The West Point Society of Columbia, SC was founded in the early 1960’s to serve Academy Graduates and Friends of the Academy throughout the central part of the state known as the “Midlands.”  Over the years the dedicated work of many West Point graduates has enabled the Society to become a strong organization with a comprehensive program and growing membership.

Membership in the Society is open to all Graduates and former cadets, Friends of the Academy, and Academy Parents living in the midlands area. We welcome all eligible to join today, free of charge.

As a charitable, nonprofit organization recognized under IRS Code 501(c)(3), all programs and activities are funded by the generous tax-deductible contributions of our membership, corporate contributions and private foundation grants.

Primary Activities

Admissions Support

We take pride in doing our part to shape the next generation of Army officers. Society members assist the Academy with the identification, recruitment, screening and processing of qualified candidates for admission. On average, members have helped with 8-10 admissions on a yearly basis.


Leadership Development

Each spring, the Society presents the West Point Leadership Award to high school juniors exemplifying leadership in our area and throughout South Carolina. These presentations have served to not only increase awareness of West Point as a whole, but also to effectively recruit for potential candidates as many recipients pursue further opportunities to experience West Point and to begin application packets in their senior year.

Social & Commemorative Events

The Society hosts social events on a monthly basis to foster lasting camaraderie and strengthen ties between graduates, friends, and family members of throughout all generations. Additionally, several events throughout the year also serve to celebrate the completion of Cadet Basic Training for the new cadets and to pay tribute to those who have served our nation through military service.

Special Events

  • Annual Founders’ Day Brunch or Dinner
  • New cadet send-off & marchback
  • Fundraiser for community service project
  • Army-Navy Game Watch

Please note that this is a very summarized list, see our Events page for a detailed listing of upcoming events.

Board Members

Mike Cashman ’91
Chairman and 1990s decade representative

Charlie Eadie ’07

MG Pete Johnson ’85

John Wall ’06
Secretary and 2000s decade representative

Jim Morris ’77

Jack Poole ’87
Admissions Officer

Desiree Nance ’09
Communications/Public Relations

Pat Canary ’62
1960s decade representative

Chris Timmers ’71
1970s decade representative

Buddy Holbert ’84
1980s decade representative

Byron Zajdel ’12
2010s decade representative