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WPSA email update

Not Receiving WPSA Email Messages?

If you are not currently receiving WPSA email messages, it is probably because (1) WPSA does not have your email address; (2) WPSA has an outdated address; or (3) your address will not accept messages sent via Constant Contact.  

Please send your current address (preferably a personal vs business address) to Jan Heath, WPSA Executive Director, at jdheathwpsa@gmail.com

WPSA has several events planned for the next several months–don’t miss out on the information disseminated on a regular basis!

Message from WPSA Leadership

Dear Members of the West Point Society of Atlanta,

I’m honored to be your President for 2018-19 fiscal year. I want to thank the most recent past Presidents, Bill Basnett and Steve Russell, for their guidance and efforts to keep Atlanta’s Long Gray Line strong.

As you know, your WPSA Board of Governors (BOG) and Officer slate are volunteers. Why do we do it? We do it because we believe in West Point — because we care about our school, what we learned, and what it has done for us. We do it because we believe in Duty, Honor, Country.

The theme I selected for this 2018/2019 fiscal year is: Honoring our Heritage, Preparing for the Future.

We, as an AOG Distinguished Society, have done a lot of things really well. We throw a grand Founders’ Day Dinner; donate generously to our Alma Mater; organize one of the best Governor’s send-offs in the Country; and take every opportunity to Beat Navy!

Did you also know we set up our own Foundation (John R Petty Foundation) to:

– help other charities which help veterans and their families?

– fund sending high school students to West Point for the two-week Summer

Leaders’ Experience Seminar?

– support Atlanta area JROTC programs with our time and resources?

However, the future is only ONE day away and we as a Board believe we must do certain things to keep our Society strong. Helping our younger grads achieve the same or better level of success our older grads have is key to WPSA’s future.

Our surveys indicate two areas where we are falling short: apathy and engaging younger grads. In my view, apathy is a serious problem.

If you find yourself not wanting to get involved, please tell me why and the WPSA BOG and I will do what we can to fix it. We want you to gain something from YOUR Society — whether it’s fellowship, remembering the good ‘ole times, grow your business or finding a job.

To that end, we have already taken action — we have reinvigorated the northside Happy Hour (the southside Happy Hour is already well established), created a Career/Networking Chair, and added younger Board members from the classes of the 2000s.

We’d love to hear your feedback and, even more, would appreciate your time in keeping the Atlanta Long Grey Line strong!

Respectfully,

Samir Patel, ’08

Your WPSA Leadership for this fiscal year:

Samir Patel, ’08

President

Communications Chair

Eddie Williams, ’81

President-Elect

Alex Mikstas, ’09

Vice President

Bill Basnett, ’86

Secretary/Treasurer

Past President

Jan Heath

Executive Director

Grip Hands!

Board of Governors

West Point Society of Atlanta

NEW Grad Link App Now Available!

To further WPAOG’s vision for the Long Gray Line to be “the most connected alumni body in the world,” WPAOG has launched Grad Link to provide an enhanced level of connectivity with fellow grads.

Grad Link expands upon the familiar “Find a Grad” feature from the WPAOG website by combining data from WPAOG with information from your LinkedIn profile to help you quickly and easily find grads who share your interests. You will be able to conceal some of your personal information, such as your email address, location or your entire profile.

Access this secure platform today through the Google Play StoreApple App Store or with your web browser.

To ensure an easy sign-up experience, please make sure the email address attached to your LinkedIn account is on file with WPAOG by contacting . (And be sure to join the WPAOG LinkedIn Discussion Group – over 17,000 strong!)

Connect with Other Local Grads!

The West Point Society of Atlanta (WPSA) encourages grads in the Atlanta area to connect through various events during the year.  If you’re interested in finding out more, we have the following channels for communication:

You may join as either a Regular Member or Honorary Member.  Please contact Jan Heath (email above) for more details.