WEST POINT SOCIETY OF DENVER
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1130-1310
American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222
1. Call to order – Brian MacDonald at 11:35 AM
a. Twelve voting board members were in attendance, making a quorum.
b. Board members attending:
Dave Jackson Brian MacDonald Lou Schroeder Cory Wroblewski
Mike Euperio Sam Thiessen Andy Benson Mark Frank
Tom Carroll Chad Dalton Lindy Blackburn Lee Van Horn
Bob Walcott (ex officio) Robby Robinson (Emeritus)
c. Three guests in attendance: Diana Gamboa, USMA ’84; Kevin Miller, USMA ’79; Guy Higgins, USNA
2. Secretary’s Review and Board Approval of Minutes – postponed until next board meeting
3. Treasurer’s Report – Dave Jackson
a. The Treasurer’s Report was approved 12-0.
b. Dave Jackson presented the draft 2019 budget, noting that the remainder of the meeting would add information to the budget, after which it could be presented for approval.
c. Diana Gamboa presented the membership update: 1087 active members, 166 lifetime.
4. Nominating Committee Update – Bob Walcott
a. Bob Walcott reviewed the board of directors nominations for the three year term through 2022
b. Four directors will be nominated for reelection (Schroeder, Euperio, Blackburn, Van Horn); two additional directors will be nominated for election (Gamboa, Miller); one director is no seeing reelection and will retire from the board (Carroll)
5. The AOG has not yet provided the West Point Distinguished Society application yet.
6. Admissions Update – Tom Carroll
a. 6 accepted students and 6 offers of admission.
b. Offers to attend Founder’s Day have also been extended.
c. Tom brought up the topic of the SLE scholarship and recommended that it be removed from the 2019 budget. Further discussion ensued that the $400 allocation for the SLE scholarship should be applied to the budget allocation for college fair funds, bringing that total to $1,000. Dave Jackson added it to the proposed 2019 budget.
7. Annual Leadership Conference – Brian MacDonald
a. Discussion about the appropriate attendees for the Annual Leadership Conference
b. Consensus that budget will still reflect two attendees, but that only one should attend, unless the current VP can attend with the current president.
8. Parents’ Club Update – Bob Walcott
a. The All Academy Ball was held on December 28
9. Founders Day Committee Update - Brian McDonald and Andy Benson
a. Brian McDonald reiterated the rationale behind not scheduling a speaker for the 2019 FD: providing more time for grads and their spouses to socialize with one another, rather than listen to a canned presentation from one of the “big four.”
b. Andy Benson provided an in-depth update on FD changes from the committee, along with a request for volunteers to man the photo booth.
10. Updates on Upcoming Events
a. Family Picnic: Mark Frank
a. Date will be selected soon and picnic area booked.
b. $350 budget for the event.
b. Golf Tournament: Chad Dalton
a. The tournament will be held at the USAFA Blue Course with a morning start
b. $500 budget for the event is all that is necessary
c. Rockies Games: Brian McDonald
a. Three games scheduled
b. Military appreciation day should be one of the games
d. Young Graduate Engagement: Cory Wroblewski and Mike Euperio
a. $300 total budget in 2019 for happy hour events
e. Other 2019 events
a. Army/AF game
b. Navy watch party
c. Quarterly events. Discussion about the feasibility of this as an ongoing series. Lack of speakers who can draw a crowd will be an issue. Discussion tabled for future meeting.
f. Other business. Diana Gamboa brought up the point that partnering with other organizations (such as RWB) could be a way to drive additional engagement from grads to WPSD events, via engagement from those organizations’ events.
The meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM.
Submitted by: Mark Frank, ’00