Welcome To The West Point Society of Central Florida
The West Point Society of Central Florida exists to serve alumni, ex-cadets and friends of The United States Military Academy living in Central Florida as well as those visiting the area. The purpose of the society is to provide a networking platform for those associated with the Academy, provide news, information, and to further the ideals and promote the welfare of the USMA.
Our oldest graduate in attendance this year was Jack Halsey, LtCol, USAF Retired, Class of ’58 and our youngest graduate present was 1LT Karlos Febus, Class of 2014.
Mike Genettie ('75) acted as our master of ceremonies and had the following background on both our graduates being honored that night.
"For those who have attended previous Founders Day dinners here, you know this next statement to be true--Jack was at odds with the Tactical Department from the moment he arrived at West Point. But, Jack’s “Glory to God” was good enough to get him into the Cadet Chapel Choir, which allowed him to escape some of Plebe Year into music, and into New York City. He met the love of his life in 1956 on a blind date. Even though she introduced herself as Arlene, Jack had misunderstood and later tried to introduce her as Marlene. But it all ended well as they married in the Catholic Chapel on Graduation Day.
On Friday, February 23rd, the Society kicked off its first event of the year at the Aprons Cooking School. It was a demonstration-style cooking class where we all had great wine, great food, were entertained and had great fun just being with friends. The menu included - Four Cheese Arancini with Tomato Jam; Pan Roasted Shrimp and Cavatappi "Caponata"; Marinated Pork Roast Marsala with Risotto and Mushroom Ragout; Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake with Meyer Lemon Curd and Pistachios.
The minute we sat down we were poured our first glass of wine. Wine was paired with each course that was demonstrated and served. Not only was it educational with a couple of tricks they passed on to us, but it was very entertaining. We will be having another cooking session later on this year and will send out more details later on in the year. In the meantime if you would like a copy of the recipes then Click Here. We also took a "few" pictures that you can see in our Photo Gallery by Clcking Here.
The West Point Association of Graduates thanks all of our donors who made 2017 such a resounding success! Because of you, we had an outstanding year and raised $44.5 million in cash receipts for the Academy and WPAOG. Your gifts and participation strengthen the Academy’s Margin of Excellence programs for cadets and sustain the traditions that honor generations of West Point graduates.
The West Point Society of Central Florida (WPSCF) is pleased to announce that Robert A. McDonald the 8th Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the guest speaker for Founders Day at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on March 17, 2018.
Robert A. McDonald was the eighth Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble (P&G).
In 2014 as VA Secretary, McDonald launched VA’s ambitious transformational journey to be the No. 1 customer-service agency in Federal government. The Harvard Business School’s November 2016 study of VA’s transformation judged that, thanks to Secretary McDonald’s leadership, VA “had made impressive progress.” By the end of his tenure in January 2017, all VA Medical Centers were providing Veterans access to same day services in primary and mental health care when needed right away.
The following story and clip come from CBS Sunday Morning
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