Volume I, Number 27  •  June 2010 

•  Wednesday, June 9: Star Trek: Phoenix Screening & Party
•  Friday, June 11
–Sunday, June 13: Sci-Fi Summer Con

•  Captain Watts and the Republic present: TrekTrax Atlanta!
•  Commanding Officer elections coming in December
•  Time to order new Republic shirts
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  June Birthdays

•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Member Reenlistments
•  June Membership Renewals

•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  News from TrekToday.com
    — Stewart – Queen Elizabeth II Made It Sir
    — Moore: Deep Space Nine’s Influence On
Battlestar Galactica

Atlanta Screen Premiere of
Star Trek: Phoenix & After Party

9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The Shelter
2101 Tula Street NW, Atlanta GA  30309-1283
(678) 694-7435
Fan films are something that most geeks are very familiar with.  They are usually a low-budget version of something that vaguely resembles the original franchise that inspired it.  However, there is such a thing as a good fan film.

Star Trek: Phoenix, which is based on and inspired by the original Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, is a professionally produced fan film.  Produced by Seattle film production company Temporal Studios in association with Sonnet Realm Films and Abundant Productions LLC., this is not your ordinary fan pic.

Star Trek: Phoenix originally premiered in Seattle.  However, on Wednesday, June 9, Star Trek: Phoenix will premiere right here in Atlanta.  The screening, presented by Fanboys Radio, will take place at The Shelter at 9:30 p.m.  Doors open at 9:00, so get there early to get a good seat!  Admission is free, and you must be 21 or older to enter.

The screening is hosted by Fanboys Radio, featuring show hosts Kitti and Mr. Green.  Click here to hear their interview with cast members from Star Trek: Phoenix, originally broadcast on May 5, 2010.

Even if Star Trek isn't your favorite franchise, this film is definitely worth a viewing.  It's so important to support independent filmmakers, and remember, these are fans that have dedicated their time and money into producing a film for others' enjoyment.  Besides, how often do you get to attend a movie screening where you can order drinks from a bar?

After the movie is over, don't go anywhere!  The fun continues at the Sci-Fi After Party at The Shelter!  The party begins at 11:00 p.m. and goes until 3:00 a.m.  If you arrive early for the screening, there is no cover.  If you arrive after 11:00 p.m., the cover is $5.00.

Specialty drink specials have been concocted specificially for this event!  These libations include the Vulcan Love Potion and the Vulcan Mind Probe.  Their deliciousness will defy logic!

This is a sci-fi themed event, so wear your favorite sci-fi costume.  If you show up in a sci-fi themed costume, you will receive one well drink for $1.00!

DJ Davo will be spinning alternative dance and dance rock while Star Trek: Phoenix replays on the bar screens.  This party is going to be out of this universe!

There is plenty of free parking at The Shelter.

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.

USS Republic Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts has been selected as Fan Guest of Honor for the 2010 Sci-Fi Summer Con.  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."

SATURDAY NIGHT ROOM PARTY!  In addition to our member recruitment table throughout the weekend, the Republic will be hosting a party on Saturday night in one of the hotel's meeting rooms.  We'll set the room up nightclub-style, have free snacks and beverages for folks of all ages and some great dance music for everyone to enjoy.  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 contact the Captain as soon as possible.  We hope to see you there!

Captain Watts and the USS Republic proudly present: TrekTrax Atlanta!
Capt Eric L. Watts and the USS Republic NCC-1371 proudly present... TrekTrax Atlanta!  The new Star Trek convention in Atlanta, devoted to Star Trek in all its various forms, and to its fans, in all their various forms!
TrekTrax Atlanta will be held on Presidents' Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Select Perimeter in Chamblee.  This beautiful, newly renovated facility with lots of wonderful space for all-day, evening and after-hours activities and programming is proud to host the first annual TrekTrax Atlanta, brought to you by a talented team of experienced and hard-working Star Trek fans whose previous service to local fandom is very well-known.  In addition to Capt Watts, the TXA con committee includes Ens Barry Bynum, serving as Director of Convention Operations; Lt. JG Dave Churvis, serving as Director of Registration, Cmdr Brian Holloway, serving as Director of Costuming & Makeup; and Ens Ken Cribbs, serving as Social Media Coordinator.

