Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award 2009
Volume I, Number 38  •  May 2011

•  Saturday, June 4: Away Mission to X-Men: First Class
•  Friday-Sunday, June 10-12: Sci-Fi Summer Con

•  Saturday, June 18: Away Mission to Green Lantern
•  Saturday, July 23: Away Mission to Captain America

•  2010 Region 2 Award Winners... and Losers
•  Aspen Book Shop summer sale!
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  May Birthdays
•  May Membership Renewals
•  April Member Reenlistments
•  About the Republic

•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
    — Rumor:
Star Trek Sequel May Move to Holiday 2012

Away Mission to X-Men: First Class

7:10 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
3265 NE Expressway Access Rd
Chamblee GA  30341

X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga.  Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time.  Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other mutants (some familiar, some new) to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.  In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this highly anticipated prequel to the first three now-class X-Men films.

Please arrive before 6:30 p.m. to purchase or pick up your ticket and get your concessions so that members and friends of the Republic can sit together as a group in the theater, which is likely to be close to full or possibly even sold out.  After the movie, anyone interested in a late-night bite to eat will gather at a local restaurant, location to be determined at that time.

Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 10-12, 2011
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter NW
6345 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-1700
Now in its eleventh 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 three years ago and our very own Captain Eric L. Watts being named last year's Fan Guest of Honor.  Sci-Fi Summer Con is Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy.

Crmn Jessica Curtiss, Cmdr Dave "Grizzly" Slaughter, CO Capt Eric L. Watts and Ens Eddie Hines at the Republic's recruitment table at last year's Sci-Fi Summer Con.
Sci-Fi Summer Con has not announced any Star Trek-related guests for this year's convention, but the guest list does include Jon Adelung, Bob Burden, Emilie Bush, Bob Carter, Ralph Cruz, Mike Faber, Michael A. Gordon, James Jarrett, Kerry Maffeo, Bobby Nash, New York Disco Villains, One Hard Night, Ted Parker, Shawn Sellers, Lysa "Zen" Shin, Robin Spriggs and others.

The USS Republic will once again have an official presence at Sci-Fi Summer Con which will include a fan table and possibly even a room party.  Please contact the Captain if you're interested in helping with either one.

Preregistration is closed.  Sci-Fi Summer Con memberships for persons age 13 and up are $35 at the door.  For more information about Sci-Fi Summer Con's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, please visit their web site.

Away Mission to Green Lantern

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time and Location To Be Announced
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries.  Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps.  A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers.  But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds).

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before.  But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity.  With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax... he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this summer's only movie from DC Comics.  Theaters and showtimes have not yet been announced, but save the date and plan on an early evening showing.

Away Mission to Captain America: The First Avenger

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time and Location To Be Announced
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) grew up a frail youth in a poor family.  Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army.  However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected.  Overhearing the boy's earnest plea, Col. Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment... Operation: Rebirth.  After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the "Super-Soldier Serum" and bombarded by "vita-rays."  Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human.  Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program.  Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America.  Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this highly anticipated movie—the fourth and latest in Marvel Studios' series of films featuring members of the classic Avengers.  Theaters and showtimes have not yet been announced, but save the date and plan on an early evening showing.


2010 Region 2 Award Winners... and Losers
Did You Know?
Since June 2006
five years ago this monththe USS Republic has recruited no fewer than 161 new members into STARFLEET.  That's an amazing number of new recruits and our efforts have been consistently recognized by Region 2 at the annual Summit Awards Banquet each year.  The Republic won Region 2's Recruiter Award for 2006 (12 new members), 2007 (37 new members), 2008 (43 new members) and 2009 (59 new members... more new members in a single year than most other STARFLEET chapters have on their entire roster).

But what about 2010?  The Republic recruited a mere 10 new members in 2010.  A low number when compared to our own previous recruitment achievements, but still, probably higher than any other Region 2 chapter.

"Probably"?  That's right.  We don't know for sure, and Region 2 doesn't appear to be talking.  When the 2010 Region 2 Awards Nominees and Winners were announced on the Region 2 web site on March 17, there was no mention whatsoever of a Recruiter Award for 2010.  Nuttin'.  Nada.  Not a word.  As if it had never even existed.

And why is that?  Good question.  But no one seems to be answering.  It would seem that if any other chapter had recruited more new members in 2010 than the Republic, Region 2 would have gone out of its way to congratulate and recognize that chapter.  On the other hand, if the Republic managed to recruit more new members in 2010 than any other Region 2 chapter without even trying... would Region 2 really want to admit that?  Or, would Region 2, instead, terminate the award altogether rather than give it to the Republic for the fifth year in a row?  And why, exactly, would they do that?

Commander, Republic, awaits a response from Region 2 management.
Aspen Book Shop summer sale!
Aspen Book Shop, one of the Republic's Member Benefits Program partners, is running a special spring book sale during the months of May and June.  All hardback books are on sale for $3.00 each and all paperback books are only $1.00 each.  In addition, rare books and first editions are 50% off.  Store owner Al Head reports that he has a good selection of Star Trek paperbacks available, so hurry on over to the Aspen Book Shop at 4987 Lavista Road in Tucker to take advantage of these low, low prices.  USS Republic membership cards are not required to take advantage of these great deals!

