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Volume I, Number 31  •  October 2010

•  Sat., Oct. 30: USS Republic Halloween "Spookfest,"
Part I
•  Sun., Oct. 31: USS Republic Halloween "Spooktacular," Part II
•  Sat., Nov. 13:
Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
•  Sat., Nov. 20:
TXA Volunteer Staff Recruitment Meeting
•  Sun., Dec. 19: Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony

•  TrekTrax Atlanta announces third live band
•  Commanding Officer elections coming in December
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  October Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Member Reenlistments
•  October Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  News from
    — Leonard Nimoy "Recovering Beautifully" After Surgery
    — Lindelof, Orci, & Kurtzman Talk Star Trek Sequel

USS Republic Halloween "Spookfest," Part I (ADULTS ONLY)

Hosted by ENS3 Chris and Deena Seckinger
7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 30, 2010
140 Woodcrest Way, McDonough GA  30253-8220
(678) 432-6425
Last year, Stargate Atlanta, the IKAV Nemesis and the USS Republic combined their annual Halloween parties into a single Sci-Fi Spooktacular.  This year, all members of the Republic are invited to not one, but TWO parties hosted by members of the Republic!
From USS Republic member ENS3 Chris Seckinger: "It's time for our annual Spookfest and I wanted to extend the invitation to all the Trekkers out there! Hallowe'en is here and your presence is required at the home of Chris and Deena to celebrate the hap-hap-happiest time of the year!"

Come one, come all!  Just make sure to bring your own booze!
Dress in your favorite costume (or don't wear a costume... but have a good story why!)
Costumes are optional, but encouraged!  REALLY encouraged!
Don't make Chris be undead all by himself!
Lots of snacks and Hallowe'en goodies will be provided, but we never turn down the shared culinary creations from our friends!
If you feel the desire to whip up some Hallowe'en delights, bring them with you!

IMPORTANT: This is an ADULTS-ONLY party... no children, please!  If the party goes well, then it will not be a safe place for little ones!

USS Republic Halloween "Spooktacular," Part II
Fun, Food and Fright for the Whole Family!

Hosted by Ens Eve Gidion & Ens Tommy Dempsey
5:30 p.m. Sunday, October 31, 2010
1814 Brockton Glen NE, Atlanta GA  30329
RSVP REQUIRED at Ens Eve Gidion or (404) 325-2531

The presence of all members and friends of the USS Republic is morbidly requested at the graveyard of Ens Eve Gidion and Ens Tommy Dempsey on Sunday, October 31!  This annual frightfest is the mega-event of their neighborhood—they even have their own Halloween House Atlanta web site!  Visit the web site to see photos from past years!

Buffet and cocktails will be served to all who help terrorize the trick-or-treaters.  Please come in scary costume!  Scary works best to torture the trick-or-treaters, even if you're dressed just in black with a scary mask, as there's lots of dark places to hide and pop out at 'em.  The screams begin at 5:30 p.m.!

IMPORTANT: RSVP REQUIRED!  Please call or email
Ensign Eve at (404) 325-2531 to let her know you will be attending.


Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge & Dinner Invasion
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 13
, 2010
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA 30071
(770) 416-7630

Members and friends of the USS Republic, KAG Atlanta, Stargate Atlanta and the IKAV Nemesis at the 2008 Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge in Norcross.
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 three 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!

After the challenge, you're invited to join us for a Klingon Dinner Invasion at Ghengis Grill in Buford.  Genghis Grill: The Mongolian Stir Fry is a build-your-own-bowl, fast-casual, Asian stir-fry concept.  The atmosphere is colorful, lively and a lot of fun!  It's actually not a cuisine, but an interactive style of exhibition cooking modeled after a centuries-old legend.  According to this legend, 12th century Mongol warriors, led by the mighty warrior Genghis Khan, heated their shields over open fires to grill food in the fields of battle.  A perfect Klingon outing!  Please RSVP Theresa Parker if you plan to join the invasion so she can make appropriate reservations.

For more information about the Putt-Putt challenge, 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!

