Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012, 2016
Volume II, Number 7
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014, 2015
Mid-February 2019
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Replaces Vol. I, #110, May 2017
•  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

•  In Memoriam: ENS3 Marquand "Marq" Collins

•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Unrenewed Memberships in 2018
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
    — Writing for Star Trek Section 31 series has already started
    — CBS nearing deal for kid-focused Star Trek cartoon on

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!
Captain's Log Improv Comedy Show

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.
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.

In Memoriam
ENS3 Marquand "Marq" Collins
1953 – February 4, 2019
The USS Republic is saddened to announce the recent passing of Ensign 3rd Class Marquand "Marq" Collins, SCC #63322, a former member of STARFLEET International and the USS Republic.  Ensign Collins was 65.

Ensign Collins is well-known in local Star Trek fandom.  He was active in local fan clubs and served as a volunter for numerous conventions for decades.  He joined STARFLEET International and the USS Republic in 2006 and transferred his membership to the USS Atlanta two years later.  He was also a longtime member of the Klingon Assault Group, where he was known as "Moq Kohless," and served aboard the IKV Nemesis in various positions for more than twenty years, most recently as commanding officer.

Ensign Collins was a volunteer for Dragon*Con's Guest Transportation department for many years, and he also served Treklanta in several positions.  He was the Director of Klingon Programming in 2012, the Co-Director of that track in 2013, Director of Videography in 2014, Director of Photography in 2015, a Photography staff volunteer in 2016 and the Director of Auxiliary Programming in 2017.

Ensign Collins was employed for many years as a HERO driver for the Georgia Department of Transportation and freelanced as a mobile DJ.

Ensign Collins passed away on Monday, February 4.  He is survived by his wife, Donna Collins, of Snellville, Georgia.  In accordance with his final wishes and religious beliefs, no funeral or memorial service will be arranged by the family.  The USS Republic sends its sincerest condolences to Donna, the Collins family and their loved ones.

