Wednesday, April 8: Star Trek Bingo Night
Saturday, April 11: Spring Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt
Sunday, April 26: Spring Dinner & Business
Friday-Sunday, May 1-3: OutLantaCon
Friday-Sunday, May 8-10: Star Trek Movie
In Memoriam: Ensign Shelton
USS Republic wins three Regional awards
Aspen Book Shop joins Member Benefits Program
Captain Watts interviewed by The Atlanta
is now... on Facebook
USS Exeter files activity report
Ship's Store loaded with chapter merchandise
Special: Star Trek Collector's Plates
Recent Chapter Event Photos
April Membership Renewals
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6 Years Ago Aboard the USS Republic
Trek Bingo Night:
Trekkies and Tribbles and Klingons, Oh My!
A benefit for PALS Atlanta and the Republic
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The Wild Mustang / Jungle Club
2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta GA 30324
Phone: (404) 844-8800
USS Republic is pleased to partner with PALS
Atlanta for a charity event to benefit both PALS Atlanta
and the Republic. Hosted by the hilarious and
outrageous Bubba D. Licious and held at The
Wild Mustang / Jungle Club just off Cheshire Bridge
Road, proceeds from this event will help PALS Atlanta continue
its mission of providing free food and basic veterinary care
and support to the pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans.
This event will also serve as a fundraiser and member
recruitment opportunity for the Republic as publicity
and promotion for the new Star Trek movie will be reaching
its zenith just four weeks before its premiere.
Tickets are $20 at the door but can
be purchased for only $18 eacha 10% savingsfrom
the Republic's web site until midnight Tuesday, April
7. Visit the Republic's Ship's
Store to order. Prepaid tickets
will be held for you at the door.
This is a costume-encouraged
event and all members and friends of the USS Republic
are asked to wear their best Star Trek costume (Starfleet,
Klingon, etc.), Republic sport shirt or t-shirt, or
your own club's t-shirt. We hope to hold a costume contest
of some sort during the event; details to be announced if
and when confirmed.
at The Wild Mustang / Jungle Club open at 6:30 p.m. with the
first Bingo number being called at 7:45 p.m. A cash
bar and food concessions are available. Your game card includes
all seven games with cash prizes totalling $1,100!
ATLANTA WEB SITE
WILD MUSTANG MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2009
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA 30071
A charity event benefitting the Bread
of Life Food Ministry,
sponsored by KAG
join our Klingon friends for this fun-filled fundraiser
of Life, a community food bank in Lawrenceville. We
had a lot of fun at previous
events and have been challenged by KAG Atlanta to
do it again!
Grand Prix is on Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross, just
west of I-85 at Indian Trail-Lilburn Road
at least two canned food donations per person
for a free 18-hole round of putt-putt per person (a
other attractions at group rate prices!
to the winner and person donating the most canned goods!
of costumes is encouraged!
local fan clubs and fan groups are challenged and welcomed
to attend and participate!
is a "family-friendly" event.
may be some fun semi-fabulous prizes for the winner.
more information, please contact Ens
Chris Jones. On behalf of the command and
crew of the USS Republic NCC-1371, we hope to see
GRAND PRIX NORCROSS WEB SITE
Dinner & Business Meeting
7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009
240 Perimeter Center Parkway, Dunwoody GA 30346
members and friends of the USS Republic are invited
to join us at our Spring Dinner & Business Meeting
at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at Fuddruckers restaurant
in Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall. We'll enjoy some
of the "World's Greatest Hamburgers" (as well as
chicken, fish and salad selections) at 7:00 and then start
our business meeting promptly at 8:00.
This is an especially important meeting to attend for everyone
who plans to help with our recruitment table at the Star
Trek movie premiere (additional details below),
OutLantaCon and TimeGate events in May, as well as anyone
who wishes to help with our parties at Sci-Fi Summer Con in
June and Dragon*Con in September. We'll discuss
what we need to do to make these events successful for the
chapter, what we will and will not be allowed to do at each
of them, what our obligations and expectations are, and plans
for additional chapter activities from May through October.
Of course, it's not all business... you'll also be able to
enjoy the company of your fellow shipmates as we talk about
recent chapter events such as the Region 2 Summit and the
St. Patrick's Parade, the recent Battlestar Galactica
series finale, and our expectations for the new movie and
what impact it will have on the Star Trek franchise. Please
mark your calendars now and plan to attend!
