WEST POINT SOCIETY OF DENVER
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 1130-1300
American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222
1. Call to order – Brian MacDonald at 11:30 AM
a. Eight voting board members were in attendance, making a quorum.
b. Board members attending:
Dave Jackson Brian MacDonald Lou Schroeder Tim Griesmer
Mike Euperio Joel Martin Sam Theissen Andy Benson
Bob Walcott (ex officio)
c. One guest in attendance: Lee Van Horn ’12 attended as a prospective board member
2. Revised Board of Directors Membership – Bob Walcott
a. There was a motion to elect Lee Van Horn ’12 to the Board of Directors. The motion passed 8-0, bringing the total board membership to 15.
b. There was a motion to elect the following slate of officers for a term beginning in May 2018. The motion passed 8-0.
i. President - Brian MacDonald
ii. Vice President – Joel Martin
iii. Vice President for Admissions – Tom Carroll
iv. Treasurer – Dave Jackson
v. Secretary – Tim Griesmer
c. A revised Board of Directors membership roster is included as an addendum to these minutes.
3. Secretary’s Report/Approval of Minutes – Tim Griesmer
a. Minutes from January 30, 2018 annual planning were approved on a motion of 8-0.
b. Minutes from the February 20, 2018 board meeting were approved on a motion of 8-0.
4. Treasurer’s Report – Dave Jackson
a. The Treasurer’s report from January 30, 2018 annual planning meeting was approved on a motion of 8-0.
b. The Treasurer’s report from the February 20, 2018 board meeting was approved on a motion of 8-0.
c. There is currently about $27,000 in the Society’s accounts.
i. $105 receivable-dues from last month
ii. $375 earmarked for outreach
iii. Founder’s Day made a $559 profit
d. There are currently 59 lifetime members.
e. There are currently 101 dues paying members.
f. Dave Jackson informed the Board that he is no longer receiving hails and farewells from AOG. Bob Walcott will inquire about the a reason and available solutions on his next trip to West Point.
5. Admissions Update – Bob Walcott for Tom Carroll
a. Statewide there are 21 acceptances for the Class of 2022, 5 USMAPS and 10 accepted to SLE.
b. The Society supported several Academy days.
c. Bob Walcott will ask Tom Carroll if the Society is planning to present an SLE scholarship this year. To date, none has been awarded.
d. Parents’ Club sendoff will be June 16 in Centennial. The Club has not requested any Society support, but Bob Walcott will ask if they want a WPSD representative to attend.
6. Founder’s Day AAR – Brian MacDonald
a. 157 attended
b. Brian MacDonald also attended the inaugural John Paul Jones dinner, hosted by USNA alumni.
c. There was a lot of positive feedback about the speaker, BG Hodne.
d. Some attendees asked for a longer Benny Haven’s hour prior to the dinner. The Board will consider a 90 minutes Benny Haven’s hour next year.
e. The Board was pleased with the photography work done by TF ISO and plans to invite them again next year. There was a suggestion to set up a station for formal photos at next year’s event.
f. There was broad agreement that Saturday is a better day for the dinner then Friday.
g. There was also agreement that any way to lower the cost would be helpful. The Board discussed such options as corporate sponsorship and a silent auction.
7. Distinguished Society Application – Tim Griesmer
a. Tim Griesmer reviewed current work on the 2017-2018 Distinguished Society application and received feedback from board members.
b. The application is due on June 30, 2018. Tim Griesmer will circulate an updated version before the end of May and then will submit the application.
c. The Board discussed nominating a Friend of West Point. Tim Griesmer will research the criteria and send it to the Board.
8. Future Events – Brian MacDonald
a. The annual picnic will be held June 10, 2018 in Wash Park.
b. Baseball games:
i. July 14 v. Seattle ($35/ticket)
ii. Aug. 11 v. LA ($35/ticket)
c. Golf Tournament: Aug. 3 at AFA Blue Course.
i. More volunteers are needed.
ii. Chad Dalton is close to finalizing hole-in-one sponsorship at each par 3.
iii. Chad Dalton is also brainstorming adding a separate WPSD tournament for a course closer to Denver.
d. Quarterly Dinner: May 22, 2018 at Piccolo’s Restaurant. BG(R) Chris Petty will be the speaker on the subject of “Challenges Faced by the Army.”
i. 6:00pm-Benny Haven’s hour
e. Young Grad Event-Mike Euperio is planning a “Bikes & Brews” young grad event for July 13 or 27 that will include a bike ride and a happy hour.
9. New Business – Brian MacDonald
a. Lee Van Horn agreed to work with Dave Jackson as a Treasurer understudy.
b. AOG death notices (Stan Cass ’57 and Ted Johnston ’86). Brian MacDonald will continue to forward the notices to the Society.
c. Bob Walcott filed the Federal Form 990 as well as the annual CO Secretary of State registration for the Society.
d. Bob Walcott attended the commissioning of the USS Colorado and briefed the Board on the event.
The next board meeting will be held July 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM, at American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80222.
The meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM.
Submitted by: Tim Griesmer, ’02
Attachment: Revised WPSD Board of Directors roster
Board of Directors
West Point Society of Denver
Current Board Terms to 2021 Founders Day Election
Serve to 2019 Serve to 2020 Serve to 2021
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
Lindy Blackburn ’69 Joel Martin ’02 Andy Benson ‘00
Lee Van Horn ‘12 Tim Griesmer ’02 Cory Wroblewski ‘06
Immediate Past President: Bob Walcott ’78
Board Member Emeritus Year Inducted
Tom Hicklin ’57 2009
Jim Harrington ’62 2010
Robby Robinson ‘ 68 2016
WEST POINT SOCIETY OF DENVER
OFFICERS FY 2018-19
(To serve from May 2018 until the next election.)
President – Brian MacDonald ‘83
Vice President – Joel Martin ‘02
Vice President Admissions – Tom Carroll ‘78
Treasurer – Dave Jackson ‘73
Secretary – Tim Griesmer ‘02