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.





Al Haig, ’47

21 02 2010

We lost Al Haig on Saturday. Fittingly, the persistent sunshine here in Phoenix gave way to rain.

Much has been written of the man and I won’t repeat the accolades or criticisms of others here except to emphasize that the most meaningful judgement comes from one’s peers. In 1996 the West Point Association of Graduates presented Al Haig with the Distinguished Graduate award.

I was watching the news when Secretary of State Haig made his now infamous “..I’m in control here…” remark at the White House in the wake of the Reagan assassination attempt. Had the media done more than simply exploit this remark for sensationalism – had they performed even a modicum of investigation – they would have discovered that West Point trains its cadets to take charge in moments of crisis and that responsibility always falls upon the shoulders of the highest ranking individual present. There, on that day, at that moment, Al Haig was the highest ranking individual present. He was indeed, “in control here”.

It is widely believed that this incident alone was the reason for the failure of Haig’s 1988 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. We are all the poorer for it because we can do – and have done – much worse than having an Al Haig as this nation’s leader.

A major tenet of West Point’s mission is to educate and train leaders of character committed to the values of “Duty, Honor, Country”. Al Haig internalized these values, he lived them.

General Haig: warrior, statesman, patriot. In the term most meaningful to a fellow West Point graduate: Well Done.

~ Dempsey





Goodbye to a Decade

23 12 2009

As the year comes to an end, so does this first decade after the turn of the century. It’s been a decade of riveting events, some firsts, and a single catastrophe which has changed our way of life here in the United States. Largely due to that event we find our service men and women scattered to far lands under hostile conditions. We salute them, for they are our heroes; we who keep the faith, fires, and love burning on the home front as we await their return.

On behalf of all of us here at WP-ORG, Happy Holidays! Stay safe.

~ Dempsey





Happy Thanksgiving!

25 11 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at WP-ORG. As you enjoy the day, please take a moment to give a thought to our service men and women who are answering the call of duty and cannot spend the holiday with their loved ones. As you give thanks for your blessings, give thanks for them as well.

For the WP-ORG Board of Advisors,

Dempsey Darrow
USMA 1975, “Courage and Drive”
CEO WP-ORG, Inc.





WP-ORG Fund Drive 26

30 09 2009

Dear Members of WP-ORG,

It’s time for another WP-ORG fund drive! As you know, WP-ORG services are made possible through your generous donations.

WP-ORG is an independent volunteer organization operating separately from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and its Association of Graduates. We support members from the USMA class year groups, parents of current cadets and midshipmen, parents of recent graduates, West Point societies and parents clubs, as well as other special interest groups that are a part of our community.

WP-ORG serves the extended West Point community: graduates, Army and Navy cadet and midshipmen parents, and members of our many service-related lists. I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome those members who have joined our ranks since the last fund drive.

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 afford.

WP-ORG is 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 $109,216 ($2,279 less than FD25, our previous fund drive) and may be reviewed here.

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

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

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 can be reviewed 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.