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Minutes of the Meeting
General Membership Meeting - October 2004

1. General Membership Meeting: A General Membership Meeting of the Military Marksmanship Association was held on October 23, 2004 at Pool Range Overlook, Pool Range Complex, Fort Benning, Georgia

    a. Executive 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. Membership and Guests Present: 300

    d. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Representative: LTC David J. Liwanag, USAMU Commander.

2. Call to Order: A quorum being present, the President called the meeting to order at 1530 hours.  He welcomed the membership and thanked them for their attendance.  The President announced the passing MSG Folke Alquist, Sr., and asked for a moment of silence to honor him and all our fallen MMA comrades since the last reunion.

3. Unfinished Business:

    a. Tax-Exempt Status:  The President reported that the MMA had been granted tax-exempt status as a veteran's organization under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    (1) The President explained why this was beneficial to the association:

  • Contributions are tax-deductible to individuals.

  • Potential for large donations to the association.
  • Gives MMA more horsepower/muscle in the accomplishment of our objectives of supporting the USAMU.

    (2) The President further explained the impact on the members:

  • Membership application will ask for dates of your service when time comes for renewal.

  • Dues will not change and will not be deductible.
  • If an individual contribute $250 or more they will get a letter of substantiation from the association to support tax filing.  Smaller contributions do not require written substantiation.
  • The association plans to have a tax-exempt general fund and multiple sub-funds so that individuals have the option to target their contributions to specific projects, for example, scholarships, Round House restoration, or support of a specific team.

4. New Business:

    a. Status of the Association:  The President announced that the MMA was in good shape due to the hard work of the Executive Board and recognized the following board members:

  • We remain financially sound under the watchful eye of our treasurer Sam Hunter.

  • Membership is stable and well managed by Richard Rebidue.
  • The quarterly publication of the MMA Times provides a variety of interesting articles and information thanks to the Editor-in-Chief Carter Berry.

    b. Reunion Planning:  The President thanked the following individuals and asked the membership to give a well deserved round of applause to:

  • Phil Canella, our immediate past president, for setting up the beverages and support of both our events this weekend.

  • Bruce Meredith, our vice president, who set up the catering by Huckleberry's and coordinated the production of reunion pins.

    c. Revised Constitution and Bylaws:  The President announced that the Secretary, "Red" Mosely, had revised the Constitution and Bylaws as required by installation policy.  He noted there was no substantial change to the way the association was organized other than being recognized as a veteran's organization by the IRS or how the association would operate under the revised Constitution and Bylaws.  Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve the Constitution and Bylaws of the MMA as written.

    d. Election of MMA Officers for 2005 to 2007:  The President announced that in accordance with Article II, Section 1 of the previous Bylaws, a nominating committee consisting of "Arch" Arnold, Burl Branham, and "Mac" Johnson proposed a slate of officers that was subsequently unanimously approved by the current Board of Directors.  This slate was presented to the general membership for consideration and vote:

  • President: Bruce Meredith

  • Vice-President: Steve Goff
  • Secretary: Laurence Moseley
  • Treasurer: Sam Hunter

A brief summary of the attributes of each nominee was given.  There were no nominees offered from the floor.  Motion made, seconded, and carried by popular acclamation to elect the slate of officers as presented for a two-year term with the officers being installed at the General Membership Meeting in January 2005 and to serve through January 2007.

    e. Looking Ahead to the 50th Reunion:  The President stated that a 50th Anniversary Book will be prepared for publication by the Fall of 2006.  MMA members will be given the opportunity to send in photos and biographical data for inclusion.  He said that information would be announced in the MMA Times and that members should mark their calendars for 2006, which will be the biggest and best reunion ever.

    f. Appreciation for USAMU Support: The President thanked LTC Liwanag, SGM Dickman, Operations Officer CPT Howe, and Operations NCO SFC Sheeley for their hard work and support during the joint MMA Reunion and the 48th USAMU Anniversary.

5. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1600 hours.

Laurence K. Mosely
Recording Secretary

Financial Statement of the MMA Reunion

Approved by the Executive Board on November 18, 2004.

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