Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, July 20, 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
- Tom White of Massachusetts, Party Building Committee 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
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:24 p.m.
Mr. Hill 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 spent a great deal of time preparing a response regarding a so-called "unity movement" amongst third parties. He prepared several press releases that were circulated last week. He announced that Mr. McClellan of Florida appears to be the only person on the ballot for his planning authority position. Finally, he has spent a great deal of time working on the Finance Committee fundraising plan and asking for input from persons knowledgeable in fundraising issues.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the July 13, 2004 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. Hill, and adopted by unanimous vote, Mr. White abstaining.
The Secretary reported his activities on revamping the web technology for the party, updating the database with postal service returns, and preparing research reports requested by the chairman and others in the party.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $771.82. There are no outstanding invoices due at this time.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee met earlier in the week, and will meet against tomorrow night to continue working on the fundraising plan. A discussion was had regarding some items that need to be printed or re-printed and authorizing the expenditures to do so.
Mr. White reported that the Party Building Committee met last week and will meet again early next week. He has had excellent recent contacts in Michigan and Kansas.
A discussion was held regarding facilitating communication with some of the state party leaders and organizers.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee met last Saturday and finished working on recommendations for the National Committee's consideration. At least six resolutions are now ready for the National Committee.
A general discussion was held regarding a variety of subjects.
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 10:56 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee