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Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, pursuant to the previous resolution of the Operating Committee.

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
  • Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Finance Committee Chairman
  • Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations Committee Chairman
  • James Edwards of Tennessee, Candidates Committee Chairman
  • James D. Jones of Tennessee, Party Building Chairman
  • Eric Thomas of Tennessee, Rules Committee Chairman


  • Michael O'Brian of Michigan, Platform Committee Chairman
  • Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:07 p.m. EDT.

The Chairman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Secretary gave the invocation.

Mrs. Winters moved the adoption of the Agenda as proposed by the Chairman. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Edwards and adopted by unanimous vote.

The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the April 22 meeting of the Operating Committee. He moved the adoption of the April 22 minutes. His motion was seconded by Mr. Edwards and adopted by unanimous vote, Mr. Lovell abstaining.

The Treasurer reported that the party has a convention fund approaching $2000, and that the previous convention debt owed to Dan Charles is now less than $900. After all obligations have been met, the party will have approximately $3100 (including the convention fund) available.

Mr. Hey reported that he had circulated a draft of the "Letter to the Party Leaders and Members about the Reflectors and Platform", which had been discussed at the previous meeting. Various minor suggestions and improvements were made. Mr. Hey stated that he would circulate a corrected version for review after the meeting.

Mrs. Winters discussed the text of the petition for withdrawal from the United Nations. After some fine tuning, a text was approved upon motion made by Mr. Lovell, seconded by Mrs. Winters, and adopted by unanimous vote.

Mrs. Winters gave a report on the progress of the video project. The Public Relations Committee is working on a format of ten or eleven three minute vignettes, each of which will cover a single aspect of the party's principles and values.

Mr. Lovell reported that the Convention Committee will shortly circulate a draft Agenda for the National Committee meeting and the Convention.

Mr. Hey reported progress in getting the generic newsletter printed. The newsletter will likely be ready this weekend.

There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Hey, seconded by Mr. Lovell, and adopted by unanimous vote, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

John Pittman Hey
National Secretary
America First National Committee

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