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Finishing Strong PDF Print E-mail

Donation link to contribute to FD41: http://www.west-point.org/donate

Earlier this week, a video flashed across my Twitter feed of CDT Evan Collier '18 setting a new Indoor Obstacle Course Test (IOCT) record with a time of 1:57! Check out this link to see this young man fly through all of those obstacles -- https://twitter.com/WestPoint_USMA/status/858087234720993281. Amazing effort and work!

For those of us who have experienced the IOCT, it needs no introduction -- and I'm sure that there are many who would like to forget it. But for the parents and friends of West Point who use WP-ORG's services and are getting this fund drive message, a little background is in order. The IOCT has been run in that same West Point gym since 1944 [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indoor_Obstacle_Course_Test], and the test has changed very little since 1948. It consists of 11 events, testing each cadet's fitness, agility, and balance. When I would run it back in the '80s, I remember coming off of the ladder rungs (event #9) and starting up the rope climb (#10) feeling both relief that the last event was coming up -- the exhausting 3 sprinted laps around the upper track -- but also some apprehension because this is where you could make or break your final grade. As they say, it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

How does this tie into my fund-raising message for WP-ORG? This week, we're at 2/3's of our fund-raising goal to provide services to grads, parents, and friends of West Point for the next six months. In IOCT terms, we're climbing that rope and getting ready to find out what we have left in the tank for those final three laps. Let's see what we can do to finish out strong! 

If you've found value in our services -- from hosting class/parent/society web sites to providing email discussion forums to helping collect money for reunions, society events, class pistols, or bus tickets to get your cadets to the airport or home on leave, etc. -- please consider a tax-deductible donation to our 501(c)(3) organization. Please see the block below my signature for ways to do so.

Sincerely,
Warren Hearnes '89

Donate to FD41

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

WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380-5082

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 links:

 
Can Do! PDF Print E-mail
As you are no doubt aware, WP-ORG is in the middle of its 41st fund drive: http://www.west-point.org/donate/   

We typically use our fund drive messages to tell you who we are, inform you about our services, and introduce you to new projects.  We are always working on ideas for something new to benefit the greater West Point community.  It came to our attention that there is no organization which has the cadet photos of every deceased class member online.  We have been working with a few of our older classes to place a photo on the WP-ORG eulogy page and personal home page of every deceased member of the class. I'm very excited about this. The class of '51 and '55 are complete. I already have a number of classes preparing to send us photos of their entire class so that we may get that work done for them. It is daunting work, but it's a true labor of love. 

Did you know that WP-ORG will never charge you or your family to add photographs to the web pages of deceased graduates?  Classmates and/or family may send us any image(s) they wish to have included on the home page.  We are more than happy to do this as a service to our graduates. 

When I came to WP-ORG as a plebe mother in 1998, I knew nothing of West Point and only a spattering about those who were educated there. To say my life has become richer is an understatement. As one of the 2.5 employees, my day often starts at or before 7 AM. I have no regular office hours, therefore, I can often be found writing or speaking to someone late in the evening or early morning with a call from a graduate trying to establish an on-line connection with family and friends through email accounts, email lists, blogs, or web sites. Working from home allows for, and requires, a great deal of flexibility, but the benefit, is that I am always available, or, in the rare event I am not, I can quickly respond, no matter the day of the week.  I establish the eulogy page for every West Point graduate who dies. It is my honor to do so. You can find them here:

What is my function at WP-ORG? The best way to sum it up, is that we try to provide you with what you need from an online communications organization.  Our mission is to have a "can-do" attitude to what you ask of us. I have met many of you through our email exchanges and phone calls. I enjoy working with and speaking with a community that has the focus of "Duty, Honor, Country." I answer the emails and I answer the phones for WP-ORG. There is no telephone tree to go through and no operator. When you call or write to WP-ORG, you get me. We have a variety of ways you may contact us, but one thing we promise, is that a real person will respond. Typically that person is me, and I will put you in contact with another person in the event I am unable to assist you.     

The best way to contact us is via email @ This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
If you need to speak to us (Pacific time, please): 
208-263-8063 (office) 
661-917-2441 (Dian's cell)

Donations keep WP-ORG doing what it does, so twice a year we reach out through a fund drive to ask you for donations to keep us going. To donate via credit card or PayPal, learn more about the budget and see the donation report:

To donate via check:
WP-ORG INC
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380

Thank you for your coninued support, and for being a part of WP-ORG.

With affection and respect,
Dian Welle
IT Manager, WP-ORG, Inc.
 
