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Minutes of the Meeting
September 2000

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 MMA  Historian
 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 that mailing.

 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 Membership Meeting.

 c. General Membership Meeting Agenda Planning:


Agenda Item


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 00)." Secretary.]

 (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
Recording Secretary

September 2000 Financial Statement

Approved by the Executive Board on October 18, 2000.

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