Blackhorse Women's News

3rd Quarter 2017 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg Women’s Group Co-coordinator

 

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. The 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia fought to make a difference. Then they came home to discover that not everyone understood them or even agreed with their efforts. They didn’t come home to cheering crowds and ticker tape parades. They came home instead to jeers, protesters and name calling. At home again, many found that they had no one to talk with about what they had done as soldiers. No one wanted to hear it.

Then one day many years ago, a group of Blackhorse veterans met by chance at the Wall in Washington, D.C. Those few became more each year as they realized how good it felt to be together again, if but once a year. Something great was born from these few who have since become many. These men will gather once again for the 32nd annual 11th ACVVC Reunion, September 6-10, this time at Orlando, Florida, now just a few weeks away.

There won’t be a ticker tape parade in their honor, but after all these years, they have something better than that – they have one another. And, those who come will know they did indeed make a difference so many years ago.

I’m often asked, “What is the Blackhorse Women’s Group?” Simply said, we are spouses, significant others, family and friends of the 11th ACVVC. We gather in support of our Troopers, honored to share in their reunion celebration. We fundraise and use those funds to purchase memorial wreaths from Wreaths Across America, an organization that places wreaths at National Cemeteries across our nation.

We have in the past also donated funds for the men’s group causes, such as the scholarship fund. We have also assisted the spouse/significant other/caretaker with reunion funds when accompanying a Trooper.

In the past recent years we have built our treasury again. At our annual meeting held Saturday morning of the reunion, we will be discussing a couple more ways to use these funds. We invite all family and friends to join us to hear about this and other topics when we meet.

Saturday Morning Meeting Plans, 9 a.m. September 9:  This year our Saturday morning meeting plans include a shorter business meeting and a discussion of our funds. We will also discuss plans in the making for a Women’s Group outing and luncheon for the 2018 reunion at Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will announce details at our meeting.

Next, board member Cherry Platt will be teaching us how to make great red, black and silver beaded Blackhorse bracelets. Cherry said these bracelets are easy to make, taking about a half hour or so. We’ll be working on them together as a group so we can help one another and enjoy time getting to know each other better.

Cherry has already been purchased beads and supplies to make kits for 150 people. If you are a beader, think about joining us and helping those who have never beaded before. I’m sure Cherry would appreciate the extra helpers. You can let her know at Saturday’s meeting if you are willing.

Volunteers: We will be offering Orlando reunion lanyards (to hang the reunion ID around the neck). Look for our table in the Quartermaster room. We will be there the same hours as the Quartermaster. The lanyards sell out quickly so please be sure to get yours early.

We always need volunteers, sometimes a few, sometimes many. We are calling upon volunteers to take shifts at our fundraising table, both at Orlando and in Michigan. Shifts are not long and the more we can get to take a turn, the more everyone can enjoy the reunion. If you have already contacted me to help, watch for an email in July about shifts at lanyard table. Please let me know if you would like to be placed on our volunteer list. We will especially need volunteers in Grand Rapids for other assistance.

Blackhorse Women Losses: This will be the first full year that we will be honoring Sarah’s Angels, recognizing the loss of Blackhorse spouses and significant others.

If you know of the loss of a Blackhorse woman who has passed since January 2015, whether she attended our meetings or not, we ask that you notify us. Please contact me (below) or Prayer Chair Jan Beamon with information of a loss. Jan will need her name, husband’s name and troop, date of death, and address.

All losses need to be verified so if you have a link to an obituary (or one that can be emailed) that would also be appreciated. Please contact Jan by email at janwowwe@ gmail.com or by phone at 903-780-5621, or you can contact me at kathyz.tandberg @yahoo.com or by phone

701-870-6868, or any other Women’s Group Board member.

Contact information for all Women’s Board Members can be found on the men’s website at
 

http://www.11thcavnam.com/index.htm

Then go to the area marked “Messages” in the middle of the home page. Click the “Messages” link. That will take you to the next page where you can click on Blackhorse Women’s News, then click on Women’s Board Members for contact information.

11th ACVVC Troopers, TOGETHER THEN, TOGETHER AGAIN!

 

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By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

Attend the Orlando women’s meeting to socialize and be creative

 

 I, for one, can’t believe it’s already April!  That puts us five months from the 32nd Annual 11th ACVVC Reunion at Orlando, Florida, scheduled for September 6-10.

 In the last Thunder Run, I announced we were in the pricing stage of a special Friday event for our women. In this issue I need to announce that those plans have had to be canceled due cost. You know what they say, location, location, location.

Unfortunately location, Orlando, which has many wonderful vacation things to do, isn’t going to work for a Friday women’s event as we hoped. We always like to bring you a good value for your money like the men’s organization does each year, but it isn’t going to work for us this year.

With so many great things to do in the area I know you will find something else great out of the many options available to do Friday with family and friends.

Our women’s board has discussed it and since we had already planned to enhance our usual Saturday morning annual meeting, we’re going to make sure it’s better than ever!

   Saturday Morning Meeting Plans, 9 a.m. Our Saturday morning meeting plans include a shortened business meeting and then we’re moving on to something fun.
Cherry Platt, board member, has volunteered to teach us how to make amazing red, black and silver beaded Blackhorse bracelets!

Cherry assures us these bracelets are easy to make, taking about a half-hour or so. We’ll be working on them together as a group so we can help one another out and enjoy time getting to know each other better.

Cherry has already purchased beads and supplies to make kits for 150 people. If you are a beader, think about joining us and helping those who have never beaded before. I’m sure Cherry would appreciate the extra helpers. You can let her know at Saturday’s meeting if you are willing.

But here’s what I need from you because this is our only women’s special event at Orlando:

Preregistration is not needed to attend our meeting or participate in making a bracelet. However, just in case we have more people come than we have bracelet kits, would you do me a favor? Please send me your name and names of participating family if you are planning to join our meeting?

If you would send me an email, or mail a note to me or call me, it will be a great help and I can make sure Cherry has more than enough kits so everyone leaves with a bracelet. What I need are your names with Troop info.  I have a new address now so here it is:

Kathy Tandberg

3818 Lone Peak Drive

Bismarck, ND 58503

Phone: 701-870-6868

Email: kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com

Facebook: We have now added a note on our Facebook Women’s page about troopers who pass on to Fiddlers Green. The Women’s Facebook page can be found under "Blackhorse (11thACVVC) Women". If you haven’t already, please go to our page and “LIKE” us.

Volunteers: We always need volunteers. Sometimes a few, sometimes many and we are calling upon volunteers to take shifts at our fundraising table, both at Orlando in 2017 and in Michigan in 2018.  Shifts are not long and the more we can get to take a turn, the more everyone can enjoy the reunion. Please let me know if you would like to be placed on our volunteer list.

Blackhorse Women Losses: Sometimes it takes the unexpected to remind us of life and all we hold dear. We have begun to recognize the loss of Blackhorse Women as Sarah’s Angels, in honor of one of our faithful volunteers.

If you know of the loss of a Blackhorse woman who has passed since January 2015, whether she attended our meetings or not, we ask that you notify us. Please contact me (above) or Prayer Chair Jan Beamon with information of a loss. Jan will need her name, husband’s name and troop, date of death, and address.

All losses need to be verified so if you have a link to an obituary (or one that can be emailed) that would also be appreciated. Contact Jan by email at janwowwe@gmail.com or by phone at 903-780-5621. Or you can contact me or any other Women’s Group Board member.

Contact information for Women’s Board Members can be found on the men’s website at http: www.11thcavnam.com and then go to the area marked “Messages” in the middle of the home page. Click the “Messages” link. That will take you to the next page where you can click on Blackhorse Women’s News, then click on Women’s Board Members for contact information.  

Catch you next time.


 

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1st quarter, 2017 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

 

 

Plans underway for Orlando meeting

 

Happy New Year 2017! The New Year gives us something to look forward to: The 32nd Annual 11th ACVVC Reunion at Orlando, Florida, scheduled for September 6-10. This reunion promises to be another great time of brotherhood, friendship and family.

 

If you are a family member – spouse, significant other, son, daughter, grandchild, family member or friend – who has never attended a reunion, you are missing an experience so special there aren’t words to express it.

 

If your trooper has not yet attended a reunion, please encourage him or her to do so. He will come home with another family in his heart because that’s what the 11th ACVVC is, a wonderful family.

