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Minutes of the Meeting
January 2005

1. Monthly Meeting: he monthly Executive Board Meeting of the Military Marksmanship Association was held January 18, 2005 in the Army Marksmanship Conference Room.

    a. Board Members Present:

        Archibald V. Arnold III, President
        Bruce A. Meredith, Vice President
        Laurence K. Mosely, Recording Secretary
        Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
        Carter Berry, Public Affairs Committee Chairman, and MMA Times Editor
        Richard D. Rebidue, Membership Committee Chairman
       
    b. Board Members Absent: None.

    c. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representative: Mr. Robert Aylward, USAMU Deputy.

    d. Guests:

        Phil Cannella, MMA Past President
        Steven C. Goff, Vice President Elect

    e. Call to Order:  A quorum being present, the President called the meeting to order at 10:10

2. Treasurer's Report: Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve the Treasurer's Report for December 2004. Additionally, the Treasurer provided a financial preview for January 2005.

3. Minutes: Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting held on December 17, 2004.

4. Unfinished Business:

    a. MMA Soldier of the Year Award: The Secretary reported the Smith & Wesson Firearms Corporation had donated a pistol as the award for the MMA Soldier of the Year, and it would be shipped to arrived prior to the Annual Membership Meeting.

    b. 2005 Membership Directory: The Secretary announced that the 2005 Membership Directory would be ready for pick up from the printer on Thursday, January 20, and the mailing detail was scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 21, 2005.

5. New Business:

    a. Taps, Present Arms: The Secretary announced the passing of Elmer "Bill" Hilden, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Shooting Team Manager, Donald Nygord, U.S. Army Reserve Team Pistol Shooter, and Master Sergeant (Retired) Chester Hamilton, USAMU Service Rifle and Running Target Shooter.

    b. MMA CPA: The Secretary remarked that Gus Youmans was no longer associated with the CPA firm of Boman, and Associates, and that he had started his own CPA business. He further noted that the IRS Letter of Tax-exempt Determination requires that the MMA post on the MMA web site a copy of our application to be an IRC 501(c)(19) Veteran's Organization, and that he had contacted Mr. Youmans to obtain the document. Additionally, he had coordinated for the attendance of Mr. Youman at the MMA Annual Membership Meeting so the MMA could present a Plaque of Appreciation to him.

    c. MMA Affiliated as a CMP Club: The Secretary reported that he had received notice from the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), Gary Anderson, that the MMA was an affiliated CMP club. He noted that one of the benefits of being an affiliated club was that it would make it easier for MMA members to purchase CMP surplus weapons. In turn, the MMA is required to submit an annual report along with an annual $30.00 club fee. Motion made, seconded, and carried that the MMA would comply with any requirements to remain in good standing as a CMP affiliated club including payment of annual club fees.

    d. MMA Times: Mr. Berry reminded stated that input for the next issue of the MMA Times was due not later than March 4, 2005. The mailing detail would be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 18, 2005.

    e. 50th Anniversary Book: The Secretary reported that Turner Publishing Company had removed the reference of MMA in the tile of the 50th Anniversary Book. The new title of the book is United States Army Marksmanship Unit: 1956-2006. He noted that the publisher would be mailing an information flier and order form to current MMA members. He also noted that the publisher had established a web site with information about the book ( http://www.mmausamuhistory.com ). The Deputy stated that he would prepared a topic outline of the book and assign responsibilities for material in the book.  He said that he would provide the outline at the March meeting.

    f. 50th Anniversary Book: The Secretary remarked that he had received two requests from USAMU to forward e-mail messages via the MMA mailing list. He noted that he chose not to send one of the messages because it was personal in nature while he sent the second message as it was general in nature and would have been of interest to a number of the members.

    g. Annual Membership Meeting: The Board reviewed preparation for the Annual Membership Meeting to be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2005. The Secretary reminded board members that year-end reports should be submitted to the President. The President remarked that he would prepare the slide briefing and requested a biography of each Soldier of the Year nominee from the Deputy. Mr. Cannella briefed the board on the status of refreshment for the meeting. Motion made, Seconded, and carried to authorize Mr. Cannella to spend up to $400.00 for refreshments, food, and other items for the meeting. Mr. Cannella also volunteered to provide the door prizes for the meeting.

    h. USAMU Report:

    (1) World War II Building: The USAMU Deputy announced that the wooden World War II buildings located behind the USAMU Headquarters would be moved to the site of the new Infantry Museum.

    (2) Farewell Ceremony: The USAMU Deputy announce the date and time of the farewell ceremony for the retiring USAMU Sergeant Major and invited all MMA members to attend.

    i. MMA Presidents Report: The President presented to the Board a draft letter soliciting donations of funds to renovate the shotgun Roundhouse. The letter included an accompanying enclosure listing an estimate of renovation costs. The Board recommended that the cost estimate list not be included. Additionally, the board recommended not to including the sentence concerning how donors would be recognized. A motion was made to finalize the letter and send it when the list of donors was received. The Secretary moved to amend the motion by striking the sentence "All donations are tax deductible." The motion by the Secretary failed by vote of the Board and the initial motion carried.

    j. Accounting for Donations: The Treasurer questioned how he should account for any donations received. The President instructed the Treasurer to deposit and account for Roundhouse donations in a separate fund while any other donations should be deposited in the general operating fund.

    k. Cancel February Meeting: Motion made seconded, and carried to cancel the February 2005 Executive Board Meeting.

6. Next Meeting: The next Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Friday, March 18, 2005, in the USAMU Conference Room, Building 243, Fort Benning, Georgia.

7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a. m.

Laurence K. Mosely
Secretary

Attachment:
January 2005 Financial Statement

Approved by the Executive Board on March 18, 2005.

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