Monday, June 23, 2014

West Point Society Denver, Board Minutes May 6, 2014

Tallgrass Energy, 370 Van Gordon St. Denver, CO 80228

1.       Call to order – Lindy Blackburn comments on stepping down as president. 
a.       President, Bob Wolcott ‘78
b.      Vice President, Amy Efaw ’89
c.       VP Admissions, Tom Carroll ’78
d.      Treasurer, Dave Jackson, ’73,
e.      Secretary, Lynn Streich, , ‘00
2.       Approval of minutes (thank you Ed Hlopak)
3.       Treasurer’s Report –
a.       January Minutes – Annual Planning Meeting minutes, Founders Day
b.      Founder’s Day Financials
                                                               i.      Paid for 13 meals (candidates).  24 parents
                                                             ii.      Society & spouse/guest: 122 (<60 grads)
                                                            iii.      Guests 6 (2 AOG)
c.       Membership Update
4.       Distinguished Society – Robinson: WPSD is a “large” society.   Deadline: June 30th.  No concerns.
5.       Admissions Update – Carroll
a.       Email from MAJ Yang from Field Force.
b.      2018: official scholarships is $202,000/cadet (not including summer trainings)
c.       Approx 15,100 applied.  10,000 were competitive and got a second step.  2,400 fully qualified, 1,200 will be accepted.  23 accepted from Colorado. No numbers on how many will accept.
d.      MAJ Yang asked us to move up processes by 2 months (interviews done by December)
e.      6 from CO will go to USMAPS, 2 will go to Civil (2019)
f.        Robby Robinson has certificates from Class of ’67 (50th year)
g.       Academy Day – Joel Martin ‘02
6.       Baseball Update – MacDonald
a.       Slow start . . . only 2 registrants on 1st game (Easter)
b.      4 more games; need help getting the word out (25 tix per).  $29.00 per tix
                                                               i.      Next game: May 22nd (1pm, Thursday) – 5 ppl signed up now (Giants)
                                                             ii.      June 6th (against the Dodgers @ 6:40)
                                                            iii.      July 26th (Pirates @ 6:10)
                                                           iv.      August 7th (Cubs @ 1:10))
                                                             v.      Brian MacDonald: 303-915-6126,
                                                          vii.      Consider reimbursing Brian for money he is out.
7.       Picnic Update – Frank
a.       Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014 (11:00 – 2:30) pm
b.      Eisenhower Park picnic area, close to playground and horseshoe pit; near Colorado/Hampden, not far from 1-25.  Permit secured. 
c.       Food: TBD
d.      Marketing: membership blast; mailed flyers; MailChimp
8.       Parent’s Club Update
a.       Send Off Luncheon: June 7th @ West Bowles Community Church
9.       Tri-Service Golf Tournament: Joel Martin.  We’ll end up doing it . . .
a.       0800, Friday, August 1st. 
b.      No contract signed yet.  Mr. Stover (Pike’s Peak) might have 3-4 twosomes, us, Air Force might have a few as well.  Hard to get people to sign up.  Eisenhower Golf Course; Reduce fees: green fees ($85) + food ($15).  Overage donated to the school’s golf team. 
c.       Issue: Motivation to sign up -- Need more than 8 4-somes to make it work it. 
10.   Quarterly Meeting.  Sandhurst alumni could speak.  No date.
11.   New Business:
a.       Jobs postings on website with links to descriptions.
b.      Society Leaders: conference calls for leadership on ethics (not ideal for website)
c.       Letter from superintendant (Brian MacDonald to post to website)
12.   Adjourn
13.   Next meeting is:
a.       Tuesday, July 1st 1130 – General Meeting
b.      Tuesday, October 7th 1130 – General Meeting
c.       Tuesday, December 2nd 1130 – General Meeting & FD Coordination
d.      Saturday, December 13th 1130 – ARMY v NAVY
e.      Tuesday, January 27th 1700 – Annual Planning Meeting & Dinner
f.        Tuesday, February 24th 1130 – Final FD Coordination
g.       Saturday, March 7th (tentative) – Founder’s Day
h.      Tuesday, May 5th – General Meeting & Officer Elections
Tuesday, May 27th, VA Regional Office lobby @ 1130. Steve Best, Executive Director reception.
Submitted by: Lynn Streich, ‘00

West Point Society Denver - Annual Meeting - Founders Day 2014

Board of Directors
West Point Society of Denver

Current Board Members

Board Terms to 2015 Founders Day Election

Serve to 2015                      Serve to 2016                         Serve to 2017

Dave Jackson '73                 Lou Schroeder '59                 Chuck Jones '68
Steve Best '76                      Robby Robinson '68              Sam Thiessen '73
Bob Walcott '78                   Tom Carroll '78                      Mark Frank '00
Brian MacDonald '83          John Greiman '81                    Joel Martin '02
Lynn Streich '00                   Amy Efaw '89                        Tim Griesmer '02
                                             Ed Hlopak '89
Lindy Blackburn '69 (Ex-Officio Immediate Past-President)

Officers                                                                                                     .

President                                                                            Bob Walcott
First Vice President                                                           Amy Efaw
Vice President for Admissions                                          Tom Carroll
Treasurer/Communications Director                                 Dave Jackson
Secretary                                                                            Lynn Streich

Board Member Emeritus                                                  Year Inducted

George MacDonald '46                                                     2009
Tom Hickin '57                                                                 2009
Jim Harrington '62                                                            2009

West Point Societ of Denver, Board Minutes February 18, 2014

Tallgrass Energy, 370 Van Gordon St. Denver, CO 80228

1. Treasurer’s Report – Dave reported with no comments.
2. There were no minutes of meeting from the previous quarterly WPSD meeting
3. Motion made to donate ticket(s) to Jerry Miller for his work and for donating his home to cadets coming to the area (for sporting events?).  Motion passed.
4. Founder’s Day:
                a. Plans in place for speakers, cadets and parents.
                b. Class of ’84 reception set for 1630 hrs per the program.
                c. Election of Board of Directors process will be included in the program.
5. Sam reviewed the Board Election Process and provided a list of all past presidents who represent the board nominating committee:
                a. Dick Auer ‘55
                b. Bob Beale ‘59
                c. JJ McDonald ‘45
                d. Jim Nicholson ‘61
                e. Jim Harrignton ‘62
                f. Lou Schroeder ‘59
                g. Tom Coker ‘69
                h. Robby Robinson ‘67
                i. Chuck Jones ‘68
                j. Sam Thiessen ‘73
6. Distinguished Society – Robby is collecting all data/info to support the new/updated points requirements including new board positions.
7. Admissions – Carrol presented status on offers & the final days of file completion (10 days); 18 offers state-wide; 12 in Denver area; 5 accepted thus far; expect 4 of 7 remaining to accept.
8. For 2019 – 1 accepted to USMAPS (SM from Ft. Bragg – originally from Colorado – 4th district).
9. 36 of 47 apply to SLE – expect 3-4 more; we will fund a scholarship if a need arises.
10. 4400 + 1% (4444) max strength the day before graduation – FYI on USMA cadet strength objective
11. Location for Quarterly Presentation – still TBD
12. Adjourned.
13. Next Meeting is 2nd Tuesday in May.

1.       Draft Founder’s Day Program
2.       2. Agenda from 18 Feb 14 meeting
3.       Treasurer’s report from 18 Feb 14 meeting.

Submitted by: Ed Hlopak, ‘89

West Point Society Denver, Board Minutes December 2, 2013

West Point Society of Denver
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday Dec 2, 2013 1130 - 1300
1400 Wewetta Street, Suite 600 Denver, Colorado 80202


Call to Order

Meeting called to order at 11:49 by Lindy Blackburn.

Roll Call

Lou Schroeder ’59, Chuck Jones ’68,  Lindy Blackburn ’69, Sam Thiessen ’73, Dave Jackson ’73, Bob Walcott ’78, Brian MacDonald ‘83, Ed Hlopak ‘89, Amy Efaw ’89, Lynn Streich ‘00, and Mark Frank ‘00.  A quorum was present.  

Secretary’s Report

Board will approve October minutes via email as they were not supplied to the new Secretary, Lynn Streich.


Treasurer’s Report

Board approved treasurer’s report from October 7, 2013 board meeting provided by Dave Jackson.

Membership Committee Updates

Vic Fernandez ‘59 – look into seeing if he can speak about a new national cemetery in Colorado

Army/Navy:  If the website were live; folks could link to it and RSVP while also seeing other RSVPs.  Central party is at the Blake Street Tavern.  Navy, Army, & Air Force folks have RSVP’d.  House parties are also going on . . . it was talked about wanting to get back to AOG that the Denver Metro Area hosted 3+ parties. 

New website:  Mark Frank & Ed Hlopak, presented updates on the West Point Society of Denver website:  Looking to provide networking for graduates in the area and have the website itself have more functionability provided to the graduates.  Old documents can be transferred from old website.  Word Press is being used as the new interface which will include an event manager, blog(s) update(s) and information past and future.  Cost savings for URL, website, host server and time costs were discussed. It was approved to reimburse Mark Frank ’00, up to $300 in current costs already incurred.

Admissions Updates:
Candidate interviews/nominations: Carroll not in attendance. Many attendees at today’s meeting sat on the congressional selection boards.  More women are needed.  It was noted that not as many candidates are looking to West Point as the academy of choice.  Let Robbie Robinson know who has served on a board.

Parents Club: Bob Walcott – not sure how the Army/Air Force game went.  December 28th at the Broadmoor is the All Academy Ball. 

Quarterly Luncheon: Bob Walcott – was a big success.  30 people were in attendance.  The next speaker will possibly be Sandhurst graduates that can speak about the British military experience.  Early February; Wednesday night – it’s suggested that the University Club be the venue.  More to come on exact date/time/cost.


Founders Day
The date for the 2014 Founder’s Day is March 8th.  The speaker will be GEN Rapp.  Sam Thiessen is working on the new board nominations.

Next Meeting: Yearly Planning Meeting January 28, 2014 @ Piccalo’s. 

Meeting Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 12:47.

Lynn Streich ‘00