USMA Class of 1961             

“Second to None”

CLASS COMMITTEE MEETING
6 March 2002

MINUTES

Class Committee

President
Bob Glass

Vice President
Glen Adams

Treasurer
Dick Buckner

Secretary
Ed Brown

Historian
Bill Heiberg

Scribe
Marty Ganderson

1.      Bob Glass convened the meeting at 1920 hours at his house.  Members present were Bob, Dick Buckner, Ed Brown, and Bill Heiberg.  Marty Ganderson was not able to attend.  Glen Adams participated by speaker phone.

2.      The agenda is at Enclosure 1.

3.      Old Business:

a.       Minutes of the 17 December 2001 meeting:  The minutes of the 17 December 2001 meeting were approved.

b.      40th Reunion:

(1)          The goal for having the after action report completed by the end of January 2002 has not been met; however, Bob will encourage those who still need to provide reports – Dick Buckner (financial), Webb Kremer (dedication ceremony), John Solomon (Black, Gold, and Gray Dinner), and himself (chairman) – to complete them as soon as possible.

(2)          Ed reported that all 45 class pins, 19 of the 33 class ties, and 29 of the 43 boxes of note cards have been sold.  Receipts for selling the items totaled $1,373.48 while expenses – including cost of the item, shipping envelopes, and postage – totaled $1,379.30.

c.       Bicentennial Celebration:  Bob reported that our class filled all quotas assigned for the AOG sponsored Bicentennial activities – the concert at Carnegie Hall and Founders Day dinner in Washington Hall.

d.      Distinguished Graduate Award:  Bob reported that George Joulwan has been selected as one of the 2002 Distinguished Graduates by the AOG.  Bob announced that the award would be presented at a Cadet review on  28 May – the Tuesday following Memorial Day.  Bob recognized the efforts of Ron Hannon and his subcommittee in developing the justification package for this prestigious honor for both George and our class.

e.       Assembly Ad:  Ed reported that the final version of the class ad that will appear in the March/April edition of Assembly has been accepted.  The cost of this ad – $450 – will be deducted from the class admin fund.

f.        2003 Cruise:  Bob provided copies of the flyer that John Solomon passed out at the 3 March DC area brunch (Enclosure 2).  As noted, John will prepare a “heads-up” e-mail that Ed will send to the class.  Worldtek Travel will follow that with a detailed brochure and reservation form that will be sent to all classmates (graduates and non-graduates) and widows.  Ed will provide Worldtek Travel with mailing labels.  In order to execute the contract, a refundable deposit of $1,500 (subsequently increased to $2,000) must be made with Worldtek Travel.  The committee approved using funds from the Class Admin account for this purpose.  The contract will block 100-110 rooms for our class.  These rooms will be held until sometime in August 2002.

g.       Presentation of Stivers Painting:  Glen reported that he had called Jack Hammack and Seth Hudgins concerning donation of the Stivers painting to the AOG.  Both agreed that the AOG would be pleased to accept the painting and would most likely hang it permanently in the Board of Trustees meeting room.  Ed provided two alternatives for a brass plaque to be attached to the frame of the painting and a write-up that explains the painting which will be framed and hung in proximity to the painting (Enclosure 3).  The committee agreed that Paul DeVries should coordinate all aspects of the presentation and that June 17, 2002 should be investigated as the date for presentation.  Ed agreed to contact him.  The committee agreed that class funds should be used to cover the expenses of having Don and Bev Stivers attend the presentation. 

4.      New Business:

a.       Treasurer’s Report:  Dick Buckner provided the following status of funds (Enclosure 4):

(1)          Class Gift Fund:  Current balance is $31,267.10.  Even though Dick requested the AOG to repay Mick Maus’s $10,000 loan on 7 Jan, it has not yet done so.

(2)          Class Admin Fund:  Current balance is $34,883.32.  $24,224.18, including the $19,525 from the sale of the Stivers print, is in the reunion portion of the account; $10,659.14 is in the admin portion of the account.  The committee decided it would not solicit dues from the class at this time.

b.      2003 Distinguished Graduate Award nominations:  Bob reported on his conversation with Seth Hudgins concerning nominations for the Distinguished Graduate Award.  From this, it was learned that each nomination is based on its merits and that nominations of members of one class in successive years do not prejudice such nominations.  Ed provided each committee member a copy of information concerning the Distinguished Graduate Award from the AOG web site (Enclosure 5).  Dick mentioned a conversation he had with Aaron Sherman, Class of 1951, of the West Point Society of Southern Arizona concerning nomination of Jim Nicholson.  Bob agreed to discuss this with Jim during the Bicentennial activities at West Point.  If Jim agrees to accept the award at

