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Volume I, Number 43  •  October 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

•  USS Republic officially recommissioned by STARFLEET
•  ENS1 Jeff Trew triumphs at STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
•  TrekTrax Atlanta membership discounts for STARFLEET, KAG
•  Project: Potemkin cast members to appear at TrekTrax Atlanta
•  When did Georgia become a State?
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

October Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
October Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  Crew Roster
•  News from E!
   — Zachary Quinto Comes Out as a Gay Man
•  News from
   — Seth MacFarlane Wants to Reboot Star Trek on TV
   — Parks and Recreation Analyzes Star Trek Sequel

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 & Restaurant 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 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!

Following the Putt-Putt challenge, join us for dinner at the Cheeseburger in Paradise Bar & Grill at 1230 Ashford Crossing in Dunwoody (30346), in the Perimeter Place shopping center, next to Super Target.  Click the link below for directions or caravan with us after Putt-Putt.

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!



USS Republic officially recommissioned by STARFLEET
All Stations, All Commands -- Attention To Orders
STARFLEET Headquarters, Office of BGN Joseph Sare - STARFLEET Chief of Operations
Commissioning of USS Republic - NCC-1371
RAdm. Jack Towaway Eaton, Second Fleet

You are hereby directed and required to deliver USS Republic, a Constitution-Class Ship, STARFLEET registry NCC-1371, into commission as of this date as a STARFLEET Ship of the Line.  This starship is based in Atlanta, GA.

To Capt. Eric Watts, Herein appointed Commanding Officer of USS Republic: You are hereby directed and required to report forthwith on board of the said ship and take upon you the charge and command of Captain of her accordingly; and all the officers and company of said ship subordinate to you are further charged and commanded to behave themselves jointly and severally in their respective employments with all due respect and obedience to you, their Captain.

To Cmdr. Dave Churvis, Herein appointed Executive Officer of USS Republic: You are hereby directed and required to report forthwith on board of the said ship and take upon you the charge and command of Executive Officer of her accordingly; and all the officers and company of said ship subordinate to you are further charged and commanded to behave themselves jointly and severally in their respective employments with all due respect and obedience to you, their Executive Officer.

The Commissioning of a new Starship is the proudest duty that I have as Chief of STARFLEET Operations.  Your official orders for the Ship's records will be forthcoming via regular STARFLEET dispatch.

On behalf of STARFLEET Operations, Good Luck and God Speed in your STARFLEET journey.

Given under my hand and the seal of STARFLEET Command, stardate 11110.21.

In Service,

BGN. Joseph Sare, SFMC - K8FON Chief of Operations, STARFLEET
ENS1 Jeff Trew triumphs at STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
A dozen members and friends of the USS Republic turned out for our Sixth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge on September 25.  Two teams of six played two games each to determine who the best bowler among us is.  Although ENS1 Todd Dissinger took the honor for the highest score of a single game with 135 points, it was the Big Man himself, ENS1 Jeff Trew, who won the Challenge with a cumulative score of 239 points, scoring 119 and 120 points on each game, versus Ensign Dissinger's cumulative total of 214, which earned him Second Place.  Coming in Third Place was Ens Richard Tucker with a cumulative total of 210 points, barely outscoring Fourth Place holder Ens Rob Gilliam by a mere one point, with 209.

Coming in last place in both categories, and understandably so, was the lovely, adorable and quite pregnant ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, with a single-game low score of 50 and a cumulative low score of 126.  Only slightly better scores were turned in by ENS1 Julianne Trew, with the second-lowest single-game score of 69 points, and Bianca Bury-Rodriguez with the third-lowest single-game score of 70 points.  However, Ensign Julianne outscored Bianca with a cumulative total of 146 points, versus Bianca's 141.

Regardless of scores, everyone who came and bowled had a great time.  Our cowardly friends in the Klingon Assault Group, however, did not show up at all, which means only one thing: Republic wins!

Photos from the event are below.
TrekTrax Atlanta membership discounts for STARFLEET and KAG
TrekTrax Atlanta is hosted by the USS Republic NCC-1371, the STARFLEET International chapter in Atlanta and, as reported last issue, has been endorsed by the Klingon Assault Group as the National Klingon Konvention.  In recognition and appreciation of our association with both organizations, TXA is pleased to announce 2012 membership discounts available only to members in good standing of STARFLEET and KAG.

TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA) will be held April 20-22, 2012.  The regular price of a TXA Adult Membership is currently $40.  Until December 31, STARFLEET members can get a $5 discount on the purchase of their memberships by visiting the STARFLEET Discount web page and KAG members can get a $5 discount on the purchase of their memberships by visiting the KAG Discount web page.  These discounts are available to any member of either organization anywhere in the world, not just those in the Atlanta area... so spread the word!  Get your discounts now!

Valid STARFLEET and KAG memberships will be verified prior to processing payments.  One discount per person.  Discounts end on January 1.  See web pages for additional details.
Project: Potemkin cast members to appear at TrekTrax Atlanta
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announced that no less than eight cast members from the fan film series Project: Potemkin have been confirmed as guests for our 2012 convention.

Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a new fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship.

Cast members confirmed to appear are shown below.  Visit the
TrekTrax Atlanta web site for more information on these actors and the characters they play.

Of course, TrekTrax Atlanta will feature screenings of all Project: Potemkin episodes that will have been released by the time of the convention next April.
When did Georgia become a State?
That may seem like a peculiar question in the context of the USS Republic's monthly newsletter, but recent events call for a discussion of the matter.

Georgia was the fourth State to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788.  Seventy-three years later, Georgia declared its secession from the Union on January 21, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate States.  Nine years after that, Georgia was the last State to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870.

