WP-ORG: A career serving those who served

Each week during our fund drive, one of us sends you a message intended to re-introduce you to who we are, and what we do at WP-ORG:
http://www.west-point.org/donate

This is my week, and I write with pleasure. I decided to go back through the years to view my old messages to see how my thoughts may have evolved.  They haven’t.  I feel the same today as I did when I came to WP-ORG in 1998, when WP-ORG was the only place a cadet parent could come to learn about the Academy. We knew virtually nothing about the Academy, and when our new cadets were marched out of view, and the doors closed, there was a void where information could have been. That’s where WP-ORG came in. Through WP-ORG, we learned about the history of West Point, and what sort of training our sons and daughters were receiving. WP-ORG fostered pride and a true love for the Academy. It wasn’t long before I was actively working with WP-ORG, and became one of WP-ORG’s two employees.  The only change from my words of years past, is that my daughter, USMA class of 2002, is a PA in the Army, and is quickly winding down to her retirement, because she already had almost a year of Army service under her belt before she received her congressional appointment.

Working with WP-ORG, I am able to serve people who have served our country. USMA grads, their parents, and occasionally Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard members who use our services. You served us, and for 21 years, I have served this community in a small, but grateful capacity. Why do I work for WP-ORG? Because I have an honest love for the community we serve. I spend my days connecting you with our services to the fullest.  Between managing our feedback address, answering the phones to assist with questions or concerns, tutoring moderators, assisting with website queries, maintaining and adding articles of interest to our main page, creating eulogy pages, and reading every eulogy written on those pages to prevent spamming and defamation of our departed Warriors, my personal mission is to bring life to WP-ORG’s mission statement. In short, to unite you with your class, your sports interests, your friends, and the Long Gray Line. My hands and heart are deeply rooted in WP-ORG and you. We charge no fee for our services, with the exception of small fees connected to the online registration and payment sites we offer. Currently, we provide almost 30,000 USMA grads, parents, and friends of West Point with email lists, web pages, and other forms of online services.

In reading my own messages, spanning many years, I commented about what a blessing West Point and WP-ORG have been for me.  In one of my messages I wrote: “I have stood in the area between the barracks of West Point and in the sally-ports. I have heard the rumblings of cadets going to and fro as the sun rises over the Hudson, just as they have for over 200 years. I am not a graduate of West Point, but I have seen into the heart of the Academy through their eyes and their words. I have touched the bricks in the attic of the 1st Division and read a thousand names and class years on those bricks. I have searched for crawlspaces in closet panels, used for spirit missions. I’ve held a map to the steam tunnels in my hand that has been used by cadets on a mission (called moles), and I have read the words and poems of old graduates, and graduates long dead. I have gone through boxes of photos, poems, and letters in the library archives. I thumbed through a textbook that Patton wrote notes in. I have slept in homes on Professor’s row, and in other homes on post. I have had coffee in the kitchen of the Superintendent, and attended a meeting with every Professor who could attend, in the Commandant’s office. I have had the honor of speaking with Generals and diplomats. I had the great honor of being a guest at the 50th reunion of the class of ’51, a class of which I am a honorary member. I have known many of the people whose names are now etched in stone in the cemetery. I visit them sometimes. Yes, I have experienced the handshake that comes from the shadows as I explored secret places within West Point. We have visited military installations all over the U.S. and even spent a few weeks at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. All of this, because one young Private applied to her Congressman for an Academy appointment, brought her parents to R-day, and mostly, because of WP-ORG”.  I still stand by those words.

I commented years ago that GEN Douglas MacArthur’s speech is often played on my computer, as it reminds me of who I am working for. “Duty. Honor. Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points…”.  I recently listened to his speech yet again.  I understand the silence as the cadets listened in awe that day.  His words are powerful, and showed his love for West Point, for its graduates, and for the Army.  I marvel at how my own love for the institution has exponentially grown through the years, and how I never tire of the phone conversations I have with graduates and parents.

It is my hope that as a working part of WP-ORG, I can show appreciation for the blessings that have been given to me simply by doing my job. I work along side of Megan, a ’64 class daughter that any graduate would be proud of. The two of us carry out the day-to-day work that continues to serve this community. We work hard, because we care about those we serve.

WP-ORG is beginning the 5th week of our fund drive, and because of the generosity of our members, we are at at 82% of our goal.  If you have donated, we greatly appreciate your donation. If we serve you with one of our email lists, web pages, or if you have used our registration and payment sites, we hope you have found value in our services.  Your donations allow us to continue our work.  Even a small amount helps, and we hope you can help us bring this fund drive to a quick and successful conclusion.

With appreciation and respect,
Dian Welle
WP-ORG INC

Our main page has been completely revamped: http://www.west-point.org
Fund Drive 45 Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate
Fund Drive 45 Budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/
Fund Drive 45 Report: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

Donations by check should be sent to our NEW address:
WP-ORG (new address)
c/o Megan Klein
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood, TX 78669

Author: Dian Welle