Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012
Volume I
Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2nd Place, 2011, 2014
Number 84
Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award, 2009
Late March/Early April (June) 2015
•  Friday-Sunday, June 12-14: Sci-Fi Summer Con

•  USS Republic wins three Region 2 awards at 2015 Summit
•  Axanar sweeps the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated March Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
February Member Reenlistments
•  April & May Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Simon Pegg says Paramount wants a less "Star Trek-y" film
   — Grace Lee Whitney passes away
Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 12-14, 2015
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta GA  30341
Now in its fifteenth year, Sci-Fi Summer Con is for fans, friends and anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics.  The Republic has had an official presence at this convention for the last several years, including our 20th anniversary celebration in 1988 and our very own Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts being named Fan Guest of Honor five years ago.  Sci-Fi Summer Con is "Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy."

USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts (right) and Remy Loste (left) at the Republic's TrekTrax Atlanta fan table at the 2014 Sci-Fi Summer Con.
As of press time, "Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy" has not announced any Star Trek-related guests or panels for this year's convention, and at this point is unlikely to do so.

For the first time in eight years, the Republic has chosen to not have an official presence at this year's Sci-Fi Summer Con, meaning no fan table, no discussion panels and no room party.  We've had some great times there in the past, but the convention's declining attendance and consistent absence of any Star Trek guest, event or activity no longer warrants the time, effort or expense of organizing an official presence.  However, all members and friends of the Republic are still encouraged to attend Sci-Fi Summer Con and enjoy the other guests, events and activities they have planned.

Sci-Fi Summer Con memberships for persons age 13 and up who are not already registered are $35 for the weekend, $20 for Saturday only or $10 for Friday or Sunday only and are available only at the door.  For more information about Sci-Fi Summer Con's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, please visit their web site.

USS Republic wins three Region 2 awards at 2015 Summit
The USS Republic is pleased and proud to announce that our chapter won three regional awards at the 2015 STARFLEET Region 2 Summit, held at the LaPlaya Resort on March 27-29 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  For calendar year 2014, those awards include:

The Richard Daystrom Cyberspace Award for Having the Most Informative Web Site within Region 2;

Newsletter of the Year Award, Second Place;

and the Perfect Reporting Award.

The USS Republic previously won the Most Informative Web Site Award for 2007, 2008 and 2013; the Newsletter of the Year Award, Second Place, for 2011; and the Perfect Reporting Award for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Also in previous years, The Republiqué won the Best Electronic Newsletter Award for 2009 and Newsletter of the Year, First Place, for 2012.  Since the first issue published in April 2008, The Republiqué has won a total of four regional first- or second-place newsletter awards.

As Commanding Officer of the Republic, Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts is responsible for submitting Monthly Status Reports (MSRs) to STARFLEET.  He also serves as the chapter's web site administrator and newsletter editor.  Speaking of which, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind our readers that "Republiqué" is a portmanteau of "Republic" and "communiqué," and is properly pronounced "ree-PUB-li-KAY," not "ree-pub-LEEK" or "ree-PUB-li-CUE."  Now you know!

For a full list of the regional and international awards that the USS Republic has won during its 27-year history, please visit the
Awards page on this award-winning web site!
Axanar sweeps the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards
The independent Star Trek film Star Trek: Axanar won six of the nine awards presented at the first annual Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Ceremony, held at Treklanta on Sunday, April 26.
Left to right: Stage Hostess Jillanna Babb, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Anne Lockhart, Treklanta Chairman and awards co-host Eric L. Watts, Treklanta Star Trek Programming Director and awards co-host Brian Holloway, Guest of Honor and awards judge Keith R. A. DeCandido, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Sean Kenney, Guest of Honor and multiple award winner Alec Peters of Star Trek: Axanar, Axanar's Fulfillment Director Diana Kingsbury, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Jason Carter, Featured Guest and award winner Clay Sayre of Star Trek: New Voyages, and Stage Hostess Ashley White.

Of the 25 live-action, dramatic, independent Star Trek fan films released to the Internet in calendar year 2014, 16 of them met the eligibility requirements to be submitted for consideration in the first annual Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards.  Our panel of five distinguished judges, including Diana Botsford, Peter David, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Michael DeMeritt and Susan Sackett, reviewed over eight hours of film and cast their first, second and third-place votes in each of nine categories.  After tabulating all ballots, the winners are as follows:


Star Trek: Axanar
Scott Cobb

Star Trek: Axanar
Stefan Bellersheim, Al Dinelt, Adam Howard, Tommy Kraft, Koji Kuramura, Thomas Loeder, Chris Martin, Jennifer Marx, Oliver Nikelowski, Tobias Richter, Ali Ries, Arnold Sakowski, Trent Smith, Greg Stitz, Dan Uyeno, Enrico Weinert

Star Trek: Axanar
Alexander Bornstein (Composer), Frank Serafine (Supervising Sound Designer/Editor), Jesse Akins (Sound Designer), Ramsey Mellette (Sound Mixer)

Star Trek: Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
Christian Gossett, Alec Peters

Clay Sayre as "Kor"
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II

Vic Mignogna as "Capt. James T. Kirk"
Star Trek Continues

Christian Gossett
Star Trek: Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"

Star Trek: Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"

Star Trek Continues, "Fairest of Them All"

The awards ceremony was co-hosted by Treklanta Chairman Eric L. Watts and Treklanta
Star Trek Programming Director Brian Holloway.  Presenters included Treklanta Guests of Honor Sean Kenney, Jason Carter and Anne Lockhart.  Accepting the awards for Star Trek: Axanar were creator and executive producer Alec Peters and Fulfillment Director Diana Kingsbury.  Clay Sayre from Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II accepted his own award.  Treklanta accepted the awards for Star Trek Continues and shipped them to Vic Mignogna in California after the convention.

The results of the first annual Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards received some notable coverage in the fan press, including articles on the and news sites and the Trek FM podcast.  Star Trek: Axanar's Alec Peters blogged about the awards (including a short video) and the awards were again featured in Axanar's video Production Log #3.  And Star Trek Continues mentioned their wins in their blog, Subspace Chatter.  Click the links below to visit each site's coverage of the awards.
The Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards program was created and is produced by Eric L. Watts.
Personnel Records
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
James Doohan (center) as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott on the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with his twin sons Montgomery (left) and Christopher (right), age 19.  Monty and Chris played Enterprise crewmembers in the famous Rec Deck scene, alongside many other notable extras.  Chris went on to play an uncredited Starfleet officer in the 2009 Star Trek reboot and the Transport Officer in Star Trek Into Darkness, and has reprised his father's role in four episodes of the Internet-based independent fan film series Star Trek Continues.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
The UAC-ANKh Star Trek Art Project  ||  March 13, 2015
The artwork of Joseph R. Wheeler III, on display at the Aviation Community Cultural Center in Atlanta, was an homage to the history of the African diaspora on Star Trek.
The exhibition was dedicated to James Avery and Leonard Nimoy.
FCapt Eric L. Watts and artist Joseph R. Wheeler III.


Monday, March 23
ENS1 Wil Sims

Monday, March 30
Ens John May

2 New Members in February!

Ens Gaylen Greve
Ens Vicki Greve

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

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse
ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick

These members' dues expired in
April and May.  Please renew now!

ENS2 Tasheka Gipson
ENS2 James P. Gronski
ENS2 Leslie C. Gronski
ADM Michael Henigan
ADM Kelly S. Hilliard
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS1 "Wolfy"

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 June 1, 2015, the Republic crew includes 34 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 dues for one person are $20 for a "Standard Membership" or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues are $10 per person for either membership option.  A combined payment for all dues is collected by the Republic (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Additional information about the two STARFLEET membership options, amounts due for additional family members, payment options and payment instructions is on the "How to Join" page of our award-winning web site.



AS OF JUNE 1, 2015

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

ENS2 Richard Tucker
CDT4 Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 Chris White

NEWS from
Grace Lee Whitney passes away
By Brian Drew
May 4, 2015
TrekMovie is saddened to report that actress Grace Lee Whitney, who portrayed Janice Rand in the original Star Trek series and in many of the movies and spinoffs, died of natural causes on May 1 in Coarsegold, California.  She was 85.
Before Star Trek, she appeared in films, like the classic Some Like It Hot, and guest-starred on many television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Untouchables, 77 Sunset Strip, The Outer Limits and Bewitched.
Grace portrayed Yeoman Janice Rand in eight episodes of the original series before being written out of the show.  In the following years, she became an alcoholic and was literally out on the streets before finally beating the disease and getting her life and career back on track.  She often credited Leonard Nimoy, who also struggled with alcoholism, with helping her seek treatment.
She returned to the Star Trek universe in 1979 with the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, when she once again portrayed Janice Rand, who was now the Enterprise's Transporter Chief.  She played Rand again in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback."  She also appeared in the fan productions "World Enough and Time" and "Of Gods and Men."
Whitney was also a regular on the convention circuit, where she loved meeting the fans and, according to her son Jonathan, tried to help those who were also dealing with addiction.  Her family also stated that, as much as she liked being identified with Star Trek and Rand, she would prefer to be remembered as a "successful survivor of addiction."
William Shatner noted Grace's passing, and how he always remembers her:
Condolences to the family of Grace.  She was a constant shining smile over the years every time our paths crossed.
TrekMovie would also like to extend condolences to Grace's family and friends.  She will be missed.
© 2015 SciFanatic Network

Simon Pegg says Paramount wants a less "Star Trek-y" film
By Brian Drew
May 19, 2015
Simon Pegg had a full day today.  While making several controversial remarks regarding geek culture and then having to backtrack on those remarks hours later, he revealed some of the challenges he faces trying to bring Star Trek to a more mainstream audience.
Making Trek 3 "more inclusive"
Pegg, talking with Radio Times magazine, spoke at length about what he regards as the "infantilization" and dumbing down of our culture due to an excess of science fiction and genre films.  The comments provoked quite a reaction across the Internet, ultimately forcing Pegg to write a heartfelt mea culpa a few hours later.
During the interview, Pegg gets around to talking about the Trek 3 script he is co-writing, and the mandate from the powers that be to make the film "more inclusive" to a wider audience.  He indicates that the first script, written by Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay and J. D. Payne, was perhaps a bit too faithful to the source:
They had a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them.  I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too "Star Trek-y."
The desire, of course, is to make Star Trek a giant multimedia franchise that can play in the same league as the Marvel films.  Pegg believes that the mainstream perception of the franchise continues to hurt it at the box office:
People don't see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like The Avengers.
His idea, which is likely to raise a few eyebrows, is to place the Star Trek characters in a context more familiar to the average moviegoer.  He suggests the way to do this is to...
...make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it's more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent.
According to Pegg, Paramount doesn't understand why Star Trek has had trouble gaining widespread acceptance, since other geek franchises have been huge hits.  He uses the Avengers analogy once again:
The Avengers [movie], which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made 1.5 billion dollars.  Star Trek Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant.  But it means that, according to the studio, there's still one billion dollars' worth of box office that don't go and see Star Trek.  And they want to know why.
"Star Trek Beyond" confirmed?
At the end of his lengthy apology, Pegg throws in a little zinger:
I better climb aboard the old hypocropter and fly back to writing Star Trek Beyond.
This would seemingly confirm our exclusive story that Star Trek 3 will indeed be titled "Star Trek Beyond."  Of course, Pegg could always be pulling our leg (or pointed ear), but we're going to treat this as a confirmation.
Star Trek Beyond is scheduled for release on July 8, 2016.
© 2015 SciFanatic Network
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 84, Late March/Early April (June) 2015.
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