Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012, 2016
Volume II, Number 9
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014, 2015
Early March 2019
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Replaces Vol. I, #112, July 2017
•  Sat., March 9: Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #3
  Sat., March 9: "Star Trek Fandom in Atlanta"

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

 Not-So-Recent Chapter Event Photos

  A Very Belated Welcome Aboard: 2018
  Unrenewed Memberships in 2018
  March Membership Renewals
  About the Republic
  For More Information
  USS Republic Online
  Crew Roster
  News from
  — More production details for Star Trek Picard series
      emerge, including possible title
Treklanta Volunteer Staff Meeting #3

:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019
Challenges Games & Comics
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur  30033
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 Game Room in the back of Challenges.  PLEASE RSVP by clicking the "Yes" or "Going" button on the Facebook event page. THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you!
"Star Trek Fandom in Atlanta"

3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019
Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo
North DeKalb Mall
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur  30033
Join USS Republic Commanding Officer Comm Eric L. Watts for a 50-minute discussion panel titled "Star Trek Fandom in Atlanta" at the Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo this coming Saturday afternoon!

Any member of the Republic who would like to join Commodore Watts on this panel to discuss and promote the chapter and the convention is very welcome to do so.  Just be there on time and come on up!
Star Trek Fandom in Atlanta
Are you a Star Trek fan?  Come learn about the USS Republic, the Star Trek fan club in Atlanta, and Treklanta, the Star Trek convention in Atlanta.  Make it so!  Live Long and Prosper!
Eric L. Watts
Voice Actor/Star Trek Enthusiast

Eric L. Watts
has been active in Star Trek fandom for forty years and is one of the most well-known Star Trek fans in the southeast.

In 2006, Mr. Watts was elected Commanding Officer of the USS Republic NCC-1371, the STARFLEET International chapter in Atlanta.  The Republic had less than 10 members when he was elected but by the end of 2009, the membership roster had grown to more than 100 members and the Republic was the largest STARFLEET chapter in the world.  In 2007, Mr. Watts won the prestigious STARFLEET International Commanding Officer of the Year Award and over the last ten years, he has won more than twenty additional Region 2 awards in newsletter, web site, member recruitment, mothership and administrative categories.  The Republic was featured on the front cover of the April 2010 issue of the STARFLEET International newsletter, The Communiqué, in recognition of its extraordinary growth during the previous three years.

Mr. Watts is a two-time honors graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta with Associate in Arts degrees in Visual Communications and Web Site Design & Administration.  As a voice actor and vocalist, he recently launched his own voice talent and entertainment business, Watts Vox Creative Voice Talent & Vocal Entertainment.
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" at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  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.
Not-So-Recent Chapter Event Photos
USS Republic Holiday Potluck Party, Member of the Year Award Ceremony & Commanding Officer Election
December 17, 2016
Challenges Games & Comics  ||  Decatur, Georgia
Back Row: Shannon Odom, Cmdr Brian Holloway, ENS3 Charles Brent Chapman, ENS1 Kathy Graham Peck, ENS1 Daniel C. Wolfgang, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS1 Joanne Trew, ENS1 Jeff Trew, ENS1 Carly May, ENS1 John May, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, CDT3 Zarena Tucker, ENS1 Richard Tucker.  Front Row: A Friend of the Republic, ENS1 Vicki Greve, Lt. JG Tracey S. Harwell, Comm Eric L. Watts, Adm Mike Henigan and Adm Kelly Hilliard.
Comm Eric L. Watts presents the prestigious Member of the Year award for 2016 to ENS1 Kathy Graham Wynn (Peck) for outstanding loyalty and service to the Republic over the course of the year
Comm Eric L. Watts is congratulated by Adm Kelly Hilliard for being reelected to an unprecedented sixth term as the Republic's Commanding Officer
Comm Eric L. Watts congratulates Lt. JG Tracey S. Harwell for being appointed and confirmed as the Republic's new Executive Officer
ENS1 Jeff Trew, ENS1 Richard Tucker and ENS1 Daniel C. Wolfgang enjoy beverages
Members and friends of the Republic participate in both formal and festive activities
Roasted turkey and Star Trek-decorated sugar cookies are among the many delicious delights, both savory and sweet, served and enjoyed during the Republic's annual holiday potluck dinner
See 58 photos from
this event on Flickr


