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WPPC of Colorado Cadet Candidate Send-Off

The West Point Parents Club of Colorado hosted a send-off event in Castle Rock, CO for new cadet candidates of the Class of 2024. West Point Society of The Pikes Peak Region and Denver had a strong presence, even more importantly, four reps from USMA ’74 (50-year Affiliate: Bill Kenny, Steve Shambach, Rudy Veit, and Linda Rowe (West Point spouse and Mom!)).

It was a beautiful, breezy, sunny outdoor venue which allowed reasonable social distancing for the 130+ participants. Most importantly, 14 of 19 Cadet Candidates from Colorado with family and friends as well as close to a dozen cadets home due to Covid with their parents/families were able to participate.

This provided a perfect setting for current cadets to talk to the candidates while new WP parents received great coaching and information from the seasoned parents. “E'er may that line of gray Increase from day to day”

WPPC of Greater Houston Lead Host for JSAMB

WPPC of Greater Houston Lead Host for JSAMBCadet Preston Pounds ’22 with Parents David & Cindy Pounds, Presidents of West Point Parent’s Club of Greater Houston at the Joint Service Academy Military Ball (JSAMB). The West Point Parent’s Club of Greater Houston under the leadership of Mary Claire Upton was the lead host the ball with Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines.

WPPC of South Texas Hosts All Academies Get Together

The West Point Parent Club of South Texas hosted an All Academies Get Together. They took to the Ice and enjoyed an evening of Hockey at a San Antonio Rampage game. Their guest speaker was Colonel Patrick Osborn, Orthopaedic Surgeon, BMAC (USAFA '93).

WPPC of North Carolina Hosts Virtual Hail and Farewell Ceremonies

WPPC of North Carolina Hosts Virtual Hail and Farewell CeremoniesThe West Point Parent Club of North Carolina hosted their three area NC Hail and Farewell virtual ceremonies last week. With the help of North Carolina West Point Societies and 50 Year Class Affiliates, they welcomed North Carolina incoming cadet candidates and gave special farewell recognition to their Firsties. The attending cadets and society members ended each ceremony with the Army Rocket Cheer!

They completed the four-night event with a Q&A session for parents and one for the cadets only.

West Point Parents Fund Has Lasting Impact—Thank You for Making a Difference

West Point Parents Fund Has Lasting Impact—Thank You for Making a DifferenceThe West Point Association of Graduates thanks all of our donors who made 2019 such a resounding success! Because of you, we had an outstanding year and raised $48.3 million in cash receipts for the Academy and WPAOG. Year over year, our alumni participation rate continues to grow and in 2019, we reached 37 percent, a two-percent jump from the year prior. Your gifts and participation strengthen the Academy’s Margin of Excellence programs for cadets and sustain the traditions that honor generations of West Point graduates. Watch our “Thank You” video at https://vimeo.com/389561472 to see highlights from the past year at West Point.

Welcome 2020 Superintendent’s Circle Parent Members

Welcome 2020 Superintendent’s Circle Parent MembersThank you to everyone who made a gift of $1,000 or more to the West Point Parents Fund in 2019. You are now a member of the 2020 Superintendent’s Circle. Parents in the Superintendent’s Circle will be invited to special events in 2020: Projects Day, Superintendent’s Circle Weekend, and Superintendent’s Circle Special Parent/Cadet Reception during Family Weekend. More information will be sent to Superintendent’s Circle members. The Superintendent’s Circle benefits have been elevated for 2021. To learn more about WPAOG’s Recognition Circles and Superintendent’s Circle benefits, please visit WestPointAOG.org/WestPointRecognition. If you have any questions, contact Parent Relations at 845.446.1535 or parentrelations@wpaog.org.

News from the West Point Parents Club of Arkansas

Ten cadets from Arkansas are slated to graduate in May, two are currently company commanders in the Corp.

Sport recruits from Arkansas: They have received word that McKenzie Muse from Bryant, AR was recruited to play women's basketball at Army. She will be the first Arkansan to play basketball at Army. Ozark's Bryant Burns signed to play football at Army. He was a 2-star recruit and the 19th ranked player out of AR.

They just completed their boodle packing for their 33 cadets +1 who is currently at the USMAPS. They have two boodle events each year, one during the "gloom period" for all AR cadets and then one in the fall for their new cadets after classes start. They feel this is a good way to stay connected with their cadets and to let them know they support them as they battle academics and work toward beating the Dean.

They are slated to do 3-4 fundraisers this year, one of which will be a charity fundraiser. Each year they have donated the proceeds from one raffle to a charity of their choosing, last year was the Thomas Surdyke Foundation and the year prior was the Gary Sinise Foundation. The class of 2020 parents also supported the CJ Morgan Foundation through a donation to the GoFundme page.

