Minutes of the Meeting
Membership Meeting - October 2000
1. General Membership Meeting: A General Membership Meeting of
the Military Marksmanship Association was held on October 7, 2000 at
Pool Range Overlook, Pool Range Complex, Fort Benning, Georgia.
a. Executive 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 Chairman and
MMA Times Editor
Ken Hamill, Chairman, Historical Committee Chairman and MMA Historian
Richard D. Rebidue, Membership Committee Chairman
b. Membership Present: 203
c. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representatives:
Colonel Archibald V. Arnold III
d. Call to Order: A quorum being present, the
President called the meeting to order at 1325 hours.
2. Treasurer's Report: Mr. Hunter discussed the financial
status of the Association and declared that the Association was in
good financial shape. Additionally, he provided an overview of the
expenses in relationship to the income from the $10.00 membership
dues of one member. He itemized the various costs for printing of the
Membership Directory, MMA Times, Constitution and Bylaws, membership
cards, postage for annual and quarterly mailings, MMA web site start
up and quarterly fees, liability insurance, and Reunion expenses. He
noted that left $0.82 for other expenses, such as, the Associations
new laser printer. The expenditures are summarized in the following table:
Cost Per Member
Membership Directory, Constitution, MMA Times, other printing,
postage, and envelopes
MMA Internet Web Site
Remaining Operating Capital
3. Unfinished Business:
a. Audit of Financial Records: Mr. Johnson reported
that the Association's Constitution required a periodic audit of the
Association's financial records. He noted that no formal audit had
been conducted since the inception of the Association. He further
explained the conditions acceptable to the Directorate of Community
Activities (DCA) for an audit to be valid. One method suggested by
the DCA was that three members from the Association, excluding
current Executive Board members, audit the Association's financial
records. He noted that a three-member panel of Messrs. Richard
Hawkins, James McQuien, and Alvin Dunn had volunteered to conduct the
audit. The President reported that the audit had been completed and
that there were no significant problems. The panel further reported
that the records appeared to be in good shape. The President thanked
the audit panel for their work then thanked Mr. Jack Horner for an
excellent job as the Association's Treasurer for the past six years.
b. Tax Exempt Status: The President stated that the
Association had not accomplished the goal of becoming a 501c(3) Tax
Exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code. He noted that
tax-exempt status would benefit the Association and he indicated that
he would attempt to initiate that action in the immediate future.
5. New Business:
a. Election of Officers: The President remarked
that the main purpose of this General Meeting was to elect new
Association officers. He noted that the recent change in the
Constitution changed the term to serve in office from one to two
years. He further explained that the new officers would be installed
in January 2001 at the Annual Meeting and would serve through January
2002. The President presented the following slate of officers as
proposed by the nomination committee:
Phillip F. Cannella, Jr., President
Richard N. Hawkins, Vice-President
Laurence K. Mosely, Recording Secretary
Samuel W. Hunter, Treasurer
The President called for any additional nominations for Association
officers. No new nominations were made. A motion was made from the
floor, seconded, and carried to close the nominations and elect the
officers as presented. The President declared the officers elected by
acclamation for the 2001-2002 term and the election closed.
b. Membership Directory: Mr. Ray P. Carter moved
that the names of all known personnel ever assigned the U.S. Army
marksmanship, regardless past or current membership in the
Association, be included in the Association's Membership Directory.
The President stated the Executive Board had discussed his motion in
a previous meeting and had not considered it favorably. The
Membership Chairman, Mr. Rebidue mentioned that maintaining just a
name in the membership database was of no value without other related
personal data. Mr. Hamill, Association Historian, noted that he had
names of 1,113 former Army shooters in a historical database. Mr.
Roman R. Wojciechowski, past Membership Chairman, commented that
including non-member names would increase the Membership Directory
threefold in size from current 8-10 pages of member names to 24-30
pages which would increase the cost of printing and mailing. Mr.
Carter argued that listing non-members would provide the opportunity
to identify potential new members. A member questioned would it be
practical to include such a database on the Association's web site.
Mr. Mosely, Association Webmaster, responded noting that our web site
had limited disk space (storage) and that an increase disk space size
would increase the cost of the web site. The Treasurer expressed a
concern that the additional expense (printing or web site) would
stretch the operating capital to the limit and require an increase in
dues. The President added that there also was a privacy concern about
publishing personal data on the Internet or within the Membership
Directory. He noted that members are aware of this but non-members
might not. A member suggested that a one-time roster be published
listing all the names. Mr. Carter amended his motion to publish on a
one-time basis in the 2001 Membership Directory all (active) members,
deceased members, and all other names in the database. The motion was
seconded and carried.
c. Hall of Fame Life Membership: Mr. Carter moved
to confer Life Membership pro bono for any member installed in the
Hall of Fame. The motion was seconded and defeated.
d. Mr. Carter Berry Recognized: The President
presented Mr. Carter Berry, Public Affairs Chairman and MMA Times
Editor to the membership. He recognized Mr. Berry for his service to
the Association in the positions of Vice-President, Public Affairs
Chairman, and MMA Times Editor for more than five and a half years.
The membership responded with a rousing round of applause.
e. Canadian Guests Recognized: Past President
Willis L. Powell recognized Sergeant Cathline and Lieutenant Colonel
Molnar, Canadian Service Rifle shooters, and recalled their
competitive toughness when competing against the Army Service Rifle
Team. He presented Sergeant Cathline with a Campaign Hat of the type
worn by the Army Service Rifle Team in the early era of USAMU, on
behalf of the Service Rifle Shooters.
f. Joint Reunion: The President announced that the
U.S. Air Force Shooting Association was holding their reunion on the
same weekend as our reunion. He indicated that they had asked our
membership to consider holding a joint reunion in the future. The
President added we should also think about including the Guard,
Reserves, and the other service associations in our next reunion.
7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1415 hours.
Laurence K. Mosely
Financial Results of MMA Reunion
Approved by the Executive Board on December 20, 2000.