or arrive on your own, please gather at 4:00 p.m. in the Studdard Picnic Area for a group shot.  The Studdard Picnic Area is located across Robert E. Lee Boulevard from the Riverboat Marina Complex and is the largest public picnic area in the park with over 200 tables.  There are 25 members of the original Republic crew in the 1988 photo shown above—let's try to get more than that in 2010!  After the group photo, those of us who have brought food from home or purchased from one of the park's restaurants can stay for a group picnic.  Please make plans to attend!

Please Note: If weather conditions cause this event to be cancelled, it will be rescheduled to sometime in October.  If weather is questionable, use your best judgement.

TimeGate & TimeGate Room Party

Friday, May 28 - Sunday, May 30, 2010
Holiday Inn Select - Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee GA  30341
(877) 276-1796
TimeGate 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 Chronicles—or you're excited about the upcoming show Stargate Universe—this 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.

One of TimeGate's guests this year is Diana Botsford, who wrote, produced and directed for 12 years in the television and film industry, including a screenwriting credit for the sixth-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals."  Additional guest information can be found on the TimeGate web site.

Preregistration has closed; at-the-door rates are $45 for the full weekend, $20 for Friday only and $25 for Saturday only or Sunday only.

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 Lt. JG Dave Churvis.  
Members and friends who plan to attend and would like to sign up for a shift at our recruitment table should contact the Captain and those that can help with supplies and/or serve as hosts or hostesses for the room party are encouraged to contact Lt. Dave.  We hope to see you there!

Sci-Fi Summer Con & SFSC Room Party

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13, 2010
Crowne Plaza Atlanta—Perimeter NW
6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta GA  30339
(888) 233-9527
Now in its tenth year, Sci-Fi Summer Con is for fans, friends and anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics.  The Republic has had an official presence at this convention for the last several years, including our 20th anniversary celebration two years ago.  Sci-Fi Summer Con is Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy, and the Republic will once again have a very strong presence this year.

Special Membership Rate for Republic Members
Memberships are currently $20.00 until May 20 and will be $35 at the door—however, Republic members can register for Sci-Fi Summer Con at our special discount of only $15.00 per person until May 20—a savings of $20.00 off the at-the-door price!  To receive this special rate, you must download this form and remit your payment by cash, check or money order.  Contact Chris Jones if you have any questions or problems obtaining this rate or making your payment.

ROOM PARTY!  In addition to our member recruitment table throughout the weekend, the Republic would like to host a room party on Saturday night.  Anyone who is planning to attend and rent a room in the hotel and would be willing to serve as host should contact the Captain as soon as possible.  Other m
embers and friends who plan to attend and would like to sign up for a shift at our recruitment table and/or help out with this room party should also contact the Captain soon.  We hope to see you there!

Captain Watts named Sci-Fi Summer Con Fan Guest of Honor
USS Republic Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts has been selected as Fan Guest of Honor for the 2010 Sci-Fi Summer Con, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Northwest in Atlanta June 11-13.

Active in Star Trek fandom for more than thirty years, Capt Watts is one the most well-known Star Trek fans in the Southeast.  He founded and was president of the United Federation of Trekkers in Columbia, S.C., from 1980 to 1988, served as Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming from 1993 to 2009, and has commanded the Republic since May 2006.  He served as a production assistant on the set of Star Trek: New Voyages for the episode "World Enough and Time" in 2006 and will play the role of the iconic Harry Mudd in an episode of Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) called "The Sky Above, The Mudd Below" in the fall of 2011.

Capt Watts was Sci-Fi Summer Con's Fan Guest of Honor in 2004 and is delighted to be named Fan Guest of Honor again in 2010.  This year, he'll be moderating two discussion panels, "Out with the Old, In with the New: The Repercussions of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek" and "The Past, Present and Future of Star Trek Fandom in Atlanta."

USS Republic wins STARFLEET Communiqué lottery
STARFLEET Communiqué #157 features the USS Republic.

The USS Republic was one of six winners of STARFLEET's bimonthly CQ lottery for issue #157, the most recent issue that featured the Republic on the front cover and in a five-page article.  Each issue, CQ editor Rear Admiral Jon Lane randomly selects six STARFLEET chapters (five domestic, one international) to receive a box of 100 surplus copies of that issue to use as member recruitment incentives.  In a message posted to several STARFLEET mailing lists, Adm Lane assured members that the Republic being selected a winner of the lottery of the issue with our cover photo was purely coincidental.  The other five winners include the USS Revelation (Kingsport, Tennessee), the USS BortaS (Homer, Illinois), the USS Ark Angel (Lago Vista, Texas), Deep Space Two (Sarasota, Florida) and the USS Dauntless (Johannesburg, South Africa).

