Armed Forces Skeet Association
General Membership Meeting Minutes
Tennessee Clay Target Complex
Nashville, Tennessee
Tuesday, May 10 2016

Meeting convened at 1931 hours, Tuesday May 10, 2016 by President Christopher L. Naler.
President called the meeting to order.    
Reading of minutes of 2015 General Membership Meeting waived.  Dave Wood moved to approve 2015 minutes as written and previously posted, 2nd Van Boerner.  Motion carried.

Officers Reports
President Christopher Naler –   Delivered the “State of the Association” report, including the attendance of the 2016 ASSC. A total of 154 shooters from 36 states attending the shoot, acknowledgement of AFSA by-law changes from 2015 and the impact on the 2016 NSSA election. President concluded by thanking everyone for their attendance, participation and assistance.
Vice-President John Daubenschmidt – Not present. 
Treasurer Andy Ulsher- Reported that we currently have a net worth of $63,821.72. The NSSA/NSCA adoption of Clay Target Sports Magazine resulted in a significant increase in the advertisement prices for the magazine. The price for advertisement for the 2016 ASSC was $505.00 and did not net the association any additional or new shooters. Treasurer’s solicitation for sponsorship for the 2016 ASSC resulted in gaining sponsorship from SKB, Pelican with continued sponsorship from Remington Arms. All HOA gun prizes will be Remington for the 2016, but will not have engraving because of the delay in return of the engraved gun.  Don Kelly made a motion to accept the treasures as read. Motion was seconded by Grant Morrison. Motion carried.
Secretary Darron M. Todd.  Thanked all the referees for their support during this shoot, acknowledging the shooting referees and thanked shooters for their patience during field repairs. 

New Business
President Christopher L. Naler addressed the proposed changes to the AFSA by-laws, specifically the amendment to Section 2. Section 2 will be amended to state the following:
“The Board Of Directors (BOD) will consist of the elected officers, Past President, and four directors; one of which will be a ML and MV from each service.” “One of the three service Retired Military or Military Directors from each of the services may also be the elected Service Director, on the board of the National Skeet Shooting Association.” “The NSSA service director may be Active or Retired military, each NSSA director shall hold office until his/her successor is duly elected. When a vacancy occurs on the BOD, another member from the same branch of service will be appointed by the BOD to fill the vacancy in accordance with NSSA by-laws until the next annual ballot of the membership, at which time a successor will be elected to fill the unexpired term.”
Jim Tiner made the motion to accept the changes to the by-laws as written. Motion seconded by Dave Wood. Motion carried. By-laws are affected at 2036 hours, May 10, 2016.
Presentations of bids for the 2017 ASSC were made by Don Kelly, representing National Shooting Complex, San Antonio TX; Pat Knutson, representing the Conservation Club of Richmond, Charles City VA; Sam Armstrong representing Dupont Fish and Game Association, Millington MD; Steve Johnstone representing Jacksonville Clay Target Club, Jacksonville FL; Tom Barrowman representing Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, Tucson AZ.  Questions posed by the general membership were answered by the presenters. Membership were asked to discuss the bid proposals with their directors prior to the directors meeting on Wednesday, 12 May 2016.
Being no further business to discuss Michael Lee made the motion to adjourn; motion was seconded by the membership.
The General Membership meeting was adjourned at 2036 hours, 11 May 2016.  

