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Send Off Video to Georgia new cadets headed to Service Academies

Dear Grads and Friends of West Point,

This year, we couldn’t send off our latest Georgia new cadets to West Point and the other service academies like we do normally at the State Capitol Building and the Capital City Club.

Therefore, we crafted this video with some special friends to wish these great Americans well as they embark on their journeys. Please feel free to share widely! Enjoy!

Special Thanks You to Ken Konstanzer ’80, Jan Heath and Will Frampton of McLeod Media ( for coordinating guests and editing this video.

WPSA Proudly Sponsored by:
Georgia’s Own Credit Union and First Command Financial

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Gripping Hands – new WPAOG feature in Sallyport

WPAOG is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of being the most connected alumni body in the world, we have created a resource to help keep everyone in communication.

A new feature in Sallyport called Gripping Hands has been activated. This portal will allow you to find helpful resources about the coronavirus, join the alumni conversations about who needs help and who can help, read information about Grads helping Grads, and even find resources for mental breaks.

We will be updating this portal as more information becomes available / is requested.

Please share your thoughts with us at or 845.446.1677.

All Graduates have access to this portal and are preloaded into Sallyport.

To access the system, they just need to use the email address they currently have on file with WPAOG. If the email address does not match, our staff will be reaching out directly to the Graduate for confirmation information.Grip (wash) Hands,

Founders Day WPSA Events

West point ATL Founders Day 2020 – POSTPONED

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:

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

Updated March 14 2020

We regret to postpone but this is in the best interest of our community and our older grads. We decided to move forward with a new date because our survey indicated many wish to attend at a later date and this is the only opportunity many get to dress up for a black tie affair!


The West Point Society of Atlanta
invites you to

SATURDAY, August 29 2020


Guest Speaker: Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr.

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

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

Early RSVPs and payment are strongly requested.

Late changes – Jan Heath, or 770-996-7349.

Entrée: Pineapple-Bourbon Glazed Chicken

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

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

The Capital City Club Downtown
7 John Portman Boulevard NW at Historic Harris Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Click here for 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!

Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr.

WPSA Proudly Sponsored by:
Georgia’s Own Credit Union and First Command Financial

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Founders Day

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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We’ve had a great year so far – a great 2019 Founder’s Day, a steady stream of monthly happy hours, Army Football watch parties, and a huge Army-GSU tailgate. Looking toward the remainder of this year; We have some great scheduled events on the calendar through the end of this year:

We’ve already started working on planning for our 2020 events, with Founder’s Day being the most notable, upcoming in Q1, 2020. Take a look at our events tab for the most current information, and stay in contact with the WPSA Facebook group as well.

Let us know if there’s any additional ways you’d like to engage with the West Point Society of Atlanta.