Our shipment of 100 copies has arrived and will be used at our member recruitment tables over the next four months.  If any member of the Republic has still not received their subscription copy in the mail, please contact the Captain.

Time to order new Republic shirts
Detail of our embroidered sport shirts--click to enlarge
With summer almost here and the Republic planning an active schedule of events, it may be time for you to order one of our spiffy Republic sport shirts.  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.

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!
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
Congratulations to ENS1 Zannetta Law, who announced her engagement to Richard Tucker at the Republic's Spring Dinner & Business Meeting in April.  Zannetta and Richard are planning to get married sometime this summer and can be seen together in the Dinner Meeting and Iron Man 2 photos shown below.
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Spring Dinner & Business Meeting  ||  April 18, 2010
Members and Friends of the USS Republic meet at the Ryan's Family Steakhouse in Brookhaven to chart the ship's course for the next six months. Front row: ENS3 Chris White, Capt Michael Cowart, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Robert Teague, Ens Ken Cribbs. Back row: ENS3 Jeff Trew, ENS3 Joanne Trew, Ens Kelli M. Orr, Ens Eddie Hines, Ens Barry Bynum, ENS3 Marilyn Teague, Lt. JG Dave Churvis, ENS1 Zannetta Law, Richard Tucker, Chris Jones.
OutLantaCon  ||  April 30-May 2, 2010
Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts diligently works the USS Republic's recruitment table at OutLantaCon, a three-day sci-fi/fantasy/gaming convention held by and for the local GLBT community.  Capt Watts' efforts resulted in two new members joining the Republic over the April 30 to May 2 weekend.
Away Mission to Iron Man 2  ||  May 8, 2010
Members and friends of the USS Republic NCC-1371 gather for an "away mission" to Iron Man 2 on opening day weekend.  Kneeling and seated in front: Crmn Jessica Curtis, Ens Eddie Hines, ENS3 Chris White, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Melanie Hayes, Ens Ken Cribbs, Gwen Brown.  Standing: Sarah Hughes, Ens Robert Teague, CRMN3 Jenilee Trew, Sharyn Bilbo, ENS3 Marilyn Teague, Richard Tucker, ENS1 Zannetta Law, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS3 Julianne Trew, ENS3 John Stump, ENS3 Joanne Trew, ENS3 Jeff Trew, Ens Barry Bynum, Kevin Parker, Theresa Parker, David Brown.


Saturday, May 1
Ens David M. Phillips

Sunday, May 2
Capt Michael Cowart

Wednesday, May 5
Ens Barry Bynum

Saturday, May 8
Ens Glenn Albertini

Monday, May 10
Ens Linda Phillips

Friday, May 14
Cdt Noah Taylor

Monday, May 17
Ens Lisa Burrows
Cmdr David A. Slaughter

Thursday, May 20
Ens Bill Searcy

Tuesday, May 25
ENS3 Julianne Trew

Thursday, May 27
Ens Sean Johnson

Friday, May 28
Ens Page E. Lewis

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in April

Lt JG David Churvis
ENS1 Lea Hepler
ENS2 Michael A. Knight

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 106 active members (as of May 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 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
2010 Hallmark Trek Ornaments
by T'Bonz
The new Hallmark Christmas Ornament Keepsake brochure went online this weekend, and fans can see (and hear) the newest Star Trek ornament offerings.

Kirk, the USS Enterprise and "Amok Time" feature in this year’s Star Trek ornament collection.

This year’s ship is the USS Enterprise from J. J. Abrams‘ Star Trek XI movie.  There are battery-operated illuminated lights on the ornament.  The ornament will sell for $32.95.

Next up is Captain James T. Kirk, the first in a new series of ornaments which will feature a different character from the original series.  The Kirk ornament will sell for $14.95.

And finally, fans of "Amok Time" will enjoy an ornament which features the Kirk-Spock lirpa fight scene on Vulcan.  Battery-operated, the ornament figures the “fight scene” music so familiar to fans of the original series, a preview of which can be heard at the Hallmark site.  This ornament will sell for $28.95.

The ornament sale will commence with the Hallmark ornament premiere which runs from July 10-11.

To see the ornaments at the Hallmark web site, select “In Hallmark Stores,” “Keepsake Ornaments,” “Favorite Characters and Interests,” and finally “Star Trek.”

Trek Nation’s Colthorp on Trek, Fans and NuTrek
by T'Bonz
Scott Colthorp, director of Trek Nation, a Star Trek documentary in progress, and Rod Roddenberry, son of Gene Roddenberry, seek to make a film unlike previous Star Trek documentaries such as Trekkies.

It’s not easy being a Star Trek fan, with the average public’s perception of the typical Star Trek fan being shaped by films such as 1997’s Trekkies as well as William Shatner’s "Get A Life" skit on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s.

Colthorp and Roddenberry are seeking to make a different film, one that explores both the roots and the endurance of the Star Trek phenomenon.  “Ten years ago, Rod Roddenberry and I set out to create a film that was, in many ways, an antithesis to Trekkies,” said Colthorp.  “We agreed that our documentary would not focus on the overzealous, costumed fans.  We wanted to go beneath the surface of fandom and explore the roots of the show’s popularity and endurance from the perspective of a son, Rod, who lost his father when he was seventeen.  What we discovered was an ex-cop with a philosophical bent, and the courage to share his ideals in the form of a television show.

“The zealotry and nerdiness of Star Trek fans were forever immortalized by William Shatner’s "Get a life!" in that late-’80s Saturday Night Live episode.  So I wasn’t surprised to find high-cognitive intelligence when I first began interviewing fans in the late ’90s.  But I was a little surprised to find such a diverse crowd of emotionally developed people as well.  Of course, any popular cultural phenomenon, from sports to politics, has no shortage of fanatics.  But Star Trek fans are very kind and thoughtful people who have, in my opinion, been misrepresented by the media.”

Colthorp himself is a fan.  “It was at a gathering of my college roommates every evening to watch reruns of the original series that I found my first satori,” he said.  “My roommates and I ran the gamut of diversity: an Army brat, a fraternity brother, an art student and myself, a struggling philosophy student.

“It was the Gene Roddenberry-penned script, 'The Menagerie,' which was reformatted from the original pilot, 'The Cage,' that grabbed my attention.  I suppose my initiation to many philosophical concepts was birthed from multiple viewings of that episode.  Of course, it was only during the making of this documentary I have been able to articulate what I discovered intuitively from watching this show as a pimple-faced college student many eons ago.”

Even though he is a long-time fan, Colthorp has enjoyed Star Trek as done by J. J. Abrams.  “I think J. J. Abrams’ re-envisioning of Star Trek was long overdue,” he said.  “The franchise needed some fresh talent and J. J. brought an action-packed film of the highest order, although it lacked many of Gene’s humanistic themes.  But I think it takes an ambitious, action-oriented and philosophically minded artist to speak deeply about the human condition without boring today’s youthful audience.  That’s a tall order.”

Trek Nation will go beyond the usual “crazy conventions and over-passionate fans,” according to the description at the official
web site for the movie.  Trek Nation will “attempt to capture how this manifestation of a single force (Gene Roddenberry) can affect so many walks of life.”  Star Trek fans include the famous, including “professional athletes, models, celebrities, politicians, historians, bikers, religious leaders, lawyers and those on the fringe of society.”

Trek Nation is still seeking distribution and no release date has yet been set.

Collins: On Romulans and Trek
by T'Bonz
Playing a Romulan had Clifton Collins, Jr. looking into the deepest, darkest part of himself.

Although he was not a Trekkie, Collins was aware of Star Trek, especially Leonard Nimoy.  “I’ve got to say to you that I am not a Trekkie,” he said.  “I think we all grew up watching Star Trek, whether you are a Trekkie or not.  Not to mention, just the sound of Leonard Nimoy’s voice; it is something just so familiar to us growing up, in those earlier years of your childhood.  There is something very comforting about it.”

Collins had worked with J. J. Abrams before Star Trek XI and had a high opinion of Abrams as a director.  “J. J. Abrams is a different kind of director,” he said.  “I think if every director were like J. J., Hollywood would be like this really wonderful, just place.  There wouldn’t be any strikes.  There wouldn’t be any of that stuff.  We were putting 18 hours a day and there wasn’t a single person on that set that wouldn’t do anything for J. J.  He’s just that kind of a director.”

Seeing himself as a Romulan for the first time spooked Collins a bit.  “I must confess that when I saw myself for the first time I thought: ‘Wow!  If I were able to peel all the layers of skin off my past lives, this is what I would look like in my pure evilest form.’  Believe me, it scared me, too.  I looked and I thought: ‘Oh my God!  Is this who I am deep down inside?’  It’s funny because you are in outer space so you think: ‘What do I pull from here?  What do I research?  Do I call NASA?  What do I do?’”

Even though he was a Romulan and one of the villains, working on Star Trek XI was a thrill for Collins.  “…there is something really heart-stopping when you get to set,” he said.  “I remember a specific point when the grandeur of the whole endeavor just kind of hit me like a big bag of bricks.  I tried to pinch myself desperately because I just wanted to wake up, and I realized that I wasn’t going to wake up because I was on set and we were, in fact, shooting Star Trek, and it is in fact going to be a whole revival that everybody all over the world was going to enjoy and embrace wholeheartedly.”

Collins’s most recent film, The Perfect Game, in which he plays the coach of an underdog team who wins the Little League World Series, opened last month.
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 26, May 2010.
Published monthly by and Copyright © 2010 USS Republic NCC-1371.
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