Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011
Volume I, Number 50
May 2012
•  Friday-Sunday, June 8-10: Sci-Fi Summer Con
•  Saturday, June 16: STARFLEET Academy
& Star Trek Gaming
•  Saturday, July 7: Away Mission to The Amazing Spider-Man
•  Sunday, July 8: Trekkiepalooza!

•  Saturday, July 21: Away Mission to The Dark Knight Rises
•  Monday, July 23: Star Trek: TNG 25th Anniversary Event

•  The TrekTrax Atlanta 2012 Postmortem Report
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  May Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
•  May Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  USS Republic & USS Atlanta Crew Rosters

•  Photos from TrekTrax Atlanta
Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10, 2012
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter Galleria
6345 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta GA  30339
(770) 955-1700
Now in its twelfth 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 four years ago and our very own Captain Eric L. Watts being named Fan Guest of Honor two years ago.  Sci-Fi Summer Con is Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy.

CO Capt Eric L. Watts, USS Atlanta CO Adm Mike Henigan, ENS3 Eddie Hines, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, Ens Richard Tucker and Ens Karen Neal 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 actors James Jarrett, Michael Koske, Ted Parker and Danny Riker; artists Jon Adelung, Ralph Cruz, Kerry Maffeo and Lysa "Zen" Shin; authors Christina Barber, Chris Berman and Emilie Bush; musical guests Go, Robo! Go!, June Five, New York Disco Villains, Sass Parilla the Singing Gorilla and Witness the Apotheosis; voice actors Bob Carter and September Day Carter; comics writer/artist and screenwriter Bob Burden; author/artist/editor/science tutor/dancer Marina Sergeyeva Buryak; game designer/writer Jamie Chambers; actress/model/producer Ondie Daniel; independent film director Eric Vence Green; belly dancer/instructor Kira Lang; paranormal specialists Ernie Nichols, Shawn Sellers and members of Norcross Paranormal; puppeteer/costume character performer & builder/actor S. Fox; film fanatic Giles Shepherd; and actor/writer Robin Spriggs.

As has become a six-year tradition, 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.

STARFLEET Academy Test Session & Star Trek Gaming Day
A joint event with the USS Atlanta

3:00 - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2012
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
STARFLEET Academy can be FUN!

Have you ever wanted to take your STARFLEET Academy Officers Training School (OTS) and/or Officers Command College (OCC) exams, but were too apprehensive or just had to have that extra little nudge to do it?  Well, we are here to help... AND have fun while doing it!

Join the USS Republic and the USS Atlanta on Saturday afternoon, June 16, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. for this NO-COST event: a STARFLEET Academy Test Session and Star Trek Gaming Day!  We will have at least one computer set up (more if we can get more laptops) for you to get your OTS and OCC tests done and submitted electronically.  Help will be available from several longtime STARFLEET members to get you over that sticky question or phrase that is just slipping your mind.  But wait!  There's more!  While people are testing, there will also be a Star Trek Movie Marathon going on, some serious Star Trek gaming (we have lots and lots and lots of Star Trek games!) and... oh!  Did we say FOOD?

Please Note:
Capt Eric L. Watts' third two-year term as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will end on December 31, 2012.  All Republic members in good standing will be asked in November 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 OTS and OCC, and must be at least 18 years of age.  This event will be a perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to run for CO to take the required OTS and OCC exams, if they have not already done so.  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).

STARFLEET Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses available to every STARFLEET member.  Not interested in taking the OTS or OCC exam?  That's okay!  Over 60 Academy Colleges offer courses spanning all aspects of Star Trek and science fiction; some courses even cover non-sci-fi real world topics.  Each college offers dozens of different courses at varying levels of challenge from super-easy to really hard.  In total, there are nearly 1,000 different courses available.  Come out for this event and we'll help you find one or more courses that are more to your liking.  It's fun, it's educational, it's entertaining!

Please contact USS Atlanta CO Adm Mike Henigan with any questions or to let us know you are coming and then food will be discussed and decided upon.  We would like you to join us for this fun afternoon!
Away Mission to The Amazing Spider-Man

Saturday Afternoon, July 7, 2012
Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
3265 NE Expressway Access Rd
Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-8235
Because you demanded it... save the date and plan for a late afternoon showing with matinee pricing!  Exact time to be announced next issue, on Facebook and in our YahooGroups forum.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May.  Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.  Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment and secrets.  As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance, leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.  As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

This film opens in the United States on Tuesday, July 3, four days before the date of this "away mission," and you may have numerous opportunities to see it sometime during the first four days of its release, most notably the July 4 holiday.  However, because the majority of our members work on weekdays and celebrate Independence Day with their families, the Republic is waiting until Saturday, July 7, to launch our "away mission."  We hope you'll resist the urge to see the movie before July 7 and will instead plan to see this highly anticipated reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise with your friends and fellow crewmembers aboard the Republic.  Showtimes have not yet been announced, but plan to join us late Saturday afternoon, July 7, for matinee pricing.  An exact showtime and plans for an after-movie dinner will be announced next issue.

A fundraising event for TrekTrax Atlanta

3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2012
The Other Bar, a.k.a. The Tucker Saloon
3766 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker GA  30084
Makes plans now to join us for a wild and crazy fundraising event to benefit TrekTrax Atlanta!  We're just now putting the details together, but we're planning to make this all-day event a spectacular sci-fi occasion that won't soon be forgotten!  More details next issue!  Please contact the Captain if you'd like to help with the planning, preparations and production of this first-ever Trekkie extravaganza!

Donations of products, goods and/or services from members and friends of the Republic, as well as local businesses, to give away as contest and/or raffle prizes are needed!  Thank you!

The TrekTrax Atlanta 2012 Postmortem Report
The second annual TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA), the Star Trek convention hosted by the USS Republic, was held April 20-22, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter in Chamblee.  Our three main guests were David Orange (best known as the "Sleepy Klingon" in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), Morgan Gendel (author of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "The Inner Light" [for which he won the Hugo Award] and "Starship Mine" and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "The Passenger" and "Armageddon Game"), and Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen (author, publisher, psychologist, Klingon language expert and founder of the Klingon Language Institute).  More than two dozen additional guests can be found listed on both the TXA web site and Wikipedia page, and several additional people served as programming participants.

Over the course of the three-day convention, TrekTrax Atlanta presented over 60 different events on three concurrent tracks of programming: one dedicated to the Star Trek universe in general, another devoted to the Klingon Empire in particular, and a third designed specifically for costuming and makeup.  Special events included a VIP champagne reception, a "Trekkies Got Talent!" talent show, a Star Trek Universe costume contest, performances by three live bands, a Klingon wedding, a "Klingon Ballet" and of course, the 13th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.  TXA also hosted a 24-hour gaming room, a 24-hour video room, a dealers room and a con suite.

Just like our first convention in 2011, TrekTrax Atlanta 2012 was an operational success.  All departments, programming tracks and major events ran smoothly, on time and as planned (with the possible exception of Opening Ceremonies, which suffered a last-minute audio/visual technical failure, but which was mostly salvaged due to the Herculean efforts of Matt Steinberg).  And, just like last year, nearly everyone who attended said they had a great time and promised to come back next year.  But, also like last year, attendance was disappointing, living up to our young reputation as "the best-run convention that nobody attended."

Last year, TrekTrax Atlanta attendance numbered 25 guests, 45 staff volunteers and 187 paid memberships for a total attendance of 257 persons.  This number was considerably lower than we had hoped for, and in the days and weeks following last year's convention, we concluded that there were three main reasons for this: 1) TXA was a first-year convention that, despite all our marketing efforts, not enough people had heard about; 2) TXA was held the same weekend as Con Nooga in Chattanooga, which many people had already made plans to attend; and 3) TXA was held the weekend immediately prior to AnachroCon, which, again, many people had already made plans to attend.  With this in mind, we moved the 2012 convention to April to avoid conflicts with Con Nooga, AnachroCon and, to the best of our knowledge, any other fan convention in the Southeast.  (We didn't find out about JordanCon until long after we'd signed contracts with the hotel and our guests, and GnomeCon didn't announce their dates until after we did.)  To help promote this year's convention, we secured the endorsement of the
Klingon Assault Group (KAG) International as the "National Klingon Konvention," made promotional appearances at ChattaCon, Con Nooga and AnachroCon, increased our email marketing campaign and social networking presence, offered membership discounts to members of STARFLEET International (SFI) and KAG, and distributed flyers and business card-sized marketing cards anywhere and everywhere we could, including all 30+ SFI chapters in Region 2 (Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi).

Despite all these efforts, TrekTrax Atlanta 2012 attendance numbered 33 guests, 45 staff volunteers and 162 paid memberships for a total paid attendance of 240 persons.  This number represents a 6.6% decrease from last year... a downtrend that no one was expecting and one which, unfortunately, leaves the future of the convention in question.  The reason(s) for the decrease can only be speculated, but our best guess at this point is that the cancellation of our previously announced celebrity guests, Todd Bryant and Spice Williams, due to weak preregistration numbers, which left us with no well-known media guests, caused many people who may have been planning to purchase an at-the-door membership to change those plans.

