Letter from the President
Dear VMI Family,
I hope this note finds you well and enjoying your fall. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the incredible work your Keydet Club staff and members have done recently to help support our Keydets.
First, I want to say thank you to the 2,731 members who contributed to the Keydet Club in support of VMI’s cadet-athletes. Because VMI’s student body is one of the smallest in Division I, your support may be the most impactful across the country in Division I. Your generosity enabled the Keydet Club to realize another record year for annual and endowment support of VMI athletics in Fiscal Year 2014.
Together we raised $1,706,609 for the Keydet Club Scholarship Fund and $1,428,768 for Athletic Operations Funds to reach a combined annual giving total of $3,135,377. This alone is a note-worthy achievement when looking at other athletic fundraising organizations. However, we didn’t just stop there. We also added $3,061,145 to the Keydet Club endowment. That made Fiscal Year 2014 the largest fundraising year in Keydet Club history! The combined total was $6,196,522 for the fiscal year, surpassing the previous record of $5,089,953 realized in Fiscal Year 2013. This is an increase of $1,100,838 in private support to our cadet-athletes! I am delighted, but not surprised, to see what the Keydet Club accomplished this year. We should all be proud of what we have achieved together.
Finally, I want to encourage all members of the VMI family to support the Keydet Club. July 1st started a new fiscal year and a new opportunity for us to continue to climb to where we need to be in the “new” Southern Conference. Every school in our league is pleading with their “family” to pledge their support. VMI needs to rise to the top of this group, but we cannot do it with only 19% of our donor base. With 2,731 members contributing almost $6.2 million to the Keydet Club this past year, we should all recognize the incredible opportunity we have in front of us. VMI has always risen above a challenge, and now is our chance. We can and need to grow our membership in the Keydet Club. It is time for VMI to WIN!
Rah VA Mil!
Bill Paulette ‘69
VMI Keydet Club, Inc.