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WPS of the Bluegrass Founders Day Dinner

The West Point Society of the Bluegrass held its annual Founders Day dinner at Portofino in Lexington, KY on Friday March 15, 2019. Forty-nine people attended including two accepted candidates for the Class of 2023 and their parents. The festivities began with a Benny Havens cocktail hour and a slide show of photos of the attendees as Cadets or while in the Army.

After the usual round of toasts, the group watched a video from the Superintendent, followed by dinner. Click here to view the program.

Colonel Andrew Cecil '06. DCO, Army Reserve Aviation Command, Ft. Knox was the guest speaker. His remarks included his time as a Cadet and his limited knowledge of the Reserves when he joined the Army. He went on to explain the vital role of the Reserves to the TOTAL ARMY, followed by the importance of graduates continuing their service as a Reservist to maximize their experience and contributions to national defense.

Frank Cannavo '70 was presented a Bronze Star medal for his Vietnam service which he never received, because of subsequent reassignments and ultimately leaving the Army. The professionals at HRC at Ft. Knox checked his personnel records and located the award order and issued the medal. Jerry Cecil '66 Society president and CASA presented the medal to Cannavo on behalf of Secretary Esper.

The evening concluded with a raffle for football tickets provided by the AOG and the singing of the Alma Mater.

Photo: The oldest and youngest grads Charles Williamson '46, and Jason Halligan '05

More photo: L-R Jerry Cecil, '66, Sue Cannavo, Frank Cannavo '70 and Jason Halligan '05 who read the citation for Frank's Bronze Star | Jerry Cecil '66 and Frank Cannavo'70 | Colonel Andrew Cecil '96 guest speaker

WPS of Taiwan FIRST Founders Day

WPS of Taiwan FIRST Founders DayThe West Point Society of Taiwan (WPST) held its first ever Founders Day Luncheon on March 9, 2019 at the American Club in Taipei, Taiwan. In attendance at WPST Founders Day were a diverse group of seven Taiwan graduates, seven U.S. graduates, five Class of 2020 cadets in the Semester-Abroad Program, and two former P's.

WPS of Mississippi Sponsors Diversity Conference

WPS of Mississippi Sponsors Diversity ConferenceThe West Point Society of Mississippi was proud to serve as a proud conference partner for the West Point Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity Conference on Friday 1 March 1, 2019. The conference was a huge success. Approximately 300 Jackson Public Schools (JPS) JROTC cadets and educators participated in several exercises where they were challenged with ethical and moral dilemmas. The enthusiasm and engagement throughout the day clearly made this a worthwhile outreach event.

WPS of Denver Army Navy Watch Parties

The West Point Society of Denver watched the Army Football team BEAT Navy on December 8, 2018. The society has joint viewings with their Navy counterparts at two locations: The Sports Column in Denver – where about 350 people were present an at the Budweiser Center near Fort Collins – where about 150 showed up. While all had a great time, as the USMA '83 demonstrate in the photo, jointly the group collected over a $1,100 and a boxful of toys to support the local Marine Toys for Tots annual program.

WPS of the Mid-South Host the Glee Club

On the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, the West Point Glee Club traveled to Memphis, TN, to pay tribute to community veterans of all U.S. military services. Proudly hosted by the West Point Society of the Mid-South and their Parents Club, the Glee Club actively sought to achieve their motto: "No fun without music, no music without fun!"

While in Memphis (when they weren't studying) they were constantly on the go, singing for the FedEx Headquarters, visiting the famous Beale Street and the Pyramid overlooking the Mississippi River, recording at a local studio, signing their names on the stone fence at Graceland, stopping by the National Civil Rights Museum, and performing the National Anthem for the professional basketball game between the Memphis Grizzlies the Philadelphia 76ers.

On Veterans Day, under the direction of Director Connie Chase, the West Point Glee Club performed a phenomenal concert. They inspired an audience of 800 with their professional versatility, musical talents, and patriotic enthusiasm. The highlight for many an Old Grad was the invitation to join the Glee Club on stage to sing the Alma Mater. The Society's oldest grad in the Memphis area Robert Wheaton '55, a former Glee Club member, helped the group sing the first note. At the end of the concert, thunderous applause was amply rewarded with a tremendous encore. Later that evening, the local CBS Channel 3 News TV station provided excellent coverage of the Glee Club's performance.

Every volunteer who supported the Glee Club tour enjoyed making life-long connections with "their" cadets. The Glee Club cadets, as exemplary ambassadors for the Academy, helped to convey the finest image and ideals of West Point and the United States Army to thousands of veterans and other citizens throughout the Mid-South. Their positive impact on national security will be felt for years to come.

WPS of Annapolis Hosts 31st Annual Winter Social

WPS of Annapolis Hosts 31st Annual Winter SocialThe West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) hosted its 31st Annual Winter Social on December 2, 2018. Approximately 32 attendees, including six exchange cadets who are completing their semester at the Naval Academy, gathered at the Severn Inn, Annapolis, MD. In addition to the fellowship that good company, food and drink bring, the highlight of the evening was the signing of WPSOA's "Beat Navy" banner by the exchange cadets, a remembrance tradition that has continued for 23 years.

Photo: Eexchange cadets after signing the "Beat Navy" banner

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