The Scepter Has Been Passed!

23 11 2012

Kindly visit the new WP-ORG CEO’s Blog maintained by the new WP-ORG CEO (the page is in alphabetic order so scroll down, Paul is the nearly bald stud on the Harley)!

Keep the faith.

~ Dempsey

A Salute and a Wave of the Hat

30 10 2012

This past weekend the WP-ORG Board of Advisors met in Austin, Texas, home of WP-ORG. This happens every three years or so to ensure that no one’s body has been taken over by alien invaders. A considerable number of topics were addressed and the meeting minutes will be published soon.

The meeting coincided with the end of my second three-year term as WP-ORG CEO. It’s time for me to move on to other endeavors so I have stepped down and the scepter, crown, and throne have been passed to Paul Werner, West Point class of 1983. It’s been my pleasure to have known Paul for several years. He is fully capable and his ethics and integrity are unimpeachable. You are in good hands.

It would be remiss of me to not mention my gratitude for the support I’ve received from the WP-ORG moderators through the years, years long preceding my tenure as CEO. The moderators are the backbone of the organization, they make it run. A heartfelt thank you goes to the Board of Advisors as well for their support and guidance during the sunny and the dark days that we’ve encountered on this journey. Together we’ve made a formidable team.

I extend a sincere thank you to West Point itself, WP-ORG’s reason for existing. Specifically, I thank the Superintendent, LTG David Huntoon, the Chief of Staff, COL Charles Stafford, and STRATCOM, Ms. Maureen Fitzgerald, for their support and spirit of cooperation and teamwork. As LTG Huntoon says, “One team; one common purpose.”

Also, a thank you (and a kiss) to my patient wife, Mary, who endured my occasional rants to interject reason and calm when they were needed most.

WP-ORG remains the preeminent organization providing electronic networking for the extended West Point community. We are a small group of volunteers running a non-profit entity. If you haven’t done so lately, you owe it to yourself to visit our home page and poke around a little.

The time has now come for me to mount up.

I bid you fair days, fair dealings, and farewell.

~ Dempsey

WP-ORG Eulogies

24 07 2012

The West Point Association of Graduates’ rollout of their on-line eulogy pages is an effort to duplicate a service that WP-ORG has been running and maintaining since WP-ORG’s inception in the 1990s. This is causing understandable confusion among the extended West Point community.

When WP-ORG first learned of this duplication effort we attempted to engage the AOG in a dialogue to ameliorate concerns regarding the inevitable misunderstandings we knew would result. Unfortunately, the AOG leadership team declined to participate or to provide a designated representative for that purpose.

If you have entered a eulogy or have a loved one who has been eulogized on our system, rest assured that those heartfelt words and thoughts are not going away. We do our utmost to treat eulogies with the appropriate reverence, respect and solemnity.

Although it was not within our purview, we at WP-ORG sincerely apologize for what proved to be decidedly insensitive handling of an inherently delicate issue.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

For the Board,

Dempsey Darrow
USMA 1975, “Courage and Drive”

Fund Drive 31

1 04 2012

Dear members of WP-ORG,

Once again we come to you, our users, to help us fund WP-ORG’s services for another six months.

I’d like to welcome all new WP-ORG subscribers who have joined since our last fund drive. If you’ve not already done so (or haven’t done so recently), go to our home page, click on the links and poke around a little. You may find that long lost friend or roommate by visiting the class pages; post a job if you’re an employer and searching; record your memories and honor our fallen on the Taps pages. This scratches the surface of the services we proudly provide.

From its inception, WP-ORG’s services have been wholly funded by its members donations during our semi-annual fund drives. If you are in a position to donate please do, but only commensurate with your capability and the value you derive from WP-ORG.

You may make a secure donation to FD31 by credit card, check or PayPal, here.  Or you may donate by check made payable to WP-ORG and sent to:

3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, Virginia 24380-5082

Please be sure to indicate your affiliation and/or year group on your check.

WP-ORG currently serves and supports members from West Point class year groups, parents of current cadets and midshipmen, West Point societies and parents clubs and the extended West Point community and is one of the few organizations whose budget requirements don’t steadily increase over time. Our budget for the next six months of $104,884 may be reviewed here.

WP-ORG is one of the few organizations whose budget requirements don’t steadily increase over time. Our past fund drive requirements may be viewed here.

If you wonder why you should donate, an explanation may be found here.

Brief biographical sketches of the current members of the WP-ORG governing Board of Advisors may be seen here.

WP-ORG is recognized by the IRS as a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. 100% of your donation is tax deductible. All or part of your United Way donations may be earmarked for WP-ORG. For those who may need it, our EIN is: 51-03877132. Remember that you may earmark part or all of your United Way donation for WP-ORG.

The authorization may be found here.

WP-ORG’s privacy policy.

Finally, be aware that WP-ORG is an independent volunteer organization not officially affiliated with West Point or the West Point Association of Graduates, although at times we work closely with both institutions.

Thanks very much for your time, interest, and support.

Dempsey Darrow
USMA1975, “Courage and Drive”


11 09 2011

I was driving to work in Austin, Texas when I heard the DJ on the radio say that a plane had crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. By the time I got to my office the second plane had hit the other tower. I stood in the break room with my co-workers staring at the television in silent amazement as first the South and then the North Tower collapsed. Soon after, the United States would enter into its longest war.

Now, on the tenth anniversary of that dark day, we’re acutely aware of how our lives have changed. Personally, I avoid air travel whenever possible. Not so much out of consternation due to “what if” scenarios, but because of the miserable experience that flying has become in the wake of the “security” measures now in place. Our porous borders and, more significantly, our government’s steadfast refusal to do anything about them, are a cause for much concern. Most disturbing of all is the constant parade of new entries onto our eulogy pages.

It’s easy to pass only an occasional thought to those fighting our wars; after all, it’s happening far from home. Easy, unless someone deployed is a friend or a member of our family. They too are far from home. They work far from home. They fight far from home. They die far from home.

Today will see a media blitz of remembrances and memorials. It would do us all well to not become hardened or feel saturated to the point that we turn away. There’s not much I can write here that hasn’t already been said or written over the past ten years. September 11, 2001 has earned its place in the American Lexicon of Infamy as simply, “Nine-Eleven”.

“We need to move on”, some say. Yes, we do. But some also equate moving on with forgetting what brought us here. As a nation, that’s a course of action we cannot abide. As Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past…”

We cannot afford to forget what happened on 9/11. As we move forward let’s not forget those who died so horribly that day. Let’s not forget the passengers on the planes, or those killed in the buildings and on the ground, or those who are still dying, both at home and in far off lands, as a direct result of those attacks ten years ago.

Let’s remember.

~ Dempsey