Blackhorse E-Newsletter December 2008

I am pleased to report more progress this month in moving the Association through the transition laid out by the General Membership at the Las Vegas Reunion.

Our improved web page at www.blackhorse.org was placed online on 9 November, our 38th
birthday. We have had very positive and exciting feedback from many of you. We will continue to upgrade our site and ask that you consider contributing news and information to the site. E-Mail your Director of Communications, Alex Silverman with your input. Her email address is alexsilverman2005@yahoo.com Our web page will only be as good as you make it.
So share your news and stories with all of us. The "Contact Us" has already brought many of our Blackhorse Family back home.

This same "Contact Us" link has already helped your Director of Memberships, Gene Johnson, in his monumental task of debugging our 19,000 membership data base. We found that some names did not match addresses—-for example, the member got the Newsletter at the proper address but under another member’s name. So, with the Jan/Feb mailing of the Blackhorse Newsletter, please help Gene finish his reconciliation of the data base by contacting him in event of a discrepancy. He has already corrected over 1500 discrepancies.

The Fulda Reunion Committee will be providing an update on the status of the June reunion soon. Watch this E-News and the web page for breaking news on all reunion plans. Although we had planned to send only one E-News monthly, we will certainly use this means to communicate time sensitive information to you on an as needed basis.

Finish Line Awards, the future source of our "Blackhorse Gear", is in the final stages of preparation of online shopping opportunities for our soldiers and members. Watch the web page on our "Blackhorse Gear" link for activation of this service. Target date is NLT 10 Dec.

Our donations are at a twelve month low for both operating funds and scholarship funds. We need 10 to 20 percent of our 19,000 members to donate a mere $100 each year to make this Association flourish. There are about 100 members funding this Association—–we will not survive at this rate—–so I ask each of you to contribute at a level that best fits your financial situation but don’t delay, let’s get started now. Remember that commitment made 38 years ago- I know you will.

Happy Holidays to everyone and cherish every minute of your time with your family and friends.

Allons! and Blackhorse Forever!

John Sherman

Sutler’s Store and 11th ACR Memorabilia Web Site Update:

Your Blackhorse Association has signed a three year contract with Finish Line Awards (FLA) out of Wellington, Colorado to operate our 11th ACR memorabilia web site. After several months of discovery and negotiation the contract was signed in late October.

FLA have a similar arrangement in place with the 14th Cav Assn and it has been very successful and beneficial for both parties over the past 10 years or so.

Expect to see the web site up late in the month of November. It will be accessible via www.Blackhorse.org, and once it is up and running, you will also be able to access it directly and place orders. The web site will have a new, improved look to it and the inventory will be updated over the upcoming months to reflect some of your inputs from the recently conducted June 08 Customer Survey. Stay tuned. More information to follow in the December E-News Letter.

Meanwhile, we will be meeting with Finish Line Awards, the Ft. Irwin Command Group, the 11th ACR Command Group, and the Ft. Irwin Army Museum Manager in November at Ft. Irwin to discuss and develop a plan to reopen a Sutler’s Store of some sort there. We are hopeful that we can make this happen. There will be some challenges that we will need to overcome to make this work and over the longer term to keep anoperation open at Ft. Irwin. We will need your continuing support to a new setup to ensure that we can keep it in operation and available to support you. Our November meeting at Ft. Irwin will determine the nature of the new operation.

The Blackhorse Association portion of the store front profits will go back to the association to support BHA operating costs and our Scholarship Program for the children of the regiment who have lost a parent while in the service of our country and our regiment.

Stay tuned. We will give you an update on the Ft. Irwin reopened Store Front initiative in the December E-News Letter.

Blackhorse Trooper Address Updates

I have received numerous corrections concerning addresses on the recent mailing of the newsletter.

Although, we had the database checked back for four years of Change of Addresses through the Postal System, we had over 3,000 newsletters returned because of addressing errors.

A major portion of these mistakes can be attributed to my inexperience with computers, and names and addresses were associated wrongly. Many others are the result of not doing a mailing for so long that our data base is out of date, and Troopers no longer lived at the addresses we had in the database.

Some Troopers received newsletters at their address with the wrong name and others may not have received a newsletter because someone did not recognize the addressed name on the newsletter.

Still others were in the mailing databases that were deceased.

If you received a newsletter at your address with the wrong name, or an address that was not entirely correct, please let me know both the wrong and correct information.

It would help also if you could complete the update membership information and send it to me so that the association can keep track of Troopers by service dates and locations.

