Saturday, August 20, 2016

WPS-DC 2016 Strategic Plan

Here's the WPS DC's version of their Strategic Plan.  We don't currently have one, but with input from all of you, we could easily draft one up.  Please take some time, read/skim DCs version, then let us know what you think we should put in ours (via comment to this post, or forwarding an email to one of our board members

Thanks in advance!

The mission of the West Point Society of DC and the National Capital Region (WPSDC), a non-profit 501(c)(7) organization, is to promote the ideals and mission of the US Military Academy (USMA, West Point), and to support and serve the Academy and its graduates, cadets, former cadets, and their families throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area (hereafter referred to as the National Capital Region).
To demonstrate the value of the West Point Society of DC and the National Capital Region to both permanent resident and transient West Point graduates in the region.
Strategic Goals and Objectives
1. Governance/Strategic Planning. Develop and maintain the strong organization, Board governance, and strategic planning necessary to support accomplishment of the Society’s mission and vision.
a) Maintain effective governance tools: By-laws, constitution, and 501(c)(7) and 501(c)(3) reporting
b) Maintain an active Executive Committee to oversee the corporate functions of the Society above the Board of Governors and the program/project committee level in order to leverage these functions across all Society activities.
c) Update Society Strategic Plan every 5 years.
d) Hold quarterly Society Board of Governors (BoG) meetings to conduct key Society business, to include the election of board members and officers.
e) Encourage all Board members to build depth in their respective committees and maintain at least one prospective replacement volunteer to maintain continuity in the event of emergency, job relocation, or other similar circumstances where the Committee Chair is unable to continue their duties.
f) Reevaluate programs and projects periodically to determine which remain effective in supporting Society members and which should be revised or terminated.
g) Approve new Society functions and programs, provided that it is consistent with the WPSDC mission and a Society member has stepped forward to lead the activity.
h) Select members to attend the annual WPAOG Alumni Leadership Conference. Provide limited financial support to those designated as official representatives of the WPSDC.
i) Monitor Distinguished Society Award criteria to ensure the WPSDC is meeting the minimum standards.
2. Membership. Ensure an enthusiastic, cohesive and growing membership of USMA graduates throughout the National Capital Region dedicated to the ideals embodied in West Point’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country”.
a) Maintain membership rosters
b) Grow membership by 10% a year
c) Analyze membership demographics and characteristics to enhance Society activities
d) In coordination with the Development Committee, publicize the benefits of membership to prospective members
e) Provide membership opportunities at Society events
3. Finance: Manage the financial resources necessary to support the Society’s mission and vision; support fundraising efforts; and make charitable donations, as appropriate, consistent with the ideals and mission of West Point.
a) Develop an annual budget for approval by the Board of Governors
b) Maintain Society bank accounts and financial records, including the annual IRS Form 990
c) Manage and maintain the West Point Society of DC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, to facilitate donations to Cadet activities
d) Develop a process and guidelines for fiscally responsible charitable donations
e) Maintain a prioritized list of deserving recipients of Society donations consistent with the Society’s mission
4. Development. Support the WPSDC mission and vision through fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.
a) Propose annual fundraising goals for the Society
b) Develop processes and guidelines for ethical and appropriate WPSDC fundraising efforts
c) Publicize the benefits of sponsorship to prospective sponsors
5. Programs and Events. Foster camaraderie and provide support for Academy Graduates and Cadets in the National Capital Region by conducting programs and events that promote the ideals of West Point and support WPSDC fundraising and organizational efforts.
a) Provide career advisory services and networking services to support Graduates as they transition from military to civilian careers
b) Sponsor an annual Founders Day Dinner
c) Sponsor quarterly luncheons to provide a forum for fellowship, networking, and information of interest to members
d) Host regular social events for members and families (e.g., sporting events, happy hours, golf tournaments)
e) Support Cadets by:
1. Supporting Army Athletic events in the National Capital Region
2. Supporting Cadet clubs and activities in the National Capital Region
f) Support WPAOG with an annual Leaders Conference
6. Publicity and Communications. Ensure the activities and accomplishments of the Society are effectively communicated to Society members, friends of West Point, and the public.
a) Maximize utilization of email, website, and social media tools to facilitate effective, efficient, timely, and synchronized information flow to our constituents
b) Develop and maintain a publicity protocol to ensure consistent messaging and priority of WPSDC-sponsored events
7. Cadet Candidate Recruiting. Enhance the USMA admissions process by aggressively supporting recruitment of highly qualified and diverse men and women to USMA.
a) Support local recruiting efforts of USMA Admissions and the local Field Force MALOs by
1. Publicizing Admissions events in the local area through WPSDC communications channels
2. Assistance in coordination of Field Force events (e.g., at Founders Day)
6. Organizational Relations and Partnerships. Establish and maintain strong working relationships with organizations supporting the ideals of West Point including the West Point Association of Graduates, the West Point Parents Club, the Alumni Glee Club, other West Point societies, and military/non-military associations as consistent with the WPSDC mission and vision.
a) Support the above organizations as appropriate with resources approved by the BoG
6. Community Relations and Outreach. Reach out to underserved and underprivileged groups in the National Capital Region to improve their opportunities to succeed and their quality of life.
a) Increase and enhance community awareness of USMA and its mission
b) Serve as a role model of “Duty, Honor, Country” in local communities
c) Sponsor events (such as LEADS workshops) to support USMA diversity efforts

