Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 11/27/12

1. AGENDA FOR TUESDAY, 11/27/12:

0700-0800:  Open Forum  
During the Open Forum there is time for expanded introductions, so this is a great time to update the group on your latest professional and/or personal focus.  We'll do our best to help with any networking needs.  Typically, one or more individuals will be able to help by offering specific referrals, advice, recommendations, or other assistance.  Even if you don't have immediate needs, consider joining us on Tuesday for the long-term networking value.   


11/27/12 (this week):  Open Forum - see above.

12/4/12:  TBD or Open Forum.  If you'd like to invite a speaker or lead a discussion on this date or any future Tuesday, just let me know at

12/11/12:  Evan Roth will share insights on how to power up your life and career.  Mr. Roth is a personal and business coach. 

3. VFW POST #1 - 113th ANNUAL FOUNDERS DAY DINNER (12/2/12):

Biznet member Shane Schmutz (USMA '01) writes as follows:

I’m trying to help out the post that I’m a member of (VFW Post #1). They’ve got a really great program lined up for our VFW Founder’s Day dinner and we’re trying to get the word out. The program has some amazing speakers and attendees.  I think a lot of Academy Biznet members would be interested in attending. You don’t have to be a VFW member to attend.


Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
Brown Palace Hotel, Denver
Cocktails:  5:30pm
Dinner:  6:30pm
Individual Tickets:  $50
Tables of 8:  $400

Since 1899 the members of the John S. Stewart Post 1, VFW have held a banquet to commemorate the founding of our organization.  This year we will have BG Steve Ritchie as our Keynote Speaker.  BG Ritchie is one of only 2 pilot aces from Vietnam and the only person to have shot down 5 MiG21s.  We will also be joined by GEN Kevin Chilton, the only astronaut to receive his 4th Star.  Additionally, Project Sanctuary will be recognized as the Outstanding Veteran Organization of the Year and Ms. Laura Williams will be receiving our VFW Citizen of the Year Award for her outstanding efforts in starting Colorado’s Vets Court.  Please join us.  You can register online by following the link.  For any question, please contact us at 303-748-2868. 

Rich Adams (USMA '67) has a new book out, titled "Eben Kruge:  How 'A Christmas Carol' Came to be Written".  It can be ordered in hardback (ISBN 978-1-4797-4232-5), softback (ISBN 978-1-4797-4231-8), and eBook (978-1-4797-4233-2) from publisher, and from major bookseller websites.

Rich writes as follows:

My new story is about Charles Dickens at the age of thirty, and what triggered his imagination to write the most beloved Christmas story of all time. The "Carol" was written in 1843. The previous year, Dickens and his wife, Catherine, spend five months in America, their last stop before returning to England being, you guessed it, West Point...for two nights.  The first complete fictional story published by Dickens when he returns to England is..."A Christmas Carol." Therein lies the story.

The book already has great reviews and I submit would be a wonderful option for Christmas giving.  Please share it with all your friends!

All the best,

Your author of "The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War"



Have a great week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)

Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Marriott Hotel at the Denver Tech Center. From I-25, exit Belleview east, then turn north onto Syracuse Street. The Marriott lots are paid parking (approx $2-4), however you can park for FREE across the street at Garcia's Restaurant (we have their permission). Look for us in the seating area inside the Marriott's coffee shop. RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). Our schedule, roster and other information are posted on the web site at

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