Parents' Club of Greater
September 2004 Minutes
The September meeting of the West Point Parents Club of St. Louis was called to order by President John Liesen at 12:00 noon. Parents first began assembling boodle boxes for cadets and graduates of club members. The official meeting began at 1:00 p.m. with an invocation by Mike McCullough followed by the pledge of allegiance. President Liesen asked that the minutes of the last meeting (posted on the club website) be approved. A motion was made, seconded and passed that the minutes be approved. A thank you letter was read from Will Eberle ‘04 for the graduation luncheon sponsored by the club. President Liesen also recognized past presidents Kent Howald and Chip Zdazinsky for their attendance at the meeting.
Treasurer’s Report 05/28/04
Treasurer Bob Hotz then read the Treasurer’s Report. The balance as of May 28, 2004 was $1,217.50. Expenditures since then totaled $2,552.44; receipts were $2,407.40, leaving a balance of $1,072.46. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as read.
Tax Exempt Status
President Liesen announced
that thanks to Kent Howald, Mike Collins, and Susan Harryman, we had received
our tax exempt status from the State of
Sarah Collins then reported on the status of the St. Louis All Academies Ball on Sunday, December, 26, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Army is host this year; LeAnn Roehm, Kathy Hotz, Pam Sanfilippo and Sarah are currently on the committee. They would appreciate more help, please consider being a volunteer. Cadets come as guests of the club; it is not necessarily to have a “date,” and parents are also encouraged to come with their cadets. Cadets should bring their full dress uniforms.
Past President Kent Howald
President Liesen recognized Kent and Betty Ann Howald for their work as co-Presidents last year, and gave them a gift as a token of the club’s appreciation for their efforts.
November 7 Meeting
At Collinsville Holiday Inn – click on map to meetings
Class of 05 & 06 Parents will be responsible for door prizes.
Social Hour at 12:00 pm Lunch at 1:00 pm
Cost is $15.00 per person
Please bring an item for Operation Support our Troops.
(Christmas item, cash, candy, decorations, hanging items)
Reservations are required – by Friday 10/29/04.
Send payment to Treasurer,
Bob & Kathy Hotz
Mr. Kaveney then spoke a few
words about his experience in
Operation Support our Troops
A request was made that the club support Operation Support Our Troops. Through this organization, the club would ask for the name of troops that we would adopt. A motion was made, seconded and approved that the club would take up a collection at each meeting to send items to a soldier. Marge McCullough will work with Mary Kay Solomon to get the name of a soldier that we will support until his/her return home. A mention was made of the Southern Illinois Yellow Ribbon Campaign website http://www.siyellowribbon.com that also accepts donations to support the troops. Please bring items that we can send to our troops in the November meeting.
On Saturday, October 16, a
prospective recruiters meeting was held at 11:00 at the Edward Jones national
headquarters, followed by an informational meeting for prospective candidates
at 2:00 p.m. USMA recognizes that some its best supporters are grad/cadet
parents. Volunteers are needed to find
prospective candidates; working with your local high school could produce
new candidates for future USMA classes. For
A discussion was held on a flyer that was distributed for “loveacadet.com”. This organization offers boodle and birthday parties for cadets. We had the opportunity to have each of the cadets receive a dozen cookies if we supplied them with cadet addresses. After discussion, it was decided that with security concerns we did not want to give out a list of addresses.
Christopher Ballard ’88 is on the LTC list and is in graduate school at Georgia Tech for Computer Simulation Management. Chris is the son of Lawrence & Marilyn Ballard.
Jay Broemmel ’95 is in
Adrian Zdazinsky ’03 graduated
from Ranger school and is now in
Steve Hemmann ’03 is in
graduate school at the
David Howald ’04 earned the
Airborne badge at
Sarah Penn ’04 is at AGOBC (
Justin Liesen ’05 is on the
crew team, performed CTLT at Ft Carson for the first half and worked in an
internship position for an engineering firm in
Mike Collins ’06 attended
SAPPER school at
Tirzah Eskew ’06 made the decision to reurn to WP after a one year leave to care for her mother, so she is in the ’06 class and readjusting to life at WP. Tirzah is the daughter of Gay Eskew.
Joseph Sanfilippo ’06 earned the Airborne badge this summer; served as XO for the Special Olympics held last Spring, and is serving as a squad leader this semester. Joe is the son of Joe & Pam Sanfilippo.
Rob Hotz ’07 received his
Recondo badge (part of Buckner) and has kayaked on the
Matt Roehm ’07 earned congratulations for the fastest disassembly of a Claymore mine. Matt is the son of Chuck & LeAnn Roehm.
David Rose ’07 received the Distinguished Cadet honors. David is the son of David & Roberta Rose.
Trevor Saunders ’07 received the gold wreath for being in the top 5% of his class in all areas—military, academic and physical. Trevor is the son of Jimmie & Paula Saunders.
Rob Vietor ’07 was a first sergeant for Buckner for the first half, and earned the Air Assault badge in the second half. Rob is the son of Robert & Mary Vietor.
Aroyn Borries ’08 is doing well with few complaints. Aroyn is the son of Dennis & Sue Borries.
John Hughes ’08 is on the cannon crew, and will be a squad leader for Plebe Parent Weekend. John is the son of Mike & Kathy Hughes.
Rachel Larson ’08 survived Beast Summer, although she currently has a stress fracture which will delay her APFT test. Rachel is the daughter of Nathan & Mary Larson.
Jeff Nichols ’08 is doing well. Jeff is the son of Dan & Lynn Nichols.
Tom Russell ’08 is on the Sprint Football team (less than 167 lbs) & was awarded several distinctions recently: On the PT test he scored 328 points & had the highest test score of all plebes in the Psychological test. Tom is the son of Wes & Barbara Russell.
Monica Shea ’08 is on the Crew team, received TAB for Physical Fitness. Her older brother Thomas ’92 was able join her on the march back from Beast. Monica is the daughter of Tom & Martha Shea.
Clint Wing ’08 was recognized for being at the top of his class of 55 students in Russian language. Clint is the son of Steve & Becky Wing.