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two VP2H Events - Support our Vets

I want to let you know about two upcoming events:
  • Veteran’s Passport to Hope Date Night at The Melting Pot with all net proceeds going to a great cause…Veteran’s Passport to Hope
  • FREE Symposium 16.2:  Serving Those Who Served: How to interview, hire & retain US Veterans

If you have ever been to The Melting Pot, you know what a great place it is for dinner.  If you have never been to The Melting Pot, you have got to try it.  The Melting Pot is a unique and fun dining experience.

On Thursday June 23rd, The Melting Pot in Historic Old Town Littleton (the most awesome fondue place around), has graciously allowed Veteran’s Passport to Hope (VP2H) the use of their patio for a special night of Veteran appreciation.

Date Night at The Melting Pot
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Check in is 6:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
The Melting Pot in Old Town Littleton, CO

As part of the evening’s event, VP2H is honored to have US Army Specialist (Ret.) and Purple Heart recipient Anthony “Tony” Drees as a special guest of honor in attendance. Tony embodies a warrior spirit and what it means to fight.  In 1991 Tony was wounded by a SCUD missile attack, which left 27 US troops dead, and an additional 98 injured. Tony now serves as a military transition expert, life coach, and mentor too many.

Click Here For Menu and Pricing Details:

Do you know anyone in HR or a Denver area company with Military hiring initiatives or...Are you in charge of hiring/recruiting?

On Friday June 24th, we are hosting an amazing, FREE, event at the Arapahoe Community College from 1-4pm, "SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED: how to interview, hire and retain US Veterans."  Please join us and share this event with other colleagues who having hiring initiatives!

Our dynamic guest speakers are Lida Citro├źn & Evan Stratton.  Lisa's new class titled "Serving Those Who Served", TEDx and UNLV speaker who serves veterans in their preparation and integration into civilian life.  Evan is our featured veteran story, as well as a decorated Invictus Games & Warrior Games participant.

Serving Those Who Served Symposium: How to interview, hire & retain US Veterans
Friday, June 24, 2016   1:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
Arapahoe Community College
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120

Click Here to register for the FREE Serving Those Who Served Symposium:

Why what VP2H does is important…
Veteran Community Impact with the Help of Our Donors and Supporters since 2012 (numbers based on feedback from our beneficiaries):
  • Funds raised and provided to Colorado based Veteran nonprofits:  $745,633
  • Number of Veterans helped:  4,430
  • Number of Veteran families helped:  3,673
  • Total number of people helped or positively affected:  9,472
Again, this will be a great night out and dynamic free symposium for great causes. So please help us honor and support the Colorado Veteran community and enjoy a great night out with friends.

Click Here For the Melting Pot Veteran Appreciation Night Menu and Pricing Details:

Click Here For the FREE Serving Those Who Served Symposium Details:

Thanks for your support!

