Blackhorse E-Newsletter June 2009

President’s E-News Message:
Not too late to join us at the Fulda Reunion. Email Glenn Snodgrass for details at jgs525@cox.net or visit our website at www.blackhorse.org at the Programs/Reunion Link. Added info may be found at the Reunion Committee’s website at www.blackhorse.com. Hope to see you in Fulda 23 through 28 June.


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Allons! and Blackhorse Forever!
John Sherman Crow
Pres. 2008-2009

General Crow appointed me to chair the nominating committee for the Blackhorse Association elections at the reunion this year in Fulda. The officers elected then will provide BHA leadership until the 2010 Houston reunion. All members of the Fulda reunion planning committee agreed to serve on the nominating committee.

On April 2nd I sent the following message to the Association leadership and it was subsequently published in an e-newsletter and placed on the website:

"The committee has studied the leadership situation of the Association, and considered many people and options. We unanimously recommend that the current slate of officers, led by John Sherman Crow, and assuming they all agree, stay in place for an additional year until an election can be held at the Houston reunion in 2010. The current team has made tremendous progress this past year and, given one more year, they can position our Association even better for the future. By our by-laws, we will have a general membership meeting at the Fulda reunion, and we anticipate the quorum necessary to handle the legal aspects. Should any member of the Association wish to submit other names for consideration, those nominations would be welcome. We ask that other nominations be submitted to me by email (jgs525@cox.net) or regular mail (7830 South Valley Drive, Fairfax Station, VA, 22039) no later than the 1st of June so that we have time to make necessary preparations before the reunion."

Since then General Crow has received confirmation from all of his leadership team that they are willing to continue to serve, except for one. Alex Silverman, who has served our Association for several years in many capacities (she, along with her husband, was a primary reason why the 2008 reunion in Las Vegas was such a success, and she has been the e-newsletter leader and major website keeper), is unable to continue, and we will miss her contributions immensely. However, we have found a great potential replacement in Greg Hallmark, a former 2/11 trooper in Bad Kissingen, who is an expert in websites. Greg has helped Chris Conrad put together the superb www.blackhorse.com site in support of the Fulda reunion.

Therefore, we now recommend that current slate of officers (minus Alex, and adding Greg) be reelected to a second term. The full slate includes:

President – John Sherman Crow
Vice President – Ron Miranda
Secretary – Charlie Watkins
Treasurer – Crystal Kruger
Membership – Gene Johnson
Newsletter/Website – Greg Hallmark
Scholarship – Pete Walter
Fundraising – Don Wicks
At Large – Glenn Allardyce

Should any member of the Association wish to submit other names for consideration, those nominations would be welcome. We ask that other nominations be submitted to me by email (jgs525@cox.net) or regular mail (7830 South Valley Drive, Fairfax Station, VA, 22039) no later than the 15th of June so that I receive them before I depart for Germany and we have time to make necessary preparations before the reunion.

Glenn Snodgrass, Chairman
Members: Bob Sunell, Dave Cowan, Tom Smart
Bob Grossman, Chris Conrad, Wes Walters
Roger Cirillo, John Baer, John Rosenberger
Steve Steininger, Bob Akam, Clint Ancker
Bob Hurt, Don Snedeker, Tom White
Guy Swan, John Stephens

General Membership Meeting
Fulda, Germany
27 June 2009
AGENDA
1. Opening Prayer
2. President’s Annual Report
3. Old Business
a. 2010 Houston Reunion Report
4. New Business
a. Proposed Monument Move
b. Discussion of 2011 Reunion Venue
c. 2009 Scholarship Awards Announcement
5. Election of Officers and Directors
6. For the Good of the Order
a. Drawing for Mail-Out Fundraiser Winners
7. Closing Prayer

Trooper Requests:
We have a Trooper searching for a company photo of the 58th. engineer (red devil) years 1990- 1993! any company photo would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Tony Pugh at tonio1220@yahoo.comopens in a new window if you are able to assist.

2009 Blackhorse Reunion Update:

We are about 2 months away from the reunion in Fulda, 24-28 June.. Currently we have 139 registered and 91 committed. Please send in registration forms as soon as possible for those still on the committed list. If you do not plan on attending please let me know and I will remove you from the list.
Here is the current proposed activities (please note dress code for Friday and Saturday events).

Please contact Renate Stieber for hotel reservations. Her email is gabaca@t-online.de.

General Schedule of Activities
Wednesday, 24 June
0900: Registration daily (Wed-Fri) until 1700 at Hotel Maritim am Schlossgarten, Fulda
1300: Fulda – Candle Factory Tour or;
Tour of Parkanlage Schloss Fasanerie at Bronzell
Walking/Shopping Tour of Fulda led by German-American Women’s Club
1600: Bad Kissingen – Historical walking tour of central Bad Kissingen.
1900: Fulda – Aviation and 1st Squadron Dinners at restaurants TBD
Bad Kissingen – 2nd Squadron dinner at TBD.
Bad Hersfeld – 3rd Squadron Icebreaker Social at ‘Sports Kafe’
Thursday, 25 June
0830: Bad Kissingen – 2nd Squadron Border Tour (returns 1800)
1000: Fulda – 1st & Aviation Squadrons Mini-Volksmarch to Haimbach, or;
Walking/Shopping Tour of Fulda led by German-American Women’s Club
Waechtersbach Pottery Factory Tour
EDAG Concept Car Factory
Bad Hersfeld – 3rd Squadron Brunch at McPheeter’s Barracks, welcome by Mayor, dedication of Squadron Monument
1900: Fulda – Fulda Squadrons’Dinner at Felsenkeller (Casual Attire)
Bad Hersfeld – 3rd Squadron Dinner (location TBD)
Bad Kissingen – 2nd Squadron Dinner (location TBD)
Friday, 26 June
0930: Bad Kissingen – Reception at Daley Barracks hosted by Lord Mayor
1000: Fulda – Border Tour led by Roger Cirillo, or;
Bus Tour to Kreuzberg
Walking Tour of Fulda led by German – American Women’s Club
1100: Bad Hersfeld – Kutschenfahrt (wagon ride) thru countryside
1800: Fulda – Welcome Reception at Stadtschloss hosted by Lord Mayor of Fulda
(Coat & Tie – all Squadrons invited)
1900: Fulda – Evening ‘Fest’ Event at Fulda City Hall Courtyard (all Squadrons invited)

Saturday, 27 June
0800: Fulda – Blackhorse Association Business Meeting at Maritim Hotel (Room TBA)
0930: Fulda – Buses depart from Maritim Hotel for OP Alpha (Bad Kissingen and Bad Hersfeld attendees not already in Fulda travel independently to OP Alpha)
1100: OP Alpha – memorial ceremony followed by museum visit and lunch
1400: Buses return to Fulda
1500: Fulda – Band Concert downtown Fulda by 1st Armored Division Band
1800: Fulda (Orangerie) – Cocktails followed by Reunion Banquet (Coat & Tie)
Sunday, 28 June
0830: Fulda – Remembrance Service (Catholic) at Fulda Dom (Cathedral)
1000: Fulda – Remembrance Service (Protestant) at Christuskirche
1100: Fulda, Bad Hersfeld, Bad Kissingen – Farewell