Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012, 2016
Volume I, Number 101
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014. 2015
Issue Date August 2016
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Publication Date June 2017
•  Saturday, June 24: USS Republic & Treklanta Dinner Meeting
•  Saturday, July 22: USS Republic & Treklanta Dinner Meeting
•  Sat-Sun., Aug. 26-27: Axanar Studio Volunteer Weekend
•  Saturday, Sept. 23: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

•  Eric L. Watts reelected to sixth term as Commanding Officer
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  July (2016) Member Reenlistments
•  Recent Membership Expirations
•  July (2017) Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
Sonequa Martin-Green responds to racist criticism of Star Trek: Discovery
    — Showrunner talks about universe-changing decision at heart of Star Trek: Discovery
USS Republic & Treklanta June Dinner Meeting

7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Blue Ribbon Grill
4006 Lavista Road, Tucker GA  30084
(770) 491-1570
We're back!  Join members and friends of the USS Republic and Treklanta directors and staff at The Blue Ribbon Grill in Tucker for our first official chapter activity since this year's Treklanta in April!  (Yes, we took May off for rest, recovery and recuperation.)  Let's get summer started with a casual and informal dinner meeting at one of Treklanta's program book advertisers to show our appreciation for their support.  No heavy business to discuss this month; let's just get together and have a pleasant evening with friends, fandom and fellowship.  If you attended this year's Treklanta and still have your program book, bring it with you to receive 15% off your order OR visit to print coupons for dollars off your order!  Visit The Blue Ribbon Grill's Facebook page for more information about the restaurant.  Bring a friend!  See you there!
USS Republic & Treklanta July Dinner Meeting

7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017
Hudson Grille
2075 Northlake Parkway, Tucker GA  30084
(678) 395-7342
Will you miss the June dinner meeting at the Blue Ribbon Grill because of the admittedly short notice you were given?  No worries!  Save the date and plan to join members and friends of the USS Republic and Treklanta directors and staff at Hudson Grille in Tucker, another one of our Treklanta program book advertisers, next month!  We'll keep it casual and informal again; let's just get together and have another pleasant evening with friends, fandom and fellowship.  Visit Hudson Grille's web site for more information about the restaurant.  Bring a friend!  See you there!
Axanar Studio Volunteer Weekend

Saturday-Sunday, August 26-27, 2017
OWC Studios
248 East Crogan Street #301
Lawrenceville GA 30046
Members of the USS Republic are cordially invited to participate in Axanar's second volunteer weekend at OWC Studios, the new home of the Axanar studio and sets in Lawrenceville.  This is an exclusive members-only RSVP event being coordinated with the Axanar production crew.  We will help organize their warehouse, catalog some Star Trek scripts and art to auction to help fund the studio and future projects, and work on the bridge set.  Additional details, including start and finish times, will be announced next month.  If you wish to participate in this event, please make sure your STARFLEET and Republic dues are current and if not, click the flashing "Click Here to Renew" button or the "How to Join or Renew" link in the blue sidebar at right to join or renew.  Members in good standing must contact the Captain to RSVP for this very special event.  This is an exciting opportunity for members of the Republic and anyone who is a fan of independent Star Trek fan films!
Members of the Axanar production crew and local volunteers at the first volunteer weekend in May, when the sets from the former Ares Studios in Los Angeles were relocated to OWC Studios in Lawrenceville.
Twelfth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017

Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 874-5703 ||
The 2015 Bowling Challenge was a lot of fun for all who attended.  The Port Siders: FCapt Eric L. Watts, Lt JG Lee Johnson, Bunny "S." and Ens Vicki Greve played two games against The Starboarders: Lt JG Tiffany Johnson, ENS1 Todd Dissinger, Ryan Laek and Ens Gaylen Greve.
Join the USS Republic for our Twelfth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  This year, we challenge the members of the USS Appalachia, the newest STARFLEET chapter in Region 2, to a two-game bowl-off to determine the Region's best players!

The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of bowling and includes shoe rental.  There is no discount for bringing your own shoes.  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.

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!

Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts reelected to sixth term as Commanding Officer
On December 17, 2016, former USS Republic Commanding Officer, former Region 2 Zone 2 Coordinator and currently the senior flag officer aboard the Republic, Admiral Kelly Hilliard, conducted a proceeding, in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, during which all members in good standing in attendance at the USS Republic's annual Holiday Party nominated without opposition and voted unanimously to reelect Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts to a sixth consecutive two-year term as their Commanding Officer.  Since then, Watts has been promoted to Commodore by STARFLEET International.  Commodore Watts' sixth term as Commanding Officer will expire in December 2018.

Watts was first elected CO of the Republic in May 2006 following the resignation of previous CO Captain Matt Ebeling, whose term expired at the end of that year, and is the 13th member to serve in that position in the chapter's 29-year history.  He was awarded the Region 2 Commanding Officer of the Year and STARFLEET International Commanding Officer of the Year awards the following year for his work to rebuild the Republic as one of Region 2's most active and highest-profile chapters.  In his 11 years as Commanding Officer, Watts has also won four Recruiters awards, six Perfect Reporting awards, six Best Newsletter awards, four Best Web Site awards, one Mothership award and one STARFLEET International Order of Darmok & Jalad award.  The USS Republic was also featured on the front cover of the February/March 2010 issue of STARFLEET's international newsletter, The Communiqué, for having broken through the 100-member mark in 2009, an accomplishment that no other chapter had achieved in many years.  Upon the completion of his fifth term as CO in December 2016, Watts had served in that position for more than a third of the chapter's history.

