Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, pursuant to the previous resolution of the Operating Committee.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:12 p.m. EST.
The Chairman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Secretary gave the invocation.
The Secretary called the roll of Operating Committee members:
- Dan Charles of Colorado, Chairman
- Gene Lovell of Georgia, Vice-chairman
- John Pittman Hey of Mississippi, Secretary
- Maureen McHugh of Illinois, Treasurer
- James D. Jones of Tennessee, Party Building Chairman
- Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations Committee Chairman
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Finance Committee Chairman
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
James Edwards of Tennessee, Candidates Committee Chairman and Michael O'Brian of Michigan, Platform Committee Chairman, joined the meeting after the meeting was called to order.
Mr. Lovell moved the adoption of the Agenda. His motion was seconded by Mrs. Winters. The members added a number of items, and the final version of the Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman reported a media appearance scheduled for Thursday morning on a talk radio program in Missouri.
The Chairman reported receiving 110 responses to the newsletter mailing. He is in the process of forwarding the materials to the Treasurer.
The Chairman led a discussion of various reflector threads. The members agreed that positive news of the party's progress should be promulgated to party members as often and as quickly as possible.
A discussion was had regarding strategies for the chairman's upcoming radio appearance.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the December 10 meeting of the Operating Committee. The Secretary moved the approval of the minutes. His motion was seconded by Mr. Lovell and adopted by unanimous vote, Mr. Golmon abstaining.
The Secretary reported he will be putting out a small bulk mailing of newsletters to new contacts shortly.
A discussion was had regarding circulation of the new brochure.
The Treasurer is awaiting receipt of the materials for the completion of her report.
A discussion was held regarding the membership and content of the Leaders reflector.
The next scheduled meetings of the Operating Committee were discussed, especially with regard to the upcoming holidays.
Mr. Lovell moved that Operating Committee meetings be suspended, to resume on Tuesday, January 7, 2003. His motion was seconded by Mr. Jones and adopted by unanimous vote.
Mr. Lovell moved that the National Committee next meet on January 14, 2003. Mr. Jones seconded the motion. Mr. Charles suggested that the call to meeting go out on January 7. His amendment was accepted as friendly. The motion to issue a call on January 7, 2003 for a meeting of the National Committee on January 14, 2003 was adopted by unanimous vote.
Without objection, Mr. O'Brian moved that the previous resolution be amended to set the time of the meeting for 9 p.m. EST. His motion was seconded by Mr. Lovell, and adopted by unanimous vote.
A discussion was had regarding the problems involving the efficient flow of mail within the party. The Chairman described a tentative solution. Several members will work together to draft a set of resolutions for the next meeting to implement the solution.
A discussion was had regarding the feasibility of organizing a national "anti-UN" or "pro-America" rally for the Labor Day weekend.
A discussion was had regarding the presidential nomination process.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Lovell, seconded by Mrs. McHugh, and adopted by unanimous vote, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee