Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012
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Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009

Volume I, Number 65
Late August 2013

•  Saturday, August 24: Away Mission to "The Skywalkers"
•  Sunday, September 1:
Trek Track World Record Attempt


•  Saturday, September 28: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
•  Sat., October 12: Project: Potemkin Open House (Albany GA)
•  Saturday, December 7: Farragut Fest 2013 (Kingsland GA)
•  Saturday, December 21: USS Republic Christmas Party

•  STARFLEET International imposes membership dues increase
•  Republic officially supports Rickard & Willcox for CS, VCS
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  August Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
•  July, August and September Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — J. J. Trek 3 possible director and writers
   — Star Trek Into Darkness home video release details

Away Mission to "The Skywalkers"

8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013
First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta
1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta GA  30329
The Spirit of Broadway presents The Skywalkers.  It's time to ask the uncomfortable questions about how the Death Star, with the capabiliy to destroy entire planets and the defenses to ward off several fleets of battleships, was destroyed by a single fighter.  How did Luke's "miracle" missile, shot in the vacuum of space, defy the laws of physics, make a right angle turn and enter the Death Star's exhaust port?  Why would the commander of the Death Star leave his post in battle to pilot a small TIE FIGHTER and then order his fighters to stand down as they are targeting the lead Rebel Ship, which happened to be piloted by the commander's son?  And, why was Leia conveniently aboard the Death Star when her home planet was destroyed, leaving her the sole surviving heir and leader of the Rebellion?  We think it's clear.  It's a family thing and they are all Skywalkers.

The Spirit of Broadway benefits the Homeless Outreach Programs of the Metropolitan Community Center.  100% of all proceeds fund the center's Food Bank, Weekly Hot Meal for the Needy, The Clothing Closet and all Compassion Programs of the Metropolitan Community Center.

How can you help?  Simply purchase a $20 ticket to this year's show (or two for $30).  Through our relationship with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, your $20 can purchase 125 lbs. of food for our local homeless and needy community.  Bring your check book or credit card to the show and bid in the silent auction to help raise even more funds for this great cause.

Did you know?
Since 2008, the First Metropolitan Community Center has provided a hot meal every Wednesday night for up to 100 individuals in need
For over a decade, FMCC's Food Bank program has provided groceries to 150 family units each week
FMCC's Clothing Closet continues to provide warm clothes, shoes and even sleeping bags in the cold winter months, as well as free haircuts by local salons who donate their time
The USS Republic has donated food to FMCC's food bank three times in the recent past as the beneficiary of our Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Dinner events in February 2009 and 2010 and as TrekTrax Atlanta's designated charity for the "An Evening at Quark's" charity gaming event in 2011

Last year, The Spirit of Broadway raised $8,000.00 for these services and, even though we know it's a lofty goal, this year we hope to double that.  We can't do it without your help.  Please join us on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Together, we can make a difference.

Trek Track World Record Attempt at Dragon Con 2013

7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2013
Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atrium Ballroom
265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta GA  30303
Come make history and help the Trek Track attempt to break the Guinness World Record (again) for "Most People in a Star Trek Costume in One Place."
How many members and friends of the USS Republic can you find in this video from Dragon*Con's world record attempt in 2010?
What you need to know:
You must be an attending member of Dragon Con to participate in this event
Costumes must be from the Star Trek universe and extended canon
Characters or alien races that have not appeared in official Star Trek canon releases (including television series, motion pictures, novels and comic books) will not be permitted
All participants must wear their costumes for the entirety of the attempt
All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of ten minutes

If it was in Star Trek (television series, motion pictures, novels and comic books), you may wear it.  So long as you can be recognized as canon, then your costume will count.  Inexpensive costumes such as those available online are fine.  We're not going to judge you; we just want you there in a Star Trek costume!

Just please, please, please remember these have to be costumes.  T-shirts and black pants will NOT be accepted.  In the end, Guinness will have final say on the validity of your costume.

Members of the USS Republic who attend this event are asked to gather at the front of the room once the record-breaking attempt is completed for a group photo.  Look for Captain Eric L. Watts as a gathering point and be prepared to follow instructions quickly in order to get our photo and get out of the way,

STARFLEET International imposes membership dues increase
At the 2013 STARFLEET International Conference (IC) held in Dallas, Texas, over the August 1-4 weekend, the STARFLEET Executive Committee and Admiralty Board (ECAB) made the dubious decision to split STARFLEET memberships into two tiers with two different prices for two different service options.

Liz Woolf, STARFLEET Chief of Communications, released the following statement on August 2:

"...the AB [Admiralty Board] decided it was time to move STARFLEET forward by offering members the choice of electronic CQ [STARFLEET Communiqué] delivery (at a reduced price) or print CQ delivery (at a higher price).

"To further our goal of encouraging international membership, the AB elected to continue to partially subsidize international members who elect to receive a print CQ.  However, rather than raise rates for US members to cover the shortfall, it was determined that STARFLEET could afford to cover the shortfall, especially since we are currently subsidizing these members.  The new prices for print CQs represent a subsidy of $2 per Canadian primary membership and $5 per overseas primary membership.

"The new membership structure, effective January 1, 2014, is as follows:

"Electronic CQ delivery: US Members:
$10 individual membership
$15 family of two, $2 for each additional family member up to a total of six people

"Print CQ delivery: US members:
$20 individual membership
$25 family of two, $2 for each additional family member up to a total of six people

"Details will be forthcoming from the EC [Executive Committee] regarding procedures as we move toward the changed membership structure.  All members will continue to receive print CQs until their next membership renewal after January 1, at which point they will be able to elect which CQ delivery type they prefer."

How did this happen?
Your commanding officer, Capt Eric L. Watts, was informed in mid-July that STARFLEET management was considering raising membership dues rates and the reasons why.  In the Region 2 COs discussion forum, Captain Watts stated his position that a dues increase was unnecessary, punitive to members and would be detrimental to both local chapters and the parent organization, and he offered a sound and proven suggestion (display advertising) that would allow STARFLEET to reduce or even eliminate the costs of printing and mailing the CQ.  In spite of Captain Watts' well-reasoned arguments against a dues increase and suggestion for greatly reducing costs, Region 2 Regional Coordinator Jack Eaton, who is supposed to represent the Republic's interests on the Admiralty Board, voted for the increase at the ECAB meeting on August 2.

What does this mean for members of the Republic?
Since 2006, it has been the Republic's policy to collect both chapter and STARFLEET dues from members in a single payment and to forward to STARFLEET its share.  This policy serves three purposes: first, it allows the Republic to keep accurate records as to the membership status of its members; second, it's more convenient for our members to make a single combined payment of dues rather than paying dues to two different payees; and third, it prevents the confusion created when both the Republic and STARFLEET are sending you renewal reminders for the same membership dues, as well as eliminating the possibility of duplicate payments.

STARFLEET's decision to create two membership tiers at two different prices means that, if the Republic continues its policy of collecting your STARFLEET dues with your chapter dues, we will now have to deal with the additional hassle of keeping track of which membership option each and every member chooses, as well as having to update all of our marketing materials to reflect the new options.  It also means that the Republic will have to submit to STARFLEET the email address of every member who chooses the electronic option... something the Republic has, as policy, not done since 2010 as a way to protect its members from nuisance email and spam.

Another option that is always "on the table" for this membership to consider at any time is whether to remain a commissioned chapter of STARFLEET at all.  This is a subject that often comes up at chapter business meetings, and it might be time to bring it up again now.  The question that you, the membership of the USS Republic, must ask yourselves is this: Is membership in STARFLEET International really worth $20 a year?  Is membership in STARFLEET International worth even $10 a year?

Think about it, and let the Captain know your feelings.
Republic officially supports Rickard & Willcox for CS, VCS
The positions of Commander STARFLEET (CS) and Vice Commander STARFLEET (VCS) are up for election later this year.  At least four tickets announced their candidacies over the summer but for various reasons, two have withdrawn and only two are still actively campaigning.  The remaining two candidate teams include:

Admiral Wayne Killough (CS) and Commodore Reed Bates (VCS)
Fleet Admiral Les Rickard (CS) and Vice Admiral Tammy Willcox (VCS)

Fleet Admiral Rickard (below left) has previously served as Commander STARFLEET... twice (2001-02, 2006).  His campaign slogan is "Experience Matters."  Admiral Killough (below right) is the CO of Retribution Station SFR-1202 and has served as the director or dean of several STARFLEET Academy colleges.  Killough's campaign slogan is—no kidding—"As comforting as a plate full of warm, homemade cookies."  Seriously.
The Republic officially supports the Rickard/Willcox ticket.

The Rickard/Willcox campaign web site can be found here.  The Killough/Bates campaign web site can be found here.
Personnel Records

STARFLEET Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses available to every STARFLEET member.  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.  Take a course today!

Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!

Library Computer
The character of Saavik, originally played by Kirstie Alley (above left) and later by Robin Curtis, was originally intended to appear in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which would have revealed her as a traitor to the Federation.  The idea of using an established character was dropped and a new character, Valeris (played by Kim Cattrall, above right), was created instead.  Director Nicholas Meyer, who had previously worked with Alley on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, wanted Alley back in the role for Star Trek VI.  More to the point, he specifically did not want Curtis back.  Meyer wrote in his autobiography, The View from the Bridge, that Saavik was dropped from the film and Valeris created when Alley proved unwilling to reprise the role.  Leonard Nimoy, in his autobiography I Am Spock, said there were also second thoughts about casting a popular, established character as a villain.  On the other hand, many fans believe that introducing a brand new character as yet another Spock protégé who is later revealed to be a traitor lacks the dramatic and emotional punch that an established character would have brought to the story, and leaves the fate of Saavik, last seen on planet Vulcan, unresolved.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Midsummer Dinner & Business Meeting  ||  July 13, 2013
ENS1 "Wolfy", ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, CDT Zarena Nova Tucker, ENS3 Richard Tucker, Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Wil Sims at the Galaxy Diner in Chamblee.  It's a shame more people didn't come out for this meeting... the fried catfish was really good.
Away Mission to The Wolverine  ||  July 27, 2013
ENS1 Claire Willis, Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Eddie Hines and Dawn Kil at the Yard House restaurant at Atlantic Station.  It's a shame more people didn't come out for this event... the movie was really good.


Thursday, August 1

ENS1 Russell J. Broomfield

Monday, August 5

ENS Robert T. Efurd
ENS1 Jeff Trew

Saturday, August 10

ENS3 Jenilee Trew
Capt Eric L. Watts

Saturday, August 17

Crmn Eliya Brog

Tuesday, August 20

ENS3 Leslie Williamson

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in July.  Thank you!

ENS1 Wilford B. ("Wil") Sims


These members' dues
expired or will expire in
July, August and September.  Please renew now!

Ens Patricia Houk
ENS3 Tracy O'Quinn
Cmdr David A. Slaughter
Ens Robert T. Efurd
Ens Derek Leman

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 August 18, 2013, the Republic crew includes 43 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.
The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, 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 additional privileges that occasionally become available.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join or reenlist is on our award-winning web site.



AS OF AUGUST 18, 2013
Crmn Eliya Brog
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
J. J. Trek 3 possible director and writers
By Matt Wright
August 6, 2013
With Star Trek Into Darkness almost on home video, what's happening with the third Star Trek theatrical release from the new "J. J. "verse" timeline is foremost on Trek fans' minds.  There are multiple sources that say Paramount has a contender for the director's seat, while J. J. Abrams will produce.
Multiple sources report that the director of GI Joe: Retaliation, Jon M. Chu, is slated to direct.  As we know, J. J. Abrams would be too busy with the next Star Wars movie in 2015 to jump right into the 3rd Trek movie in 2016.
It's assumed that he's the pick since he managed to get the GI Joe franchise back on its feet.  One of the first sources to report this is Latino Review, who has a good track record when it comes to Trek.  They were one of the first (if not the first) to call out Khan as the next villain well before other news sites did.
Also, as most assumed, it looks pretty certain that the writing duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are back to pen the third movie.
There were rather bogus rumors of other writers being paraded through the Bad Robot and Paramount offices a few weeks back.
Remember that all of this considered rumor until an official press release from Bad Robot and/or Paramount is issued.
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Star Trek Into Darkness home video release details
By Matt Wright
July 19, 2013
The dates for the U.S. home video release of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness come earlier than expected.  Paramount is also trying something other studios have been toying with in the last year or so by offering an earlier release date for the digital download version, compared to the physical disc releases that come a few weeks later.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and On Demand on September 10, 2013.  A digital download of the film (i.e., iTunes) will be available three weeks earlier, on August 20, 2013.
"I'm thrilled with how everything looks and sounds," Abrams said in a statement.  "We also have some really fun behind-the-scenes special features that we shot on the Red Epic cameras and created entirely in-house at Bad Robot.  They really look amazing and unlike anything I've seen on DVD or Blu-ray before."  Abrams added, "I hope fans enjoy seeing the process that went into making the movie and the truly amazing work of our most spectacular cast and crew."
Those special features include making-of shorts about creating the Red Planet and the Klingon home world of Kronos, as well as a sit-down with stars Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch—and a segment called "The Enemy of My Enemy," which explores "how, and why, the identity of the film's true villain was kept a mystery to the very end."
Global Hit Debuts Three Weeks Early on Digital August 20th
Lauded by critics as "a sleek, thrilling epic" (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly), "a clever, exhilarating action adventure" (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and "stratospherically entertaining" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), director J. J. Abrams' phenomenal global sensation Star Trek Into Darkness makes its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2013, from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Fans can be the first to own the film on Digital when it arrives three weeks early on August 20th.  Boasting "spectacular visual effects" (Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer) and "one of the best villains in recent memory" (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News), Star Trek Into Darkness delighted audiences around the world, earning a coveted A CinemaScore.
The Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray/DVD and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo packs with UltraViolet™ are bursting with behind-the-scenes material detailing how the filmmakers delivered a rousing epic filled with both spectacle and soul.  For the first time, the special features included in the combo packs were produced entirely by Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and captured in spectacular high quality on Red Epic cameras for a uniquely intimate perspective of the filmmakers' process.
The combo pack includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as the following:


Feature film in high definition
Creating the Red Planet – Experience the creation of a never-before-seen alien world, as featured in the action-packed opening sequence of the film.
Attack on Starfleet – Go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and witness the creation of the shocking attack on Starfleet Headquarters.
The Klingon Home World – Discover the stunning world of Kronos, and see how the filmmakers reinvented the Klingons for a new generation.
The Enemy of My Enemy – Find out how, and why, the identity of the film's true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.
Ship to Ship – An in-depth and thrilling look at the filming of the iconic space jump sequence, which both defied the laws of physics and pushed the limits of visual effects.
Brawl by the Bay – Sit in with Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch as they revisit their intense preparation for the film's breathtaking climax.
Continuing the Mission – An inspiring look at the partnership between the film's crew and the organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the home front.

Feature film in standard definition
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 65, Late August 2013.
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