I am quite honored to become your 10th President and intend to do my best for the next two years to fill the boots of the previous nine.
With your help, I hope to continue our efforts to attract new members, continue and perhaps enlarge our Scholarship Program and Reserve Fund, Troop Support Fund, Cacti Times donations and our underused Health and Welfare Fund for needy Cacti. I am looking ahead to a prosperous year for the Association.
My hope is to see everyone at the next reunion in Portland, OR from September 27th to 30th at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. It will be our 20th reunion.
I am always available if someone wants to talk, ask a question or complain. I am here at your service and my contact information is on the web site, www.cacti35th.org
Scholarship Rules and Application Form
We have added a new Scholarship tab to the main menu above. There you will find information on scholarship eligibility and the process for completing an application. It is never too early to get those kids motivated to apply for this Cacti program. For questions please contact Dave Muxo, Scholarship Committee Chairman at his Email address Here!
Constitution and Bylaws
The new Constitution and Bylaws as passed by the Association members at the 2018 Reunion in Portland, OR are posted under the Association tab above. For any questions please email Jim Anderson at his Email address Here!
Credit Card Dues Payment?
Look! Need Information on how to pay your Dues, Donations and Registration Fees Electronically? Contact Association Secretary Don Johnson to find out how! Email Link Here!
Pursuant to the Board of Directors' decision of 12-20-2017, the following is announced:
1. Life Memberships will no longer be offered after December 31, 2018. All prior Life Mail and Life Email Memberships will be honored in perpetuity.
2. Effective immediately Annual Dues are lowered to $20 for Annual Mail and $10 for Annual Email Memberships. All members who have previously paid for a 2018 Annual Membership will receive a $5 credit towards the next year’s unpaid dues.
Questions may be directed to Pete Birrow, Chairman Membership Committee at Email Link Here!
Most of us in the 35th Infantry Regiment Cacti Association would wish that we could offer each qualified applicant to our scholarship program a full scholarship each year.
The financial realities, of course, are far short of this requiring some rather severe compromises. But we must plan and work toward the best compromise we can obtain.
We ask the membership yearly to contribute toward a pot of funds that are used to monetize these funds. We know that the membership often gets tired of being asked again and again for help with this funding but at the same time most of us feel that this is one of the most worthwhile things that we do.
So we will continue to ask and we may even step up our efforts in order to be able to award the greatest amount of financial support to the largest number of qualified Cacti family members.
Realistically at this time the best we may be able to do is to give out one-time awards to a limited number of applicants. But if we work hard, and you are generous, we may at least be able to increase the number of scholarships awarded in any given year and perhaps even increase the dollar amount in some future years.
We need to do what we can to place this program on a solid foundation. Your generosity is the key.
There are currently two different target fund sources in use to try and maximize and stabilize our ability to award scholarships.
One is, of course, your donation to the Scholarship fund itself. The more that you give to this fund the more scholarships we can award. A simple explanation of the number of such awards that will be given is to take the total amount of scholarship funds available at the end of a given year and then divide it by $2000. The whole number that results represents the number of awards that can be given in the coming year. One of the awards is the Jim "Doc" Hall Award, which gives an additional $500 to the top rated applicant of the year. So, for instance, if we have $9,000 in the fund at the end of the year and we divide this by $2000 then we can award three scholarships for $2000 and one for $2500 during the following year. However, if we have $5000 in the fund at the end of the year, and divide by $2000 then we can only fund two scholarships, one for $2000 and one for $2500.
The Scholarship Reserve
This brings us to the second of our funds. Confusing as it may seem it is referred to as the "Scholarship Reserve" fund. This is our attempt to hedge against poorer years for scholarship fund raising.
Basically, the idea here is to obtain commitments from those of us who can afford this to pledge a certain amount of money per year to this "hedge" fund that will allow us to comfortably set a minimum number of scholarships per year.
Currently we are looking at four scholarships as our minimum desirable number. So in the case of the second example above, $5000 in the fund at the end of the year divided by $2000 would allow for only two scholarships.
By using the "Scholarship Reserve" fund (assuming that it has enough funds to do this) we would still be able to award the minimum number of four scholarships by utilizing $3500 from the reserve fund.
