Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1130-1300
American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222

1.       Call to order – Bob Walcott at 11:35 AM
a.       Twelve board members in attendance, making a quorum.
b.       Four guests in attendance.

2.       Nomination and Election of New Officers – Lindy Blackburn
a.       The following nominations were made for officers of the board of directors:
                                                               i.      President: Brian MacDonald
                                                             ii.      Vice President: Joel Martin
                                                           iii.      Vice President for Admissions: Tom Carroll
                                                           iv.      Secretary: Tim Griesmer
                                                             v.      Treasurer: Dave Jackson
                                                           vi.      Communications Officer: Mark Frank
b.       The nominations were approved 12-0.
c.       There was also a motion to create an appointed position for Young Graduate Engagement Officer. The position was filled by Mike Euperio and Cory Wroblewski.

3.       Secretary’s Report/Approval of Minutes – Tim Griesmer
a.       Minutes from February 21, 2017 board meeting were approved.
b.       Minutes from March 3, 2017 general membership meeting were approved.

4.       Golf Tournament – Chad Dalton
a.       Chad Dalton distributed information for the annual golf tournament.
b.       The tournament will be held July 7, 2017 at the Air Force Academy Blue Course.
c.       Chad Dalton is trying to lower the cost entry through corporate sponsorship before publishing the information about the tournament to the Society. Lindy Blackburn suggested contacting the owner of the Parker Chick-Fil-A, who is a USNA graduate.

5.       Treasurer’s Report – Dave Jackson
a.       There is currently $630 earmarked for outreach.
b.       Dave Jackson is expecting another $350 from a new lifetime member, Kevin Miller ‘79
c.       Founder’s Day review:
                                                               i.      Approximately $3,000 in donations
                                                             ii.      Founder’s Day resulted in approximately a $270 loss.
                                                           iii.      192 attendees
                                                           iv.      There were some increased costs associated with hosting the Commandant at the Brown Palace Hotel and purchasing the commemorative wine glasses twice.
d.       Treasurer’s report was approved 12-0.
e.       Membership update: 1,006 total members in the Society area. The number was just reconciled with the AOG database.
                                                               i.      152 total current active regular members; of this 152:
1.       97 are dues paying members
2.       55 are lifetime members
                                                             ii.      There was a discussion about whether the Society should offer automatic renewal on memberships. Dave Jackson will look into options, but thinks it will require a transition to different billing software (ie, AOG instead of

6.       Admissions Update – Bob Walcott
a.       18 cadets have currently been accepted statewide for the Class of 2021; expecting one more appointment to USMAPS. This number is significantly lower than last year. The explanation seems to be a higher failure rate on the Candidate Fitness Assessment. Fourteen nominated candidates were disqualified for failure of the fitness assessment.

7.       Summer Leadership Experience – Bob Walcott
a.       No update. Amy Efaw will normally notify SLE attendees of the availability of a scholarship. Bob Walcott will contact Amy Efaw for an update. Dave Jackson said the deadline to present a scholarship is August.
b.       There is money in the budget for an SLE scholarship.

8.       Distinguished Society Application – Tim Griesmer
a.       Tim Griesmer reviewed current work on the 2016-2017 Distinguished Society application.
b.       The application is due on June 30, 2017. Tim Griesmer will circulate a final draft at the beginning of June and plan to submit the application by mid-June.
c.       The Society has already exceeded the criteria for Distinguished Society status.

9.       Baseball Games – Brian MacDonald
a.       The links are active on the Society website for attending baseball games.
                                                               i.      June 17
                                                             ii.      August 2
b.       Dave Jackson suggested inviting the Navy and Air Force societies.
c.       Brian MacDonald is looking for a volunteer to take over planning the summer baseball games.

10.   Summer Picnic – Mark Frank
a.       The link is active to sign up for the summer picnic.
b.       The picnic will be June 25, 2017 at Wash Park.
c.       No change to the cost: burger meal: $10; hotdog meal: $8

11.   Friend of West Point Nomination – Bob Walcott
a.       The Society submitted a nomination for District Attorney George Brauchler
b.       The plan is to hold the dinner and presentation on June 6.
c.       Lindy Blackburn coordinated the date with George Brauchler.
d.       Lou Schroeder coordinated the venue (Landry’s Seafood) and VIP attendance.

12.   Parents’ Club Update – Bob Walcott
a.       Matt Wentz is the new president of the Parents’ Club.
b.       Sendoff for the Class of 2021 will be June 10 at the Smoky Hill Vineyard Church in Centennial.
c.       The Society is still looking for a representative from the 50 year class.

13.   New Business – Brian MacDonald
a.       Joel Martin expressed interest in organizing a high school leadership conference to promote interest in West Point. He is looking for volunteers to assist in planning a conference for 2018. Dave Jackson suggested sending an email to the Society to solicit volunteers or sponsorship.
b.       Josh Kuehl ’01 gave a presentation on TF ISO, a nonprofit that supports veterans through teaching photography and connecting them to resources. He is looking for board members and general volunteers. There was discussion of making a $100 donation from the Society. The motion was tabled until the next meeting.
c.       Bob Walcott gave a presentation on the Healing Our Heroes gala. There was a motion to donate $100 from the Society to Healing Our Heroes. The motion passed 11-1.

The next board meeting will be held July 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM, at American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80222.
The meeting adjourned at 1:05 PM.

Submitted by: Tim Griesmer, ’02

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday February 21st,

West Point Society of Denver
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday February 21st, 2017 1130 - 1300
American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222

1.      Call to order—Chairman Bob Walcott at 1135
a.      There were nine members present which constituted a quorum.
b.      One guest, Andy Benson ‘00
2.      Secretary’s Report/ Approval of Minutes—Walcott
a.      Minutes were approved with an amendment on line two to read “Board of Directors Annual Meeting”.
3.      Treasurer’s Report—Jackson
a.      The society has 1011 members with 99 paid (an increase of 12) plus 61 Lifetime paid.
b.      Jackson noted that the Society had received Donations (as part of the Founder’s Day ticket process) of $3,031 for Outreach, Candidate meals, Distinguished Society, Wine glasses and unspecified donations.  He noted there will probably be more as more people sign up for Founder’s Day.
c.       The Treasure’s report was accepted as submitted.
4.      Admissions Update—Carroll
a.      There have been 14 offers proffered for the Class of 2021.  Four have accepted and one has declined. 
b.      West Point has raised the PT standards for admission and has been requesting video tapes of candidates whose scores seem suspect.
5.      Founder’s Day Final Planning—Walcott and MacDonald
a.      There was a lengthy discussion of the sequence of events and final coordination for Founder’s Day (Fri 3Mar).  Final assignments and tweaks were made to the Program and assignments/participation.
b.      The Board agreed to reimburse Walcott for the embossed wine glasses ($859) and to pay the increased cost of rooms at the Brown Palace for the Commandant and her temporary Aide de Camp.
c.       Eighteen Candidates have been invited to the Admissible Candidate Meeting with the Commandant preceding the Dinner.  Ten have accepted, 4 have declined and 4 are unknown.  Six have accepted the Founder’s Day invitation.
d.      The Board agreed that a copy of “Battle Dress” by Amy Efaw would be a good speaker’s gift for BG Holland.
6.      USNA Alumni Association Coordination—Schroeder
a.      Joe Procopio is in the hospital.  Nothing further to report.
7.      Summer—Long Range Planning
a.      Family Picnic 25 Jun in Wash Park—on track (Frank not present)
b.      Rockies 17 Jun and 2 Aug—On track-- MacDonald
c.       Golf Tri Service Academy Tournament – Dalton --on track for 7 July
8.      Old Business   
a.      Walcott will submit George Brauchler for Friend of West Point status.  Suggestion to have him as a quarterly luncheon/dinner general membership meeting speaker.
b.      Graduate “Be Thou at Peace” notices will be sent out by Walcott.
9.      New Business—Vietnam War Commemoration—Schroeder, Blackburn/Robinson (Moore absent)
a.      There have been many events in the Denver area the last year—the largest at Ft. Logan hosted by the VA.  The three Vietnam veterans present indicated that late appreciation did little for them , or they had been appreciated at these events too many times already.
b.      Recommendation was to do nothing.
10.  Adjourn—a quorum was no longer present, so the meeting was terminated by acclamation at 1258 .

Robinson ‘68
Volunteer Scribe

Sunday, March 12, 2017

General Membership Meeting - March 3, 2017

During the Founders Day celebration at the Denver University Club on March 3, 2017, the Society held its Annual General Membership Meeting.

Lindy Blackburn called the meeting to order at approximately 2000 hours.

The only order of business was to elect new Board Members and confirm existing Board memberships and term of service. The following listing was provided:

Proposed Board Member Nominations

Board Terms to 2020 Founders Day Election

Serve to 2018                       Serve to 2019                  Serve to 2020

Cory Wroblewski ’06       Lou Schroeder ’59              Chad Dalton ’89
Dave Jackson ’73           Mike Euperio ’03                 Sam Thiessen ’73
Steve Best ’76                Tom Carroll ’78                    Mark Frank ’00
Brian MacDonald ’83      Natasha Moore’95              Joel Martin ’02
Andy Benson ‘00            Amy Efaw ’89                       Tim Griesmer ’02
                                        Lindy Blackburn ’69       

Immediate Past President:  Bob Walcott ’78

Board Member Emeritus                                Year Inducted

Tom Hicklin ’57                                                           2009
Jim Harrington ’62                                                     2010

Robby Robinson ‘ 68                                                  2016

A verbal vote approved and confirmed the above.

The Meetiing was adjourned at approximately 2010 hours.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Annual Planning Meeting MINUTES OF MEETING – January 25, 2017

Board of Directors Annual Planning Meeting
MINUTES OF MEETING – Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Piccolo’s Restaurant, 3563 S Monaco Pkwy, Denver, CO 80237

1.       Call to order – Bob Walcott at 7:05 PM
a.       Thirteen board members in attendance, making a quorum. One guest in attendance.

2.       Secretary’s Report/Approval of Minutes – Tim Griesmer
a.       One error was identified in the minutes. Item 7.d.iii. was amended to read “Bob Walcott will photocopy and display the Society’s historical minutes at Founder’s Day. He will also read from the historical minutes at Founder’s Day.”
b.       Minutes from December 6, 2016 meeting were approved as amended.

3.       Treasurer’s Report – Dave Jackson
a.       The Society currently has 1,006 members. Paid membership declined slightly to 90. Dave Jackson reminded everyone that they can check the membership roster on google drive to confirm the status of their membership.
b.       2016 Financial Review: the Society saw a net gain in 2017 attributed to quarterly dinners, an increase in membership, and surcharge on sporting event tickets. A projected loss of $1947 ended up as a gain of approximately $100.
c.       2017 Budget: The 2017 budget projects a surplus of $892.
                                                               i.      There was a motion to increase the budget for college fairs from $400 to $600 to be able to cover an additional two weeks of fairs. The motion passed 13-0.
                                                             ii.      There was a motion to add a budget item for the Army-Navy watch party of $300. The money would cover game giveaways, planning, gifts for the wait staff and some sort of commemorative item for Sports Column for hosting the game three years in a row. The motion passed 13-0.
                                                           iii.      There was a motion to approve the 2017 budget as amended. The motion passed 13-0.
d.       The Treasurer’s Report was approved.
e.       There was a discussion regarding the effectiveness of funeral notifications to Society members. There was a motion to email the full Society membership at the time of a funeral notification and to provide details of the service if available. The motion passed 13-0.
f.        Dave Jackson discussed the commemorative gift that was ordered for Founder’s Day. The Society ordered commemorative wine glasses which were later discovered to be low quality and could not be returned. The Board agreed not to distribute the glasses at Founder’s Day, but to give them away at other Society events.
g.       Dave Jackson presented a commemorative sketch that he asked to include in the Founder’s Day program. Dave Jackson also offered to donate the sketch to the Society to be used in a silent auction at Founder’s Day. The Board agreed that the sketch, along with donated football tickets, would be silent auction prizes at Founder’s Day.

4.       Admissions Update – Tom Carroll
a.       There are currently 278 files open statewide for the Class of 2021; 165 in the Society’s area.
                                                               i.      58 of these files have nominations
b.       Tom Carroll noted that there has recently been a higher instance of failures on the CFA.
c.       The Class of 2021 is projected to be about 30 cadets from Colorado.
d.       The college fair schedule will be published around July 1.
e.       South High School Denver Academy Day is on April 22 at noon.
f.        Senator Bennet will be making a presentation of nominations on January 28 at the Air Force Academy. Dave Jackson offered to attend.
g.       2017 SLE scholarship: generally, the Society will contact everyone going to SLE and see who needs financial assistance. The Society plans to do so again this year.

5.       Parent’s Club Update – Bob Walcott
a.       The Parent’s Club will elect a new president on April 1.
b.       There will be an admissible candidates meeting again as part of Founder’s Day.
c.       There will be a Parent’s club tailgate for the Army-Air Force game.
d.       The Parent’s Club sendoff will be in June. The Society is looking for a member who can participate as the representative of the 50 year class.

6.       Founder’s Day – Bob Walcott
a.       The Founder’s Day dinner will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 at the University Club.
b.       The Commandant, BG Holland ‘90, will be the guest speaker. Bob Walcott is looking for classmates of the Commandant to escort her and introduce her at Founder’s Day. MG(R) St. Onge will be in attendance and would be a good person to introduce her.
c.       Bob Walcott will explore other options for a commemorative gift.
d.       To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the West Point Society of Denver, Bob Walcott will display the minutes from the first Society meeting. Bob is also soliciting other ideas for the commemoration.
e.       Brian MacDonald is working on the program for Founder’s Day. The Board reviewed the program
f.        A request was made for a commemorative letter from the Governor and the Mayor.
g.       Oldest and youngest grad (pending attendance):
                                                               i.      Al Griebling-oldest grad
                                                             ii.      Anastasia Efaw-youngest grad
h.       Toasts:
                                                               i.      Commander in Chief: Lou Schroeder
                                                             ii.      Army: Sam Thiessen
                                                           iii.      Corps: Cory Wroblewski
                                                           iv.      Deployed Soldiers: Mike Euperio
                                                             v.      Ladies/Significant Others: Tom Carroll
i.         Lindy Blackburn will procure the necessary flags.
j.         The Board volunteered Steve Best to lead a song from the songbook.

7.       Golf Tournament – Chad Dalton
a.       July 7, 2017 at 8:00am.
b.       Chad Dalton asked to give a sleeve of golf balls to each participant. He will try to find corporate sponsorship to pay for them but needs the money fronted from the Board.
c.       There was a motion to authorize $250 for the golf tournament. The motion passed 13-0.

8.       Distinguished Society Application – Tim Griesmer
a.       Tim Griesmer reviewed current work on the 2016-2017 Distinguished Society application.
b.       The application is due on June 30, 2017.
c.       There was a discussion to nominate George Brauchler as a Friend of West Point. Lindy Blackburn will discuss the nomination with him.
d.       There was a motion to nominate George Brauchler as a Friend of West Point subject to his acceptance. The motion passed 13-0.

9.       Summer Picnic- Mark Frank
a.       The picnic will be held at Wash Park.
b.       The date is pending.

10.   Sporting Events – Brian MacDonald
a.       Baseball games: June 17 at 1:00 v. Giants; August 2 at 6:40 v. Mets.
b.       There will be a West Point cadet participating in the Ironman in Boulder this summer.

11.   Leadership Conference – Bob Walcott
a.       Brian MacDonald will attend the conference this year.

12.   Pike’s Peak Society Liaison – Bob Walcott
a.       Stover James will continue serving as the Pike’s Peak Society liaison.

13.   Army-Air Force Game – Bob Walcott
a.       The game will be at the Air Force Academy this year. The Society will join in tailgates/other events with the Pike’s Peak Society and the Parent’s Club.
b.       The Board wants to hold another watch party in 2018.

14.   Army-Navy Watch Party – Bob Walcott
a.       Navy will host the watch party this year.

15.   New Initiatives – Bob Walcott
a.       Chad Dalton will work on determining if there are any opportunities for corporate sponsorship for other Society events.

16.   Nominating Committee – Lindy Blackburn
a.       Lindy Blackburn reviewed the list of Board members and terms that will be voted on at Founder’s Day.
b.       There has been some interest from new prospective Board members.

17.   Old Business/New Business – Bob Walcott
a.       Any candidate interested in attending Boys State or Girls State should be put in contact with Lindy Blackburn.
b.       Schedule of Board meetings for 2017, to be held at American Legions Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80222:
                                                               i.      February 21, 2017
                                                             ii.      May 2, 2017
                                                           iii.      July 11, 2017
                                                           iv.      October 3, 2017
                                                             v.      December 5, 2017
The next board meeting will be held February 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM, at American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80222.
The meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM.

Submitted by: Tim Griesmer, ’02