Boodle Box Packing Party in Bridgewater, NJ

Boodle Box Packing Party in Bridgewater, NJAround 40 West Point Parent Club of New Jersey members attended the club's annual Boodle Box Packing Party in Bridgewater, NJ on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Current cadet parents and alumni parents of Old Grads got together for a few hours to enjoy each other's company, share some stories and pack a "little love from home" in support of the Dean's #BeatTheGloom. After a quick tally, around 100 boxes were filled and driven up to Post for our cadets to enjoy. A few alumni parents also attended who packed a box for their Old Grad, sending to places as close as Ft. Drum, NY, and as far away as Sweden.

Tailgates and Present Donations on Family Weekend

Tailgates and Present Donations on Family WeekendOctober 25-27 was Family Weekend, where cadet parents, grandparents, and family members were invited to learn more about cadet life and West Point. The weekend included academic presentations, tours, cadet demonstrations, information on athletics and clubs, and the Army v. San Jose State football game. Cadets were able escort their families and provide a view of West Point from the cadet perspective.

WPAOG sponsored coffee on Friday at the Family Weekend Welcome Center, and on Saturday, various West Point Parents Clubs hosted tailgates all around campus for cadets and their families. The WPPC of Greater Houston and the WPPC of Northern Texas jointly hosted the 17th Annual Texas Tamale Tailgate (T3) immediately after the football game at the ’49er Lodge, with country music and familiar tastes of Texas BBQ and tamales.

WPPCs of Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wisconsin also hosted Saturday tailgates with unique regional foods. In support of the West Point Parents Fund, the WPPC of Greater Houston and WPPC of Northern Texas presented a check for $2,000 and the WPPC of Michigan presented a check for $1,500. Shelisa Baskerville, WPAOG Parent Giving Officer, and Deb Dalton, USMA Parent Communications Liaison, accepted on behalf of WPAOG and the Academy.

Gift of $2.9M to Support Margin of Excellence

Gift of $2.9M to Support Margin of ExcellenceDuring the Army v. San Jose State game on October 26, Jackie Jimenez P’20, Cattie Kim P’21, Dirk Dodson P’22, and Ken Jaycox P’23 represented West Point Parents and presented a check for $2,900,000 to the Academy.

Joining them on the field was the President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, Todd Browne ’85, and Shelisa Baskerville, WPAOG Annual Giving Parent Relations Manager.

Accepting on behalf of West Point was Command Sergeant Major Jack H. Love. This generous gift raised by West Point Parents will support Margin of Excellence programs which allow all cadets to reach their highest potential. Thank you to all our parents and families for their incredible support!

WPPC of Southwest Florida Holiday Happenings

WPPC of Southwest Florida Holiday HappeningsThe West Point Parents Club of Southwest Florida & West Point Society of Naples enjoyed giving back to a disabled veteran & her family this Christmas holiday.

Joined by family, friends, business partners and co-workers, they created a little Christmas magic by buying Christmas gifts, dinner, and groceries for a southwest Florida veteran and her family.

Their goal was to bring joy to someone who selflessly served and their hope for the family was that they would be able to feel the genuine love and support that was intended in each gift.

This local area family was left speechless when they also received over $2,000 in cash and gift cards to help with future expenses. The group received Christmas morning pictures from their "adopted family" and there were many smiles and much gratitude.

WPPC of Utah Annual All Academies Ball

WPPC of Utah Annual All Academies BallThe West Point Parents Club of Utah, along with the USAFA Parents Club and the USNA Parents Club of Utah, held their annual All Academies Ball on December 28, 2019 at the University Marriot in Salt Lake City.

The attendees were honored to hear from two retired Air Force Colonels, both with an extensive career in Aerospace. First speaker was Lt. Col Denise Harris, current Senior Aeropsace Science Instructor at Wastach Highschool in Heber, UT. She spoke on life as on officer and finding fulfillment in all assignments.

Following Lt. Col Harris, the ball was honored to hear from Col Gail “Hal” Halverson USAF (R). Also known as “Uncle Wiggly” or the “Berlin Candy Bomber”, 99 year old Col. Halverson shared videos of footage of his time dropping parachutes of treats throughout West Berlin following the Russian Occupation after World War II and encouraged the future officers to always carry with them 3 key elements to a successful career: Attitude, Gratitude, and Service Before Self.

Parent Leaders Honored at WPAOG Leaders Conference

Parent Leaders Honored at WPAOG Leaders ConferenceMore than 50 West Point Parents Club Leaders attended WPAOG’s annual Leaders Conference, August 14-17, at West Point. For four days, 311 volunteer leaders heard from WPAOG and USMA officials about the state of the Academy and WPAOG, and learned lessons they can take back to their constituents. WPAOG Chairman LTG(R) Joe DeFrancisco ’65 lauded the parent leaders attending the conference as the best resource to inspire cadets—“They are our future members.” In addition, 15 Parents Clubs were recognized as Distinguished Parents Clubs.

What is the West Point Parents Fund?

While the Academy receives federal funding to support its core programs, which provide the basic requirements to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the United States Army, many cadet projects and activities that are of great value but outside the “core” designation receive minimal to no funding from the government. West Point needs these programs to recruit and educate the very best candidates in a highly competitive environment. This is why private funding from our alumni, parents and friends is so important—it supports unique experiences and extraordinary developmental programs for cadets that go above and beyond the Academy’s core programming to create the Margin of Excellence, making a West Point education like no other. Please consider supporting West Point by giving a gift at WestPointAOG.org/GiveOnline.

USMA 2023 Pre-R-Day Social

WPAOG Welcomed USMA 2023 New Cadets and Families at a Pre-R-Day Social.

On June 30, the day before R-Day for USMA 2023, a few showers didn't stop more than 1,150 families and friends of cadet candidates from stopping by WPAOG for our third annual Pre-R-Day Ice Cream Social. WPAOG Staff were on hand to answer questions and provide a warm welcome. Nothing like ice cream to relax on a hot day! View photos.

WPPC of Michigan Summer Re-cap

The West Point Parents Club of Michigan had a busy summer. They kicked it off with their annual Picnic to welcome the Class of 2023 and Congratulate the Class of 2019. They were honored to have many Old Grads join them. Len Dixon '73 entertained with stories of his USMA experiences and personally welcomed all 2023 cadet candidates.

Photo Right: Some 2023 Parents gather for a pic

The fun continued throughout the summer after the Cadet Candidates reported to USMA and many of the other cadets were off on summer trainings. This summer they held seven informal events, split up between the West side of Michigan and the East side of Michigan including coordinating a dinner with a local Blue Star Mothers group and their annual Golf Outing and Dinner Fund Raiser.

Photo Left: Golf Outing Winning Team

Finishing the summer on a fabulous note with five members attending West Point for the Leader's Conference and some attending Field Force Training. Both the Parents Club of Michigan and West Point Society of Michigan were honored with Distinguished Club awards at this year's Leaders Conference!

Stay in Touch With Cadet News

Have you looked at WPAOG’s Cadet News page lately? These are stories we receive daily about cadet clubs and activities, academic achievements, athletic achievements and more. Your cadets are phenomenally successful, and this is our way of showing them off to the world! If you want, you can subscribe to have all the news delivered right to your email inbox. Just look for the link at the top of the page at WestPointAOG.org/CadetNews and you can also follow WPAOG social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

West Point Parents Fund Has Lasting Impact

Thank You for Your Generous Support!

West Point and WPAOG appreciate the commitment and generosity of all our parent donors. Your support makes a tremendous impact on the Corps of Cadets—the future leaders of our Army and nation—and strengthens every aspect of the Margin of Excellence. Your gifts to the West Point Parents Fund support the following types of activities:

  • 150 cadets studying abroad each year (average): 33 institutions, 20 countries
  • 1,052 AIADs summer 2018: 679 domestic, 373 international
  • 62 academic clubs and forums, conferences, guest speakers, and trip sections
WPAOG Publishes Parent Handbook For 2019-20

The WPAOG Parent Handbook provides everything you need to know about being a member of the West Point community and participating in your cadet’s 47-month experience. A tool to help families meet the unique challenges of having a son or daughter attend West Point, the guide includes an academic year calendar, as well as valuable information about visiting West Point, resources available to families, WPAOG support and services, connecting with other families through the WPAOG website’s Parent Portal, how to become involved with Parents Clubs, and special events. Thanks to generous donations to funds like the West Point Parents Fund, the Parent Handbook is complimentary to all families. Please contact Shelisa Baskerville, WPAOG’s Parent Relations Manager, at Shelisa.Baskerville@wpaog.org to learn more.

West Point Parents Club of DC, MD, VA Supports Class of 2019

As part of Donor Tribute Day, the West Point Parents Club of DC, MD, VA presented a gift of $20,000 to the Class of 2019 Class Gift Fund, from proceeds of the Class Afghan sales. Cadet Isabella Vargas ’19, Class Historian, received the gift from Jacquline Grose, Parent Club Representative from the West Point Parents Club of DC, MD, VA. The check ceremony was part of a special luncheon in conjunction with Projects Day 2019, where BG Cindy Jebb ’82, Dean of the Academic Board, and cadets shared how the more than 24,500 donors in 2018 provided them with opportunities to further develop academically beyond the Academy’s core education through Margin of Excellence programs. Many of the honors and national rankings earned by the Academy and our cadets are a direct result of development and research programs and activities provided by donor support.

