Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Annual Membership Meeting March 7, 2015

West Point Society of Denver
Annual Membership Meeting
March 7, 2015

On March 7, 2015, the West Point Society of Denver held its Annual Membership meeting. There were 197 members and guests present, of which 85 were Society members.

There was one item on the agenda, which was the election of Board members to serve until 2018 and the replacement of two Board members that had resigned. The replacement nominations are listed below in red, along with current members:

Proposed Board Member Nominations

Board Terms to 2018 Founders Day Election

Serve to 2016                       Serve to 2017                  Serve to 2018

Lou Schroeder ’59                Chad Dalton ’89              Lynn Streich ‘00
Robby Robinson ’68             Sam Thiessen ’73          Dave Jackson ‘73
Tom Carroll ’78                      Mark Frank ’00               Steve Best ‘76
John Greiman ’81                 Joel Martin ’02                Bob Walcott ‘78
Amy Efaw ’89                        Tim Griesmer ’02                     Brian MacDonald ‘83
David Ketter ‘87

Board Member Emeritus                                Year Inducted

Tom Hicklin ’57                                                           2009
Jim Harrington ’62                                                     2010

There was a motion to accept the nominees, as indicated. It was seconded and approved via a voice vote.

The Formal Board Meeting was then adjourned.

MINUTES OF MEETING – Tuesday February 24th, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting
MINUTES OF MEETING – Tuesday February 24th, 2015
American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80222

1.       Call to order – Bob Walcott – 9 in attendance 
2.       Secretary’s Report/Approval of minutes – Streich; approved
3.       Treasurer’s Report – Jackson; approved
a.       Financials: Dave requests moving funds around since annual planning meeting did not cost as much as allotted but the quarterly meetings will cost more moving forward.
b.      Budget: proposed changes/accepted
4.       Admissions Update – Carroll
a.       Status of Program:  13 Candidates have been sent invites.  Amy Efaw to work on attendance so that more than 6 candidates attend.  Deadline, March 4th. 3 so far.
5.       Founders Day, March 7
a.       Attendance & pricing update – Jackson -- $85 (non-member), $75 (member) + $10 less for active duty members
b.      Programs – Jackson – Brian MacDonald is printing them.  Discussed adding in some fun interactive questions with the audience as well as singing The Corp. 
c.       Toasts – assigned individual toasts
d.      Membership Flyer: stick a flyer by the bar and where the tickets/name tags are.  Brian will print out.
e.      SUPE Escort & ’75 cocktail reception – BG Bob Enzenauer ’75 will escort and Class of ’75 cocktail reception will be in the U Club Members Bar beginning at 1730.
f.        Reception/Setup/Placemats/etc. – Jackson will drop off items off a week before the event.  Brian needs a couple people to assist him.  Show up early to help.
g.       Admissible Candidate Meeting – Carroll
h.      Parent’s Club Invite Update – Walcott – They did send out and a few parents signed up.
i.         LTG Caslen – Class sponsor – need a class of ’75 to possibly step up to house the Supe?
j.        Oldest/Youngest – Erin Jankowski ’12 & BG Rich Cardillo ‘55
k.       Flag: LTG Caslen’s aide to bring flag back to Denver.  Other flags to be picked up from National Guard.
l.         Nominations: 2 positions open.  Lindy Williams will conduct that business portion of Founder’s Day.  Dave Ketter ‘87 & Chad Dalton ’89 to stand up.
m.    Gifts: The Parting, by Rich Adams.
Next Meeting May 4th @ 1130 hours.

Submitted by: Lynn Streich, ’00 @ 1245

MINUTES OF MEETING –October 7, 2014

Tallgrass Energy, 370 Van Gordon St. Denver, CO 80228
MINUTES OF MEETING –October 7, 2014

1.       Call to order – Lindy Bob Walcott – 12 in attendance 
2.       Secretary’s Report/Approval of minutes – Streich; approved
3.       Treasurer’s Report – Jackson; approved
a.       Financials: as submitted.
b.      Membership Update: using Mail Chimp database.  Reconciliation needed.
c.       Jackson puts $50 towards charities or sends flowers to honor those grads and friends of WPSD who have passed away.  Expenditure approved.
4.       Distinguished Society – Robinson.  THANK YOU to Robbie
a.       We did receive Distinguished Society per Walcott.  They are adjusting the size classifications for societies.  Enhancing points available on topic of admissions and philanthropy and leadership conference attendance.  Roughly half of the societies received distinguished.
5.       Admissions Update – Carroll
a.       2019: more letters of assurance (3); one letter/acceptance already for a female athlete (basketball) with a 34 ACT.  Wow.
b.      111 files are open now.  About half are making progress . . . the other half are taking their time to see how Congressional nominations go.
c.       $35 per college fair admissions. 
d.      MAJ Yang visiting October 18th for Field Force at the FEMA office in Lakewood (8-10).
e.      College Fairs. 
6.       Baseball AAR – MacDonald
a.       Need to do fewer tickets because we only sold approx. 50. 
7.       Army Air Force & Army Navy viewing parties.
a.       One party in the North and one in the South.
b.      Army Navy: Blake Street Tavern was used last year and seemed to attract more grads. Ed will host his as he did last year as well. 
c.       Idea of Dave & Buster’s for Army Air Force
d.      End of January, the hockey team is coming.  Gymnastics is also coming to town early February.  Brian wants to put together a trip section down to the Springs. Bob will reach out to Stover for Pikes Society to talk about making contact with the cadets while in town.
8.       Parent’s Club Update – Walcott
a.       Bob was asked by a parent’s club member to be allowed to attend Founder’s Day. 
b.      Idea to reserve one table for the parent’s club.
c.       September was the social.  25 parents represented.  October is their “surviving” graduation meeting.  They are hosting a Air Force party in the Springs. 
d.      December 22nd is their All Academy Ball; Bob will be MC; speaker: parents
e.      Formal request submitted to $$ support the All Academy Ball.  Bronze level: $250.  Anonymous grad says he’ll match what we donate.  Suggested that we donate $125.00.  Approved. 
9.       Tri-Service Golf Tournament: Joel Martin. 
a.       We lost the trophy to Air Force.
b.      40 players!!  High attendance was due to calling and reaching out personally.
c.       $ went to prizes; more or less broke even.
10.   Quarterly Meeting.  October 22nd at the University Club @ 1730 (as a dinner event). Sandhurst alumni to speak.  $30 Society Members.
11.   AOG Leadership Conference – Walcott.
a.       Email sent out to the board with details . . .
b.      Highlights:
                                                               i.      Size of corps has not changed.
                                                             ii.      Significant construction activity. 
                                                            iii.      New visitors center is being updated
                                                           iv.      Arvin Gym annex will be down below near the track
                                                             v.      Bartlett Hall being renovated (connects to the library now).
                                                           vi.      Cyber War Institute will stand up at West Point. (Cyber Branch)
                                                          vii.      Admissions goals: women up to 22%; hoping for 25%. Minorities up as well.
                                                        viii.      Emphasis on Ethics/Leadership conference for high school students.
12.   Distinguished Graduate Nomination – Blackburn
a.       We have been asked to endorse Jodie _____ .
b.      Blackburn has only wonderful things to say about him and his efforts with AOG to help raise $350+ million. 
13.   Society Webpage: Jackson
a.       Donation webpage from D.C. suggested as an example to use to get companies to support, sponsor and/or donate to WPSD . . . leadership conference; college fairs . . .
14.   Next meeting is:
a.       Tuesday, December 2nd 1130 – General Meeting & FD Coordination
b.      Saturday, December 13th 1130 – ARMY v NAVY
c.       Tuesday, January 27th 1700 – Annual Planning Meeting & Dinner
d.      Tuesday, February 24th 1130 – Final FD Coordination
e.      Saturday, March 7th – Founder’s Day – Hoping for a general officer.  TBD
f.        Tuesday, May 5th – General Meeting & Officer Elections
15.   Adjourn: 1315

Submitted by: Lynn Streich, ‘00