Exemplar Dinner TONIGHT!

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The Class of 2019 Exemplar Dinner is being held tonight October 21, 2016.  Speakers include Mr. Mike Goode ’69 (Legacy Class),  Mr. Rick Armstrong (Life of Neil Armstrong) and Mr. Lars Hoffman, the director of Govt. Sales for SpaceX (Future of space).  The Legacy Class members are invited to attend the formal event as well.

You are invited to join US as we celebrate another USAFA Milestone!

A web page dedicated to the event will be updated throughout the night with photos from the dinner as well as the reveal of the beautiful challenge coin that was made possible by your donations to the 2019 Spirit Mission.  Click HERE for updates from the dinner.  The updated page will begin at 9:00 EST, 8:00 Central, 7:00 MT, and 6:00 Pacific.

 2019 STRONG!

2016-2017 Officers Elected

Approximately 40 individuals attended the very first 2019 Spirit Mission Annual Meeting last night.  As reported, so much was accomplished this last year for our cadets and more great things are in store in the coming years! Our success would not have been possible without the talented parents that have donated their time to organize this mission and the supporters behind us.  We want to thank you for your encouragement and for advocating so strongly for our cadets!

If you were not able to attend, its ok, we have it recorded!  Click HERE for the recording of the meeting.

MEET YOUR 2016-2017 OFFICERS

Elected for the 2016-2017 term are:

President- Lori Johns

Vice President- Renee Langstaff

VP for AOG Affairs- David Geernick

Treasurer- Suzie Ramirez

Secretary- Kim Stephens / Diane Poythress

Click HERE for a list of additional Committee Chairman and Team members.

2019 STRONG!

Annual Meeting TONIGHT!

dont-forgetPlease join us TONIGHT for the 2019 Spirit Mission annual meeting.  We will elect officers and have an update on past and future projects that support our cadets!

You may either call in by phone or link up via your computer.

Subject: Annual Business Meeting

Date and Time:
October 19, 2016
8:30 PM US/Eastern, 7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, and 5:30 Pacific

This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.

Notes:
All parents of the USAFA Class of 2019 are invited to attend the 2019 Spirit Mission annual meeting and election of the Board of Directors. A report of last years events and what is to come will also be presented.

  1. Dial Into the Conference (United States): (712) 770-4700
    Access Code: 551670
    International Dial-In Numbers:
    https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/2019strong#international

  2. Join the Online Meeting:
    Online Meeting Link:
    https://join.freeconferencecall.com/2019strong
    Online Meeting ID: 2019strong

  3. Click HERE for the agenda, election and budget information, and meeting minutes.

Instructions:
At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line.  When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the online meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

Annual Meeting Reminder

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Please join us for the 2019 Spirit Mission annual business meeting.  We will elect officers and have an update on past and future projects that support our cadets!

You may either call in by phone or link up via your computer.

Date and Time:
October 19, 2016
8:30 PM US/Eastern, 7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, and 5:30 Pacific

This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.

  1. Dial Into the Conference (United States): (712) 770-4700
    Access Code: 551670
    International Dial-In Numbers:
    https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/2019strong#international

  2. Join the Online Meeting:
    Online Meeting Link:
    https://join.freeconferencecall.com/2019strong
    Online Meeting ID: 2019strong

Annual Meeting Resources

AGENDA

FINANCIALS

MEETING MINUTES

ELECTION INFORMATION

MILESTONES

USAFA Class Budgets

I have heard a few cries over the last week on this months ole cadet paycheck.  Ouch!  Even from my own.  “Hey, mom, can you send me that paycheck spreadsheet?” With school starting, books to pay for and the ever awaited wifi for $29.95 a month, a little pre budgeting may go a long way.

Technology has spoiled us.  No longer the paper ledgers, pencils, and calculators like I first used nearly thirty years ago newly married.  We now have Excel to pump out and crunch those numbers so we can stay within our limits or predict a shortfall.  Or better yet, one of those fancy apps that ties into your bank account and kicks out a pie graph telling you (and your husband) how much you just spent on that new outfit.  Thanks Mint.com.

And thanks to USAFA, the cadets have a tool they can use too that will enable them to budget with the wisest.  A proposed budget spreadsheet that estimates their income and expenses by month over the next year.

As you know, our 2019 cadets received an advance in pay to purchase the uniforms needed.  The tiered payback structure takes out different amounts every month until the debt is paid off.  If your cadet received any scholarship money toward books, their paycheck is a bit larger than some of their counterparts.  Also upping the game and another financial tool to use is USAA’s banking program that allows you to code your expenses.  This can be printed and taken to the accountant at the end of the year.

Hopefully this helps our cadets plan out their finances over the next year with confidence. You can click the Approved Budgets for AY16-17 for all class proposed budgets.

2019 USAFA Spirit Mission Officer Nominations

Class of 2019 Spirit Mission Officer Nominations are Open!

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As every Class of 2019 parent would agree, TIME FLIES! A little over a year ago our “kids” were boarding the bus bound for BCT. During this past Doolie year, our Cadets have gone from being a “basic”, to becoming Accepted and then finally Recognized by the Cadet Wing, and now they proudly wear the shoulder boards of a 3rd Degree Cadet. And the Class of 2019 Spirit Mission has been there the entire way to help support them and celebrate their landmark events! Now we prepare to join them on this next exciting step in their Academy journey.

We are looking for nominations for the four open 2019 Spirit Mission officer positions: President, 2 Vice Presidents, and Treasurer (the Secretary has a two-year term to ensure continuity). In addition to supporting the President, the two Vice President positions will support one or more of the Spirit Mission committees. All positions may need to interact with the Class of 2019 Cadet Officers and Class Cabinet as needed or requested.

In order to make everything as simple as possible, we are giving people the opportunity to nominate themselves. To nominate yourself, simply state the position you would like to serve and provide a brief “bio” so that other members of the 2019 Spirit Mission parent community can get to know you and your qualifications (please keep them to 150 words or so). The nominations will then be sent to the Class of 2019 Spirit Mission general members for a vote. Elected officers will serve one year from November, 2016-October, 2017. Nominations will be open until the end of July, with the list of candidates and their “bio’s” being sent out in August, and the election held in September.

Please send your nominations to 2019spiritmissionwebsite@gmail.com.

 

2019! STRONG!

Welcome, Class of 2020 Parents and Families!

class 2020For most of us, it is less than one year ago when we either dropped off our Darling Son (DS) or Darling Daughter (DD) at USAFA or at the airport.  This is different than a civilian college experience in that we are limited in the amount of contact we can have with our son or daughter from the moment they enter the Academy.  While other parents can wean themselves away at their own pace, our contact and communication are cut off abruptly.  Similarly, the entrance into college for our Cadets is not gradual; they have to go through the hardest part first.  The “good-bye” is abrupt for us but it’s equally challenging for them, as they launch their college experience with Basic Cadet Training.

In the midst of this unique experience, we have found a community of like-minded parents and a USAFA family who has welcomed us, embraced us, understood us, and kept us going.  We have found strength, camaraderie, and solace in this community.  For this reason, we want to share what we have learned with you, in hope that our perspective may enhance your own experience as a USAFA parent.

Respectfully,

Rocio Watkins, Ed.D.

On Behalf of the Class of 2019 Spirit Mission Committee

Read the advice HERE!