Volume I, Number 14  •  May 2009 

•  Friday-Sunday, May 22-24: TimeGate & TimeGate Room Party
•  Friday-Sunday, June 12-14: Sci-Fi Summer Con
•  Saturday, July 4: Fourth of July BBQ & Pool Party

•  USS Republic is all over the media
•  Phase I of Project Legacy is complete
•  USS Republic Forums web site under development
•  USS Republic Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy
•  USS Republic recruitment brochure distribution
•  Join the USS Republic's Facebook group page
•  USS Exeter files activity report for April
•  Ship's Store loaded with chapter merchandise
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos
•  Classifieds

•  May Birthdays
May Membership Renewals
•  Member Reenlistments
•  Wish List
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  10 Years Ago Aboard the USS Republic

TimeGate & TimeGate Room Party

Friday - Sunday, May 22-24, 2009
Holiday Inn Select
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee GA  30341
TimeGate is an annual science fiction / fantasy convention that focuses on Doctor Who and Stargate, though all interests are represented.  So if you're into Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Chronicles—or you're excited about the upcoming show Stargate Universe—this is the con for you!  But if not, they'll also have Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, literary, horror and comics programming, too, along with many other topics.

One of TimeGate's Guests of Honor this year is Brad Greenquist, who played "Krit" in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Who Mourns for Morn?," "Demmas" in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Warlord," "Khata'n Zshaar" in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Dawn" and the Rigelian kidnapper in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode ""Affliction."

Registration rates are currently $15 for Friday only, $20 for Saturday or Sunday only, or $40 for the full weekend.

ROOM PARTY!  The USS Republic will have an official presence at TimeGate with a member recruitment table throughout the weekend and a room party on Saturday night, hosted by Ens Joanne Trew with snacks and adult beverages provided by Ens Sue Lin Lange, Ens Zannetta Law and Ens Mark A. Ozanick.  We hope to see you there!

Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday - Sunday, June 12-14, 2009
Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta
1775 Parkway Place, Marietta GA  30067

Sci-Fi Summer Con is a recreational convention with sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics and anime themes at the start of summer each year.  There will be many guest speakers, games, indoor/outdoor activities, discussion panels, movies and vendors, plus an arcade, "dive-in movie," costume contests, parties, and more!

Sci-Fi Summer Con was the host of the Republic's awesomely successful 20th Year Celebration last year, and we are pleased to have an official presence there again this year.  In addition to a member recruitment table throughout the weekend, we'll also be hosting another awesome Saturday night dance party.  We hope to see you there!


Fourth of July BBQ & Pool Party

12:00 noon to late evening
Saturday, July 4, 2009 (Rain Date: Saturday, July 11)
Hosted by ENS2 Hal Doby
4651 Cedar Brook Drive, Conyers GA  30094
Ensign 2nd Class Hal Doby is pleased to invite all members of the Republic, as well as all our friends in the IKAV Nemesis, KAG Atlanta, Stargate Atlanta, Atlanta Outworlders and the USS Atlanta, for a full day of fun, food and water on Saturday, July 4!  This year, the theme is "The Classic American Mid-Twentieth Century Picnic," circa 1950-1960.  The menu is traditional American picnic food, such as hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs on the grill.  Ensign Doby and the Republic will provide sodas, burgers, chicken, hot dogs and the fixin's; attending members and friends are asked to bring covered dishes and sides such as fried chicken, potato salad, pies, cakes and other traditional picnic food.  But wait!  There's more!  Don't try to sneak in with just any old can of store-brand pork and beans.  Just for fun, we'll hold a "Republic Iron Chef" contest where people will vote on their favorite side dish.  The contest theme will be "The Classic American Summer Picnic" and the winner will get an award of some sort and the title of Republic Iron Chef!  Entries will be judged by popular vote based on originality, presentation and of course, taste.

Starting around noon, we'll open the pool to anybody that wants to splash around and have fun.  Don't forget to bring your swim trunks and a towel to dry off with!  The Republic will be providing ice and non-alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment.  The event is BYOB, so should you choose to bring spirits, please enjoy yourself responsibly.  The event will continue into the afternoon and evening for as long as everyone wishes to stay, so feel free to arrive as early or as late as you're able.  We'll show some classic sci-fi movies of the 1950s and 1960s on Ensign Doby's 57" Big Screen TV later in the day.  This invitation is open to all members and friends of the Republic, all other metro area science fiction fans, and anyone else that would enjoy a good time.  The command and crew of the USS Republic look forward to seeing you there!

