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35th Infantry Regiment Association: Purpose

The Purpose of this Association shall be: to organize the veterans of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army in order to foster, encourage and perpetuate the memory of the officers and men who distinguished themselves by their services and sacrifices while with the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment; to promote and cultivate social intercourse and fellowship among their descendents; to perpetuate the memory of the achievements of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment and its members; to comfort and support the current active members and their families of the 35th Infantry regiment; to promote the National Defense, American patriotism and American citizenship; to encourage historical research in relation to Wars; to acquire and preserve the records of the services of the members of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment as well as documents and relics; to mark the scenes of the activities of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment with appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries for the events of our Country’s Wars and conflicts; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institution of American freedom; and at all times to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

35th Infantry Regiment Association
Board of Directors 2017-2019

Joe Henderson
President
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Mike Slyck
Executive Vice President
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Jim Anderson
Senior VP Membership
email

Pete Birrow
VP Membership
email

Ray Maylen
Senior VP WWII &
Korean Affairs
email

Dave Muxo
Senior VP Public Relations
email

John Lorts
VP Information Services/Cacti Times Editor email

Dick Arnold
VP Internet Communications
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SSG Brian Hughes
VP War on Terror & Actives email

Jack Anderson
VP Special Projects
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Don "Doc" Johnson
Secretary
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Mike Mannix
Treasurer
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Paul LaFalce
Sergeant-At-Arms
email

Past Presidents of the 35th Infantry Regiment Association

Whiley Dodd
Immediate Past President
email

Bill Henson
Past President
2013-2015 email

Jim Beddingfield
Past President
2011-2013 email

Jim Anderson
Past President
2009-2011 email

Jim "Doc" Hall
Past President
2007-2009 email

Pete Birrow
Past President
2005-2007 email

Bill Burdick
Past President
2003-2005 email

Dick Arnold
Past President
2001-2003 email

Don "Doc" Johnson
Past President
1999-2001 email

Committee Assignments 2017-2019

Committee Name Committee Members
Audit Committee Chairman - Tim Peters, Rick Roseneau
Reunion Advisory Committee Chairman - Don "Doc" Johnson, Dick Arnold, Pete Birrow, Len Calabree, Jim Anderson
Nominations Committee TJ Blue, Pat Martin, Tony Flesch
Membership Committee Chairman – Jim Anderson, Dick Arnold, Pete Birrow, Jack Anderson, Jim Schumacher, SSG Brian Hughes
Memorial Committee Chairman - Dick Arnold, Pete Birrow, Jim "Doc" Hall, John Lorts
Scholarship Committee Chairman - Bill Henson, Mike Slyck, Bob Maves, Bill Burdick, Paul LaFalce
Internet Communications Advisory Committee Chairman - Dick Arnold, Jim Anderson, John Lorts, Denny Krause, Dave Fogg, Dave Muxo
Health and Welfare Committee Chairman - Mike Slyck, Pete Birrow, Gary Lee, Tom Mahon

Special Committees/Appointments*

Committee Name Committee Members
Budget Committee Chairman - Mike Mannix, Jim Anderson, Doc Johnson, Pat Martin, Jim Beddingfield
Dues Restructure Committee Chairman - Jack Anderson, Don "Doc" Johnson, Jim Anderson
Legal Advisor Jim Beddingfield
Service Officers Jim Cooke, Phil Surace, Tom Mahon, Alan Olsen
Parliamentarian Mike Slyck
Chaplain Jim Beddingfield
Liaison Active 2/35 SSG Brian Hughes

*The Association President is an Ex Officio member of all Committees except the Nominations Committee

35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association Inc.
Constitution

Article I: Name of Association

The name of this Association shall be “The 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association Inc.,” a federal tax exempt 501 C (19) nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Florida, hereinafter referred to as the “Association.”

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be: to organize the veterans of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army in order to foster, encourage and perpetuate the memory of the officers and men who distinguished themselves by their services and sacrifices while with the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment; to promote and cultivate social intercourse and fellowship among their descendents; to perpetuate the memory of the achievements of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment and its members; to aid, comfort and support the current active members and their families of the 35th Infantry Regiment: to promote the National Defense, American patriotism and American citizenship; to encourage historical research in relation to Wars; to acquire and preserve the records of the services of the members of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment as well as documents and relics; to mark the scenes of the activities of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment with appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries for the events of our Country’s Wars and conflicts; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institution of American freedom; and at all times to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

Article III: Membership

Membership is open to all persons who now serve with, or previously served with, the 35th Infantry Regiment, United States Army; provided they were honorably discharged therefrom.

