Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012, 2016
Volume II, Number 5
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014, 2015
January 2019
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Replaces Vol. I, #108, March 2017
•  Sat., February 2: Captain's Log Improv Comedy Show
•  Sat., February 9: Captain's Log Improv Comedy Show
•  Fri.–Sun., February 15-17: AnachroCon
•  Sat., February 16: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #2
•  Sat., February 16: Captain's Log Improv Comedy Show
•  Sat.–Sun., March 9-10: Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo
•  Sat., March 9: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #3
•  Sat., March 30: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #4
•  Sat., April 20: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #5
•  Sat., May 11: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #6

•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Unrenewed Memberships in 2018
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
    — Star Trek producers talk Spock, Pike, Discovery season 3
    — Stewart says Picard series will be like 10-hour movie
Captain's Log Improv Comedy Show

11:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019
11:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019
11:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019

Village Theatre
349 Decatur St SE, Atlanta  30312
(404) 688-8858
For each one-hour show, join the crew of Captain's Log for a fully improvised episode of Star Trek.  Each episode does not take from any one generation but all generations.
Cast: Sean Bokelmann, Ravi Saini, Tom Bastek, Eric Holden, Jen Thrasher, Byron Youngblood, Cory di Mino, Jessica Young, Justin Moulton, Kerri Pettey, Nathan Smooha, Jim Rowbottom, Mike Jacobs, Caitlin King, Brett Brammer, Madeline Evans, Reed Pendergrass, Sean Davis and JJ Krehbiel.

Admission tickets are only $5.00!  Online ticket sales end right up to the event the start time, so buy away!  There are often tickets available for cash/credit purchase at the door.  Please email for any and all ticket related questions.

Village Theatre has a bar that serves delicious beer (draft/bottle) and wine.

Friday–Sunday, February 15-17, 2019
Hilton Atlanta Airport
1031 Virginia Ave, Hapeville  30354
AnachroCon, founded in 2009, is the premier place in the southern United States for people to celebrate historical reenacting, alternate history, steampunk, sciences, horror, etiquette & indulgence, fashion, fabrication, literature & media, costuming and socialize with people of like minds. We strive to bring you the best possible guests and experts in their respective fields so that you may leave the convention relaxed, educated, entertained and wanting more!

We are much more than a science fiction convention.  If you enjoy steampunk, neo-Victorian fashions, historical reenacting, time travel stories, classic horror & science fiction, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel or esoteric studies, then you will find programming of interest at AnachroCon.

We are dedicated to the principle of providing a safe social environment for the free exchange of ideas.  We gather to interact, share, dance and explore the possibilities of all things historical, alternately historical and fictional.  We also strive to hold ourselves to the highest standards of decorum and education.

Captain Eric at the Republic's Treklanta fan table at last year's AnachroCon.  This year, sign up for three four-hour duty shifts at this year's fan table and earn a free membership to Treklanta!
AnachroCon is, and shall remain, a convention at which the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

The USS Republic will have a fan table at AnachroCon and needs YOUR help to staff it!  We are asking for volunteers for four-hour duty shifts to sit at the table and promote the Republic and Treklanta from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.  All promotional materials will be supplied.  Sign up for three four-hour duty shifts at our AnachroCon fan table and earn a free membership to Treklanta!  Contact the Captain if you'd like to sign up!
Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #2

:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019
Hilton Atlanta Airport
1031 Virginia Ave, Hapeville  30354
Anyone and everyone interested in joining the Treklanta team as a staff volunteer is invited to attend the second Volunteer Staff Meeting of the year at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, in the hotel restaurant at the Hilton Atlanta Airport in Hapeville.  This is the same date and location as AnachroCon, so if you're already planning to attend that convention, you'll already be there!  If you're not planning to attend that convention, please join us for this very important meeting.  Volunteers are needed in ALL DEPARTMENTS, which include:

 • Convention Operations Artists Alley
 • Technical Operations Gaming Room
 • On-Site Registration Dealer Relations
 • Guest Transportation Photography
 • Guest Services Videography
 • Security Star Trek Fan Film Festival
 • Main Programming Track Social Media & Press Relations
 • Auxiliary Programming Track Con Suite
 • Region 2 Summit Operations Charity Auction

Ideally, we will ask you to serve three four-hour duty shifts during the weekend, one shift on each day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), but the number of volunteers needed in each department and the number of hours each volunteer may be asked to serve vary from department to department depending on each department's needs, and we also understand that not all volunteers will attend the convention on all three days.  For example, Guest Transportation and the Fan Film Festival will only need two or three volunteers each while Convention Operations, Technical Operations and Security will need many more.  If you have a special expertise, previous experience or strong interest in a particular department, we'll assign you to the department of your choice.  If you're able and willing to serve in one or more departments, i.e., "wherever I'm needed," we can accommodate that, too.

