The West Point Society of Central Ohio celebrated Founders Day with a brunch at the Worthington Hills CC on Sunday, 24 March. The guest speaker was BG Steve Gilland '90, the 77th Commandant of Cadets.
Six Cadet Candidates and their parents attended the pre-brunch Meet and Greet with BG Gilland and WPSCO Members. In addition to USMA Graduates and family members, there were graduates of USNA, USAFA, and several Parents Club members and Friends of West Point, totaling 112 people, in attendance. Dr. DeBow Freed '46 was the oldest graduate in attendance, while 2 members of the Class of 2010, James McKinney and Phillip Baweja, were the youngest.
After the Benediction by Nelson French '48 and the traditional toasts, WPSCO President Don Kopinski '79 gave an update on the Society's past year. Dr. Freed then shared some thoughts with the group.
After brunch, BG Gilland provided an excellent update on the current state of affairs at West Point. He discussed how West Point is modernizing an infrastructure that dates back to the late 1800's through a series of construction projects, some of which are funded by the Army and some by donor funds. He also shared the variety of opportunities available to Cadets today, many due to private funding. He highlighted how these opportunities are creating outstanding future leaders.
After his presentation, BG Gilland and Don Kopinski inducted Ben and Barbara McVay, parents of Sean McVay '17, as Friends of West Point. The Founders Day celebration ended with the singing of the Alma Mater, and a rousing "BEAT NAVY!"