West Point whenever possible, the committee will task the Recognition Subcommittee, chaired by Ron Hannon, to develop the justification package.

c.       AOG Board of Trustee Nominations:  Bob discussed the makeup of the AOG Board of Trustees and the under-representation of our class (Enclosure 6).  He highlighted that our class has only one elected member of the board (Dick Behrenhausen) and one member emeritus (Jay McCann) while the classes of 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, and 1964 have multiple elected members.  He also discussed the AOG’s nomination policy (Enclosure 7).  The responsibilities of trustees was also highlighted (Enclosure 8).  Each committee member agreed to identify classmates who would be suitable for nomination with the goal to have at least one member on each annually elected board.  Ed agreed to identify current and past presidents of West Point societies for consideration by the committee.  Dick suggested that the committee needs a policy and procedures statement for identifying and recommending classmates for the Board of Trustees and for Distinguished Graduate Awards.  Ed agreed to draft the document for committee comment and approval.

d.      Class Notification:  Marty had contacted Ed concerning when the committee should take the initiative and responsibility of notifying the class of a classmate’s life threatening medical condition.  The committee agreed that any such notification should be made only with the approval of the next-of-kin; however, the committee endorsed the position that it would encourage the next-of-kin to grant such approval since support by classmates has proved to be a source of strength and a comforting factor to those who have received it in the past.

e.       Other:

(1)          Reconciliation Plaza:  Ed reported he had contacted Bob Lenz concerning planting of ground cover at our class gift site in accordance with the final plans.  Bob stated DHPW groundskeepers still have it on their agenda to come in this Spring and replace the dead mums with the ground cover.  Ed, in conjunction with Webb Kremer, will ensure this is done.

(2)          Dick discussed a call he received concerning the condition of Warren Watson.  Glen agreed to contact Jack Campbell and Dick Knoblock and ask that they get classmates from L-2 to get in touch with Warren.

5.      The committee agreed to schedule the next meeting for 5 June.  The meeting adjourned at 2130.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                     Ed Brown
                                                                                                     Secretary

 

Enclosures

               USMA Class of 1961             

“Second to None”

CLASS COMMITTEE MEETING
6 March 2002

AGENDA

 

1.      Old Business

a.       Minutes of 17 Dec 01 meeting                                                                                   Ed Brown

b.      40th Reunion                                                                                                             Bob Glass

(1)          After Action Report                                                                                         Bob Glass

(2)          Status of sale items – pins, ties, note cards                                                        Ed Brown

c.       Bicentennial Celebration                                                                                            Bob Glass

d.      Distinguished Graduate Award                                                                                  Bob Glass

e.       Assembly Ad                                                                                                            Ed Brown

f.        2003 Cruise                                                                                                              Bob Glass

g.       Presentation of Stivers Painting                                                                               Glen Adams 

2.      New Business

a.       Treasurer’s Report                                                                                              Dick Buckner

b.      2003 Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations                                                     Bob Glass

c.       AOG Board of Trustees Nominations                                                                        Bob Glass

d.      Class Notifications                                                                                         Marty Ganderson

e.       Other

3.      Next Meeting                                                                                                                  Bob Glass

 

Enclosure 1

 

WEST POINT CLASS OF 1961 40 ½ REUNION CRUISE 

Cruise Line:          Celebrity Cruises 

Ship:                    Millennium 

Sailing Date:         January 26, 2003 

Itinerary:               The Eastern Caribbean – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Catalina Island, Dominican Republic – St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands – Nassau, Bahamas 

This is a seven-night cruise which operates Sunday to Sunday and departs from/to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Cabins Blocked:   Category 2B:  Outside Private Balcony     $1,401.02 per person * 

                            Category 07:  Outside                              $1,201.40 per person * 

                            Category 09:  Inside                                $1,071.40 per person * 

* Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Prices include seven-night cruise, port fees, taxes, and transfers. 

Once we have a feel for the size of the group, more detailed cruise planning will be made. 

Airfares will be available.  More to follow. 

Look for a “heads up” e-mail soon followed by a detailed brochure and reservations form within another month or so. 

For pictures and detailed information on the cruise, destinations, shore excursions, etc., go on line at www.celebritycruises.com. 

Travel Agency  Worldtek Travel  www.worldtek.com 

See you “On the Water!”