 

Orlando Plans: Looking ahead to Orlando, Blackhorse Women will have something to look forward to as well. At this time the Women’s Group is working on an idea presented to us by those who attended our meeting at San Antonio last August.

 

We’re presently in the planning and pricing stages of a possible event for Blackhorse women who attend the 2018 reunion at Orlando, Florida.

 

I’ll have further details on the event and its registration for it in the next Thunder Run, so please stay tuned.

 

Another idea that came from the San Antonio women’s meeting is a fun activity that’s already planned for our Saturday morning Orlando meeting! Cherry Platt, one of our board members, has volunteered to teach us how to make gorgeous red, black and silver beaded Blackhorse bracelets!

 

Cherry assures us these bracelets are easy to make, taking about a half-hour or so. Of course, if you have fumble fingers like me when it comes to crafty things, it might take a little longer. However, we’ll have the time and we’ll be working on these together as a group and help one another out! Cherry has already been purchased the needed supplies on sale.

 

Fundraising: Looking ahead, we will once again offer our site-specific lanyards as our fundraising project. Our fundraising chair, Renee Majors, said we won’t offer an additional fundraising item at Orlando because it is a vacation wonderland with so much to offer. Renee added that we will, however, be offering another item at the 2019 reunion in Michigan.

 

Our Causes: Presently, the Blackhorse Women’s Group fundraises for two very worthy causes: The Prayer Shawl Project and Wreaths Across America. Funds raised assist with materials and postage for the prayer shawls, and to make a donation for wreaths for graves at Arlington National Cemetery each Christmas.

 

Cherry Platt, Prayer Shawl Project chair, sees that a prayer shawl or sometimes a lap robe is sent to the family of 11th ACVVC troopers who have passed on to Fiddlers Green “IF” we are made aware of the loss. I say if, because if no one notifies the 11th ACVVC of the loss of a trooper, the Women’s Group is also unaware.

 

So please remember to pass this information along to the organization. Special thanks to Allen Hathaway for being Cherry’s contact for this information. Sadly the number of loss continues to grow, and so does the need for prayer shawls. Cherry has more than 20 ladies who volunteer their time to help with this.

 

“My thanks to all who have made these wonderful shawls. You have brought love and comfort to many,” Cherry said.

 

Prayer shawls are made at the home of those who volunteer to make them so if you live across the country from Cherry, you can still help. If anyone would like to volunteer for this or wants further information about the project, please contact Cherry by email at fredplatt@att.net or call her at 770-445-7534. You can also contact me or any Blackhorse Women’s Group board member.

 

At the Orlando reunion I’ll be sharing information about possibly adding another worthy cause to share our funds with.  More on that later.

 

Volunteers: We will be calling upon volunteers to take shifts at our fundraising table, both at Orlando and in Michigan. Shifts are not long and the more we can get to take a turn, the more everyone can enjoy the reunion. The prayer shawl and wreath projects make a difference in the world of others, a simple reminder that volunteers are important to a group like ours.

 

Newsletter: Speaking of volunteers, our newest volunteer, Laurie Allen, will be helping us put together a short newsletter that will be emailed to women who have given us their email address. We are excited that Laurie has offered her knowledge and time to this endeavor.

 

The newsletter will have little updates as available, throughout the year as needed. By the way, the idea of an occasion newsletter in between Thunder Run articles came from a woman who has faithfully attended our annual women’s meetings for several years. It was an idea I had tossed around for a while in my head but this woman was the fuel to get it off to a start. I thank her for spurring the idea forward (you know who you are)!

 

We are using email, at least to begin with because postage is expensive. The Blackhorse Women’s Group has email addresses of those who have given them to us at our women’s meetings. However, if you have never given us your email and would like to be included on the newsletter list, please mail or email them to me at my email address below or in the Thunder Run on the contact page.

 

If you do not use email, perhaps you have a family member who would gladly allow you use their email address and print it for you. If the newsletter is a success, we may be able to look into mailing to those who have no access to email. But that is in the future for now.

 

Blackhorse Women Losses: Sometimes it takes the unexpected to remind us of life and all we hold dear. Last year the Blackhorse Women’s Group received sad news when we were told of the passing of a faithful volunteer, Sarah Belcher. At that time we realized that we need to begin to recognize the loss of Blackhorse Women.

 

To rectify this, we begin by officially honoring Sarah’s memory in our group, her smile, her caring and her endless requests to ask what else she could do for us as a volunteer. We will do so by honoring her name, the Blackhorse woman who brought us to this realization. The first on the list of women who will go on a list of honor that will this day forward will be known as Sarah’s Angels.

 

Sadly we know others will follow Sarah on that list. We have two names already. Beginning at the Orlando Women’s Meeting we will take a few moments for a prayer lead by Prayer Chair Jan Beamon. Jan will also read the names of those women who have passed beginning with January 2015 and forward. (Sorry, it would be too difficult to go back further than 2015.)

 

If you know of a Blackhorse woman who has passed since January 2015, whather she attended our meetings or not, we ask that you notify us. Please contact Prayer Chair Jan Beamon with information of a loss. Jan will need her name, husband’s name and troop, date of death, and address. All losses need to be verified so if you have a link to an obituary (or one that can be emailed) that would also be appreciated. Contact Jan by email at janwowwe@gmail.com or by phone at 903-780-5621. Or you can contact me or any other Women’s Group Board member.

 

Contact information for Women’s Board Members can be found on the men’s website at http: www.11thcavnam.com and then go to the area marked “Messages” in the middle of the home page. Click on “Messages.” That will take you to the next page where you can click on Blackhorse Women’s News, then click on Women’s Board Members for contact information.

 

Audit of Account: Treasurer Marguerite Austin reports that the health of the Blackhorse Women’s account is in good standing, as audited by Zilda Ritchie, (wife of Kenron Ritchie, K Troop) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We truly appreciate Zilda’s time and thank her for sharing her extensive financial knowledge with us. We have very few transactions each year, but having our books audited is important for the health of any organization. We will continue to do so every two years.

 

Should you have any questions or need to contact me for any reason, please do so anytime at 701-870-6868, leave a message if no answer, or by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com.

 

Until next time!

 

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Blackhorse Women's News

4th Quarter, 2016 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

More fun, less business next year

 

    What a fantastic 31st reunion we had at San Antonio! If you weren’t able to make it, we look forward to seeing you next year when we gather at Orlando, Florida!

    A huge thank you to those who attended the San Antonio Fiesta Luncheon at the Rio Rio Cantina! One thing we learned at the luncheon is that next year we’ll have a portable microphone on hand! But all in all, the comments about the luncheon were all great, so thank you again for coming!

    Another thank you to those who were able to attend the Women’s Meeting that brought record attendance of 128 women! It was a busy morning filled with business, a wonderful speaker in Chaplain Larry Haworth, and a round of ideas for future meetings. I’ll begin with one big change for next year:

    Less Business, More Fun: I placed this subject at the top of the article with good reason. As you may recall, when we began reorganizing the Women’s Group three years ago we asked you to bear with us through trial and error. And you have!

    When reorganizing anything, it takes a couple rounds to get things tweaked right. All we can do is listen and tweak in effort to give you what you want. You have been great as we work on our transition and we thank you!

    As a board we do listen to you, our members, and to each other as a board. This said, the next step we have come to after getting everything else in order is to streamline the business portion of our annual women’s meeting.

    In other words, next year we will be shortening the business portion of the meeting. We’ll get the business you need to know out quickly and then it will be on to interesting – when we have a speaker – and some fun.

    By streamlining the business portion we’ll have time for other things: 1.) Give us more time to get to know one another better; 2.) Give us time for a needed break; 3.) Have a fun activity; and 4.) From time to time end our meeting a little earlier. We hope you’re onboard with us to see what the future will bring!

    Speaking Of: As decided by YOU at our San Antonio meeting, we already have a fun activity planned for our Saturday morning Orlando meeting! Cherry Platt, one of our board members, has volunteered to teach us how to make red, black and silver beaded Blackhorse bracelets she loves to make!

    Cherry said these classy bracelets are easy to make, taking about a half-hour or so. Of course, if you have fumble fingers like me when it comes to crafty things, it might take a little longer. However, we’ll have the time and we’ll be working on these together and help one another out! Cherry has already been busy finding the needed supplies on sale.  More details to come!

