HiveBrite is here!  The WPSDC transitioned to a new communications platform this past week.  HiveBrite has features of LinkedIn and Facebook, with both a public site and a private secure site requiring a log-on.  On the public site, you will be able to access most of the information that you can on the current website.  There are several benefits to the private secure site that we have not had before, including the ability to search for and contact other local Grads directly (in essence, an online member directory), connect with your classmates on a private group site, and pay for/track membership and event registration much more easily.  You must be a current dues-paying Annual or Lifetime member of the Society to access the secure site.  https://wpsdc.hivebrite.com/

WPSDC Events This Week: 

Do you own a business or work in a business?  Consider being a sponsor for the WPSDC’s Founders Day or donating a product/service for our Silent Auction!  Contact Matt Stafford ’00 at mattstafford22@gmail.com for Sponsorship levels and benefits (see the attachment for the options).

Near Future WPSDC Events:

Sat, 10 Mar, 6:00pm: Founders Day 2018!  Join us at a new location with a new menu, reasonable prices, fewer speeches, and a fun cover band!  Registration is now open at https://wpsdc.hivebrite.com/networks/wpsdc/events/4689 for dinner and dancing at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia.  Guest speaker will be Captain Kristen Griest ’11, the Army’s first woman Infantry Officer and one of the first two women graduates of Ranger School.   Hotel reservations are open at https://aws.passkey.com/e/49227944

Wed, 14 Mar, 6:30-9:30pmMilitary Officer Career Networking Night at the Army Navy Country Club, located at 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA.  Business suit recommended.  Bring copies of your resume and business cards.  Free to current WPSDC members.  Please register in advance at https://wpsdc.hivebrite.com/networks/wpsdc/events/5285 

WPSDC Announcements: 

Tue, 13 Feb, 5:00-8:00pm: February’s “2nd Tuesday” (DC Area) Joint Service Academy Business Mixer hosted by Akin Gump at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, District of Columbia.  Ample parking in garages nearby, Metro DuPont Circle Station (Red Line), casual format, business-oriented, no speaker, just networking; personal introductions at 6:30pm. No fee; food and drink will be provided. Business casual attire. RSVP: acceptances only; please send your name, academy, and class year to Jess Posey USNA ’83 at bwjessposey@gmail.com.

Fri, 27 Jul, 8:00am-12:30pmMilitary Officer Career Fair at the Army Navy Country Club, located at 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA.  Business suit recommended.  Bring many copies of your resume. Free to all transitioning and former military officers, regardless of commissioning source or branch of service. Register via www.MilitaryOfficerJobFair.com

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

The WPLEC committee is looking for volunteers to add to both its committee as well as for volunteer help on the day of the event. There are a variety of positions and opportunities available, so please contact Erin Patacsil ’93 at erin.patacsil@gmail.com for more information. This event has grown bigger every year, and is an amazing opportunity for DC metro area high school juniors to learn about the Ethical Decision Making Model with help from area alumni across all academies, West Point cadets and faculty, ROTC cadets, and local community leaders. Check out last year’s video at this link: http://bit.ly/2hoY1rK

**Registrar needed NLT 9 Feb** Our current registrar has a family emergency and can no longer fill the position. She will be available to train a replacement for two more weeks before she leaves. We are also in need of a Security Coordinator as the event takes place in a secure facility this year. There will be other day-of volunteer opportunities available. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Komm at sarah_komm@yahoo.com. Learn more about LEADS at this video link: http://bit.ly/2ArOLqR 

Contact Brent Crabtree ‘73 (bcrabtre@ida.org) to indicate interest in volunteering with Rebuilding Together Alexandria to assist low-income home owners in Alexandria, Virginia with home safety enhancements or repairs. No special skills required; usual tasks include minor home repairs and painting. Anyone with carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing, or dry wall skills would be especially welcome. More information about Rebuilding Together on their website at http://www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org.  Interested volunteers should contact Brent and plan to meet at 8:00am at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St, Alexandria, VA 22302.  Bring your tools, lunch, and expect to work until about 3:00pm.

“Items of Interest” (https://wpsdc.hivebrite.com/networks/wpsdc/custom_page/items-of-interest)

If you would like an item to be considered for inclusion, please email Jenn Minus ‘93, Communications Chair, at jminus2@aol.com.

Class Gatherings in the DC area: Does your Class get together on a regular basis in the local area? If so, we would love to help you publicize your events in the Weekly Update and on the website to increase attendance! Please have your local class leader contact Jenn at jminus2@aol.com to get started!

 ·       1955 Monthly Luncheon, Thu, 8 Feb, 11:30am: Primo Family Restaurant, 1636 Belle View Road, Alexandria, Virginia. Questions? Contact Rich Miller ’55 at 703-780-3765. 

·        2002 Happy Hour, Fri, 9 Feb, 5:00-7:00pm: Murphy’s Irish Pub, Old Town Alexandria, 713 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Classmates and guests welcome, questions contact Maryanna Arata ’02 at maryanna.r.arata@gmail.com.

·        1993 Happy Hour, Thu, 15 Feb, 6:30-8:30pm: Champps at Pentagon City; classmates and guests welcome, questions contact Jenn Minus ’93 at jminus2@aol.com.

·        1974 10th Annual Men of Meat Dinner, Thu, 22 Feb, 5:30-UTC: Fogo De Chao, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, District of Columbia. Classmates and guests welcome, questions contact Charlie Gleischenhaus ’74 at MenofMeat74@att.net.

Other Announcements:

Thu, 8 Feb, 6:15-8:15pm: Mentor training for the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program at Booz Allen, Tysons Corner.                           

Wed-Fri, 13-15 Jun: 4th Annual Service Academies Global Summit, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.  The Summit theme for 2018 will be "Gripping Hands - Unifying Our Communities to Make a Difference Together."  The purpose of the Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS) is to develop, inspire and promote Fellowship, Leadership/Professional Development and Service for the “super-community” of graduates worldwide from the five U.S. Service Academies.  The Summit is a non-profit endeavor organized by graduates of all five U.S. Service Academies and is open to spouses/partners and guests of attending graduates. Register at https://serviceacademiesglobalsummit.com/

Army West Point Black Knight Athletics/Clubs in the DC area:

Wed-Thu, 14-15 Feb: Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Patriot League Championships at the United State Naval Academy Pool, Annapolis, Maryland.

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