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Minutes of the Meeting
April 2006

Monthly Meeting: The monthly Executive Board Meeting of the Military Marksmanship Association was held April 13, 2006, 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
        Archibald V. Arnold III, MMA Immediate Past President
        Carter Berry, Public Affairs Committee Chairman and MMA Times Editor
        Phil Cannella, Reunion Coordination Chairman
        Richard D. Rebidue, Membership Committee Chairman

    b. Board Members Absent: Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer

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

    d. Guests:

        Mr. John Feamster, 50th Anniversary Book Editor
        Mr. John Writer, 50th Anniversary Book Editor

    e. Call to Order: A quorum being present, the President called the meeting to order at 10:07 a. m.

2. Treasurer's Report: Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve the Treasurer's Report for March 2006.

3. Minutes: Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting held on March 10, 2006.

4. Unfinished Business: Mr. Feamster and Mr. Write briefed the board on the 50th Anniversary Book and noted that the final version would be sent to the publisher by the end of April.

5. New Business:

    a. New Life Members: The President announced that Mr. DeHaviland Glisson and Mr. John Loomis had upgraded their membership status to Life Member.

    b. Member Volunteer: The Secretary stated MMA member Ronald Martere had included a note with his membership renewal that he would be available to assist with the reunion. The Secretary recommended that the President contact Mr. Martere and the President acknowledged that he would.

    c. MMA Times Courtesy Copy: The Secretary noted that the MMA Times Courtesy Copy List was in need of review. The board reviewed the list making additions and deletions and gave it to the Membership Chairman for updating of the mailing list database.

    d. Reunion Planning:

    (1) Invitation List: The board discussed the option of inviting non-members to the 50th Anniversary banquet, such as, representatives from Smith & Wesson and the Mayors of Columbus and Phenix City. The President remarked that Mayor Poydasheff had expressed an interest in attending. The President and the Deputy agreed to draw up an invited guest list. Invitees would pay at the guest rate.

    (2) Attendance by Non-members: A question was raised whether non-MMA members would be allowed to the 50th Anniversary banquet. The board determined that a person need not be an association member to attend the banquet. However, military personnel would be encouraged to join the association and if they declined they would pay to attend at the guest rate. Civilians not already a member would pay the guest rate. Walk-in civilian membership would be restricted because of the percentage ratio of civilians to military allowed by IRS regulations for a Veteran's Organization.

    (3) Reunion Information: The Secretary recommended that information about the reunion (to include the banquet menu as a "tickler") be published in the June issue of the MMA Times. It was resolved that the most current information would be published in the President's Report but not include a menu as the bill of fare was not final.

    (4) Dress Code: The board resolved that no formal dress code would be required at the Iron Works banquet by MMA members (excluding USAMU assigned personnel). The USAMU Commander would determine the dress code for USAMU personnel.

    (5) Mailing Reunion Information: The following milestones were fixed for mailing information about the 50th Anniversary, Hall of Fame Ballots, and MMA reunion registration:

Date

Mailing

16 June

MMA Times (President's Report) and USAMU Hall of Fame Ballot

14 July

Reunion Registration Packet (Joint USAMU/MMA Letter of Invitation, Schedule of Events, Billeting Info Sheet, Registration and Order Form.

    (6) Memento Coins: The reunion budget was changed to increase the purchase of memento coins from 300 to 500 coins. One coin would be presented to each MMA member attending the reunion. The Memento Pins line item was deleted from the budget and memento pins will not be purchased.

    e. MMA Monthly Meeting Schedule: The Secretary requested the President set the dates of the next several monthly meetings.

    f. Nomination Committee: The Secretary noted that a nomination committee needed to be appointed to select candidates for officers of the association.

    g. USAMU Report:

    (1) Hall of Fame Nominee List: Mr. Aylward requested two MMA board members to review the USAMU Hall of Fame Nominee List. Phil Cannella and Steve Goff volunteered to assist.

    (2) Section Hall of Fame Nominee List: The Deputy also requested assistance by MMA board members to review the Section Hall of Fame Nominee List.

    (3) Anniversary Rifle: The Deputy report that a military service rifle manufactured in 1956, the year that USAMU was activated, was not available from the CMP.

    (4) Portrait Donations: The Deputy remarked that donations collected by USA Shooting were sufficient to commission an artist to paint a portrait of MSG Krilling.

    (5) USAMU Crest: The Deputy announced that the USAMU unit crest and unit flag had been officially approved by the Institute of Heraldry.

    (6) Farewell Plaques: The Deputy informed the board that the inventory of plaques donated by MMA was exhausted. Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve the expenditure of $500.00 to purchase of wood plaques and then donate the plaques to USAMU.

    h. Permit to Operate on Fort Benning: The Secretary reported the association's permit to operate as a private organization on Fort Benning expires September 19, 2006 and a request to revalidate the permit must be submitted to DMWR not later than July 20, 2006. He questioned the board if it was the intent of the association to continue to operate on Fort Benning. Motion made, seconded, and carried to revalidate the permit to operate on Fort Benning.

    i. Reunion Nametags: The Secretary announced that he was not able to prepare the nametags for the reunion. Membership offered to prepare the nametags.

    j. Transportation for Elderly Members: Mr. Cannella reminded the board that many of the members attending the reunion will be elderly and recommended that USAMU schedule military transportation. The Deputy noted that such transportation would require USAMU funding and funds were not available.

6. Next Meeting: The next Executive Board Meeting was scheduled for 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 18, 2006, in the USAMU Conference Room, Building 243, Fort Benning, Georgia.

7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p. m.

Laurence K. Mosely
Secretary

Attachment:
April 2006 Financial Statement

Approved by the Executive Board on May 18, 2006.

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