Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012, 2016
Volume II, Number 8
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014, 2015
Late February 2019
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Replaces Vol. I, #111, June 2017
•  Sat., March 9: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #3
•  Sat.–Sun., March 9-10: Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo
•  Sat., March 30: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #4
•  Sat., April 20: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #5
•  Sat., May 11: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #6

 David R. George III to return as Treklanta Guest of Honor
 Personnel Records

Not-So-Recent Chapter Event Photos

  A Very Belated Welcome Aboard: Late 2016
  Another Very Belated Welcome Aboard: 2017
  Unrenewed Memberships in 2018
  March Membership Renewals
  About the Republic
  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
  Crew Roster
  News from
  — Jonathan Frakes confirms he is directing on Star Trek
      Picard show
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 Additional details and a Facebook Event Page will be posted here in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
Anyone and everyone interested in joining the Treklanta team as a staff volunteer is invited to attend the third Volunteer Staff Meeting of the year at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Challenges Games & Comics at North DeKalb Mall in Decatur.  This is the same date and location as the Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo, so if you're already planning to attend that event, you'll already be there!  If you're not planning to attend that event, 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 #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.

David R. George III to return as Treklanta's Author Guest of Honor
Treklanta is pleased to announce that Mr. David R. George III will return to this year's convention as our Author Guest of Honor!

Mr. George is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who co-wrote the first-season Star Trek: Voyager episode "Prime Factors" and the author of 18 Star Trek novels and 18 articles for Star Trek Magazine.

Mr. George's Star Trek novels include Original Sin, The Long Mirage, Ascendance, Sacraments of Fire, One Constant Star, Revelation and Dust, Allegiance in Exile, Raise the Dawn, Plagues of Night, Rough Beasts of Empire, The Embrace of Cold Architects, The Star to Every Wandering, The Fire and the Rose, Provenance of Shadows, Olympus Descending, Serpents Among the Ruins, Twilight and The 34th Rule.

His articles for Star Trek Magazine include "Star Trek 45s: 'Fight or Flight,'" "Do You Believe in Miracles?," "The Ultimate Guide: Deep Space Nine, Season 7," "Who Is... Christopher Pike?," "Who Is... Scotty?," "Who Is... Chekov?," "Resurrecting Okona," "Who Is... Doctor McCoy?," "Who Is... Sulu?," "Who Is... Jim Kirk?," "Life from Lifelessness," "Condemned for a Villain: Winn Adami," "Trek Lit Villains: Colonel Mitra," "Trek Lit Villains: Aventeer Vokar," "The Voice of the Hidden Waterfall," "Cowboys and Diplomats," "All the Galaxy's a Stage" and "Of Ice and Moonlight."

Mr. George's non-Trek work includes the novelettes "Moon Over Luna," "The Instruments of Vice" and "The Dark Arts Come to Hebron," all available as e-books on

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. George and his wife Karen now reside in Atlanta, Georgia.  Visit his web site at  
Purchase your membership to Treklanta and book your hotel room on the
Treklanta web site
Personnel Records
STARFLEET Academy Course Completions
Congratulations to ENS1 Tasheka Gipson, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy course "VOC-101 - Geography & Physiology" from the Institute of Alien Studies, Vulcan Orientation College, completed on January 1, 2019.
Congratulations to ENS1 Tasheka Gipson, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy course "VOC-102 - Culture and Military" from the Institute of Alien Studies, Vulcan Orientation College, completed on January 11, 2019.

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!
Not-So-Recent Chapter Event Photos
USS Republic & Treklanta Staff Fall Dinner Meeting
November 19, 2016
Chinatown Buffet  ||  Chamblee, Georgia
Comm Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Kathy Graham Wynn (Peck), Adm Kelly Hilliard, Adm Mike Henigan, ENS1 Richard Tucker, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, CDT3 Zarena Tucker, ENS1 Marilyn Teague, ENS3 Brent Chapman, William MacLeod, Cindy MacLeod.
See 8 photos from
this event on Flickr


A Very Belated

2 New Members in Late 2016!


ENS3 Ryan S. Peck

Ens Ray Tesi

Another Very Belated

5 New Members in 2017!

APRIL 2017
Ens Vaughn Phipps

MAY 2017
ENS3 Greg Teft

JUNE 2017
Ens Carroll Allen
Ens Katie Allen

JULY 2017
CRMN3 Mika Lange

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

These members' dues
will expire in March 2019.  Please renew now!

Ens Thomas David Long, Jr.
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 26, 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
Jonathan Frakes confirms he is directing on Star Trek Picard show
By Staff
February 26, 2019
Star Trek: The Next Generation veteran actor and director Jonathan Frakes was a guest on this week's episode of the Writer Experience podcast, which gets into the nuts and bolts of working in the film and television industry.  Frakes spent a lot of time on the podcast discussing his history and his work process.  He also gave an update on what is keeping him busy these days as a director, noting that he has been pulled back into the world of sci-fi shows, including one headed by a certain Next Generation co-star:
Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery—the new wonderful Star Trek series, the Picard show—which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people's new Star Trek.  And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show.  So, I am back in that world.
It is not a surprise that Frakes, who has helmed three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, would be tapped as a director for the Picard series.  The first season of the show is expected to have 10 episodes and is set to go into production in mid-April in California, with a planned release in late 2019.
Expanding Star Trek TV universe and assessment of Lower Decks
When asked how he sees Star Trek stacking up to the expanding Star Wars universe, Frakes gave his assessment of CBS' plans for the franchise on TV:
My understanding is that Alex Kurtzman and Secret Hideout are creating a Star Trek oeuvre that will hopefully allow fans of Trek to have something fresh to see all the time.  That is why Discovery, now that it is a hit, will continue, and they have announced Sir Patrick's show, which is not titled, that will air after Discovery.  And they have announced they are developing a show for Michelle Yeoh, so Empress Georgiou who is a character on Discovery will have her own stories.  They have hired the guy from Rick and Morty—[Mike McMahan]—to write an animated show called Lower Decks, which I have seen parts of that are hysterical.  So you have one, two, three, four.  They've got a Nickelodeon connection for a little kid's Star Trek, so that's five.  So, there is a world that is being created by Kurtzman and his team that will hopefully continue for many years and provide entertainment, and obviously conversation, about Star Trek for decades.
The new series Frakes mentioned have all been previously reported, but his comments add some more context.  He also seems to indicate that Star Trek: Discovery will continue into a third season, which is expected but has not yet been officially announced.
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