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Volume I, Number 45  •  December 2011

•  Sat., December 17: Holiday Potluck Party & Awards Ceremony
•  Saturday, January 21: TXA Chattacon Room Party
•  Saturday, February 18: TXA Con Nooga Room Party
•  Saturday, February 25: TXA AnachroCon Room Party

•  USS Republic announces one-time membership dues waiver
•  TrekTrax Atlanta membership rates increase on January 1
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  December Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
•  December Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Edgar Ramirez "Front Runner" to Be Star Trek Sequel Villain

STARFLEET Holiday Potluck Party & USS Republic Awards Ceremony
A joint event with the USS Atlanta

6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011
Hosted by and in the home of Capt Bernadette Ackley
4111 Kings Highway, Douglasville GA  30135-3765
RSVP: Adm Mike Henigan by email or (404) 688-2882
The USS Republic's 2010 Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony in the home of ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick

Please plan to attend the very first joint holiday party co-hosted by the USS Republic and our sister ship across town, the USS Atlanta!  Hosted by longtime STARFLEET friends Capt. Bernadette Ackley and her brother CRR Brian Ackley, this joint event will be a potluck dinner and will include the Republic's annual Awards Ceremony, when we announce the recipient of this year's prestigious Member of the Year Award.  USS Republic Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts will also deliver a brief but important "State of the Chapter" address to announce the chapter's new year-long course and goal for 2012: The Year of the Phoenix.

The Ackleys' basement is "all sci-fi, with all sorts of stuff to keep Star Trek, X-Files, Star Wars, etc. fans happy to look at and have fun."  They also have a large screen TV, Blu-ray player and a large movie collection with lots of space to play games and have a great time.  It will be an exciting evening of fun, festivity and friendship, and Captain Watts and USS Atlanta Commanding Officer Adm Mike Henigan both hope you will plan to come eat, drink and be merry with your fellow Star Trek fans from all around the metro Atlanta area!

USS Republic Members of the Year, 2007-2010
2007 Member of the Year
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
2008 Member of the Year
ENS1 Hal Doby
2009 Member of the Year
ENS1 Joanne Trew
2010 Member of the Year
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange

An Evite will be sent out this week so that everyone who plans to attend can RSVP with the number of guests and type of dish they plan to bring.  Alternately, you can RSVP to Admiral Henigan by email or (404) 688-2882.  Either way, please do let us know if you plan to attend so we can ensure sufficient seating for everyone.  Thank you!


TrekTrax Atlanta Room Parties
Saturday, January 21: Chattacon
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel & Convention Center
1400 Market St, Chattanooga TN  37402

Saturday, February 18: Con Nooga
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel & Convention Center
1400 Market St, Chattanooga TN  37402

Saturday, February 25: AnachroCon
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta GA  30341
(770) 457-6363
The USS Republic, host of TrekTrax Atlanta, will be hosting room parties on Saturday evening at no less than three upcoming regional conventions in order to promote ours.  CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Cmdr Dave Churvis and Matt Duncan will be travelling to Chattanooga, Tennessee, in January for Chattacon and in February for Con Nooga, as well as staying here in town for our sister convention, AnachroCon, also in February.  If you are planning to attend or are considering attending any of these conventions, we would very much appreciate your support.  In addition to marketing materials, decorations, party supplies, light snacks and a selection of adult beverages, we also need assistance simply talking to folks about TrekTrax Atlanta and encouraging them to purchase a membership.  Donations of these items, or funds to help us purchase them, would be greatly appreciated.  If you can help us in any way, either by attending these conventions with us or donating items or funds for them, please contact the Captain.  Thank you!

USS Republic announces one-time chapter membership dues waiver

When the USS Republic was decommissioned by STARFLEET International in November 2010, we suspended our award-winning membership recruitment campaigns (winning Region 2's Recruiter Awards every year from 2006 to 2009) and made only routine membership renewal efforts.  During that time, our membership roster decreased dramatically (although we are still, with 36 members, the largest chapter in Region 2).  Now that the Republic is once again a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET (since October 2011), we want to rebuild our membership roster and reclaim our former title as the largest chapter in all of STARFLEET.  To that end, and as part of our year-long Year of the Phoenix campaign, the USS Republic is pleased to announce that, for the rest of December and for all of January, any and all members of the Republic, whether their STARFLEET dues have expired or not, can renew or extend their STARFLEET membership for only $15, with a one-time waiver of their $10 annual chapter dues.