A Very Belated

7 New Members in 2018!

APRIL 2018
Ens Thomas David Long, Jr.
Ens George Wong
Ens Tiffany Wong

JULY 2018
Ens Robert Marshall

Ens David L. Weiner

Ens Ronald M. Ramspeck
Ens Curtis Blanton

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 March 6, 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.
REP. =



AS OF MARCH 6, 2019

NEWS from
More production details for Star Trek Picard series emerge, including possible title
By Anthony Pascale
March 4, 2019
The new Star Trek series starring Sir Patrick Stewart returning to his Next Generation role of Jean Luc-Picard continues to take shape, with a few new details on the upcoming production coming to light.
Shooting reportedly starts April 14
The latest issue of Production Weekly—a reliable industry newsletter—has some more details for the upcoming Picard show's production.  According to the report, the Picard show will begin shooting on April 14 with production going for five and a half months, with a planned wrap on October 1.  While this is a shorter production run than the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery—which ran about eight months—the Picard series is expected to have fewer episodes, with the first season being described as a 10-hour movie.
Santa Clarita will be home to Picard show
In December, it was reported that, unlike Star Trek: Discovery and Short Treks, the new Picard show would not be shot at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, Canada, with CBS securing $15.6 million in tax credits to shoot in California.  According to the new report, the production will be based at Santa Clarita Studios.  SCS is an independent studio production facility based in Santa Clarita, California, about 35 miles north of Paramount Studios in Hollywood, where most previous Star Trek TV series and films were produced.
The selection of SCS may explain Patrick Stewart's curious comment last month that the show would be shooting in "the middle of California."  While the era of peak TV has made studio space in the Hollywood area sparse, the choice of Santa Clarita Studios may have been by Sir Patrick himself, who is also an executive producer on the series.  Stewart is familiar with SCS, having shot his two-season Starz comedy Blunt Talk there in 2015 and 2016.
SCS has 16 stages and has been in operation since 1987.  CBS has used SCS in the past, including shooting five seasons of CSI: Crime Scene Investigations there.  Santa Clarita Valley is a popular destination for film production, touting nearly half of all permitted location activity in Los Angeles County.
Picard show may be called Star Trek: Destiny
The title of the new Picard show has yet to be officially announced.  However, the Production Weekly report lists the title of the series as "Star Trek: Destiny (a.k.a. Star Trek: Picard)" with the working title listed as "Drawing Room."  "Picard" has been a shorthand used by people involved in the show to talk about it, although Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green recently indicated the show could actually use "Picard" as a title.
It's important to note that CBS has not confirmed Star Trek: Destiny as a title, although it is one of a number of titles that CBS has trademarked over the last year.  CBS has also trademarked other titles including Star Trek: Revolution as well as a number of others more obviously tied to other shows that have been or still are in development, such as Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.  So for now, take Destiny as a possibility, but with a grain of space salt.
Casting has started
On Friday, it was reported that CBS had tapped director Hannelle Culpepper to helm the first two episodes of the Picard series.  As of yet, the only confirmed member of the cast for the show is Sir Patrick Stewart himself, returning to play Jean-Luc Picard.  But with cameras set to start rolling in six weeks, that should be changing soon.  Replying to a question about if casting had begun on Twitter, Culpepper confirmed it has already started.
There has been a rumor report regarding some possible character descriptions for the show, but we have not been able to confirm these as of this time.  Official announcements of casting are likely to begin this month, which can start to shed some light on the other characters for the series.
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Commanding Officer
  Commodore Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
  Lieutenant J.G. Tracey S. Harwell

The Republiqué Volume II, Number 9, Early March 2019
[Replaces the unpublished Vol. I, Number 112, July 2017
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