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2020 Founders’ Day Dinner – Postponed to August 29 2020

Founders Day Postponed // COVID-19 concerns

Based on feedback from members and local authorities, the West Point Society of Atlanta is postponing Founders Day this month and rescheduling to 29 August 2020.

Here is our plan moving forward, as of March 14 2020:

Refunds will be issued for meal tickets and associated credit card fees. Refunds issued via your original payment method. We will have a separate registration for the new Founders Day date. This will open up in June or July. If you purchased wine, we will make separate arrangements to deliver it to you (please contact Dale Hajost ’82, ). Dues are not refundable. Winners of our awards will be announced shortly via email.

For refund questions: please contact our Executive Director, Jan Heath at



The West Point Society of Atlanta invites you to


5:00 p.m. Candidate and Parent Reception 5:30 p.m. Benny Havens (Cash Bar Only)/Registration 6:45 p.m. First Call for Dinner 7:00 p.m. Dinner/Program at The Capital City Club Downtown 7 John Portman Boulevard NW at Historic Harris Street Atlanta, GA 30303

Guest of Honor: Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr.

Entrée: Pineapple-Bourbon Glazed Chicken

Dress: Army Blue or Blue Mess/Business Suit/Cocktail Dress (Tuxedo Optional)

$80.00 per person See Reservation Link for payment options—there will be no refunds. A reservation made is a reservation paid!

Early RSVPs and payment are strongly requested. To guarantee class seating, Late changes – Jan Heath, or 770-996-7349.

Complimentary Valet Parking at the Capital City Club Downtown See RSVP Form for driving directions.


Be sure to bring some cash or a checkbook to bid on or purchase items for a good cause. The John R. Petty Sr. Foundation (JRPF) (formerly West Point Charitable Enterprises. of Atlanta) is a tax-exempt organization that puts all money toward youth leadership supporting USMA’s mission of Duty, Honor, Country and other worthy veterans-related causes.

The JRPF will be sponsoring the silent auction and wine sales (see attached form) to collect money for leadership programs designed to prepare local youth for admission to our great Alma Mater or other avenues of service to our country. The Foundation has also donated to other worthy veterans causes such as Warrior2Citizen, Veterans Empowerment Organization, Vets Helping Vets, Project Share, and Children of Fallen Patriots. Save a little extra room in your evening purse or tuxedo pocket for money to help this worthy cause – and the items are well worth it, too!

West Point Atlanta Founders Day Awards

When: Saturday, 28 March 2020

It’s that time again!

The West Point Society of Atlanta is ready to accept nominations for its two annual awards for 2020 – the “Distinguished Graduate Award” and the “Outstanding Citizen Award”. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Founders’ Day, March 28, 2020, is just around the corner, so we need nominations as quickly as possible.

We need the membership as a whole to nominate candidates for the “Distinguished Graduate” and “Outstanding Citizen” awards to be presented at the Founders’ Day Dinner on March 28, 2020.

So – put on your “Critical Thinking” caps and send us some names!!! You know who is out there – the selection committee does not. The criteria is set out on our web site for each award. To read the criteria, go to the section below labeled “LINKS.”

We will have a two step process for the selection. Send us your nominee’s names and an extremely short sketch explaining why they should be selected.

See the section below labeled “Links” for the format. If you have any questions please contact Jeff Plank, ’85, at , who can provide assistance with the nomination process.

The selection committee will review the nominations and select a short list for further elaboration and the final selection process. The members making nominations on the short list will be notified and assistance offered to put the nominations in final form.

If you have immediate questions, call Jeff Plank at 404-932-8198
Submit your initial nominations to Jeff Plank at

He will assist you in whipping them into shape for the Selection Committee to consider so they can create the short list. A significant amount of the selection process is performed electronically, so we will need to be able to pass documents via e-mail.

The Selection Committee consists of WPSA members at large. Only the chairman is a member of the Board of Governors. Jeff Plank at (Member of BOG) will be the chairman this year. The other members have been selected from across several decades and will be approved by the BOG.

If you would be interested in serving on the Selection Committee, please contact Jeff Plank at .

Final selection of the awardees will take place in a Selection Committee meeting in February.

Nomination submissions: 19 Dec 2019 through 9 Jan 2020.
Short list completed: 16 Jan 2020.
Elaborated Nomination Submission: 30 Jan 2020
Selection Completed; BOG ratified: 13 Feb 2020

At this point, keep nominations short.

Below is a list of links to the WPSA web site giving details for the awards and information to help you prepare a nomination.

Distinguished Graduate Award Criteria (DGA)
Outstanding Citizen Award Criteria (OCA)
Nomination Format, DGA
Nomination Format, OCA

Thanks and good writing!
Your input makes the awards possible. You know who is out there and deserves recognition. It is not easy to prepare a nomination – but the results are rewarding for all concerned.

Thank you for your help in this endeavor.


Board of Governors
West Point Society of Atlanta

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Founder’s Day Dinner – March 23rd 2019

Join your classmates, fellow Alumni, and friends of West Point to celebrate Founder’s Day, on  23 March 2019.

The BOG and our Executive Director, Jan Heath, completed a full review of our Founders’ Day along with several other venue options in the Atlanta area in terms of costs, location, and other considerations.
We have concluded that the Capital City Club-downtown still remains the best option for our Founders’ Day. For example, many event venues in Atlanta do not have in-house meal prep and the cost to hire a professional caterer plus event space rental and other required fees would increase the cost to at least $125+ per person. For 2019 we will charge WPSA current dues-paying members and their guests $80/person.  Non current dues-paying members and their guests will be charged $90/person.
The Capital City Club-Downtown is reasonably priced for the magnitude of our event (we always exceed 180 guests annually). We also have a deep relationship with their management, which goes a long way in pulling off this event. They know what we need and continually put forth their best effort to take care of us. They even waive fees they charge other groups because of our long-standing relationship.
Based on your feedback, we will shorten the program by about 30 minutes from the 2018 FDD. In the future, we will have a streamlined, joint presentation of our various awards as well as more exposure to the FDD Silent Auction. The Capital City Club-downtown has installed a large TV screen within the extension of the ball room so all guests can now see audio/visual presentations regardless of where they are sitting.
We hope to see you at next year’s Founders’ Day Dinner on March 23, 2019!
Beat Navy!
Samir Patel, ’08
WPSA President

Founders’ Day Dinner

Grip Hands as we celebrate Founder’s Day with the West Point Society of Atlanta.

  • Guest of Honor: MG John C. Thomson III ’86, Deputy Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood
  • When: 24 Mar 2018 (Saturday), 6pm
  • Where:  Capital City Club –  7 John Portman Blvd NW; Atlanta, GA 30303
  • RSVP options:
    • To guarantee class seating, please RSVP by 16 March
    • Online RSVP:  https://secure.west-point.org/wpsa/events/fdd.mhtml
    • $75.00 per person for current dues-paying members and their guests
    • $85.00 per person for non dues-paying members and their guests
    • A reservation made is a reservation paid!

Early RSVPs and payment are strongly requested.

If you prefer reading and using the flyer to RSVP, please print and return this: WPSA Founders Day Dinner 2018 Flyer