WPSWPS Dues: For those that aren’t familiar with our society, we collect annual dues of $20. We usually send out 2 reminders per year: one just after Founders Day and another about 6 months later. We use the dues to help fund events like the Army-Navy tailgate, luncheons, Cadet Fitness Assessment, speaker costs, etc. We are not funded by AOG nor do we send in funds to them unless we receive a service (registration or credit card processing fees for example). So if you haven’t done so this year, please send a check to our treasurer, John Velliquette at the below address. Please make your check out to WPSWPS.
8110 172nd Ave E
Sumner, WA 98390
Friday 30 December 2016: WPPC-WA (also here) hosts all Service Academies Ball, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 1800 Hours; Theme: USO Ball At The Royal Hawaiian, 1941; In Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor; Special room rates; For all Service Academy Cadets, Midshipmen, Parents, Friends and Graduates; $60 per guest, Cadets and Midshipmen to receive gifts valued at $45 or more; Formal Military Attire, Black Tie/Dark Suit.
Aloha West Point Parents’ Club:
It is now under 100 days until the All Service Academies Ball on December 30th! The first email invite and the online registration form were sent out last week. You will not want to miss this fun event. You can register now. Please feel free to share the email with friends and family. All are welcome! Here is a link to the registration page for your convenience. https://secure.west-point.org/wppcwa/allacademiesball/. Thank you to Lisa Carlson for helping get this site launched. If you have not already, “like” the event Facebook so you will get news and updates WA-ASAB 2016.
The All Services Academies Ball Committee has lots of great news to report. First of all, $500 was raised during the summer for the sponsorship match challenge, which resulted in an additional $500 contribution. Thank you to new sponsors, Left Turn on Blue and Pacifica Landscapes. If you are interested in purchasing an ad for our program, it is not too late. Ads range in price from $100 to $1000. Email email@example.com for more information.
We are pleased to announce that our dinner program Emcee will be West Point’s 2016 First Captain, 2LT Eugene “EJ” Coleman. He will just be arriving to his new post at Ft. Lewis, so we are very fortunate to have him with us for the evening and I am sure there will be some cadets very happy to see him again. Our Greatest Generation Panel Moderator is LTG (Ret) Michael Ferriter. The highlight of the dinner program will be the panelists. So far, we have commitments from Rear Admiral (Ret) Herb Bridge and Lt. Col. (Ret) Ken Wheeler, who was a B-17 Navigator. The final members of the panel will be announced soon. Having spent two hours on Friday morning with Ken Wheeler, I can say that everyone is in for a treat. Ask him about his 14th mission!
The Hyatt Regency Hotel has given permission (with a list of caveats) for Cadet Keila Pritchard to perform the Fire Knife Dance during our USO Show. It’s going to be fantastic! And Jeff Ramsdell’s band, Left Turn on Blue is already practicing their sweet tunes from the 40’s. So get ready to dance.
We are getting some great donations for our raffle to benefit the USO. Thank you Sue Lund for procuring a lovely Pearl and Diamond Pendant from Ben Bridge Jewelers, and to Kathy Weymiller for procuring a Seahawks Beverage Refrigerator-Cooler from Wysaske Sales and Marketing Group. More great items are coming in all the time. If you have an idea for a raffle item, please email Diane Dimmer.
This ball is going to be so much fun and it is going to be meaningful. Thank you to the fantastic committee for all their great ideas and efforts- Nicky Alonso, Cheryl Burggraaf,, Donna Dougherty, Annette Galbreath, Katherine Hinkle, Marianne Jones, Matt Kees, Sue Lund, Huyen Marin, Funmi Oyetuga, Greg & Denise Paley, Kelli and Dave Pritchard, Linda Ramsdell, and Kathy Weymiller.
ASAB 2016 Chairman
Saturday 18 March 2017: Founders Day Banquet, EMCEE: COL Christiane Ploch ’92, during the second two weeks, at American Lake Club, JBLM; gourmet chef, served, sit-down entrées already sampled by the WPSWPS Board and they are superb! As speaker we have requested the Com, the Dean and the Athletic Director, in that order.