    On that note, a special thank you also goes out to Cherry and Jan Beamon for the wonderful door prizes they donated for our meeting and also for the luncheon! Wow, how great were those! I wish we had more for everyone but we were grateful to have those donated to us! But that’s one reason we are going to create those wonderful bracelets at next year’s meeting so good came from having just a few!

     Also Next Year: If you liked the San Antonio Fiesta Luncheon, you’ll like the ideas we are working on for next year. We want to continue the fun when possible and hopefully next year at Orlando for the Women’s Group.

     Several ideas were presented by those in attendance, including some from members who live in the Orlando area. With the reunion so close to Disney World, it was mentioned that going out of the reunion hotel might be too costly for a fun event.

     However, great ideas came from the women in attendance, including members who live in the Orlando area. Ideas that we can do right there at the hotel! We will be following up on those. Stay tuned to the next Thunder Run to see what’s developed along those lines.

    Thanks Chaplain Haworth: A special thanks go out to the 11th ACVVC chaplain, Larry Haworth. Chaplain Haworth was our guest speaker at the Women’s Meeting this year, speaking on his two tours in Vietnam ministering to the troops. We appreciated his stories, his words, and his humor as he shared.

    Chaplain Haworth also deserves a great thank you for his special gift to every woman who attended the meeting – his book, “Tales of Thunder Run: The convoys, the Noise, the Ambushes.” What a special gesture and blessing he extended to us!

 

     Women’s Award: Congratulations to Renee Majors, the recipient of the 11th Armored Cavalry 2016 Women's Award, given for Exceptional Service to the 11th ACVVC.

    Renee has been attending the Women’s Meetings since 1986 when the meetings were simply a gathering of a few wives who often went shopping together or watched their young children play. Renee has been a volunteer at our fundraising table since we began that endeavor in 2006.

   Thanks Renee for being part of the Blackhorse 11th ACVVC Women’s Group and for helping us become a success! Renee hails from Indiana and is the wife of Bruce Majors, C Troop.

    Volunteers:  We’ve come a long way since that first gathering of Blackhorse Women, evolving into a group that fundraises for a couple of very worthy causes: prayer shawls and Wreaths Across America. Volunteers are important to a group like ours.

    In fact, at this time we’re looking for a volunteer who knows how newsletters. We would like to make a short newsletter that can be emailed a couple times a year in between Thunder Run publications. If you have experience in this area and would be interested in helping us create this newsletter, please contact me at the information at the end of this article.

    In addition, if you would like to be placed on our volunteer list to be called upon from time to time for a variety of tasks, again, please contact me at the information below.

   Prayer Shawl Project:  Project Chairperson Cherry Platt reported that the need for this project continues. Sadly, the number of prayer shawls has already increased since the San Antonio reunion.

    This project sees that a prayer shawl is sent to the family of 11th ACVVC troopers who have passed on to Fiddlers Green “if” we are made aware of the loss. As our numbers of loss continues to grow, so does the need for prayer shawls. Special thanks to Allen Hathaway for being Cherry’s contact for this information.

    Cherry has said that more women have joined this worthy cause, joining those who knit or croquet at home, but more volunteers are needed all the time. Anyone would like to join the prayer shawl project can contact Cherry by email at fredplatt@att.net and she will get back to you.

    Recognizing Blackhorse Women Losses: The Blackhorse Women’s Group received sad news last January when we were told of the passing of a faithful volunteer, Sarah Belcher.    

   This brought to our attention that we need to recognize the loss of Blackhorse Women. To rectify this, beginning at the Orlando reunion, we will take a few moments at our meeting for a prayer and read the names of those women who have passed beginning with January 2015 forward. (Sorry, it would be too difficult to go back further than 2015.)

    We ask that you notify us if you hear of such a loss. Please contact Prayer Chairperson Jan Beamon with information of a loss. She will need name, husband’s name and troop, date of death, and address. All losses need to be verified so if you have a link to an obituary (or one that can be emailed) that would also be appreciated. Contact Jan by email at janwowwe@gmail.com or by email at 903-780-5621. Or you can contact me or any other Women’s Group Board member.

    Contact information for Women’s Board Members can be found on the men’s website at http: www.11thcavnam.com and then go to the area marked “Messages” in the middle of the home page. Click on “Messages.” That will take you to the next page where you can click on Blackhorse Women’s News, then click on Women’s Board Members for contact information.

   You can also contact me. Kathy anytime at 701-870-6868, leave a message if no answer, or by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com.

Until next time!

 

 

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Blackhorse Women's News

3rd quarter, 2016 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

Still time to register for Women’s Luncheon

Deadline extended to August 11

 

 

Good news ladies! The deadline to sign-up for the Blackhorse Women’s Group San Antonio Fiesta Luncheon has been extended to August 11!  If you forgot to send yours in, you can still guarantee your seat at the table by getting it in the mail as soon as possible. Details below. 

 

Women’s Group Luncheon

 

As requested at last year’s reunion, we have a fun luncheon planned for you – a San Antonio Style Fiesta Luncheon from 12:15 - 2:15 p.m., Friday, August 26 at the Rio Rio Cantina.  Price of Luncheon is $25 per person, including taxes and tip.  The venue has worked with us on a menu that will please any palate. Because a couple of women have said they didn’t sign up because they don’t eat this type of food, the venue has graciously added a fourth choice – Chicken Fingers.

 

   This gives four options for lunch:

 

Appetizers for all - Served at the Tables

Tortilla Chips and Salsa

 

Plated Entrée, Please choose from one of four choices

 

#1. Chicken Fajitas al Carbon: Grilled Marinated Breast of Chicken

 Cut Fajita Style Topped with Sautéed Onions, Green and Red Bell Peppers.

Served with Spanish Rice, Rio-Rio Refried Beans, and Flour Tortillas.

Garnish: Guacamole, Pico De Gallo, and Sour Cream

 

              #2. Enchiladas de la Casa: Cheese Enchiladas topped with a Mild Chile Sauce, Served with Spanish Rice, Rio-Rio Beans (This is a nice choice for Vegetarians.)

 

          #3. Gluten Free option, a gluten free fajitas may be served depending on numbers; regardless there will be a nice gluten-free meal available

 

#4. Chicken Fingers Plate

 

Dessert- Served Family Style

 

Cinnamon Churros

 

Beverage Included

Iced Tea and Water

    

*Bar Service Available as Cash Bar, not included in luncheon price

 

We have a fun event planned in addition to great food so we hope you will join us for an early afternoon of fun, food and good conversation! Ladies, do you have guests attending the reunion with you? Bring them along to the luncheon. Simply register them for the luncheon along with yourself.  The Rio Rio Cantina is located along the River Walk at 421 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, within a 5 to 8-minute walk from the reunion hotel, the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk.  It’s a walking location because transportation costs as a group in the city would cost us out. However, if walking isn’t an option, individuals are welcome to find their own transportation to the venue. Your own hotel will be able to give you directions from your location.  Please note that Pre-payment and Pre-registration are required to attend the Women’s Luncheon so the venue has an advance head count.  Please use the Registration form that is included with this issue of the Thunder Run.   A firm deadline of August 11 is set to guarantee this price without increase from the venue.  

 

Our Annual Meeting

 

The Women’s Group Annual Meeting will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 noon Saturday, August 27. The room location will be announced in your reunion schedule.  If you have not yet attended a meeting, please join us. You will be pleasantly surprised! We have a fun and interesting meeting each year. After we take care of a little annual business, we will have a speaker, share announcements and then open the floor to hear what you, the Blackhorse Family, would like to share.  One of the items on our agenda, for instance, will be to set up a PTSD Committee, following up on our wonderful guest speaker last year.  Bring your ideas, your thoughts, yourself and guests. Please! 

 

Speaker

 

The Blackhorse Women’s Group board members look forward to presenting another guest speaker at our Saturday morning meeting. He is someone most of you know if you have attended previous reunions.  Chaplain Larry Haworth (HHT 2/11, 69-70), Chaplain of the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, will be speaking to us about his experiences while ministering to our troops in Vietnam. In addition, Chaplain Haworth, who has authored a book on his experiences, will be available for a book signing.  

 

Prayer Shawl Project

Our prayer shawl chairperson, Cherry Platt, once again has shared with me the praises of the support that comes from our 11th ACVVC members and their families. Thank you for keeping this very important, worthy project going.