Friday - Sunday, May 1-3, 2009
Holiday Inn Atlanta Northeast
2001 Clearview Avenue, Doraville GA 30340
is the new Atlanta-based "geekvent" for gay / lesbian
/ bisexual / transgendered / other fans! They'll
have everything you expect from a convention—guests, panels,
contests, live bands, films, costuming, a con suite, a dealers
room, etc. And just like Gaylaxicon here in Atlanta
in 2007, there will be all sorts of special surprises in store.
of OutLantaCon's guests is Andy Mangels, best known
for his work in the Star Trek universe. His
titles, written either solo or with co-writer Michael A. Martin,
include Star Trek: Enterprise—The Good That Men Do,
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—Prophecy and Change, the
ground-breaking Star Trek: The Next Generation—Section
31: Rogue, installments in spin-off series Star Trek:
Excelsior and Star Trek: The Lost Era, and the
first two novels in the USA Today best-selling Star
The USS Republic will have an official presence at
OutLantaCon. Members and friends who plan to attend
and would like to sign up for a shift at our recruitment table
are encouraged to please contact
the Captain or plan to attend our Spring Dinner &
Business Meeting on Saturday, April 25.
Star Trek Movie Opening Weekend
Friday - Sunday, May 8-10, 2009
Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway Access, Chamblee GA 30341
officialthe USS Republic will have a weekend-long
chapter presence at the Regal
Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24 cineplex in Chamblee! Many
thanks to general manager Ronald E. Murphy for working
with Regal Entertainment Group ("corporate") to
allow us to set up a recruitment table during the weekend,
especially given that many other theaters around the country
are not allowing other Star Trek fan clubs to
have a presence at their own local cinemas.
The Republic will be allowed to hand out flyers, brochures
and other promotional materials to movie-goers, but we will
not be allowed to sell merchandise of any sort. As
of this writing, we are still working with Regal to determine
whether we can accept payments for membership dues.
Mr. Murphy has given us permission to have our table inside
the lobby, near the doors of the theaters showing the movie,
during all business hours, and has suggested that if possible,
we plan on having our table staffed between the hours of about
noon to about 10:00 p.m. all three days. To that
end, Commanding Officer, Republic, will be recruiting
volunteers to man the table in two-hour shifts on all three
days: noon to 2:00, 2:00 to 4:00, 4:00 to 6:00, 6:00 to 8:00
and 8:00 to 10:00. Members and friends of the Republic
can volunteer for as many or as few of these shifts as they'd
like. We are also currently working with Mr. Murphy
to obtain a limited number of free passes for the movie; if
we're able to work out a deal, each volunteer will receive
a free pass at the end of his or her two-hour shift. One
free pass per person, please. Please contact
the Captain and/or plan to attend our Spring Dinner
& Business Meeting on Saturday, April 25, to volunteer.
who volunteer for a table shift are encouraged to wear their
best Star Trek costume or Republic chapter sport
shirt or t-shirt. Our 20th Year Celebration t-shirts
are still available from our Ship's
Store for $15.00 each. Our popular chapter
sport shirts can be ordered for $30.00 each on or before Saturday
April 25; please contact
the Captain or plan to attend our Spring Dinner &
Business Meeting on Saturday, April 25, if you'd like to order
one. For members in costume, our awesome Republic
comm badges are still available for $10.00 each for clasp
pin backs or $12.00 each for magnetic backs, from either the
Store or at the Spring Business & Dinner Meeting
on Saturday, April 25.
This long-awaited movie premiere promises to be the highlight
of the year for all Star Trek fans, and Republic
is delighted to be a part of the premiere. We hope
you'll plan to join us for this awesome weekend!
Memoriam: Ensign Shelton S. Jackson
Shelton S. Jackson, SCC #64767, passed away on Monday,
March 2, 2009, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in his hometown of Newark. His
death was due to complications due to AIDS. He was
Shelton joined STARFLEET International and the USS Republic
NCC-1371 in April 2008. He returned to New Jersey
in June 2008 and had been a patient at UMDNJ since January
of this year. Born and raised in Newark, Shelton
escaped the crime and violence of the streets through education.
