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Volume I, Number 66
September 2013
•  Saturday, September 28: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
•  Sat., October 12: Project: Potemkin Open House (Albany GA)

•  Saturday, October 26: Halloween Spooktacular
•  Saturday, November 16: Fall Business & Dinner Meeting
•  Saturday, December 7: Farragut Fest 2013 (Kingsland GA)
•  Saturday, December 21: USS Republic Christmas Party

•  It's YOUR club... what do YOU want to do?
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  September Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Member Reenlistments
•  Past Due Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Editorial: Star Trek is not broken
Eighth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013

Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 874-5703 ||
ENS1 Wil Sims, Cynthia Coles and CO Capt Eric L. Watts were the only three participants in last year's STARFLEET Bowling Challenge.  We can do better than that this year, can't we?  Please come out and have a good time with your fellow crewmates!
Join the USS Republic for our Eighth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  We once again challenge the Klingon Assault Group and the Georgia 501st to this perenially popular event... we'll see who shows up to meet us in the alley!

The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of bowling and includes shoe rental.  CASH ONLY, PLEASE, and please pay the Republic, who has already paid for the lane rental.  We have rented two lanes which accommodate up to six players each.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can add lanes if necessary.  Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, get your shoes and choose your ball.  First ball rolls promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally) at 7:00 p.m.  Midtown Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.

The 2007 Bowling Challenge turned out to be a huge media event with lots of TV cameras and all the challenges since then have been just as much fun, if perhaps not as well-attended.  Plan to wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt for this fun-filled family-friendly event!

Project: Potemkin Open House

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2013
Stellar Video Services
2925 Ledo Road #11, Albany GA  31707
Project: Potemkin, Albany's own Star Trek Internet film series, is sponsoring an Open House on October 12, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Their sets are located at 2925 Ledo Road, Suite 11, Albany, Georgia  31707 (behind The Dive Shop and LimbCare).

There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be gladly accepted to fund our upcoming purchase of costumes and makeup for both the October and November shoots.  Come see the new studio sets, check out our latest releases, get up-to-date information on our new projects, meet our stars and guest stars, and basically have a great time.

At 3:00 p.m., we're planning on having sneak previews of our upcoming releases for 2014.  Don't miss out on this opportunity!  For more information, visit the Project: Potemkin Open House Facebook event page.

Project: Potemkin is a fan-directed Internet film series based on the universe of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek.  As a result, this project generates no revenue in any way.  The series is based in and around the southwest Georgia area.

Carpooling to Albany
Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts will depart Doraville for Albany promptly at 8:00 p.m. Saturday morning and will return to Atlanta late that afternoon.  Anyone who wishes to carpool with him should contact the Captain to make rendezvous arrangements.

It's YOUR club... what do YOU want to do?
For five and a half years, the sidebar on the right-hand side of this newsletter has boasted, "The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members."  Indeed, those events include business dinner meetings, marching in parades, recruitment tables and room parties at local conventions, "away missions" to movie premieres, museums and fan film studios, charity putt-putt challenges, bowling challenges, fundraising events, holiday potluck and/or dinner parties for Valentines Day, Halloween and Christmas, pool parties, gaming nights, fan film screenings, picnics at Centennial Olympic Park, and occasional really special events such as answering phones for Georgia Public Broadcasting on live television.  We even host our own Star Trek convention.

The Republic's chapter motto is "Boldly Going... Boldly Doing."  No one can say that we haven't lived up to that ideal.  The Republic offers a greater variety of events and activities for its members than most likely any other chapter in STARFLEET.  And yet, participation in and attendance at these events continues to remain disappointingly low.  Our membership roster has hovered between three and four dozen members for the last three years, but attendance at our club events is seldom more than an embarrassingly small fraction of that.  We would really like to see that change.

As a member of the Republic, you always have the privilege of suggesting, at any time, an activity you'd like to see the chapter plan, organize, arrange, coordinate and/or host.  If there's any kind of activity or event that you'd like to see added to the Republic's calendar, please contact the Captain with your idea and we'll do everything we can to make it happen.  In the meantime, please remember that this is your club, and your participation in club events is the only reason we're here.  We hope to see you soon.
Personnel Records
Congratulations to Ens Robert T. Efurd, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Officer's Training School" from the Institute of Leadership Studies, completed on September 8, 2013
Congratulations to Ens Lee Johnson, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Officer's Training School" from the Institute of Leadership Studies, completed on September 10, 2013
Congratulations to Ens Tiffany Johnson, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Officer's Training School" from the Institute of Leadership Studies, completed on September 10, 2013

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!

Library Computer
This 1966 article about the imminent series premiere of Star Trek, believed to have been published in a Florida newspaper, offers some very interesting opinions on how and why science fiction on television had been mostly unsuccessful up until that time, as well as some background information on the development of this new show and its cast and crew.  It also proffered this bold prediction: "If Star Trek will not back off social issues and commentary, if its characters are strong and believable and if one sees a minimum of light panels that always seem to keep blazing on TV space ships, the series will have a better than even chance of succeeding."

As most of us know,
Star Trek debuted on September 8, 1966. Whether the Sept. 15 date listed in the article was a typo or the official premiere date was changed after its publication is unknown. If the latter, that would be a very interesting discovery of long-forgotten bit of Star Trek trivia.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Away Mission to Night at the Museum  ||  August 10, 2013
ENS1 Julianne Trew, Greg Wallace, ENS1 Jeff Trew, ENS3 Jenilee Trew, ENS1 Joanne Trew and Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts at the Night of the Museum event at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville on the occasion of the Captain's 52nd birthday.
Ensigns Lee and Tiffany Johnson, Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Wil Sims all in costume and, unexpectedly, posing for photos and signing autographs at the Night of the Museum event at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville.
Away Mission to The Skywalkers  ||  August 24, 2013
ENS1 Claire Willis, Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Eddie Hines and Dawn Kil at the Yard House restaurant at Atlantic Station.  It's a shame more people didn't come out for this event... the movie was really good.


Friday, September 13

ENS Reggie Lewis

Sunday, September 15

ENS3 Leslie C. Gronski

Monday, September 23

ENS Tiffany Johnson

3 New Members in August!

Lt. Katherine E. Cline
Ens Lee Johnson
Ens Tiffany Johnson

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in August.  Thank you!

ENS3 Patricia Houk

These members' dues
expired between May and August.
  Please renew now!

ENS1 Lea Hepler
ENS3 Tracy O'Quinn
ENS1 Elisa Roper
Cmdr David A. Slaughter
ENS2 Marilyn Teague
ENS3 Robert Teague
ENS2 Chris White

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 September 22, 2013, the Republic crew includes 44 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.  Combined annual dues for both groups are $25 per person and is collected by the chapter (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Membership in the Republic includes access to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges in chapter elections and additional privileges that occasionally become available.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join or reenlist is on our award-winning web site.



Crmn Eliya Brog
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Editorial: Star Trek is not broken
By "The Stig"
September 13, 2013
There has been some talk recently that Star Trek is broken.  It's lost its way and needs to be shepherded back to the true path.  Where is the social commentary?  Where are the big ideas?
What about Gene's vision?
I'd argue that if we're expecting cutting social commentary or big ideas, Star Trek isn't (and never has been) particularly effective on that front.  It's always played it safe, with pat answers and trite conclusions to all the "issues" presented.  The "first interracial kiss" was anything but, depicted as a forced and unpleasant affair thanks to alien mind control.  Commentary on race relations was boiled down to aliens bisected by white and black makeup.
Even the much-vaunted Deep Space Nine failed to actually create the moral grey area that fans give it credit for.  Our heroes always did the "right" thing and even in their darkest hour, it was alien third-parties that did the dirty work (I'm looking at you, "In the Pale Moonlight").
On the other hand, if you're looking for rousing adventure, exciting spectacle and human characters, you'd also be disappointed by The Next Generation-era Star Trek.  Thanks to Roddenberry's self-aggrandizing view of "evolved humanity," we got stale and stiff characters with a "higher sensibility."  Picard and his crew would hit their marks and declaim, loudly, that humanity had evolved past such petty squabbles.  Here was a show with a large extended cast, the most interesting, human, and believable of which was the android.
At least First Contact had the balls to call Picard on his bullshit, if even for a moment.
If you look at the original, with no bloody A,B,C or D, you get relatable people who have interpersonal conflicts, petty fights and make all-too-human mistakes.  Kirk and Spock have a shouting match over what to do about Anton Karidian in "The Conscience of the King."  Kirk's obsession with the gas creature that attacked the Farragut puts the Enterprise in grave jeopardy in "Obsession."
Sure, it's just as sexist as you'd expect a television show from the '60s to be, but there's a core there that has endured all these years.  It's a winning formula: The cocksure captain, emotionless first officer and a collection of colorful crewmembers (mostly) working together.  This is a story about a team, a family, with all the ups and downs that encompasses.
The rub is that, when Abrams looked at reviving Star Trek, he didn't look to TNG-era Trek.  He looked back, way back, to the '60s and an action-adventure series that captured the imagination and attention of a generation.
The question is, why?
It's because TNG Trek and beyond never actually continued the original series.  In reality, it went sideways from the heart and soul of Trek and never really honored what it was about in the first place.  We haven't had a true, spiritual successor to the original series until Abrams came along.  Nothing that came after managed to capture the verve and sheer enthusiasm of that series: the life-and-death stakes mixed with just the right measure of irreverence.  If I were to sit down fresh and watch Star Trek with new eyes, then the succeeding films and television shows, there would be no question:
Abrams got it right.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 66, September 2013.
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