Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012, 2016
Volume I, Number 102
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014. 2015
Issue Date September 2016
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Publication Date Early July 2017
•  Saturday, July 22: USS Republic & Treklanta Dinner Meeting
•  Sat-Sun., Aug. 26-27: Axanar Studio Volunteer Weekend
•  Saturday, Sept. 23: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

•  ENS1 Tracey S. Harwell elected as new Executive Officer
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Recent Membership Expirations
•  July Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from

— Kurtzman: Discovery will spark debate and adhere to canon
    — CBS All Access: Discovery will look and feel different
    — Braga promises Star Trek-like storytelling on The Orville
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
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, on Saturday, July 22!  We'll keep it casual and informal; let's just get together and have a pleasant evening with friends, fandom and fellowship.
Please let us know if you're planning to attend so we can let the Hudson Grill staff know how many of us to expect and to prepare sufficient seating for us.  If you plan to attend and you're bringing folks with you who are not on Facebook (Looking at you, Zannetta!  Looking at you, Gaylen!) or are not on the Invited list, please mention in the comments how many will be in your party.  Please do NOT click "Going" on the Facebook event page if you do NOT plan to attend and it is NOT necessary to leave a long (or, really, ANY) comment if you cannot or do not wish to attend.  Thank you!

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 issue.  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!

Ensign First Class Tracey S. Harwell elected as new Executive Officer
Commodore Eric L. Watts and Lieutenant JG Tracey S. Harwell look forward to commanding the USS Republic together for the next two years.
Photo Courtesy of ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
On December 17, 2016, at the USS Republic's annual Holiday Party and immediately following the reelection of Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts as Commanding Officer, attending members in good standing voted by voice affirmation to elect Ensign First Class Tracey S. Harwell as the Republic's new Executive Officer (XO), effective January 1, 2017.

Ensign Harwell replaces Admiral W. Michael Henigan as XO, who previously held the position.  Prior to that, Admiral Henigan was the Commanding Officer of the USS Atlanta.  When the Atlanta officially decommissioned in December 2012 and her crew transferred to the Republic in the reunification of STARFLEET members in the Atlanta area, Admiral Henigan accepted the position of XO aboard the Republic.  After four years as the Republic's XO, Admiral Henigan declined to be nominated for the position for a third two-year term.  He remains a member in good standing as a member of the crew and is the second-most senior flag officer aboard.

Ensign Harwell, a doctor of veterinary medicine, has pledged to assist the Captain in organizing events and activities for the chapter and in other operational respects as she may be called upon in the future.

Since her election, Ensign Harwell has taken and completed the STARFLEET Academy Officers Command College online course, which is a prerequisite for holding the XO position.  Per Republic policy, the completion of this course makes her eligible for an immediation promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade.  Lt. JG Harwell's term as Executive Officer will expire in December 2018.

At your first opportunity, please congratulate Lt. JG Tracey S. Harwell on her election as the USS Republic's Executive Officer!
Personnel Records
STARFLEET Academy Course Completions
Congratulations to Lt. JG Tracey S. Harwell, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Officers Command College" from the Institute of Leadership Studies, completed on January 29, 2017.

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 has never been established in Star Trek canon what the namesake of the USS Republic NCC-1371 may have been.  It's entirely possible that the Constitution-class starship on which a young Ensign James T. Kirk served was named for a late 21st-century or early 22nd-century spaceship in Earth's pre-Federation days.  However, it seems more likely that the starship Republic was named for the USS Republic (AP-33), a troop transport ship that served with the US Navy during World War II (above) in the 20th century.  Built in Ireland and launched as the SS Servian in 1903, the ship was renamed several times over the next forty years as she was sold, seized and/or repurposed for commercial or military service.  These name changes include the SS President Grant (1907), the USS President Grant (ID-3014) (1917), the USAT Republic (1919), the USS President Buchanan (1921), the USS Republic (AP-33) (1941) and the USAHS/USAT Republic (1945).  During World War II, the USS Republic served the US Navy in the Pacific Ocean as a transport ship but never engaged in live combat, despite being armed with four 3-inch guns and one 5-inch gun, had the need arisen.  The Republic was retired from service in 1949, remained docked for three years and finally sold for scrap in 1952.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Potemkin Pictures Open House  ||  June 25, 2016
Potemkin Pictures Studio 3A  ||  Pelham, Alabama
USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts went on a one-man "away mission" to Potemkin Pictures' Open House in Pelham, Alabama. Potemkin Pictures produces the independent Star Trek fan film series Project: Potemkin, Starship Tristan, Starship Deimos and Battlecruiser Kupok. Many of the cast and crew of these series were in attendance.
With Randall Landers
With Renda M. Carr
With Jim Brucke
With Tim Carr
Tilcia Furman, Jack Zumwalt and Tim Carr relaxing in one of the captain's quarters
Randall Landers, Lee Drew (back to camera), Michael Day, Renda M. Carr, Heath Robinson
With Michael Day
With Jacob Stanford
With Jack Zumwalt, William C. Searcy and Larry Fleming
Potemkin Pictures' makeup room for all its series
Cast photo for the upcoming Starship Endeavor series
With Kimberly White
With Lee Drew
With Mycroft Moody
With Tilcia Furman
Jack Zumwalt and Randall Landers hang the USS Endeavor
dedication plaque on the bridge set for that upcoming series
With Lewis Stockham
With Spring Stanford
See 29 photos from
this event on Flickr