In the eighth grade, his world was changed when he
was introduced to poetry. He used this new medium
to express the trials of his coming out of the closet, falling
in love at first sight with a man, becoming HIV-positive
for that love, and finally being reborn to do what he described
as “God’s will.” Shelton authored and published two
books of poetry on his journey of acceptance—The Second
Chapter: Acceptance and The Dawn of a New Day.
He was also part of a national college speakers’ bureau
for young people who were HIV-positive and not afraid to
talk about it, and was featured in the CDC campaigns “Take
The Test—Take Control” for National Testing Day and “Does
HIV Look Like Me?”
At the time he was admitted to UMDNJ, Shelton was a consultant
for the African-American Office of Gay Concerns in Newark,
working on a social marketing project.
Although Shelton's membership aboard the USS Republic
was brief, he made a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Author, poet and HIV activist, Ensign Shelton S. Jackson
served with honor and distinction not only in STARFLEET,
but in life.
Donations, flowers and cards can be sent to:
Shelton S. Jackson Memorial Fund
c/o African-American Office of Gay Concerns
877 Broad St, Suite 211
Newark NJ 07102
Republic wins three Regional awards
2009 STARFLEET Region 2 Summit Awards Banquet held on Saturday
evening, March 7, in Jackson, Mississippi, the USS Republic
won three awards: the Recruiting Award, for having
recruited more new members into STARFLEET than any other Region
2 chapter; the Richard Daystrom Cyberspace Award, for
"having the most informative web site within Region 2;"
and the Brenda Bullock Mothership of the Year Award,
for "demonstration of outstanding support and guidance
to the shuttle(s) entrusted under your care."
Captain Lucy Ferron presents Capt Eric L. Watts with
the Region 2 Brenda Bullock Mothership of the Year
Award for 2008
This is the third consecutive year that the Republic
has won the Recruiting award, the second year in a row that
we have won the Most Informative Web Site award, and the first
time we have won the Mothership award if not ever, then at
least in a very long time.
USS Republic Commanding Officer Captain Eric L.
Watts is the chapter's web site designer, creator and
administrator; has worked closely with Commander John R.
Sims since last May to launch the USS Exeter in
Jacksonville, Florida; and is directly or indirectly responsible
for recruiting 29 of the 36 new members that joined the chapter
during calendar year 2008. Captain Watts personally
accepted these three awards on behalf of the chapter.
Interestingly, in spite of the facts that the Republic
was arguably the busiest chapter in Region 2 during 2008,
travelling to two other cities to participate in other chapters'
events and participating in such notable events as the Georgia
Public Broadcasting pledge drive and a charity event for a
local food bank; in spite of the fact that we celebrated our
20th anniversary with a huge celebration that included 15
hours of programming; in spite of the fact that we recruited
more members than any other chapter; in spite of the fact
that we were the largest chapter in Region 2 throughout the
year, the largest meeting chapter in STARFLEET throughout
the year and even became the largest chapter in all of STARFLEET
for about a month last fall; in spite of all this (and more),
the Republic did not win the coveted Chapter
of the Year award. That honor went to the USS Haise
of Jackson, Mississippi. The USS Haise is
under the command of Fleet Captain Lucy Ferron.
This was the third consecutive year that the Haise
has won this prestigious award. Fleet Captain Lucy
Ferron has served as Region 2's Vice Regional Coordinator
for, coincidentally, three years. This year's Summit
was hosted by... the USS Haise.
The USS Republic respectfully congratulates the USS
Haise on their well-deserved Chapter of the Year award.
Book Shop joins Benefits Program
Republic is pleased to welcome the Aspen Book Shop
in Tucker, Georgia, as our newest Member Benefits Program
Partner. Aspen buys, sells and trades used, rare
and out-of-print books and has a huge selection of science
fiction titles. Located at 4987 Lavista Road across
the street from Tucker High School, Republic members
can now present their valid membership card to receive 25%
off all Star Trek titles and 10% off all other used
books in the store.
Business hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. Drop by soon and introduce yourself to
Al Head, the owner, and be sure to bring cash, as credit and
debit cards are not accepted.