Article IV: Dues

The membership dues of the Association shall be based on a fiscal year of January 1 to December 31. Each member shall pay dues as provided in the bylaws.

Article V: Government

The governing body of this Association shall be known as the Board of Directors (BOD), under the general management of the elected officers and immediate past three (3) Presidents of the Association.

Article VI: Meetings

The Annual Business Meeting of this Association shall be held in conjunction with the Annual Reunion. Regular Meetings shall be held as defined in the Bylaws.

Article VII: Amendments

Amendments to this constitution must be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors and thereafter by an affirmative two-thirds (2/3) vote of Association members present and voting at the Annual Business Meeting. No Proxy votes will be accepted.

35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association Inc.
Bylaws

Article I: Name of the Association

The name of this Association shall be “The 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association Inc.,” a federal tax exempt 501 C (19) nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Florida, hereinafter referred to as the “Association.”

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be: to organize the veterans of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army in order to foster, encourage and perpetuate the memory of the officers and men who distinguished themselves by their services and sacrifices while with the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment; to promote and cultivate social intercourse and fellowship among their descendents; to perpetuate the memory of the achievements of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment and its members; to aid, comfort and support the current active members and their families of the 35th Infantry Regiment: to promote the National Defense, American patriotism and American citizenship; to encourage historical research in relation to Wars; to acquire and preserve the records of the services of the members of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment as well as documents and relics; to mark the scenes of the activities of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment with appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries for the events of our Country’s Wars and conflicts; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institution of American freedom; and at all times to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

Article III: Membership

A. Annual Membership: All persons who served in the United States Army with the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment at any time, who are now retired or on active service, having been honorably discharged, and who pays the required Annual Membership Dues, shall be granted Annual Membership.

B. Life Membership: Any person who qualifies for Annual Membership as described above and who pays the required Life Membership Dues, shall be granted Life Membership.

C. Non-Member Family and Friends

These designations may be granted the right to attend reunions and to receive copies of the Association newsletter but have no right to vote or to hold office in the Association.

1. Family: Spouses, widows, widowers, ancestors, or lineal descendants of a deceased 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment member who would have been eligible for membership in this Association if living, shall be recognized as a Family Associate of the Association.

2. Friend: A person who has in a notable manner demonstrated extraordinary support of the 35th Infantry Regiment or this Association, helped foster Cacti brotherhood, or in some other notable way assisted in perpetuating the good of the 35th Infantry Regiment shall be eligible as a Friend of the Association. A Friend may be proposed by any Cacti member, in good standing, through a written request to the current President. The President shall, in a timely manner, submit and review the request with the current Association officers and upon a yes vote of the Board of Directors, the status of Friend will be conferred.

Article IV: Fiscal Year and Dues

A. The fiscal year of the association shall run from January 1 to December 31.

B. The dues of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association may be adjusted at the Annual Business Meeting by a 2/3 majority vote.

C. Both Annual Memberships and Life Memberships are separated into two categories. One is for members receiving the Cacti Times electronically over the Internet, and one is for members receiving the magazine by hard copy through the mail.

1. A member may elect to change from the electronic version to the mailed hard copy by paying the prorated difference in Annual or Life Membership Dues to the then current Secretary.

2. It is the responsibility of the member to keep current his mail/email address. Send changes to the Secretary.

3. Annual Membership: Electronic Cacti Times - $15.00.

4. Annual Membership: Mailed Cacti Times - $25.00

5. Life Membership Dues Schedule

Life Membership: Electronic Times Life Membership: Mailed Times
Age Dues Age Dues
20-24 $525.00 20-24 $1080.00
25-29 $500.00 25-29 $1000.00
35-39 $400.00 35-39 $800.00
40-44 $360.00 40-44 $720.00
45-49 $310.00 45-49 $620.00
50-54 $270.00 50-54 $540.00
55-59 $230.00 55-59 $460.00
60-64 $190.00 60-64 $380.00
65-69 $150.00 65-69 $300.00
70-74 $120.00 70-74 $240.00
75+ $100.00 75+ $200.00

6. The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Annual membership dues shall be due and payable by 30 January of each year of membership. Dues received prior to or at the annual membership reunion shall be credited to that year’s dues. Dues received after the annual membership reunion will be credited to the following year’s dues. If dues are not paid by April 1st, the member may be dropped from the rolls. An individual may elect to pay Life Membership Dues in four (4) equal installments. Payments are all due within the year of application.

