Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, pursuant to the previous resolution of the Operating Committee.
The Chairman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Hey delivered the invocation.
The Secretary called the roll of Operating Committee members:
- Dan Charles of Colorado, Chairman
- John Pittman Hey of Mississippi, Secretary/Treasurer
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Vice-chairman
- Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations Committee Chairman
- Larry Carroll of Colorado, Platform Committee Chairman
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
Tom White of Massachusetts, Party Building Committee Chairman, joined the meeting after the roll had been taken.
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:15 p.m.
Mrs. Winters moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. White seconded the motion, and the Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman delivered his report. He has been catching up from the backlog following his business trip. A press release on the Marriage Amendment was published today.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the July 6, 2004 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mrs. Winters, and adopted by unanimous vote, with Mr. White abstaining.
The Secretary reported that he continues working on technology upgrades for the web site that will enable many new features for party building and communications. He reported spending a lot of time updating the database with the information received from the post office on newsletter returns.
The Secretary reported receiving word of a candidate for local office in Florida. Details will be posted on the web site shortly.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $375.23. There is one outstanding invoice due for postage. The FEC 2nd Quarter report has been filed.
A discussion was had regarding the numbers and costs of receiving the postal returns from the post office.
Mr. Hill stated that the Finance Committee will be meeting shortly to continue work on the fund raising proposal. A discussion was had on fundraising and appropriate venues for advertising the party.
Mr. White stated there would be a Party Building Committee meeting this Saturday afternoon to work on the activist programs. He has made a number of good contacts during the past week.
Mrs. Winters reported that the Public Relations Committee is making progress on the next newsletter. It should be ready for approval in the next three weeks.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee has several proposals almost ready for adoption in addition to those items already addressed. The Rules Committee will meet this Saturday for further work on the Endorsement rules.
A discussion was held regarding the need to hold a National Committee meeting. The business being prepared by the various standing committees was discussed. The consensus was that the Operating Committee will work toward calling a National Committee meeting for three weeks from this evening.
A general discussion of a range of subjects took place.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Hill, seconded by Mr. White, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 10:40 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee