WEST POINT SOCIETY OF DENVER
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1130-1300
American Legion Post 1, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222
1. Call to order – Brian MacDonald at 11:35 AM
a. Nine voting board members were in attendance, constituting a quorum.
b. Board members attending:
Dave Jackson Tim Griesmer Lou Schroeder Brian MacDonald
Steve Best Joel Martin Lindy Blackburn Kevin Miller
Guest: Guy Higgins, USNA
2. Secretary’s Report/Approval of Minutes – Tim Griesmer
a. Minutes from July 9, 2019 board of directors meeting were approved 9-0.
3. Treasurer’s Report – Brian MacDonald
a. Current total funds are $24,745.
b. The Treasurer’s report was approved 9-0.
4. Admissions Update – Kevin Miller
a. Kevin Miller is working with local MALOs to finalize the plan for college fairs and candidate CFAs.
5. Parents’ Club – Brian MacDonald
a. Brian MacDonald briefed the board members on the parents’ club boodle box event.
b. There was a motion to donate an additional $200 to the parents’ club to support the boodle box event. The motion passed 9-0.
6. Website Update – Mark Frank
a. Mark Frank updated the board members on Sallyport. The society needs to update its website but there is still additional work that needs to be done on Sallyport, so no action can be taken at this time.
a. Chad Dalton sent an update for the board members on the golf tournament. Navy won the tournament this year.
b. Mark Frank updated the board on the annual picnic. The picnic was well attended and earned money.
c. Brian MacDonald updated the board on the Rockies games. There were 19 attendees at the last game.
d. Steve Best updated the board on the Leadership Conference.
i. He went on the Rockbound Highland Home tour.
ii. There is a new visitors center now open to the public. Steve recommended that future conference attendees arrive a day early to see this and other highlights.
iii. Eisenhower Hall is being renovated.
iv. The board also saw the new alumni support handbook and the 2019 Distinguished Society Award.
e. Steve Best briefed the society on the AFA Affirmation Ceremony, which he attended on behalf of WPSD and which also had a representative from the 50-year class.
8. Upcoming Events
a. There will be a young grad happy hour on Oct. 10.
b. USNA alum are interested in organizing a joint services happy hour.
c. Army-Air Force football game will be held on Nov. 2. The Pike’s Peak Society is organizing a tailgate.
d. Army-Navy watch party will be held Dec. 14 at Sports Column. Navy is leading the planning this year.
e. There was discussion of a Quarterly Dinner featuring Ike Barnes speaking on Trends in Cybercrime. More information will be forthcoming.
f. Founder’s Day will be held Saturday, March 7, 2019. Kevin Miller nominated LTG Charles Hooper, USMA ‘79 as a guest speaker. The board supports inviting him to speak. Lou Schroeder will work on an official invitation.
g. 2020 Leadership and Ethics Seminar: planning for the 2020 seminar is underway. The goal is to double the attendance from 2019. Joel Martin is working to have GEN(R) Casey attend again, as well as inviting Ambassador Nicholson to attend. Joel Martin also discussed wanting to find a way to integration West Point mobile STEM into the seminar. Steve Best offered to contact the Detroit society to ask about processes and lessons.
9. New Business – Brian MacDonald
a. The by-laws review committee is working on some suggested changes to the by-laws.
b. The draft 2020 budget is due at the next meeting.
The next board meeting will be held December 3, 2019 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