USS Republic is all over the media
When the North Dekalb Neighbor newspaper wants to do an interview for a feature article about Star Trek, who do they call?
When The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wants to do an interview for an article about Star Trek and a group photo of Star Trek fans in costume, who do they call?
When Roddenberry.com wants an interview about the new Star Trek movie, who do they call?
When Paramount Pictures wants to invite a select group of Star Trek fans to an advance screening of the new Star Trek movie on a brand new IMAX theater screen, who do they call?

The answer?  The USS Republic, of course.  Greg Rossino of the North Dekalb Neighbor interviewed Captain Eric L. Watts, Ensign Joanne Trew and Friends of the Republic Kevin and Theresa Parker on Thursday, April 30, for an article that appeared in the May 6 issue of the weekly newspaper.  See the online edition of the article here.  Bo Emerson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed Captain Watts on Wednesday, May 6, and again on Friday, May 8, for an article that appeared in the Monday, May 11 issue of the daily paper.  Read the print copy article here and the online edition here.  Eve Gidion from Roddenberry.com asked Captain Watts for his thoughts about the movie, which were posted on her blog here.  And when Paramount invited the Republic to see the Star Trek movie at the IMAX theater in Kennesaw, Brant Sanderlin, a photographer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was there to cover the event for an online feature that can be seen here.

Commanding Officer, Republic, would like to thank all those members and friends of the Republic who were able to attend these events in costume on very short notice.  The Republic's ever-increasing and virtually exclusive presence in the local media is a clear sign that we are the preeminent Star Trek fan club in the metro Atlanta area.
Phase I of Project Legacy is complete
Commanding Officer, Republic, is pleased to announce that Phase I of our ongoing Project Legacy is now complete.  Thanks primarily to the efforts of ENS2 Mark A. Ozanick, with additional assistance from Captain Eric L. Watts and former Republic member Dr. Bruce Peret, all 51 issues of chapter newsletters (under eight different names) in our archives dated 1987 to 2003 have been converted to PDF documents and uploaded to the News & Newsletters page on our award-winning web site.  These newsletters, now available to anyone for free with just the click of a mouse, serve as the best record yet of the Republic's long and illustrious history.  You cannot know where you are until you know where you've been, so members are encouraged to visit the newsletter archives at their convenience, take their own trip back through time and learn more about our distinguished past.

Many thanks to Commodore Jeff Kirkland, a former longtime member and a previous commanding officer of the Republic, for donating these newsletters to the chapter's official archives for posterity's sake.

Phase II of Project Legacy will be scanning and uploading to the Republic's web site the many dozens of photographs taken of various chapter activities during our first ten years, loaned (not donated) to the Republic by Comm Kirkland.  Any member of the Republic who might be able to assist in the scanning of these photographs is encouraged to contact the Captain as soon as possible.
USS Republic Forums web site under development
Thanks to the efforts of Ens Drew Schlosser, the USS Republic is currently developing a brand new Forums web site for our membership, where members can log in, create a variety of topics for discussion, post messages and announcements and, best of all, not have such messages emailed to every member subscribed to our members-only YahooGroups message board.  As of this writing, the new Forums site hasn't officially launched yet, but you can see the site under development here.  This new site is in addition to our recently established Facebook group page.  Many thanks to Ens Drew for suggesting the idea and getting it started.  We hope to officially launch the site in the next week or two!
USS Republic Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy codified and available
The USS Republic's Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy, which has been in effect since Captain Eric L. Watts took command of the chapter in May 2006 but which has never been put into writing in its entirety, has finally been codified, published and made available to the membership on the Republic's YahooGroups members-only message board.  The document can be found in the "Governing Documents & Policies" folder in the Files section.  Members of the Republic who are not yet subscribed to our YahooGroups message board can do by sending an email here.
USS Republic recruitment brochure distribution
With interest in the Star Trek franchise being the hottest it's been in... (ahem) generations, the Republic hopes to capitalize on it by distributing our awesome full-color, four-page chapter brochures at various area establishments where Star Trek fans are likely to gather.  So far, we've placed ten brochures in highly visible locations at The Dragon's Horde comics and gaming shop in Stone Mountain, Odin's Comics in Lilburn, Aspen Book Shop in Tucker, and the Galactic Quest comic shops in both Lawrenceville and Buford.  Many thanks to these shop owners for allowing us to place our recruitment materials in their stores!

If you know of other local business establishments where Star Trek fans routinely gather, please contact the Captain so we can ask them if they'll let us put out some of our brochures.
Join the USS Republic's Facebook group page
The USS Republic has its very own page on what Wikipedia says is the world's largest social networking site.  The group page is 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 join.  Click here to visit the page and join!
USS Exeter files activity report for April
Commander John R. Sims, Commanding Officer of the Republic's shuttle in Jacksonville, Florida, chapter-in-training USS Exeter NCC-1706, submitted the following report for April 2009:

This month, the crew of the USS Exeter held its meeting at the CO's new abode.  Although turnout was light, we still had a great deal of fun.  Because of scheduling problems, the Neu family and XO Ryan McDowell could not attend.  But Ensigns Julie and Jordan Cain did, as well as two new prospective members, Bob & Joan Sims... my parents!  This is kinda cool, seeing as my mother was the one who turned me on to Trek as a kid.

The meeting was more of a social gathering.  We caught up on some family matters and discussed the new movie.  Then we enjoyed yet another incredible meal prepared by the CO's yeoman, Hyo Soon: Korean BBQ, fried dumplings and sushi!  Afterwards, we watched an episode of
Star Trek: Phase II.  My family members were truly intrigued by the quality of a fan-made production... but they don't know James Cawley!

This past week, I stayed in contact with the Regal Cinemas manager and firmed up our plans for the recruitment table for the
Star Trek movie opening.  I was also contacted by no less than four other theaters from south Georgia to St. Augustine.  Geez, where were you guys when I was calling four weeks ago?  I was also contacted by the curator of the main branch of the Jacksonville library.  They are to have a Trek-A-Thon this coming Saturday from 1:30 until 5:00 p.m.  They will be showing the first two pilot episodes as well as the classic "City on the Edge of Forever."  I contacted the local news media and we are to have some coverage of that event as well.

This is gonna be a very busy week for the
Exeter.  We hope to do our collective best to help STARFLEET grow vicariously through our efforts.

On a good note, Ensign Janice Neu has passed her OTS.  Yaa!  I am hoping to get all my bridge staff to pass this before our commissioning in September at Dragon*Con.  In the next week, we will be filing another VRR to get our approval from the DTS.

As of May 1, the USS Exeter crew included eleven STARFLEET members in good standing.  Visit the Exeter's web site here.
Ship's Store loaded with chapter merchandise
The 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.

Our 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!

Calendars: 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 the Ship's Store to order yours now!

GPB 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 the Ship's Store to order yours now!

Ens Claire Willis, ENS3 Chadd Franklin and Ens Julianne Trew look fantastic in Republic t-shirts!
LAST CHANCE TO ORDER 20th Year Celebration T-Shirts!  Only two of these high-quality, 100% preshrunk cotton tees featuring the two-color USS Republic 20th Year Celebration logo screenprinted on the full chest are still available: one Medium and one XL.  The rest are gone, and they're not coming back!  Each limited edition, collector's item shirt is only $15.00 postpaid.  Hurry!  Visit the Ship's Store to order yours now!
Personnel Records
•  Congratulations to ENS2 Zannetta Law, who walked over five miles and raised $130 on Friday, May 16, at the Adams Center Stadium off of North Druid Hills as a team of one for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event, which brings more than 3.5 million people from across the country together each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

•  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 May 21, Joy has raised 53% 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 worthy cause.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
PALS Atlanta's Star Trek Bingo Night  ||  April 8, 2009
Seated: PALS Bingo Night hostess "Martina Alexandria." Standing: Q100's "The Bert Show" cohost Melissa Carter, Republic's CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS3 Zannetta Law, hostess "Bubba D. Licious," Ens Jeff Trew, Ens Joanne Trew, Capt Michael Cowart, a Borg.

Spring Dinner & Business Meeting  ||  April 26, 2009
Seated: Ens Daniel Wolfgang, Linda Varonetski, Alex Miller, Ens Jenilee Trew.  Standing: ENS3 Sue Lin Lange, Tom McFarland, Capt Eric L. Watts, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS2 Mark A. Ozanick, Ens Eddie Hines, Ens John Stump, Beth Miller, Warren Rutledge, ENS2 Zannetta Law, Ens Chris Jones, Ens Joanne Trew.
Wanted to Buy -- A good used working window unit air conditioner.  Contact Captain Eric L. Watts with price and condition.

VHS preservation -- Do you need your VHS or S-VHS tapes preserved as MP4 or MPG files?  Contact Bruce Berryhill for details.


Friday, May 1
Ensign David M. Phillips MD

Saturday, May 2

Captain Michael Cowart

Sunday, May 3

Ensign Jamie Sweat

Sunday, May 10

Ensign Linda Phillips

Sunday, May 17

Commander David A. Slaughter

Monday, May 25

Ensign Julianne Trew

Thursday, May 28

Ensign Page E. Lewis

These members' dues
expire in May

Ensign Rachel Bowman
ENS3 Michael A. Knight
ENS3 Clint Mull
ENS3 Elisa Roper
Ensign Jeff Trew
Crewman Jenilee Trew
Ensign Joanne Trew
Ensign Julianne Trew


These members renewed their memberships in April

ENS3 Tammy Pakulski

The 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 your support!

CRITICAL NEED: HP 10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink cartridges

Wi-fi enabled Windows XP laptop with remote mouse
HP 10 black, cyan, magenta and yellow printheads
postage stamps
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 (Springhill 15101)
clear packing tape

Commissioned on May 14, 1988 at Dixie-Trek in Atlanta, Georgia, the USS Republic NCC-1371 is a chapter of STARFLEET International (SFI) and a member of STARFLEET Region 2.  The Republic currently has 85 active members (as of May 21) and is now the largest chapter 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 site.


XBox Live Gamertag:
"USS Republic"


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Note: In January 1999, the USS Republic and the USS MacLeod—both chapters of STARFLEET chartered in Atlanta—merged to form Chattahoochee Station.  In March 2003, Chattahoochee Station changed its name back to the USS Republic.

From the Center Seat
Fleet Captain
Kathryn Webster
Hello Everyone!

We have a very busy time the next couple of months.  With DS9 ending party and Dragoncon we will be very active.

Mike and Kelly have invited us over to their place for a DS9 ending.  Dragoncon is set for the first weekend in July.  We are going to need help on the Starfleet table.  Monty Strickland has agreed to handle scheduling for the table.  I'm sure he will be getting in touch with your about the table.  Due to Dragoncon being on the 1st Saturday of the month, our business meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

At that time, we need to start voting on our by-laws.  The XO in charge of the Republic, Mike Henigan has promised to send out by email a proposed set of bylaws.  Please read these and think about them.  This is just a starting point.  The are not "set in stone."  If you have not received your copy of the proposed by-laws by June 15th, please contact me and I'll get you a copy.

One issue that I feel we need to think about is how we handle the elections of the two XOs in charge of the ship.  Please think about this and give me your ideas.

Hope to see you soon.

From the Right Seat
Leon Lord
Executive Officer
Greetings one and all.  Our ships have merged and no trouble at all.  This shows that through all the years of working together as friends, we can still be friends and shipmates working together to a common goal.  The future will be bright as we go forth to the 21st century.  At the stores now are next week's TV Guide with DS9 crews.  There are four covers with different people.  I picked up two for my collection.  Enjoyed the trip to Ren Fest and the Star Wars movie.  The movie was much better than the critics say it was.

I have card protectors.  They will go on any collectible cards and the card games, a bargain of $4.25 per box containing 100 sleeves.

Captain Tonya Spanks

Greetings, Chattahoochians.

We have certainly had a busy time since our last newsletter.  Fleet Captain Kathy and I ventured out to the Renaissance Festival on opening day (as per tradition) and we were treated to a few new sites.  One of the food courts has been built up to a more level ground and covered benches have been added so that you can have a little shade while dinning.  There have been a few more shops added and of course, there is not enough money in my pockets to fully, fully enjoy myself (I would need about $100 spending money).  Another nice addition are the new FLUSH PRIVIES (pause for Ahhs of joy)!!!  Unfortunately, the heat was so terrific that Kathy and I could not really enjoy ourselves and we departed shortly after noon.  Another group went to the Festival the weekend of the 23rd as I had free passes.  Note anyone wishing to go the Spring Festival is certainly welcome as I get free passes from the office and usually can get enough for 10 to 12 people.  We had the pleasure of being joined by Martha and her granddaughter Lori.  This time I got to see the Great Cats of the World Show which was entertaining as well as educational.  Although these "cats" are beautiful, they make terrible pets.  The heat was bearable but the rain drove us away this time.  Maybe next season we will get to enjoy the entire day.

Between Ren Fest. Visits, the new Star Wars movie was released, and being the sci-fi fans we are, we went.  I for one was not overly impressed with the movie.  The special effects were good and the fight scenes were pretty good; however, without giving too much away for those who have not seen it, during one of the fight scenes, IN MY OPINION, had there been LESS dancing and MORE fighting it would have been over in less time.  It was a good movie and I plan to see it again.

DragonCon approaches and I hope to see as may people there as possible.  I will have two main focuses; Frank Grorshwin and the TenForward.  The Klingons are hosting a beauty pageant (of sorts) and I think it just might be worth catching.