Since the last reunion in August 2015, Cherry has mailed more than 45 prayer shawls to families whose Troopers have passed on to Fiddler’s Green. Sadly, that number grows each month!  Cherry thanks everyone for the beautiful thank you notes sent by the many families.

 

The Prayer Shawl Project is one of two top projects for the Blackhorse Women’s Group. The other is our annual donation of support to Wreaths Across America. The wreaths we donate are laid on graves at Arlington National Cemetery each Christmas.  Every lanyard or other fundraiser item you have made a donation for is what helps keep these important projects going. In addition, every dollar you have donated for postage has also gone a long way to helping!  “Thank you to each and every one of you for your support!”   Anyone can be a part of the Prayer Shawl Project whether they come to the women’s meetings or not.  If you can knit or croquet and would like to help, please contact Cherry for more information by email at fredplatt@att.net or by phone at 770-445-7534. 

 

San Antonio/River Walk Trivia, Part 2 

 

Who reads the Blackhorse Women’s Group column? Below you’ll find some information that just may become useful at our San Antonio Fiesta Luncheon. You never know what might happen with this knowledge. 

 

·         Where can turtles often be found sunbathing along the River Walk? (On the banks of the Four Points River Walk North)

·         What year did the first River Walk Beautification project begin and at what cost? (1939 for $430,000)

·         Which government agency was used to construct the modern day River Walk? (The WPA- Works Progress Administration)

·         In 1968, what significant event happened in San Antonio? (The Hemis Fair, World’s Fair)

 

Kathy can be reached by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com or by phone at 701-873-2970. At the reunion you can reach her on her cellular phone at 701-8701-6868.  Be sure to check out the Blackhorse Women’s webpage site by going to www.11thcavnam.com and locating Blackhorse Women’s News tab in the white box near the bottom.  Find and “Like” us on Facebook by searching Blackhorse (11th ACVVC) Women. 

 

 

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Blackhorse Women's News

2nd quarter, 2016 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

Women’s Fiesta Luncheon Set for Friday

 

 

Ladies, get ready for luncheon! There, the cat is out of the bag! Details to follow below!   I’m excited!  While it seemed so far off, it’s actually less than three months that the 11th ACVVC Blackhorse family will gather in San Antonio, Texas, for the 31st annual reunion of our Vietnam and Cambodia Veterans! 

 

The Women’s Group Board has been busy planning for you. The biggest items on our agenda involves things you, the Women, have asked us for.  Because the reunion is packed with many activities in addition to being located in a historic tourist location at the infamous Alamo, there was no time slot to fit in a women’s tour. However, we still have something great planned!  I’ll spill the beans on what we have confirmed for Friday! Oops, I’ve already dropped a clue – beans! 

 

Women’s Group Luncheon

Ladies, the Women’s Group invites you to attend a fun, San Antonio Style Fiesta Luncheon from 12:15 - 2:15 p.m., Friday, August 26 at the Rio Rio Cantina. Price of Luncheon is $25 per person, including taxes and tip.  

 

The venue has worked with us on a menu that we think will please any palate. There are three options to choose from: 

 

Appetizers- Served on Tables

Tortilla Chips and Salsa 

 

Plated Entrée, Selection one of three choices

#1. Chicken Fajitas al Carbon: Grilled Marinated Breast of Chicken

 Cut Fajita Style Topped with Sautéed Onions, Green and Red Bell Peppers.

Served with Spanish Rice, Rio-Rio Refried Beans, and Flour Tortillas.

Garnish: Guacamole, Pico De Gallo, and Sour Cream 

 

#2. Enchiladas de la Casa: Cheese Enchiladas topped with a Mild Chile Sauce, served with Spanish Rice, Rio-Rio Beans (This is a nice choice for Vegetarians.) 

 

#3. Gluten Free option, a gluten free fajitas may be served depending on numbers; regardless there will be a nice gluten-free meal choice available 

 

Dessert- Served Family Style

Cinnamon Churros

 

 

Beverage Included

Iced Tea and Water 

 

*Bar Service Available as Cash Bar, not included in luncheon price

 

We have a fun event planned for the luncheon in addition to great food so we hope you will join us for an early afternoon of fun, food and good conversation!

The Rio Rio Cantina is located along the River Walk at 421 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, within a 5 to 8-minute walk from the reunion hotel, the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk.  It’s a walking location because transportation costs as a group in the city would cost us out. However, if walking isn’t an option, individuals are welcome to find their own transportation to the venue.  More details and simple directions will follow in the next Thunder Run.  Please note that Pre-payment and Pre-registration is required to attend the Women’s Luncheon. Registration is limited to the first 175 women and their reunion guests.  There are no refunds available. However, you may find someone to take your place and they would reimburse you, just inform us so we can change the name on your reservation.  Please use the Registration form that is included with this issue of the Thunder Run.  A firm deadline of July 15 is set to guarantee this price without increase from the venue.   

 

Speaker

 

The annual women’s meeting, set for 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Saturday, August 27, will be informative as well as fun.  Our guest speaker is Chaplain Larry Haworth (HHT 2/11, 69-70), Chaplain of the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Chaplain will speak to us on his experiences while ministering to our troops in Vietnam. In addition, Chaplain Haworth has authored a book on his experiences and will be available following for a book signing. 

 

Prayer Shawl Project

 

In speaking with our prayer shawl chairperson, Cherry Platt, she noted how supportive 11th ACVVC members and their families have been in keeping this very important, worthy project going.  Since the last reunion, August 2015, Cherry has mailed 31 prayer shawls to those who have passed on to Fiddler’s Green. That’s 31 Troopers who have left us.  Cherry receives beautiful thank you notes from many families. She recently received the sweetest letter from one recipient who said she and her daughter sat and cried when they received it in memory of their Trooper.

 

“They were surprised to receive it because while their trooper was a member of the 11th ACVVC, he had not been able to attend a reunion. Reaching out to the wives is just as important as reaching out to the husbands,” Cherry said.

 

Cherry is right. The Prayer Shawl Project, an idea brought to the Blackhorse Women’s Group by Cherry just a few years ago, has taken the lead as the most important project our group has.  It’s a way to make sure that each and every Trooper is valued and remembered. Not every Trooper felt valued when they returned home from Vietnam/Cambodia so many years ago. You are important to us!  Anyone can be a part of the Prayer Shawl Project whether they come to the women’s meetings or not.  If you can knit or croquet and would like to help, please contact Cherry for more information by email at fredplatt@att.net or by phone at 770-445-7534. 

 

San Antonio/River Walk Trivia

 

Who reads the Blackhorse Women’s Group column? Below you’ll find some information that just may become useful at our San Antonio Fiesta Luncheon. You never know what might happen with this knowledge. 

 

·         How many people visit San Antonio each year? (Approximately 20 million)

·         What is the Spanish name for the River Walk? (The Paseo del Rio)

·         What is the Indian name for the river? (Yanaguana, “fresh water”)

·         How many bridges are built over the River Walk? (22 bridges)

·         What is the most common type of tree on the River Walk? (Cypress)

·         Why are River Walk patrons not eaten by mosquitos? (The presence of Purple Martins)

 

Kathy can be reached by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com or by phone at 701-873-2970.  Also, be sure to check out the Blackhorse Women’s webpage site by going to www.11thcavnam.com and locating Blackhorse Women’s News tab in the white box near the bottom.  Find and “Like” us on Facebook by searching Blackhorse (11th ACVVC) Women. 

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Blackhorse Women's News

1st quarter, 2016 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

 

Planning for San Antonio  

Women’s Plans Underway

We are nearly halfway to meeting once again, this time in San Antonio, Texas, where we’ll gather for the 31st annual reunion of the 11th ACVVC!  The past months since Georgia have been busy. This includes discussion by phone and email by the Women’s Board as we research ideas for San Antonio. It seems everyone who attended our Saturday morning meeting in Georgia enjoyed it so much that we are working on making this next reunion another big hit!. 

