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FD43: Pick up the flag. Move out. PDF Print E-mail
Our WP-ORG fund drive messages are written during our fund drives, to inform you about WP-ORG, where we are going, how we have engaged and served our users in the past, and to secure funding to move us in the future. This fund drive, like all others, is our report card on how WP-ORG is doing to serve the greater Academy community. Since 2001, I have written fund drive messages every six months. Serving our members is one of my greatest joys, and writing about that has always been effortless.  This time is different.  I sit here looking at this blank document, unable to find words, because we have lost the heart of our organization - Jack Price '64.  Jack has many biological family members who have experienced a devastating loss, but we were in a real sense, his extended family. We are grieving, and yet tasked to do the one thing he would absolutely demand we do, by keeping WP-ORG going. He was our CFO. We delayed the fund drive when he unexpectedly became ill. He would have chastised us for waiting, but we knew Jack. If anyone could rally back to health, it was him, so we waited.

Here I am, unable to find words, and I wondered what "Ranger Jack" would tell me to say. I think he would tell me that I am the color bearer holding the regimental flag this week. The regimental flag was critical in Civil War battles as they marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. It was carried along side the national flag. They were essential rallying points. The regimental flag represented home, pride, and unity, and were used to guide soldiers in battle. Wherever the flags went, the soldiers followed. As I sit here, I can almost hear the words “Pick up the flag. Pick up the flag. Move out."

I came to WP-ORG in 1998. I came, because WP-ORG was the only place a cadet parent could come to learn about the Academy. The Internet was new. That's hard to imagine today, when the Web now, provides more knowledge than any individual can take in. While graduates had been using WP-ORG for communication, and community, parents were learning about West Point. I 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, what our new cadets were learning, what they were doing. WP-ORG fostered pride and a true love for the Academy. WP-ORG grew, and brought in Navy parents, who had no "home".  We expanded to give a home to other military interests, because it has always been our duty to serve military interests. Doing that requires funding, and if we do not have this fund drive, we can not move forward. Our task now, is to move forward to serve you, though we will carry our wounds of grief indefinitely, we must continue to carry this flag forward.

I believe in WP-ORG.  I donate to the fund drives myself, because I believe in this organization's history and future.

Please consider the value you receive from WP-ORG.  This page tells you some of the things we do for you personally:
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=38

WP-ORG is funded by the generosity of member contributions, and is operated by volunteers serving the Long Gray Line:
http://www.west-point.org/donate/

US mail:
WP-ORG INC c/o
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380

FD43 Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018:
http://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66

WP-ORG Member Information Privacy Policy
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=32

IRS Letter Confirming WP-ORG 501(c)(3) Status
http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

WP-ORG Board of Advisors
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12


Dian Welle
WP-ORG, Inc.
 
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