Our fund raiser isn't doing too well, folks.  Word has been out for quite some time for recipes and so far I have received zero.  If we don't want any funds for the station or the crew wants to do something else, tell me now so I can stop wasting my time.

Medical Department
Lt. Monty Strickland
Greetings from the Medical Department.  I'd like to report on the progress of the suggestions that I made in the last nexus.  The Academy month has been postponed until later in the year since we had a very busy April and May as will have been reported elsewhere in the Nexus.  I look forward to this being rescheduled and will give everyone plenty of notice so that they can be involved.  As to the suggestion that we consider having care groups, it was decided to postpone consideraton of this suggestion until the basic elements describing the Station have been agreed upon.

Elsewhere in the Nexus I hope to have an article which displays the form for the medical information that the Station requests be available to the Commanding officer in the case of an emergency which occurs while the station is on an "away mission."  A duplicate copy will be maintained by the Medical officer to be used in case the CO's copy in unavailable.  All information will remain confidential and will only be revealed to medical personnel in the case of an emergency.  I will email the form which can returned to me by email by those members that I have an email address for.  If you have not received any email from me in the past and would desire a form emailed to you please send email to montine@charter.net with your current email address and I will email a copy of the mecical form to them.

The Medical Department is seeking an interested crewperson to assume the duties of Station Councilor.  This person would initially be part of the medical department.  Upon completion of OTS and by proper approval that person might have their own department.  If the suggested care groups become reality then it would be logical that the Station Councilor help with them.  For the purposes of the station no actual counseling experience is needed in order to be Station Councilor.  In order to be successful, all that is needed is a caring heart and some spare time to devote to this.  If you'd like to be Station Councilor please contact me either by phone at 770-252-4153 and leave voice mail or by email at montine@charter.net.  I welcome any comments about the Station Councilor and the activities that person could help within the station.  I anticipate that the Medical Department will work closely with the Station Councilor both as a part of the department and in the event that the Station Councilor become another department.

I have been asked to coordinate the station's table at Dragon*Con.   Upon seeing the schedule of events for Dragon*Con I intend to divide the time that people stay to watch the table to correspond to the interval which Dragon*Con panels are scheduled.  2 years ago that interval was 1.5 hrs and it worked well to have the interval to coincide.  I will make the schedule available for Dragon*Con to all interested crew members and also ask people to sign up on the table schedule to be at the table.  Hopefully sine everyone's tastes are different and some panels and speakers are repeated we will have people willing to be at the table at the assigned times and everyone will have a chance to enjoy Dragon*Con.  In the past, one or two people spent most of their time at the table and were unable to enjoy anything at Dragon*Con.  Depending on the response if everyone will plan on being at the table for two or three sessions then the table will be covered without putting the burden on any one or two people.  Since Dragon*Con is July 4th weekend, I expect both the session schedule for Dragon*con and the Table schedule to be available soon.  Look for it via email and at meetings and social meetings between now and then.  I want to thank you all in advance for the cooperation that I know I can expect from everyone on the station.

As busy as we have been in the past, I can't be sure when each of these initiatives will happen except for Dragon*Con which will be July 4th weekend.  Please email or turn in your medical information to me or the CO as soon as is possible because we'd like to have this information available for any trips or events we attend as a station.  Thanks again for all your help and cooperation.  This concludes the medical department report for this Nexus.

Edmund Trafford
Ravings from the Editor...

Without yet having seen the finale (the ultimate final last TV season closer forever finale) of DS9, I can't help but to speculate about what will happen regarding the ethical and moral crisis of the Federation's having devised and planted the plague (through an unwitting Odo) that is slowly destroying the Founders.  It would seem to be the absolutely right thing to do to share the cure with the Founders, particularly since the Federation (in the form of the thoroughly amoral Section 31 agents) spread the disease in the first place.  But in the interest of basic self-preservation, wouldn't it be the height of foolishness to give your worst enemy a prize that would only strengthen them, and doubly strengthen their resolve to continue trying to conquer you, especially when they found out that you had tried to commit genocide?  If we gave the Founders the antidote in the perhaps naïve belief that such a deeply trusting and sincerely honest and selfless act would convince them of the Federation's basic decency and commitment to justice, would Federation idealism (i.e., Roddenberry's deep optimism in a bright and humanistic future for the galaxy) turn out to be the very thing that would destroy us, leaving us defenseless and open to domination by the renewed Founders?

Well—what would you do?

Reprinted from
The Nexus
Vol. I, Issue Three, May/Jun 1999
Copyright © 1999 Chattahoochee Station
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