The USS Republic will hold a remembrance ceremony for Ensign Collins at Treklanta on Memorial Day Weekend.  Members of the Klingon Assault Group are invited to participate in a ritual to announce Moq Kohless's arrival in Sto-vo-kor.  His friends, family and colleagues are invited to attend.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Eleventh Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
September 17, 2016
Midtown Bowl  ||  Atlanta, Georgia
Despite the low turnout at the 2016 Bowling Challenge, ENS1 Kathy Graham (Wynn) Peck, CO Comm Eric L. Watts and Lt. JG Tracey S. Harwell bowled three games.  Captain Eric won all three, with scores of 130, 144 and 125; Lt. Tracey came in second twice with scores of 45, 105 and 94; and Ensign Kathy came in second once, with scores of 58, 33 and 55.  We missed the rest of you!
See 15 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 13, 2019, the Republic crew includes 40 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
Writing for Star Trek Section 31 series has already started
By Staff
February 6, 2019
Last week's episode of Star Trek: Discovery ("Point of Light") introduced a new Section 31 storyline for the show.  This was led by Michelle Yeoh's Emperor Georgiou, who is now an operative for the Federation's nefarious black ops organization, first introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and seen again in Enterprise and Star Trek Into Darkness.  The Discovery storyline could be seen as giving the first hints about the new Section 31 series featuring Yeoh that was announced to be in development in January.
As we reported last week from the coverage at TCA, this Section 31 show is still considered to be in "development" and still has not been given a full series order, unlike the Picard show that goes into production this spring and the animated show Star Trek: Lower Decks.  Now, more detailed reports from TCA add more info on the status of the show, including when it may show up on CBS All Access.
Showrunners already fleshing out Section 31 series
Speaking to the press at TCA (via IndieWire and, executive producer Alex Kurtzman revealed that the Section 31 series showrunners (and Discovery writers and co-executive producers Bo Yeon Kim and Erkia Lippoldt) are already working on the new show. quotes Kurtzman saying:
Well, Erika [Lippoldt] and Bo [Yeon Kim] are writing it now, so we're breaking story now.  And they're amazing, and they're a big part of Discovery, so they're on our staff, too.  So they're doing double duty this year, and our hope is that we will have a script in the next couple months.
Section 31 series will have to wait
Assuming CBS gives the Section 31 show a full series order, there still remains the question as to when it might air.  In January, the head of programming for CBS Access indicated it could be a long way off.  At the TCA event, Kurtzman didn't give a date, but did note when he imagines the show would come in the order of things, saying: soon as Discovery season three is over, we're rolling right into that show.  That's my hope.
It's worth noting that TrekMovie's coverage of the season two premiere quoted Kurtzman saying Yeoh would appear in the third season of the Discovery.  In a more recent interview with TV Line, Julie McNamara, CBS All Access' head of programming, talked about the Section 31 series, also noting how Yeoh is part of Discovery and they have time to consider when to start the Section 31 show:
Section 31 has always been of interest to fans, and she's such a phenomenal character in Discovery that it only made sense to explore what a series could be.  Michelle is still very much a part of the cast of Discovery, so there is time for this to develop before we would consider when it might air.
A third season for Discovery has yet to get an official green light; however, it was described by Variety as a "fait acompli" (effectively a done deal).  At the TCA event, Kurtzman did say they already had "big ideas" for the third season.  It also follows that they would have to have some major elements of it mapped out if the Section 31 show is set to follow, assuming the storyline picks up where the third season ends.
Yeoh pitched idea for spin-off
Apparently, the idea of Michelle Yeoh leading her own Star Trek spin-off started long ago, well before her connection to Section 31 was established.  IndieWire quotes Kurtzman explaining the concept originated before Discovery's first season even started:
Michelle came to me and said let's do a spinoff of this character, and I took a minute because it was truly such a brilliant idea—except the series hadn't aired yet.  So really, no one knew what it was going to be and no one knew if it was going to be successful, so the moment it became successful, we started that conversation.
It's likely that Yeoh had her original character of Captain Phillipa Georgiou of the Prime Universe (who was killed off in the second episode of the series) in mind, and not Emperor Georgiou of the Terran Empire (and now Section 31), introduced late in the first season.
How much will carry over from Discovery?
The third episode of Discovery's second season provided our first glimpse of Yeoh as an operative for Section 31, but it also introduced a number of other elements that could be part of a future Section 31 series.  Alan Van Sprang (re)made his debut, playing Section 31's Leland, who recruited Georgiou and is in command of a Section 31 ship, which is a new design and has a shiny new set. "Point of Light" also featured Shazad Latif's Tyler (formerly Voq) exiting life on Qo'noS and being recruited by Section 31.  He has also been featured in a Section 31 outfit in a publicity image.
It could be that Van Sprang and Latif could end up as Yeoh's co-stars on the series, with the fancy new ship as a major part of the show, or possibly even the focus.  We know we will see more of Yeoh, Latif and the ship during the second season of Discovery, which will also likely introduce more elements that could end up carrying over.
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CBS nearing deal for kid-focused Star Trek cartoon on Nickelodeon
By Matt Wright
February 13, 2019
Today, the Hollywood trades The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Deadline are reporting that the previously announced youth-focused Star Trek cartoon series in development has found a potential home in Viacom's Nickelodeon cable network.  According to reports, CBS and Nickelodeon are currently in negotiations, with a final deal close to completion.
Variety reports that plot details on the potential new series are being kept quiet.  However, it has been revealed that the show is being developed by Kevin and Dan Hageman.  The Hageman brothers are known for popular cartoons Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and Trollhunters.  The pair won an Emmy for their work on the Netflix animated series Trollhunters in 2016.
This potential new animated Star Trek series would be considered a tentpole for new Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins, who was recently brought in to get the Nickelodeon brand back up to speed with the competition from Disney and Cartoon Network.
The overseer of the Star Trek on TV franchise, Alex Kurtzman, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the need for a youth-focused Star Trek cartoon:
I go back to my childhood and Luke Skywalker, the [Star Wars] farm boy who looks out at the twin suns of Tatooine and imagines his future.  Trek never gave me that.  Trek was always fully formed adults, already in Starfleet and people who have decided who they are.  And it never was aspirational that way.  It's important to me to find a way to go back and reach younger kids in a way that Trek should and never really has.
While the expansion of Star Trek on TV is a key component for the CBS All Access streaming service, cutting a deal with Nickelodeon makes sense for this new animated show.  Nickelodeon is the number one network for children and the logical home for the new cartoon, as CBS has no network for children's programming.  This deal also shows some synergy between the former (and possibly future) corporate siblings, who were both under the Viacom roof until the CBS split in 2006.
CBS All Access is adult-focused and the demographics of the subscriber base skews middle-aged, so it was pretty clear they would find a different outlet for this cartoon.  The adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks being developed by Rick and Morty's Mike McMahan, which picked up a two-season order last October, is set to premiere on All Access.  Kurtzman has stated that Lower Decks will be an adult-targeted series, which fits with the All Access demographic.  There are also plans for two animated Short Treks coming to All Access later this year.
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