WP-ORG: Rangers Lead The Way! Go Army Beat Navy!

Thank you for your support over the years.  We are nearing the close of our semi-annual fund drive and need a final push to get across the finish line.

I’m writing this email as I watch the Army / Air Force game.  During the game, the television announcer asked both superintendents about life at the Academies.  Each of the generals defaulted to how great these kids are at the two institutions.  It’s true – these kids are some of our nation’s best.

The transformational process at West Point is awesome.  It starts with 17-18 year old kids and four years later spits out combat ready officers.  The plethora of real leadership opportunities at West Point is difficult to replicate.  It permeates the daily life of every cadet.  Through forced leadership experiences, the cadets emulate the leadership qualities they respect, and they hone their individual leadership style.  I don’t know of any other college environment that offers this leadership crucible.  It is truly unique to the service academies.

I am proud of attending and graduating from West Point.  I have returned for each of my reunions and look forward to my 25-year reunion in 2021.  I am proud of my time serving our country in the US Army.  And I am proud of the job that our small team has done getting WP-ORG back up and running.  It was impressive to watch from the sidelines.  We still have work to do, and we won’t stop until the job is finished.

WP-ORG exists to support whatever online needs exist in the greater West Point community.  WP-ORG has nurtured this online community for over 20 years and continues to provide services to this amazing group of people.
Help us close out this fund drive by donating through the links below.
Thanks,
Cameron Price
USMA ’96 – For Freedom We Risk


Donation page linking to all payment methods (credit card, check or PayPal):
http://www.west-point.org/donate

         By credit card:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/

         By check, please indicate class year and affiliation:
         WP-ORG
         23802 Oscar Road
         Spicewood TX 78669

         By PayPal::
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GXGCWRKX48UHY
**After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next
screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter
class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Fund Drive Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group, etc.:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 19, 2019 – September 19, 2019:
http://www.west-point.org/budget

WP-ORG Budgets, FD8 – FD45:
http://www.west-point.org/service/fd45/program/BudgetPlotFD8-FD45.JPG

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/why_donate/

WP-ORG Member Information Privacy Policy:
http://www.west-point.org/privacy-statement/

IRS Letter Confirming WP-ORG 501(c)(3) Status:
http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

WP-ORG FD 46: Understanding. Patience. Generosity.

Our fund drive is in its fourth week (http://www.west-point.org/donate). Each of the previous three fund drive notes explained the ransomware attack from the programming side of WP-ORG, and the difficulties encountered. I saw it exclusively from the user side. The moment things stopped working, the office phone started ringing, my private messages ramped up, calls and texts to my cell phone started to flow, and even a secondary email address of mine lit up.  Our users were trying to get answers. Classes couldn’t communicate, email addresses did not work, and WP-ORG completely ceased to exist for everyone except the programmers, who smartly detected small signs of life, and put WP-ORG on life support. The patience of our users was astounding.  I expected to be the messenger everyone wanted to kill. The response was far different than my expectations. Understanding. Patience. Generosity. These were the responses I received to giving out terrible news, and very little in the way of information. For the most part, all I could offer was a “we’re doing all we can”, knowing that if I sent messages to those who were busy rebuilding, I took them away from important work that required every ounce of their attention.

Many of our class list moderators gathered up all of the email addresses they could from their own address lists, and started privately notifying their class members, which saved me a great deal of typing and talking. Many of them stayed in touch with me as the days went by, if only to ask “any new news?”, so that they could update their classmates.  Never in my life have I been so glad that every email I have sent through the years, had the office phone and my cell phone number on them. This was one effective way that our users had to contact us.  While our programmers were scrambling and spending sleepless nights recovering WP-ORG, I was, in essence, sitting at a front desk in an empty building, answering largely unanswerable questions. To make matters worse, I was scheduled for surgery a few weeks into our outage, and knowing my phone was in nearly non-stop use, when I went into surgery, I handed my cell phone to my daughter (USMA 2002), briefed her to the best of my ability, and asked her to do what she could to help answer our users. I can not thank our moderators enough for the work they did keeping their classmates updated until we could get the lists back, and for the kindness extended to this bearer of bad news.

Here are a few facts you may find interesting: Our servers are in Austin TX. The day we were attacked, twenty-three Texas towns were struck by a “coordinated” ransomware attack. The attack instigated a statewide disaster-style response that included the National Guard and a wide F.B.I. inquiry. I found through research, that a new organization will fall victim to ransomware every 14 seconds, and by 2021, that will likely change to every 11 seconds. According to a new study from Sophos, the average cost per ransomware attack to businesses last year was approximately $133,000.