First of all, you all enjoyed our speaker last year so we’ve been pulling ideas for a possible speaker for our annual women’s meeting set for 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Saturday, August 27.  Also, as requested by a majority at our meeting last year, we are searching for an economically feasible outing of some kind for the Women’s Group. There’s so much going on that Friday that we may not be able to fit a tour in.  However, if we aren’t able to plan a tour, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still plan something fun. One idea is to host another luncheon. We’re thinking a fun, San Antonio style luncheon could be great fun and that’s what we’re working on!  Now we realize that not everyone may care for the Hispanic flair of cuisine, but we’re making plans for more than one option including one with a milder taste as well, so we can please everyone.

There will be fun options to go along with luncheon, so just hold onto your hats, or should I say sombreros! We’ll have more details ready for you in time for the next Thunder Run, but I won’t spill all the beans yet!

Prayer Shawls: 

Our group has two top projects that we support each year. The first is our Prayer Shawl Project, in which handmade prayer shawls are mailed throughout the year to families of our Troopers who pass on to Fiddler Green.  Our Prayer Shawl Chairperson Cherry Platt keeps on top of the increasing need and add her tender loving touch to the prayer shawls that are croqueted by Cherry and our many wonderful volunteers from throughout the organization.  Thank you volunteers who help create the beautiful prayer shawls. Also, thank you to those who have donated to the postage fund when we “pass the hat” for it at our meetings each year. These funds are used strictly to mail the prayer shawls. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated.  If you are interested in volunteering your talents with this worthy project, or simply want to learn more about it, you can contact Cherry by email at fredplatt@att.net  for more information. 

Wreaths Across America:

Each year in December, the Blackhorse Women’s Group sends funds for the annual Wreaths Across America project that places wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Wreaths Across America also places wreaths at each of the nation’s national cemeteries as well as Arlington.  This year we donated funds for 21 wreaths. You may wonder why 21? This number is representative of the 21 Blackhorse Troopers who were Killed in Action in Vietnam and are buried at Arlington.  While we can’t furnish wreaths for each of the 730 Blackhorse Troopers Killed In Action in Vietnam who have been laid to rest across our nation, we feel the 21 wreaths are a small token representing each of those men.

Organization President Allen Hathaway and his wife, Pam, a Women’s Group member, volunteer for this worthy project each December, helping place wreaths at Arlington. 

We thank Pam who sent the following information about their endeavors at the event held December 12:

Allen and I were at Arlington National Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., in time to watch the procession of tractor trailers and escort vehicles enter the cemetery to deliver the wreaths.  It is an amazing thing to watch.

We didn't see just how many trucks actually made the trip from Maine this year as most of them were already positioned inside the cemetery to distribute the wreaths, but we did hear that the organizers estimated that 240,815 wreaths were laid at Arlington today.  There were an estimated 70,800 volunteers laying wreaths. I can't tell you how impressive it is to see that many people honoring our fallen heroes. We were honored to be a part of such a special occasion.    

Special thanks to the Hathaways, who were able to place wreaths at the graves of 11th ACR soldiers whose names are listed below: 

John Garnett, JR, F Troop, 2/11 ACR

Richard S. Cunningham, H Company, 2/11 ACR

Don R. Sykes, E Troop, 2/11 ACR

James R. Gentile, B Troop, 1/11 ACR (WW II, Korea, Vietnam)

David J. Murray, 11th ACR, IRAQ

In addition to the 21 Vietnam KIA troopers who died in action in Vietnam, the following Blackhorse are also laid to rest at Arlington:

1 KIA in Iraq

104 other Blackhorse troopers who passed away after serving in Vietnam

42 others, who served with the 11th Cavalry between 1901 and 1966, including the first commander Francis Moore.

Prayers go out to each and every family who has lost a Trooper then and more recently. God bless.

Did you know?  If you are in the area of Arlington February 2 there will be a placing of a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in remembrance of the 115th Anniversary of the 11th US Cavalry.  

Kathy can be reached by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com  or by phone at 701-873-2970. Also, be sure to check out the Blackhorse Women’s webpage site by going to www.11thcavnam.com  and locating Blackhorse Women’s News tab in the white box near the bottom.  Find and “Like” us on Facebook by searching Blackhorse (11th ACVVC) Women.  

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Blackhorse Women's Prior Issues

4th Qtr, 2015 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

Women’s Group meeting makes record attendance

 

 

Wow! What a reunion! Fort Benning and the city of Columbus, Georgia rolled out the red carpet for the 30th reunion of the 11th ACVVC!  First of all, thanks to those of you who were able to attend the Women’ Meeting that brought record attendance of 127 including our board members! That’s just the beginning! We, your board members, will continue to work diligently to bring you interesting and fun meetings! 

 

  Women’s Award: Next I want to thank Gerri Page as the recipient of the 30th Annual 11th Armored Cavalry 2015 Women's Award, given for Exceptional Service to the 11th ACVVC.  Volunteers mean everything to a group like ours. Gerri has been a faithful volunteer in our fundraisers! Each year when I put out the call for help to sit at our table with the lanyards and any other items we offer, Gerri is among those who take any shift that is unfilled, often multiple shifts. Thank you Gerri for being part of the Blackhorse 11th ACVVC Women’s Group and for helping make us a success! 

 

Women’s Goals: At the 2014 women’s in Las Vegas, we asked what you wanted from the Women’s Group. We are working on those goals.

 

   1.) You wanted to continue to fundraise to further our worthy projects, mainly the Prayer Shawl Project at this time. And, you want to continue to donate each year to Wreaths Across America for Arlington Cemetery. We are doing that! 

 

   2.) You wanted to continue to have an occasion hands-on- project, such as another silent auction quilt in which proceeds go to the men’s causes.  

We have one tentatively in the planning that we spoke about at Columbus. Stay tuned to the next Thunder Run and the women’s column, our Facebook page and the website for ideas for the next quilt project! 

 

   3.) You wanted speakers at our meetings, when possible, on worthy subjects. A tremendous thank you goes out to Dr. Candace Drake, Ph.D., PTSD Psychologist, Veterans Administration, who graciously spoke at our Columbus women’s meeting!   A daughter of a Blackhorse trooper, Dr. Drake answered questions, listening with her expertise and her heart, as she shared as much of her vast knowledge in PTSD as she could in 80 minutes.  

 

   4.) You also requested, when possible, to have the occasional outing. We set out on the first ever full-day outing at Columbus, with a tour of the city art and history museum, a wonderful Southern luncheon served in a beautiful Greek Revival mansion, toured a historic cemetery and did a drive by tour in the historic district.  The day was warm, the buses cool and friendships grew by the time we were finished! What a great way to get to know one another better! 

 

In fact, the tour was so successful that as requested at the women’s meeting, we are looking into another tour for the 2016 reunion at San Antonio, Texas, one that will be able to include all women who want to go.

We asked at the meeting the dollar amount they would be willing to spend for a group tour. The majority of women agreed to $50 if needed. We are researching it now to see what we can do, so keep watching the Thunder Run and website for updates. Start saving your coffee money for another fun tour! 

 

Fundraising:   We’re looking at the great list of ideas shared by many of you at last year’s meeting. We’ll again have a site specific lanyard from the same quality company we began using in 2014. In addition, we plan to offer a second item as we have in the past. There’ll be more on that later. 

 

Prayer Shawl:   Prayer Shawl Chair Cherry Platt reported that 226 prayer shawls and lap robes have been given since the project began in 2011. That number has sadly already increased since the Columbus reunion.  This project sees that a prayer shawl is sent to the family of 11th ACVVC troopers who have passed on to Fiddlers Green if we are made aware of the loss. As our numbers of loss continues to grow, so does the need for prayer shawls.  Cherry has said that since the 2014 meeting, more women have joined this worthy cause, joining those who knit or croquet at home.  We hope to expand this project to those who quilt, but need someone, a quilter, who would like to work with Cherry with this. Anyone who has experience or information on quilting prayer shawls and lap robes, please contact Cherry by email at fredplatt@att.net

 

   Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Marguerite Austin reported on the finances of the Women’s Group. We are slowly building our funds. Marguerite, and the entire women’s board, unanimously agreed that our books will be audited every two years. We have a women’s member with an extensive background in finance who has agreed to audit our books after the year end.  Please know we need each and every one of you to make and keep the Women’s Group a success. Together we are a team! Bear with us as we learn and move forward. We want to continue to hear from you and to hear your ideas and thoughts. 