All volunteers who are not members of the USS Republic will be asked to purchase a staff badge for $10.  This is a mere fraction of the $50 at-the-door price of a full weekend membership and a great way to attend the convention on a budget.  Staff fees are applied to certain overhead expenses that are shared by all guests, volunteers and attendees such as badges, lanyards, audio/visual equipment rental, Internet connectivity fees and con suite refreshments.  Members of the USS Republic are exempt from the staff badge fee but must attend at least three (out of six) volunteer staff meetings.  Anyone who wishes to join the USS Republic should visit the How to Join or Renew page.  Staff badges may be purchased online at or in person at any staff meeting.

At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet many of Treklanta's senior directors, learn how the convention in general and your requested department in particular operate, and ask any questions you may have.

This meeting will be held in the hotel's restaurant.  So that hotel personnel can prepare tables for our group, PLEASE RSVP by clicking the "Yes" or "Going" button on this Facebook event post.  THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you!
Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo

Saturday–Sunday, March 9-10, 2019
North DeKalb Mall
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur  30033
The Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo's showrunners are all lifelong fans of all things geeky and wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to experience a full-scale fan event without some of the typical expenses.  Now in its fifth year, the Expo will again celebrate pop culture creators with a family-friendly event at North DeKalb Mall.  Artists, writers, actors, game designers, animators, modelers, cosplayers, content developers and fans will gather to share their craft, instruct and inspire others to explore their own fannish interests.  The two-day event features panels, workshops, gaming tournaments, live entertainment and a Vendor Hall/Artist's Alley.  The event is free and open to the public!

The USS Republic will have a panel at ASFE!  Republic CO Comm Eric L. Watts will present "Star Trek Fandom in Atlanta" on Saturday at a time to be announced.  The panel will promote the Republic and our annual convention, Treklanta, as well as other Star Trek-related events and activities in the Atlanta area.  Anyone interested in joining Captain Eric for this panel is welcome to do so!

Treklanta Director of Photography Ken Lackner, Treklanta Director of Guest Transportation & Services Amanda McGowan, Treklanta Chairman & Republic CO Comm Eric L. Watts, Velma Farris, Treklanta Director of Security ENS1 Gaylen Greve and ENS1 Vicki Greve at the Treklanta table at last year's Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo.
North DeKalb Mall is located at the southwest corner of North Druid Hills Road and Lawrenceville Highway, just inside I-285 and about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta.  The mall has plenty of free parking and is also accessible via MARTA and the Emory University Cliff Shuttles.  The Decatur and Avondale MARTA stations (on the Blue line) are the closest rail stops, although not within walking distance.  Two bus routes service the mall: Bus 123 at the Decatur Station and Bus 75 at the Avondale Station.
Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #3

:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019
Challenges Games & Comics
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur  30033
Save the date now and plan to join us for the third Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting of the year at Challenges Games & Comics in Decatur.  Additional details and a Facebook Event Page will be posted here in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #4

:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019
My Parents' Basement
22 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates  30002
Save the date now and plan to join us for the fourth Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting of the year at My Parents' Basement in Avondale Estates.  Additional details and a Facebook Event Page will be posted here in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #5

:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019
Blue Ribbon Grill
4006 Lavista Rd, Tucker  30084
Save the date now and plan to join us for the fifth Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting of the year at the Blue Ribbon Grill in Tucker.  Additional details and a Facebook Event Page will be posted here in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #6

:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel
3405 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta  30326
Save the date now and plan to join us for the sixth and last Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting of the year at our host hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel in Buckhead.  Additional details and a Facebook Event Page will be posted here in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Away Mission to Star Trek Beyond  ||  August 20, 2016
Regal Cinemas Hollywood 24  ||  Chamblee, Georgia
CO Comm Eric L. Watts ends up going solo to a second screening of the third Star Trek film set in the J. J. Abrams alternate universe.
See 1 photo from
this event on Flickr

These members' dues expired in 2018 and have not been renewed.  
Please renew now!

