Minutes of the Meeting
1. Monthly Meeting: The monthly Executive Board meeting of the
Military Marksmanship Association was held on September 27, 2000, in
the USAMU Conference Room, Building 243.
a. Board Members Present:
Lory M. Johnson, President
Phillip F. Cannella, Jr., Vice-President
Laurence K. Mosely, Recording Secretary
Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
Carter Berry, Chairman, Public Affairs Committee Chairman and
MMA Times Editor
Ken Hamill, Chairman, Historical Committee Chairman and
Richard D. Rebidue, Membership Committee Chairman
b. Board Members Absent: None
c. U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representatives: Robert Aylward
d. Call to Order: A quorum being present, the President
called the meeting to order at 1120.
2. Treasurer's Report: Mr. Hunter submitted the financial
statement for August.
3. Minutes: The minutes of the August 16th Executive Board
Meeting, as corrected, with the August Financial Statement was approved.
4. Unfinished Business:
a. Audit of Financial Records: The Treasurer
reported that Mr. Hawkins would submit a written report by the end of September.
b. Suggestion By USAMU Commander: The President
stated that unless there were objections he preferred to defer
discussion on the suggestion by the USAMU Commander to provide
complimentary copies of the MMA Times until the October meeting.
c. Reunion Preparation Update:
(1) The Vice President informed the Board that 150 black and 50
white baseball caps would be delivered on/about the 3d of October.
(2) Based on the reunion registration received, the Vice
President said he was planning on ordering meals for 300 persons. The
Secretary questioned whether the Association was obligated to pay for
our initial estimate of 400 meals, the revised estimate of 300, or
the actual meals feed. The Vice President indicated it would be based
on the count provided to the Shiners on September 29th.
(3) Mr. Aylward noted the possibility the new USAREC Commander,
MG Cavin, might attend the Reunion-Hall of Fame Ceremony but
attendance was not firm to date.
(4) The Secretary remarked that Mr. Ray Burton had volunteered
to assist in the registration.
d. MMA E-mail List: The Secretary reported that 35 new
names had been extracted from reunion registration forms or
membership renewal forms and have been added to the Association's
e-mail list which now exceed 120 addresses.
e. Canadian Guest: Mr. Hamill informed the board
that two Canadian guests, LtCol Molnar and Sergeant Cathline, a
highly regarded WWII Canadian veteran, would attend the reunion and
that they had billeting reservations in Olson Hall.
f. Membership Report: Mr. Rebidue reported that 170
reunion invitations were mail to members whose membership had lapsed.
He noted that he had not identified any of those individuals as
having renewed their membership. The Treasurer remarked that he had
received 15 envelopes that were returned by the Postal Service from
g. Fall Selection Match: Mr. Aylward thanked
Association members Phil Cannella, Bonnie Harmon, and B.J. Snow for
their assistance in conduction the Fall Selection Match.
h. D. I. Boyd Trophy: Mr. Aylward reported that the
Black Hawk Club had provided the funds to purchase a memorial trophy
in honor of D. I. Boyd and that no further action was required of the
MMA or the USAMU.
5. New Business:
a. USAMU Report: Mr. Aylward noted that SFC Todd
Graves had won a bronze medal in the Olympic Games and summarized the
performance of other USAMU shooters in Sydney. He also noted that SFC
Graves would not be at the Reunion-Hall of Fame activities to do his
trick shotgun demonstration. Additionally, he indicated that the
USAMU Olympians were scheduled to meet the President, DOD Staff, and
Army Staff in November (date to be announced).
b. Nominations for New Officers: The President
stated that he would contact each board member by telephone about a
slate of officers to be presented to the membership at the General
c. General Membership Meeting Agenda Planning:
Year in Review. Announce date of 2001 Annual Meeting President.
Announce audit report (Applaud Jack Horner).
Treasurer's Financial Report. Summary of pre-approved purchases for
this 2000 (Tax exempt status, Reunion, Printing and mailing). Motion
to pre-approve 2001 expenditures over $500.
Membership Status Report.
Present slate of officers and conduct election of officers.
Door Prize and Adjournment.
(1) A proposed agenda, above, was drafted by the Secretary.
(2) The President said he was open for suggestions whether each
board member and committee chairman should present a report. It was
suggested that the President provide an overview of the Association,
the Treasurer present a financial report, and the Membership Chairman
report on the membership status as listed in the proposed agenda.
(3) The President asked if there were any item over $500.00
that should be pre-approved by the membership at the General
Membership. The Board did not foresee any expenditure in excess of
$500.00 for 2001. [Note: Pre-approval by the membership is not
required as it is not included in the Constitution or Bylaws of the
Military Marksmanship Association. Section 1, Article 1, Bylaws of
the MMA, states in part "The President shall cosign all
disbursement (checks) in excess of five hundred dollars ($500
(4) The President asked the Deputy to prepare a list of USAMU
personnel who should be recognized at the General Membership Meeting
for their accomplishments this year.
d. Proposal by MMA Member: Ray Carter proposed that
the names of all former Army shooters be included in the MMA
Membership database for the purpose of identifying those individuals
as potential members. The membership chairman noted that the original
database contained names of former AMU shooters but they were purged
because they did not contain any way to contact them (no address
data). Additionally, he noted that the membership database should
contain only active and former bona fide members. Mr. Hamill remarked
that names of former shooters could be placed in his historical
database. The President remarked that he would respond to Mr. Carter
and explain how names were recorded in the Association's membership database.
e. Soldier of the Year: The President requested that the
Deputy present names of candidates (and biographical data) for the
MMA Soldier of the Year at the November Executive Board Meeting. He
noted that the board would vote for the Soldier of the Year in our
December Meeting and that the Association would present the award at
the January 2001 Annual meeting. The President remarked that the
awards were donated to the Association as a result of the former
Treasurer's contacts and alerted the board that the Association might
be required to purchase this year's award.
f. Life Membership: Mr. Berry stated that he would
have information about how to structure the membership dues should
the Board adopt a life membership option.
g. Death of an MMA Member: The President reported
that he had learned of the death of MMA member Roy O. Ambler in
a telephone call he received from a member of the family.
6. Next Meeting: The next Executive Board Meeting will be
held 1100 hours on Wednesday, October 18th, at the USAMU Conference
Room, Building 243, Fort Benning, Georgia.
7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1231 hours.
Laurence K. Mosely
September 2000 Financial Statement
Approved by the Executive Board on October 18, 2000.