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West Point Parents' Club of Greater St. Louis


In this issue:

April 24 minutes

OBC Training

Treasurer’s report

Brag News

June 12 meeting – Hale & Farewell

Class of 2009

Ideas to Generate operating funds for our club



April 24 Minutes

Co-Presidents Mike & Sarah Collins attended the West Point Parents Club Presidents conference. They are promoting Parents Clubs to coordinate with local AOG and MALO groups to host USMA clubs and teams that come into town for events. Marge McCullough reported on her trip to USMA to serve as recruiter and work with liaison officers. They provide everything you need to visit local high schools for presentations.

Treasurer’s Report

                        Balance as of March, 2005         $1,124.54

                        Current balance                         $   965.38


June 12 Meeting – Hale & Farewell

Our next meeting will be at the Radisson Inn in Clayton, MO at 12:00 pm for social hour. We will welcome the new cadets from our area and say congratulations to our new graduates. We will need reservations for planning purposes – lunch will be served at your table. The cost is $16 per person and you may pay at the meeting. Reservations are due by May 30, 2005 If you make a reservation you are responsible for the cost. The meeting will start at 12:00 pm to allow time for the new cadets to meet rising cadets.



Cadets do not have to pay..


Please contact Mike Hughes at  314-846-6347 or mkjshughes02@earthlink.net


Class of 2008 will be responsible for door prizes.




Map to the Radisson Inn


Ideas to Generate operating funds for our club

Due to several problems, our club is close to running out of money. Many have offered suggestions on how to generate funds.

Here are a few ideas members have suggested from our last meeting at Scott Air Force Base.

  1. Ask for past members (who have not rejoined) to make a donation – our club is a 501c3 which means it’s tax deductible.
  2. Sell raffle tickets for a weekend at a condominium through the Armed Forces Vacation Club.
  3. Hold a Trivia night and silent auction
  4. Have a golf outing
  5. Sell a CAMO colored ‘Support our Troops’ bracelet


OBC training

The Army is changing the OBC (Officer Basic Course) training; they will add more about how to conduct convoy operations and how to understand non-combat operations like convoy movement and security.


Brag News

Capt George McCullough ’00 has completed his 5 years of service and is in the reserves. He will be attending the University of Illinois-Chicago where he will complete an MBA. George is the son of Mike & Marge McCullough.


Lt Adam Brink ’03 has completed training as Platoon leader with a Stryker Brigade at Ft Lewis, WA. He is part of ADA (Air Defense Artillery) and will participate on what is needed for combat against North Korea. Adam is the son of Bill & Judy Brink.


Lt Steve Hemmann ’03 will graduate from East West University with a Masters in Language; spend 2 months at a school in China; then continue with Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) & Ranger School. Steve is the son of Dave & Ruth Hemmann.


Lt Adrian Zdazinsky ’03 is serving in Iraq with aBradley platoon. His parents were in contact with him until a few weeks ago, and now his mission requires that there be no contact until completed.  Adrian is the son of Chip & Peggy Zdazinsky.


Lt David Howald ’04 completed FAOBC (Field Artillery OBC) at Ft Sill, OK and completed Ranger School training at Ft Benning, GA. He is now part of the 101st Airborne Div. at Ft Campbell, KY. David is the son of Kent & Betty Howald.


Lt Robert McCullough ’02 is a Maintenance Platoon Leader for MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket Systems) in South Korea. He is part      of the 2nd Infantry Div. Robert is the son of Mike & Marge McCullough.


Justin Liesen ’05 is part of the USMA Crew team they recently beat Marist and MIT. After graduation, he will report Ft Leonard Wood for EOBC (Engineer’s OBC) on July 24 then in November he will be assigned to the 25th Infantry Division SBCT (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) at Ft Lewis, WA.  Justin is the son of John & Judy Liesen.


Mike Collins ’06 was a Sergeant at Beast last summer and went to England to study with Paratroopers over Spring Break; he will also attend Sapper School at Ft Leonard Wood and CTLT at Ft Irwin this Summer. Mike is the son of Michael & Sarah Collins.


Joe Sanfilippo ‘06 will do CTLT  (Cadet Training Leadership Training) at Ft Drum NY during Grad Week, he will also travel to Colorado Springs for AIAD (Advanced Instructional Academic Development).  Joe is the son of Joe & Pam Sanfilippo.


Jacob Cook ’07 is part of the cadet diving team; has trained with Sandhurst Military Academy diving team. He was made soldier of the quarter for his company and he will go to Spain for his Fall semester as part of the Foreign Language program. He also participated in 26.2 KM run in Philadelphia. He is also part of USMA Orienteering and where they won the Collegiate Championship in St Louis. Jacob is the son of Greg & Nancy Cook.


Adam Hilkenkamp ‘07 will go to Beijing China as part of AIAD training. Adam is the son of John & Karen Hilkenkamp.


Erin Neuman ’07 has requested CTLT training in Kosovo and she will also take a computer class this summer. Erin is the daughter of       Mike & Jeri Neuman.


Jeff Nichols ’08 will go to Scotland then Foreign Language in German at Washington DC at the German Embassy. He also earned his IOCT (Indoor Obstacle Course Training) tab. Jeff is the son of Dan & Lynn Nichols.


John Hughes ’08 was soldier of the quarter for his platoon, and is preparing for Buckner this summer. John is the son of Mike & Kathy Hughes.


Class of 2009

This is a listing of all cadets from our area; please invite them to attend our June 12 meeting. The ones with a * have parents who are members.






Lisa Dueker

Bob Dueker

US Army/Carbondale Community

Megan Gavlick

Kevin & Amy Gavlick

Granite City Senior

Cale Genenbacher

Dave & Carrie Genenbacher

Quincy Notre Dame

Roney Jun

Jung Jun


James Long

Barry & Kathy Long


Danielle Newsome

John & Angie Newsome

Beecher City

Evan Roderick

Blake Roderick


Evan Roderick

Robin Ruzicka


Matthew Swanson

Kyle & Denise Swanson

US Army/La Harpe

Kari Marie Vahle

Chet & Barbara Vahle

Quincy Senior


Michelle Alderson

Michael & Nancy Alderson


Luke Brady

Jeff & Robin Brady


Samuel Fullmer*

Andy & Jane Fullmer

Jefferson City

Price Harris

Donald & Janie Harris


Daniel Henry  III

Daniel Henry Jr

St Louis University

Tyfani Hulse

Eddie & Kym Hulse

Monroe City R-I Senior

Amelia Janoski

Frank & Debra Janoski

Mary Inst St Louis Country Day

Tyler Martin



Logan Phillips

Jim  Phillips

Saint Charles West

Christopher Rusinko*

Paul & Emma Mae Rusinko

Us Army

Aaron Schneider

Karl & Lori Schneider

Kirksville Senior

Mitchell Stock

James & Sally Stock

Principia Upper School

Dirk Van Ingen

Daniel J Van Ingen


Kyle Wooten

Tana Wooten