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Vol. I, No. 42  •  Sept./Early Oct. 2011

•  Sunday, October 23: TrekTrax Atlanta Staff Meeting
•  Saturday, October 29: USS Republic Halloween Spooktacular
•  Saturday, November 12: Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge

•  TrekTrax Atlanta receives international KAG endorsement
•  Computer failure at Republic headquarters
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos: Dragon*Con Parade

•  September Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
•  September Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
    Star Trek: Phase II Production Update

TrekTrax Atlanta Staff & Staff Recruitment Meeting

4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2011
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter Restaurant
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA  30341

TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA) is the Star Trek convention in Atlanta presented by the USS Republic.  After a successful first convention in February 2011, plans are well underway for our second convention in April 2012.  We are now welcoming back returning staff members and recruiting new ones.  You do not have to be a member of the Republic to volunteer for TXA staff.

The first TXA
2012 volunteer staff meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, at our host hotel, the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter at 4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.  Anyone who is interested in serving on staff as a volunteer, whether or not you are a member of the Republic, should plan to attend this meeting.  The restaurant will start serving at 4:30 in case anyone would like to eat or have drinks.

We will use this meeting to discuss some of the planning already underway and still in development, as well as assigning folks to departments.  We want some people assigned out to departments early so they can help with planning of their individual department.  There are going to be some operational changes this year along with realigning some departments.  We will discuss these changes at the meeting.

The mean and nasty (in a loving way) Klingons are going to be a much bigger part of the con this year (see News item below).  This will affect some of what we are doing.  There will also be time to hear input from last year's staffers.

This is going to be a great year for TXA.  Last year we received many compliments from folks on how smooth the operations were.  We want to make it even better and you are part of that.

There is a nominal staff fee to help cover some basic per-person overhead expenses (program book, badge, con suite, etc.).  The fee for members of the USS Republic whose membership dues are current is only $5.00.  The fee for all others, both new and returning, is $10.00.  Cash and checks will be accepted at the meeting.  Staff members who plan to stay at the hotel during the convention are encouraged to make their hotel reservations online through the TXA web site.

Please RSVP to Barry Bynum.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


The USS Republic's Sixth Annual Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ens Brad Carrne, Ens Tom Dempsey, Capt Michael Cowart, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Eve Gidion and ENS3 Eddie Hines at the USS Republic's Halloween "Spooktacular" in 2010.
The USS Republic would like to hold its sixth annual Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening, October 29, but needs someone to volunteer to host the event.  If you or someone you know would be willing to host this event, please contact the Captain as soon as possible.  Alternately, if you are a member of another local sci-fi fan group that is already planning a Halloween party and that group might be interested in hosting a joint party, please contact the Captain as soon as possible.  Either way, save the date, get your spookiest costumes ready and stay tuned to the next issue of The Republiqué for details on where our sixth annual Spooktacular will be!
Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
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 12
, 2011
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, the IKAV Nemesis, that lizard thing on the far left and who knows who else at the 2010 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've had a lot of fun at this event the last four 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!

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 receives international KAG endorsement
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that we have been officially endorsed by the Klingon Assault Group International as the official National Klingon Konvention.  The Klingon Assault Group (KAG) is a not-for-profit Star Trek fan organization based on communication and cooperation.  KAG is international in scope, with ships and members from all parts of the globe.  There are several KAG ships in the greater Atlanta area.

This endorsement comes directly from Thought Admiral Krikor epetai-jechwI' (Krikor Ajemian), the top man of the organization.  Many thanks go to Dark Moon Fleet Commander Admiral Kolex zantai-QIHqem (Darren Carter) for assisting TXA with this endorsement.  As part of this endorsement, KAG will help promote TXA to its members around the world, and TXA in turn will offer a special membership discount to KAG members.  The TXA web site will be updated with this information soon.
Computer failure at Republic headquarters
USS Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts' home computer suffered a hard drive crash in late September and had to be replaced with a completely new system.  Transferring all the data from the old computer to the new one, reinstalling the many software programs and some other minor related issues caused, among many other things, this issue of The Republiqué to be a couple of weeks late getting out.  Operations have, for the most part, been restored and things should be back on schedule by the end of October.
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
Dragon*Con Parade  ||  September 4, 2011
Members and friends of the USS Republic,along with a large group of other Star Trek cosplayers, gather together for a group photo just before step-off at the 10th annual Dragon*Con parade.
For the third year in a row, the USS Republic's parade banner has served as the meeting point for all costumed Star Trek fans in the Dragon*Con parade.  This year, a dead-ringer for "Scotty" carried one side of our banner.  Also, several members of KAG can be seen.
Also for the third year in a row, USS Republic member ENS1 Joanne Trew (above center, in red skort and holding tribble) has coordinated the Republic's presence in the Dragon*Con parade.


Thursday, September 22
ENS3 Lee Cox

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in August

Capt Eric L. Watts

These members' SFI and chapter dues expired in September

Ens Tobee Appleby
Ens Catherine Busbee
CDT3 Karl Dissinger
ENS2 Todd Dissinger
Ens Tasheka Gipson
ENS3 Eddie Hines
ENS3 Barbara Nies
Ens Tracy O'Quinn
ENS2 Wilford B. Sims
ENS3 Charles G. Smith

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 October 3, the Republic crew includes 36 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
Star Trek: Phase II Production Update
by Anthony Pascale
October 6, 2011
In June, the Star Trek: Phase II team began production on "Mind-Sifter," which will be the 10th episode for the popular fan series.  "Mind-Sifter" is based on a story by Star Trek Welcommittee founder Shirley S. Maiewski about Kirk having his memory erased by the Klingons and sent back to 1950s Earth.  The episode features the return of John Carrigan as Kargh and the introduction of the Star Trek animated series character "Ensign Walking Bear," portrayed by Wayne W. Johnson.

"Mind-Sifter" also introduced a new Dr. McCoy to Phase II now that their original actor (and real-life doctor) John Kelley has moved on to other projects.  To replace him, Phase II has brought in David Sherin, an experienced local actor from Syracuse, NY.

Phase II Post-Production Update + Next Episode announced
Patty Wright from Star Trek: Phase II has also provided TrekMovie with an update on all their episodes currently in post-production.  The next episode to be released will be "The Child" (episode 7), which has just been sent off for final audio mix.  Following up will be the Klingon-focused episode "Kitumba" (episode 8) which is currently being edited with Tobias Richter/The Light Works providing the visual effects, which are quite extensive, including scenery extensions and replacing whole sets.  Both "The Child" and a rough edit of "Kitumba" will be shown later this month at ICon 2011, the annual Israeli Sci-Fi Festival.  "Origins" (episode 9), Phase II’s take on Kirk’s early years, is next in the post-production queue with VFX work already started.

"Mind-Sifter," currently in production, will follow "Origins" as Phase II’s 10th episode.  The ship-board scenes were shot in June and in 2012 they will do the location shooting.  And Phase II has already picked their next episode to shoot.  Their 11th episode will be "Bread and Savagery," which is currently in preproduction.  Principal photography on this sequel to "Bread and Circuses" will begin in 2012.  The author of the script has not been announced yet.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 42, September/Early October 2011.
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