Send corrections to:

Blackhorse Association Memberships , PO Box 630141, Nacogdoches, TX 75965-0141

e-mail: gene677@aol.comopens in a new window

phone: 936.205.4553

Allons
Gene Johnson

Register for the 2009 Border Legion Reunion Now!

FULDA BAD KISSINGEN BAD HERSFELD
24 – 28 JUNE 2009

The third gathering of the Border Legion will convene in Germany 24 – 28 June 2009. All current and former members of the 11th and 14th Armored Cavalry Regiments, assigned and attached supporting units and members of community support organizations, their family and friends are invited to attend. This might be our last reunion in Germany.

Cost is $100 per person and includes registration materials, entrance to the Friday Fest in Fulda, transportation to the Saturday memorial service at OP Alpha, entrance to the OP Alpha museum, lunch at the OP, and the Saturday night Border Legion Banquet at the Orangerie in Fulda. The cost for children 12 and under attending the banquet is $40; no cost if not attending the banquet. Additional events for Wednesday and Thursday are being organized by the Squadrons and will take place in the host cities. Any expenses for these events will be paid for separately through the Squadron sponsors. Transportation, including airfare and rental car, and lodging must be organized separately. You are encouraged to make hotel reservations early. A listing of hotels with telephone numbers and web sites can be found at www.blackhorse.com or www.14cav.org. You may receive assistance with making hotel reservations by contacting Renate Stieber in Fulda at 011-49-661-79822 or 34265, FAX at 011-49-661-241036 or email at "gabaca@t-online.de".

The reunion agenda, hotel information, planning updates and Squadron Points of Contact can be found at the Blackhorse and 14th Cavalry web sites listed above. Updates will be published regularly via email. For those without email a regular mailing will be sent spring 2009. If you have questions you may contact:

Glenn Snodgrass at (703) 250-3064, jgs525@cox.net for 11th Cavalry
Tom Smart at (703) 375-6450, tom.smart@L-3com.com for 11th Cavalry
Greg Wilcox at (703) 247-8467, greg.wilcox@sri.com for 14th Cavalry


2008 Allons Club Donors

Gen.(Ret) Donn Starry

Letty Starry

John Poindexter

MG (Ret) Steve Rippe and Ms. Kate Rice

Major and Mrs. Jeremy Dobos

John Sherman Crow

Frances G. Jones-Crow

BG (Ret) Tom and Susan White

CSM (Ret) C.C. Brown

CSM (Ret) Bill Hutton

COL (Ret) Glenn Snodgrass

Joan Snodgrass

Betty and Bob Kelso

LTC (Ret) and Mrs. Glenn Allardyce

CSM (Ret) John Stephens and Vickie

MSG(Ret) Rick "Gunner" Wagner

Jerry and Sandy Hensley

Mr. and Mrs. Dom Izzo

Mr. F. Scott Tuck

BG(Ret) and Mrs. Doc Bahnsen

Bob and Lois Hurt

COL(Ret) Dave Cowan and Beate

SGM(Ret) George Sluzenski and Kathleen

Bob Grossman

CSM (Ret) Don Wicks

COL(Ret) and Mrs. Richard Leibert

Phil Lester

Joe and Suzanne Sutton

Charlie Watkins

Francis Gowie, Jr.

Wesley Walters

BG (Ret) Jimmy Leach and Marion

Bill and Cindy Stephens


Attention Blackhorse Alums:


Thanks to those of you who responded to our 29 October message.

As of today we have 29 people officially registered (have paid their money) and another 89 people who have said they are 80% sure they will attend – total of 118. Here is a list of those people:

Registered (29):

Robert/Sylvia Bell
Jack Burns
Russell Clarke
John Sherman Crow/Frances Jones, 49th COL
Marty Dorey
Tim/Cathy Erickson
Bob Grossman
Carlton Martin – RCSM
Glenn/Joan Snodgrass
Donn Starry, GEN, 41st COL
Melissa Starry (daughter)
Joe/Suzanne Sutton
Tom/Susan White, 52nd COL
Tim Williams

