April Bulletin Featuring 2016 Annual Report Now Online 4/24/2017
The April issue of The Bulletin
will be arriving in mailboxes soon! Check it out online now to hear from CAPT Bob McKenna about the state of CGA Admissions, to learn more about the Academy's Cadet Cyber Team, to read a cadet recap of the USCGA RADM Wetmore Ethics Forum and more. The April Bulletin
also features the 2016 Annual Report.
Our Newest AHHS Member
Thank you to our newest Alexander Hamilton Heritage Society (AHHS) member, CDR Lisa VanBuskirk, USCGR ’98. CDR VanBuskirk was presented with her challenge coin in April after including the Association in her estate plans and notifying the organization of her intent. Learn more about how you can leave a legacy at www.cgalegacy.org.
Giving 101 - April 2017
I am so inspired by the loyalty and commitment of the 5,000 of you who so generously donated to the causes you care about at the Academy and the 35% who supported our area of greatest need – the CGA Today! Fund. You will note in the pages of our annual report that the CGA Today! Fund, made a critical difference in every area throughout the Academy, and we thank you, for being with us Every Step of the Way!
Help Fellow Alumni Considering a Career Transition
Please consider participating in a brief survey sharing your experiences regarding the transition from Active Duty. Your survey input will help us build a database for our members to reference when making critical career decisions, particularly the decision to remain in the Coast Guard or leave Active Duty service.
Nominations Sought for Annual Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame
All members are invited to submit nominations for the following 2016 Alumni Association Awards - Distinguished Alumnus, Alumni Achievement, Distinguished Volunteer, Distinguished Service, and Distinguished Mentorship - as well as the CGA Athletic Hall of Fame. Presentation of the awards will be made at the Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Association Awards Dinner during Homecoming on Thursday, September 29. The nomination deadline for Alumni Awards is April 30. The Hall of Fame nomination deadline has been extended to May 15.
Update on All Present Progress
We're making progress towards our $30,000,000 goal, as we're closing in on nearly $20.5 million in gifts and pledges in support of the Corps, the Academy and the Coast Guard.
Otto Graham Hall Plank Owner Opportunity
The Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence was opened during Homecoming 2016 and is currently pledged 50% to completion. You have a unique opportunity to become a Plank Owner on this project by supporting the project with a $1,000 donation prior to December 31, 2017. When you become a Plank Owner you will receive a commemorative challenge coin and you will be listed in the Hall as a donor to the project.
Alumni Plaza Brick Program
The Alumni Association is proud to announce the next phase of the Alumni Center Brick Plaza program! A $1,000 donation still reserves you a brick in the Brick Plaza, but now YOU have the choice of where to designate 80% of that donation. You may choose one of the following funds to support with your brick: CGA Today!, Bear Club, Women's Leadership Initiative, Eclipse Legacy Fund or the Parents Gift Fund. The ability to choose between funds to allocate 80% of your gift means that you can directly support an area of the Academy that is important to you or to your cadet.
VIDEO: Merle J. Smith Eclipse Legacy Endowment
Eclipse Legacy raises its sights and goals to support a diverse Corps of Cadets with a $100,000 Merle J. Smith Eclipse Legacy Endowment. Narrated by Eclipse Legacy Governance Committee members Chris Soto ‘03, and CDR Mark Harris ’96 (ret), this newly released video highlights the efforts of alumni, parents and friends to establish an endowment to fund diversity initiatives that will help with the recruitment of a diverse Corps of Cadets and support for them throughout their training and service in the Coast Guard.
February Bulletin Online
The February issue of The Bulletin will be arriving in mailboxes soon! Check it out online now to learn about the Class of 2017's unprecedented commitment, how the Loy Institute for Leadership is impacting the Academy, how athletes can participate in the Armed Forces Sports Program and much more!
October Bulletin Now Online
The October Bulletin is now online (login required) and in the mail.This special issue announces All Present, our campaign For the Corps, For the Academy and For the Coast Guard, offers a recap of Homecoming, explains a cadet project to gather data with a solar-powered buoy and shares the experiences of six alumni who sailed EAGLE this summer, over 40 years after their first voyages.
CGA Giving 101 - August 2016
This job is a privilege - it allows me the opportunity to meet so many incredible people who share their lives, CG stories, and what inspires them to give back. This month was especially filled with these moments. Allow me to share a few.
CGA Giving 101 - June 2016
The Alumni Association is pleased to offer a new guide to providing for your family and supporting the causes you care about in its new complimentary booklet “Planning Your Legacy”. This thirty-page booklet is designed for the Academy community, with Academy and alumni photos, and offers clear and concise information about gift planning options such as life insurance, trusts, wills, charitable gift annuities, endowments and more.