 

You can contact any board member anytime. Contact information can be found on the men’s website at http:  www.11thcavnam.com and then go to the area marked “Messages” in the middle of the home page. Click on “Messages.” That will take you to the next page where you can click on Blackhorse Women’s News, then click on Women’s Board Members for contact information.

You can also contact me anytime at 701-873-2970, leave a message if no answer, or by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com.  Until next time!  

 

 

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Blackhorse Women's Prior Issues

3rd Qtr, 2015 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

 

Blackhorse Women Welcome Dr. Candace Drake

In just a few short weeks, the 11th ACVVC Blackhorse family will gather once again – this time for its 30th annual reunion set for Fort Benning/Columbus, Georgia, August 19-23.   I can hardly believe it – 30 years of reunions! How wonderful!  Take a moment, if you would, and reflect back – what were you doing back then, when we were all so much younger?  It seems a lifetime ago, but then I guess it has been a lifetime, when in 1984 a group of Blackhorse Vietnam Veterans began gathering names of fellow troopers while in Washington, D.C., for the dedication of the “Three Fighting Men” statue near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  The first reunion was held just two years later in 1986. Since then it’s grown to great numbers in these past 30 years. Bravo to those who began these reunions. Bravo, as well, to those Troopers who continue to make the reunions great and never give up on searching for more Troopers!  

 

We have some exciting happenings for women attendees this year while in Georgia.

First up is our Women’s Columbus Tour and Luncheon. We were limited to 100 participants unfortunately, but if you missed getting a place there is more to come at our Saturday meeting.  But, back to the tour – because the reunion ended up filling so many Columbus hotels, there is a slight change in how you will get to the Tour Bus that morning, Friday, August 21.  

 

You will need to catch the Convention Center shuttle bus at your own hotel that morning. Once you arrive at the Convention Center, we will gather together to board the tour buses. Watch for Women’s Tour signs.  If you have given your email address at our women’s meetings, I will send an email in July with information. Also, there will be information on all reunion tours inside your registration that will tell you how to get from your hotel to the Convention Center to meet tour buses.  Our tour buses are air conditioned, as are the museum and Wynn House that we will tour and have lunch. 

 

At the historic Linwood Cemetery, we will remain on the buses except for a few short stops such as at the chapel and also some historic gravesites. You may want to bring an umbrella for shade if you get out at these brief stops. Or you can choose to stay on the air conditioned bus.  The rest of the tour is a nice, cool drive through historic Columbus, before drop off at the end of the tour. 

 

If you have a paid place on the Women’s Tour but find you can’t attend, there are no refunds. However, we have a short waiting list of women who might purchase your ticket from you.  If you need help finding someone to buy your ticket, you can contact me (Kathy) anytime, now or at reunion, by my cell phone at 701-870-6868.

 

Dr. Drake to speak at Women's Meeting

It gives our women's board of directors great pleasure to announce that Dr. Candace Drake, Ph.D., PTSD Psychologist with the Veterans Administration, will speak at our Saturday morning meeting, August 22. Check your reunion schedule that will be included in your registration packet for time and location. Dr. Drake is the Assistant Director of Training Psychology Internship Program, at Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Pensacola, Florida. We thank men's board of directors with assistance in locating Dr. drake, who is also a 11th ACVVC family member. We are honored that she has agreed to speak with us. PTSD is an important subject for our group and all military families and members. Even if you have never attended our women's meeting before, you are welcome to attend our meeting and hear Dr. Drake. Perhaps this is the perfect time to check us out and attend our meeting.

 

Saturday Lunch

Following the men's and women's Saturday morning meetings, don't forget that lunch will be served to reunion attendees (included as part of the reunion registration). The menu will include a selection of sandwiches, potato salad or coleslaw and a cookie.

 

Fundraiser

The Women's Group is once again offering a special Fort Benning and Memorial lanyard at this year's reunion. We try to make our lanyards a collector's item each year so each is different and site specific. Look for us in the Quartermaster's room and get your lanyard as soon as possible as we hope to sell out as usual.

 

Also, be sure to check out the Blackhorse Women's webpage site by going to the men's website at www.11thcavnan.com and on the New Website Format locate "Messages" in the long box near the botton of the page above the words "Members Area" Click on Messages. This will take you to a second page for the selection under "Blackhorse Messages" and you will find several links including one to our page "Blackhorse Women's News." Also please "Like" us on FaceBook by searching Blackhorse Women.

(Co-coordinator Kathy Tandberg can be reached by e-mail at Kathz.tandberg@yahoo.com or by phone at 701-873-2970 or 701-870-6868.)

 

 

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Blackhorse Women's Prior Issues

2nd Qtr, 2015 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

Happy spring! At least some of you are experiencing spring weather in your state, which means we are well on the way to our next reunion. The Women’s Group hopes to see as many of you as able when we next gather for the 11th ACVVC 30th annual reunion, August 19-23 at Columbus, Georgia/Fort Benning.

The Blackhorse Women’s Group has been busy making plans for this reunion and we are excited to share these plans. 

 First up: A tour

A Women’s Group Tour is scheduled for Friday, August 21 in the city of Columbus. The day begins with a 9:15 morning pickup at your hotels, with a first destination of the Columbus Art & History Museum.  If you have not yet signed up for this tour, please do so as soon as possible because as announced in the January issue of Thunder Run, the tour is limited to the first 100 who sign up. We are nearly three-fourths full so please register by using the special tour form in the Thunder Run.  This is the second largest museum in the state of Georgia, second only to a museum in Atlanta. The museum is unique in that it has a permanent art collection as well as rotating galleries. There is also a gallery dedicated to regional history.  The open concept, three-level museum offers elevators and bench seating throughout the facility. This was a big plus when reviewing locations to tour because we are a group of all ages and not all can walk as well as others.  A special exhibit on display is a gallery of blown glass art made by the famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, whose work has been exhibited in every major museum in the world. It is Chihuly’s beautiful, blown glass creations that are in the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel lobby and the hotel’s indoor gardens. 

At noon we will board the buses once again for the Wynn House, a beautiful plantation-like and historic Greek Revival home from the early 1800s. Here we will have a southern luncheon, including coffee, tea and dessert. We can also wander and tour the house. After luncheon we will once again board the buses for a historic driving tour of the old city. The guided tour includes the historic homes and church district. We will also have a guided tour through the historic Linwood Cemetery from the early 1800s. This is also a Civil War cemetery and has a beautiful little chapel. We will stop at a couple special locations in the this cemetery. At approximately 3 p.m. or so, the buses will begin drop offs back at the hotels or at the convention center, where the bunkers are located; your choice. All of this for the price of $25 a person - this includes your transportation, tours, and luncheon - what a great price for a day of fun.

 

Speaker planned for Women's Meeting

As promised, we have an excellent guest speaker planned for the Women's Meeting, Saturday morning, and August 22. For the past few meetings, we have been approached by you, our women, requesting a speaker about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, specifically related to families living with troopers with PTSD. It gives our women's board of directors great pleasure to announce that Dr. Candace Drake, Ph.D., PTSD Psychologist with the Veterans Administration, will speak at our Saturday morning meeting. Dr. Drake is the Assistant Director of Training, Psychology Internship Program, at Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Pensacola, Florida. We thank men's board member, Pete Walter, with assisting us in locating Dr. Drake, who is also a 11th ACVVC family member. We are honored that she has agreed to speak with us. This is an important subject for our group. Even if you have never attended our women's meetings before, perhaps it is time to check us out and attend our meeting.

 

Saturday Lunch

Following the men's and women's Saturday morning meetings, lunch will be served that is included as part of the reunion registration. The menu includes a selection of sandwiches, potato salad or coleslaw and a cookie.

 

Fundraiser

Because the 30th annual reunion includes a special dedication and several tours that Thursday and Friday, the women's group will not offer a second fundraising item as previously announced.

We will, however , still be offering a wonderful, special Fort Benning and memorial lanyard at this year's reunion. Look for us in or near the quartermaster's room.

 

Getting to know you and Other notes

On another note - ladies, have you filled out your "Getting to Know You" project pages or forms and e-mailed or mailed them to project chairman Rosa Rector? If not, please do so. If you need a form or mailing information, please contact Rosa at 937-667-3606. Also be sure to check out the Blackhorse Women's webpage site by going to the men's website at www.11thcavnam.com and on the New Website Format locate "Messages" in the long box near the bottom of the page above the words "Members Area." Click Messages. This will take you to a second page for selection under the words "Blackhorse Messages" and you will find several links including one to our pages "Blackhorse Women's News."