So simply put, the "Scholarship Reserve" fund is a hedge to assure a minimum number of scholarships every year while the Scholarship fund may allow us to go above the minimum number of awards.
For those of us who feel that they can contribute a yearly amount to the Scholarship Reserve, we would ideally ask that you pledge at least $100 per year over a five year period. A larger contribution is, of course, welcome and even a larger contribution in any given year would be beneficial (i.e. you give $100 annually for four years but find yourself able to give $200 or more in the 5th year.)
Giving to the Scholarship Reserve should not preclude giving to the Scholarship Fund. Any amount given to the scholarship fund is welcome and helpful and certainly multiple contributions during the year, as you find yourself able to contribute, would be even more helpful.
So there it is, our appeal to you to give until it hurts in an effort to help the children and grandchildren of the Cacti. Sorry but you will hear from us again. Please forgive us this intrusion. With your help we will make the best effort we can to help these kids.
NOT a Member? Or your Membership has Lapsed? Three times a year John Lorts, Editor, and Bill Henson, Associate Editor, create 32-44 pages of your Cacti history and news about our Active Cacti. As a Member you receive this excellent publication as a benefit. If you haven't seen the Cacti Times in its full color version we have a treat for you. Follow this link for a blast from the past. The 2014 Spring Edition: Click HERE to see what you are missing.
Can't wait to become a Member? Open and Print the Membership Form HERE
The War Stories Section has turned into a huge success with over one hundred stories written by our Cacti Members. Got a "Cacti War Story"? It can be a battle story, a funny or sad story. Just put it down the way you remember it. If you want to use "creative license" to embellish a little, you've got it. Only rule is not to be malicious.
Submit them to Wiley "Tiny" Dodd at Email, today!
Health & Welfare
Do YOU know someone in Need?
The Association's Health and Welfare Account currently has a very positive balance. To date, there has been only one request for financial assistance. Obviously more requests could be accommodated, but we have no knowledge of these situations. But maybe YOU can help from today and into the future. Should you be aware of a Cacti Brother that has fallen on hard times, suffered a loss such as a hurricane or a flood, has medical issues and is uninsurable, or anything else that cries for help, please be his ombudsman. These Health and Welfare funds were donated by you, our caring members, to be used for those in need not just to be saved for a rainy day. Please let us know about your brothers in need.
If you know of someone in need, or are that someone, please contact Pete Birrow by email by clicking HERE.
ALL information is kept confidential.
The 35th Infantry Regiment Association dedicated the Cacti Regiment Monument on the Walk of Honor at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA on 12 JUL 2013. This ceremony completed a five year project by the association to build the 35th Infantry Regiment's first memorial in honor of its fallen comrades from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The ceremony was attended by over 130 Cacti veterans, family and friends from every conflict that the 35th Infantry Regiment has participated in since WWII. It is an impressive work of art and we encourage all Cacti veterans to visit the monument during your next trip to Fort Benning. Click here to see full-size pictures.
BATTLEGROUND: 4th INFANTRY IN VIETNAM
Here is a YouTube film we thought you might enjoy. The story of the "Ivymen" in Vietnam, from their arrival in 1966 through the critical Battle of Dak To in the winter of 1968. Approximately 25 minutes long it is a good depiction of our piece of the war.
FACES NEVER FORGOTTEN WITH JOE GALLOWAY
This short film, from YouTube is about Joe Galloway's experiences as a reporter in Vietnam and his coming to grips with them following the war. We thought you might enjoy this short but emotional clip. Simply click on the link below to view.
KIAs and Gravesites
Vietnam KIA Photos Needed
Dick Arnold, Doc Hall, and Pete Birrow have been gathering KIA Photos for a number of years. Their work has added immensely to our mission to memorialize our war dead. But we still need a few more. Click Here to view a list of Vietnam KIA photos needed. If you're a fellow Cacti, or a friend or family member, please consider sending a photo to Dick Arnold at his Email address.
Vietnam War Gravesite Location Project
Doc Hall and Pete Birrow have been compiling a list of gravesites for our Vietnam KIAs for some time now. Through personal visits and searches on the web they have located hundreds. The information is now available by Clicking Here. If you have personal knowledge of a gravesite not found on the list, please contact Doc Hall at his Email address.