Roughly 150 members and guests, including four Class of 2023 candidates and their family members attended the West Point Society of the Tennessee Valley Founders Day Dinner on April 13. The theme honored the 150th Anniversary of the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG). The Guest Speaker was Colonel Archie Bates '96, an Academy Professor and Director of Management Programs in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Colonel Bates met with the Class of 2023 candidates immediately prior to the dinner along with members of their 50-year affiliation class from 1973. The Society inducted Mr. Christopher Madkour, Director of the Huntsville Museum of Art, as a Friend of West Point into its membership. He attended the dinner, accepted his membership certificate and was warmly welcomed by the audience. The evening's Silent Auction was a great success raising several thousand dollars which will be donated to the Academy. The society's plans include a May BBQ dinner at the Huntsville Veterans Museum to further celebrate the WPAOG's 150th Anniversary and an August event at the Huntsville Museum of Art wherein members will be able to view the museum's exhibit "Vietnam: the Real War - Photographs from the Associated Press".
Photo: Gary Stewart '66 WPSTV President with COL Archie Bates '96