Minutes of the Meeting
1. Monthly Meeting: The monthly Executive Board Meeting
of the Military Marksmanship Association was held August 25, 2005 in
the Army Marksmanship Conference Room, Building 243, Fort Benning, Georgia.
a. Board Members Present:
Bruce A. Meredith, President
Stephen Goff, Vice President
Laurence K. Mosely, Secretary
Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
Archibald V. Arnold
III, Roundhouse Committee Chairman
Carter Berry, Public
Affairs Committee Chairman and MMA Times Editor
Reunion Coordination Chairman
Richard D. Rebidue,
Membership Committee Chairman
b. Board Members Absent: None.
c. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representatives:
Mr. Robert Aylward,
Mr. John Feamster,
50th Anniversary Staff
Mr. John Writer, 50th
d. Guests: None.
e. Call to Order: A quorum being
present, the President called the meeting to order at 10:05 a. m.
2. Treasurer's Report: Motion made, seconded, and carried
to approve the Treasurer's Report for July 2005.
3. Minutes: Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve
the Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting held on June 17, 2005. The
Secretary stated that he had prepared a Memorandum to the Directorate
of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation announcing that the July 2005
Executive Board Meeting had been canceled. He also stated that he
would attach the July 2005 Treasurer's Report to the memorandum.
4. Unfinished Business:
a. Membership Form Update: The
Membership Chair reported that a large percentage of the membership
had returned an updated Membership Application Form and that he was
contacting the remaining delinquent members. He also reported that
the association was currently at 518 members (a decrease of 3 members
from the previous report). The Secretary remarked that he had
redesigned the MMA Membership Application Form by consolidating
several data blocks on one line so that it would print from the
association's web site as one page form. He also noted that he used
the same language as the IRS publication pertaining to the Check
Status block for: Spouse, Widow, Widower, Ancestor, or Lineal
Descendant of a Veteran or a Cadet.
b. Roundhouse Project Update: Arch
Arnold, Roundhouse Committee Chair, reported that he and the USAMU
Deputy had a meeting with MG (Retired) White of the National Infantry
Museum Foundation to discuss whether that organization was interested
in the Roundhouse as part of the future plans of the museum. Although
there was an interest to obtain the building, currently there are no
funds to move the Roundhouse to the new museum site.
c. Fiftieth Anniversary Biography and Book
Order Status: The Secretary reported that 150 books had been
ordered. A count of the number of bios submitted was not
available. (Update note: As of August 31, 2005, Turner
Publication reported that 140 bios had been received).
d. Notebook Computer: The Secretary
reported that the notebook computer had been back ordered four weeks
but he had received it two days ago. He remarked that he needed some
time to load software and setup the computer. He questioned Mr. Berry
whether he wanted to use the new computer to publish the September
issue of the MMA Times. Mr. Berry felt the time was too short to
learn the new computer and elected not to use it for publishing the
current MMA Times issue.
5. New Business:
a. Membership Directory: The Secretary
noted that there were a large number of membership changes including
new members and questioned whether an updated second edition of the
membership directory should be published. A discussion considered
publishing an addendum sheet but it was noted that would take several
pages. Another option was to publish a new membership directory with
all the changes but it was noted that the cost would be over $500.00
and there was only four months remaining in the year. It was
determined that the best course of action was to publish the 2006
Membership Directory and mail it along with the December issue of the
MMA Times. The MMA Times would be published the last week in December
rather than mid-December.
b. Realty License: The Secretary
reported that he had not received any response to our request to
renew the license for MMA to use a room in the Building 243. The
license is due to expire on August 27, 2005. He noted that he would
contact the USAIC Reality Officer for a status update.
c. Halls of Fame List: The Secretary
announced that he had received a listing of the USAMU Halls of Fame
from the USAMU PAO Specialist. He remarked that he had formatted the
list for publication in the MMA Times and offered the list to Mr.
Berry. The President remarked that based upon the feedback he had
received from the membership he felt it would be best not to publish
the list at this time.
d. MMA Times Schedule: The MMA Times
Editor requested input for the September issue of the MMA Times NLT
the 3rd of September. Mail out was scheduled to coincide with the
September 23rd Board Meeting.
e. USAMU Report: The USAMU Deputy
reported the following items.
(1) Service Pistol won the team
Championship at the Interservice Championships.
(2) International Rifle won all
team matches at the National Matches.
(3) Service Rifle won all team
matches, except the Infantry Trophy Match, at the National Matches.
(4) Mr. Troy Lawton won the
1,000-yard match at Camp Perry with a score of 799-36x out of a
possible 800 points.
f. Fiftieth Anniversary Book Writing Staff:
The Deputy introduced the two-man, 50th Anniversary Book Staff and
noted that they had established an office on the second floor of
Building 243. Mr. John Feamster, who has published books and
articles, and Mr. John Writer, a USAMU Hall of Fame member, briefed
the board about the progress of the book. They plan to have the first
draft completed by December and announced other milestones.
g. Fiftieth Anniversary Book Responsibilities:
The Vice President questioned who should be contacting Turner
Publishing Company about various details of the book and who was
their point of contact. The Secretary stated that USAMU had
responsibility for publication of the book while MMA would monitor
sales of the book and submission of bios. He noted that bios were not
being edited by MMA but were sent directly to the publisher. He also
noted that the contract with Turner Publishing Company specified the
number of books pre-sold would determine the number of page in the
book. He said that he would provide USAMU points of contact to our
assigned editor at Turner Publishing Company.
h. Member News: The Secretary reported
that Past MMA President, Bill Blankenship, was due to resume a normal
activity schedule after undergoing open heart surgery several months
ago. He also reported that former USAMU member and National Woman's
Champion, Sallie Carroll, had cancer but did not have any other details.
i. Presidents Comments: The President
made a number of points about the up coming reunion. First and
foremost, he wanted this to be a first class event. He noted that the
banquet in the Iron Works would be the focal point of the reunion. He
noted that he had appointed Phil Cannella as Reunion Coordination
Chairman but Phil would need help. Second, he wanted to double the
membership by the time of the reunion. Third, which is related to
increasing membership, he wanted to contact as many former members to
let them know about the reunion. Finally, he asked the Board to think
about how the reunion should be expensed by MMA. The Vice President
said that the Board should keep member cost low so costs to attend
would not a determining factor for the membership. The Membership
Chair noted that our finances are in excellent shape and that the
Board should spend (down) to make the reunion a memorial event as
envisioned by the President. The Deputy said that he was trying to
obtain an M1 rifle built on the date, month, or year that USAMU was
activated (March 1, 1956, March 1956, or 1956). The rifle would be
used in some manner appropriate to the anniversary.
6. Next Meeting: The next Executive Board Meeting was
scheduled for 10:00 AM, Friday, September 23, 2005, in the USAMU
Conference Room, Building 243, Fort Benning, Georgia.
7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a. m.
Laurence K. Mosely
August 2005 Financial Statement
Approved by the Executive Board on September 23, 2005.