Enclosure 2

 

Stivers Painting
Brass Plaque Alternatives
and Write-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternative 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: “One Flag, One Country, One Destiny”
The Confederate Graduates Return to West Point, 
June 17, 1875
 BY DON STIVERS
----------------
Presented to the Association of Graduates
by the
Class of 1961
in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the
United States Military Academy
----------------
June 17, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternative 2

 

 

 

 

Text Box: “One Flag, One Country, One Destiny”
The Confederate Graduates Return to West Point, 
June 17, 1875
 BY DON STIVERS
----------------
A vignette associated with Reconciliation Plaza on Thayer Walk
and the reconciliation between North and South after the Civil War.

Presented to the Association of Graduates
by the
Class of 1961
in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the
United States Military Academy
----------------
June 17, 2002

        "One Flag, One Country, One Destiny”      

 

The Confederate Graduates Return To West Point, June 17, 1875

 

BY DON STIVERS

 

                On June 17, 1875, 112 members of the Association of Graduates (AOG) of the United States Military Academy, virtually all of them Civil War veterans, came together at West Point to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, 100 years earlier at Boston, Massachusetts.  The AOG had been founded in 1869 by five graduates “to cherish the memories of our Alma Mater, and to promote the social intercourse and fraternal fellowship of its graduates.”  Significantly, the constitution specified that the AOG would include all graduates.  Sylvanus Thayer was named the first President of the Association, but because of ill health, could not attend any of the AOG’s annual meetings.  In his absence, Professor Charles Davies ’15, was elected permanent chairman and thus presided over five of the first six annual meetings.  As the presiding officer of the meetings, Davies made it clear that the purpose of the meetings was one of reunification, after the Civil War had divided the Academy’s graduates. 

                At first, only a few Southern graduates, who had embraced the Confederacy, joined the AOG.  But, as each year passed and the desire for reconciliation grew, more and more graduates who had served in the Confederate Army, joined the Association.  At the annual meeting in 1874, Professor Davies initiated a campaign to encourage all graduates to return to West Point for the 1875 reunion.  Davies’ efforts paid off and the 1875 AOG meeting was the largest up to that time.  Seven of the twelve former Confederate AOG members attended the reunion.  These were Francis Hennies Smith ’33; Robert Ransom, Jr. ’50; James Longstreet ’42; Sewall L. Fremont ’41; Joseph R. Anderson, ’36; Eugene McLean ’42; and Richard C. Tilghman ’28. 

                In the morning of June 17, 1875, the Corps of Cadets honored the returning alumni.  The Cadets took their position in front of the Superintendent’s house.  The returning alumni then marched onto the Plain led by the Superintendent, Colonel Thomas H. Ruger ’54, and the Commandant of Cadets, Lieutenant Colonel Emory Upton May ’61, to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”  The Alumni formation halted in front of the cadet formation.  After honors had been rendered, Colonel Ruger welcomed all of the returning graduates to their “West Point Home.”  He then suggested that the returning graduates greet each other openly as a gesture of comradeship and reconciliation.  Without hesitation, James Longstreet ’42, took the initiative and grasped the hand of Horace Porter ’60, who had fought against him at Chickamauga and won the Medal of Honor there. 

                As was the established procedure, the annual AOG meeting was held after the returning graduates had dinner together.  That night, after the meal was concluded, Professor Charles Davies ’15, addressed the AOG.  While his theme was the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of bunker Hill, he began by welcoming his fellow graduates and acknowledging their sacrifices during the Civil War.  Reminding them of their common heritage as West Point graduates, he concluded his remarks by pronouncing, “henceforth and forever, we have one flag, one country, one destiny.” 

Note:  Present on June 17 were Tasker H. Bliss ’75, future Army Chief of Staff; James G. Sturgis ’75, KIA at the Little Big Horn in 1876; James Parker ’76, Medal of Honor winner, Philippine Insurrection in 1899; Oscar F. Long ’76, Medal of Honor winner, Indian Wars in 1877; Hugh L. Scott ’76, Superintendent USMA 1906–1910 and Army Chief of Staff 1914–1917; Ernest A. Garlington ’76, Medal of Honor winner, Indian Wars in 1890; John C. Gresham ’76, Medal of Honor winner, Indian Wars in 1890; Wilber E. Wilder ’77, Medal of Honor winner, Indian Wars in 1890; Henry O. Flipper ’77, first African-American graduate from USMA; Alexander M. Patch ’77, father of Alexander M. Patch ’13, WWII 7th Army Commander; Thomas H. Barry ’77, Superintendent USMA 1910–1912; Robert T. Emmet ’77, Medal of Honor winner, Indian Wars in 1879; Matthias W. Day ’77, Medal of Honor winner, Indian Wars in 1879; James L. Lusk ’78, who built the USMA Engineer Academic Building, Cullum Hall, and Battle Monument; and James F. Bell ’78, Medal of Honor winner, Philippine Insurrection in 1899. 

Pictured in the painting are:  Robert Ransom, Jr. ’50  MG CSA; Francis H. Smith ’33  MG CSA; Joseph Hooker ’37  MG USA; James Longstreet ’42  LTG CSA; LTC Emory Upton May ’61 Commandant of Cadets USMA; Horace Porter ’60  Bvt BG USA; and COL Thomas H. Ruger ’54  Superintendent USMA.

Enclosure 3 

 

                                     Treasurer’s Report

                              6 March 2002  

 

All entries are current as of 28 Feb 2002.  AOG indicated that balances shown have not been audited.

 

Class Gift Fund: 

          Balance in Gift Account                                                              $ 31,267.10 

Class Administrative Fund: 

          Balance in Reunion/Admin Account                                            $ 24,224.18 

          Balance in Admin/Admin Account                                               $ 10,659.18 

 

(signed)

RICHARD A. BUCKNER

Class Treasurer

Enclosure 4


Distinguished Graduate Award 

The DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD is to be given to graduates of the United States Military Academy whose character, distinguished service, and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities that West Point strives for, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.”  With the purpose of identifying to the public and the Corps of Cadets the broad national significance of West Point as one of America’s cherished institutions, candidates for the Distinguished Graduate Award will be graduates of the United States Military Academy who have demonstrated a strong interest in supporting West Point throughout their lifetime. 

Nominations for the Award will normally be provided by Presidents of West Point Societies or Class Presidents.  Nominees need not necessarily be a member of the Society or Class forwarding the nomination.  The nomination must be accompanied by a narrative detailing the nominee’s contributions and distinguished service, justifying selection as the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award. 

The Award will not be given to individuals who occupy, or are candidates for, elective office, or who are still on active duty.  The individuals selected for the Distinguished Graduate Award must agree to accept the Award at West Point whenever possible.


Enclosure 5

 

AOG Board of Trustees
Number by Class

 

Class

To serve until

31 Dec 02

To serve until

31 Dec 03

To serve until

31 Dec 04

Total

02-04

To serve until

31 Dec 05

Total

03-05

50

1

 

 

1

 

 

52

 

1

 

1

 

1

54

 

1

 

1

 

1

55

 

 

1

1

 

1

57

1

 

 

1

 

 

58

1

1

 

2

1

2

59

1

1

1

3

1

3

60

 

2

 

2

1

3

61

 

 

1

1

 

1

62

2

1

 

3

2

3

63

1

 

1

2

1

2

64

 

 

2

2

1

3

65

1

 

 

1

 

 

66

1

1

 

2

 

1

67

1

1

1

3

1

3

69

 

 

1

1

 

1

70

 

1

 

1

 

1

71

1

 

1

2

1

2

73

 

 

1

1

 

1

74

 

 

1

1

 

1

78

 

1

 

1

 

1

80

 

 

 

 

1

1

82

1

 

1

2

1

2

86

 

1

 

1

 

1

94

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

12

12

12

36

12

36

 Notes:

1.      Classes in bold have multiple trustees.

 

Enclosure 6


AOG Board of Trustees
Name by Class

 

Class

To serve until

31 Dec 02

To serve until

31 Dec 03

To serve until

31 Dec 04

Total

02-04

To serve until

31 Dec 05

Total

03-05

50

William F. Ward, Jr.

 

 

1

 

 

52

 

Donald R. Lasher

 

1

 

1

54

 

William J. Almon

 

1

 

1

55

 

 

Roderic B. Vitty

1

 

1

57

Henry J. Hatch

 

 

1

 

 

58

James C. Castle

Alan B. Salisbury

 

2

James C. Castle

2

59

Dwight E. Beach, Jr.

Peter M. Dawkins

Frederick M. Franks, Jr.

3

Dwight E. Beach, Jr.

3

60

 

Mark P. Lowrey

William H. Willoughby, Jr.

 

2

John A. Lopiano

3

61

 

 

Richard A. Behrenhausen

1

 

1

62

James S. Harrington

Theodore G. Stroup, Jr.

Larry D. Smith

 

3

James B. Harrington

Theodore G. Stroup, Jr.

3

63

Michael J. Bowers

 

Richard C. Gallagher

2

Michael J. Bowers

2

64

 

 

Richard A. Nowak

Edmund C. Stone

2

Douglas P. Bennett

3

65

Thomas C. Barron

 

 

1

 

 

66

Michael C. Mewhinney

William H. Correia

 

2

 

1

67

Randall M. Pais

Thomas A. Petrie

Robert A. Wysocki

3

Randall M. Pais

3

69

 

 

Robert J. St. Onge, Jr.

1

 

1

70

 

William C. Taylor

 

1

 

1

71

James B. Melesky

 

Richard E. Graf

2

James B. Melesky

2

73

 

 

William H. Perry

1

 

1

74

 

 

Frank B. Janoski

1

 

1

78

 

Herman E. Bulls

 

1

 

1

80

 

 

 

 

G. Robert Smith

1

82

William D. Rogers

 

Ellen W. Houlihan

2

William D. Rogers

2

86

 

Hope Donnelly

 

1

 

1

94

 

 

 

 

Brett G. Smith

1

 

12

12

12

36

12

36

 Notes:

1.       Classes in bold have multiple representatives.

2.       Names in italics are renominations.

Enclosure 6


 Board of Trustees
Nomination Policy
 

The AOG Board of Trustees has adopted a standard set of policies and procedures for ALL candidates for Trustee-at-Large (3-year term). 

There are three points you must be aware of:  

·        All nominations must include information from the candidate in the format described below or the nomination WILL NOT be forwarded to the Nominating Committee.  

·        All complete nominations on file at the AOG will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee on the 6th of November each year (no exceptions).  

·        Prior Board of Trustees service does not mean automatic renomination. All nominations should stand on their own.  

CONTENT AND FORMAT: 

As a minimum, your nomination must include the following in a standardized format.  This will ensure a fair and equitable process for all nominees and for the AOG.  

1.      Nomination letter from any graduate, Board of Trustees member, Classmate, or your West Point Society.  You will not be considered without a nomination.

2.      A letter from the INDIVIDUAL nominee which specifically states a desire to serve or continue to serve.  The letter must specifically state that you have reviewed the duties and responsibilities of Trustees.  You should indicate a specific willingness and the financial capability and time available to travel to meetings at your expense as is expected of all not-for-profit Board members.  You will not be considered without a letter from yourself.

3.      Your packet should specifically address each of the following:

a.      Short summary of all military service, to include:

1.      Highest rank attained

2.      USMA service and special/unusual assignments

3.      Retired or Active status

4.      Reserve or National Guard service

5.      Admissions MALO service

6.      Post-graduate education/degrees

b.      A short summary of your current civilian job, duties, and responsibilities, as appropriate.

c.      AOG Activities:

1.      Board of Trustees service

2.      AOG Committees/Leadership positions

3.      AOG financial support, Leadership Council, etc.

4.      Cullum Society membership

5.      If no activity — so state

d.      Class Activities:

1.      Leadership/Committees

2.      Financial support

3.      If no activity — so state

e.      West Point Society:

1.      Membership/participation

2.      Leadership or special activities/projects

3.      If no activity — so state

f.        USMA Admissions Support:

1.      Describe activities. If no activity — so state

g.      AAA Support/Activities:

1.      Describe activities, to include "A" Club support

2.      Include a recent photo in hard copy or high-quality digital format (.tif or .bmp preferred — they will be published in hard copy as well as the web).

3.      You may attach your current CV/Biographical summary or other documents/letters as additional support.  This does not relieve you from the responsibility of specifically addressing the items in 3. a – e above.  You cannot assume or expect that the Nominating Committee will try to evaluate you based on the Cullum Files or the Register of Graduates.

4.      Only candidates who have completed all of the above will be considered.

Mail nominations to: 

Association of Graduates
ATTN.: Secretary, Nominating Committee
698 Mills Road
West Point, NY  10996

Enclosure 7

 

Board of Trustees
Trustee Responsibilities

 The AOG Trustee must: 

1.      Be dedicated to the ideals and principles for which the AOG stands; must be sincerely interested in promoting the welfare of the United States Military Academy.

2.      Be capable of attending all meetings of the AOG Board of Trustees, and any committees to which he/she is assigned.

“Capable of attending” means being financially able and willing to afford the travel to and from West Point at least three times a year; and able to afford the time away from his/her profession to attend these meetings.

3.      Exemplify the motto of West Point: must have a high and well-defined sense of duty; be a man or woman of unblemished integrity; and be patriotic.

4.      Be in good health; be physically able to travel; attend long meetings; and participate actively in those meetings.

5.      Be willing to serve; must be willing to work on projects and programs, apart from Board meetings, with enthusiasm and interest.

6.      Financially support West Point in keeping with his or her ability through individual and/or class gifts, and be willing to assist the WPF in donor cultivation and solicitation.

7.      Be a USMA graduate and have graduated at least 5 years prior to selection.

8.      Be nominated and provide critical background information in accordance with our Board of Trustees Nomination Policy.

Enclosure 8