WP-ORG e-mail problem resolved.

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience of lost email for the past 12 hours (from around 2:30A Eastern on 6/23 – 2:45 6/24). Any email sent to a WP-ORG email address during that time was sadly lost, related to a temporary configuration issue. The problem has been resolved.

West-Point.Org Greasing the Wheels of West Point Friendships for 25 Years!

Fund Drive 45 is nearly complete. Please donate:
http://www.west-point.org/donate

Last weekend I was proud to host my USMA 1996 classmates at our annual mini-reunion down here on the Gulf Coast. It was a wonderful time of camaraderie, story telling, shenanigans, and some things I shouldn’t repeat or might not remember ūüôā What a great group we have that makes this annual pilgrimage!

One of the best parts of these yearly gatherings is that I get to meet new friends and classmates. With around 1,000 classmates, there were a lot of people who I didn’t know while at the Academy. Seeing new faces and reconnecting with old friends is part of the magic of these mini-reunions.¬† It is fun to hear what everyone is doing in their current life, most of them outside of the military community.

West-Point.Org does this same thing daily across the entire community of graduates. All of the West Point graduates who I know are awesome people, upstanding members of their community, caring and hard-working individuals, successful in their chosen profession.

I challenge each of y’all to connect with someone who you may not know, another member of the greater West Point community. I guarantee that it will be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Also, please make the time to donate to our semi-annual fund drive for West-Point.Org.  We are over 92% of the way to the finish line. Help us complete the mission!

Cameron Price
For Freedom We Risk 1996
cameron@west-point.org

Fund Drive 45 Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate
Fund Drive 45 Budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/
Fund Drive 45 Report: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/


Cameron Price
WP-ORG, Advisor

WP-ORG: A career serving those who served

Each week during our fund drive, one of us sends you a message intended to re-introduce you to who we are, and what we do at WP-ORG:
http://www.west-point.org/donate

This is my week, and I write with pleasure. I decided to go back through the years to view my old messages to see how my thoughts may have evolved.¬† They haven’t.¬† I feel the same today as I did when I came to WP-ORG in 1998, when WP-ORG was the only place a cadet parent could come to learn about the Academy. We knew virtually nothing about the Academy, and when our new cadets were marched out of view, and the doors closed, there was a void where information could have been. That’s where WP-ORG came in. Through WP-ORG, we learned about the history of West Point, and what sort of training our sons and daughters were receiving. WP-ORG fostered pride and a true love for the Academy. It wasn’t long before I was actively working with WP-ORG, and became one of WP-ORG’s two employees.¬† The only change from my words of years past, is that my daughter, USMA class of 2002, is a PA in the Army, and is quickly winding down to her retirement, because she already had almost a year of Army service under her belt before she received her congressional appointment.

Working with WP-ORG, I am able to serve people who have served our country. USMA grads, their parents, and occasionally Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard members who use our services. You served us, and for 21 years, I have served this community in a small, but grateful capacity. Why do I work for WP-ORG? Because I have an honest love for the community we serve. I spend my days connecting you with our services to the fullest.¬† Between managing our feedback address, answering the phones to assist with questions or concerns, tutoring moderators, assisting with website queries, maintaining and adding articles of interest to our main page, creating eulogy pages, and reading every eulogy written on those pages to prevent spamming and defamation of our departed Warriors, my personal mission is to bring life to WP-ORG’s mission statement. In short, to unite you with your class, your sports interests, your friends, and the Long Gray Line. My hands and heart are deeply rooted in WP-ORG and you. We charge no fee for our services, with the exception of small fees connected to the online registration and payment sites we offer. Currently, we provide almost 30,000 USMA grads, parents, and friends of West Point with email lists, web pages, and other forms of online services.

In reading my own messages, spanning many years, I commented about what a blessing West Point and WP-ORG have been for me.¬† In one of my messages I wrote: “I have stood in the area between the barracks of West Point and in the sally-ports. I have heard the rumblings of cadets going to and fro as the sun rises over the Hudson, just as they have for over 200 years. I am not a graduate of West Point, but I have seen into the heart of the Academy through their eyes and their words. I have touched the bricks in the attic of the 1st Division and read a thousand names and class years on those bricks. I have searched for crawlspaces in closet panels, used for spirit missions. I’ve held a map to the steam tunnels in my hand that has been used by cadets on a mission (called moles), and I have read the words and poems of old graduates, and graduates long dead. I have gone through boxes of photos, poems, and letters in the library archives. I thumbed through a textbook that Patton wrote notes in. I have slept in homes on Professor’s row, and in other homes on post. I have had coffee in the kitchen of the Superintendent, and attended a meeting with every Professor who could attend, in the Commandant’s office. I have had the honor of speaking with Generals and diplomats. I had the great honor of being a guest at the 50th reunion of the class of ’51, a class of which I am a honorary member. I have known many of the people whose names are now etched in stone in the cemetery. I visit them sometimes. Yes, I have experienced the handshake that comes from the shadows as I explored secret places within West Point. We have visited military installations all over the U.S. and even spent a few weeks at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. All of this, because one young Private applied to her Congressman for an Academy appointment, brought her parents to R-day, and mostly, because of WP-ORG”.¬†¬†I still stand by those words.