WP-ORG’s recovery still has a way to go. Sadly, among a few other things, our eulogy entry tools are still down.  Old eulogies (going back some 24 years) are up and working, but we are unable to create new eulogy pages at this time. Our security has changed so much that a great deal of the programming needs to be re-written in order for that tool to work. Classes have noticed that they have received no notices of created eulogy pages for their deceased classmates from WP-ORG. I have saved over 2 months of death notices from the WPAOG and from our moderators who have sent them to us, and as soon as we have the ability, those will all be entered and ready for use. The eulogy pages are the heart and backbone of this organization and are as important to us, as they are to you.

Our bi-annual fund drive came right on the heels of our coming back from the brink of death. Our resources are stretched thin, and it could not be delayed. As you know, our budget is frugal, and designed to only take us as far as the next fund drive. We are at a low percentage of donors as compared to past years. We need you now, more than we have ever needed you. Please consider rewarding the tireless work of a small organization to recover from this attack, in order to keep WP-ORG serving you. We all got a terrible view into what it would look like if WP-ORG ceased to exist.  Please consider even a small donation to make it even better than it ever was.
http://www.west-point.org/donate

As always, with heartfelt thanks to each of you,
Dian Welle
WP-ORG, Inc.
208-263-8063(office)
661-917-2441(cell)

Donation page linking to all payment methods (credit card, check or PayPal):
http://www.west-point.org/donate

        By check, please indicate class year and affiliation:
        WP-ORG
        23802 Oscar Road
        Spicewood TX 78669

  By PayPal::
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GXGCWRKX48UHY
**After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Fund Drive Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group, etc.:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 19, 2019 – September 19, 2019:
http://www.west-point.org/budget

WP-ORG Budgets, FD8 – FD45:
http://www.west-point.org/service/fd45/program/BudgetPlotFD8-FD45.JPG

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/why_donate/

WP-ORG Member Information Privacy Policy:
http://www.west-point.org/privacy-statement/

IRS Letter Confirming WP-ORG 501(c)(3) Status:
http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

WP-ORG: Value For Your Dollar

WP-ORG is a small non-profit, run on a shoe string.  As Warren explained two weeks ago, West-Point.Org was hit with a ransomware attack in July, and it’s truly ONLY because of the dedication of Warren himself (our CIO), Steven Brunasso (a friend whose dad was ex-cadet Class of ’66) and Megan Klein, Wonder Woman of West-Point.Org, that we’re still here to serve you.

During routine maintenance work, the three of them noticed that something was amiss and immediately began locking down the system to protect it. Warren flew out to Austin the weekend of the attack and he, Megan and Steven began the painstaking work of rebuilding WP-ORG from bare metal.  

Warren is paranoid and Warren keeps backups of backups of backups. Really, he does. And Megan and Steven have always rolled their eyes and made fun of him. Warren had the last laugh because it was his backups that saved the day. Backups that were completely untouched and hidden in some dusty corner even ransomware couldn’t find!

Quick action and dedication saved West-Point.Org, so that we can continue to serve you. Yes, the recovery was painstaking work and extremely time consuming – but done quietly and without complaint – hallmarks of how West-Point.Org has operated and served you for all these years.

Our semi-annual fund drives are very modest – we have a bare bones budget and value for the dollar is extraordinary.  I can think of no other organization that has the dedicated folks that got West-Point.Org back up and running – literally working 24/7 for all too many days.

The recent ransomware attack proved the value of how we do business and I truly hope that you will join me in making a donation to West-Point.Org so we can continue to serve the Long Gray Line.

Below my signature is a ton of information on how to donate – via credit card, PayPal or check, as well as the details on our budgets (past and present) and our IRS letter confirming our 501(c)(3) status.

Many thanks for helping us continue to serve you.
Megan Hostler
West-Point.Org Advisor

Donation page linking to all payment methods (credit card, check or PayPal):
http://www.west-point.org/donate

        By credit card:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/

        By check, please indicate class year and affiliation:

        WP-ORG
        23802 Oscar Road
        Spicewood TX 78669

        By PayPal::
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GXGCWRKX48UHY

        After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Fund Drive Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group, etc.:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 19, 2019 – September 19, 2019:
http://www.west-point.org/budget

WP-ORG Budgets, FD8 – FD45:
http://www.west-point.org/service/fd45/program/BudgetPlotFD8-FD45.JPG

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/why_donate/

WP-ORG Member Information Privacy Policy:
http://www.west-point.org/privacy-statement/

IRS Letter Confirming WP-ORG 501(c)(3) Status:
http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

Launching our semi-annual fund drive!

