Minutes of the Meeting
Membership Meeting - February 2005
1. Annual Meeting: The Annual Membership Meeting of the
Military Marksmanship Association was held February 23, 2005, at Pool
Indoor Range, Fort Benning, Georgia.
a. Board Members Present:
Archibald V. Arnold
Bruce Meredith, Vice President
Laurence K. Mosely,
Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
Carter Berry, Public
Affairs Committee Chairman, and MMA Times Editor
Richard D. Rebidue,
Membership Committee Chairman
b. Board Members Absent: None.
c. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representative:
LTC David J. Liwanag, USAMU Commander.
and Guest: 71
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 stressed the importance of continuing the history
and traditions of the USAMU via membership in the Military
Marksmanship Association. He noted that the format for this
meeting would be short so member would have more time to
socialize. The President then recognized the USAMU Commander.
3. USAMU Commander's Report:
LTC Liwanag thanked the MMA for their support of USAMU and pledged
continued USAMU cooperation and support in return. He continued
by highlighting several significant events occurring at USAMU.
He told the group that the Infantry Center would conduct a combat
pistol championship match with an Excellence-In-Competition
"Leg" Match, for the first time in many years, and that the
USAMU would again host "All" Army Shooting Championship Matches.
4. Unfinished Business: None.
5. New Business:
The President reminded the group that the MMA had an active web site
that allowed members to contact their Executive Board.
The President stated that the MMA was financially solid and was in
the good hands of our Treasurer Sam Hunter.
The President thanked Dick Rebidue for his yeoman service as
Membership Committee Chairman. He noted that it was a daily
task to keep track of all the changes to the membership database.
The President recognized Carter Berry for his one-man effort in
publishing the MMA Times.
The President noted that efforts were still ongoing to form a
History Committee to continue the outstanding work of our retired
Historian Ken Hamill.
The President reported that the Internal Revenue Service had
recognized the MMA as a tax-exempt Veteran's Organization under
Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(19).
The President thanked all for the success of the 48th anniversary
reunion. He noted that over 300 persons attended. He
thanked Bruce Meredith, Vice President, for his coordination of the
reunion Caps and Memento Pins, and for arranging the food catering by
Huckleberry's Bar-B-Que. He also recognized and thanked Phil
Cannella, MMA Past President, for his work in designing the reunion
Anniversary Cake and for organizing the reunion refreshments.
The President remarked that plans were under way for the 50th
anniversary reunion. He stated that the date would be announced
as soon as possible. He noted that a 50th Anniversary Book
would be published about the history of the USAMU from 1956 to
2006. He added that there would be space in the book for a
biography and photos of individual members. He noted that there
would be no charge for the photos and the first 150 words of the biography.
The President announced that the MMA was an affiliate club of the
Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). He noted that one benefit
was that MMA members would be able to expedite orders for CMP surplus weapons.
of the Year Award: The President showed a slide of previous
Soldier of the Year recipients. He introduced nominees for
Soldier of the Year, and provided a thumbnail sketch of their accomplishments:
Rank Name Section
Anderson Service Rifle
Sokoloski Service Pistol
Anti International Rifle
Zarenski International Pistol
SGT Mark Weeks Shotgun
Michel Action Shooting
Gartland Custom Gun Shop
The President announced
that Major Michael Anti was the MMA Soldier of the Year for
2004. The award for Soldier of the Year was a pistol donated by
Smith & Wesson Corporation.
Award: The President presented MMA member James "Gus"
Youmans, CPA, with a plaque in appreciation of his work and time in
preparing the association's tax-exempt application.
of Officers: The President recognized Bruce A. Meredith,
President Elect, Steven C. Goff, Vice President Elect, Laurence
"Red" Mosely, Secretary, and Samuel Hunter, Treasurer, as
the new association officers for the next two years. At this point,
he turned the meeting over to the President Elect.
President's Remarks: Bruce Meredith told the members that
there was a lot of work to do in preparing for the 50th anniversary
and he pledged to do his best to make it a first class event.
He noted that the association needed to contact former USAMU members
who are not MMA members and encourage them to join association and be
a part of the 50-anniversary celebration. He added that he was
honored to be the MMA's president and would carry on in the tradition
of the association's former presidents.
of Outgoing President: On behalf of the association, Bruce
Meredith presented "Arch" Arnold with gift certificate as a
token of appreciation for his leadership as MMA President.
Thanks: The President thanked all members for attending.
He also thanked the USAMU Operations Section for their
assistance. He specifically thanked Phil Cannella for
volunteering to be the refreshment committee of one and for providing
the door prizes. Finally, he noted that Smith & Wesson
Corporation had donated the pistol for the Soldier of the Year award
and thanked them for their continued support of the MMA.
Prizes: Members enjoyed a few lighthearted moments as a number
of unique and gag door prizes were awarded. Past President Phil
Cannella donated the door prizes.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m.
Laurence K. Mosely
Treasurer's Annual Report for 2004
Fiscal Review of the Year 2004
Annual Meeting Briefing Slides
Approved by the Executive Board on March 18, 2005.