Watts interviewed by AJC
Eric L. Watts was one of two people interviewed by
Phil Kloer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for
an article about the April release of three new Star Trek-branded
fragrances. The article, which mentions the USS
Republic, was published online on Wednesday, March
25, and in the print edition of the paper on Thursday, March
26. Read the article here
Republic is now... on Facebook
might be a sign of the coming Apocolypse... or, it might be
a simple surrender to the inevitable takeover of the world
by Facebook. In either event, the USS Republic
now has its very own page on what Wikipedia says is the world's
largest social networking site. The group page
is brand new so there's not much activity on it yet, but membership
is open to anyone interested in the Republic and its
activities, and all members and friends are encouraged to
here to visit the page and join!
Exeter files activity report for March
John R. Sims, Commanding Officer of the Republic's
shuttle, chapter-in-training USS Exeter NCC-1706, submitted
the following report for March 2009:
This month, the USS Exeter
had a very exciting event to watch: the launch of shuttle
Cmdr Lee Archambault and the intrepid crew of STS-119
left the surly bonds of Earth to deliver and deploy the final
solar array for the international space station. Members
of the crew witnessed this launch from two vantage points
in Jacksonville: Ed Neu, his wife Janice and
their two sons on the north side of Jacksonville, and Cmdr
Sims and his yeoman Hyo Soon Yoo from the parking lot
of the local high school.
At 7:43 p.m. EST, during a beautiful spring evening, the Discovery
lifted above the horizon for all to see. Its trajectory
was to the northeast, giving us an unprecedented view of its
ascent as well as the separation of the solid rocket boosters.
What was truly encouraging about this was all the local
residents coming outside to see this modern marvel. Afterwards,
Ed called to confirm our viewing and we shared notes on it.
Our group then had its monthly dinner meeting at the local
restaurant Sweet Tomatoes on Sunday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m.
It was another great get-together with members Marian
LaPlaca and her daughter Shannon, Hyo
Soon Yoo, Ed and Janice
Neu and their sons Adam and James. Unfortunately,
XO Ryan McDowell was tied up at work again, so he was
not there. The CO discussed his continuing conversations
with the local AMC theater manager concerning our recruitment
table for the upcoming Star Trek
movie. There was a bit of disappointment when I told
them that because of certain restrictions against providing
us the space due to contractual commitments to another in-house
company, we will not be allowed to have a proper table and
display. But the manager will allow us to be there between
shows to hand out flyers to anyone who seems interested. This
comes as a shock to me personally, seeing as when I was with
the old Excalibur
chapter in the 1980s and '90s, we had no such problem. The
times are a' changing, eh?
all had a wonderful dinner and discussed a field trip for
the next meeting, possibly a landing party to the local zoo,
seeing as we missed our opportunity last month or a movie
night out. We may even have another bowling party as
Exeter's Cmdr John R. Sims,
Ens Hyo Soon Yoo, and Cadets
James and Adam Neu.
Costumes were also discussed. The CO recently bought
a pattern for the male tunic from Roddenbery.com and has made
himself a rather fetching spinach green dress tunic for the
evening's events at the upcoming Dragon*Con. I gave
a copy of the pattern to Janice Neu so that she may be able
to outfit her two adorable sons for the con as well.
Overall, March was a very good month for our ship, indeed.
We are looking forward to getting commissioned at Dragon*Con
amongst all our friends in the Fleet. Our ship would
again like to thank USS Republic
Commanding Officer Captain Eric L. Watts for his unwavering
help and guidance. Our ship would be caught in an interspatial
shift (à la the Defiant)
without him. Thanks, Captain!
Find out more about the USS Exeter on their web
Store loaded with chapter merchandise
USS Republic's Ship's
Store has plenty of merchandise still available. Help
stimulate your chapter's economy by purchasing one or more
of these exclusive, custom-made, Republic-branded items
that are the envy of all other Region 2 chapters.
very own, custom-designed chapter comm badges, designed and
created by Capt Michael Cowart, feature the Republic's
"Delta Shield/Capital R" logo rendered in a Deep Space
Nine/Voyager-style comm badge that can be worn
with your Next Generation-era style uniform. Each
badge is individually cast in urethane resin and painted by
hand to closely resemble the silver and bronze colors of comm
badges actually used on the modern Star Trek series.
Available in your choice of traditional butterfly clutch (most
secure) for $10.00 each or magnetic backing (won't harm fabric)
for $12.00 each, these unique chapter comm badges will be
a perfect addition to your uniform for all future chapter
events. Show your pride in the Republic and visit
the Republic's Ship's
Store to order yours now!
Printed in full color and on heavyweight card stock, drilled
and comb-bound for easy wall-hanging, the USS Republic's
2009 calendars feature twelve photos from the Republic's
highest-profile events and activities from 2008, as well as
member birthdays, federal holidays, major religious and seasonal
observances, and most Atlanta-area science fiction convention
dates. THE calendar for all your fannish needs,
this full-sized (10¾" x 17"), limited edition
calendar can be yours for only $10.00 postpaid. Visit
Store to order yours now!
Pledge Drive DVDs: We came, we answered phones, we conquered! Twenty-one
members and friends of the USS Republic answered phones
for two hours during Georgia Public Broadcasting's live semi-annual
Pledge Drive on Saturday, December 6... and we've got it on
DVD! See Capt Eric L. Watts be interviewed
on live TV! See Ens Eddie Hines ham it up
for the cameras! See two fully ridged Klingons
try to hold phones to their heads! See it all for
only $5.00 per each postpaid DVD! In addition to
40 minutes of televised Republic samaritanism, this
four-hour DVD also includes the last half-hour of Celtic
Woman–The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection; Victor
Borge: 100 Years of Music & Laughter! (1½ hrs); Yanni
Voices (30 min.) and the first hour of My Music: My
Generation–The 60s, hosted by Michelle Phillips. Visit
Store to order yours now!
Year Celebration T-Shirts: These
high-quality, 100% preshrunk cotton tees are available in
sizes Medium, Large, XL, 3XL and 4XL and feature the two-color
USS Republic 20th Year Celebration logo screenprinted
on the full chest. Each limited edition, collector's
item shirt is only $15.00 postpaid. Sizes Small and
2XL are already sold out, so order yours now before they're
gone forever. Visit the Ship's
Store to order yours now!
Claire Willis, ENS3 Chadd Franklin and Ens Julianne
Trew look fantastic in Republic t-shirts!
Star Trek Collector's Plates
Friends of the Republic! For a limited time,
we're offering these limited edition porcelain collector's
plates to the first two persons who join the Republic
during the month of April. Each plate comes in
its original box with a certificate of authenticity. Similar
plates are sold on eBay at prices much higher than the cost
of membership dues, but one of these can be yours absolutely
free by joining the Republic and STARFLEET Internaional
for only $25.00. Please visit the Republic's
web site for information on how to join and please
mention "Collector's Plate" on your membership application
and/or PayPal payment memo. Plates are first-come,
first-served; the first person to join will have his or her
choice of the Original Series or Next Generation plate. So
don't delay, join the Republic and get your choice
of one of these collector's item plates today!
to Ens Michael A. Knight on the birth of his son,
Aaron, at 3:58 p m. on Sunday, March 29. He's
about 10 weeks early, but doing fine. He'll hopefully
get to come home from the neonatal intensive care unit in
mid-May. Mom is doing very well and got to come home
on Wednesday. The Knight family lives in Simpsonville,
to Cmdr John R. Sims, commanding officer of the USS
Republic's chapter-in-training, the USS
Exeter, who has again been published in FineScale
Modeler magazine! In the Readers' Gallery,
there is a half-page picture of his Apollo 16 command service
module. It was a project that took over a year
to complete and one of his personal favorites!
Please support Friend of the Republic
Joy Keltner, also a member of the IKAV
Nemesis, who is training for a half-marathon
(13.1 miles) in May through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's
"Team in Training" program to raise money to support finding
a cure for these diseases. (Leukemia was the disease
that claimed the life of Majel
Barrett-Roddenberry in December.) The
money raised by this program not only supports researchers
who are daily coming closer to a cure, but it also helps
current patients as well. The Society helps patients
monetarily by making sure they have transportation and access
to the treatments they need. As of March 29, Joy has
raised 24% of her $3,900 goal. Please support
Joy in this effort by visiting her fundraising web
site and blog and making a donation to this very
Chapter Event Photos
Region 2 Summit Awards Banquet || March
Capt Michael Cowart, Cmdr Brian Holloway, ENS2
Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Julianne Trew, Ens Joanne
St. Patrick's Parade || March 14,
Republic and IKAV Nemesis members marching
Theresa Parker, ENS2 Mark A. Ozanick, Capt Eric L.
Watts, Cmdr Joe Campbell, Ens Joanne Trew, Capt Michael
Cowart, Kevin Parker, Ens Jeff Trew, Tonya Spanks,
preservation -- Do you need your VHS or S-VHS tapes preserved
as MP4 or MPG files? Contact Bruce
Berryhill for details.
Monday, April 6
Capt Matthew D. Ebeling
Thursday, April 9
Ens Eric Lange
Tuesday, April 14
ENS3 Elisa Roper
Ens Darrell R. Ortiz
Wednesday, April 15
Lt JG David Churvis
Thursday, April 16
Ens Christopher W. Smith
ENS2 Hal Doby
These members renewed their memberships
Capt Matthew D. Ebeling
ENS2 Lea Hepler
ENS3 Germaine Webb
Republic needs certain items on a continuing basis
to operate. To help keep our expenses and membership
dues as low as possible, donations of the following items
would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for
CRITICAL NEED: one or more HP 10 black printheads
HP 10 cyan, magenta and yellow printheads
HP 10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink
13 x 19 70-lb. smooth white opaque text stock
Avery 8160 or compatible address labels
9 x 12 manila clasp envelopes
8½ x 11 90-lb. white index card stock
clear packing tape
on May 14, 1988 at Dixie-Trek, the USS Republic
NCC-1371 is a chapter of STARFLEET International (SFI)
and a member of STARFLEET Region 2. The Republic
currently has 58 active members (as of April 5)
and is one of the largest chapters of STARFLEET in the
world. The Republic plans and coordinates
an active schedule of events for its members, frequently
partnering with other local science fiction groups in
the Atlanta area for joint activities, but does not hold
meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.
Membership in the Republic includes membership
in STARFLEET International. Annual dues are $25
per person for both groups (family discounts are available
with certain conditions and restrictions). Membership
in the Republic includes a subscription to our
award-winning quarterly magazine, The Sovereign Star,
access to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges
in chapter elections and a personalized laminated membership
card which entitles the member to discounts and rebates
on products and services offered by our Member Benefits
Program partners. Additional information on Republic
membership and how to join is on our award-winning web
MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM PARTNERS
YEARS AGO ABOARD THE USS REPUBLIC
Captain Brian Sussman
02-15-03 Shuttle Launch Party and welcome to new members
of the Chattahoochee Station. We had members from
both the Shuttle Pleiades and the Chattahoochee. We
talked, ate, drank and played Great Dalmuti. I gave
the CO and XO of the Shuttle Pleiades a gift of a model
of their Shuttle. Fun and happiness was enjoyed by
one and all.
Can't wait to meet everyone at the Summit in a week.
Goodbye to our Current RC and ZC. Both of you
have been very helpful to me and I hope the new RC and ZC
will be as good as you have been.
Captain Brian Sussman
This month both the Commanding officer and Executive
office attended the Region 2 Summit in Huntsville, AL. Along
with the officers Martha Kirkland also attended the festivities
along with members of the Shuttle Pleiades.
This month we also attended the anniversary party for the
USS Davinci in Columbus GA. While there we performed
a lunar mission at the Coca Cola Space Center. Mission
was accomplished successfully.
I have been taking the Australiana course through Starfleet
Academy. They didn't have an electronic version of
their course, so after it arrived (by snailmail) I translated
it into a word document for the school and sent it back
to them to them. They liked it so much they want to
offer me a consulting directorship.
Our status to go back to being a ship from being a station
was approved this month. We were also allow to return
to our original charter as the USS Republic. All members
seem to be very happy with our new status. So we are
now officially the USS Republic NCC-1371.
Due to the 2 away missions this month no meeting was held.
Although we did publish the newsletter for the first
time since 1999. We are sending the newsletter electronically
in order to save money on postage since we have removed
yearly dues from our membership. There was a problem
with the first transmission but it was fixed and all members
and some recruits all received their publication.
I have been working the unassigned members list. I
have sent emails to all Starfleet members from Atlanta to
Macon GA. I explained that there was several chapters
near them and gave them the information to contact the closest
Chapter to them. I then sent all members closest to
my chapter a copy of the newsletter as a recruitment tool.
Captain Brian Sussman
On April. 5th attended the Charity golf event held by
the local Klingon organization here in Atlanta. On
April 12th held meeting discussed upcoming events, ie. SciFi
Summer Con, Renn Faire and DragonCon. Also had discussions
with Shuttle Pleaides CO about joint away missions for next
month and working together to promote recruitment.
Having problem with MSR tool. It is bringing
up an old saved MSR from january. I am using it to
submit for May but needs to be fixed. Also I received
Fleet Captain Tonya Spanks promotion certificate but my
Captains certificate was not in the package. I need
someone to send it to me.
Captain Brian Sussman
This month we had two away missions to the Georgia
Renn Fair. The First mone was a joint mission with
the Shuttle Pleaides. There was a bit of a mixup and
some members never connected with the group and by the time
lunch occured a MAJOR rainstorm hit the fair washing out
the rest of the day, although I did meet with an old member
of the Republic and have started reinteresting him in coming
back to Starfleet and the chapter. We then had another
more successful Day two weeks later. This month we
also had an away mission to see the Matrix. Fun was
had by one and all and possible a new member will be joining
soon. This coming weekend we will be at SciFi Summer
Convention recruiting and hosting discussion panels. A
full breakdown of that event will be in next months MSR.
Captain Brian Sussman
Our crew continued to enjoy the final days of the
GA Renn Fair by attending the last weekend. We also
attended SciFi Summer a local convention in Atlanta. We
hosted several panels and sold items to help support our
ship. We raised over 100.00 for our ship that weekend.
We also got three new members this month. One
joined just prior to the convention and was working with
us and the con doing Medical support. He is Matt
Ebeling our newest Lt JG after passing both OTS and OCC.
We then received a family of two membership from
Bob Toxen and Cindy Browning who we met at the convention.
I also have another member who is from Tenn but
her membership in Starfleet seems to be lost(see comments).
This month we also had a visit from the RC who came
down for a multiship dinner between the Pleiades and my
ship. We then gave Tonya her promotion certificate
which she has been waiting for since the summit. I
was also given my official promotion at the dinner. We
then Ate, drank and were merry for the rest of the night.
I have sent several replies to the helpdesk inquiring
about a membership that appears to be lost. I myself
entered the information including my personal debit account
to pay for it. It was for Lou Ann Bowery who lives
in Tenn but wants to be aboard our ship. She did
receive a confirmation email that was automatically generated
but nothing else and it appears that Starfleet doesn't
know anything. I have had no replies to my inquiries
and I do not want to enter my information, in the event
it might get double billed, until I get a straight answer.
I also inquired about my new members, Bob and Cindy too.
They have sent their information and payment for
Starfleet to me so I want to enter it via the online website
but I want verification that it is all right to do so
prior to attempting it. I have been informed by
a Fleet Captain Tonya Spanks that Roderick Jennings name
is consistantly being changed to Jenning on all correspondence
from Starfleet including the online database. Can
we fix the name(add an 's') again please.
Captain Brian Sussman
This was the quietest month we have had in a while.
We didn't have any activities this month as we were
recupurating from the previous busy months.
I was finally able to clear up the issue I had with
the missing membership and I wish to thank all involved.
I was able to enter two new members this month into
the system. Welcome aboard to Cindy and Bob. Also
the issue with Roderick Jennings name is still showing up.
His name is not Jenning. Can someone please
correct this matter.
Captain Brian Sussman
Had monthly meeting with Jim Bellon, Matthew Ebeling,
Tonya Spanks, and Brian Sussman attending. Restructured
the command staff positions due to members ability to attend
meetings and functions. Jim Bellon will take over
the position of XO from Jeff Kirkland once all paperwork
is finalized. Karen Bellon is taking the position
as CMO. Matt is taking the position as Comm Officer
and Security Chief. Tonya will become Chief of Ops
after she renews for the coming year. We are attending
DragonCon as a ship. Tonya is hosting a panel on Trek
Kitchen with Brian, Jim and Matt helping. Brian hosting
a panel with guest stars from the TV show and publishers
regarding the series Enterprise. Our ship is helping
host the 10 forward party on the last night of the Con.