WP-ORG Members:

Today marks the launch of our 46th semi-annual fund drive (FD46), funding the operation of West-Point.ORG (WP-ORG) for the next six months. We’re in our 23rd year of this PBS-style fundraising approach. We believe that if we provide value to the grads, parents, cadets, and friends of West Point by helping to keep them connected through classes, societies, clubs, and other organizations, then we will generate enough goodwill and donations to keep it going. 

The past two months have been a challenge, unlike any other in our long history. WP-ORG was hit by a ransomware attack at the end of July 2019. Ransomware attacks have been on the rise in recent months, targeting many companies,mu nicipalities, and other charitable organizations. Ransomware does not result in theft of data. Ransomware encrypts data and restricts access to that data until a ransom is paid for a decryption key. WP-ORG did not pay a ransom. We were fortunate to have caught the attack early enough to save all of our data. It’s not likely that the attackers were interested in any of our data itself, just the potential for payment by encrypting it and holding it for ransom.

Having saved the data was only the beginning of the recovery, however. The attackers had gained entry through an unknown point in one of our many systems. Simply reloading the data into the old environment would leave WP-ORG vulnerable to a repeat attack. The only responsible approach was to rebuild every system from scratch. Through the significant efforts of our employees and volunteers, WP-ORG has been rebuilt. Most services are back online, but there are still many things left to do.

The extended time it has taken to bring some services back online has been frustrating. Please understand that the volunteers who make things work behind the scenes continue to work days, evenings, and weekends to bring every service back online securely and running on the most up-to-date software. We appreciate your continued patience.

Your donations to FD46 will fund operations for the next six months and enable us to complete the recovery work necessary to bring WP-ORG fully back online. We sincerely appreciate your support. 

Donation page linking to all payment methods (credit card, check or PayPal): http://www.west-point.org/donate

WP-ORG
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood TX 78669

        After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Fund Drive Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group, etc.: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget for the next 6 months: https://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?: https://www.west-point.org/why_donate/

IRS Letter Confirming WP-ORG 501(c)(3) Status: https://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

Sincerely,
Warren Hearnes ’89
for WP-ORG Advisors

WP-ORG System Status

Updated: Oct. 10, 2019   As many of you are aware, West-Point.Org (WP-ORG), was down beginning August 1 to August 28. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused and the frustration that you may feel.

We are currently bringing web sites back online.
-Moderator tools have been restored.
-Eulogy pages have been restored.

  • Problem discovered during scheduled maintenance: During scheduled maintenance on July 28th, we discovered some network issues that we worked to resolve. What was to have been a 1-hour downtime turned into several days of having the systems go up/down in odd ways.
  • Ransomware attack: The networking issues that we discovered turned out to be the by-product of a ransomware attack on WP-ORG.
    • All of our main storage systems were compromised and the files were being encrypted to remove our access to them.
    • It is important to emphasize that data was not being pulled from the system, but instead being encrypted.
  • Current situation:
    • We are currently having each system assessed by experts and will bring all of our services back online.
    • 2019-08-08: Credit card sites are back online as of 4:30pm ET on August 8th.
      • All passwords have been changed for backend access. Megan Klein will contact all backend owners of live credit card sites for their new password. She has your contact information.
    • 2019-08-12: We have obtained all past and current files from our backup server and moved them to a secure hard drive.
    • 2019-08-12: We provisioned a new sterile file server with 20TB of storage that will allow us to bring up the remaining services.
    • 2019-08-13: Sterile database server provisioned and all databases restored to their last state. All systems that rely on the database (e.g., web, listserves, etc.) require that we restore this system as a priority.
    • 2019-08-14: Restoration of email files, web files, and listserve files started.
    • 2019-08-16: Restoration of all email files completed and validated.  
      • Email access settings will remain the same for your PC or mobile device, so once this is up then your systems should start pulling mail again. If your email is not working, then insure that your settings are to send and receive at users.adc.west-point.org. In the past, users.west-point.org worked, but now it must specifically be users.adc.west-point.org. 
    • 2019-08-19: Testing finally done for email. You may now send and receive email at your @west-point.org address. 
      • We ran into several issues getting the new system to work with new versions of POP and IMAP that are more secure than the older versions we were running.
      • Through a configuration error during the downtime, some email between 7/31 and 8/15 was returned to sender.
    • 2019-08-27: New firewall installed.
      • Credit card sites and email traffic were paused while the firewall was installed.
      • New firewall policies may have interrupted email for some users even after the services were turned back on. Those issues have been addressed.
    • 2019-08-29: Majordomo listserve functionality is restored and tested.
      • All list membership is restored to the status prior to the incident.
      • The ability to change list membership with our moderator tools will be restored at a future date.
    • 2019-08-31: All email should be working properly. If your email is not working, then insure that your settings are to send and receive at users.adc.west-point.org. In the past, users.west-point.org worked, but now it must specifically be users.adc.west-point.org. Contact feedback@west-point.org if you have issues.
    • In progress: Web site restoration.
      • 2019-09-03: Some virtual sites restored. 
      • 2019-09-06: Main web site restored with SSL capability. We are going through each hosted sub-site (e.g., /class/usma1989/) to determine if the site needs any updates to the underlying code.
      • 2019-08-31: Hosted virtual web sites are still in the process of restoration.
    • 2019-09-16 Moderator tools restored.
    • 2019-09-20 Eulogy pages restored.
    • 2019-09-28 Webmail restored. The sign-in page will look different, as we installed a new/updated program.
    • WardBook (living history project) restored.
    • 2019-10-10 Listserv Archives restored.
      Class/graduate search restored.
    • 2019-11-5 SFTP is in trial status. Contact feedback@west-point.org if you wish to update your personal, class web page (current class webmasters only), Society or Parent Club website
    • 2019-11-17 User admin pages (email routing) may now be changed, but at this time, only by a WP-ORG employee. If you wish a change in your email routing, please contact: feedback@west-point.org
    • 2019-11-18 Eulogy pages are now being generated. Please be patient as we catch up with class member deaths.
  • Future:
    • SFTP access
    • Access to your files via SFTP will come at a later date. We are still planning that infrastructure.
    • Password change tool

Some common questions that you may have

Q: Should I change my password?
A: We are assuming that any password used in WP-ORG is now compromised because the attackers had access to the system. We will be forcing every user to change their password. If your WP-ORG password was the same as one you have used outside of WP-ORG (though it shouldn’t be…that is a security risk), you should IMMEDIATELY change that password. 

Q: I use WP-ORG for email. Did I lose any email?
A: This is a multi-part answer. First, the email that was already delivered to your inbox at WP-ORG should be recoverable. Second, email that has been addressed to you during the outage will attempt to be delivered for 48-72 hours before it is sent back as undeliverable. Therefore, yes, some email addressed to you since August 1st will be lost (returned) but others will be waiting and will be delivered when our email is back online.

WP-ORG e-mail problem resolved.

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience of lost email for the past 12 hours (from around 2:30A Eastern on 6/23 – 2:45 6/24). Any email sent to a WP-ORG email address during that time was sadly lost, related to a temporary configuration issue. The problem has been resolved.

West-Point.Org Greasing the Wheels of West Point Friendships for 25 Years!

Fund Drive 45 is nearly complete. Please donate:
http://www.west-point.org/donate

Last weekend I was proud to host my USMA 1996 classmates at our annual mini-reunion down here on the Gulf Coast. It was a wonderful time of camaraderie, story telling, shenanigans, and some things I shouldn’t repeat or might not remember 🙂 What a great group we have that makes this annual pilgrimage!

One of the best parts of these yearly gatherings is that I get to meet new friends and classmates. With around 1,000 classmates, there were a lot of people who I didn’t know while at the Academy. Seeing new faces and reconnecting with old friends is part of the magic of these mini-reunions.  It is fun to hear what everyone is doing in their current life, most of them outside of the military community.

West-Point.Org does this same thing daily across the entire community of graduates. All of the West Point graduates who I know are awesome people, upstanding members of their community, caring and hard-working individuals, successful in their chosen profession.

I challenge each of y’all to connect with someone who you may not know, another member of the greater West Point community. I guarantee that it will be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Also, please make the time to donate to our semi-annual fund drive for West-Point.Org.  We are over 92% of the way to the finish line. Help us complete the mission!

