WEST POINT SOCIETY OF DENVER
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, July 10, 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. Thirteen voting board members were in attendance, making a quorum.
b. Board members attending:
Dave Jackson Brian MacDonald Lou Schroeder Tim Griesmer
Lindy Blackburn Joel Martin Sam Thiessen Andy Benson
Cory Wroblewski Lee Van Horn Tom Carroll Mark Frank
c. One guest in attendance: Guy Higgins, USNA
2. Secretary’s Report/Approval of Minutes – Tim Griesmer
a. Minutes from March 3, 2018 general membership meeting were approved 13-0.
b. Minutes from the May 1, 2018 board meeting were approved 13-0 with one amendment:
i. Section 2.b., change “2019” to “2018.”
c. The Society’s 2017-2018 Distinguished Society Application was submitted prior to the deadline. The Society met the criteria for distinguished society recognition.
3. West Point Leadership and Ethics Program – Joel Martin
a. After approval of the minutes, the board discussed the criteria for the Friend of West Point nominations as well as the Leadership & Ethics Seminar.
b. Joel Martin suggested nominating GEN(R) Casey as a Friend of West Point in conjunction with an invitation to speak at the seminar.
c. Lindy Blackburn offered to contact MG(R) St. Onge as a possible speaker at the seminar as well as to gather other suggestions for speakers.
d. Joel Martin is currently working with DU for facilities and targeting March as a date for the first seminar. He is also working on compiling a list of contacts for high schools.
e. Chad Dalton suggested holding a special golf tournament to help raise funds for the seminar.
4. Treasurer’s Report – Dave Jackson
a. Current membership is 59 lifetime members and 101 active regular members.
b. Current earmarked funds include $375 for outreach and $400 for the SLE scholarship.
c. Dave Jackson announced that BIZNet will hold an event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on July 17 at 7:30 am.
d. The treasurer’s report was approved 13-0 (see attachment).
e. There was a motion to increase the funding for college fairs from $375 to $600. The motion passed 13-0.
5. Admissions Update – Tom Carroll
a. 20 new cadets entered the Class of 2022 from Colorado (15 from the WPSD area)
b. Class of 2022:
a. 331 files opened, a slight increase
b. 109 received nominations
c. 38 qualified, 24 offers of admission (4 declinations)
d. 5 entering USMAPS
c. Class of 2023:
a. 172 files opened (107 in WPSD area)
d. Tom Carroll requested more help with the Field Force, particularly in Parker and Elbert County.
6. USS Colorado Commissioning Reception – Brian MacDonald and Guy Higgins
a. The WPSD was named as an honorary plankowner in appreciation for the Society’s support of the commissioning ceremony. Traditionally, a member of the crew on the date of commissioning is a plankowner.
7. West Point Leadership Conference - Brian MacDonald
a. Brian MacDonald and Joel Martin will attend the Leadership Conference at West Point from Aug. 15-18.
b. Brian MacDonald requested that any society members who wish to have issues addressed at the conference should send them to him.
8. Quarterly Meeting – Joel Martin
a. The next quarterly meeting will be held sometime after Labor Day.
b. Joel Martin requested suggestions for speakers.
9. SLE Scholarship – Brain MacDonald and Tom Carroll
a. The Society awarded the 2018 SLE scholarship to Paul Budoff.
10. Picnic AAR – Mark Frank
a. The annual picnic was cancelled this year due to a lack of interest.
b. There were no major changes to the planning this year, so the board will need to increase the outreach efforts next year.
c. The board also decided that it should stress registration next year since it is assumed that some people may have decided they would simply show up to the picnic without registering.
11. Baseball Games – Brian MacDonald
a. July 14- 6 individuals signed up (20 seats held)
b. August 11- 5 individuals signed up (20 seats held)
12. Golf Tournament – Chad Dalton
a. The annual golf tournament will be held on Aug. 3 at the USAFA Blue Course.
b. There are currently 10 participants signed up.
c. Chad Dalton requested additional announcements be sent to the Society. An announcement will be made at BIZNet and another email will be sent out.
13. Young Grad Engagement – Cory Wroblewski
a. The Society will host a Bikes & Brews young graduate event on July 27 at the Marshall Mesa Trailhead.
b. Announcements for the event will be made at BIZNet and via email.
14. New Business – Brian MacDonald
a. Founder’s Day will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the University Club.
b. Brian MacDonald appointed a Founder’s Day Committee consisting of Brian MacDonald, Andy Benson, Lee Van Horn, Cory Wroblewski, and Dave Jackson.
c. Brian MacDonald appointed a Bylaws Review and Update Committee consisting of Lou Schroeder, Sam Thiessen, Bob Walcott, Joel Martin, Dave Jackson, and Lindy Blackburn.
The next board meeting will be held October 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM, at American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80222.
The meeting adjourned at 12:50 PM.
Submitted by: Tim Griesmer, ’02
Attachment: Treasurer’s Report July 10, 2018
West Point Society of Denver
July 10, 2018
Financials (bank actuals) effective 7/6/2018
Accounts receivable: (effective 2/18)
SLE Scholarship $400
Active Regular Members 101