June 2003 Newsletter
June Meeting at the Viking Restaurant
The June meeting of the West Point Parents Club of St. Louis
was called to order by President Kent Howald at , after registration and informal discussions with new
Candidates and their families. The Pledge of Allegiance was said and an opening
prayer was led by Co-Vice President
Kent introduced the Past Presidents who were in attendance, as well as the parents of the ’03 graduates, the cadets in attendance (Erica Hill, Joseph Sanfilippo, Tom Cai, Nick Fullmer, Sarah Dreyfus and Robert Vietro, all class of ’06) and Frank Janowski, a ’74 grad and President of the West Point Society Chapter in St. Louis. Picture of 2006 cadets.
Secretary Pam Sanfilippo briefly outlined the minutes from the April meeting, and referred those in attendance to the web page for the full copy of the minutes. A motion was made to approve the minutes, it was seconded, and the minutes were approved by acclamation.
Treasurer Mike Collins gave the Treasurer’s Report. The balance as of June 5 was $2,110.01. A motion was made to approve the Treasurer’s Report, it was seconded, and the minutes were approved by acclamation.
Old Business included the status of the 501(c)3 application. At the last meeting the amendment to the by-laws was distributed, and a motion was made and seconded to approve the amendment to the by-laws. Discussion of when the application would be submitted—probably July at the earliest. Question and discussion followed to inform new candidate parents the reason for applying for the 510(c)3 status—this would give us tax exempt status for making purchases, such as the boodles for the cadets, and allow us to accept donations and have them be tax deductible for the giver. The amendment was then approved by acclamation.
The next meeting will be on
This ended the formal part of the meeting. Food was then served.
The meeting adjourned slightly after
Pamela Sanfilippo, Secretary
Kent Howald, President
Meeting Discussion – Map of
After the meal the group divided, with the candidates going with the cadets to have a question and answer period, and the candidate parents talking with cadet parents. Each candidate family received a folder with useful information, including web sites, phone numbers, etc. Discussion included information on Plebe Parent Weekend, R-Day, Airfare, Hotels, contacting the Orange County Tourism (accessible through the West Point website) to get a good map of the area, security issues at West Point, and recommended reading, Duty First and Absolutely American.
New Cadet Dates
Announcements were made about upcoming USMA dates for new cadets:
June 30 R-Day
August 16 Acceptance Day
October 10-12 Plebe Parent Weekend
We had 11 new candidates, 6 cadets and 2 USMA ’03 grads at our June meeting. Maria Schmitz left before the pictures for a soccer match. I appreciate the efforts of those who attended the meeting, but especially those cadets and their parents who attended to help the Class of ’07 get started. I know that when we came as candidate parents three years ago, we appreciated the information provided by the club. I’m glad we can provide this assistance to each entering class and their parents. Pictures of 2007 cadets.
Reminder that Press Releases that are available through USMA should also be sent to local newspapers. As cadets progresses and earns various achievements USMA has a policy of issuing Press Releases.
Ft Knox & CALFEX
Ft Knox is for Armor training and Combine Arms Live Fire
EXcersise (CALFEX). Phone number for on-base housing is (502) 943-1000. You
must use your cadet’s
July 15 Company 5 arrives
July 16 Companies 6-8 arrives
July 16-22 Training
July 17 CALFEX (Thursday)
July 26 Company 1 arrives
July 27 Companies 2-4 arrives
July 27-August 2 Training
July 28 CALFEX (Monday)
Toys for Tots September 5
We had two ’03 graduates attend the meeting. Steve Hemmann
has received the prestigious East-West Scholarship, and will spend the next two
years attending the
We will not have an August picnic. Due to events scheduled
September 21 Next Meeting
Our next meeting is at Yacovelli’s on Sept. 21. This is our boodle meeting where we send “care” packages to cadets and graduates whose parents are members of our club. Please have your membership dues are paid by Sept. 1; so we can include your son or daughter on the boodle list. A membership form is available on the website.