TrekTrax Atlanta Volunteer Staff Recruitment Meeting

2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2010
Location to be announced
Many of you have been asking... and here's your answer!  The very first TrekTrax Atlanta volunteer staff recruitment meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, at a location to be announced soon.  Anyone and everyone who is interested in serving on staff as a volunteer should plan to attend this meeting.

The TrekTrax Atlanta executive committee is still evaluating and determining our specific staffing needs.  Our needs as of press time include the Star Trek, Klingon and Costuming & Makeup programming tracks; gaming and video rooms; registration, con operations, guest relations and security.  Con suite and technical operations departments are already filled.  Additional departments (if any), the specific number of persons needed for each department and the number of duty hours required from each volunteer will be announced at the November 20 meeting.

All persons interested in applying for a volunteer staff position are asked to bring a written summary of your previous convention-running experience.  Candidates will be asked to pay a $10 staff registration fee to cover a few basic con expenses; checks should be made payable to "TrekTrax Atlanta" (cash also accepted).

As soon as the meeting location is determined, it will be announced on TXA's Facebook page, in our YahooGroups and by Twitter.
USS Republic Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony

6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 2010
Location to be announced
The USS Republic's 2009 Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony was held at the Hampton Inn in Woodstock, Georgia.  Stay tuned for additional details on this year's location.
Please save the date and make plans now to join the USS Republic for our fabulous annual Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony, where we'll eat, drink, and be merry!  We'll also present a number of membership awards, including this year's distinguished Member of the Year!  A location for this annual potluck dinner and BYOB event has not yet been finalized; any member of the Republic who would be willing to serve as this year's host is encouraged to contact the Captain as soon as possible.
TrekTrax Atlanta announces third live band
One Hard Night is a "Southern Indie Pop Nerd Rock" band based in Atlanta.  They'll be bringing their own brand of sci-fi-oriented nerd rock music to TrekTrax Atlanta in February.  Don't miss a full evening of music from three different bands at TrekTrax Atlanta!
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that a third live band has been added to our musical line-up.  One Hard Night is a "Southern Indie Pop Nerd Rock" band based in Atlanta.  They'll be joining local favorite Hyperdrive and Greenville-based New York Disco Villains for a full evening of great music on the first night of the convention.  Learn more about One Hard Night, listen to some audio clips and find out where they'll be playing next by visiting their Facebook page.
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.  Members interested in taking OTS and OCC should visit the STARFLEET Academy web site.  In accordance with the Republic's Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy, members who take and pass both courses receive an automatic promotion to Lieutenant, Junior Grade (Lt. JG).

As of October 24, there are still only four members of the Republic who hold the necessary credentials to hold the office of Commanding Officer.  They are:

  Lt JG David Churvis   Commander Brian Holloway
  Captain Matt Ebeling   Captain Eric L. Watts

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 results announced during the evening.  The new Commanding Officer, if any, will officially assume office on January 1, 2011.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
STARFLEET Bowling Challenge  ||  September 25, 2010
Kneeling: ENS3 Eddie Hines.  Standing: CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Claire Willis, ENS2 Julianne Trew, Chris Jones, Ens Sarah Burroughs, ENS2 Joanne Trew and ENS2 Jeff Trew.

Ensign Eddie rocked the casbah with an amazing three-game cumulative total of 465 points.  Captain Eric placed a respectable second with 338 points, followed by Ensign Jeff with 289.  Ensign Joanne was not far behind with 265 points, with Ensign Julianne and Ensign Claire putting in good showings of 237 and 213 points, respectively.  A good time was had by all!


October 1
Cmdr Brian Holloway

Saturday, October 2
Ens Sarah Burroughs
ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

Saturday, October 9

ENS3 Barbara Nies

Thursday, October 14

ENS1 Daniel Wolfgang

Saturday, October 16

ENS3 K'La Albertini

Sunday, October 24
ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick

Friday, October 29
Ens Russ Smith

4 New Members in September!

Ens Catherine Busbee
Ens Tobee Appleby
Ens Tracy O'Quinn
Ens Tasheka Gipson

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in September

ENS3 Eddie Hines
ENS3 Renardo Hunter
ENS3 Barbara Nies
ENS2 Will Sims
ENS3 Charles G. Smith

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in October

Capt Michael Cowart
ENS1 Hal Doby
Ens David Donaldson
ENS1 Zannetta Law
ENS2 Marjan F. Peltier
ENS1 Michael Shipley

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 53 active members (as of October 24) and is the largest chapter of STARFLEET in Region 2.

