Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012, 2016
Volume II, Number 6
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014, 2015
Early February 2019
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Replaces Vol. I, #109, April 2017
•  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
    — Patrick Stewart says Star Trek Picard series is set up to
        run three seasons
Captain's Log Improv Comedy Show

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 For the Love of Spock  ||  September 10, 2016
Plaza Theatre  ||  Atlanta, Georgia
On the right: CO Comm Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Tasheka Gipson and Mari Key.  The names of the very nice couple on the left have been lost to the ages... if you know them (or are them), let us know!
See 8 photos 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
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 February 6, 2019, 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 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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NEWS from
Patrick Stewart says Star Trek Picard series is set up to run three seasons
By Staff
February 4, 2019
The next new Star Trek series to premiere on CBS All Access will feature the return of Sir Patrick Stewart in a show focusing on his Star Trek: The Next Generation character Jean-Luc Picard.  The show is set to go into production this spring and more details are emerging about the series from Patrick Stewart and the producers.
Everything has aged in the new Picard show
Stewart was on the London red carpet for the gala premiere of his latest film, The Kid Who Would Be King, where he talked a bit about his upcoming Star Trek series.  Speaking to Red Carpet News, he talked about how the show will approach the issue of aging:
In returning to Star Trek later in the year, the one thing that will be different about this version of Star Trek is that we have simply moved the whole narrative twenty years from when I last wore Jean-Luc's uniform [in Star Trek: Nemesis].  So, everything has aged.  When the series gets released, you will see things are very different from what they were.
One detail that previously emerged with regards to the show's setting is how it will deal with how Picard's life has been "radically altered" by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire following the events seen in the Prime Timeline portions of the 2009 Star Trek movie and the destruction of Romulus by a supernova.
Stewart also talked about his (and fellow Next Generation cast members') appreciation of the fan support over the years:
It gives me profound satisfaction to hear from people what an impact my role and the series had on their lives.  I have heard truly extraordinary stories about how people were affected by it.  That makes me very proud for all of us who were in it, because they were a great company—are a great company!
Addressing the possibility of returning to do another Star Trek feature film, Stewart noted the focus for now is on the show and added some more clarity as to the plans for the series, giving a specific number of seasons planned:
Oh Lord, we are set up for possibly three years of this show, so if there is a film, it's a long way off.
The Picard series has been described as both an ongoing series and a limited series.  Last week, Stewart stated the show was planned to be highly serialized, saying it would be like a 10-hour movie, but he also noted that there are hopes for additional seasons.
Picard series will be "grounded"
Last week, we shared some early details that emerged from Television Critics Association winter press tour with regards to what the people heading up Star Trek's future at CBS had to say.  Some more details along with interviews have been posted since then, including new comments about the Picard show.  Speaking to the press, Alex Kurtzman talked about the approach they are taking to portraying this world of Picard's twenty years in his future:
It has to feel grounded, whatever choices we're making in the future, because I think one of the things that people love about The Next Generation is that it is a very emotional, thoughtful, grounded piece of entertainment....  The easy thing to do is come up with crazy floating skyscrapers and all the clichés of science fiction, and we've tried to avoid that, across the board, in the production design and the look of it and the feel of it.  It's all about the personal details that you can connect to now, even though it takes place so far in the future.
Staying Picard amidst radical changes
Kurtzman also discussed how Patrick Stewart has influenced their thinking on how to keep the show true to Picard in a very different future:
Patrick was very clear to us in the beginning: He did not want to repeat what he had already done.  And by the way, it's been 20-plus years, so he couldn't possibly be that same person any more.  So the question becomes: What has happened to him in that period of time?  Have there been occurrences that force him to reckon with choices that he's made in his life?  How do you hold on to being the person everybody loved when the circumstances around you may have changed so radically?  Those are the big questions that we're asking.
A more character-driven show, coming this year
Speaking to TV Insider, CBS All Access original content chief Julie McNamara gave a brief summary and status update for the Picard show:
It will be very different from Discovery, even more character-driven.  Picard was radically affected by the dissolution of the [anti-Federation] Romulan Empire, and this series will explore a different chapter [of his life.]  We aim to debut the show toward the end of the year.
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The Republiqué Volume II, Number 6, Early February 2019.
[Replaces the unpublished Vol. I, Number 109, April 2017
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