Most people would answer the question "When did Georgia become a State?" with the 1788 date.  However, because the Confederate States of America considered itself an independent and sovereign nation, an argument could be made that, nearly a decade after its secession from the United States, Georgia became a State (again) only in 1870.

To argue that Georgia has been a State only since 1870 would be to ignore and deny the existence of its long, proud and well-documented history spanning the 200 previous years.

In the coming weeks, another question quite similar to this one will be asked.  How will it be answered, and by whom?  Stay tuned.
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
STARFLEET Bowling Challenge  ||  September 25, 2011
Top Photo: Seated/Kneeling in front: Barry Bynum, Ken Cribbs.  Standing in back: CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Jeff Trew, ENS1 Joanne Trew, ENS1 Todd Dissinger, Bianca Bury-Rodriguez, Ens Rob Gilliam, ENS1 Julianne Trew, CRMN1 Jenilee Trew, ENS2 Claire Willis, Chris Jones, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, Ens Richard Tucker.



Saturday, October 1
Cmdr Brian Holloway

Sunday, October 2

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

Friday, October 14

ENS1 "Wolfy"

Monday, October 24
ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in September

CDT2 Karl Dissinger
ENS1 Todd Dissinger

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in

ENS1 Hal Doby
Capt Michael Cowart
ENS1 Michael Shipley
Ens Tracey S. Harwell

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.  As of October 22, 2011, the Republic crew includes 35 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 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.




AS OF OCTOBER 22, 2011

NEWS from
Zachary Quinto Comes Out as a Gay Man
by Marc Malkin
October 16, 2011
Mazel tov, Zachary Quinto.
The actor, most known for his role on Heroes and playing Spock in the first film of the new Star Trek movie franchise, has come out of the closet as a gay man.
He hasn't done it with a magazine cover story declaring, "I'm gay," but...
Quinto, 34, simply mentions it during a wide-ranging new interview in New York magazine.
While discussing his work on Broadway in the recent revival of Angels in America, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the AIDS epidemic, Quinto said, "[A]s a gay man, it made me feel like I---there's still so much work to be done.  There's still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.  The undercurrent of that fear and that, you know, insidiousness still is swarming. It's still all around us."
Talking about the upcoming election year, Quinto, star and producer of the new financial thriller Margin Call, wonders about the state of affairs with the rise of the Tea Party happening at the same time as Occupy Wall Street.  "[T]here's such tremendous disparity right now," said Quinto, who will also be seen in Ryan Murphy's new FX series, American Horror Story.  "It's like, you have the legalization of gay marriage in the state of New York and three months later you have Jamey Rodemeyer killing himself, yet another gay teenager bullied into taking his own life.
"And, you know, again, as a gay man, I look at that and say there's a hopelessness that surrounds it," he continued.  "But as a human being, I look at it and say, "Why?  Where is this disparity coming from and why can't we as a culture, as a society, dig deeper to examine it?"
Quinto may say he's a "pretty low-key person," but his coming out has the potential to save and heal lives.
Just ask the gay kid watching Star Trek.
UPDATE: Shortly after news of the mag's story hit the net, Quinto posted a message to fans on his web site.  Here's an excerpt:
"When i found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself---I felt deeply troubled," Quinto wrote.  "But when I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life---I felt indescribable despair."
"I also made an it gets better video last year---in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time.  But in light of Jamey's death---it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it---is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality."
© 2011 E! Entertainment Television

NEWS from
Seth MacFarlane Wants to Reboot Star Trek on TV
By Anthony Pascale
October 12, 2011
This is no joke.  Seth MacFarlane loves to drop Star Trek jokes into his various TV animated comedy shows, but the Family Guy creator now says that he wants to take his love of Trek to the next level and get a chance to reboot Star Trek on TV.
MacFarlane's Star Trek?
Seth MacFarlane is featured as one of a series of showrunner profiles in The Hollywood Reporter.  The creator of multiple hit Fox animated comedies says he is already looking beyond Family Guy and towards the future.  MacFarlane also happens to be a big fan of Star Trek and drops Trek gags into all of his shows.  He has even talked about doing a full Star Trek parody like he has done with Star Wars, but according to THR he would also like to take Trek on seriously.  Here is an excerpt:
"I don't know who would give me the keys to that car," he jokes, acknowledging that the films have been so profitable for Paramount that he isn't so sure they have a lot of interest in getting back into the TV business.  "But I'd love to see that franchise revived for television in the way that it was in the 1990s: very thoughtful, smartly written stories that transcend the science fiction audience."
MacFarlane is one of many successful TV producers who have expressed an interest in taking on Star Trek for the small screen.  As I have expressed here before, I think Star Trek is best when it is on TV as it has the opportunity to do more character development and complex storytelling.  MacFarlane clearly has a love for Star Trek and a track record of making successful TV series, so I am intrigued with the notion.  Of course, there is no indication right now that CBS is even taking meetings to talk about Star Trek on TV, but hopefully CBS sees his interest (and that of others) as an indication they have lots of options when it comes time to bring Trek TV back.
© 2011 SciFanatic Network

Parks and Recreation Analyzes Star Trek Sequel
By Anthony Pascale
October 7, 2011
Star Trek has again wormed its way into a network TV show.  The October 6 episode of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation actually featured a somewhat in-depth analysis of J. J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek sequel.
In the episode "Born and Raised," the character of Tom Haverford is trying to fend off advances from talk show host Joan Callamezzo, so he asks Ben Wyatt to slow things down "talking nerdy."  Things eventually turn to Star Trek.
© 2011 SciFanatic Network
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™
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Commanding Officer
  Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Lt. JG Dave Churvis

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 43, October 2011.
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