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WPS of Birmingham and Central Alabama Appointments

WPS of Birmingham and Central Alabama West Point AppointmentsThe West Point Society of Birmingham and Central Alabama has 10 nominations to West Point this year! This is highly part of the creative thought-process of Clint Speegle ’03. The photo shows the high school students nominated for appointments to the 4 (Coast Guard is not included) service academies from Congressman Gary Palmer’s 6th Congressional District. Not shown are the Marion Military Institute (MMI) cadets from this district. This district is one of the most competitive districts in the nation. These young men and women have an average ACT score of 31, excel in at least one varsity sport and are at the top of their graduating classes. MMI has 28 cadets from across the nation that have received nominations, at least 26 of them will get appointments.

WPS of San Diego Army Navy Watch Party

WPS of San Diego Army Navy Watch PartyThe West Point Society of San Diego (WPSSD) were representing West Point at an Army-Navy Game Watch Party. Although highly outnumbered, roughly 125 to 25! They were able to enjoy the victory at the University Club, atop the Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego. For the past few years the WPSSD has been joining forces with the USNA Alumni Association of San Diego for the Army-Navy Game Watch Party at the University Club. They appreciate this venue which has excellent views of downtown, the bay, the Bay Bridge, and Coronado Island. The WPS of San Diego offers congratulations to the Army Football Team, “you made us proud.”

WPS of Chicago Claims Victory Trophy

WPS of Chicago Claims Victory TrophyThe West Point Society of Chicago had a well-attended luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago sponsored by the American Legion. After a great football victory over Navy on December 10th, they found that their sister society in Chicago was in possession of a Victory Trophy that both alumni societies funded back in 1994. The trophy is quite substantial, and has a plaque for each year with the name of the team that won. You can see the newest plaque in the upper left of the trophy's base. It had been languishing in Naval Academy Alumni Association Society president's basement for the last 14 years, since the last time Army won. Needless to say, WPS of Chicago was not going to let this sit in anyone's basement. It's now on loan to the Union League Club and American Legion Post 758, proudly displayed for the public to see, in their lobby.

L-R: Victor Lagroon, Director of Veterans' Affairs, City of Chicago; Michael K. Bassi ’07, Erica Jeffries, Director of Illinois Veterans Affairs; Joe Mislinski ’78, President WPS of Chicago; Court Harris ’07, Vice President (holding trophy with Mayor Emanuel); Matt Schachman ’07; Emily Miller ’08, George Gilmore ’71, AOG Board of Directors; Tom Hayes ’78, Mayor of Arlington Heights, IL; Bridget Altenberg, COO Noble Networks

WPS of the Tennessee Valley Victory Party

The West Point Society of the Tennessee Valley held an Army-Navy Victory Party at Valley Hill Country Club in Huntsville, Alabama on the 10th of December, 2016. Over 135 were in attendance to watch Army end Navy’s streak and beat the Midshipmen. The excitement was contagious, the camaraderie was excellent, and the noise level was extreme. From the opening kickoff to the last play society members were focused on the task at hand – BEATING NAVY! They are already counting down the days until we beat Navy again next year.

On Monday, December 26th, the Tennessee Valley Society reconvened at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Jones Valley in Huntsville to cheer the Army team on to victory over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Well over 50 people showed up and represented Army West Point with cheers, fight songs, impromptu old grad rockets (thanks to Tom Economy ’81) and the singing of the Alma Mater after the game. Rumor has it that a few beers were consumed that day as well.

Photo L to R: Steve Walters ’81, Brian Magerkurth ’81, Chris Fry ’81, Paul DiNardo ’81, Tom Economy ’81

WPS of New Jersey Fisher House Contribution

WPS of New Jersey Fisher House ContributionThe West Point Society of New Jersey presented a $5000 contribution to the Fisher House Foundation as part of the Annual Gingerbread Ball, held at the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown NJ recently. Presenting the check was Tony G. Smith ’78, WPSNJ President. Accepting was Brian Gawne, VP Operations, Fisher House Foundation. The Society contribution came mainly from funds raised during the annual West Point Society Charity Scramble, a golf tournament the Society runs every year in June at the Gambler Ridge Golf Club in Cream Ridge, NJ. The 2016 Gingerbread Ball raised over $60,000, with all proceeds going to support the Fisher House Foundation. The golf tournament will be held at Gambler Ridge in 2017 on Friday, 2 June. Mark your calendars for that, as well as our 2017 Founder's Day Dinner, being held at Beacon Hill Country Club in Atlantic Highlands on Saturday, 25 March. Invitations will be mailed in January.

Photo: Tony G. Smith ’78, President, WPSNJ; Ms. Breanna Weick, Miss New Jersey 2016; and Brian Gawne, VP Operations, Fisher House Foundation