Darron M. Todd
Secretary  

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces Skeet Association
General Membership Meeting Minutes
Conservation Park of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Meeting convened at 2005 hours, Tuesday May 12, 2015 by President Chris Naler.
President called the meeting to order.   
Old Business
Reading of minutes of 2014 General Membership Meeting minutes waived.  John Daubenschmidt moved to approve 2014 minutes as previously posted, 2nd Mo Mozisek.  Motion carried.
Officers Reports
President Chris Naler - Welcomed and thanked everyone, including our new Military Veteran shooters, for coming and helping as needed.  Stated we had 141 shooters at 2015 shoot which included active military, military veteran, and retired military shooters, as well as some shooting spouses. 
Vice-President John Daubenschmidt – nothing new to report.    
Treasurer Andy Ulsher - Reviewed items previously published Treasurer’s Report with the general membership.  He discussed a variety of items in reviewing the Treasurer’s Report along with a complete Income Statement and Balance Sheet which had been published and posted at this shoot and previously provided to all Officers and Directors.  Current assets are approximately just over $70,000.  Plans for 2015 shoot are to slowly lose some more dollars or break even and bring the organization closer to our $50,000 cap.  He monitors silver prices regularly to get the best prices possible, purchasing silver throughout the year to keep our overall awards costs low..  Told everyone present the books are open for examination by any member, anytime requested. 
Secretary Joe Pierce.  Thanked all the refs for their support during this shoot, and specifically thanked our 5 ironman refs, John Hancock, Bud Hitchcock, Kevin Hostinsky, Tom Smith and Kelly Stellato for all their help.  He also thanked the 33 shooting refs who came forward to help. 
New Business
A review of the three proposed bylaws changes was made by President Chris Naler, Secretary Joe Pierce, Bylaws Committee Chairman Jim Tiner, and Director Emeritus Pat Knutson.  Following a reading of the current bylaws sections, a reading of the proposed changes was then read.  Discussions followed on each.  The language proposed had been printed and posted for review by the membership well over 24 hours in advance of this General Membership meeting.  Following the discussions, a motion was made by Grant Morrison for approving the changes to Article III, Section 1, of the 2006 bylaws, 2nd by Michael Lee.  Motion Carried.
Cotton Talbott moved to approve the proposed changes to Article IV, Section 2, of the 2006 bylaws, 2nd by John Daubenschmidt.  Motion Carried. 

John Daubenschmidt moved to approve the language changes in Article V, Section 1, of the 2006 bylaws, 2nd by Grant Morison.  Motion Carried.

All bylaws changes involve making Military Veteran shooters officially a part of Armed Forces Skeet Association (AFSA), changes in Directorship numbers which now will include Military Veteran shooters as Directors, and when an AFSA memberships actually starts and ends.

Election of Officers then took place.   President Chris Naler was nominated to continue to serve as President by Jim Tiner, 2nd by Dave Wood.  Mo Mozisek moved that nominations cease, 2nd by John Daubenschmidt. After a vote by the members, Chris Naler was re-elected AFSA President.

Grant Morrison moved that John Daubenschmidt be re-elected as AFSA Vice President, 2nd by Bob Myers.  C.W. Floyd moved that nominations cease, 2nd by Larry Krutsinger.  After a vote by the members, John Daubenschmidt was re-elected AFSA Vice President.

Chris Naler moved that Andy Ulsher be re-elected as AFSA Treasurer, 2nd by Jerry Wasson.  Joe Pierce moved that nominations cease, 2nd by Jim Tiner.  After a vote by the members, Andy Ulsher was re-elected as AFSA Treasurer.

Chris Naler moved that Darron Todd be elected as AFSA Secretary, 2nd by Joe Pierce.  Gary Hunter moved that Al Means be elected as AFSA Secretary.  Al declined and no further nominations were forthcoming.  Grant Morrison moved that nominations cease, 2nd by Kevin Suitt.  After a vote by the members, Darron Todd was elected as the new AFSA Secretary,      
Presentations were then made by various members on behalf of clubs that had submitted bids to host the 2016 Armed Services Skeet Championships.  Joe Pierce made the presentation on behalf of Whitetail Ridge Outdoors in Tupelo, MS.  Brad Felton made the presentation on behalf of Nashville Gun Club in Nashville, TN.  Andy Ulsher made the presentation on behalf of National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, TX.  Questions arose following Brad Felton’s presentation as to whether he had received anything from the club promising to do all those things Brad said they would be doing.  He said he did not have paperwork to formally back up some of his statements.  The membership was then informed they should talk with their Directors concerning their feeling about where we should go in 2016, and the Directors would vote at the Director’s Meeting to be held Wednesday, 13 May 2015, on the location of the 2016 ASSC.
There being no further business to discuss, Dave Wood made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by the membership.
The General Membership Meeting adjourned at 2126 hours, 12 May 2014.

JOSEPH A. PIERCE
SECRETARY, AFSA  

 

2014 Historical General Membership Meeting Minutes

Armed Forces Skeet Association
General Membership Meeting Minutes
National Shooting Complex, San Antonio, Texas
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Meeting convened at 1945 hours, Tuesday May 13, 2014 by President Chris Naler.
President called the meeting to order.    
Reading of minutes of 2013 General Membership Meeting waived following short discussion as to why original General Membership meeting minutes had to be amended following 2013 meeting (bylaws language changes as approved by the general membership had not originally been included in original minutes).  After Secretary read amended portion of those minutes, Dave Wood moved to approve 2013 minutes as amended and previously posted, 2nd Mike Malone.  Motion carried.