Dave Fingers
Source Pointe, Inc.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015




Location:West Point, NY - Herbert Hall
Job Code:83
# of Openings:1


Associate Director of Class Services
The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) is dedicated to furthering the ideals and promoting the welfare of the United States Military Academy (USMA), and to supporting and serving its graduates.  USMA is renowned as one of the world's preeminent leadership development institutions.  The student body, or Corps of Cadets, numbers 4,400 and each year approximately 1,000 cadets graduate and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) is seeking an executive to manage projects and services supporting leaders of alumni organizations, as well as individual graduates and other friends of the United States Military Academy.  This position is within the Office of Alumni Support.
Responsibilities will focus on anticipating and responding to the needs of leaders of U.S. Military Academy classes (alumni and cadet classes), as well as requests for assistance from individual graduates, U.S. Military Academy agencies, and friends of the Academy.   The incumbent will supervise a small staff team in a customer service center-type environment.  He or she will also manage selected special projects and activities such as reunion support teams, often working in collaboration with alumni volunteer leaders.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


The WPAOG is seeking a Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.  This position reports directly to the WPAOG’s Vice President for Development.  The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations plans, manages and directs efforts to attract roughly $2–$3 million annually in corporate and foundation philanthropic support for USMA. The Director supervises an Assistant Director.
The incumbent is responsible for the formulation of institutionally targeted fundraising goals and strategies, the implementation of approved fundraising plans, and the monitoring of related development activities within the organization as they pertain to corporate and foundation activities.  The Director provides focus on continued stewardship and solicitation of existing corporate and foundation donors, while gaining new corporate and foundation prospects.  Maintaining relationships with roughly 100 key partnering corporations and foundations to ensure a steady stream of support for the Military Academy and the Association of Graduates.  He/She manages the proffering of gift funds to USMA and are the liaison between the Development Office and the Directorate of Academy Advancement.
A Master's degree is preferred.  A Bachelor's degree is required with a minimum of 5 years of professional development experience that includes supervision of subordinates, management, and corporate and foundation fundraising.  Superior writing and public speaking skills are a must.  The individual must possess exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to earn the confidence of a wide range of internal and external constituents. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Need a Champion for Ethic/Leadership Training

The West Point Society of Denver (WPSD) board is considering the implementation of a series of classes/seminars designed for high school student leaders.  The classes will generally address Ethics and/or Leadership.

We are looking for a person (or persons) to take the lead for the Society

The Washington D.C. Society has conducted a series of Ethics & Leadership for students for a number of years. They have developed lesson plans & materials to support that effort. They have offered to help other Societies start an offshoot program.  One of our Board members (Joel Martin, '01) has been on a number of developmental calls for this effort. He either has or can obtain copies of the lessons & materials.

The WPSD is considering offering either one (most likely scenario) or two sessions for local high schools in 2015.  The training will last either one of two days. Tuition for students will be free, Locations to be determined.

Action Desired:
We're looking for one or a few members of the Society to be the champions of this program for Denver - From creation, through funding and execution.

While the Board will be there to assist you, you'll be the one making it happen!

If you have the desire to either take the lead or form a part of the lead group for this important position, please contact either me, the President (Bob Walcott) or Joel Martin.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dave Jackson

Friday, August 1, 2014

GEN David Petraeus comes to Denver

Colorado Remembers 9/11, featuring General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) presented by The Denver Post & the CELL. This commemoration will include a remembrance ceremony to honor lives lost and a forum in which General Petraeus will address Emerging Threats to U.S. National Security.
When:  Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:00pm
Where:  Ellie Caulkins Opera House at The Denver Performing Arts Complex
Tickets will sell out! To purchase yours today click here and follow these instructions:
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Thank you for your continued engagement!
Melanie Pearlman
David Petraeus Bio:
A highly decorated general and one of the most prominent combat commanders in American history, David H. Petraeus has dedicated his life to public service. He retired from the U.S. military in 2011 after serving 37 years. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, General Petraeus commanded the 101st Airborne Division. From 2004-2005 Gen. Petraeus commanded the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq. Following this command he returned to the United States and guided the development of the Army/Marine Corps counterinsurgency field manual. He returned to Iraq to command the Surge for 19-1/2 months from 2007-2008. In the fall of 2008 he took over command of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees all U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central and South Asia. His final command was of NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan from 2010-2011. Upon retirement from the military Gen. Petraeus served as Director of the CIA for 14 months from 2011-2012. He currently serves as Chairman of KKR Global Institute and is a Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College and the University of Southern California.