Also please "like" us on Facebook by searching Blackhorse Women.

Co-coordinator Kathy Tandberg can be reached by e-mail at Kathz.tandberg@yahoo.com or by phone at 701-873-2970 or 701-870-6868.

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Blackhorse Women's Prior Issues

1st Qtr, 2015 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

 

It’s hard to believe, but we’re halfway to the 30th annual reunion, August 19-23 at Columbus, Georgia/Fort Benning.  Many exciting plans have been made by the 11th ACVVC for this reunion. The biggest excitement for the Blackhorse Women’s Group has now been confirmed – an exciting day of touring in the city of Columbus for the ladies! 

This tour has been scheduled for Friday, August 21, as an alternate activity for the women who aren’t interested in touring the many military options offered that day.  The Women’s Group Tour begins with Friday morning pickup at your hotel. We will then travel and meet at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Museum of art and history.  The museum offers both modern and historic exhibits. The open concept, three-level museum offers elevators and bench seating throughout the facility. This was a big plus when reviewing locations to tour because we are a group of all ages.  We think the elevators and benches are a plus for our ladies who want to sit and rest from time to time, as well as those who want to simply sit and view the many exhibits.  The tour will be guided, but women can also wander the museum on their own.  

A special exhibit on display is a gallery of blown glass art made by the famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, from Washington state, whose work has been exhibited in every major museum in the world.   It is Chihuly’s beautiful blown glass creations that are in the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel lobby and the hotel’s indoor gardens. His work is magnificent.  

At noon we will board the buses once again for Wynn House, a beautiful plantation-like and historic Greek Revival home from the early 1800s. Here we will have a southern luncheon, including coffee, tea and dessert. And, we can also wander and tour the house. After luncheon we will once again board the buses for a historic driving tour of the old city. The guided tour includes the historic homes and church district and port area.

We will also have a guided driving tour through the Linwood Cemetery from the early 1800s. This is also a Civil War cemetery and has a beautiful little chapel. We will stop at a couple locations in this cemetery. At around 3 p.m. or so, the buses will begin drop offs back at the hotels or at the Convention Center, where the bunkers are located; your choice. All of this for the price of $25.00 a person - this includes your transportation, tours, and luncheon - what a great price for a day of fun.

Like the men's tours, we are limited in the number we can take. This tour is limited to the first 100 participants who sign up. Our tour will be listed among things to do on the reunion forms so be sure to sign up right away. Check your spouse's THUNDER RUN and reunion information as soon as it arrives and get signed up.

In addition, the Women's Group will again offer Fort Benning site-specific lanyards as well as another fundraising item. Watch for news on those in the next THUNDER RUN! The Women's Board looks forward to seeing you in Columbus and we are already planning an exciting meeting with a guest speaker for our annual meeting Saturday morning. More news to come on that!

On another note - ladies, have you filled out your "Getting to Know You" project pages or forms and mailed them to project chairman Rosa Rector? If not, please do so. If you need a form, contact Rosa at (937) 667-3606.

Remember, watch for the upcoming THUNDER RUN and get registered for the Women's Group Tour!

NOTE: Kathy can be reached by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com or by phone at (701) 873-2970. Also, be sure to check out the Blackhorse Women's webpage site by going to www.11thcavnam.com and locating Blackhorse Women's News tab in the white box near the bottom, or on the New Web Site Format go to Messages. Also find and "Like" us on FaceBook by searching Blackhorse Women.

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Women’s Group Reorganizes and Elects Board

4th quarter, 2014 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator

 

First of all, I want to congratulate not one, but two deserving Blackhorse Women’s members who were recipients of the 29th Annual 11th Armored Cavalry 2014 Women’s Award, given for Exceptional Service to the 11th ACVVC. This year congratulations go to Sheryl Elaine Myers and Marguerite Campbell Austin. Ladies, thank you for being part of the Blackhorse 11th ACVVC Women and for all you do and did to help make our reorganization a great success! Thanks also to all the women who attended our reorganization meeting at the Las Vegas reunion. We had a full house and what a success it was! It was a busy meeting as we heard from you what you want from our meetings each year during the 11th ACVVC reunions. What we learned was:

1.) Yes! You want to continue to fundraise to further our worthy projects, mainly the Prayer Shawl Project at this time. And, you want to continue to donate each year to Wreaths Across America for Arlington Cemetery.
2.) Yes! You want to continue to have an occasional hands-on project, such as the silent auction quilt in which proceeds go to the men’s causes. Stay tuned to the Thunder Run and the women’s column and Facebook and the website for ideas for the next quilt project!
3.) Yes! You want speakers at our meetings, when possible, on worthy subjects, such as living with a soldier with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which many of our veterans still deal with. We’ll work on having information for you at the next reunion on where to get help and how to help him and your family.
4.) Yes! You would enjoy, when possible, to have the occasional outing.

This is just a bit of what we discussed! In addition to these important causes, we will of course also assist with other causes as the need arises. This includes, as needed, assisting with reunion registration fees for the spouse/companion of a trooper who also receives reunion assistance from the 11th ACVVC. We also discussed various fundraising ideas. Each year the Blackhorse Women will offer a new lanyard designed for the reunion location. In addition, we will usually offer when able, one other item as we fundraise. Several fundraising ideas came to us from the women, as well as one from a Trooper that was well received. More on fundraising will be discussed in another article. After a few announcements and discussions about the future of Blackhorse Women’s meetings, we heard a report from the treasurer, Marguerite Austin, that we are slowing rebuilding our funds that enable such projects and assistance.

Marguerite is also the address chair. If you haven’t attended a women’s meeting lately, or if your contact information has or ever does changes, please contact Marguerite at or any women’s board member with the information. We heard from board member and Prayer Shawl chair Cherry Platt that 175 prayer shawls and lap robes have been given since the project began in 2011. That number has sadly already increased since the reunion. This project sees that a prayer shawl is sent to the family of troopers who pass on to Fiddlers Green if we are made aware of the loss. As our numbers of loss continues to grow, so does the need for prayer shawls. Cherry has said that since the meeting, more women have joined this worthy cause, joining those who knit or croquet at home. This project is expanding to those who quilt. Anyone who has information on quilting these shawls and robes, please contact Cherry by email at for more information. Facebook chair Cathi Bowers reminded everyone to check out our Facebook page. You can search for us under Blackhorse (11th ACVVC) Women. Please “Like” our page and help spread the word. Comments on the page are also appreciated.

We officially kicked off a new project at the Las Vegas meeting called Getting to Know You. Chairing this project is Rosa Rector, who came up with the idea as a way to meet and know the women of the Blackhorse. The concept of this project is to help everyone to get to know one another just a little better because most of us meet only once a year at the reunions. If you took a form home from the reunion, don’t forget to return them once completed to Rosa in the envelope provided. Please contact Rosa by email at for more information or for a form for the project. Don’t worry about your pages. Rosa will explain what is needed and help is available if needed. The finished forms/pages will be placed in a binder and available for viewing each year at our meetings.

We heard from two guest speakers at the Las Vegas meeting. The 11th ACVVC  Historian, Don Snedeker, spoke to us about a special history project he is working on.  Don is seeking stories from Blackhorse spouses, family members or girlfriends from the days of Vietnam, and now, today. Not sure if you have a story to share with Don?  Contact him at and find out. Thank you, Don, for sharing with us and letting us know what you need.

We also heard from one of our own Blackhorse Women, Pam Hathaway. Pam and her husband, Allen, volunteer each December with Wreaths Across America, placing wreaths at Arlington Cemetery. She shared her experiences and said anyone can participate in the program at their local military cemetery. Thank you Pam!

Finally, we formalized a board of directors for the Blackhorse Women. The position of director has been eliminated and the group now has a seven-member board that will vote on decisions and bring many of them to the membership. In addition, we have a treasurer, with two names on the account. Our account will be audited annually by non-board Women’s Group members.

The election results are as follows:

• Co-Coordinators - Kathy Tandberg (Lauren Tandberg, C Troop, 69-70) and Renee Majors (Gary Majors, C Troop 70-71)
• Secretary - Sheryl Myers (Gary Myers, L Troop 1969)
• Treasurer - Marguerite Austin (Dale Austin, K Troop 68-69)
• Member at Large - Jan Beamon (Jerry Beamon, K Troop 69-70)
• Member at Large - Cherry Platt (Fred Platt, L Troop 66-67)
• Member at Large - Cathi Bower (Chuck Bower, L Troop 69-70)

The following women’s members hold committee chair positions:
Marguerite Austin, Address Chair
Renee Majors, Fundraising Chair
Cherry Platt, Prayer Shawl Chair
Cathi Bower, Facebook Chair/Manager
Rosa Rector, Getting to Know You Chair

Please know we need all of you to make and keep the Women’s Group a success. Together we are a team! Bear with us as we begin anew and move forward. You are important and vital to our group and we want to continue to hear from you and to hear your ideas and thoughts. Please contact any board member anytime. You can find contact information on the men’s website at  http://www.11thcavnam.com/and then go to the middle of the home page to the group of listings and click on Blackhorse Women’s News, then click on Women’s Board Members for contact information. You can also contact me anytime at 701-873-2970, leave a message if no answer, or by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com             Until next time!

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From the Front Porch

By Kathy Tandberg

BHG News Service

Brothers of the Blackhorse united once again

My husband Lauren and I returned home last week from Las Vegas, Nev., refreshed from the vacation where we gathered for something far more important than the gambling, glitz and glamor of the Las Vegas Strip. We were in Vegas for a reunion of family; not your usual family, but a family with a bond just as important as blood. We were there to reunite with our military family, for a reunion with Lauren’s own “band of brothers” from his service in the Vietnam War.

More than 1,500 Vietnam veterans and their family members gather Sept. 3-7 for the 29th annual reunion of the U. S. Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Vietnam and Cambodia Veterans – the Blackhorse Regiment. I borrow the words “band of brothers” carefully from the World War II movie of that name because as I watch these men reunite each year, it is clearly evident this is exactly what they are – a band of brothers for life. These brave men of the Blackhorse Regiment of my generation share camaraderie of the blood, sweat, tears and horrors of war. They lived it with bravery, answering the call of duty each day of service in the jungles of Vietnam, from 1966 when they landed, to 1972 when they had orders to withdraw. The first gathering place at the beginning of each reunion is in the “bunker” where tables are marked by troop so veterans can find one another easily.

Lauren served proudly with C Troop and over the years has spent treasured time with those he served with, some at the same time and others who were in C Troop before and after his time in Vietnam. The men also roam from table to table to find buddies from other troops. It’s a wondrous sight to see each year when returning troopers find their way to the reunions and discover what they’ve missed in past years. It’s even more wondrous when a trooper attends the reunion for the first time. Once these men attend their first reunion, they come back each year for more of that brotherly love as they share memories with one another. No one understands their time in Vietnam as well as another who has been there.

For my husband, while it wasn’t the luck of the draw with an assignment to Vietnam, he will tell anyone that it was pure luck when he was assigned to the 11th Cavalry Blackhorse Regiment upon landing in Vietnam.  He was already aware of the Blackhorse reputation because his stateside platoon sergeant and another soldier he met briefly in Japan on his way to Vietnam told him the same thing – that the Blackhorse was the best regiment there was. When it came time for assignments, Lauren lined up in formation with other new troopers for their troop assignments, which were most often given out at random. Lauren was sent as a replacement for the Blackhorse. It was there he found this brave band of brothers that remains as important in his life today as it was back in Vietnam. Among these troopers are good men he met from stateside during training and NCO school. They weren’t all in the same unit in Vietnam, but they shared the same experiences in the jungles.

To this band of brothers – The Blackhorse – I send my heartfelt appreciation and thanks for what they did for our nation – going not where they may have chosen, but where their nation sent them, where they answered that call of duty. Altogether, approximately 9.2 million men signed up or were drafted into U.S. military service from 1964-1975. Of those, 2.2 million served boots on ground in Vietnam. I thank them wholeheartedly for the peace these reunions bring to my husband and fellow troopers year after year and for what they share as they gather. Their brotherhood remains strong as they make one another whole with their camaraderie. My husband didn’t have a brother growing up. It was as a Blackhorse soldier so long ago in the jungles of Vietnam that he found his brothers. They are the best of the best. Allons!

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3rd Quarter, 2014 Thunder Run

Prayer shawl workshop in Vegas agenda

 By Kathy Tandberg, Interim Women’s Group Co-coordinator

The Las Vegas reunion will be here before we know it, and the Women’s Group is looking forward to the future as we reorganize this year. Blackhorse spouses, significant others and family members are welcome to attend these annual meetings held Saturday morning at the same time as the men’s meetings. Please check the reunion schedule for exact time and room location.

If you already attend our meetings, invite a friend or more from your bunker or banquet table, some of those great once-once-a-year friends, and bring them to the 2014 women's meeting in Las Vegas. There you can meet more wonderful women and family and share in the fun.

We will be asking for your input this year to learn what you want to see happen at our meetings. Please attend and share what you want, like or don’t want or don’t like. This is your group so we want to hear from you.

We will also have a couple speakers at this year’s meeting to share information on our two most important projects at this time, the Prayer Shaw Project and Wreaths Across America. We look forward to seeing you!

Now on to a little business: In 2011 Cherry Platt brought a wonderful idea to the Blackhorse Women’s Group. She offered to coordinate a prayer shawl project for us, a project she also participates in at her church.

The idea was well-received at our meeting and Cherry began in earnest with help from Blackhorse Women as well as friends from home. Once our group is notified of a fallen trooper, Cherry goes into action and mails a prayer shawl out.

We have had several requests since the beginning from other Blackhorse women and family members wanting to help. If you already crochet, knit or quilt you can join this project from your home. We are happy to have all the help we can get because sadly, the number annually of our fallen troopers has increased.

If you don’t already have those talents, we have had several requests for a prayer shawl workshop so others can see what is done firsthand. Not everyone who has requested the workshop knows how to knit or crochet and would like to learn. That request has been heard, and Cherry, with the help of others, will hold an impromptu workshop at our Las Vegas reunion.

Time is tight in Vegas, and with much to do at the regular Women’s meeting this year, we will hold the workshop early Thursday evening in the Cocoa A or Cocoa B room, very near the Bunker, at approximately 6:30 p.m. so we are finished early enough for everyone to participate in the Silent Auction Fundraiser held that evening in the Bunker.

Some patterns, yarn and knitting needles will be available for those who want to learn, and as Cherry says, bring them if you can. Cherry said it is an easy stitch and anyone can learn it. For those who quilt, Cherry will also have a pattern so you can see how those are made. Then anyone at home can make prayer shawls for this special project.

  

Words from Cherry Platt, Prayer Shawl Chairperson

The definition of a prayer shawl or lap robe is: A shawl or lap robe that is handmade (knit, crocheted or quilted) with prayers woven into the stiches as it is made.

The prayer shawl project began at the 2011 reunion by the Blackhorse Women. The first shawl was presented at the reunion.

When we lose a trooper, or in some cases a spouse, a prayer shawl or lap robe is mailed to the surviving spouse. These shawls or lap robes are wrapped in ribbon with a bookmark or card that has a prayer on it. Also included is a small card with the Blackhorse logo that reads: “Handmade with love from your Blackhorse Family.”

Also attached are a crocheted angel and a handwritten card. Each shawl or lap robe is blessed by the person who made it.

These shawls are made by volunteers of the Blackhorse Women and to date we have sent out more than 160. The response of the people who have received one has been overwhelming and hopefully brings some comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

This is an important project of the women. Anyone interested in helping with project, or wants more information about it or the workshop in Vegas, can contact (Cherry) by email at fredplatt@att.net or call at 770-445-7534 for information and patterns.

If anyone coming to the workshop has needles, yarn or hooks, please bring them and join us. We will have patterns and would love to get to know you and have you share in this wonderful undertaking.

For those of you who are already involved in this project, thank you so much for all that you do to make this such a success.

The chaplain has agreed to bless any shawls that we have at the reunion at the Sunday morning church service. I encourage anyone who has any made to bring them if possible so we can have a special blessing on them before they are sent out to the spouses.

 (Interim Women’s Group Co-coordinator Kathy Tandberg can be contacted by email at kathyz.tandberg@yahoo.com or call 701-870-6868 (cell) or 701-873-2970 (home).)

 

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