Class of 2017 Parents ~ Ring Dining-Out Call to Action

Now that our cadets have committed to the Air Force, the next big milestone they will celebrate is Ring Dining-Out, celebrated the Friday evening prior to graduation. An evening rich in tradition, members of the Legacy Class are invited to attend and join with the C2Cs as they eat, listen to a guest speaker and watch as the class receive their rings.

The goal of your Spirit Mission Committee is to “support and honor the Class of 2017 for attaining important milestones at the USAFA through appropriate gifts and to raise donations to meet these needs.” As in the past, we are requesting any and all Class of 2017 parents who are able, to make a donation of $100, though we happily and gratefully accept any donation. The money raised will go directly to the Ring Dance Committee to defray the cost of the dance itself, thereby reducing the ticket charge for our cadets.

There are 2 ways to make a donation. The first way is to visit the 2017 Spirit Mission webpage, and make a donation using PayPal,

https://usafa2017spiritmission.com/donate/

The other option is to mail your donation. Checks should be made payable to:
USAFA 2017 Spirit Mission

and mailed to:
USAFA 2017 Spirit Mission
P.O. Box 143
USAFA, CO 80840

You have heard the call before and always answered so generously. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity now.

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Commitment Dinner Coins are Ready!

Commitment time at USAFA As of today, we are 15 days from Commitment Dinner, the day our 2017 Cadets decide that they are ALL IN; the day that they commit to being part of the Air Force and the profession of arms. Commitment Dinner is a formal ceremony and a tradition at USAFA. Your Spirit Mission Committee has been busy these past several months, designing a coin and planning for Commitment. We congratulate all the 2017 cadets who will be participating! They make us proud! (Pictures will be posted after the dinner.)

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Thank you from the USAFA Endownment Board for our Rando Fund Contribution

Endownment Contribution

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Examplar Dinner

Last night at 6:30 p.m. MST in Mitchell Hall, our cadets honored and remembered Col. George E. “Bud” Day, their class exemplar. Bud is America’s most decorated warrior, as a recipient of both the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. He served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and was a POW for almost six years in North Vietnam. John McCain was a fellow POW and said of Day, “He was the bravest man I ever knew, and his fierce resistance and resolute leadership set the example for us in prison of how to return home with honor.”

There is so much that can be said of this man. I hope that you will do some research on your own to learn more about this man that your cadet voted to be the Class of 2017 Exemplar.

And so now, whenever you hear “Class of 2017”, you’ll hear in response, “Bud.”

Each Cadet was presented with an Exemplar Coin provided from the

2017 Parent Spirit Mission.

examplar Coin

Thank you to the parent who kindly and generously donated the banner that will hang in Mitchell Hall.

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Specially printed insert cards and boxes with squadron labels for ease and accuracy in delivery. Each step is carefully thought out and prepared for.

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Some of our volunteers, assembling the Exemplar coin envelopes for our cadets.

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Exemplar Dessert

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U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet

CADET EXEMPLAR PROGRAM

PURPOSE
The Cadet Exemplar Program is an avenue for each Academy class to honor and identify with a past military giant, alive or dead. It is designed to link our nation’s rich heritage with our boundless future. As such, the heroes who are chosen epitomize the personal characteristics that each class of cadets seeks to emulate.

The goal of the Cadet Exemplar Program is to build officers with a strong foundation in our nation’s and our military’s heritage in order to advance into the future as a united aerospace force. Past class exemplars have included Gen. Carl Spaatz, Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell and Capt. Lance P. Sijan.

The selected class exemplar not only becomes the cadets’ honorary class leader, but also the very namesake and identity of that particular class. Throughout the cadets’ career, the Exemplar becomes the focal point of inspiration for the cadets as they prepare for their roles as Air Force officers and future leaders.

In short, the Cadet Exemplar Program strives to form unbreakable unity between past leaders and today’s future leaders so that the critical values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do will continue to prosper at the Air Force Academy and in the nation as a whole.

GOAL
To build officers with a strong foundation in our country and our military’s heritage in order to advance into the future as a united Aerospace Force.

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Following up on Parents Weekend

The Class of 2017 Spirit Mission would like to acknowledge all the wonderful people who came by our table in Arnold Hall on Friday to check out our new brochure, sign our mailing list, buy our mouse pads and towels and make donations to fund the “2017 Exemplar Project”. We enjoyed meeting and chatting with everyone we met and want to THANK YOU for your support. Our work researching, creating, packaging, sorting and delivering a commemorative coin for the C3C Exemplar Dinner (with all the appropriate accoutrements) to be held on 9/26/14 is well underway, funded by your generous support. Pictures will be posted. There is still time to donate to this cause (via our webpage at https://usafa2017spiritmission.com/) and our other projects as enumerated in our spirit mission brochure, attached here. Believe it or not, our cadets’ commitment milestone is less than a year away!

Spirit_Mission Brochure

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We have been asked about our request for donations to support the Exemplar Dinner.

The Exemplar Dinner is the SECOND MILESTONE in a cadet’s life and this dinner is celebrated in the fall of the C3C year.