Commodore Watts would like to thank the membership of the USS Republic for their continuing loyalty and faith in his leadership, and looks forward to Boldly Going, Boldly Doing many more adventures with the crew in the future.
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
It's a Star Trek joke.  How long did it take you to "get" it?
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Sci-Fi Summer Con  ||  June 10-12, 2016
Marriott Courtyard Perimeter Center  ||  Atlanta, Georgia
See 10 photos from
this event on Flickr


These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in July 2016.  Thank you!

ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
Ensign "Wolfy"

These members' dues
have expired since December.
Please rejoin now!

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse
CRA Karl Dissinger
ENS1 Todd Dissinger
ENS1 Leslie C. Gronski
ENS1 James P. Gronski
ENS1 Eddie Hines
ENS James King
ENS1 Karen Neal
ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick
ENS Ryan S. Peck
ENS1 Marilyn Teague
ENS Kathy Graham Wynn

These members' dues
will expire in July 2017.  Please renew now!

ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS1 Richard Tucker
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
CDT3 Zarena Nova Tucker
Ensign "Wolfy"

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 22, 2017, the Republic crew includes 31 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.
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AS OF JUNE 22, 2017
CDT3 Zarena Nova Tucker
Ensign "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Sonequa Martin-Green responds to racist criticism of Star Trek: Discovery
By Laurie Ulster
June 22, 2017
When the Star Trek: Discovery casting announcements started to hit, and then the trailer dropped, there was one thing everyone agreed on: the newest entry in the Star Trek franchise is embracing diversity in a big way, including having its very first African-American female lead.  Some particularly vocal critics have accused CBS of bowing to "political correctness" in their casting choices.  The press pounced on the story, and Discovery's star, Sonequa Martin-Green, told Entertainment Weekly what she'd say to these so-called fans who have issues with what they're seeing.
Well, I would encourage them to key into the essence and spirit of Star Trek that has made it the legacy it is—and that's looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and we are all one.  That's something Star Trek has always upheld and I completely believe that is why it's been a mainstay in society in the hearts of so many people for so many decades.  I would encourage them to look past their opinions and social conditioning and key into what we're doing here—which is telling a story about humanity that will hopefully bring us all together.
Diversity is part of Star Trek
Of course, anyone who's been following Star Trek from the beginning (or even anyone who picked it up along the way) knows that diversity is at its core and is part of Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future.  From the early '60s when it was revolutionary to show bridge officers who were African-American, Asian and even Russian to the crews of the Deep Space Nine space station and the starship Voyager in particular, representation has always been baked into Star Trek's DNA.
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Showrunner talks about universe-changing decision at heart of Star Trek: Discovery
By Staff
June 23, 2017
The new Entertainment Weekly article on Star Trek: Discovery talks about the show's story and how Michael Burnham's journey gets to the heart of the show.
Showrunner Aaaron Harberts explains a key moment and why the show's focus character Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) has been described as an officer on the USS Discovery but is seen serving on the USS Shenzhou in the trailer released in May.
Sarek [James Frain] plays an important role in her life, which has been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path.  When we meet her, she's the first officer on the starship Shenzhou.  And Burnham's choice that we're alluding to is the most difficult choice you can make—it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation; it affects the entire universe.  That choice leads her to a different ship, the USS Discovery, and there we begin what [co-showrunner] Gretchen [Berg] and I call our second pilot.
This talk of a decision that affects the universe may set off a red alert (or at least a yellow alert) for those wondering how Star Trek: Discovery fits with the rest of Trek canon.
Harberts expanded a bit on having a first officer as the show's lead, saying:
The advantage of her not being in charge of the bridge right now is we get to tell stories from a very different point of view.  It's a fresh feeling because we're not on the bridge all the time.  We get access to more parts of the ship.
His comment about Burnham not being captain "right now" is certainly interesting.  As noted in a TrekMovie editorial last month, it was original showrunner Bryan Fuller's long goal to tell a "lower decks" story in Star Trek, but without him involved anymore, it's possible the show may evolve into the more standard Star Trek with the lead being the captain.
Not using Roddenberry's rule of no crew conflict
Another thing discussed in the EW article (and also previewed online) is how the show will fit with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future and mainly conflict-free Federation.  This was another issue discussed in that editorial last month noting it appeared Discovery was not sticking to the more TNG-era rule of avoiding conflict within the crew.  Harberts confirmed this was the case and noted how the more serialized nature of the show requires them to provide dramatic conflict:
We're trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of view and strong passions.  People have to make mistakes—mistakes are still going to be made in the future.  The thing we're taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts.  So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it's about how they find a solution and work through their problems.
As noted in the online preview, having dramatic conflict within a cast is pretty much a given for modern TV shows, especially the more premium type of shows that Discovery aspires to be like.  As for Roddenberry's rule, this is mostly something that was applied to his vision of the 24th century TV shows.  There was often conflict within the crew on the original Star Trek, set a century earlier.
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USS Republic NCC-1371
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2902 Aspen Woods Entry
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Commanding Officer
  Commodore Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Lieutenant J.G. Tracey S. Harwell

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