Minutes of the Meeting
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,
Laurence K. Mosely,
Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
Chairman, Public Affairs Committee and MMA Times Editor
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
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
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
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.