I commented years ago that GEN Douglas MacArthur’s speech is often played on my computer, as it reminds me of who I am working for. “Duty. Honor. Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points…‚ÄĚ.¬† I recently listened to his speech yet again.¬† I understand the silence as the cadets listened in awe that day.¬† His words are powerful, and showed his love for West Point, for its graduates, and for the Army.¬† I marvel at how my own love for the institution has exponentially grown through the years, and how I never tire of the phone conversations I have with graduates and parents.

It is my hope that as a working part of WP-ORG, I can show appreciation for the blessings that have been given to me simply by doing my job. I work along side of Megan, a ’64 class daughter that any graduate would be proud of. The two of us carry out the day-to-day work that continues to serve this community. We work hard, because we care about those we serve.

WP-ORG is beginning the 5th week of our fund drive, and because of the generosity of our members, we are at at 82% of our goal.  If you have donated, we greatly appreciate your donation. If we serve you with one of our email lists, web pages, or if you have used our registration and payment sites, we hope you have found value in our services.  Your donations allow us to continue our work.  Even a small amount helps, and we hope you can help us bring this fund drive to a quick and successful conclusion.

With appreciation and respect,
Dian Welle
WP-ORG INC

Our main page has been completely revamped: http://www.west-point.org
Fund Drive 45 Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate
Fund Drive 45 Budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/
Fund Drive 45 Report: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

Donations by check should be sent to our NEW address:
WP-ORG (new address)
c/o Megan Klein
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood, TX 78669

WP-ORG: Our Mission Remains the Same

WP-ORG members:

We’re three weeks into our 45th semi-annual fundraiser and are already 75% to our goal. Thanks to those of you that have donated so far. If you’ve found value in our services and would like to contribute, please go to https://secure.west-point.org/donate/ or review the HOW TO DONATE section below for more details.

You might only know WP-ORG as the provider of an email list that you are on, but we do many things. In fact, WP-ORG has bee helping grads, parents, and friends of West Point communicate and stay connected for 23 years! During those years, we’ve seen the use of the internet evolve — as well as the offerings by WP-ORG — but our mission remains the same: West-Point.Org (WP-ORG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides an online communications infrastructure that enables graduates, parents, and friends of the military academy to maintain and strengthen the associations that bind us together. We will provide this community any requested support, consistent with this purpose, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

One way we do this is to provide the infrastructure at no charge (supported by your generous donations during fund drives and the continuous work of numerous volunteers) to run one of the most popular open-source website software packages that classes, societies, and parents clubs are using right now — WordPress. WordPress makes it very easy to create a sophisticated web sites and easily post up-to-date articles. Some examples on WP-ORG right now are:

Each new society, class, or club that wants to have one of these simply needs to send a message to feedback@west-point.org and ask. We’ll set it up and give you the keys. If there is something else that you need, please ask — we’ll see what we can do.
HOW TO DONATE: If you’ve found value in our services, here is how you can donate and keep WP-Org serving all graduates, parents, and friends of the military academy for the next six months:

WP-ORG (please note new address)
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood TX 78669

After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Other information:

Sincerely,

Warren Hearnes ’89
for WP-ORG Advisors

WP-ORG: Safe, secure communication alive and relevant

Communication is the key to keeping West Point alive and relevant – within the Class, Societies, Parents Clubs ….and across the generations.
In the very early days of the internet, WP-Org was created to facilitate communication by and between West Point grads. Simply put, WP-Org was in the forefront of internet communication.¬† Safe, secure communication.¬† Admittedly, over the past two decades, many other internet based modes of communication have gained popularity – and I certainly use them – with caution.¬† However, when on the WP-Org sites, I don’t worry that my personal information will be harvested, nor am I bothered by ads that pop up because I clicked on a link.¬† I know that when using the WP-Org email lists and websites, all is secure.

There’s great value to¬† all the other social media platforms that we use and enjoy (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc)¬† and with it’s customized, easy to use services, WP-Org can serve as the central hub for Classes, Societies and Parent Groups as the permanent repository and “action site” for events and information. I have personally appreciated the 24/7 support and access to relevant databases when helping coordinate events – big and small.¬†¬†
My husband’s Class celebrated their 50th reunion last May – and frankly, were it not for the many services offered by WP-Org (email lists, web pages, credit card sites) the reunion would have been much more costly as we would have had to pay someone to manage the reunion for us.¬† With the help of WP-Org and the forbearance of Dutch’s classmates, all enjoyed a fantastic multi-day event.¬†¬†

Similarly, the West Point Society of Hawaii just completed another successful Founders Day event with over 260 attendees Рand looks forward to using the services of WP-Org for their upcoming Army v. Hawaii football events.  

WP-Org is also known for its incredible customer service, with a “live” person answering your call or email 24/7. There hasn’t been a time that I could not reach out to either of the WP-Org employees (yes, only two keep everything humming along) and get immediate resolution of my issue or question.

When you combine the customer service with the secure services offered, there is no doubt in my mind that WP-Org continues to offer a true value to all those affiliated with the West Point community.  Please help us continue to serve you.

Please check out our Privacy Policy at:  
http://www.west-point.org/privacy-statement/
And now Рhow you can donate and keep WP-Org serving you for the next six months:  

Donation page linking to all payment methods (credit card, check or PayPal):
http://www.west-point.org/donate
       
By credit card:       
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/

By check, please indicate class year and affiliation:
        WP-ORG (please note new address)       
23802 Oscar Road       
Spicewood TX 78669
       
By PayPal::       
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GXGCWRKX48UHY
¬† ¬† ¬† After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Fund Drive Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group, etc.:https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 19, 2019 – September 19, 2019:http://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/why_donate/

Many thanks,
Megan Hostler
WP-Org Advisor

WP-ORG: The Story that Begins with West Point

WP-ORG,

Last Sunday we kicked off Fund Drive 45. As I write, we’re at 34% : ) Fantastic!

Let’s keep it going. Here is the link: https://secure.west-point.org/howtodonate.html

This morning I’m sitting in my dark office, watching the morning rays of sun illuminate springtime in the Texas Hillcountry. The trees are newly leafed; the grass already tall and in need of mowing. Bluebonnets have sprouted in lush bunches straight out of the rocks in my driveway. Mockingbirds are singing and screeching and tangling with each other midair like drunk pinwheels.

I’m opening yesterday’s postal mail, much of it donations for WP-ORG this time of year. One in about every ten contains a handwritten note along with a check. The last envelope today, postmarked from Hawaii, was from a Class of ’48 Grad who wrote, “Thanks for your great service to all our graduates. We of ’48 have just over 40 still with us but, of them, many are users of your service. Aloha.”

And that, right there, is why we do what we do. Human relationships are the most valuable things we can nurture in life. And nearly 71 years after graduation, these classmates and lifelong friends are continuing to weave the story of the Class of 1948, using services provided by WP-ORG, supported by donations from all those who appreciate West Point.

What we are doing at WP-ORG is good and valuable. And everything WP-ORG is was built on your support. Please donate to Fund Drive 45 so we can continue, as a community, to write the story that begins with West Point.

Sincerely, 
Megan Klein
WP-ORG INC

Fund Drive 45 Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate

Fund Drive 45 Budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/

Fund Drive 45 Report: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

Donations by check should be sent to our NEW address:

WP-ORG
c/o Megan Klein
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood, TX 78669

WP-ORG’s Fund Drive 45 Starts Today!

It’s Spring, and again time to ask for your support to fund WP-ORG services for the next six months. Fund Drive 45 begins today. Our goal is $74,493.

http://www.west-point.org/donate/

The donation link above will accommodate checks, credit cards, PayPal, and stock donations. If you plan to make a donation, we encourage you to make it early to help us close out FD45 in just a month. For those who prefer to donate by check, our new postal address is:

WP-ORG INC
c/o Megan Klein
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood, TX 78669

All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Our FD45 budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/

— chart of budgets dating back to 2000:
http://www.west-point.org/service/fd45/program/BudgetPlotFD8-FD45.JPG

In addition to your donations, WP-ORG is backed by over a hundred volunteers who donate magnificent efforts as listserve moderators and as webmasters. We especially thank them, without whom we could not function. There is no other venue where a dollar donated does more for our West Point community than these fund drives.

From its inception over 20 years ago, WP-ORG’s services have been wholly funded by its members’ donations. Your donations make WP-ORG services possible. Please donate to Fund Drive 45 by credit card, check, or PayPal:

http://www.west-point.org/donate/

On behalf of the Board of Advisors, WP-ORG’s volunteers, and our two employees, thank you!

Dian Welle
WP-ORG, Inc.
www.west-point.org

PHP software upgrade…or what happened to our West-Point.org JOOMLA site?

As you were aware from prior warning(s), WP-ORG scheduled major changes to our servers.  We needed to phase out older versions of JOOMLA (e.g., version 1.5) so that we can upgrade our PHP software on the server. We did that yesterday, converting over to a platform that allows for very powerful WordPress websites.  We no longer support old/insecure JOOMLA sites.  If we host your Society or class page, and it was built on JOOMLA, that site will no longer show when you click on your URL. 

  • What happened to my older version JOOMLA site?
    • Your old documents are not lost. Everything was backed up. We can place many of your menus/stories into WordPress for you.
    • We can convert your current JOOMLA site to a WordPress site, and assist you in learning how to use it.  If you can use a computer, you can manage a WordPress site.  It really is that user friendly.
    • If you opt to convert your JOOMLA site into WordPress, your existing articles will be moved into WordPress, but may lose their current formatting.  
    • Images will be saved, but must be managed with a WordPress Image Plugin of your choosing.  
    • There is no fee for us to convert your site to WordPress.  All you need to do is ask us to switch you over. (write to us at feedback@west-point.org)

These changes will not affect HTML websites.