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Minutes of the Meeting
March 2001

1. Monthly Meeting: The monthly Executive Board meeting of the Military Marksmanship Association was held on March 21, 2001, in the Army Marksmanship Conference Room.

    a. Board Members Present:

        Phillip F. Cannella, Jr., President
        Laurence K. Mosely, Recording Secretary
        Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
        Carter Berry, 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: Richard N. Hawkins, Vice President

    c. US Army Marksmanship Unit Representative: Robert Aylward, Deputy

    d. Call to Order: A quorum being present, the President called the meeting to order at 1110 hours.

2. Treasurer's Report: Mr. Hunter discussed the financial status and condition of the association for March 2001.

3. Minutes: The minutes of the February 2001 meeting were approved along with the financial statement for the month of February 2001.

4. Unfinished Business:

    a. Presentation of Soldier of the Year Award: The President reported that he presented the MMA Soldier of the Year award to SFC Graves during a ceremony at the Shotgun range on the 13th of March. He noted that about 100 persons were in attendance.

    b. Letter of Thanks to Smith & Wesson: The President remarked that he sent a letter of thanks to Smith & Wesson for their donation of the MMA Soldier of the Year trophy pistol.

    c. Complimentary Copy of the MMA Times Newsletter: The Secretary moved that the two individuals at Smith & Wesson who provided the MMA Soldier of the Year trophy pistol should receive complimentary copies of the MMA Times newsletter. Motion seconded, and carried to add Mr. Kenneth Sedlecky and Mr. Chris Killoy to the MMA Times newsletter complimentary copy list.

5. New Business:

    a. USAMU Report: USAMU Change of Command ceremony will be conducted Wednesday, April 11th at 1300 hours on Ceremony Hill overlooking Pool Range. The incoming commander is COL Robert I. Hoidahl, Jr., Deputy Assistant Commandant at Fort Benning.

    b. President's Report:

    (1) The President noted that the Virginia Shooting Sports Association was soliciting donations to establishing a trophy at the National Matches in honor Colonel William "Bill" Deneke. The trophy will be awarded to the top six junior competitors at the National Matches. The Board was not in favor of making a contribution on behalf of the association and felt that contributions should be made on an individual basis.

    (2) The President reported that association member MSG Francis McNerney was a resident of the Columbus Hospice and called for members to visit him.

    (3) The President remarked that he had received a letter from Jasper Kleinjan, a 1955-1956 era rifle shooter, who recounted his service with LTC Dobak.

    c. MMA Goal 2001: The President reviewed in detail the goals and tasks outlined in MMA Goals 2001 document. He noted many of the items were ideas discussed in the past Board meetings but had not been resolved. He rhetorically questioned if the goals should be pursued or dropped. Several Board members noted that they were reluctant to add additional duties and expressed a need for more member participation. The President asked the Board review the document and be prepared to continue the discussion at the next meeting.

    d. Hall of Fame SOP: The President expressed his concern that the existing USAMU Hall of Fame SOP was skewed in favor of international shooting and did not recognize nor provide for the induction of early era Service Rifle and Service Pistol Shooters. These remarks lead to a spirited discussion between the President and the USAMU Deputy. The Deputy countered that that there was a provision in the SOP to induct such individuals but that not one name had been submitted. The President remarked that he was preparing a list of recommended changes to the USAMU Hall of Fame SOP for submission to the new USAMU Commander. Mr. Hamill suggested that the President announce (to the membership) in his MMA Times President's Notes column the status of this project.

    e. MMA Internet Web Site:

    (1) The Secretary reported that he had added biographical data and photographs of the newly assigned Chief of Competitions, Michael Behnke, and the two new coaches, Richard Hawkins and Dean Clark to the MMA web site. He also noted that he posted the retirement banquet story honoring Mr. Krilling and thanked USAMU PAO for their help.

    (2) The Secretary also reported that the web site fee currently paid each quarter was changed to an annual payment of $89.50. He noted that this reduced the monthly cost of the web site from $8.95 to $7.46.

6. Next Meeting: The next Executive Board Meeting will be held 1100 hours on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at the USAMU Conference Room, Building 243, Fort Benning, Georgia.

7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1325 hours.

Laurence K. Mosely
Recording Secretary

March 2001 Financial Statement

Approved by the Executive Board on April 25, 2001

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