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Minutes of the Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting - January 2001

1. Annual Meeting: The Annual Membership Meeting of the Military Marksmanship Association was held on January 20, 2001, at Pool Indoor Range, Fort Benning, Georgia.

    a. Board Members Present:

        Lory M. Johnson, President
        Phillip F. Cannella, Jr., Vice-President
        Laurence K. Mosely, Recording Secretary
        Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
        Carter Berry, Chairman, Public Affairs Committee and MMA Times Editor
        Kenneth Hamill, Chairman, Historical Committee and MMA Historian
        Richard D. Rebidue, Chairman, Membership Committee

    b. Membership and Guests: 65

    c. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representatives: COL Archibald V. Arnold III

    d. Call to Order: A quorum being present, the President called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.

2. President's Welcome: The President welcomed and thanked all for attending the meeting. He opened with a slide show presentation listing the agenda of the membership meeting and showed a slide listing the Objectives of the Military Marksmanship Association. He noted that the MMA was not just an alumni association and had expanded its charter with the adoption of a new Constitution and name change last January.

3. USAMU Commander's Report: Colonel Arnold presented a concise briefing of the USAMU in 2000. He noted that the unit's mission to assist in the Army's recruiting efforts had not changed nor had the mission to win in competition. He showed slides highlighting each one of the USAMU shooting section listing their performance and records in competition for the year. He remarked how proud he was of USAMU soldiers who earned a berth on the U.S. Olympic Team and of their performance in Sydney, Australia. COL Arnold addressed USAMU's role in obtaining recruiting "Leads" and described the "Lead" process. As an example, he told how the self-contained trailer-tractor vehicle called the Adventure Shooting Package (ASP), which contains a computerized target device, was used. He showed a slide of the ASP set up at the "Week of Eagles Air Show." Additionally, he showed a slide of a USAMU NCO wearing a new USAMU recruiting uniform at the Coca Cola 600 and commented, "That's the thing we do now!" On the competition side, he stressed the importance of hosting world-class matches on USAMU ranges. He announced that the Service Pistol Interservice Championships would be hosted at Fort Benning in June 2001 and the Championships of the Americas, a major international match, in the fall of the year. Colonel Arnold ended his briefing by assuring all in attendance that USAMU was committed to winning and committed to contributing to the Army in ways that would justify the continued presence of the unit. He concluded with a note of thanks to the Association for their support of the Army Marksmanship Unit

4. Unfinished Business: The President noted that the Association had not obtained tax exempt status during the past year and pledged to assist the Board in attaining tax exempt status in the coming year.

5. New Business:

    a. Association Officers and Committee Chair Annual Reports: Each elected Association Officer and Committee Chair addressed the membership and presented a brief summary of the activities within their areas of responsibility. See attached briefing slides.

    b. President's Report: The President noted that the Association was on solid footing and that the Officers and Chairpersons had accomplished much as previously reported. However, he recommended several areas that the new Executive Board should consider during their tenure in office.

    (1) Broaden the Association's Charter: Encourage military personnel to compete in marksmanship competitions and support these competitions.

    (2) Select a Project: Two examples worthy of consideration are (a) Support the renovation of the historical Round House and (b) create a video history of "The First Twenty Years of AMU." The outgoing President also recommended that the new Executive Board actively solicit project ideas from USAMU and Association members.

     c. Soldier of the Year Award: The President introduced nominees for Soldier of the Year and displayed a slide showing their accomplishments. He announced that the Executive Board had selected SFC James "Todd" Graves as the Association's Soldier of the Year for 2000. The award for Soldier of the Year is an engraved pistol donated by Smith & Wesson Firearms Corporation.

    d. Installation of Officers: The election for officers was held during the reunion in October 2000 with the following individuals elected:  Mr. Cannella, President, Mr. Hawkins, Vice President, Mr. Mosely, Recording Secretary, and Mr. Hunter, Treasurer. The new President requested that the following Committee Chairpersons continue in their present position: Mr. Berry, Public Affairs and MMA Times newsletter editor, Mr. Hamill, Historian, and Mr. Rebidue, Membership. All Chairpersons agreed to serve.

    e. Recognition of Outgoing President: The new President, Mr. Cannella, presented the outgoing President, Mr. Johnson, with a gift certificate from the membership and asked the membership to applaud him for his service to the Association.

    f. Special Thanks: Mr. Cannella thanked the members for attending. He specifically thanked SFC Frazier and the USAMU Operations Section for their assistance, the refreshment committee, and Smith & Wesson Firearms Corporation for their donation of the pistol for the Soldier of the Year award.

    g. Drawing of Door Prizes: The meeting was concluded with the drawing of door prizes. Upon adjournment, members moved to the refreshment tables.

6. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Laurence K. Mosely
Recording Secretary

Attachments:
Treasurer's Annual Report for 2000
Fiscal Review of the Year 2000
Annual Meeting Briefing Slides

Approved/Corrected by the Executive Board on February 21, 2001.

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