Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012
Volume I
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014. 2015
Number 94
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
January (Early May) 2016
•  Saturday, May 7: Captain Eric's 10th Anniversary Celebration
•  Friday-Sunday, May 13-15: Outlantacon
•  Friday-Sunday, May 27-29: TimeGate
•  Friday-Sunday, June 10-12: Sci-Fi Summer Con
•  Saturday, June 25: Potemkin Pictures Open House 2016
•  Tuesday, July 26: Markster Con Presents Star Trek Trivia

•  USS Republic wins two awards at 2016 Region 2 Summit
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated January Birthdays

December Member Reenlistments
•  May & June Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster

•  News from
  —  Pinewood Toronto Studios to host Star Trek All Access
  Axanar trial date set for May 2017 unless agreement reached; fans counter over Klingon language copyright
  Star Trek All Access to roll out weekly; CBS on track for January premiere date
Captain Eric's 10th Anniversary Celebration

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016
The Blue Ribbon Grill
4006 Lavista Rd
Tucker GA  30084
(770) 491-1570
Captain Eric in 2006
Has It Really Been A Decade?
Yes!  Yes, it has!  On May 7, 2006, with seven of the chapter's eight human members in attendance (during the time when pets were allowed to be members), then-Commander Eric L. Watts was unanimously elected as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic following the also-unanimous vote to accept the resignation of then-CO Capt. Matthew D. Ebeling, who was the only member not in attendance.  Admiral Mike Henigan was elected as Executive Officer (XO), a position that had been vacant for several months, on the same ticket to complete the two-year term of Captain Ebeling, which was due to expire on December 31, 2006.  Additional details about this important and historic meeting can be found in the Republic's Chapter Activity Report for May 2006.

Captain Eric immediately took on the challenge of rebuilding and reinventing a chapter that had not held any meetings in several months and was in danger of being decommissioned by STARFLEET for being "under strength" (less than ten members in good standing on the roster).  Over the course of the next several months and years, he created and implemented an aggressive and successful member recruitment campaign; created a Member Benefits Program; created and published The Sovereign Star, a new paper-and-ink newsletter, followed by The Republiqué, the online newsletter originally meant to supplement but which eventually replaced the Sovereign Star; created an all-new web site; and perhaps most importantly, retired the old "monthly meeting on the same day every month at the same restaurant every month" calendar and created an all-new slate of monthly events and activities where the members could actually go out and do things together as a club and have fun in or out of costume instead of just sitting around a table and staring at each other for an hour.

Answering phones for the GPB
Fall Fundraising Drive in 2009
Many of these events and activities have since become annual traditions, such as the Bowling Challenge, Halloween Party, Holiday Party and Member of the Year Award.  We've held several summer pool parties, picnicked at Centennial Olympic Park and on top of Stone Mountain, marched in several parades, held several Star Trek fan film screenings, gone on "away missions" to activities hosted by other Region 2 chapters such as the USS DaVinci and USS Robins, attended several Region 2 Summits, attended open houses hosted by Starship Farragut and Project: Potemkin at their studios, attended presentations hosted by Fernbank Science Center, attended "Night at the Museum" events held by the Tellus Science Museum, played putt-putt at many KAG charity events, attended several theatrical screenings of remastered Star Trek episodes, dined at countless restaurants and attended dozens of blockbuster science fiction movie premieres, all in addition to another long list of one-shot events such as the Star Trek Ultimate Voyage orchestral concert at The Fabulous Fox Theater this past Janaury.  This broad diversity of events and activities is why the Republic adopted its slogan and motto, BOLDLY GOING • BOLDY DOING.

Under Captain Eric's command, the Republic's membership roster grew from less than ten members in May 2006 to 106 members in May 2010, making the Republic the largest chapter in STARFLEET at that time.  While the Republic was not the first chapter to break the 100-member mark in STARFLEET's history, it was the first one to do so in many years, and it earned a special commendation from Commander, STARFLEET and a front-page story in the Feb./Mar. 2010 issue of STARFLEET's newsletter, The Communiqué.  Also under Captain Eric's command, the Republic has won almost two dozen Region 2 awards, including the Recruiters Award (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Perfect Reporting Award (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Best Printed Newsletter Award (2007), Most Informative Web Site Award (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014), Mothership of the Year Award (2008), Best Electronic Newsletter Award (2009), Newsletter of the Year Award, 2nd Place (2011, 2014, 2015), Newsletter of the Year Award (2012) and, not unimportantly, both the Region 2 and the STARFLEET International Commanding Officer of the Year awards (2006).

It truly has been a remarkable and amazing decade for the USS Republic.  Come out to the Blue Ribbon Grill in Tucker next Saturday evening and let's celebrate Captain Eric's tenth anniversary as your Commanding Officer.  Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page so we can have sufficient seating set up for us, and be sure to bring your copy of the Treklanta program book to receive a 15% discount on your order.  (We'll have extra copies available if you don't want to bring your own.)

Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, 2016
Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta GA  30345
(404) 325-0000
Outlantacon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience!  You'll find all the usual convention fare here—discussion panels, gaming, costuming, special events, etc.  The difference is that it all has a queer "bent" to it.  Here you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you're free to be yourself!  We also offer some pretty unique twists as well, like our own versions of Match Game, Project Cosplay, Nea's Drag Race and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents.  For more information about this year's Outlantacon, including membership prices, guests and their planned schedule of events, please visit their web site and Facebook page.

The Republic's very own Captain Eric L. Watts will be a panelist at Outlantacon this year.  Be sure to stop by the Decatur II programming room for "The Star Trek Countdown" on Saturday evening at 7:30, when he and longtime Friend of the Republic R. Alan Siler will share their picks of the Top 10 Star Trek episodes of all time.

The USS Republic will have an official presence at Outlantacon this year.  Please contact the Captain if you would like to help man our fan table or host a room party.

Friday-Sunday, May 27-29, 2016
Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta GA  30345
(404) 325-0000
TimeGate is the annual Doctor Who and British media and culture convention in Atlanta.  Attendees come from all over the Southeast, all over the nation and even from as far away as England to take part in the festivities.  Launched in 2005, the convention hit its 10-year anniversary in 2015 with special guests Katy Manning and Michelle Gomez.  Past Doctor Who guests have included actors Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred, Mary Tamm, John Levene, Colin Spaull and Caitlin Blackwood; script editors Terrance Dicks and Andrew Cartmel; composer Dominic Glynn; film editor Louis Robinson; and more.  TimeGate's Guests of Honor this year are Paul McGann, Terry Molloy, Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery.  For more information about this year's TimeGate, including membership prices, their other guests and their planned schedule of events, please visit their web site and Facebook page.

The USS Republic will have an official presence at TimeGate this year.  Please contact the Captain if you would like to help man our fan table or host a room party.
Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 10-12, 2016
Courtyard Atlanta Perimeter Center
6250 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta GA  30328
(770) 393-1000
As of May 1, Sci-Fi Summer Con has not announced any guests for 2016 or any programming events or activities that are not cut-and-paste repeats from previous years.  Any plans for the Republic to have an official presence at this year's SFSC are tentative at this point, and dependent on the imminent announcement of any new guests and/or programming events.  We'll keep you updated on any new announcements made by SFSC and whether or not we'll actually have a presence there.  In the meantime, please visit Sci-Fi Summer Con's web site and Facebook Event page for information about this year's convention.
Potemkin Pictures Open House 2016

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Potemkin Pictures Studio 3A
1814 Tecumseh Circle
Pelham, Alabama  35124
Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse with Project: Potemkin cast and crewmembers at their last Open House in 2013
Potemkin Pictures is the film studio that produces the independent Star Trek fan film series Project: Potemkin, Battlecruiser Kupok, Starship Deimos, Starship Endeavor and Starship Tristan.  Come tour the sets, chat with the cast and crew, and meet your fellow fans!  Previously located in Albany, Georgia, the studio has recently relocated to Pelham, Alabama.  The USS Republic attended the studio's last Open House in 2013 and looks forward to seeing the new sets this year.

No admission fee, no donations requested... it's completely free for everyone!  Pelham is just south of Birmingham, about 175 miles west of Atlanta, or about three hours by car.  Please contact the Captain if you're interested in attending, carpooling or possibly even room sharing overnight.
Markster Con Presents Star Trek Trivia

8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Diesel Filling Station
870 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta GA  30306
(404) 815-1820
On July 26, dust off your Star Trek brains cells and come do battle with your fellow freaks and geeks!  Diesel Filling Station, known for its infamous weekly Nerd Core Tuesday Trivia, is partnering with Markster Con to offer Star Trek Trivia!

FREE!  No admission charge; however, Diesel Filling Station does have an extremely tasty menu and fully stocked bar so bring your Federation credits or gold-pressed latinum if you plan to indulge.

Event producer Markster Con, known for throwing the biggest and geekiest nerd-themed parties in Atlanta, will be offering up rewards just for attending.

Wear a Star Trek-inspired costume and get a free themed shot, compliments of Diesel Filling Station!

USS Republic wins two awards at 2016 Region 2 Summit
At the annual Region 2 Summit held February 26-28 earlier this year in Navarre Beach, Florida, and hosted by the USS Harry Mudd (Milton, Florida [near Pensacola]), the USS Republic won two awards: Newsletter of the Year, 2nd Place; and Perfect Reporting.

The Republic has previously won Newsletter of the Year, 2nd Place, in 2011 and 2014; and has also won Perfect Reporting every year since 2011.  The USS Haise (Jackson, Mississippi) won 1st Place for newsletter this year and every chapter that submits its Monthly Status Report to STARFLEET by deadline every month receives the Perfect Reporting award.  Fourteen of Region 2's twenty-six chapters won that award this year.

In other categories, the USS Victorious (New Port Richey, Florida) won Web Site of the Year award, the USS Harry Mudd won Ship of the Year and Capt. Michael Sylvester of the USS Wernher von Braun (Huntsville, Alabama) won Commanding Officer of the Year.

The USS Republic congratulates all the winners of all of Region 2's annual awards.
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 very first meeting of the USS Republic following Captain Eric's election as Commanding Officer on May 7, 2006, was held on June 10, 2006, at The Stage Door Bar & Grill in Tucker.  In attendance were (standing, left to right) Martha Kirkland, Hal Doby, Pete Wentzell; (kneeling/sitting, left to right) Tonya L. Spanks, Ian Letendre, Anita Letendre, Eric L. Watts, Darren Mitton and Jeff Kirkland.  Not pictured: Chris Jones.

The Stage Door hosted several
Republic events over the next three years until they went out of business in 2009.  The building is now home to The Greater Good Barbecue restaurant.  The Republic, however, is still going strong, ten years later.  Make plans to attend Captain Eric's 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
USS Republic Early Winter Dinner Meeting &
Treklanta Staff Meeting
  ||  January 23, 2016
Snowstorm?  What snowstorm?  ENS3 Vicki Greve, ENS3 Gaylen Greve, Ens Kathy Graham Wynn, a new Friend of the Republic, (Ens) Theresa Watkins, ENS1 Tracey S. Harwell, CO FCapt Eric L. Watts, ENS3 Carly May and ENS3 John May braved the elements to attend the USS Republic's Early Winter & Treklanta Staff Dinner Meeting at Marlow's Taven in Tucker to discuss important plans for the upcoming convention.


Tuesday, January 19
ENS1 Tasheka Gipson

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

ENS1 James P. Gronski
ENS1 Leslie C. Gronski
ENS1 Tracey S. Harwell
Lt JG Lee Johnson
Lt JG Tiffany Johnson
ENS3 Tina Louise Jones
ENS3 Carly May
ENS3 John May
ENS1 Karen Neal

These members' dues will expire in
May or June.  Please renew now!

Ens Richard Blake
Ens Jeff Jansen
ENS1 Richard Tucker
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
CDT4 Zarena Nova Tucker

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 May 3, 2016, 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
Ensign "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Pinewood Toronto Studios to host Star Trek All Access
By Kayla Iacovino
April 30, 2016
CBS has just booked Pinewood Toronto Studios' 46,500-square foot mega stage for its Star Trek live-action TV series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Studio space in the Ontario city is hard to come by these days, according to Paul Bronfman, chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios.  That's especially true now that CBS has just booked Pinewood to film its new, as-yet unnamed Star Trek television series.
What's especially exciting for Trek is the use of Pinewood's mega stage, North America's largest, purpose-built soundstage and the first in Toronto capable of accommodating the production of large blockbuster movies.  Since its construction in 2008, such big-budget films as Pacific Rim, Pixels and Kick-Ass 2 have made use of Pinewood's facilities.
Filming is expected to start sometime in September, with the show's initial air date set for January 2017.
© 2016 SciFanatic Network

Axanar trial date set for May 2017 unless agreement reached; fans counter over Klingon language copyright
By Jared Whitley
May 3, 2016
Conflict over fan productions is creating such a legal argle-bargle that to sort it out would require either an obsessive crackpot who's escaped from his keeper or Samuel T. Cogley, attorney at law.
At the forefront is, of course, the ongoing Axanar lawsuit, with Paramount and CBS coming down on the fan production for potentially millions of dollars worth of damages.
Yesterday, CBS/Paramount and Axanar Productions issued a joint statement agreeing to a year-long schedule of "discovery and motion" before a trial begins next May.  A settlement might come sooner as Judge R. Gary Klausner issued an order in March that attorneys find an alternative way to resolve the dispute, thus avoiding the cost of a trial, such as a settlement overseen by a federal magistrate (which both parties say they would prefer).
Regardless, this climate seems to have put everyone on edge about the future of other fan productions, with some already being asked by CBS to shut down.
Moreover, with only two days left in its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, Star Trek Continues has raised less than half of its $350,000 goal for the next several episodes.  The reasons for this may be many, but it's clear that the Axanar lawsuit is a big factor.  STC has reportedly received several inquiries asking whether or not the suit would affect ongoing production of Continues and expressing anxiety over donating.  Making things worse, recently William Shatner himself came down on STC via Twitter for using his image without permission.
Will fictional polyglots be saying qapla?
And now, some fans are pushing back against Paramount over the Klingon language, one of the sticking points where Axanar had allegedly violated Paramount's intellectual property.
As reported by UPI, the Language Creation Society has filed an amicus brief and exhibits in the case of Paramount/CBS v. Axanar over the studios' claim to copyright of the Klingon language from the various incarnations of Trek, arguing you can't copyright a language.
The group's lawyer, First Amendment attorney Marc Randazza, argues, "Paramount Pictures lacks the 'yab bang chut,' or 'mind property law,' necessary to claim copyright over the Klingon language."
Paramount's attorney, David Grossman, shot back that, "This argument is absurd since a language is only useful if it can be used to communicate with people, and there are no Klingons with whom to communicate."
With reinvigoration in the franchise—the upcoming Star Trek All Access, a third Abrams-verse movie, a potential fourth down the road—the opportunity for Paramount/CBS to monetize the 50-year-old brand is greater than it's been since the 1990s.  Given new opportunities available in the modern market with online sales, web series and social media, Star Trek could be at its most profitable ever.  And as Quark might remind us, "A wise man can hear profit in the wind."
What that means for the relationship between the fans and the studio remains for the courts to decide.
© 2016 SciFanatic Network

Star Trek All Access to roll out weekly; CBS on track for January premiere date
By Kayla Iacovino
May 3, 2016
CBS's new live-action Star Trek series will roll out one episode per week, CBS CEO Les Moonves told reporters today in his quarterly earnings call.  He also confirmed that the studio is on track for its originally planned premiere date of January 2017.
With CBS's move to put its new, as-yet unnamed Star Trek television series on their streaming-only platform, CBS All Access, fans have been wondering: What exactly will Star Trek All Access be like?
Following the traditional model of network television, Les Moonves said today that the new Star Trek show will roll out one episode per week.  This is unlike many other shows purposely built for over-the-top streaming platforms, such as those on Netflix, which release entire seasons in one fell swoop.
Moonves also confirmed that Trek, on track to premiere in January of next year, will be the first of three or four more original shows for the All Access platform, but that doesn't mean we won't be able to watch CBS shows elsewhere, too.
As Deadline reports: Moonves says he would "absolutely" consider offering CBS on Hulu's planned skinny bundle service "if they offer us the right pricing for our subs."  That's consistent with his view that new services will be "a huge positive" for CBS because they'll need the network and will pay rates "even higher than from our current partners."
That said, Moonves isn't worried about other online competitors eating into CBS's profits.  "Questions are now arising about the effectiveness of certain digital media platforms," said Moonves, noting that marketers "get their best returns" from broadcast television.
© 2016 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™
2902 Aspen Woods Entry
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Commanding Officer
  Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Admiral W. Michael Henigan

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 94, January (Early May) 2016.
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