West Point Parents Club Gulf Coast ~ A year in Review

The 2018 – 2019 year was filled with exciting West Point events and our club was actively involved in so many. Thank you all for the memories and the support you have shared with West Point, our cadets and each other. We have a wonderfully blended group of people from New Cadet Candidate families to “Old Grad” families. We look forward to another wonderful year together. We may not know what lies ahead, but we do know that we have a strong and compassionate community to walk beside us.

Click here to Read the Entire Review.

West Point Parents Club of Illinois

Perfect day for a Land of Lincoln tailgate! Weather was beautiful, and Army couldn’t have had a better game against Temple with a big win in OT! This was the first year in many that the WPPC-IL switched from an all-out catering event to a good, old-fashioned grilling escapade. They had over 110 in attendance with an additional 30+ cadets that came for the food & actually STAYED for the festivities. Thanks to LTC McManus who provided his bean bag toss and the infamous beersbee game for cadets & families to enjoy. Even though most families flew the distance, everyone made a concerted effort to bring a dish to pass and provide for a Styrofoam cooler & bags of ice. There were plenty of volunteers who pitched in to make this year’s tailgate a great success. Maybe next year our club will try its hand at ribs instead of burgers & dogs!

West Point Parents Club of Texas

The 15th annual Texas Tamale Tailgate was held after Army’s big overtime win Saturday Oct. 21!  T3 is held at the beautiful 49er Lodge and the gorgeous weather did not disappoint.  The tailgate is hosted by the West Point Parents’ Clubs of Greater Houston and North Texas for cadets and friends.

Over 600 Texans and “Texans-for-a-day” were treated to a real-Texas BBQ provided by the JBW BBQ team from Wichita Falls, Texas.  The 12-person strong JBW BBQ trailered their BBQ smoker and all the fixin’s, including over 1,100 pounds of Texas brisket, ribs and sausage as well as delicious Texas Tamale Company products.

The Texas Tamale Tailgate is made possible by over 70 volunteers from both the WPPCGH and WPPCNT.  A big thank you to the many sponsors and especially JBW BBQ team, Southwest Airlines, Shiner Beer, Texas Tamale Company, Buc-ee’s, Charles Cooper/Cyrus One, Go-Go Squeeze, the City of Wichita Falls, TX, Houston Astros, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Dynamo and the Houston Texans!

West Point Parents Club of Michigan

As the oldest Parent Club, The West Point Parents Club of Michigan has a strong tradition in providing support to the Cadets, families, and The United States Military Academy, itself. The investment of time and money to benefit the cadets has always been a top priority.  It is our pleasure to presented two checks to the WPAOG to help support Cadet Activities for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Pictured: (L-R)
Jeffrey Kopp, Treasure, Cadet Adam Kopp 2020
Eva Price, Corresponding Secretary, Cadet Devin Price 2018, Cadet Samantha Price 2019
Shelisa Baskerville, WPAOG
Bob Riehl, President, Cadet Matthew Riehl 2018
Sheri Fernquist, Recording Secretary, Cadet Benjamin Fernquist 2021, Cadet Joshua Fernquist 2019; 2LT. Daniel Fernquist 2016
Rita Cornett, Vice President, Cadet Todd Cornett 2019

West Point Parents Club of Indiana

They are already in full planning mode for hosting their cadets at the annual Tailgate! This year they host on September 9, when Army football takes on Buffalo. This is the biggest club event of the year, as we trek Indiana corn and pork chops, and prepare scrumptious side dishes and desserts, 12 hours east to the Hudson Valley. They host ALL of the Indiana cadets (generally around 80-90 represent our state) and ANY of their invited guests for an afternoon (and into the evening!) of food, fun, and fellowship. It is a labor of love and determination for their club to host this little piece of their Midwestern home for their incredible cadets!

West Point Parents Club of MD-DC-VA

For the past few months, the West Point Parents Club of MD, DC & VA has been selling raffle tickets to raise money for the West Point Parents Fund. The Grand Prize included four club-level tickets and hotel rooms for the 2017 Army-Navy game. The club raised $14,200 from the raffle, and presented a check for that amount at the WPAOG’s ice cream social on July 2. Special thanks also go to the WPPC of Central Virginia; WPPC of North Carolina; and various WP Societies in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina that helped spread the word about the raffle among their members and/or allowed raffle tickets to be sold at their events – a great example of parent clubs and WP societies working together for a common goal!

West Point Parents Club of Central New York

The WPPC CNY covers a wide area in New York State - from East of Rochester to west of Albany, much of the Southern Tier and as far north as Ft. Drum and the Canadian border. We enjoy cheering on our West Point athletes when they play at our area colleges, we host an annual welcome picnic for cadet candidates and their families, and throughout the year we have lots of fun packing boodle for our cadets. Below is a photo of some of our parents packing boodle last February. Nothing gloomy about that!