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Minutes of the Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting - January 2003

1. Annual Meeting: The Annual Membership Meeting of the Military Marksmanship Association was held on January 25, 2003, at Pool Indoor Range, Fort Benning, Georgia.

    a. Board Members Present:

        Phillip F. Cannella, Jr., President
        Richard N. Hawkins, 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
        
    b. Board Members Absent: Richard D. Rebidue, Chairman, Membership Committee

    c. Membership and Guests: 44

    d. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representatives: Colonel Robert I. Hoidahl, Jr.

    e. 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 called the role of association members, family members, and friends who had died in the past year. He then asked for a moment of silence for those who had passed away. The President followed with a slide show presentation listing the agenda of the meeting.

3. USAMU Commander's Report: Colonel Hoidahl recognized each member of the MMA Executive Board and commended them for their service and pledge continued USAMU cooperation and support. He continued by summarizing the accomplishments of each one of the USAMU sections and highlighted a number of outstanding individual performances. COL Hoidahl remarked that USAMU is routinely visited by high ranking guests. He noted that USAMU ranges would be used to host a World Cup event in May 2003. Finally, he announce that he would be retiring and that a change of command ceremony would be held in June 2003.

4. Unfinished Business:

    a. The President reported that IRS tax-exempt status was nearing completion.

    b. The President told the membership what efforts were made during the past year to increase membership and that the association was now at a high of 504 members.

    c. The President remarked that he felt that there were persons associated with the USAMU in its early years who had not been fully recognized. He pledged to continue his efforts to have the accomplishments of these individuals recognized.

5. New Business:

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

    b. Presidents Report:

    (1) The President noted that the Association was on solid footing and that the Officers and Chairpersons had accomplished much as previously reported.

    (2) The President reviewed the accomplishment made be the association during the year and highlighted MMA activities.

    (3) The President noted that the 46th Reunion and Hall of Fame Ceremony was a success and thanked USAMU for their cooperation and support. He also noted that the Golf Scramble was enjoyed by the MMA members who participated in the event.

    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 Staff Sergeant Jason A. Parker as the association's Soldier of the Year for 2002. The award for Soldier of the Year is a pistol donated by Smith & Wesson Corporation.

    d. Special Thanks: Mr. Canella thanked the members for attending. He specifically thanked CPT Howe, SFC Frazier, and the USAMU Operations Section for their assistance and thanked Smith & Wesson Corporation for their donation of the pistol for the Soldier of the Year award.

    e. Drawing of Door Prizes: Drawing for a number of unique and gag items concluded the business portion of the meeting.

    f. Recognition of New President: Mr. Canella recognized the new Vice President, Bruce Meredith, and the new President, "Arch" Arnold. He then turned the meeting over to the new President.

    g. Recognition of Outgoing President:

    (1) The USAMU Commander thanked Mr. Cannella for his cooperation with USAMU and presented him with a photo plaque from the USAMU.

    (2) The MMA President was presented a hand made knife with stand and engraved plate on behalf of the membership. The knife was made and donated by MMA member Thomas Militano.

6. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

Laurence K. Mosely
Recording Secretary

Attachments:
Treasurer's Annual Report for 2003
Fiscal Review of the Year 2003
Annual Meeting Briefing Slides

Approved by the Executive Board on February 18, 2003.

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