Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 9:00 p.m. East Coast 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
- Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations Committee Chairman
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Vice-chairman
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
- Larry Carroll of Colorado, Platform Committee Chairman
Tom White of Massachusetts, Party Building Committee Chairman, joined the meeting after the roll call had been taken.
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:14 p.m.
Mr. Hill moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mrs. Winters seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman delivered his report. An extensive article favorable to the Party was published over the weekend in several papers in Colorado. Mr. Charles has also been fielding a number of inquiries from the press and from potential activist members this week. Finally, he has continued work on articles for the upcoming newsletter.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the November 16, 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.
The Secretary reported that he has finished keypunching the several hundred address updates received from the last newsletter mailing. In addition, the Post Office has changed the NCOA process slightly, and the special software the party uses to integrate those changes has been updated to work with the new system.
A discussion was held regarding updating the store catalog and web site.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $9.72. There is an invoice coming due in the amount of approximately $400. A draft of the November 22 FEC report has been circulated and will be filed shortly.
Mr. White delivered a Party Building Committee report. He has been working various contacts, and communicating with additional volunteers to assist in party building.
A discussion was held regarding prioritizing party building activities in various states. In addition, a discussion of the upcoming National Committee consideration of the activist program budget was held.
Mr. Hill delivered a Finance Committee report. The committee is working on the Party Building Committee's budget request. A number of issues have to be resolved within the next two days for any upcoming National Committee meeting.
Mrs. Winters stated that the Public Relations Committee will meet next Monday for final approval of the next newsletter.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee will be referring to the National Committee an amendment of the Party Constitution relating to the calling of National Conventions.
Mr. Hey offered a Resolution to call a teleconference meeting of the National Committee for next Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 9 p.m. East Coast Time. The Resolution was seconded by Mrs. Winters, and adopted by unanimous vote.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Hill, seconded by Mrs. Winters, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 10:38 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee