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Fund Drive 36 is underway!  Please help WP-ORG through a voluntary donation to the current fund drive.
   
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As of now, 873 donations have been made, raising $52665.59 towards our goal of $98667.00.
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FUND DRIVE 36: WP-ORG's Worker Bees Could Use Some Help!
BLUF:    Please donate to FD36 by credit card, check, or PayPal:


In addition to being WP-ORG's CFO, I'm a beekeeper.  Beekeeping and honey harvesting is a 'sometimes' type of thing.   Most of the time, you get what you expect.  Other times, the nectar flow just isn't there. That's where we are right now with the fund drive.  After eighteen years of pretty predictable donations, we are well below where we should be at this point. The nectar just isn't coming in!

Here's a chart of our recent fund drives
 
  
 
We are at Day 20 of the Fund Drive and we should be on track with approximately 58K in donations; unfortunately we are sitting at 36K.

Many years ago, WP-ORG decided that we would target our finances to what was raised in a month, two times a year: Spring and Fall.  We would not try to build a five million dollar endowment in competition with AOG, nor would we start extending our drives past the target month.  When we reached our goal, we would tell our users to stop sending money.  No moving targets!  In this manner we would link our capabilities to the perceived value of our services.  We are a very tight ship financially.  Severe budgets, and two-and-a-half employees. Most of our day-to-day work is done by our volunteer moderators. Since 1998, when we incorporated as a 501(c)(3), inflation has risen 45%.  Our fund drives have stayed constant.  We process almost 1.5 M of credit card receipts for classes, societies, parents clubs, and other WP associated groups yearly.  Hundreds of listervers and thousands of posted eulogies.

Our average donation is $60.00.  This has removed us from dependency on ephemeral major donors.  It may be that our fund drive has been impaired by a major sell off in the stock market. It has always been my belief that, should special circumstance arise, we could depend on the WP Community.  If we can't meet our budget requirements this cycle, we'll adjust our budget to meet the reduced amount.  We have reserves to handle us during this transition, but will need to restructure quickly to be able to continue at these levels.

In the Fall, when the bees don't have sufficient winter stores, I have to feed them sugar water and pollen for them to make it through the winter into Spring.  Now, it looks like we need to feed WP-ORG!

 Please donate to Fund Drive 36 by credit card, check, or PayPal:


Jack Price '64 CFO WP-ORG INC 540 745 3411
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NSRDEC, WP collaborate on Soldier science & technology

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center here, have mutual interest in identifying research opportunities from within NSRDEC, for execution within USMA's Academic departments and its centers, resulting in a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on researching innovative technologies such as methods to harvest energy on the battlefield to lighten Soldiers' load, and reduce dependency on batteries.

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Joseph Clancy Named Secret Service Director

Now that Julia Pierson has officially resigned as the director of the U.S. Secret Service, her position will be filled by interim director Joseph Clancy, formerly a special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service. Clancy studied at the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He then worked as a schoolteacher for a few years before he joined the Secret Service in Philadelphia in the 1980s. While there, he worked in the New York field office overseeing a team of agents and major investigations. He was also responsible for heading security at national special events before he joined Obama's protective detail.

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Mike Todd resigned for job on South Pacific island

Former Medina Township Trustee Michael Todd sat down in May with his wife, Wendy, and daughters, Eva and Giselle, and told them he was making a big move. Todd had accepted a position in the attorney general’s office for the Republic of Palau, a tiny archipelago in the South Pacific, more than 8,000 miles away from Medina County.  Todd is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and West Point Military Academy.

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WP Drill Team to honor War of 1812 Army soldiers

While much attention has been given to the heroic efforts of the Maryland Militia in the War of 1812, many Maryland men also served in the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Army. Attention has been given to some of those from Maryland who served in the Navy, but less well known are the stories of the local men who marched with the Army and fought the British in the north, both in Canada and in the northern U.S. states. In that their 1814 heroics were on battlefields in the New York region, the United States Military Academy West Point Drill Team will come to Centreville on Oct. 25 to honor the three men. This will be the first time the Drill Team has given a presentation this far from New York State.

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82nd ABN to welcome new commander

The 82nd Airborne Division will welcome a new commander Friday on Fort Bragg. Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. will relinquish command of the "All Americans" during a 10 a.m. ceremony on Pike Field, officials said. The division's new commander will be Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke.  Clarke was most recently the 74th commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

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Knicks begin training camp at WP - first since 1966

Carmelo Anthony loved the efficiency. If only Phil Jackson’s triangle offense can achieve such fluidity in New York. The Knicks joined the U.S. Military Academy’s cadets early Wednesday morning in the mess hall and experienced firsthand the intricacies of the Army student body getting in and out in such a short period. “Beautiful, man. It was a different experience, man, just seeing the whole setup, from them lining up to them going in there eating, eating with them, talking to them,’’ Anthony said after Wednesday’s training camp practice at Christl Arena. “I was more shocked to see 4,000 people get fed at one time for 15 minutes. That right there was just special to see the discipline those guys and ladies have.’’

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Cadets Visit Burke Rehab Center In White Plains

Forty-five U.S. Military Academy cadets came to Burke Rehabilitation Center for a visit on Friday, Sept. 26, in order find out more about the research being conducted at the Burke Medical Research Institute. The cadets who visited include life sciences, psychology and kinesiology majors, and they had the opportunity to learn more about research on brain and spinal cord injuries, which are fairly common for soldiers.

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Chuck Parker Named Division President

Corvias Group announced that Charles E. (Chuck) Parker has been appointed division president of the company’s military housing division, Corvias Military Living. Corvias Group is a privately owned family of companies that strives to tackle tough, large-scale challenges through trusted partnerships that put client interests first; focus more on performance than profit; and produce sustainable long-term solutions. He is a 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Parker also spent five years on active duty as an Army helicopter and fixed wing aviator.

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Army Closes Out Three-Day WP Invite

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army women’s tennis team closed out play in the three-day West Point Invitational Sunday afternoon under sunny skies. On Saturday, in doubles action, Haley O’Connor and Maya Parker fell to Shea Flanaigan and Summer Walker from UConn while Nan Porter and Elle Taylor dropped their semifinal match to a Stony Brook duo. In singles play on Saturday, Carolyn Pitman dropped her round of 16 match to Emma Alderman of UConn 6-3, 6-4.

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