Committed (89):
James Bennett (2)
Wes Walters (1)
Dell Dailey (1)
Scott Tuck (1)
Gus Flangus (1)
Jim and Anna Kelton (2)
Dan and Patty Ferris (2)
Ron Boese (2)
Mark and Barb Schmidt (2)
William and Barb Chesarek (2)
Pete Henry (2)
Doug Wiles (1)
Steve Lungstrom (5)
Steve Redgrave (2)
Bill Hansen (1)
Glenn and Gabrielle Allardyce (2)
Bill and Uschi Clark (2)
Richard Bourgault (1)
Rob Butler (1)
Steve Steininger (1)
Jim and Karen Crowley (2)
Kevin Sherman (3)
Robert Boyer (2)
Gene and Mitsi Johnson (2)
Steve Cameron (1)
David Holt (1)
Clint Ancker (2)
DH Wicks (1)
Scott Durkee (1)
Mike Mineni (1)
Glynn and Jenny Pope (2)
Steve and Debbie Bowyer (2)
Ted and Daphne Salin (2)
Mark Maiers(2)
Ernie Ford (1)
John Smith (2)
Dave and Beate Cowan (2)
Jerry Utterback (1)
Jim Gill (1)
Tom Smart (2)
Colonel James Blackburn (1)
Jimmy Cross (1)
Craig Birchard (1)
Tim Yeider (2)
Mike Patenaude (2)
Tony Banchs (1)
Michael Heekin (1)
Tom Favia (1)
Steve Baribeau (2)
Charles Slade (2)
Michael Fitzgerald (2)
Leland Tabb (2)
Steve Rippe (1)
Danny Garceau (2)
Jim Payne (1)

We would really like to have commitments from over 100 servicemembers (not spouses or companions) to proceed with the planning. So we are asking one more time for an email show of hands if you are 80% sure you will join us at the reunion in Germany next June.

Please let me, Glenn Snodgrass (jgs525@cox.net) or Tom (tom.smart@L-3com.com) know as soon as you can, but NOT LATER THAN 5 DECEMBER 08, if you plan to attend the reunion scheduled for 24-28 so we can get the best head count possible.

2010 Blackhorsen Reuion Options.

Please indicate your Interest in participation. Copy this section to an E-mail, Enter your choices and forward to donagher@AOL.com with a title of "2010 reunion survey" or Mail to: Robert Donaghe, 3439 Alba RdHouston , TX 77018-6322

Dates:9 – 13 June 2010, Houston TX Your Interest(y/n) # People
Attendance
I / We plan to attend ___ ____
I plan to Drive to Houston ____ ____
I plan to Fly into Houston ____ ____
Arrive at Intercontental Airport ____ ____
Arrive at Hobby Airport ____ ____
I plan to bring children. How many? ____ ____
Childrens ages _________________________
Arrive Wednesday Golf tours on Thurs ____ ____
Arrive Thursday ____ ____
Arrive Friday ____ ____
Hotel Locaton
Resort Area Hotel ( Galveston )@ $200.00 ____ ____
Hotel Close to Shopping Area @ $125.00 ____ ____
Remote Hotel w/ meeting rooms @ $85.00 ____ ____
Activities: Are you interested in any of the following?
Thursday Golf Game Options ____ ____
Black Horse Country Club @ $100.00 ____ ____
Longwood Country Club @ $75.00 ____ ____
Bear Creek Park @ $50.00 ____ ____
Wed or Thurs Base Ball Game ____ ____
Wed or Thurs Horse Racing Track ____ ____
Home Tours Museum Tour Fine Arts ____ ____
Museum Tour Natural History ____ ____
Buffalo Soldier Museum ____ ____
San Jacinto Battle Ground and Museum ____ ____
Scholls Field – Aviation Museum ____ ____
Boat tour of Galveston Bay and Lunch ____ ____
Shopping Experience
The Galleria ____ ____
Old Town Spring ____ ____
Tatinger Discount Center ____ ____

Name: ______________________________________

Email: _______________________________________

Remember When…

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Workhorse Troopers, What is this?

Do you remember when?

We would love to hear your guesses and any nostalgic comments you have about this specific photo.

We will try publish most of the replies that we receive in the next E-Newsletter.

Allons!


Date Scheduled for the 4th Annual Newport Beach Hoedown
4th Annual Hoedown Fundraiser
To Support 11th ACR Blackhorse Troopers
and The Blackhorse Association Scholarship Fund

Make your plans to travel to the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 on the bay in sunny Newport Beach, CA. Once again the charge will be lead by 11th ACVVC member, Blackhorse Association member and Post 291 Commander Steve Spriggs. The Hoedown has raised an average of $10,000 each year and we expect a full house once again.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291
215 15th Street; Newport Beach, CA 92663
5:00 PM- 11:00 PM
5:00 No host happy hour and the post saloon
6:00 Grub (cowboy style)
7:00-11:00 Kick up your heels dancing
Music by The Misfit Cowboys
Contests & Raffle prize drawings throughout the evening!
DONATION $25.00
For tickets please call (949) 673-5070 (no tickets sold at the door)
Dress: Hoedown duds