Aspen's hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  The phone number is (770) 241-2906.
Personnel Records
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Away Mission to Thor  ||  May 7, 2011
With everyone still wearing their 3-D movie glasses.  Kneeling/seated in front: ENS1 Jeff Trew, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Russell Broomfield, Ens Ken Cribbs.  Standing: Ens Richard Tucker, ENS1 Julianne Trew, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS1 Joanne Trew, Ens Barry Bynum.


Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon  ||  May 13-15, 2011
On the USS Republic's 23rd anniversary, current CO Capt Eric L. Watts (left) is joined at the Republic's Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon recruitment table by two of her previous commanding officers: Adm Kelly S. Hilliard (center), CO of the Republic from 1992 to 1996 and currently the STARFLEET Region 2 Zone 2 Zone Coordinator; and Adm Mike Henigan (right), CO of the Republic for most of 1998 and currently the CO of the USS Atlanta.


TimeGate IX  ||  May 27-29, 2011
Cmdr Joe Campbell, ENS1 Nelson Barnhouse, ENS2 Todd Dissinger, Capt Michael Cowart, Ens Eric Curtiss, ENS3 Chris Seckinger, Crmn Jessica Curtiss, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, Ens Richard Tucker, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange and... "Wolfy."



Monday, May 2
Capt Michael Cowart

Sunday, May 8
ENS3 Glenn Albertini

Tuesday, May 17
Cmdr David A. Slaughter

Wednesday, May 25
ENS1 Julianne Trew

Monday, May 30
Ens Richard Tucker

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in May

Ens Matthew T. Duncan
ENS2 Michael A. Knight
ENS1 Jeff Trew
CRMN1 Jenilee Trew
ENS1 Joanne Trew
ENS1 Julianne Trew
Ens Amanda Whitcomb

These members renewed their memberships in April

Lt. JG Dave Churvis
Capt Matthew D. Ebeling
ENS1 Lea Hepler
Cmdr Brian Holloway

The USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988, at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  After 22½ years and multiple name changes, the Republic was decommissioned by STARFLEET in November 2010.  The Republic operated as an independent organization until April 2011.  Effective April 9, 2011, STARFLEET recognizes the "USS Republic - STARFLEET Registry: NX-1371, a Constitution-Class, Enterprise-Subclass Heavy Cruiser... as a Meeting chapter in Shakedown Cruise."  As of May 30, the Republic crew includes 45 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.

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.

Because the USS Republic is a (soon-to-be once again) duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  Combined annual dues for both groups are $25 per person and is collected by the chapter (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
Rumor: Star Trek Sequel May Move to Holiday 2012 Release
By Anthony Pascale
May 24, 2011

One of the hottest topics right now in the entertainment press is the fate of the 2012 Star Trek sequel.  In the last week, we have reported that an announcement is coming soon and that prep has been ongoing based on a detailed outline.  Today, an unconfirmed report has come out stating that the Star Trek sequel may be delayed.
Star Trek to Move to Holiday 2012?
Paramount and J. J. Abrams really want to focus on his new movie Super 8.  However, much of the press coverage over the last few days has been about Abrams' next project, the Star Trek sequel, which is currently scheduled for June 29, 2012.  To date, reports have been that Abrams will turn his focus to Star Trek in June, the final touches for the script will be wrapped up quickly and shooting will start in September.  However, some are questioning whether this scenario is possible.
This evening, Deadline picked up on TrekMovie's recent report of prep work being done off an outline, and they added some news in an article titled "Can 'Star Trek 2' Morph from 70-Page Outline to Summer Tent Pole in 13 Months?"  According to Deadline's source, the announcement that J. J. Abrams has promised is coming soon will have "good news and bad news."  The good news would be that Abrams will indeed return as director for the sequel; however, Deadline is also hearing that the studio is "considering" moving the release to a Holiday 2012 date.  Paramount would then possibly move their planned G. I. Joe 2 film (which starts shooting in August) from its current August 10, 2012, date into Star Trek's June 29, 2012, spot.  Deadline also reports that Paramount still hopes to shoot the Star Trek sequel ahead of the Jack Ryan reboot (which stars Chris Pine).
Paramount has not confirmed Deadline's report.
Wouldn't be a surprise
It is not inconceivable that the Star Trek sequel would be moved.  The schedule for Abrams' first Star Trek film called for 13 months from the start of production to release, with an additional half-year of preproduction.  That film then got an additional 4½ months of post-production after Paramount decided to move it to fill out their summer 2009 schedule.  Last summer, Star Trek producer Bryan Burk told TrekMovie they had a similar plan for the sequel, which he hoped would begin filming in June 2011, and Roberto Orci's last target date to have a signed-off script was late March.
All that being said, it's still possible to make the original date.  While preproduction didn't start as planned, there has been "prep" work going on based on the detailed outline.  Plus, the main cast casting and much of the design work and construction of the USS Enterprise was already done for the first Star Trek, so preproduction will be shorter and can focus on new elements.  And a source at ILM once told TrekMovie that work on many effects shots can begin during preproduction, especially on space-based shots, which won't need live-action elements.  One also has to look at Super 8 itself.  J. J. Abrams began the movie last September and will deliver it June 10, so could he not do it again with the Star Trek sequel?
Right now, Trekkies seem to be already bracing for a delay.  In a recent poll at TrekMovie, 48% of fans expected the film to be delayed.
And in our most recent poll, 1/3 of fans actually say they would prefer for the sequel to be delayed (likely to ensure quality isn't hurt by the film being rushed).
TrekMovie will continue to monitor the situation with the Star Trek sequel and report any updates.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 38, May 2011.
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