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
Leonard Nimoy "Recovering Beautifully" After Emergency Surgery
by Anthony Pascale
October 22, 2010
There is breaking news Friday morning that Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy is currently in the hospital after having emergency surgery.  The actor was scheduled for events this weekend in Chicago and Long Beach, but had to cancel.  Reports indicate he is recovering well.

Nimoy "recovering beautifully" Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s original Spock, was scheduled to appear today at the Creation Star Trek convention in Chicago and at a special "Evening with Leonard Nimoy" on Saturday in Long Beach, Ca.  However, this morning messages were posted at both the Creation and Carpenter Performing Arts Center web sites that the 79-year-old actor’s appearances were cancelled.  Both sites offer the following statement:

Mr. Nimoy had minor benign abdominal surgery but is recovering beautifully.  He thanks you for all the get well wishes and he’s doing great.

TMZ is also reporting that Nimoy had to cancel an event last night at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, who are showing Nimoy’s "Secret Selves" photography exhibit.

For those attending the Chicago convention today, Armin Shimerman (Quark) will be filling in on stage for Mr. Nimoy.  Creation has also announced they will be offering refunds for those with autograph and photo tickets for Mr. Nimoy.  And the Carpenter Performing Arts Center is planning to reschedule the sold-out "Evening with Leonard Nimoy" and will notify ticket-holders and post updates on their Nimoy page.

Of course, all of us at TrekMovie wish Mr. Nimoy a fast recovery.  TrekMovie will monitor the story and provide updates.
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Lindelof, Orci, & Kurtzman Talk Star Trek Sequel (and Shatner, too)
by Staff
October 21, 2010
As we recently reported, work on the Star Trek sequel script is finally underway.  A new interview with the writing team has some more comments about the process.  See excerpts below for what Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are saying about their second Trek.

Trek writers on sequel expectations, characters & Shatner
As recently reported by TrekMovie, the writing team of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof recently agreed on a story for the Star Trek sequel, allowing work of the script to start.  In a new interview with NBC, the Star Trek writing team continued to offer no details about the film, but what they are saying is still very encouraging.

Damon Lindelof talked about the writing process, saying:

It’s a lot of fun.  There’s a tremendous amount of pressure because expectations, I felt, were a little bit low the last time.  Now they’re high—but that brings its own level of excitement.  So, you know, I hope that we do the fans proud.

Alex Kurtzman says breaking the story was “an epic moment for us, of feeling like we finally came to something that meets our expectations.”  Kurtzman also talked about dealing with all the fan input and discussions and how he copes with it, noting:

It’s exciting and terrifying and wonderful, and yet I want to put my head in the sand—all at the same time.  I think Bob and Damon and I have to shut the noise out.  You do listen to what people are saying, and our antennae are always out for what people are saying and what people want.  We take that in, we process it, we adjust it, we talk about it, we debate it, and then we shut it all out and say "What are we going to do here?  What do we want?  What feels right?"

For his part, Roberto Orci reiterated Damon Lindelof’s recent comments about how the primary concern for the writers is the characters:

Now we have all of characters in place for the beginning of the movie, so order number one is to make sure we’re taking care of them.  The first movie had the benefit of slowly introducing them—they weren’t all there from the beginning.  Now they’re all there, and we want to make sure everyone gets what they deserve first before we see who else can fit in.

The article notes that it is "unlikely" that they will write William Shatner into the sequel, but Kurtzman did offer some hope to those who are wishing to see Kirk Prime, saying that if they can find a way to "do it right," then they will do it, but they have to firstly "protect and make sure that the integrity of Star Trek is kept alive."
[Source: NBC PopcorBiz]
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