Confirmed guests to date include cast members from the Internet-based Star Trek series Starship Farragut; Melissa Carter, co-host of morning radio program "The Bert Show" on Q100 and out and proud Star Trek fan; Andrew Greenberg, Star Trek computer game and role-playing game designer; Lee Cox, costuming expert, makeup artist and magician; Joel P. Bagby, LPC, a licensed professional counselor and lifelong Star Trek fan; Keela & Katkith, hosts of the legendary Klingon Karaoke; Hyperdrive, an Atlanta-based rock band comprised of science fiction/fantasy geeks; and DJ B-Naut, an independent remix artist and popular dance club DJ.

Three concurrent tracks of programming—OmniTrek, Qo'Nos and The Ready Room—will be dedicated to the Star Trek universe in general, the Klingon Empire in particular, and costuming & makeup together.  Three concurrent 24-hour gaming rooms—The Holodecks—will be devoted to role-playing games, board games and card games.  A 24-hour video room will feature episodes of several well-known Internet-based Star Trek series, a variety of Star Trek-related TV specials, programs featuring Star Trek celebrities and of course, the ever-popular blooper reels!

A Star Trek-themed "Evening at Quark's" on Friday night will include a charity poker tournament to benefit TrekTrax Atlanta's official charity for 2011, the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund.  This fund benefits organ transplant candidates and supports transplant nurses throughout Georgia.  Sci-fi rock band Hyperdive, a local favorite, will perform sets of live music with a nod to Star Trek fans throughout the evening.  A very special VIP Champagne Reception will also be held on Friday night.

Saturday's programming will feature an on-stage Q&A hour with our celebrity guest of honor (to be announced soon), followed by an autograph session until every member is served.  Later in the afternoon, men and women from every species are invited to compete in our first annual Star Trek Universe Costume Contest.  On Saturday evening, we'll turn the hotel's entire atrium into a nightclub for the return of "Happy Hour at Ten Forward," an event that has become legendary in local Star Trek fandom.  Hot dance music will be provided by DJ B-Naut.

Sunday afternoon will feature the return of the world-famous Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant!  Klingons from the farthest reaches of the Empire will be in high spirits and large numbers for this "crowning" event.  Then cap off a full weekend of Klingon programming with Keela & Katkith's Klingon Karaoke with musical performances that will stir a warrior's heart and bring honor to your house!

Charter Memberships will be available until August 31, 2010, for $30.00.  These special introductory Charter memberships will only be available for a short time and memberships will never be offered online at this price again.  Guardian of Forever and Supporting Memberships are also available.  We'll also have a jam-packed Dealers Room and fully stocked Con Suite, commemorative t-shirts and souvenir program books.  TrekTrax Atlanta is the Star Trek convention you've been waiting for... and the Star Trek convention only Captain Watts and the USS Republic could bring to you!

For more information about TrekTrax Atlanta, please visit our web site, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join our YahooGroups!

Commanding Officer elections coming in December
Captain Eric L. Watts' second two-year term as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will soon be coming to a close, and all members in good standing will soon be asked to cast their vote for the candidate they want to lead and administrate this chapter for the next two years.

Candidates for the position must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET International, must have taken and passed Officers Training School (OTS) and Officers Command College (OCC), and must be at least 18 years of age.

Captain Watts is willing to serve a third term as the Republic's CO.  If any other eligible person announces his or her candidacy, paper ballots will be mailed to each member in good standing in November.  Cast ballots can then be mailed to the chapter's mailing address or delivered by hand at the Republic's Christmas Party in December.  Ballots will be counted by three noncandidate members and the election results announced during the evening.  The new Commanding Officer, if any, will officially assume office on January 1, 2011.
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!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Away Mission to Stone Mountain Park  ||  May 22, 2010
Members and friends of the USS Republic renew a tradition started 22 years ago by the chapter's charter crew by taking an "away mission" to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, GA.  CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Angela Curtiss, Charles Curtiss, Robert Huber, Ens Eric Curtiss, CRMN Jessica Curtiss, ENS2 Julianne Trew, ENS2 Jeff Trew, ENS2 Joanne Trew, Ens Kelli M. Orr, CRMN2 Jenilee Trew. (Photo courtesy of Kelli M. Orr.)
TimeGate  ||  May 28-30, 2010
Members of the USS Republic enjoy a group dinner at TimeGate.  Clockwise from left: ENS2 Julianne Trew, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS2 Eric Lange, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS2 Daniel Wolfgang, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Joanne Trew.  (Photo courtesy of Sue Lin Lange.)
TimeGate  ||  May 28-30, 2010
ENS1 Zannetta Law and her fiancé Richard Tucker enjoy their dinner at the table next to the larger group's table, above.  (Photo courtesy of Sue Lin Lange.)


