has been one rough row to hoe these past few months. I look for no
sympathy, but rather to let you all know that I can empathize with
anyone who has ever had to deal with the death of their parents, grandparents,
or any other close loved one. If nothing else, always be sure to tell
the ones you love the most that you do love them as often as you can.
One day which most least expect it, or even expect it, that opportunity
can slip away.
to be back doing what I love doing for the West Point Parents Club:
putting together a newsletter, looking at all the wonderful stories
that come our way, having a display of great contributions, and
finally putting it out for all the world to see. While I am not
at 100% on the newsletter side, I'll eventually come around and
attempt to get more publications out on a more frequent basis.
edition should reach a number of potential recruits for the military
academies. We wouldn't be at all disappointed if you are indeed
a potential recruit reading this, and choose West Point! We are
only just a bit biased in that direction. We have sons and daughters
who attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, and
are quite proud of their accomplishments. Regardless of the military
academy you may choose or not, we wish for you the best in your
endeavors. We know your family and friends will be as proud of you
as we are of ours.
read President Milton Waldoff's message before now, you'll know
where this part of my message is leading: our new, online, web-based
newsletter. If not, follow me, please. While I do enjoy very much
putting my hands on a paper copy of something I can take around
with me to show all my friends, there is a time when we all have
to take a good, hard look at our club's funds - or a lack of them
- and seek an alternative.
This web-based newsletter. Our paper copy of the newsletter, depending
on its length (12 pages) and the number of copies run (about 150)
cost an average of $300 to print. Stamps were over $50. Setting
up the newsletter to print (typesetting), delivering it to the printer,
waiting for the copies, getting them back, folding them, and delivering
them to mail took about 20 hours. This doesn't even include the
time it takes to get the articles in, edit them, and post them to
the draft newsletter. Milton was able to get sponsors for our last
two newsletters and they helped tremendously in allowing us to get
a first class newsletter to our readers, However, like all else,
businesses are being a bit tighter on their contributory funds due
to the economy.
account, not in excess of $350, simply could not take another hit
with the quality of newsletter that we were used to producing. Further,
we have other cadets birthday cakes to purchase as we promised we
would do at our past annual meeting in June. And, you'll notice
that I have injected at least one fundraising opportunity on the
right-hand side of this newsletter. It is a link to Amazon.com and
usually, on a rotating basis, goes directly to books about West
Point. For every purchase at that site, but 'jumping' from our site,
the WPPC-MS will get a small percentage in a quarterly check. It
won't be much, but every little bit helps. Please do shop at Amazon.com
from our page as you get the opportunity to do so.
also created two advertising blocks (upper right) and bottom of
the newsletter for advertisers to sponsor ads in our web-based newsletter.
The ads will sell for $250 per issue for the upper right one, $175
per issue for the bottom one, and will appear on every page of our
web-based newsletter for that issue. If you know of anyone who would
like to sponsor a newsletter issue for us, please have them click
on the link in the now-blank spaces to inquire about such a possibility.
I was not in favor of doing such in a nonprofit newsletter, but
with our funds in need of replenishing for upcoming events, it was
the best we could determine as yet another way to help our the WPPC-MS.
hope you enjoy this new newsletter format. There is a Miscellany
link that will explain a couple of neat web browser tricks for viewing
and printing your issues, if you so choose. So, yes, you should
still be able to show off your cadet or event involving your cadet
to your friends and family! Enjoy!