If your STARFLEET dues have expired (or even if they haven't), please consider renewing or extending your membership by remitting $15 to the Republic, either by PayPal or by postal mail.  If you're not sure if your dues have expired, check the Crew Roster in the sidebar.  If your name is not on it, your dues are expired!  To use PayPal, send your payment to  Alternately, send your check or money order, payable to "USS Republic," to 2902 Aspen Woods Entry, Atlanta GA  30360-2759.  This one-time chapter membership dues waiver offer expires January 31.  Of course, we would still be happy to accept payment for your chapter dues, if you're so inclined.  Thank you for your support!  USS Republic: Boldly Going, Boldly Doing!

TrekTrax Atlanta membership rates increase on January 1
TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA), endorsed by the Klingon Assault Group (KAG) as the National Klingon Konvention and hosted by the USS Republic NCC-1371, the STARFLEET International (SFI) chapter in Atlanta, will be held April 20-22, 2012.  Adult memberships are currently $40, with a $5 discount available to members of SFI and KAG at the STARFLEET Discount and KAG Discount web pages.

The regular rate increases to $45 on January 1, 2012.  The $5 SFI and KAG discounts will remain available, but why pay more in January when you can get the lowest possible rate now?  Visit the Memberships page and get your membership (and VIP Champagne Reception ticket and souvenir t-shirt) today!  While you're at it, why not go ahead and make your hotel room reservation?  Remember, the earlier you buy your membership, not only do you get the lowest price possible, but you help us make it possible to advertise and promote the convention to as many Star Trek fans as possible so we can have a well-attended and successful event.

Valid STARFLEET and KAG memberships will be verified prior to processing payments.  One discount per person.  See respective web pages for additional details.
Personnel Records
Congratulations to Cmdr Masibindi Mother Courage Miller, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy exam SFLK 123 - Foreign Language Knowledge Mexican Spanish from the School of IOTA - College of Unusual Knowledge completed on November 27, 2011.
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge  ||  November 12, 2011

Fall Dinner & Business Meeting  ||  November 27, 2011
Ens Rob Gilliam, Chris Jones, CO Capt Eric L. Watts,
Ens Tasheka Gipson, Renardo Hunter.



Thursday, December 29
ENS1 Joanne Trew

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in November

ENS1 Hal Doby
ENS3 Tasheka Gipson
ENS3 Tracey S. Harwell

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in December

ENS Bradley Carrne
ENS3 Lee Cox
ENS Thomas Dempsey
ENS Eve Gidion
ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick
CDT Rachel Pevsner

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 December 11, 2011, 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 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 and reenlist is on our award-winning web site.





NEWS from
Edgar Ramirez "Front Runner" to Be Star Trek Sequel Villain
By Anthony Pascale
December 7, 2011
With Benicio Del Toro out of the running for the part of the villain in the Star Trek sequel, director J. J. Abrams and team have been back on the hunt for a new bad guy.  Now a report says that two actors are in the running, with Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez as the leading contender.
Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez front-runner for Star Trek villain
The latest Star Trek sequel villain casting news comes from Variety, with sources saying that Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez is the "front-runner," with Jordi Molla (Columbiana)" also in the mix.  Both actors are expected to test for the role over the next two days and director J. J. Abrams is reported to be interested in making a decision before the end of the week.  It is noted that there may be some issue regarding scheduling with Ramirez; however, Variety sources say "Abrams wouldn't consider any actor if they were unavailable."
Regarding Ramirez, Variety notes the actor has been "pursued by the studios since his breakout turn as infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Olivier Assayas' miniseries Carlos."  The 34-year-old actor has also appeared in Domino, The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point, and will soon be seen as Ares in Wrath of the Titans.
Over the last week, there have been a couple of unconfirmed reports that the villain role for the Star Trek sequel will be Khan. Variety has no more details, but does point out the obvious with regards to the actors being considered for the role:
The next question to be asked is what character Ramirez will play in the film if he gets the part.  It was reported last week---before it was known del Toro was out---that the villain may be Khan, but Abrams and Paramount denied it.  Whether that denial was aimed at the role or just del Toro's involvement wasn't quite clear.  But it should be noted that Abrams was still in need of an actor of Latin descent, the same ethnicity of Ricardo Montalban, who played Khan in the original series and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."
Production on the Star Trek sequel is still slated to start in mid-January, which explains why Abrams is anxious to nail down his villain.
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