7. Dues for Memorial Memberships and Honorary Life Memberships shall be complimentary. All presently living 35TH Infantry Regiment Medal of Honor recipients or former 35th Infantry Regiment personnel who were Prisoners of War will receive a complimentary Life Membership. The Board of Directors will evaluate any future recipients, as individuals become eligible.

Article V: Government

A. The governing body of this Association shall be known as the Board of Directors (BOD), under the general management of the elected Officers and immediate past three (3) Presidents of the Association.

Each member of the BOD shall have one equal vote on the business of the Board. The business of the Association shall be transacted by the BOD at the call of the President or of a majority of the Board. Meetings may be conducted either in person, via conference call, electronic mail, or other correspondence as deemed appropriate by the President and Board of Directors. Costs for in-person meetings, not to exceed one meeting per year, shall be limited to $250 paid to each board member in attendance, or actual costs per member, whichever is less. If meetings are held via conference call(s), the expense of the conference call(s) will be paid by the Association and documented in the annual financial report. Since the BOD has been elected by the membership, it has the authority to make decisions in the interests of the membership, provided that a quorum of at least two-thirds of the BOD is in attendance to vote. As a general rule, decisions made in BOD meetings should be limited to those of an emergency or time sensitive nature and not items that could wait for action at the next Annual Business Meeting. However, the BOD has the sole authority to decide which items it acts upon outside the Annual Business Meeting. The BOD will recommend sites/dates of the annual reunions to the Reunion Advisory Committee.

B. The election of the Officers of the Association shall be held every two years at the Annual Business Meeting. The Nominations Committee consisting of three (3) Association members in good standing shall prepare and present the slate of Officers. In addition, nominations may be taken from the floor from any member in good standing. A simple majority of those members in attendance shall be sufficient to elect each Officer.

C. Officers and Duties:

1. President

a. He shall, as he deems necessary or advisable, appoint or remove any chairperson, in the best interest of the Cacti Association.

b. He shall see that the Association books, records and statements are properly supervised.

c. He shall serve as an ex-officio member on all committees except the Nomination Committee.

d. He shall preside at and call all Association Meetings.

e. He shall work with the Association Officers to structure and set up the Annual Business Meeting.

f. He shall compose the letter of invitation to be sent to all members for the Annual Reunion. The letter will be sent out by the Association Secretary via the Cacti Times magazine, email or regular postal mail.

g. He shall conduct a special Memorial Ceremony in memory of all the honored dead of the 35th Infantry Regiment during the banquet at the Annual Reunion.

h. He will appoint members to the Audit, Membership, Memorial, Nomination, Reunion and any special committees as needed.

i. All other Officers both elected and appointed shall report to the President and He shall provide oversight to all areas of the Association.

j. He shall appoint a Service Officer, Legal Advisor and Parliamentarian to serve for the duration of his elected term.

2. Executive Vice-President

a. During the absence or inability of the President, shall take the place of the President.

b. He shall assist the President in the management of the Association.

c. He shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors or the President.

3. Senior Vice President(s)

a. Senior Vice President Membership

b. Senior Vice President WWII & Korea Affairs

c. Senior Vice President Public Relations

Each Senior Vice President will give a report on their area of responsibility at each Annual Business Meeting and throughout the year in the Cacti Times as needed.

4. Vice President(s)

a. Vice President Membership and will assist the Senior VP Membership.

b. Vice President WWII & Korea Affairs and will assist the Senior VP WWII & Korea Affairs

c. Vice President Special Projects/Historian and will assist the Senior VP Public Relations.

d. Vice President Internet Communications and will assist the Senior VP Public Relations.

e. Vice President Information Services will be Cacti Times Editor/Publisher and will assist the senior Vice Presidents of Membership and Public Relations.

