Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, September 14, 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
- Tom White of Massachusetts, Party Building Committee Chairman
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
- Larry Carroll of Colorado, Platform Committee Chairman
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:20 p.m.
Mrs. Winters moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. White seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman delivered his report. He has been working on various party candidate endorsement issues, and getting articles ready for the newsletter. He has been corresponding with many persons regarding the Party's response to the erroneous press release from the CCCC. He will be traveling tomorrow to attend the award dinner for Lou Dobbs in New York.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the September 7, 2004 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. White, and adopted by unanimous vote, Mr. Charles abstaining.
The Secretary reported that thus far he has received seven nomination petitions for Michael Peroutka, and one each for Messrs. Nader, Cobb, and Badnarik. (The minimum required number of petitions for consideration is five.) The deadline for receipt of nomination petitions by mail or by facsimile is Wednesday, September 15th.
The bumper stickers have been sent to the printer and should be available sometime next week. The newsletter inserts are in production, and should be received within two weeks.
The Secretary reported that he has made a good deal of progress on the technology upgrade for the party web site.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $3862.20. There are no outstanding invoices due at this time, and there are presently funds sufficient to cover all expenditures already authorized by the National Committee.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee is still reviewing the long-range fundraising proposal.
Mr. White reported that the Party Building Committee will continue its meeting at a later time due to his conflicting doctor's appointment this Thursday.
Mrs. Winters reported that the Public Relations Committee will meet again tomorrow evening to finalize the Newsletter.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee made good progress at its last meeting on the model rules for Organizing Committees and in discussing the procedure for conversion of an Organizing Committee to an affiliated state party.
A general discussion was had regarding the appropriate time to call another meeting of the National Committee, particularly to handle any possible endorsement for President.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Hey, seconded by Mrs. Winters, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 9:58 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee