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”
CEO WP-ORG, Inc.





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:

WP-ORG
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”
CEO WP-ORG, Inc.





Fund Drive 29

27 03 2011

Dear members of WP-ORG,

Please let me welcome new WP-ORG subscribers since our last fund drive. Some of you are graduates, some are Army or Navy parents, and some are members of our many service-related lists. Allow me to personally welcome each of you.

As most of our subscribers know, WP-ORG services are funded by your donations to our semi-annual fund drives. Today marks the beginning of our 29th drive since WP-ORG’s inception during the mid ’90s.

Should you wonder what constitutes an “acceptable” donation amount, our answer is now as it’s always been: donate in accordance with the value you receive from the services provided by WP-ORG, but not more than you can comfortably afford.

WP-ORG is an independent volunteer organization completely separate from the United States Military Academy and its Association of Graduates (AOG), although at times we work very closely with both of them. We currently serve and support approximately 30,000 members from the USMA class year groups, parents of current cadets and midshipmen, and West Point societies and parent clubs as well as other special interest groups that are a part of our community.

We are governed by a volunteer board of advisors. Brief biographical sketches of the current members of the WP-ORG Board of Advisors may be seen here.

Our budget for the next six months is $104,010. It may be reviewed here.

We are cognizant that these may be difficult financial times for some and therefore we have made a concerted effort to keep our budgeting requirements as austere as possible. Our past 18 fund drive requirements may be viewed here.

Some may wonder why they should donate. An explanation may be found here.

As in previous drives, you may make a secure donation by using your credit card here.

Or you may donate by check made payable to WP-ORG and sent to:

WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, Virginia 24380-5082

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

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

The authorization may be found here.

WP-ORG’s privacy policy is here.

Thank you for your support! You are WP-ORG. Your donations make WP-ORG possible.

If you receive more than one copy of this message, it only means that you have more than one e-mail address registered with WP-ORG.

Dempsey Darrow
USMA1975, “Courage and Drive”
CEO WP-ORG, Inc.





Happy Thanksgiving!

25 11 2010

On behalf of all of us here at WP-ORG I’d like to say a heartfelt Thank You to all the volunteers who give countless hours of their time to make this endeavor a success. Thanks to all of you who gave to our last fund drive and ensured our future for the next six months.

To those of you far from home, those who have loved ones who are absent or who walk the path of danger in keeping our country free, Godspeed.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

For the Board,

Dempsey Darrow

USMA1975, “Courage and Drive”

CEO WP-ORG, Inc.





Names Added to Ranger Memorial

24 10 2010

Jack Price is, of course, CFO of WP-ORG (mentioned in the article as West-Point.Org):

“CPT(R) Jack Price, of West-Point.Org, talked about the years-long process to locate, investigate and bring the names of Ranger USMA
graduates to the monument. West-Point.Org is a nonprofit organization connecting thousands of USMA graduates, parents and friends of West Point.

‘The (West Point graduating) classes in the early 60s suffered some pretty serious casualties in Vietnam, high numbers of losses,’ said the captain, who was a graduate of the class of 1964.

‘There was a movement in those early classes to do what we’ve done today, but they were having a difficult time getting organized and raising the funds. The West Point community has an organization called West-Point.Org run by graduates and they brought the tools to the table to allow this mission to be accomplished.'”

Read the entire article here.

~ Dempsey





Fund Drive 28

26 09 2010

Dear members of WP-ORG,

Please let me welcome new WP-ORG subscribers since our last fund drive. Some of you are graduates, some are Army or Navy parents, and some are members of our many service-related lists. Allow me to personally welcome each of you.

As most of our subscribers know, WP-ORG services are funded by your donations to our semi-annual fund drives. Today marks the beginning of our 28th drive since WP-ORG’s inception during the mid 90s.

Should you wonder what constitutes an “acceptable” donation amount, our answer is now as it’s always been: donate in accordance with the value you receive from the services provided by WP-ORG, but not more than you can comfortably afford.

WP-ORG is an independent volunteer organization completely separate from the United States Military Academy and its Association of Graduates (AOG), although at times we work very closely with both of them. We currently serve and support approximately 30,000 members from the USMA class year groups, parents of current cadets and midshipmen, and West Point societies and parent clubs as well as other special interest groups that are a part of our community.

We are governed by a volunteer board of advisors. Brief biographical sketches of the current members of the WP-ORG Board of Advisors may be seen here.

Our budget for the next six months is $96,280. It may be reviewed here.

We are cognizant that these may be difficult financial times for some and therefore we have made a concerted effort to keep our budgeting requirements as austere as possible. Our past 18 fund drive requirements may be viewed here.

Some may wonder why they should donate. An explanation may be found here.

As in previous drives, you may make a secure donation by using your credit card here.

Or you may donate by check made payable to WP-ORG and sent to:

WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, Virginia 24380-5082

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

Regardless of the donation method you choose, WP-ORG is recognized by the IRS as a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. 100% of your donation is tax deductible. For those who may need it, our EIN number is:
51-03877132.

The authorization may be found here.

WP-ORG’s privacy policy is here.

Thank you for your support! You are WP-ORG. Your donations make WP-ORG possible.

Dempsey Darrow
USMA1975, “Courage and Drive”
CEO WP-ORG, Inc.