Minutes of the Meeting
1. Monthly Meeting: The monthly Executive Board Meeting
of the Military Marksmanship Association was held on November 15,
2000, in the USAMU Conference Room, Building 243.
a. Board Members Present:
Lory M. Johnson, President
Phillip F. Cannella, Jr., Vice-President
Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
Ken Hamill, Chairman, Historical Committee
Chairman and MMA Historian
Richard D. Rebidue, Membership Committee Chairman
b. Board Members Absent: Carter
Berry, Chairman, Public Affairs Committee Chairman and MMA Times Editor
c. U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representatives:
d. Call to Order: A quorum being
present, the President called the meeting to order at 1115 hours.
2. Treasurer's Report: Mr. Hunter discussed the
October financial statement noting the increase of new or renewed
memberships as a direct result of the reunion including the
additional reunion notification letter. The Treasurer also he
presented a financial statement entitled Financial Results of MMA
Reunion, 6-7 October 2000. The latter report was approved and
will be attached to the Minutes of the October General Membership
Meeting. The President remarked that DCA had cited the requirement to
obtain approval for fund raising activities in respect to the sale of
the MMA baseball caps. While this notice was not received in
sufficient time to respond, he noted that the caps were an enticement
to attend the reunion and not intended to raise funds. He further
pointed out that the financial statements reflected that the caps
cost more than the proceeds of the sale. The Treasurer added that
there is an additional cost that is not reflected in the report for
shipment of caps to members who ordered caps but did not attend the
reunion. He said that the cap mailing was not completed and that
those mailing costs would be reported in a later financial statement.
3. Minutes: The minutes of the October 18th 2000 meeting
were approved along with the financial statement for the October 2000.
4. Unfinished Business:
a. Change of MMA Bylaws: The
Secretary commented that the procedures for changing the
Association's Bylaws was stated in Section 5, Article VIII, of the
MMA Constitution. He noted that approval of the membership was not
required as moved and approved in the October meeting. He further
stated that Mr. Berry, who originally made the motion, had submitted
the proposed change in writing. The President read the proposed
change to the Board. The President remarked that the Board's intent
at the October meeting was to affect a change in the Bylaws and since
the document submitted by Mr. Berry was a technical correction, the
approved motion of October stood. He directed the Secretary to submit
the Bylaw change to DCA.
b. Audit of Financial Records:
Mr. Johnson read Mr. Richard Hawkins' report concerning the findings
of the financial audit performed on the MMA financial records.
Association members Messrs Richard Hawkins, James McQuien, and Al
Dunn conducted the audit. They reviewed the records from inception of
the Association to the present and found only four administrative
errors. The report recommended the Treasurer reconcile the books with
the current bank statement. Mr. Hunter remarked that this was the
procedure he used since he has assumed the duties of Treasurer. The
report stated, "All-in-all the books are in very good
shape." The Secretary moved that the report be accepted and
forwarded to DCA. The motion was seconded and carried.
c. Complimentary Copies of MMA Times:
(1) The President reviewed what action
had occurred concerning the recommendation by the USAMU Commander to
provide complimentary copies of the MMA Times to selected
"friends" of MMA. He noted that original discussion
included a hasty analysis by the Treasurer of the cost of such an
action. After the initial discussion, most Board members agreed that
it probably was a good idea. Since the exact expense could not be
determined because the number of copies to be made available was not
resolved, the Board deferred the topic to the November meeting.
(2) The President opened the discussion
by questioning whether an Honorary Membership should also be
conferred up individuals selected to receive complimentary copies.
The consensus was that it was not appropriate to do so. The
discussion lead to how many should be included on the list. Most
Board members expressed the opinion that the list should include
individuals who have supported the USAMU and MMA in the past and who
could provide support in the future. The Board was in agreement that
the number of complimentary copies should be limited. The President
moved that the MMA send out no more than 30 complimentary copies of
the MMA Times to "friends" of the MMA who are not already
Association members. The motion was seconded and carried. The
President added that Board members should be prepared to discuss at
the next meeting selection of a list of individuals who would receive
complimentary copies of the MMA Times. The President added that he
would prepare an appropriate transmittal letter.
d. Left Over Items from the Reunion:
Mr. Hamill brought to the attention of the Board that the use of the
MMA office was hampered by the accumulation of items left over from
the previous reunion and the past annual membership meeting. He noted
that some of the condiments had expired expiration dates, that there
was an excess of plastic soup or salad bowls, and that soft drinks
were stacked as to prevent access to the historical filing cabinets.