Officers Reports
- President Chris Naler - Welcomed and thanked everyone, including our new Military Veteran shooters, for coming and helping as needed.  Stated we had 154 shooters at 2014 shoot which included 22 active military, 33 military veteran, and 89 retired military shooters, as well as some shooting spouses. 
- Vice-President John Daubenschmidt – nothing new to report.  Special thanks to Belinda Tiner and Greta Moore for all their work in operations to make shoot successful and run smoothly. 
- Treasurer Andy Ulsher - Reviewed items in previously published Treasurer’s Report with the general membership.  He discussed our IRS status and Texas Sales Tax exempt status.  Although we had projected a loss for the 2013 shoot, AFSA actually experienced a profit from that shoot.  Current assets are approximately $68,000.  Plans for 2014 shoot are to lose about $4,000 to keep organization closer to our $50,000 cap.  He managed to buy Remington 50th Anniversary shotguns for gun awards, and buy silver for the coin awards at the $22 to $24 price range during the year.  He also purchased 200 ounces of silver at $19.50 for use in coin awards for the 2015 shoot.  He monitors silver prices regularly to get the best prices possible.  Told everyone present the books are open for examination by any member, anytime requested.  Announced that all guns for 2013 winners have finally been received from Remington, explaining that Remington doesn’t stock guns anymore and production runs happen at varying times which may cause delays. 
- Secretary Joe Pierce.  Thanked all the refs for their support during this shoot, and thanked all the members who came forward to help as we had some last minute changes. 

 

New Business
Joe Pierce let membership know he would be making motion to increase our ref payments to $0.08 a target from the current rate of $0.06 and why, and that members should discuss this with their Directors to let their feelings be known. 

Gary Hunter asked if all members knew who their Directors were and the various Directors were identified amongst the membership.

Chris Naler told members that a motion for our NSSA Directors to change from just active duty to either active duty or retired military members would have to be tabled until 2015 meeting because changes had not been posted 24 hours in advance of the GM meeting as required by our bylaws.  As AFSA President he also currently serves as the Zone 9 Representative on the NSSA Executive Committee. 

Brad Felton asked about Military Veteran positions on the AFSA Board of Directors.  Don Root asked the new Mil Vet members about their feelings about this topic.  Various folks expressed a desire for representation on the AFSA Board of Directors and were appreciative of them now being included in the shoot and membership of AFSA.  The general feelings were that at least one “Universal” Mil Vet Director would be needed.  Because any change to our Board makeup would need to be included in AFSA bylaws, and nothing had been previously posted as required, further action had to be tabled.  Chris Naler mentioned that along with bringing forth this proposed change in our Board make-up in 2015, we also needed to look at removing the positions no longer needed for the European or Asian Director positions.

Barb Clark wanted to know why the new Mil Vet members had to furnish proof of honorable service.  It was explained how the Mil Vet concurrent criteria was met and that either the NSSA membership card reflecting Mil Vet status or a copy of the DD Form 214 or 256 furnished at our registration fulfilled that requirement, and that all copies of the DD Form 214 or 256 were returned to the Mil Vet members immediately following this one time review.  
Presentations were made by Brian Moore on behalf of Nellis AFB Gun Club, Steve Johnstone on behalf of Jacksonville Gun Club and Pat Knutson on behalf of Conservation Park of Virginia, formerly the Richmond Gun Club, to host the 2015 Armed Services Skeet Championships.  All presenters answered various questions posed by the members about their facilities.

Gary Hunter asked for all AFSA trophies to be brought in as soon as possible in preparation for the presentations at our banquet.

Dave Wood acknowledged the continuing behind the scenes work of the Officers and Directors and thanked them for all they do.

Mark Haughs brought up the idea of having President Chris Naler continue serving as AFSA President following his retirement from active duty. 

Bad Felton brought forward idea of revising ASSC shoot program so it clearly indicates all awards will be shot off, including All American point awards.

There being no further business, Dave Wood moved to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by everyone.
The General Membership Meeting adjourned at 2115 hours, 13 May 2014.

