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Late June (Early September) 2015
•  Saturday, September 19: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

•  John & Bjo Trimble to be Guests of Honor for Treklanta 2016
•  Rick Sternbach to judge Star Trek Fan Film Awards
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated June Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
Member Reenlistments
•  September Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  Editorial from
   — Do We Still Really Need Star Trek Conventions?
Tenth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2015

Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 874-5703 ||
The 2014 Bowling Challenge was a lot of fun for all who attended.  Seated: Tina Louise Jones, Christopher M. Jones, Ens Alan High, ENS1 I. Claire Willis.  Standing: ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS1 "Wolfy," Ens Kevin M. Fry, CO FCapt Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Todd Dissinger, Bunny Ai.
Join the USS Republic for our Tenth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  We once again challenge the Klingon Assault Group and the Georgia 501st to this longstanding annual event... we'll see who shows up to meet us in the alley!

The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of bowling and includes shoe rental.  CASH ONLY, PLEASE, and please pay the Republic, who has already paid for the lane rental.  We have rented two lanes for two hours which accommodate up to six players each.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can add lanes if necessary.  Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, get your shoes and choose your ball.  First ball rolls promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally) at 7:00 p.m.  Midtown Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.

The now-legendary 2007 Bowling Challenge was a huge media event with lots of TV cameras and all the challenges since then have been just as much fun, if perhaps not as well-attended.  Plan to wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt for this fun-filled family-friendly event!

Treklanta announces John & Bjo Trimble as Guests of Honor for 2016
Treklanta is absolutely thrilled to announce that our first two confirmed Guests of Honor for our 2016 convention are John & Bjo Trimble!

John & Bjo are legendary figures in the history of science fiction fandom in general and Star Trek in particular.  It is a statement of fact that you and I would not be Star Trek fans today had it not been for these two extraordinary individuals, who led the campaign to save Star Trek from cancellation in 1968.

Bjo Trimble helped revive a flagging Los Angeles Science Fiction Society in the late 1950s.  In 1958, she put together the "WorldCon Futuristic Fashion Show" at Solacon, the 1958 16th World Science Fiction Convention.  She ran one again in 1966 at Tricon, the 24th WorldCon, incidentally giving fandom a glimpse of three early Star Trek costumes.  She started and directed "Project Art Show," the first modern convention art show, in 1960.  The success of Project Art Show led to art shows becoming a profitable part of most conventions, large and small.

The Trimbles' most famous cause was the successful "Save Star Trek" campaign, which is credited with allowing the original series to run for a third primetime season rather than being canceled after only two, which in turn allowed it to be offered into syndication, where it quickly found worldwide popularity.  They also ran the campaign to have the first of NASA's space shuttles named Enterprise.  Her efforts earned her an uncredited role as a crew member in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, along with a contingent of other members of fandom who were allowed to serve as extras in full costume, portraying crew members (both human and alien) in the Recreation Deck scene (at the time, the largest number of persons ever appearing in a single Star Trek scene).  Her other film credits include makeup design for Flesh Gordon and a role as Ma Cant, a satirical version of Superman's Martha Kent, in a film short called Superbman: The Other Movie.

Bjo Trimble authored the first encyclopedic collection of data for Star Trek, the Star Trek Concordance, which contains cross-referenced details on every character, setting, event and device in every episode of the original Star Trek, its animated incarnation and, in later editions of the book, the Star Trek films.  According to Richard Arnold, the Concordance was used as a primary source of official canon by writers of the Star Trek universe when he first started working at Paramount.

Bjo Trimble received the Big Heart Award in 1964 and (in her persona of Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani) the Society for Creative Anachronism's Order of the Laurel, an art award.  Bjo and John are also members of the SCA's Order of the Pelican for service.  (She and John were Baron and Baroness of the SCA's Barony of the Angels [the Los Angeles Chapter of the SCA] from September 2008 until January 2012.)  She also received the International Costumers Guild's Lifetime Achievement award.  
Bjo Trimble and Captain Eric
at the 1995 Dragon*Con
Bjo was Guest of Honor at 1995's Dragon*Con, the 6th North American Science Fiction Convention, as well as at many other science fiction and Star Trek conventions around the world.  Bjo and John Trimble were also the Fan Guests of Honor at the 60th WorldCon, ConJosé.

The Trimbles live in Southern California.

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to meet John & Bjo Trimble.  Treklanta 2016 will be held next April 15-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Northlake hotel in Tucker, Georgia.  Visit the Treklanta web site
to purchase your membership and book your hotel room today!
Rick Sternbach to judge Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards
Treklanta is delighted to announced that Mr. Rick Sternbach has joined our panel of judges for the 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards.

Mr. Sternbach is an illustrator with a long history in the Star Trek franchise.  He designed control panel layouts and signage for the USS Enterprise for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, created the animated asteroid wormhole sequence and helped source material from NASA/JPL that was used in the design of V'Ger.  In 1987, he began work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, helping to define the look of the 24th century that would be used throughout The Next Generation and the series that followed it: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.  Props such as phasers, tricorders, PADDs and the communicator badge were all based on his designs.  Mr. Sternbach was also responsible for a number of starship designs, including the Cardassian Galor class starships, the Klingon Vor'cha and Negh'Var class starships, and Federation starships such as the Prometheus class, the Dauntless, the Nova class and the USS Voyager.

As a fan of the original Star Trek series and of the space program, Mr. Sternbach served as a technical advisor on these series, advising the writers on technical matters and developing a number of concepts to add realism to the Star Trek universe, such as the structural integrity field and the inertial damper.  To this end, he and Michael Okuda produced a technical manual for each series that was made available along with the series bible to any prospective scriptwriters to familiarize them with the concepts behind the series' technology.  In 1991, Pocket Books published an updated, illustrated version of The Next Generation Technical Manual and then, seven years later, The Deep Space Nine Technical Manual.

After leaving Paramount following the Star Trek: Voyager finale in 2001, Mr. Sternbach returned to Star Trek in 2002, when he produced control panel designs and signage for the Enterprise-E and Romulan starships in Star Trek: Nemesis.

The Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Treklanta.  Please visit the Treklanta web site for information on memberships, hotel rooms, guests and the many other events and activities that will be held at the convention.
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
Joan M. Winston (June 19, 1931-September 11, 2008), also known as Joanie Winston, was one of a group of people known as "The Committee" who organized the first Star Trek convention in January 1972.  She is also the author of the 1977 reference book The Making of the Trek Conventions.

Winston earned the love of Star Trek fans everywhere by helping to orchestrate an afterlife for the series beyond the television set, initially by organizing conventions and persuading stars from the series to attend, and later by appearing at the conventions as a star in her own right, a superfan whose undying devotion inspired awe among Star Trek devotees.

Winston gives details of her work with the original convention, as well as her visit to the set as the last episode, "Turnabout Intruder," was being filmed, in the book Star Trek Lives!, which she co-wrote with Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Sondra Marshak.  She has also been interviewed by William Shatner in order to contribute to Get a Life!, and can be seen in the documentary Trekkies 2.

Winston continued to attend and speak at Star Trek conventions until 2006, making her last appearance at Shore Leave in Baltimore, Maryland.  By 2008, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Winston was placed in an assisted living facility in Manhattan, New York.  She died there in her sleep on September 11, 2008 at the age of 77.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Sci-Fi Summer Con  ||  June 12-14, 2015
Saturday at Sci-Fi Summer Con
Sci-Fi Summer Con's "lounge"
Sci-Fi Summer Con dealer room, from the front and from the back
Sci-Fi Summer Con gaming room
Independent films panel
Above left and right:  Voice acting and voiceover work panel with The Amazing Bob Carter™.
Captain Eric with artist extraordinaire Dimitri Walker
Captain Eric with The Amazing Bob Carter™


Sunday, June 7
ENS1 Michael Shipley

Saturday, June 13
Ens Alan High

Monday, June 22
ENS3 Karen Neal

1 New Member in May!

Ens Jeff Jansen

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

ENS1 Richard Tucker
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
CDT4 Zarena Nova Tucker

These members' dues expire(d) in
September.  Please renew now!

ENS1 Russell J. Broomfield
Ens Kevin M. Fry
Ens Alan High
ENS3 Karen Neal

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 September 14, 2015, the Republic crew includes 39 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.  STARFLEET dues for one person are $20 for a "Standard Membership" or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues are $10 per person for either membership option.  A combined payment for all dues is collected by the Republic (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Additional information about the two STARFLEET membership options, amounts due for additional family members, payment options and payment instructions is on the "How to Join" page of our award-winning web site.
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ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

CDT4 Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 Chris White
ENS1 "Wolfy"

Do We Still Really Need Star Trek Conventions?
By Jared Whitley
July 29, 2015
As we at TrekMovie are preparing to deploy to Las Vegas for the largest annual Star Trek convention in the world, I am forced to pause and ask... do we really need conventions just for ourselves any more?  Just because we always did it, just because we started fandom and cosplay, do we need to keep doing it?
Indeed, I am reminded of when the Federation President said, "Let us redefine progress to mean that just because we can do a thing, it does not necessarily mean we must do that thing."
While no one had gone to fan conventions before Star Trek, boldly or otherwise, everybody does now.  The recently concluded San Diego Comic-Con drowns not just geekdom but everyone with a deluge of material, while similar gatherings have sprung up everywhere.  There are so many fans gathering to share their costumes and nerdy t-shirts, it feels like that scene in First Contact where Data says the Earth has a "population of nine billion... all Borg."
For myself, in the last year, I was able to see Leonard Nimoy at the Salt Lake City Comic Con and William Shatner at the Washington, DC, Awesome Con.  So do I really need to go to a Star Trek convention when I could go somewhere else and see folks in Starfleet uniforms and Final Fantasy costumes and Deadpool cosplaying as Gandalf?

I wasn't sure about this question in 2014, when I went to my first STLV, so I asked some friends I made there: Marina Molnar, Justin Molnar and Crystal House, who all made the trek (sorry) from Southern California to Nevada for the con.  They answered me with an overwhelming "Yes."

"I like the fandom.  That's what I love about coming to these," said Marina, dressed up like a flapper from "A Piece of the Action."  "It's like a big family reunion.  Vegas Con is like coming home."
Her brother Justin (with a matching zoot suit) continued, "Star Trek has always been a tightly knit community.  You see people you met previous years.  Everyone shares something very intimate.  I wouldn't want to dilute it from the Trekdom to general fandom."
I agree with that, but only kind of.  I mean, if this girl shows up again in Vegas this year, I think we should let her in.
While the big stars of the franchise, like Shatner or Patrick Stewart, will be widely accessible to the broader fan community, a dedicated Trek convention is the best place to rub elbows with someone like Vaughn Armstrong or Mark Allen Shepherd.
"A celebrity who's only known for a supporting role on Star Trek is a huge celebrity here, but may not get as much attention at Comicon," Crystal said.
With all the money generated by Star Wars and comic book movies, Star Trek cons are also a great way to remind The Powers That Be that Trek fans put their latinum where their mouth is.
"Star Trek cons brought the franchise back.  The studio realized the huge fan interest because of the cons," said Crystal, whose love of Star Trek inspired her to pursue a career as a film/TV editor.  "There's so much more of a purpose to these conventions."
And when the popularity of comic cons wanes, I suspect that Trek cons will still be going—if not at warp speed—at least at a strong full impulse.
"It's still super relevant.  Star Trek lasts forever," Marina said.  "I love that people dress up everywhere now, but we started this shit."
The 2015 Creation Entertainment Star Trek convention runs from August 6 to 9 in the Rio Suites hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Learn more about it here.  And look for TrekMovie's guide to STLV coming up later this week!
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