He recommended that the outdated condiments be trashed and that the
dinnerware and sodas be donated to the Fort Benning Junior Rifle
Club. The Board agreed that the expired condiments should be disposed
of but noted that a motion was approved in the October Meeting to
store the soda and supplies for future use such as the forthcoming
Annual Meeting in January.
e. General Membership Meeting:
The Secretary reported that he had not finished the Minutes of the
General Membership Meeting but would submit it at the next Executive
f. Reinvestment of Certificates of Deposit:
The Treasurer reported that he had contacted a number of local banks
and inquired about the current interest rate payable on Certificates
of Deposit. He noted that the renewal rate available on our maturing
CD was 5.12 percent while the highest rate was offered was 5.83
percent at First Union. He stated that he had transferred the
principal and interest to a First Union CD and that the transfer
would be reflected on the next financial statement.
g. Membership Update: Mr. Rebidue
commented that a large number of membership directory changes were
submitted as a result of the reunion. He noted that the 2001
directory would be positioned in a horizontal format to keep the type
size large enough to be readable and reduce the cramping of the data
as in the present vertical format. He provided the following statistics:
Active Members (Includes New Members)
Members joining in 2000
Members (Membership expired 1994-2000)
List (All years)
Database (All years)
Mr. Rebidue added that the names listed in the Reference Database
have been identified as former Army competitive shooters or persons
assigned to an Army Marksmanship Unit but have never been a member of
the Association. No other personal or contact data is available. This
list does not contain the names of former Army personnel that have
requested their names be removed from the Association's database.
5. New Business:
a. USAMU Report:
(1) Mr. Aylward announced that Mr. Burl
Branham, Shotgun Coach, retired with over 50 years of federal
service. He also announced that Mr. William Krilling, International
Rifle Coach would retire in February 2001. He remarked that both
coaching positions plus an Assistant Operation position had been
forwarded to Civilian Personnel to fill those positions.
(2) Mr. Aylward commented that three
USAMU shooters, MAJ Anti, SFC Szarenski, and SSG Johnson, were
participating in the prestigious post Olympic World Cup in Munich,
Germany, while SFC Graves had returned from the shotgun phase where
he finished in fourth place.
(3) Mr. Aylward presented to the Board
the list of candidates for MMA Soldier Of The Year.
b. MMA Soldier Of The Year Vote:
The President scheduled the vote to select the MMA Soldier Of The
Year at the December Board Meeting. He stated that the vote would be
by secret ballot and if there was not a clear majority on the first
ballot then a second ballot would select one of the top two on the
c. MMA Reunion After Action Report:
Mr. Hamill suggested that a Reunion After Action Report be made. The
USAMU Deputy noted that USAMU had completed an After Action Report
for the Hall of Fame Ceremony. The President thought the Association
should develop its own report and requested all Board members be
prepared to discuss this issue at the December meeting.
d. Monthly and Annual
Meeting Date: The Board set the date for the January
Executive Board Meeting for 1100 hours January 10, 2001, at the USAMU
Conference Room and the Annual Membership Meeting for 1500 hours,
January 20, 2001, at the Indoor Range, Pool Range Complex.
e. Year End Reports: The
Secretary reminded all Board Members that Officer and Chairperson End
of Year Reports would be due NLT 10 January 2001. The President noted
that these reports would be incorporated into the slide show briefing
at the Annual Membership Meeting.
f. MMA Times: The President
reminded the Board that input for the next issue of the MMA Times was
due NLT November 17, 2000.
6. Next Meeting: The next Executive Board Meeting will be
held 1100 hours on Wednesday, December 20th, at the USAMU Conference
Room, Building 243, Fort Benning, Georgia.
7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1314 hours.
Laurence K. Mosely
November 2000 Financial Statement
Approved by the Executive Board on December 20, 2000.