Minutes of the Meeting
1. Monthly Meeting: The monthly Executive Board meeting of the
Military Marksmanship Association was held on February 8th, 2000, at
the Fort Benning Golf Course Club House.
a. Board Members Present:
Lory M. Johnson, President
Phillip F. Cannella, Jr., Vice-President
Laurence K. Mosely, Recording Secretary
Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
J. Carter Berry, Chairman, Public Affairs Committee
Kenneth Hamill, Chairman, Historical Committee
b. Board Members Absent: None
c. Board Members Not Appointed: Membership Chairman
d. USAMU Representative: Robert Aylward
e. Outgoing Board Members: Mr. Horner and Mr. Wojciechowski
f. Call to Order: A quorum being present, the President
called the meeting to order at 1200 hours.
2. Welcome of New Officers: The President welcomed Phill
Cannella and Sam Hunter to the Executive Board and thanked them for
volunteering to serve the Association. Additionally, he thanked the
outgoing board members, Jack Horner and Roman Wojciechowski for their
time and services over the past six years.
3. Signing of Constitution and Bylaws: The President invited
the elected officers to affix their signatures to the Constitution
and Bylaw approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting.
4. Minutes: The minutes of the January 4th Executive Board
Meeting and the January 22nd Annual Membership Meeting were approved
5. Treasurer's Report: Mr. Hunter reported that he had
received the Associations books from Mr. Horner and had undergone the
signature requirements to change responsibility for the bank account.
Mr. Horner noted that he had just received the bank statements and
gave a verbal report of the financial status of the Association.
6. Unfinished Business:
a. Annual Meeting Review: The President thanked all for
their efforts in making the annual meeting the success it was. He
noted that there were 69 members present along with 28 guests for a
grand total of 97 participants. He stated that the meeting
accomplished all of the Executive Board's objectives including the
approval of the new Constitution and Bylaws and the renaming of the
Association. He thanked Mr. Hamill for the photo album display and
remarked that it was very well received by the membership.
b. Internal Audit Status: The President noted that there
was no Installation requirement to audit our financial records;
however, Article V, Section 1, Association Bylaws required the books
be subject to audit. The President, directing his remarks to Mr.
Horner, stated that this discussion was not to be considered as a
reflection upon him rather that the Association had never conducted
an audit. Mr. Cannella added that he thought it was necessary that
the Board move to conduct an audit. The President directed the
Treasurer to identify an independent auditor and if possible have an
audit conducted by the next meeting otherwise report to the board
what needs to be done.
c. Status of Constitution, Bylaws, and License to Operate as
a Private Organization: The Secretary reported that he would
forward the newly signed Constitution and Bylaws to DCA today after
this meeting. He noted that our license to operate as a Private
Organization on Fort Benning expires February 28, 2000; however, per
Mrs. Sample, DCA, she will automatically renew the license when she
received our signed Constitution and Bylaws.
d. Web Site Status: The Secretary reported on the status
of the Association's web site. He said that the prototype site was
online and that a full site would be up and running by the end of
March. He told Mr. Berry that he would provide the web site's
address, once it was registered, so that it could be announce in the
next issue of the MMA Times.
e. Annual Reports: The Secretary stated that he had
received the Annual Reports from the outgoing officers, except the
Vice President, and had received a report from all committee chairs.
f. MMA Times: Mr. Berry remarked that input for the next
issue of the MMA Times was due not later than March 3rd.
g. Membership Report: Mr. Wojciechowski stated that he
had updated the membership database through January 31, 2000.
h. BG Tibbetts Visit Update: Mr. Aylward reported that
the visit of BG Tibbetts to attend the award ceremony on April 28,
2000, at the Olympic Selection Match was still scheduled. He stated
that his expenses were being funded by the Civilian Marksmanship
Program (a private civilian organization). Per agreement, the funds
are to be held by the Association to cover the transportation and
lodging since the CMP will not have a representative at this
location. The funds were given to the Treasurer for deposit in the
7. New Business:
a. USAMU Report:
(1) Mr. Aylward requested assistance from the Association
during the Olympic Selection Match, 20 April-3 May, here at Fort
Benning. POC is Ms Jewell at USAMU Operations.
(2) Colonel Arnold, USAMU Commander announced that he will
retire. The change of command ceremony being held late July (date TBA).
(3) USAMU Sergeant Major O'Neil was promoted to Command
Sergeant Major and will be reassigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, at
the end of March.
(4) Mr. Aylward stated that the change of command would have no
affect on scheduling the reunion in October. Further, he said that
the unit will provide a Hall of Fame ballot to the Association for
inclusion in the next MMA Times.
b. Changes Resulting from Association Name Change:
(1) Logo: The logo used on Association stationary and
MMA Times masthead was discussed. It was noted that our circular
shield with eagle too closely resembled the DoD logo. It was
determined that that the Association would continue to use the
composite shooters design but replace the eagle with a bull's-eye.
(2) Membership Application: The membership application
must include a statement that the member will abide by the provisions
of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.
(3) Liability Insurance: The President addressed the
liability issue by questioning the need for liability insurance. He
stated that he would seek additional information and report his
findings at the next meeting.
(4) Other Items Requiring Printing: It was agreed that
any items that need printing, such as checks and membership cards,
would not be done until the Association received written approval
from DCA that our Constitution and Bylaws were approved.
c. MMA Times: Mr. Berry discussed the outline of the
next issue of the MMA Times. He set the following milestones: text
input - 4 March; to printer - 11 March; and mailing - 18 March. He
also discussed transferring the Association's files to the computer
donated by the President and the need to archive some of the files
The President made a motion to expend not more than $150.00 to
purchase a external Zip drive with disks for the purpose of archiving
the Association's computer files. Motion seconded and approved by the Board.
d. Historian's Comments:
(1) The Historian received a call from an Association member
offering to act as a contact with a large brewery for the purpose of
having that brewery donate beverages for the reunion. The President
authorized Mr. Hamill to obtain additional information.
(2) Mr. Hamill remarked that he had received feedback from
several members that the formal portion of the annual meeting was too
long and did not provide sufficient time to socialize with other
members. Further, using himself as an example, he felt that an
individual should win no more than one door prize. The President
noted that the purpose of the meeting was to conduct the
Association's business, and that the Board had agreed that all
members would be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing.
8. Next Meeting: The next Executive Board Meeting will be held
on Wednesday, March 15th, 2000 at 1130 hours at the Fort Benning Golf
Course Club House.
9. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1400 hours.
Laurence K. Mosely
February 2000 Financial Statement
Approved by the Executive Board, as corrected, on March 14, 2000.