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July (Early December) 2016
•  Saturday, Dec. 17: Holiday Party, MOTY Award & CO Election

•  Treklanta directors stepping down
•  Treklanta welcomes new directors
Half-price Treklanta discounts for STARFLEET and KAG
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos


•  Belated July Birthdays
•  December Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
— Bryan Fuller's departure from Star Trek: Discovery is bittersweet and final
— Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman elated over new castings
— Theme of Star Trek: Discovery is "Understand each other," says former showrunner Bryan Fuller
USS Republic Holiday Potluck Party, Member of the Year Award Ceremony & Commanding Officer Election

7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2016
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It's one of the most important occasions of the year!  Plan to attend the USS Republic's annual Holiday Potluck Party on Saturday, December 17, at Challenges Games & Comics in North DeKalb Mall in Decatur!  All members and friends of the USS Republic are cordially invited to attend!
CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Members and friends of the USS Republic at last year's Holiday Potluck Party.  Seated: Adm Mike Henigan, Adm Kelly Hilliard, ENS1 Tracey S. Harwell, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange.  Standing: Melissa Cowart, Henry Cowart, Ens Daniel Cowart, Matt Steinberg, Lt JG Lee Johnson, Lt JG Tiffany Johnson, Kathy Graham Wynn, FCapt Eric L. Watts, Ens Vicki Greve, Ens Gaylen Greve, ENS1 Zannetta Tucker, ENS1 Richard Tucker, CDT4 Zarena Tucker, (Ens) Chris Jones.
Our Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner
FCapt Eric L. Watts will once again be cooking a turkey for all to enjoy, so please bring your own favorite side dish or dessert to help make this a holiday feast!  The Republic will also be providing a selection of adult libations, but feel free to BYOB and enjoy yourselves responsibly.  Please plan to come for an evening of fun, festivity and friendship!

Member of the Year Award
Around 9:00 or so, Captain Eric will present the USS Republic's Member of the Year award to someone whose service to the chapter in 2016 deserves special recognition.  Please plan to attend, bring a couple of friends and a side dish or two, and spend an evening with your friends and shipmates aboard the USS Republic!
USS Republic Members of the Year, 2007-2015
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
2011 Member of the Year
ENS3 Barry Bynum
2012 Member of the Year
FCapt Eric L. Watts
2013 Member of the Year
Adm Mike Henigan
2014 Member of the Year
Adm Kelly S. Hilliard
2015 Members of the Year
Lts. JG Tiffany & Lee Johnson
Commanding Officer Election
Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts' fifth two-year term as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will be coming to an end on December 31.  Having been in command of the ship for 10½ years, Captain Eric has now been CO for more than a third of the Republic's 28½-year history.  Members in good standing must now decide who 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 be at least 18 years of age, and must have taken and passed—or must take and pass within 30 days of election—the Officers Training School (OTS) and Officers Command College (OCC) courses offered by STARFLEET Academy (SFA).  Members interested in taking OTS and/or OCC should visit the SFA web site.  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).

As of December 10, there are five members of the Republic in good standing who hold the necessary credentials to hold the office of Commanding Officer.  In alphabetical order, they are:
  Captain Matt Ebeling, former CO, currently unavailable
  Admiral Mike Henigan, former CO, currently Executive Officer
  Admiral Kelly Hilliard, former CO, currently member-at-large
  Lt. JG Robert Louis Simon, member-at-large
  Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts, the incumbent Commanding Officer
In addition to these individuals, four additional members have completed the OTS requirement and could be eligible for the office of CO should they complete the OCC requirement within 30 days.  Those members are Ens Brent Chapman, ENS3 Vicki Greve, ENS1 Tracey S. Harwell and ENS1 Julianne Trew.

Call for nominations and voice vote
While it is certainly hoped that all members of the Republic will attend our annual Holiday Potluck Party, it is especially important for anyone interested in serving as Commanding Officer for the next two years to attend.  Former CO Admiral Kelly Hilliard, in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, will conduct a call for nominations and a voice vote among all current members in good standing (listed in the Crew Roster in the sidebar at right).  Any member whose dues are expired and wishes to vote in the election should renew their dues no later than Friday, December 16.

The new Commanding Officer, if any, will assume office on January 1, 2017.

Treklanta directors stepping down
It is with a heavy heart that the USS Republic must report we have regretfully accepted the resignations of two of our most important Treklanta senior directors: Matt Steinberg and Marcia Patterson.

Mr. Steinberg had been with the convention since the very beginning, as a staff volunteer in our Technical Operations department in 2011 and 2012.  In 2013, he was promoted to Director of Technical Operations, a position he held for three years and to which he brought an unparalleled level of expertise.  In 2015, he was promoted again to Director of Operations, overseeing and supervising both the Technical Operations and Convention Operations departments.  Mr. Steinberg juggled these departments with a grace and skill and level of competence that amazed everyone who attended the convention.  The breadth and scope of his knowledge, ranging from audio/visual and computer equipment and convention operations to business communications and unwavering diplomacy, as well as his infinite patience and indefatiguable energy, were tremendous assets to the convention and directly responsible for the success of the convention over the last several years.  Nevertheless, he has decided to move on and pursue new challenges.  Treklanta thanks Mr. Steinberg for his outstanding service over the last six years and wishes him the very best of luck in all his future endeavors.

Ms. Patterson joined Treklanta in 2014 as Director of Space Opera Programming, a position created when the convention decided to expand its scope from only Star Trek to include all live-action space opera franchises.  She was the perfect choice for the position, as she had held a similar position for several years at Dragon*Con.  With very little guidance and almost no supervision, Ms. Patterson created an entire track of space opera-based programming for Treklanta and ran the track with a skill and expertise that would be the envy of any convention.  Unfortunately, after three years of exceptional service to the convention, she is unable to return due to personal and family challenges.  Ms. Patterson's contributions to Treklanta have made us a stronger and better convention, and we could not have done it without her.  We thank her for her service and wish her the very best for the future.
Treklanta welcomes new directors
The USS Republic is pleased to announce the addition of two new directors to the Treklanta senior staff.  William E. MacLeod and Cindy MacLeod have joined Treklanta as Director of Convention Operations and Director of Dealer Relations, respectively.  Mr. & Mrs. MacLeod bring a wealth of convention-running experience and expertise to Treklanta.

Mr. MacLeod has been involved in the convention scene since 2000.  He spent many years working at Dragon*Con and other smaller conventions in the metro Atlanta area.  He is one of three co-founders of AnachroCon, the very successful alternate history (a.k.a. "steampunk") convention launched in Atlanta in 2009, and served as their chairman for its first six years.  An avid Star Trek fan, Mr. MacLeod also enjoys other properties such as Starship Troopers, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, the Tom Corbett series and others, including the superhero universes; specifically, Batman.

Mr. MacLeod is a veteran of the United States Army (1985-1990).  As a polymath, he has his irons in many fires, including Business, Information Technology, Theoretical Physics, Costuming, Music Composition & Performance, Blacksmithing and American History, as well as antique repair and restoration... just to name a few.

Mrs. MacLeod is also one of the three co-founders of AnachroCon and currently serves as their Director of Vendor Relations.  She was also one of the creators of Dragon*Con's Alternate History Track, and served as their Track Director from 2009 to 2011.  Mrs. MacLeod's published works include one full-length novel, Some Unforeseen Event, and two steampunk-based short stories, "The Big Golden Apple" and "The Clockwork Cockroaches of Thelema," published in Dreams of Steam 2: Of Bolts and Brass and Dreams of Steam 4: Gizmos, respectively.

Mrs. MacLeod is an accomplished cosplayer with unparalleled taste in cosplay fashion.  She has fond memories of watching the original Star Trek series on a black-and-white console TV in the late 1960s and cosplaying Star Trek before she was even in kindergarten.

Treklanta is delighted to have the MacLeods join us as senior directors and looks forward to a very successful convention in 2017 under their leadership.
Half-price Treklanta membership discounts for STARFLEET and KAG
Treklanta is pleased to introduce a HALF-PRICE membership discount to members of STARFLEET International (SFI) and the Klingon Assault Group (KAG).  Treklanta memberships, currently priced at $40 for adults and $20 for children, are now only $20 and $10 for adult members of SFI and KAG and their kids, respectively.  To take advantage of this exclusive offer for SFI and KAG members only, visit or and click the MEMBERSHIPS button.  This offer expires on December 31, so don't delay, purchase your membership today!

Please note: The SFI and KAG membership discounts are available only on full weekend preregistered memberships and will not be available at the door or for one-day badges.  Also: Our exclusive VIP Champagne Reception is available only with the purchase of a full-priced Ambassador membership.  Ambassador memberships are not discounted and VIP Champagne Reception tickets are not available for purchase separately.

Click the banner below to purchase YOUR half-price membership!
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
Ensigns Third Class Chris & Tina Jones talk about why they attend—and got married at—Treklanta.

Written by Eric L. Watts and Chris & Tina Jones.  Directed and produced by Eric L. Watts.  Video editing and post-production by Eric Hendrix.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
TimeGate  ||  May 27-29, 2016
Atlanta Marriott Century Center  ||  Atlanta, Georgia
USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts and Treklanta Director of Star Trek Programming Operations (Cmdr) Brian Holloway work the Treklanta fan table at TimeGate.
Left: FCapt Eric L. Watts, (Cmdr) Brian Holloway and ENS3 Gaylen Greve check out the other fan tables at TimeGate.

Right: FCapt Eric L. Watts and (Cmdr) Brian Holloway demonstrate their support of
Star Trek: New Voyages.
Left: TimeGate's special guests (standing) are thanked for their participation in this year's convention by senior staff (at table).

Right: The audience at Closing Ceremonies listens attentively as TimeGate announces its name change to WHOlanta and rebranding as Atlanta's
Doctor Who and British media and culture convention.
See 9 photos from
this event on Flickr



Friday, July 1
Adm Michael Henigan
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker

Thursday, July 7
Ens Shannon Patricia Kennedy

Friday, July 8
CRA Karl Dissinger
Ens Jennifer Foley

Wednesday, July 13
ENS1 Todd Dissinger

Tuesday, July 19
ENS3 Vicki Greve

These members' dues
will expire in December.  Please renew now!

ENS1 Hal Doby
CAPT Matthew D. Ebeling
ENS1 James P. Gronski
ENS1 Leslie C. Gronski
ENS James King
ENS3 Carly May
ENS3 John May
ENS1 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 December 10, 2016, the Republic crew includes 38 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 and Republic membership dues are $10 each for one person ($20 total) and are typically remitted as a single payment to the Republic.  STARFLEET offers family discounts for additional members as shown below.  Additional information about membership options, amounts due for additional family members, payment options and instructions for other forms of payment is on the "How to Join" page of our award-winning web site.
REP. =




ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

CDT3 Zarena Nova Tucker
Ensign "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Bryan Fuller's departure from Star Trek: Discovery is bittersweet and final
By Laurie Ulster
December 2, 2016
Ever since the news broke that Bryan Fuller "stepped down" as the showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, fans were still thinking of him as a driving force behind the show, and still working in an active executive producer role.  But an exclusive interview with Newsweek reveals that he's no longer involved in the series at all.
"Ultimately, with my responsibilities [elsewhere], I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek," Fuller said.  "It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do."
"It is bittersweet," he added.  "But it was just a situation that couldn't be resolved otherwise... so I had to step away."
Fuller will keep his executive producer credit and has written the first two episodes of the show, as well as developed the story arc that will unfold over all 13 episodes of the first season.  Sources close to the production have reported that the creative vision he set forth for the series is still the guiding force behind the show.  But he told Newsweek that he's no longer directly involved with the series.
"I'm not involved in production or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I've given them and hope that it is helpful for them.  I'm curious to see what they do with it."
He adds that his plans were always to respect Gene Roddenberry's original vision in:
"...creating [Discovery] and getting to the heart of what the important themes were to me as a Star Trek fan—how do we get along with people who are different than ourselves?  How do we find common ground?  How do move into the future together?  Those themes were implicit in the scripts that I wrote before I left."
Will he return for season two?  Right now there's no plan on the table for that, but he told Newsweek, "They have my number and if they need me I will absolutely be there for them."
The latest casting news for Star Trek: Discovery is that Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp are all aboard.
© 2016 SciFanatic Network

Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman elated over new castings
By John Duchak
December 5, 2016
Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman expressed his excitement at the casting of Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones in a recent interview with IGN.
Reflecting on his enthusiasm and the role played by Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou, Kurtzman said, "I think that Michelle gets to play a part that has so many dimensions to it and is so perfect for where we want to go over the course of the season and maybe even beyond."
On Doug Jones' casting of new alien officer Lieutenant Saru, Kurtzman stated:
"Doug Jones, you know, [is] one of the greatest.  What he did in Pan's Labyrinth has embedded itself in my mind forever.  So when you think about the opportunity, what you want to do when you're creating a creature of some kind is cast an actor who has the ability to pull off the bulk of it in a practical way and that requires a real understanding of movement.  And again, Sofia [Boutella]'s ability, because she's a dancer, she had an innate understanding.  It's just in her DNA to understand how to move in that way.  Doug obviously carries the same thing."
Kurtzman drew parallels between Jones and Star Trek Beyond's Sofia Boutella, who will play Ahmanet in 2017's The Mummy, which Kurtzman is directing.
Commenting on Anthony Rapp's casting as Lieutenant Stamets, a science officer aboard the Discovery, Kurtzman had this to say:
"I've been a fan of Anthony's for a long time.  He's just a brilliant actor.  It's always just about how do you find actors who are, it's always who's right for the part, but it's also there's a lovely diversity that Star Trek has always been about.  As we build the cast, because there are still a lot of parts to cast, we were excited that people seemed to be so excited about our first three choices."
© 2016 SciFanatic Network

Theme of Star Trek: Discovery is "Understand each other," says former showrunner Bryan Fuller
By John Duchak
December 8, 2016
Bryan Fuller continues to discuss the reasons for his departure from Star Trek: Discovery.  While most interviews have rehashed the well-known explanations, he expanded upon a strong theme for the new series in an interview with the Radio Times.
Fuller remains tight-lipped and almost certainly bound to a non-disclosure agreement regarding significant details about Discovery, but he summed up the theme of the new series in three words:
"Understand each other."
Fuller said that this was the theme of Discovery at the time of his departure, and he noted that he is curious to see how it unfolds.  Beyond writing the first two episodes and charting a course for the first season of the series, Fuller also wrote story treatments for other first-season episodes.  In Fuller's view, that completes his responsibilities to the show.
Asked how the tone of the series would compare to the recent films and the original series, he continued:
"You know, it's interesting to ponder, because I won't have anything to do with the actual production, and I won't have anything to do with post, which are really places where I dig in and do a lot of work.  I know where we were going before I left, but I don't know where they were going to take it after I've left."
Fuller reiterated his willingness to rejoin Discovery, saying, "If they need me, they have my number and they can call me, otherwise, I'm plowing ahead on American Gods."
© 2016 SciFanatic Network
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 100, July (Early December) 2016.
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