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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
September 21, 2015 - Message from the President - ADM Mark Ferguson is now the "Old Goat"!

Classmates,

With the retirement of our “Firstie” ADM Greenert ’75 as CNO, the mantle of the "Old Goat"-- longest serving USNA grad on active duty – has passed to our own ADM Mark Ferguson. 

Mark will receive the recognition at the Naval Academy on Friday, October 2,  where he will also attend lunch with the Brigade and review the dress parade at 1600. (NOTE: This is also the weekend of the Air Force football game and President’s Circle events.)

Mark is inviting any classmates interested in attending the parade to contact him so they can receive an invitation to the parade and reception. Just drop him a note (and a congratulations) at ferguson.mk3@gmail.com.

Congratulations, you Old Goat!!!

Fair winds...

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
June 25, 2015 - All Academy Challenge Results

Classmates,

Thank you to all that participated in this year’s All Academy Challenge. As expected, ’78 stood strong and came in second place in participation. Below is a summary from the Naval Acadmy Foundation that I want to share with you.

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While Navy ultimately came in third behind Coast Guard and Army in terms of alumni participation in the 2015 All Academy Challenge, the impact of the Navy alumni community is remarkable:

Total alumni donors: 2,497 (more than 1,000 more than last year!) Total alumni participation: 5.55% (up from 3.57% last year) Total alumni gifts: More than $2 million (up from $1.3 million last year)

In addition, the Challenge also prompted gifts from more than 100 parents and other friends of the Academy. While their contributions didn’t count toward the Challenge, their generosity inspired nearly $200,000 in additional gifts in support of the Academy and the Brigade of Midshipmen.

At least one representative from the Classes of 1939-2014 made a gift. The Class of 1965 took top participation honors, with 161 members participating. The rest of the Top 10 classes are as follows:

                        Class    Number

            1          1965    161

            2          1978    139

            3          1967    127

            4          1962    108

            5          1979    101

            6          1971    79

            7          1964    73

            8          1977    69

            9          1974    64

            9          1984    64

The average gift was more than $100 per donor, well in excess of the $5 minimum donation!

We are grateful to all those Navy alumni who participated in this year’s Challenge—and especially those who encouraged their classmates to do so as well. We hope we can count on you when it’s time for a rematch against our service academy rivals! 

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Fair winds…

Glen

Glen Woods

President, USNA Class of 1978

March 17. 2015 - ”78”s Ray Kempisty Named Semi-Finalists for FREE 7-Eleven Store


‘78’s Ray Kempisty Named Semi-Finalists for FREE 7-Eleven Store

in Operation Take Command

7-Eleven has just announced the 10 veterans who are semi-finalists for the Franchise Fee FREE 7-Eleven Store, and this is big local news for our VA-DC-MD area.

Operation Take Command is where 7-Eleven is giving a FREE store (up to $190,000 in waived franchise fees) to a qualified veteran.

Our own Ray Kempisty was one of 10 semi-finalists chosen out of 1,700 applications, and public voting will determine who makes it to the next round. 

7-Eleven is asking the public to choose the video and personal story they like the best, which will determine the top three contenders. These three finalists will then have one-on-one interviews with 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto, who himself is former military. DePinto will announce the winner of the contest in May.

Facebook voting runs from March 16-29.  Let’s get behind our classmate.  (Maybe we’ll have free slurpies for ‘78? Just kidding).

To view the video of Ray and all the other finalists and to vote go to:  https://www.facebook.com/7ElevenFranchising/app_403834839671843

The full gouge is below:

NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT:   Amy Smith

                        For 7-Eleven, Inc.

                        301.367.2200

                        Amy@WriteIdeas.com

Public to Pick Top Three Among 10 Semi-Finalists Vying for Franchise Fee-Free 7-Eleven(R) Store

Contestants’ videos on 7-Eleven Facebook;

Final Three to be Interviewed by Company’s CEO

DALLAS and Nationwide (March 16, 2015) – And now there are 10. Ten military veterans or those soon to leave the U.S. Armed Forces are competing for the public’s favor and the opportunity to own a 7-Eleven(R) franchise without the expense of a franchise fee. The Facebook video competition for the semi-finalists in 7-Eleven’s Operation: Take Command franchise giveaway starts today and runs through March 29.

Collectively representing all branches of military service, the 10 semi-finalists were selected from more than 1,700 applications received by 7-Eleven between Veterans Day last November and Jan. 25. One especially qualified and talented military veteran will win a 7-Eleven store. But now, it is up to the voting public to narrow the field.

As part of 7-Eleven’s contest to win a franchise, the nine men and one woman have posted their “Why I Should Win Operation: Take Command” videos on 7-Eleven’s Facebook page. To view the videos and vote, go to https://www.facebook.com/7ElevenFranchising  and click on OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND under “Apps.”

7-Eleven is asking the public to choose the video and personal story they like the best, which will determine the top three contenders. These three finalists will then have one-on-one interviews with 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto, who himself is former military. DePinto will announce the winner of the contest in May.

Facebook voting runs from March 16-29.

To make the voting even more impactful, 7-Eleven offers to contribute $1 for every vote cast, up to $50,000, to Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization that works with transitioning service members, veterans and spouses from military service into civilian success .To learn more about the organization, visit www.hireheroesusa.org.

 “We have been amazed at the huge interest and outstanding quality of those who have applied for a franchise fee-free 7-Eleven store in our Operation: Take Command contest,” said Greg Franks, 7-Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “Choosing a winner will be tough because of the high caliber of these 10 individuals and we are counting on the public to make the decision on who advances to the final round.”

The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any of the company’s 7-Eleven convenience stores available in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination.

So who are these 10 people? Where are they and what motivates them to compete for a 7-Eleven franchise?  Alphabetically (two local semi-finalists highlighted), they are:

Mark Boussy from San Antonio, Texas – Boussy says it’s time to settle in San Antonio with his wife and three children. The military college graduate and battalion commander states he is trained in world-class customer service and hopes the next time video viewers see him he’ll be in a 7-Eleven store running one of its franchises.

Stephen Darlow of Hampton, Va. – Darlow grew up in Jacksonville, Fla..He learned the importance of customer service and loved training others, having been the son and grandson of franchise business operators. A former air crewman and police officer, the Navy veteran is working toward his bachelor’s degree and ready to “take command” of his own future.

Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va. -- Gautam served in the U.S. Army for 4 1Ž2 years. When he came to the U.S., the Nepal native’s first job was with a 7-Eleven store in northern California. His goals include mentoring others and providing financial support to assist veterans.

Robert Kemna from Miami, Fla. -- A former Army captain, Kemna says it’s time to pass on what he has learned and stand up for his future. He lists his qualifications as being a talented hard worker with commitment and leadership skills.

Raymond Kempisty of Laurel, Md. -- Kempisty, having achieved the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, comes from a family with a broad, strong military heritage. He’s ready to start a new family tradition of owning a 7-Eleven franchise. Perched on a mechanical bull in his video and referring to his next phase of life, Kempisty says he’s “ready for the ride.”

Mark Page of Granbury, Texas – Page has served in both active and reserve duty with the Navy and has traveled a great deal in his current profession. He believes a 7-Eleven franchise is just the ticket to be closer to home and family. He boasts that his strengths are being a proud veteran and loving family man with a passion to lead. His video is styled like a mini-movie, complete with closings credits and “Coming Spring 2015” teaser.

Justin Price from Charlotte, N.C. -- Price also has a military-family heritage. His experience includes serving as an Army infantry leader and in supply chain optimization. He’s proud of his sales and leadership qualities. Price’s video shows him campaigning to win the store by showing his desire to help others advance and to work with youth organizations.

Maximiliano Powell from Woodbridge, Va. – Powell tells of his work ethic, at one time holding down two to three jobs while raising three kids by himself. He enjoys helping people and currently serves as a nurse. Having spent 12 years in the Army, he describes himself as a person of values, compassion and integrity possessing a “go-getter” attitude.

Vaughn Sullenberger of Virginia Beach, VA – Sullenberger is a Navy veteran with banking experience having managed 17 branches. He used the GI bill to support him during years of study to obtain a bachelor’s and post-graduate degrees. His dream is to partner with a successful company.  Should he win, his wife wants to dedicate the store to her father who once worked with 7-Eleven.

Karen Woznicki of Grand Blanc, Mich. – Woznicki served two years in the Army where she learned that through great training and leadership, one can accomplish anything. She knows her way around convenience stores having successfully turned around many an operation over the years. Her video includes entertainment – she sings a song about 7-Eleven, set to the tune of Tiny Bubbles.

To qualify for the contest, entrants had to be 21 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, an honorably discharged veteran, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience. Contestants went through the same qualification process as all 7-Eleven franchise applicants including interviews, credit evaluation, a leadership test, preparing a business plan and budget.

To vote, Facebook member can go to 7-Eleven’s Franchise Facebook page, click on the Operation: Take Command tab and “Like” the page. Anyone can vote and vote more than once – but only one time per day per Facebook account for as many days as they like through March 29.

7-Eleven has been recognized by veterans’ organizations and publications for its military-friendly business opportunities, hiring practices and philanthropic support for military families. Military veterans serve in every level of the company from store sales associates to headquarters personnel.  The retailer also has supported military assistance organizations including Hire Heroes USA, the USO, Reserve Aid, Warrior Gateway and Operation Mend.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                            7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7-Eleven(R) stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,100 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7-Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com