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WPS of Connecticut Hosts Historic Virtual Founders Day

The West Point Society of Connecticut made history by hosting the first-ever virtual Founders Day on April 4. Instead of canceling or postponing their celebration, these innovative grads and guests got together online for an otherwise “traditional” Founders Day, complete with a toast, a video message from Superintendent LTG Darryl Williams ’83, remarks by USMA speaker COL Greg Boylan ’94, greetings from the oldest and youngest graduates present, and finishing up by singing the Alma Mater.

Club President Scott Anders ’77 even donned black tie attire for his role as emcee. This creative virtual event was the first of its kind since the suspension of public events and travel during March and April, a time when West Point grads worldwide usually gather to mark the 1802 establishment of the Academy at their local Founders Day celebrations. View story video.

WPS of Denver Founders Day Celebration

WPS of Denver Founders Day CelebrationThe West Point Society of celebrated their annual Founders Day. It was held at the historic Denver University Club on March 7, 2020. More than 170 graduates, spouses, cadet candidates and their parents attended. The keynote speaker COL Richard L. Zellmann ’91, J5 U.S. Space Force Command, addressed the assembly as did also, the youngest and oldest graduates in attendance.

WPS of Annapolis 34th Annual Founders Day

WPS of Annapolis 34th Annual Founders DayThe West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) held its 34th annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday March 14, 2020. The event was held at Café Mezzanotte, Severna Park, MD, and was attended by 28 WPSOA members and guests, including our very own Bob Curran '72 and one local New Cadet Candidate, Elisabeth Ake, daughter of COL Adam Ake '97.

Due to concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic, the Distinguished Guest Speaker, Master of the Sword COL Nick Gist, was unable to join. Instead, WPSOA took charge. President, Steve Heinecke '77, introduced Bob Curran, WPAOG, who spoke of various USMA initiatives underway or planned.

Steve then discussed the status and purpose of the WPSOA, before Bill Taylor '70 presented slides sent by COL Gist. Steve then introduced the eldest (Bob Stroud '68) and youngest (Lamar Simmons '11) grads.

Lamar presented amusing stories of his prep school and cadet experiences. The evening concluded with Bob Stroud providing the benediction and the assemblage singing of our Alma Mater

Photo: Lamar Simmons

WPS of Great Britain Founder Day Dinner

WPS of Great Britain Founder Day DinnerThe West Point Society of Great Britain held their Founders Day Dinner on March 14. The dinner was held at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Piccadilly, London. The function went off without a hitch and a fabulous time was had by all.

WPS of the Aiken / Augusta Celebrates Founders Day

WPS of the Aiken / Augusta Celebrates Founders DayThe West Point Society of Aiken / Augusta celebrated Founders Day on Saturday March 14 at the Pinnacle Club in Augusta, Georgia. They had a great turnout and everyone had a wonderful time.

WPS of the Pikes Peak Region Founders Day

WPS of the Pikes Peak Region Founders DayThe West Point Society of the Pikes Peak Region had a great Founders Day Celebration on Friday March 6. In addition to 180 grads, guests, and friends of West Point, eight exceptional candidates for the Class of 2024 joined in.

As always, there was a good turnout of active duty grads from Fort Carson, and robust participation from their large retired community. The Oldest Grad Speaker was Colorado’s only Distinguished Graduate, Colonel David Hughes ’50, and the Youngest Grad Speaker was 2LT Jack Young ’19 from the 4th Engineer Brigade at Fort Carson.

COL Brad Wambeke, Director of Civil Engineering was the faculty speaker and did a wonderful job, energetically engaging the candidates, alumni and guests, as well as sharing the Supt’s priorities with the group.

WPS of New Jersey Donates to the Fisher House

WPS of New Jersey Donates to the Fisher HouseThe West Point Society of New Jersey’s President Tony Smith'78 and his wife Ellie presented a Society donation to the Fisher House as a result of their West Point Society Charity Scramble golf event in June.

Accepting the check was Brian Gawne, VP Operations, Fisher House. Looking on was Miss New Jersey 2019, Miss Jade Glab, and Pete Hegseth of Fox News.

The check was presented at the annual Gingerbread Ball on December 7, 2019 the at the Ocean Place Hilton in West Long Branch, NJ.

WPS of the Mid-South Army/Navy Watch Party

WPS of the Mid-South Army/Navy Watch PartyThirty-five enthusiastic West Point graduates and other Army supporters convened at the home of Jon Thompson '65 and his wife Susan to cheer Army to victory. In addition to the boisterous Army revelers, Jon Thompson's friend Mr. Carroll White, a 1973 Navy graduate, joined the party to serve as the "scape-goat" for an anticipated Army victory. By the end of the game, despite the good-natured ribbing, all the '73 grads – both Army grads (John Snyder, Rob Williamson, Rich Carter, Don Blane, as well as an honorary classmate Ron Scott '72) and the Navy grad – they sharing some great camaraderie.

Several attendees had ample other reasons for celebration. Don and Karen Blane decided to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary there, while Steve and Cava Sittnick (parents of two grads currently on active duty) received hearty congratulations for their recent selection by the AOG as the Society's newest Friends of West Point. Additionally, following some "stringent" judging by the oldest and youngest grads present (Jim Turner '59 and Emeline Hood '11, respectively), Doel Baughman '96 beat the competition for the Grad with the Best Spirit Attire, unseating last year's winner Jon Thompson.

Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, recounting old stories, making new acquaintances, and reinforcing old ones. Jon and Susan's over-the-top hospitality in their beautiful home helped ease the sting of Army's misfortune.