5. Secretary

a. He shall be in charge of all membership cards, and mail the same, upon payment of dues, to all members.

b. He shall keep all records and be ready for inspection, upon the President's request.

c. He shall keep an up-to-date mailing list of members in good standing.

d. He shall keep the minutes of all meetings and read such at the Annual business meeting.

e. He shall as appropriate mail out dues notice to Annual members.

6. Treasurer

a. He shall give a full financial report at the annual business meeting.

b. He hall be responsible for all Association funds.

c. He shall ensure that deposits of funds are in the name of the Association.

d. He shall keep all financial records and be ready for inspection, upon the President’s request.

e. He hall open two (2) bank accounts in the Association’s Name. One account for General Funds and the other account shall be an interest bearing type account. Transfer of funds between accounts shall be made as necessary and in the best interest of the Association.

f. He shall pay bills on behalf of the Association.

7. Sergeant-at-Arms

a. He shall maintain order in Association meetings and carry out any requests made by the Association President concerning the meetings.

b. He shall make sure that the meeting room for the annual business meeting is set up so that a table is provided for the presiding officer and he is facing the assembled membership.

c. He shall make sure that an American Flag is at the front of the meeting room for the annual business meeting.

d. He shall lead the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the meeting.

D. Term of Office and Succession

The Officers of the Association shall be elected to serve for a term of two years, or until their successor is duly elected and assumes office. In the event of the death or resignation of the President, the Executive Vice President shall succeed him. The Senior Vice Presidents shall succeed the Executive Vice President, if necessary, in order of Senior VP Membership, Senior VP WWII & Korea Affairs, and Senior VP Public Relations. Should additional successions be necessary the remaining Officers will meet in the most expeditious fashion and elect a President by majority vote.

Article VI: Meetings

A. The Annual Business Meeting shall be held at the annual reunion.

1. The presence of not less then five (5) Annual or Life Members shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a lesser number may adjourn to some future time and date.

2. Only Annual and Life Members in good standing have the right to vote. Questions shall be determined by majority vote, except as noted in these Bylaws.

3. Order of Association Business:

a. Pledge Allegiance

b. Opening Prayer

c. Introduction of Members to Meeting

d. Reading of Minutes of Last Business Meeting

e. Reading of Finance Report

f. Report of Officers

g. Report of Committees

h. Unfinished Business

i. New Business

j. For the good of the Order

k. Nomination, Election and Installation of Officers as needed

l. Closing prayer

B. The President may call Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors at any time. As a general rule meetings will be held through electronic or telephonic communication. A vote by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the BOD shall constitute a quorum. Questions shall be determined by a majority vote.

C. All Association Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.

Article VII: Committees

A. The President of the Association shall make all appointments to Committees, except as noted below.

1. Audit Committee will have three (3) members in good standing. Audit will take place just prior to the annual business meeting.

2. Reunion Advisory Committee shall be chaired by a Past President appointed by the President. The chairperson will appoint the committee members, with recommendations from the Board of Directors. The committee will take the recommendations of the Board of Directors for future reunion sites/dates and actively seek reunion sites and hosts for reunions two years into the future.  The committee will report at the annual business meeting regarding the site/date of the next annual reunion and tentative sites/dates of the reunion following the next annual reunion.

3. Nominations Committee will have three (3) members in good standing. This committee will prepare a slate of Officers to be voted on by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting.

4. Membership Committee will have at least three (3) members, in good standing, to seek new members and will continue the efforts in finding other 35th Infantry Regiment veterans. This committee will be chaired by the Senior Vice President Membership. This committee will give a report at the annual business meeting.

5. Memorial Committee will be chaired by one of the Association’s Past Presidents and at least (3) members, in good standing, to seek out and preserve the history of 35th Infantry Regiment and continue efforts to complete a list of the veterans that gave their lives while serving with the 35th Infantry Regiment.

6. Scholarship Committee will be chaired by the Senior Vice President Public Relations. The committee will have at least (3) members who are Association members in good standing.  The Committee will advise on the fund from which a scholarship(s) will be awarded, as prescribed by the Rules and Regulations, which may be adopted by the Board of Directors from time to time. Any scholarship must be awarded to a paid up active member or the child (to include stepchildren), grandchildren or great-grandchildren of an active member of the Association whose dues are current for the year of application.

