Monday, December 13, 2010

1130 - 1300, October 12, 2010

West Point Society of Denver
Board of Directors Meeting
1130 - 1300, October 12, 2010
Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP
1400 Wewatta Street, Suite 600, Denver, CO  80202

Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 1138 by Thiessen.

Roll Call
Chuck Jones ’68, Robby Robinson ’68, Lindy Blackburn ’69, Sam Thiessen ’73, Dave Jackson ’73, Bob Walcott ’78, Dan Young ’94, and Mary St. Onge ’02.  A quorum was present.

Review Minutes
Draft minutes of 27 July 2010 were reviewed and praised for thoroughness.  A motion to approve was submitted and seconded.  Board approved minutes with unanimous vote.

Treasurer’s Report
Dave Jackson provided a detailed report of the board’s account balances.  We have $xxxxxx in the various accounts, including $xxxxxx in a money market account. 

Jackson reported that we have 925 total members in our area, 88 paid members, 47 life members, and 49 honorary members.  Jackson continues to reach out to new members in the area.  

Board discussed the desire to make website maintenance easier for board members.  Jackson proposed that the website be transferred to a site powered by Google.  This issue will have to be addressed at the next board meeting when all interested parties are present to discuss pros and cons of changing website.  Thiessen would like to get a committee together to decide on one website, so that the board can consolidate its efforts and maintain one website efficiently.  The goal is to provide WPSD members with one website that is easy to use, that can be easily and timely updated, and that also allows board members to easily view minutes and other historical data. 

Various board members will serve on congressional panels over the next two months.

WP Parents Club
The All Academy Ball this year is still scheduled for the last Monday in December (27) at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  The guest speaker is MG Steve Best ’76.  Other upcoming events include a boodle exchange (30 boxes) and a seminar for the families of Firsties called Surviving Graduation. 

Quarterly Luncheons/Dinners
Bob Moscatelli spoke to members of the WPSD at Heather Ridge Country Club on 14 September 2010.  Feedback from those in attendance is that the presentation ran long.  In the future, speakers should be encouraged to keep their remarks to 30 minutes.  Upcoming quarterly event planned for 20 October 2010: Tom Petrie ’67 and Rich Adams ’67 will host and art exhibit and book signing. Rich Adams’ wrote a book entitled A Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War.  A $10 cover charge will be collected to help defray costs of appetizers/drinks provided.

Classes/Societies Leadership Conference
Thiessen attended a leadership conference at West Point from 11-14 August 2010.  Thiessen brought back literature from the conference to share with the board.  Thiessen proposed that the WPSD purchase a gift for Jerry Miller to say thank you for allowing Thiessen to stay at his house during the conference.  Miller has already offered the same accommodations for the next conference.  The board unanimously voted to purchase a gift for Jerry Miller (up to $200).  Thiessen agreed to purchase and get the gift to Miller.

Founders Day 2011
Proposed dates for Founders Day 2011 are 4 March (Colorado Springs) and 5 March (Denver).  While tentative dates are set, the board places a higher priority on getting the Commandant, BG Rapp, as the guest speaker.  Therefore, dates will be adjusted to try to accommodate the Commandant’s schedule.  The University club is the front runner for the venue.  Thiessen will speak with Vince McDermott , USMA Chief of Alumni Affairs, and submit our speaker and dates request to AOG.

Army Air Force game
The WPSD will gather at the Fox and Hound Restaurant near the Park Meadows Mall to watch Army defeat Air Force (please!) in November.  The game is scheduled for kick off at 1000.  Thiessen will send out fliers to WPSD members this month.

By Laws Committees
More to follow after November elections.

Fall Newsletter
Martin sent out newsletter in September.  Great job as always Joel!   

Committee memberships
No Change. Thiessen clarified, based on the immediate prior meeting’s discussion, that Jones and Robinson remain on the nominations committee.

2010 Meeting Schedule
Proposed: 7 December (Navy Game) and 25 January 2011 (Annual Planning Mtg.) are tentative dates for upcoming meetings.  Dan Young will host the 7 December meeting at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP at 1130.
Old/New Business

Meeting Adjourn
The meeting was adjourned at 1255.

Board of Directors
West Point Society of Denver

Term Expirations after March 6, 2010 Founders Day Election

Serve To 2011        Serve To 2012        Serve To 2013

Lou Schroeder ’59    Lindy Blackburn ’69    Sam Thiessen ‘73
Bruce Miller ‘63    Dave Jackson ’73    John Greiman ‘81
Robby Robinson ’68    Steve Best ’76        Amy Efaw ‘89
Chris Petty ‘87        Bob Walcott ’78    Mike Lewis ‘90
Joel Martin ’02    Mary St. Onge ’02    Dan Young ‘94   

Chuck Jones ’68 Ex-Officio Immediate Past President
President                    Sam Thiessen        
Vice President            Lindy Blackburn            
Treasurer                   Dave Jackson
Scribe/Secretary        Mary St. Onge            

Communications Website    Jackson/Greiman/Petty
Newsletter             Martin/Young            
Admissions            Walcott/Miller/Efaw/Karpuk           
    Programs            Blackburn/Robinson/Schroeder/Jones           
Career Assistance        Jones/Blackburn/Robinson/Jackson/Burke/Karpuk    
Assembly Input                    Jones/Martin
Membership             Jackson/Miller/Young/Greiman                
Nominations            Thiessen/ Miller/Blackburn/Young
AF                Schroeder            
Navy                Schroeder            
Parents              Walcott