Crmn Karl Dissinger
ENS1 Todd Dissinger
Crmn Mica Lange
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
Gregg Marshall
ENS1 Karen Neal
Ens Vaughn Phipps
Ens Ray Tesi
ENS1 Daniel C. Wolfgang
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 January 31, 2019, the Republic crew includes 33 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 membership dues are $5 for one person and Republic chapter dues are $10 ($15 total).  The Republic collects a single combined dues payment for both groups and remits the STARFLEET portion to them on the Republic member's behalf.  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 JANUARY 31, 2019

NEWS from
Star Trek producers talk Spock, Pike and Discovery season 3
By Staff
January 30, 2019
At the Television Critics Association winter event this week, CBS revealed some new info about what is coming next for Star Trek on CBS All Access.  In addition to executives from All Access, on hand were Star Trek: Discovery executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, along with stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Anson Mount and the new Spock, Ethan Peck.
At the Discovery panel, Kurtzman revealed post-production for the season two finale is underway and that while there are "big ideas" for season 3, they have not yet got the official order for a new season.
Regarding Spock, the assembled panel would not reveal which Star Trek: Discovery episode will feature the debut of Ethan Peck, but they did say they will be creating new canon and it will be "different from what you expect."
Alex Kurtzman hinted that fans should keep an eye out for the USS Enterprise to return, while Heather Kadin promised that season two of Discovery delivers more emotion than season one.
© 2019 SciFanatic Network

Patrick Stewart says Star Trek Picard series will be like 10-hour movie
By Staff
January 30, 2019
The upcoming thing Star Trek fans seem to be most excited about is the return of Sir Patrick Stewart to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for an upcoming series on CBS All Access.  For the first time since announcing his return at Star Trek Las Vegas last summer, Stewart is talking about what we can expect for the new show.
Series will reference present day; no old-age makeup needed
Speaking to Yahoo, Patrick Stewart gave a bit of info on what we can expect from the show:
And what we have coming up is exciting.  It's exciting for me because it excites me as an actor.  Oh, the story is great.  And–I could be so careful what I say or they'll skin me alive if I say the wrong things.  But it has–it references the present day at times, and that's all I can say, really.  I'm not saying we are in the present day.  We're not.  But the world that we find Jean-Luc Picard in is not quite the world that we left him in.
Stewart's comments about changes to the world we left him in likely refer to changes in galactic politics in the 20 years following his final appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis.  Alex Kurtzman has already given a big hint regarding these changes, recently revealing "Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire."
He also joked about how today he doesn't look as old as he was made to look in the flash-forward in the Star Trek: The Next Generation season finale "All Good Things."  Stewart indicated he will look as he does now on the show, saying:
[In "All Good Things"] I grew a beard, and they made me up old.  I looked older then, eighteen years ago, than–I don't think I am saying too much–than I will in the upcoming series... Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick Stewart are the same age.
Stewart also indicated that the show will be ten episodes, in a serialized arc, telling Yahoo, "They are writing a 10-hour movie."
One of the questions regarding the series is whether it will be a limited series or an ongoing series.  Initial assumptions were that the show would be limited, with Stewart's comment about a 10-hour movie seemingly confirming that.  A recent report in Variety also indicated the show would be a limited series.  However, at NYCC in the fall, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin told TrekMovie the show is being planned as an ongoing series with hopes for multiple seasons.  In the new interview with Yahoo, Stewart added some clarity to all of this, saying, "We're hoping for more than one season."
Stewart also discussed how he has long resisted a return to the role of Picard but ended up signing on to the new show after hearing the pitch (presumably from executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon and others) for something "very unusual" that got him "intrigued."  Stewart gave some more details about the path to his decision, saying:
What I was afraid of was in some way, this is going to be jokey.  And I don't want to do that.  I respect the work we did on Next Generation, and also it changed my life in every way.  I said "You know what?  I think I am up for this."  But I asked a lot of questions and the answers were very satisfying.  And I was struck by how clever these people were I was talking to, who could tell a narrative very well and seemed to be tuned into what an actor might need to hear.  So, I signed on.
Stewart also gave an update to the process of making the Picard show–on which he is also an executive producer–saying:
I have been in the writers' room for a total of three weeks in the last couple of months.  The work that is being done there is extraordinary.  I basically just sit and listen.  I mean, these clever guys' ideas going backwards and forwards like what if, what if what if, nah, that wouldn't work, what if.
© 2019 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 II, Number 5, January 2019.
[Replaces the unpublished Vol. I, Number 108, March 2017
Published (more or less) monthly by and
Copyright © 2019 USS Republic NCC-1371.
Commodore Eric L. Watts, Editor.