7. Health & Welfare Committee will be chaired by the Executive Vice President. The committee will have at least (3) members in good standing including the Service Officer. This committee will also advise on dispersal from the Health & Welfare Fund, which may be established. The Health & Welfare Fund will be used to help those Cacti identified as being in need. Any disbursements from this fund will be according to Rules and Regulations, which may be adopted by the Board of Directors from time to time.

8. Internet Communications Advisory Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President Internet Communications and shall have at least (2) additional members to include a Past President and the Secretary. The committee is responsible for the formulation of policy regarding the Association’s Web Site. All policy will be presented to the Board of Directors for review.

B. The President may appoint Special Committees for other purposes, as he deems necessary.

Article VIII: Pubications

The Association will prepare the “Cacti Times” magazine at least two (2) times per year as funds allow. The Editor/Publisher of the “Cacti Times” shall be the Vice President Information Services. The President will review each issue prior to publication and offer advice on content and form.

Article IX: Memorial Ceremony

At least once each year there shall be a special Memorial Ceremony in memory of the honored dead of the 35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment, observed by the Association at its Annual Reunion, either at the Annual Business Meeting or the Annual Dinner Banquet.

Article X: Ammendments

These Association Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds (2/3) vote of members present and voting at the Annual Business Meeting of this Association. No proxy votes will be accepted. The Board of Directors shall approve all changes to these Bylaws, by simple majority, prior to submission to the Membership. The Cacti Times will publish any proposed Bylaw changes at least one (1) month before the annual business meeting, if possible.

Article XI: Parliamentary Authority

Robert Rules of Order, newly revised, shall govern in all cases not specifically covered by this Association’s Constitution and Bylaws.

Article XII: Expulsion and Removal From Office

A. Membership Expulsions: Any Officer or Member of this Association may, upon a three fourths (3/4) vote for impeachment by the Board of Directors, be suspended from membership for misconduct or dishonesty involving the Association. Any such member may be expelled from the Association by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members assembled at the Annual Business Meeting.

B. Removal from Office: An Elected Officer may be removed from office, upon a three fourths (3/4) vote by the Board of Directors, for failure to perform the duties prescribed for the office, conduct unbecoming an officer, conviction of a felony, dishonorable separation from active military service, dishonesty or conduct prejudicial to the Association.

C. Appeals: In all cases involving Suspension, Expulsion or Removal the accused will have the right to be heard in their own defense before the Board of Directors. They shall have the opportunity to present their own testimony or that of others before the BOD.

Updated Nov 8, 2014

35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association Inc.
Scholarship Program

Click and Print Scholarship Application Form

The Association will offer scholarships once yearly in amounts dependent upon contributions to the Scholarship Fund.

To be eligible the applicant must:

A. Be a child, stepchild, grandchild or great-grandchild of an Association member or a 35th Infantry Regiment member who was killed in action

B. Be a graduating high school senior

C. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

D. Relatives of Association Board members are not eligible.

Consideration will be given to current GPA, SAT or ACT score, academic standing, school activities, employment and community involvement. The scholarship may be used at college/university, community college, or college credit-awarding vocational school. Scholarship checks will be sent to the school's financial aid office upon receipt by the Association of a Letter of Acceptance from the institution chosen by the selectee. The Letter of Acceptance should reflect at least a twelve semester hour course load.

Scholarship applications are available on the Association website at the link above, or through the Association's Scholarship Committee Chairman, whose address is below. In addition to the application, the applicant must submit:

A. Two letters of reference: one from a high school faculty member and a person well acquainted with the applicant, but not a relative.

B. An essay, not to exceed 500 words describing career interests and goals.

C. A summary of activities, awards, honors and employment.

D. An official transcript of high school credits through the first semester of the senior year to include rank in class and most recent SAT or ACT tests scores.

Applications and supporting documents should be mailed no later than April 15 of the year of application to:

Bill Henson
Scholarship Committee Chairman
3680 Chrisfield Drive
Rocky River, OH 44116-3736

Questions: Email Bill Henson.

Selectees will be notified of scholarship award by May 25, following the review process. Upon receipt by the Association of a Letter of Acceptance no later than December 31 of the year awarded, a check will be sent to the appropriate Student Financial Aid Office.