|West Point Society
and Future Cadets from this area
The West Point Society of Tallahassee, Inc (WPST), a not-for-profit fraternal and community service organization comprised of members residing throughout the central Florida panhandle and south Georgia, exists to promote the mission of the United States Military Academy (USMA) and to increase public awareness of the core values on which the Academy is founded: Duty - Honor - Country.
For the most part, Society members are graduates of the USMA at West Point, however, we are also fortunate to count among our ranks several people who, though not graduates, are solid supporters of West Point and are actively engaged in advocating for the Academy in various official and unofficial capacities. At present, WPST has approximately 130 members. Most live in Tallahassee, but there are many who live in Florida communities such as St. George Island, Quincy, Sopchoppy, Madison, and Perry, to name just a few. Other members reside a short way north in Georgia communities such as Thomasville, Valdosta, Albany, Tifton, Bainbridge, and Moultrie.
Among those members who graduated from the Academy, several came to this geographic area following active duty military careers. Others served less time on active-duty prior to leaving the service and becoming actively engaged in positions of business and/or civic leadership in our local communities. Regardless, all share a deep love for the Academy, for our nation, and for the ideals on which West Point was founded.
The WPST strives to provide members a wide variety of year-round activities and service opportunities aimed at promoting accomplishment of our Mission Statement. Most important are outreach activities aimed at visiting local high schools, identifying outstanding young men and women interested in learning more about and/or attending the Academy, and then assisting them in the arduous admissions process. In addition, WPST members annually fund a $2000 scholarship to assist worthy cadet candidates enrolled in an accredited civilian preparatory school who are preparing for the academic rigors of USMA. The Society engages in community / civic events that provide opportunities to educate local leaders about the Academy and the way in which it provides “leaders of character” for national, state, and local service in uniform and beyond. Finally WPST hosts a series of seasonal social events, such as occasional Benny Havens Happy Hours, golf outings, a fall family picnic, an annual “Beat Navy” get-together to commemorate the Army-Navy game, and our annual capstone event, a formal Founder’s Day dinner to celebrate the founding of the Academy in 1802.
Attesting to the success of the Society’s program for serving both its members and the communities in which they live is the fact that WPST has earned the honor of designation as a “Distinguished Society” for each of the past four years by the USMA Association of Graduates.
For membership information or general info, contact the WPST Secretary