West Point Society of Denver
Board of Directors Annual Planning Meeting
1830-2100, January 25, 2010
Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 1847 by Sam Thiessen.
George MacDonald ’46, Lou Schroeder ’59, Jim Harrington ’62, Bruce Miller ’63, Chuck Jones ’68, Lindy Blackburn ’69, Steve Best, ’76, Sam Thiessen ’73, Dave Jackson ’73, Bob Walcott ’78, John Greiman ’81, Amy Efaw ’89, Mike Lewis ’90, Dan Young ’94, Mary St. Onge ’02. A quorum was present. Guests present were LTC Monrad Monsen ’84 and Jason Clark ‘92.
Draft minutes from 7 December were reviewed. A motion to approve was submitted and seconded. Board approved minutes with unanimous vote.
Dave Jackson provided a report of the board’s account balances and presented a 2011 budget proposal. We have $xxxx in the various accounts. The budget proposal was reviewed and unanimously approved.
There was no significant change in the total members in our area (921) of which 86 are paying members and 48 are lifetime members. Incentives for membership may be necessary to attract more interest in members to become paying members. Jackson raised the possibility of having a phone bank to call members without email addresses.
The Google website is up and running. More “mature” members need more instruction on Google “the cloud.” =)
LTC Monrad Monsen , Colorado MALO, came to the planning meeting to give the board a more detailed description of the admissions process and recruiting. The group discussed college fairs and their cost/benefit. It was recognized that the overall value of fair attendance could not be clearly measured, but that attendance at certain fairs was valuable. At any given time, there are a large number of packets open, but a smaller number of well rounded candidates that meet criteria for serious consideration for admission (125).
WP Parents Club Activities
All-Academy Ball went well and those that attended said that the key note speaker, board member MG Steve Best ’76, did a good job.
The WPSD Founders Day will take place 5 March 2011 at The University Club. We are currently waiting for West Point officials to determine the speaker. An idea was proposed to honor recent deceased members, which we will do in some manner TBD.
Tri-Service Golf Tournament
The tournament will be held on the morning of 20 June 2011 at the AFA Golf Course. The WPSD is the host academy and board member Joel Martin ’02 is our POC. Navy and Air Force have been notified, per board member Lou Schroeder ’59.
Past President’s Meeting
The past president’s meeting will take place next year, 2012.
By Laws Committee
Idea put forward to add a second Vice President on the board, on an “as needed” basis.
Comments due to Joel Martin by 28 January.
Nominating Board Members
Current members were encouraged to think of people who might be a good fit to participate on the board.
Proposed meeting schedule for 2011: 24 February (FD), 3 May (SLS/Plebe-Parent), 26 July (Leadership Conf), 4 October (Air Force Game), 6 December (Navy Game), and 24 January 2012 (Annual Planning Mtg.).
The meeting was adjourned at 2058.
Mary St. Onge ’02, WPSD Scribe