WPAOG Parent Handbook 2021-22

7 WE UNDERSTAND… AND WE CAN HELP! Membership in a West Point Parents Club offers valuable opportunities for mutual support and shared experience, fellowship, and access to useful information about the Academy and cadet life. Although each club is an independent organization, clubs are officially recognized and supported by the Academy. The Parents Club network offers a dynamic line of communication between the Academy and cadet parents. The USMA Parent Communications Liaison, Debra Dalton, relays current information to club presidents, who then communicate with their members through email and newsletters. Typical club activities include meetings, informal get-togethers, tailgates, holiday balls, new cadet picnics, luncheons or dinners, and other events at which cadet families gather. Parents Clubs are not a substitute for communication between you and your cadet’s company tactical officer (TAC). Specific concerns or information regarding your cadet should be addressed to the TAC. Many Parents Clubs communicate and interact with West Point Societies and members of the West Point Admissions Field Force in their local areas. Through this networking, these groups are able to gain a broad perspective on the Academy and to assist in telling the West Point story across the country. Some clubs are becoming more involved by working with the Admissions Office in spreading the word about West Point to their local communities and high schools. Many clubs work with local West Point Societies by coordinating events at away athletic competitions/special events and Founders Day activities. There are West Point Parents Clubs in most states. To join a Parents Club near you, simply locate the club in your region and contact the president. Please see the following pages of this handbook for a listing of Parents Clubs. If there isn’t a club in your area and you would like more information about forming one, please call the USMA Parent Communications Liaison at 845.938.8826. PARENTS CLUBS