Cameron Price
For Freedom We Risk 1996
cameron@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/


Cameron Price
WP-ORG, Advisor

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

WP-ORG: Our Mission Remains the Same

WP-ORG members:

We’re three weeks into our 45th semi-annual fundraiser and are already 75% to our goal. Thanks to those of you that have donated so far. If you’ve found value in our services and would like to contribute, please go to https://secure.west-point.org/donate/ or review the HOW TO DONATE section below for more details.

You might only know WP-ORG as the provider of an email list that you are on, but we do many things. In fact, WP-ORG has bee helping grads, parents, and friends of West Point communicate and stay connected for 23 years! During those years, we’ve seen the use of the internet evolve — as well as the offerings by WP-ORG — but our mission remains the same: West-Point.Org (WP-ORG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides an online communications infrastructure that enables graduates, parents, and friends of the military academy to maintain and strengthen the associations that bind us together. We will provide this community any requested support, consistent with this purpose, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

One way we do this is to provide the infrastructure at no charge (supported by your generous donations during fund drives and the continuous work of numerous volunteers) to run one of the most popular open-source website software packages that classes, societies, and parents clubs are using right now — WordPress. WordPress makes it very easy to create a sophisticated web sites and easily post up-to-date articles. Some examples on WP-ORG right now are:

Each new society, class, or club that wants to have one of these simply needs to send a message to feedback@west-point.org and ask. We’ll set it up and give you the keys. If there is something else that you need, please ask — we’ll see what we can do.
HOW TO DONATE: If you’ve found value in our services, here is how you can donate and keep WP-Org serving all graduates, parents, and friends of the military academy for the next six months:

WP-ORG (please note new address)
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood TX 78669

After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Other information:

Sincerely,

Warren Hearnes ’89
for WP-ORG Advisors

WP-ORG: Safe, secure communication alive and relevant

Communication is the key to keeping West Point alive and relevant – within the Class, Societies, Parents Clubs ….and across the generations.
In the very early days of the internet, WP-Org was created to facilitate communication by and between West Point grads. Simply put, WP-Org was in the forefront of internet communication.  Safe, secure communication.  Admittedly, over the past two decades, many other internet based modes of communication have gained popularity – and I certainly use them – with caution.  However, when on the WP-Org sites, I don’t worry that my personal information will be harvested, nor am I bothered by ads that pop up because I clicked on a link.  I know that when using the WP-Org email lists and websites, all is secure.

There’s great value to  all the other social media platforms that we use and enjoy (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc)  and with it’s customized, easy to use services, WP-Org can serve as the central hub for Classes, Societies and Parent Groups as the permanent repository and “action site” for events and information. I have personally appreciated the 24/7 support and access to relevant databases when helping coordinate events – big and small.  
My husband’s Class celebrated their 50th reunion last May – and frankly, were it not for the many services offered by WP-Org (email lists, web pages, credit card sites) the reunion would have been much more costly as we would have had to pay someone to manage the reunion for us.  With the help of WP-Org and the forbearance of Dutch’s classmates, all enjoyed a fantastic multi-day event.  

Similarly, the West Point Society of Hawaii just completed another successful Founders Day event with over 260 attendees – and looks forward to using the services of WP-Org for their upcoming Army v. Hawaii football events.  

WP-Org is also known for its incredible customer service, with a “live” person answering your call or email 24/7. There hasn’t been a time that I could not reach out to either of the WP-Org employees (yes, only two keep everything humming along) and get immediate resolution of my issue or question.

When you combine the customer service with the secure services offered, there is no doubt in my mind that WP-Org continues to offer a true value to all those affiliated with the West Point community.  Please help us continue to serve you.

Please check out our Privacy Policy at:  
http://www.west-point.org/privacy-statement/
And now – how you can donate and keep WP-Org serving you for the next six months:  

Donation page linking to all payment methods (credit card, check or PayPal):
http://www.west-point.org/donate
       
By credit card:       
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/

By check, please indicate class year and affiliation:
        WP-ORG (please note new address)       
23802 Oscar Road       
Spicewood TX 78669
       
By PayPal::       
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GXGCWRKX48UHY
      After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on “Add special instructions to the seller”; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

Fund Drive Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group, etc.:https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 19, 2019 – September 19, 2019:http://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/why_donate/

Many thanks,
Megan Hostler
WP-Org Advisor