Challenges lie ahead
The general consensus of the attending membership at this year's Closing Ceremonies was overwhelmingly in favor of moving forward with a third-year convention.  Unfortunately, this year's disappointing attendance has resulted in the convention being significantly in debt, which makes a 2013 convention a very difficult prospect.  We want to keep going, and we know that you want us to keep going, but we have to pay our bills before we can make any commitments, book any guests, sign any contracts or announce any dates.  To that end, we are already planning our first TXA fundraiser, Trekkiepalooza, for July (see details above).  In addition, we are going to get an early start on soliciting financial support from corporate sponsors.  IF we can raise enough funds over the next several months to pay off our debts, and IF we still have enough time after doing so to plan a convention for 2013, it will very likely be a scaled-down event, probably with no celebrity guests, possibly reducing the number of programming tracks and special events, and possibly even finding a different venue that is smaller, less expensive and more appropriate for a convention the size that ours is trending to be.

One thing is certain: We can't do this without you.  We need your support now, we'll need your continuing support in the months ahead and, if we find ourselves able to plan for a third-year convention in 2013, we'll definitely need your support then.  Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the USS Republic's original commissioning and we'd very much like to make TXA the home of that celebration.  If you are willing, able and ready to start now to help us make TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 a reality, please contact the Convention Chairman.  Potential investors, corporate sponsors, financial backers, venture capitalists and anyone else who might be interested in supporting the convention is encouraged to do the same.  In the meantime, donations to TrekTrax Atlanta can be made via PayPal by visiting the TXA web site.
Personnel Records
Capt Matthew D. Ebeling has launched a brand new company called Advanced CPR Instruction (ACPRI), which provides certified training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.  Capt Ebeling received medical training from the United States Army, is a professional emergency medical technician (EMT) and has been teaching CPR and first aid for more than a decade.  ACPRI offers CPR and first aid training to groups of 10 or more.  For more information about ACPRI and the services offered, please visit its web site.
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Library Computer
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Spring Dinner & Business Meeting  ||  April 29, 2012
ENS3 Richard Tucker, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, Baby Zarena Nova Tucker and USS Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts at Stevi B's Pizza near Northlake Mall.

Not pictured: ENS2 Glenn Albertini, ENS2 K'La Albertini, ENS1 Nelson Barnhouse, ENS2 Russell J. Broomfield, ENS3 Barry Bynum, Cmdr David Churvis, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS3 Ken Cribbs, CDT2 Karl Dissinger, ENS1 Todd Dissinger, ENS1 Hal Doby, Capt Matthew D. Ebeling, Ens Rob Gilliam, ENS3 Tasheka Gipson, Ens James P. Gronski, Ens Leslie C. Gronski, ENS3 Tracey S. Harwell, ENS3 Eddie Hines, ENS1 Eric Lange, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, Cmdr Masibindi Miller, Ens Karen Neal, ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick, ENS1 Elisa Roper, Ens Elizabeth Scott, ENS1 Michael Shipley, ENS2 Wil Sims, Cmdr Dave Slaughter, ENS2 Marilyn Teague, ENS3 Robert Teague, ENS1 Jeff Trew, CRMN1 Jenilee Trew, ENS1 Joanne Trew, ENS1 Julianne Trew, ENS2 Chris White, ENS Leslie Williamson, ENS1 "Wolfy."


Wednesday, May 2
Capt Michael Cowart

Saturday, May 5
ENS3 Barry Bynum

Tuesday, May 8
ENS2 Glenn Albertini

Thursday, May 17
Cmdr David A. Slaughter

Friday, May 25
ENS1 Julianne Trew

Wednesday, May 30
ENS3 Richard Tucker

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in April

ENS2 Wilford B. ("Will") Sims

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in May

Cmdr Masibindi Miller
ENS1 Elisa Roper
ENS1 Jeff Trew
CRMN1 Jenilee Trew
ENS1 Joanne Trew
ENS1 Julianne Trew

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 June 3, 2012, 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 and reenlist is on our award-winning web site.




AS OF JUNE 3, 2012

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™
2902 Aspen Woods Entry
  Atlanta, Georgia  30360-2759
Commanding Officer, USS Republic
  Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer, USS Republic
  Commander Dave Churvis
Commanding Officer, USS Atlanta
  Admiral W. Michael Henigan

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 50, May 2012.
Published monthly by and Copyright © 2012 USS Republic NCC-1371.
Captain Eric L. Watts, Editor.

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