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Minutes of the Meeting
General 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:

    Item

    Cost Per Member

    Membership Directory, Constitution, MMA Times, other printing, postage, and envelopes

    $6.24

    MMA Internet Web Site

    $0.27

    Liability Insurance

    $0.67

    Reunion Costs

    $2.00

    Total Expenses

    $9.18

    Remaining Operating Capital

    $0.82

    Membership Dues

    $10.00 

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
Recording Secretary

Attachments:
Financial Results of MMA Reunion

Approved by the Executive Board on December 20, 2000.

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