WPSNE Founder’s Day Dinner at Fort Devens, MA
On March 25th, 2017, our celebration of the Founding of West Point began with the Candidate Reception. Cheryl Connors, Massachusetts State Coordinator for Admissions, welcomed eleven candidates and their parents and guests to the reception. Cheryl introduced the 76th Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Brigadier General Diana Holland. BG Holland spoke with the Candidates about the ‘joys’ of New Cadet Training and advised them to get adjusted before signing up for too many clubs and activities as a Plebe.
After the Commandant’s remarks, representatives of the Affiliation Class of 1971 were introduced and Candidates were then presented with a West Point Society of New England coin. The Candidates, Commandant, Affiliation Class Representative, Massachusetts State Admissions Coordinator and the President of WPSNE then gathered for a picture on the staircase.
We had another wonderful Founder’s Day Celebration with over 186 registered guests. Our guest speaker was the 76th Commandant of Cadets who provided great insight into life today as a Cadet. As much as life at West Point changes, some basics at still in place such as boxing for all cadets, survival swimming, and the Indoor Obstacle Course! The learning opportunities afforded to cadets by alumni support are fantastic. This was also addressed by Rich Huh, ’94, Vice President of Alumni Support who joined us and made a few remarks about how much it means to the Academy and specifically to the cadets to have the financial support our Association of Graduates provides.
Other notable guests were Emily Bitteker, AOG Assistant Director of Annual Giving; cadet candidates from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island; members of the Affiliation Class of 1971; Larry DiCara and Patrick Reynolds, representing Boys/Girls State; and our newest Distinguished Gradate, Marsh Cater, ’62. Unfortunately our Society Matriarch, Mrs. Joanne Patton was not able to join us for the evening, but she did send her best regards to the entire Society. The Founder’s Day photographs in this newsletter were from our roving photographer, Paul Horwitz. Music for the evening was provided by Matt Majikas who kept people dancing until closing time!