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Minutes of the Meeting
Annual 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 III, President
        Bruce Meredith, Vice President
        Laurence K. Mosely, Recording Secretary
        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.

    d. Membership and Guest: 71

    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 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:

    a. President's Briefing:

    (1) The President reminded the group that the MMA had an active web site that allowed members to contact their Executive Board.

    (2) The President stated that the MMA was financially solid and was in the good hands of our Treasurer Sam Hunter.

    (3) 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.

    (4) The President recognized Carter Berry for his one-man effort in publishing the MMA Times.

    (5) The President noted that efforts were still ongoing to form a History Committee to continue the outstanding work of our retired Historian Ken Hamill.

    (6) 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).

    (7) 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.

    (8) 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.

    (9) 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.

    b. Soldier 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
    SFC Norman Anderson — Service Rifle
    SSG Adam Sokoloski — Service Pistol
    MAJ Michael Anti — International Rifle
    SFC Daryl Zarenski — International Pistol
    SGT Mark Weeks — Shotgun
    SGT Max Michel — Action Shooting
    SFC Charles 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.

    c. Special 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.

    d. Installation 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.

    e. Incoming 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.

    f. Recognition 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.

    g. Special 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.

    h. Door 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.

6. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

Laurence K. Mosely
Recording Secretary

Attachments:
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.

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