Wednesday, June 2
Ens Blake G. Anderson

Friday, June 4
Ens Renardo Hunter

Monday, June 7
Crmn Alex Jackson
ENS1 Michael Shipley

Thursday, June 10
ENS2 Chadd Franklin

Saturday, June 12
Ens Jennifer Hendrix

Tuesday, June 15
Ens Audra Diaha

Wednesday, June 16
ENS2 Andrea Benton

Saturday, June 19
ENS1 Brooke Perry

Monday, June 28
Ens Richard Wood
Ens Rob Gilliam

Wednesday, June 30
ENS2 Clint Mull

3 New Members in May!

Ens Matthew T. Duncan
Ens Amanda Whitcomb
Cdt Rachel Pevsner

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in May

ENS3 Nelson M. Barnhouse
ENS1 Chris Seckinger
Cmdr David A. Slaughter
ENS2 Joanne Trew
ENS2 Julianne Trew
ENS2 Jeff Trew
CRMN2 Jenilee Trew

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in June

Ens Gann Monroe
Ens Barry Bynum
Ens Jennifer Hendrix
Ens Eric Hendrix
Ens Kenneth Cribbs
Ens Alex Green
ENS3 John Godwin
Ens David Gregory
Ens Heather Shepherd

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 75 active members (as of June 6), is the largest chapter of STARFLEET in Region 2 and may or may not still be 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
Stewart – Queen Elizabeth II Made It Sir
by T'Bonz
Earlier this year, it was announced that Patrick Stewart was on this year’s list to receive a knighthood, and the ceremony making him Sir happened today (6/2/2010) at Buckingham Palace.

Stewart, knighted for his services to drama, gave credit to an English teacher, Cecil Dormand, who encouraged Stewart to act.  “Although many people in my life have had great influence on me, without this man none of it would have happened,” he said.

Growing up, some of Stewart’s heroes were actors who had been knighted.  “But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theatre and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier [and] Sir John Gielgud,” he said.  “The knights of the theatre represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held.

“To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me."

Congratulations to Sir Patrick Stewart!

Moore: Deep Space Nine’s Influence On Battlestar Galactica
by T'Bonz
Battlestar Galactica benefitted from some of the trials and tribulations that Ron Moore faced while working on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

When it came to Deep Space Nine, Moore discovered that he liked the serialized nature of the show, particular as it got into the later seasons.  “I think a lot of Battlestar was born at Deep Space Nine in that Deep Space started as much more episodic because of the nature of the show, it became more a continuing serialized structure,” said Moore.  “I really liked that, and I discovered I really liked that style of storytelling.”

Moore wanted to make Deep Space Nine’s Dominion War a bit more realistic, but ran up against the expectations of TPTB, who wanted a cleaner, nicer Star Trek.  “…when we got into the later years of Deep Space, and we started telling the Dominion War story [1997-99], we would sit and argue and fight with the powers that be at Trek about making it a more realistic war,” said Moore, “about making it grittier, and ugly; adding more ambiguity to the characters, and roughing it up a little bit, and I kept bumping my head against the strictures at Trek.”

That head bumping led to frustration for Moore, who was later able to turn it into something productive to the benefit of Battlestar Galactica.  “What Star Trek is could not accommodate things that I wanted to do, so I started to have this sort of pent-up frustration about ‘well, if we were really going to do it right,’ these ideas would sit in the back of my head so when Battlestar came along, I could now do all of those things that I was never allowed to do at Deep Space.”

Moore’s battles with the network when it came to Battlestar Galactica were different than they had been when it came to Deep Space Nine.  “My battles with the network were never really philosophical,” he said, “they were more about specific things, you know, tonal things: ‘How dark is this episode?’, ‘How much blood are you going to show in this scene?’, you know, ‘how grim is this particular story going to be?’.  Then we’d have big fights: ‘You can’t do this, you gotta do that’, so we’d argue it out and find the best point of accommodation.  I never really had any bigger macro arguments with them.”

USS Republic NCC-1371
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2902 Aspen Woods Entry
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Commanding Officer
  Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Commander Brian Holloway

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 27, June 2010.
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