Real Customer Service and Privacy PDF Print E-mail
Bottom Line Up Front:  It's that time of year again - the twice annual justification for the existence of WP-ORG through your continued support. Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate/

WP-ORG was created when the internet was in its infancy.  It was, for many years, the only internet based resource connecting grads, and subsequently parents.  There are obviously many internet modes of communication now - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Message Boards ... and the list goes on and on.

How does WP-ORG continue to exist and what does it provide that other avenues do not?  Simply put - real people. WP-ORG is unique in that the majority of "work" is done by scores of wonderful volunteer moderators, who manage their various listserves.  Our volunteers are backed up by other "real people" - real people who provide customer service and ensure that your privacy is maintained while using the services of WP-ORG.  
 
Real people - dedicated people who are immediately responsive to requests, who are innovative problem solvers, who are do-ers.

WP-ORG operates its daily business with only 2.5 paid employees - two IT gurus and our financial officer.  There have been many times - admittedly, all too many times, that I have contacted Megan Klein, asking for assistance on something I needed - yesterday.  My phone calls and pleas for assistance do not roll to an answering machine - they are responded to by a live, caring, professional.  All too many nights, Megan toils far in to the night, working on projects for Classes, Societies and Parent Clubs.  Similarly, Dian Welle is there to answer the call when the request is in her area of expertise. Jack Price, our very under paid "half time" employee spends countless hours doing all things financial - including handling all the Federal Firearms License (FFL) issues attendant to getting the Class pistols to the many customers of the USMA Pistol Team - cadets, parents and grads alike.

Another facet of WP-ORG that distinguishes it from other internet based enterprises is emphasis on ensuring your privacy. WP-ORG is run by grads and parents and a West Point community who believe in the importance of privacy. Our servers are under the complete control of graduates. WP-ORG does not mine data or email stored on our servers. WP-ORG does not sell information to anyone. Data collected on our registration sites is passed directly to the parent or graduate organization represented for a clearly identified purpose. WP-ORG lists are run by graduates or parents who tightly control the membership on their lists - parent lists have cadet parents as members and class lists have classmates.  

YOUR reason for being a member of West-Point.Org is the value you see in the various forums you participate in.  Your seamless access to safe, secure communication is insured by these same real people - customer service at its best with an eye toward ensuring your privacy and internet security.

To donate via credit card or PayPal, learn more about the budget and see the donation report:

To donate via check:
WP-ORG INC
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380

Thank you for helping us continue to serve you.

Megan Hostler
West-Point.Org Advisor
Parent Forum CoModerator
Plebe Net CoModerator
Prospective-Net CoModerator
USMAPS-Net CoModerator

 
Fund Drive 41 PDF Print E-mail
WP-ORG is currently raising money in its 41st semi-annual fund drive. Please do donate. 
http://www.west-point.org/donate/
And consider the following other ways to support WP-ORG:

West Point Society and Parent Club Online Registration and Payment: Take registration for your events online. WP-ORG does the work for 2.5%. Authorize Net clears the cards for 2.5%. You have stress-free registration and the money is in your hands at the beginning of every month. Take a look at the income section of WP-ORG's budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/  and note that the $14,600 for "CC Sites" is 0.025% of the half million dollars we collect for societies and parent clubs every six months. Using WP-ORG for your event registration is a great way to simplify your life AND support WP-ORG. Ping me to get started:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

AmazonSmile: I don't know about you but my garage is littered with Amazon boxes. If UPS and FedEx are always walking up your steps with another smiley-faced brown box, you could help WP-ORG through the AmazonSmile program. From a buying standpoint, AmazonSmile is identical to Amazon - same prices, same products. From a giving standpoint, eligible purchases at AmazonSmile result in a 0.5% donation to your selected charity. Click on this link (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0387132 ) to set WP-ORG as your selected charity and remember to shop at smile.amazon.com .
 
New Photos From 9/11 Attack at Pentagon PDF Print E-mail

The FBI released an archive of photos showing the devastation at the Pentagon in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

A total of 27 photos were uploaded to the FBI website "FBI Records: The Vault" under the page name "9/11 Attacks and Investigation Images."

The photos show fragments of American Airlines flight 77, which left Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., around 8:51 a.m. ET that morning. While on its way to Los Angeles, the plane was hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. ET.

Efforts by firefighters to combat the ensuing blaze and emergency responders rushing to the scene are included in the collection.

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West-Point.Org (WP-ORG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization not affiliated officially with the United States Military Academy, 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. WP-ORG is funded by the generosity of member contributions. Our communication services are provided in cooperation with the AOG (independent of USMA) and are operated by volunteers serving the Long Gray Line. Contents of and comments on this web site do not reflect the official position of the United States Military Academy or the Department of the Army.  For questions or comments, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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