JOSEPH A. PIERCE
SECRETARY  

 

 

2013 Historical General Membership Meeting Minutes

Armed Forces Skeet Association
General Membership Meeting Minutes
McIntyre/Parks Ranges, Camp Lejeune, NC
Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Meeting convened at 1926 hours, Tuesday May 14, 2013 by President Rich Menhart.
President called the meeting to order.    
Reading of minutes of 2012 General Membership Meeting waived.  Pat Knutson moved to approve 2012 minutes as written and previously posted, 2nd Jim Tiner.  Motion carried.

Officers Reports
President Rich Menhart - nothing new to report.  Thanked everyone for coming and helping as needed.
Vice-President Bradley Felton – nothing new to report. 
Treasurer Pat Knutson.  Reported we lost money in 2012 but would probably gain the amount lost in the 2013 shoot.  He managed to buy silver for the coin awards at one of the low points during the year.  He expects silver prices to keep falling and will buy silver for 2014 shoot sometime during 2013 at the lowest price he can get.  Two of the gun awards have not been received or even produced by Remington.  The 28 ga and 410 bore guns will be produced in June 2013 and then sent along. 
Secretary Joe Pierce.  Thanked all the refs for their support during this shoot, especially the support we were given by 4 nearly full time refs: BJ Garlic, Owen Miller, Kevin Hostinsky, and Denny Norris.  Also thanked all the members who came forward to help as we had 8 refs pull out at the last minute. 


New Business
Pat Knutson discussed the proposed membership criteria change for the by-laws in detail and its probable affects on AFSA, NSSA, and the IRS.  A tremendous amount of discussion followed with numerous members expressing their thoughts, many very favorable to this change.  Jim Tiner and Chris Naler let everyone know how this change would be received at NSSA and how our Armed Services Skeet Championships would really remain as the appropriate Zone 9 Championships.  Any changes voted on by the membership would be brought to the next NSSA Executive Board meeting the end of May 2013 by Colonel Chris Naler and acted upon in late September 2013 for rule revisions in the 2014 shooting year.  Lots of more discussion about how it would affect our shoot and awards but almost all of this will be determined by the Officers and Board of Directors of AFSA. Colonel Naler let folks know of possible marketing help from NSSA to veterans throughout the shooting community, which would have a positive impact on our shoot.  After all discussion, there was a motion to approve the bylaws change as written by Denny Norris, 2nd by Jim Tiner.  Membership voted in favor of this change in our bylaws.
Presentations were made by Andy Ulsher for the National Shooting Center, Joe Pierce presented for Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, and Don Snyder presented for Sparta. 
Officer elections were then held.  Colonel Chris Naler was nominated by Rich Menhart for President, Mark Haughs 2nd.  Grant Morrison moved that nominations cease, 2nd by Jim Tiner.  Colonel Chris Naler accepted the nomination and would serve if elected.  Colonel Naler voted in as new President.
John Daubenschmidt was nominated by Grant Morrison as the new Vice President, 2nd by Ken Pittman.  Joe Pierce moved that nominations cease, 2nd by Larry Krutsinger.  John Daubenschmidt voted in as new Vice President.
Andy Ulsher nominated by Pat Knutson as new Treasurer, 2nd by Joe Pierce.  Jim Tiner moved that nominations cease, 2nd by Rich Menhart.  Andy Ulsher voted in as new Treasurer with full account access to all AFSA financial accounts.
Joe Pierce re-elected as Secretary. 
There being no further business, Don Snyder moved to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by everyone.
The General Membership Meeting adjourned at 2046 hours.
                                    
JOSEPH A. PIERCE
SECRETARY  

 

17 SEPT 2012

SUBJECT:  Proposed By-Laws Amendment

1.  Reason: Expansion of our membership criteria was discussed at the 2011 Board of Director's Meeting as a means of increasing participation at the ASSC. No consensus was then reached pending the treasurer consulting with the IRS regarding the effect on our tax-exempt status. In SEPT 2012 the IRS agreed that expansion of our membership within the guidelines provided in  IRS Publication 557 for (501(c)(19)- Veterans Organizations) should not affect our tax-exempt status. The most current relevant section of the publication is:

501(c)(19) - Veterans' Organizations

A post or organization of past or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States must file Form 1024 to apply for recognition of exemption from federal income tax. You should follow the general procedures outlined in chapter 1. The organization must also meet the qualifications described in this section.
Examples of groups that qualify for exemption are posts or auxiliaries of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and similar organizations.
To qualify for recognition of exemption, your application should show:

  1. That the post or organization is organized in the United States or any of its possessions,
  2. That at least 75% of the members are past or present members of the U.S. Armed Forces and that at least 97.5% of all members of the organization are past or present members of the U.S. Armed Forces, cadets (including only students in college or university ROTC programs or at armed services academies) or spouses, widows, widowers, ancestors, or lineal descendants of any of those listed here, and
  3. That no part of net earnings inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

In addition to these requirements, a veterans' organization also must be operated exclusively for one or more of the following purposes.

  1. To promote the social welfare of the community (that is, to promote in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community).
  2. To assist disabled and needy war veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
  3. To provide entertainment, care, and assistance to hospitalized veterans or members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  4. To carry on programs to perpetuate the memory of deceased veterans and members of the Armed Forces and to comfort their survivors.
  5. To conduct programs for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.
  6. To sponsor or participate in activities of a patriotic nature.
  7. To provide insurance benefits for its members or dependents of its members or both.
  8. To provide social and recreational activities for its members.

Auxiliary unit. An auxiliary unit or society of a veterans' organization can apply for recognition of exemption provided that the veterans' organization (parent organization) meets the requirements explained earlier in this section. The auxiliary unit or society must also meet all the following additional requirements.

  1. It is affiliated with, and organized in accordance with, the bylaws and regulations formulated by the parent organization.
  2. At least 75% of its members are either past or present members of the U.S. Armed Forces, spouses of those members, or related to those members within two degrees of kinship (grandparent, brother, sister, and grandchild represent the most distant allowable relationship).
  3. All of its members either are members of the parent organization, spouses of a member of the parent organization, or related to a member of such organization within two degrees of kinship.
  4. No part of its net earnings inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

Trusts or foundations. Trusts or foundations for a veterans' organization also can apply for recognition of exemption provided that the parent organization meets the requirements explained earlier. The trust or foundation must also meet all the following qualifications.

  1. The trust or foundation is in existence under local law and, if it is organized for charitable purposes, has a dissolution provision similar to charitable organizations. (See Articles of Organization in chapter 3 of this publication.)
  2. The corpus or income cannot be diverted or used other than for:
    1. The funding of a veterans' organization, described in this section,
    2. Religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, or
    3. An insurance set aside.
  3. The trust income is not unreasonably accumulated and, if the trust or foundation is not an insurance set aside, a substantial portion of the income is in fact distributed to the parent organization or for the purposes described in item 2(b).
  4. It is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes listed earlier in this section that are specifically applicable to the parent organization.

Tax treatment of donations. Donations to war veterans' organizations are deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return. At least 90% of the organization's membership must consist of war veterans. The term war veterans means persons, whether or not present members of the U.S. Armed Forces, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of war (including the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, the Persian Gulf war, and later declared wars).

 

2.  Current By-Laws Membership provisions:
ARTICLE V
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - Membership is open to all active duty United States military personnel, foreign military personnel, National Guard personnel, active Reservists, Service Academy personnel, and Retired military personnel. NOAA, USCG, and PHS personnel are included IAW public law.
Section 2 - No person shall become a member unless he/she is a member in good standing of the National Skeet Shooting Association.
Section 3 - A meeting of the membership shall be held incident to the Armed Services Skeet Championships (5/09). A quorum for the annual membership meeting shall be 30 or more members.
Section 4 - The order of business at all meetings of the Association shall be governed by the provisions of Robert's Rules of Order.


3.  Proposed change to Section 1:

Section 1 - Membership is open to all individuals who are serving or have served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States, cadets (including only students in college or university ROTC programs or armed services academies), their spouses, and foreign military personnel. NOAA, USCG, and PHS personnel are included IAW public law. A valid military ID/CAC card, DD214, or DD256 must be shown during registration to participate in the Armed Services Skeet Championships. (APPROVED)

4. There is a slight level of risk associated with approving this amendment. The amended by-laws must be approved by the IRS and a determination provided to AFSA. If they approve the new by-laws all will be well. If they disapprove the new by-laws the IRS MAY direct that we re-file for tax exempt status. The treasurer expects the former to be the case, but the IRS has the option to go either way. My successor needs to send in the new by-laws with our tax return to avoid paying $250+ for a determination fee.

 

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