More about the event will be in the next MSR.
Captain Brian Sussman
This month our ship attended one of the largest Sci-fi
and Fantasy conventions called DragonCon. Not only
did we attend but we also hosted several panels and the
big party at the end of the convention called 10 Forward.
Brian as CO of the local chapter was invited to speak
along with several guest stars about the latest series Enterprise.
Fleet Capt Tonya Spanks, Commander Jim Bellon, Lt.
Comm Matt Ebeling and Capt Brian Sussman hosted a new panel
about Starfleet cooking. We almost filled the panel
room which was a pleasant surprise to the chairman of the
Trek Trak at DragonCon. We are invited back to do
it again next year. Not to let our cooking skills
go to waste, Matt and Brian also entered the first ever
IronTrek cook off. They both performed admirable as
the original contestant Tonya Spanks couldn't perform and
they stepped in at the last minute. The rest of the
convention many in the group attended other panels, did
gaming, bought new things to add to their collections and
just had a good time. We also used this time to recruit
and had two new members join who we met at the convention.
At this time their money and paperwork is inroute to membership.
All in all a very successful event.
Also this month we held our monthly meeting at our new XO's
home. We invited local Klingon groups and our shuttle
for a party afterward. During the meeting we officially
pin'd our latest promotions and handed the XO duties over
to Jim Bellon. Also in attendance was Eric Watts the
chairman of Trek Trak at DragonCon. He brought along
a letter of commendation for Jim as Jim performed duties
above and beyond and he felt they should be recognized.
I had been informed earlier and spoke privately with
other members about giving Jim an award for his acts. All
agreed and so Jim was award the first Distinguished Service
award given by our ship. At the same time we awarded
Jeff Kirkland a Meritorious Service award for all his work
with the ship over all the years and for his duties this
year keeping the chapter going. Our party was enjoyed
by several Klingons, our new members, and some other invited
guests who might join in the future. This september
has been a very successful and fun month. We are looking
forward to many more to come.
Captain Brian Sussman
This month was a quiet month. Our shuttle Pleaides
had it's commissioning and I attended the affair. We
had our monthly meeting. We discussed charities that
we are going to be working with in the future. We
also are working on a cook book for next years DragonCon
panel. We are also working on hosting panels at SciFi
Summer next year. The Captain and Chief of Security
did an away mission to the North Carolina Renn fest that
weekend. Our group is working on expanding our meetings
with the use of the internet. Plans are being worked
on at the moment and no final ideas are quite ready for
Captain Brian Sussman
Last Month I forgot to mention that our ship had it's
annual Halloween party held at one of our member's store.
He supplied food along with a special cake baked by
our own Fleet Capt Tonya Spanks. Gaming, videos and
fun was had by one and all. Our ship started it's
own yahoo group to keep members informed of events and just
fun things. We also attended a charity miniture golf
tournament held by our local Klingon group here in Atlanta.
The Republic came in second missing first by only
a couple of points. We are working on our annual x-mas
party and also will be working with the Klingons to help
with raising Toys for Tots.
There are two members listed on our chapter roster
as pending. Fleet captain Tonya Spanks 29719 and and
Roderick Jennings 54237 both have paid their dues according
to them. If this information is incorrect could someone
please inform myself, Tonya and Rod. Otherwise can
you please add them fully to our roster. Also Please
correct Roderick's last name to Jennings with an "s". This
has constantly been mispelled and he would like it corrected.
Captain Brian Sussman
This month our chapter had it's annual holiday party
with most of the membership in attendance. We also
had guests from other groups that we work with attending.
Our special guests were ZC Mike Henigan and Eric Watts
who runs the Trek Trak at DragonCon. Fun, frolic and
Jeff Kirkland's eggnog flowed all night. We had a
gift exchange and Karaoke. All had a good time and
we even had a new member signup right after that. We
now have a couple of members interested in starting a Marine
strike group on our ship and I will be contacting the SF
marines regarding that. We are looking forward to
a new year and more fun and growth for a our group.
Republic Monthly Status Reports for February to
December 2003 downloaded from the STARFLEET International
MSR Archives database. The USS Republic
published one newsletter during 2003, available as a free