On March 14, 2014, COL George “Bud” Day was named as the Class of 2017 Exemplar. Throughout the cadets’ career, the exemplar is their inspiration as they prepare for their role as Air Force officers and future leaders. George Everett “Bud” Day (February 24, 1925 – July 27, 2013) was a United States Air Force colonel and pilot who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, including five years and seven months as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross.This selection will be celebrated at the Exemplar Dinner.

The 2017 Spirit Mission Milestone Committee will support this event with the presentation of a commemorative coin to all C3C cadets.

We are asking for donations of $100, $250, $500 or $1000 and welcome any contribution for this event.

Make credit card donations securely through our website http://USAFA2017SpiritMission.com/Donate.

Make checks payable to:
2017 USAFA Spirit Mission, and mail to: PO Box 143, USAFA, CO 80840. Please put your cadet’s name and squadron number in the memo field.

Thank you all for your generosity in helping us fund the Exemplar Project and to support our cadets who are our future leaders.

Gratefully,
USAFA 2017 Spirit Mission Committee

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2017 Parents Activities During Parents Weekend. Parents Weekend is one week away. Mark your calendars!!

Friday, August 29 – COME VISIT US at Arnold Hall at the 2017 Spirit Mission table at the Information Fair in Arnold Hall from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will have information on how we support our cadets and have our highly popular USAFA Towels and 2017 Mouse Pads available.

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USAFA Beach Towels and Mouse Pads are available for purchase while supplies last!!

For all USAFA Supporters – You can show your AFA pride & enjoy a striking US Air Force Academy Beach Towel! We are pleased to offer this royal blue beach towel to all parents and fans of the Air Force Academy. Display your Academy colors at the pool or the beach! Great Gift Idea!

towell

Soft, luxurious beach towel is mid weight (almost 1 lb), measuring 30” X 60” and Bright Academy Blue.
Buy 1 for $20 + $6 shipping & Handling
Buy 2 for $35 + $8.75 shipping & Handling

mousepad
For 2017 Parents! Place this handsome Mouse Pad at your desk and remember your Cadet every time you sit down at your computer. Show your pride at the office!

Soft cloth cover mouse pad features the 2017 recognition challenge coin and shouts their class motto, Respect All, Fear None. Bright Academy Blue.
* Dimensions: 7 ½” X 8” X 1/8”
$10 each + $2 each shipping & Handling
Sales in CO/Residents of CO Sales Tax (State, City & County) 6.63%

To order, visit https://usafa2017spiritmission.com/products/
All proceeds go to your 2017 Spirit Mission, supporting your cadets & their squadrons.

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URGENT REQUEST – Your USAFA 2017 Spirit Mission Committee is excited to support the Class of 2017 for the upcoming Exemplar Dinner.

Donations are needed to fund the “2017 Exemplar Project” to be held on September 26th. A specially minted coin has been designed and will be given to each Class of 2017 cadet, along with associated Exemplar Dignitary items. In addition, we will support the cadets this year with a donation to each squadron’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) fund.

We must order the Exemplar coins soon to allow time for the minting process. To provide 1000+ cadets with coins, the cost is approximately $6,000. The 2017 USAFA Spirit Mission is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations qualify for tax deductible status.

We are asking for donations of $100, $250, $500 or $1000 and welcome any contribution to help us achieve our financial goal and fulfill our commitment to the cadets.

Make credit card donations securely through our website: http://USAFA2017SpiritMission.com/Donate.

Make checks payable to:

2017 USAFA Spirit Mission, and mail to: PO Box 143, USAFA, CO 80840. Please put your cadet’s name and squadron number in the memo field.

Spread the word and let proud grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends know about our Spirit Mission!

Thank you all for your generosity in helping us fund the Exemplar Project and to support our cadets who are our future leaders.

Gratefully,

USAFA 2017 Spirit Mission Committee

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THE 2017 SPIRIT MISSION NEEDS YOU! DO YOU HAVE TIME TO VOLUNTEER?

THE 2017 SPIRIT MISSION NEEDS YOU!
DO YOU HAVE TIME TO VOLUNTEER?

We are looking for some help from our parents in a few specific roles. Do you have relevant experience and can you commit to working a few hours a month, for the next few years, with other dedicated 2017 parents? Can you roll up your sleeves, seek out answers, focus on all the details and get the job done? In addition to the duties described below, all positions require participation in a monthly Spirit Mission phone call (usually held on a Sunday evening and lasts about 90 minutes).

Please PM Spirit Mission Co-President Cheryl Gilbert crogo@aol.com and indicate which position in which you are interested, or come by and talk to us at our table in Arnold Hall on 8/29 on Parents Weekend. Help us support our cadets! Thank you.

1) Assistant Treasurer. Track incoming donations and product sale receipts. Monitor/manage credit card use. Run reports from PayPal. Respond to inquiries relating to finances. Perform other financial-related tasks as needed.

2) Sales Manager. Create & manage process for fundraising product sales, assist fundraising/product chairs with in-person and online product sales. Work with publicity chair and website chair. Knowledge of Paypal account management helpful.

3) Publicist. Publicize our events and products available for sale. Maintain master email list. Coordinate mailings and social media postings. Coordinate with website and fundraising chairs. Assist with distribution of spirit mission brochures and other collateral materials.

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