1 New Member in August 2016!

Ens Kevin Cochran

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 Mark A. Ozanick
ENS1 Marilyn Teague

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 July 8, 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 JULY 8, 2017
Ensign "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Alex Kurtzman: Star Trek: Discovery will spark debate and adhere to canon
By Staff
July 6, 2017
Kurtzman on Discovery's story and Michael Burnham
The story that we have for season one is really interesting and special and pays tribute to a lot of what Trek has done and in many ways is actually doing it in a new way.  To have Sonequa [Martin- Green] and Michelle [Yeoh] as captains of our ship is really, really exciting and different.
I love stories that are based around strong women and we have some strong women on that show.  Having Sonequa—she is a very, very special actress—is bringing a flavor to the character which I haven't really seen in Trek and that is really exciting.  Her story is very unique and draws on some really interesting things in Trek lore.  I think fans will both appreciate and, I'm certain, it will be a cause of much debate.
How Discovery connects to the original Star Trek
If you are a fan of Trek, you are going to see a lot of things which hearken back to the original series and elements of the original series.  I am not just talking plot, but the spirit of what that show was.  We are going to be revisiting a couple of things on Star Trek: Discovery that I think people are going to find familiar.  Without spoiling anything, we are adhering to a timeline and sticking to the rules, but also I think finding some new areas and avenues that have only been alluded to, but never fully explored.
How Discovery is respecting Star Trek canon
You have got a room full of people with very different and very devoted relationships to Star Trek in that writers' room.  And that carries on a pretty proud tradition of Trek being written by fans.
You have to respect canon as it's being written.  You cannot say, "That never happened."  No, no no, you can't do that, they would kill you.  Star Trek fans would kill you.  No, you have to respect canon.  You have to understand the timelines and what the different timelines were and what the different universes were and how they all worked together.  You have to keep very meticulous track of who, what, where, when and why.  And we have people in the writer's room whose sole job is to say, "Nope, can't do that!"
On why we still need Roddenberry's vision
I think that the core of [Star Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry's vision—and I think that is why it has endured for as long as it has—is the belief that human beings will always find a way to persevere and connect to each other.  And that there is an optimistic outlook to where we can be going.  And now, more than ever, we need that desperately.  So, he gives you hope.  Star Trek gives you hope.
© 2017 SciFanatic Network

CBS All Access president: Star Trek: Discovery will look and feel different
By Matt Wright
July 7, 2017
CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise spoke about CBS All Access, which will be the home for Star Trek: Discovery after the first episode airs on the CBS Television Network on September 24.
DeBevoise said that currently, CBS All Access has over one million paid subscribers and reiterated the goal of reaching four million subscribers by 2020.  To reach this goal, he pointed to two driving factors this fall: their first full season of NFL games and the launch of Star Trek: Discovery.
When asked how CBS was going to get Discovery noticed by the mainstream in the current landscape of premium TV shows, DeBevoise acknowledged the challenge, but predicted the new Star Trek series will stand out:
We're at peak TV with 400 or 500 shows a year, so getting through with anything is hard.  We like the machine we have at CBS—the largest broadcast network, the #1 digital property—and not shared with other networks like Hulu, and 350 million social followers across our brands.  We have to have a nice footprint to be able to launch new products, we're constantly looking for what will resonate with consumers.  Sometimes that's an existing property and sometimes that's something new.  Shows that come with a history are still new.  If you've seen the trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, you can see that Soniqua Martin-Green is a unique star and you see a show that's going to look different and feel different than anything that came before.
© 2017 SciFanatic Network

Brannon Braga promises Star Trek-like storytelling on The Orville
By Staff
July 8, 2017
Seth MacFarlane's upcoming sci-fi dramedy The Orville features a number of Star Trek vets and is inspired by Star Trek.  In fact, MacFarlane has said that even though the show is being promoted emphasizing the comedy, The Orville will try to tell serious science fiction stories and have "more in common with Star Trek than Futurama."
Now, The Orville executive producer (and former Star Trek writer/producer) Brannon Braga is saying something similar, replying to a fan on Twitter who was talking about one of his favorite Star Trek: Voyager episodes ("Distant Origin"), describing it as "surprisingly relevant."  Braga replied, saying he missed that kind of storytelling and noted "we will do that on The Orville."
Emmy-winning composers and full orchestra
Seth MacFarlane is using actual models for some of the effects shots in The Orville and apparently that isn't the only area where he is going old-school.  In a tweet earlier in the week, he touted two of his composers, saying, "Joel McNeely, Bruce Broughton and a 75-piece orchestra—The Orville is gonna sound pretty good."
Both composers mentioned by MacFarlane are Emmy winners; in fact, Broughton has won nine Emmys and has been nominated for two Oscars.  Using a full symphony-sized orchestra is something more common with feature films these days, but MacFarlane and Fox seem willing to dedicate resources for The Orville.
© 2017 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
  Atlanta, Georgia  30360-2759
Commanding Officer
  Commodore Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Lieutenant J.G. Tracey S. Harwell

The Republiqué Volume I, Number 102.
Issue Date September
2016, Publication Date Early July 2017.
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