Minutes of the America First National Committee
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
BE IT REMEMBERED that the America First National Committee met on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 9 p.m. East Coast Time, pursuant to the Resolution of the Operating Committee adopted on October 18, 2005.
The Chairman led the National Committee meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Hey delivered the Invocation. Special remembrance was made for our departed comrade Mr. Edward Heelan of New York, who recently passed away.
The Secretary called the roll of National Committee members.
- Dan Charles of Colorado, National Chairman
- Larry Carroll of Colorado
- Martin McClellan of Florida
- Peter Browning of Florida
- Tim Lohrman of Idaho
- Maureen McHugh of Illinois
- Tom White of Massachusetts
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi
- Nancy Blankenship of Missouri
- Jim Arft of New York
- David Thomas of Pennsylvania
- Frank Hackl of Wisconsin
- John Pittman Hey of Mississippi, National Secretary and Treasurer
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, National Vice-Chairman
- Greg Roberts of Missouri
- Joe Spitzig of Ohio
- Ward Chorpenning of Ohio
Bradley Maurer of New York, Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, and Sam Cross of Pennsylvania joined the meeting after the roll had been taken.
Mr. John Wagner of Michigan was present as a guest.
A Quorum being present, the Chairman called the meeting to order at 9:17 p.m. ECT.
Mrs. Winters moved the adoption of the Credentials Report. The motion was seconded by Mr. White and adopted by unanimous vote of the National Committee.
The Chairman delivered his report. He stated that the Fund Raising plan has exceeded expectations so far. The telephone call leg of Phase One of the plan is partially completed.
The Chairman reported that he has traveled on party business eleven days during the past month. He reported on his attendance at the Founding Meeting for the Michigan Organizing Committee during the middle of October. The meeting was a success and turnout was exceptional.
The Chairman also reported on his participation with the Minuteman project on the border last week. The situation is deteriorating rapidly due to the high influx of illegal immigrants, and adoption of the party's position against such activities is critical for our nation's continued survival.
Finally, the Chairman has done four radio appearances since the last meeting.
The Chairman encouraged the members to get involved on the standing committees to help move the party forward.
Mr. McClellan moved the adoption of the Agenda. His motion was seconded by Mr. Mauer. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the August 30, 2005 meeting of the National Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes. His motion was seconded by Mrs. Winters and adopted by unanimous vote.
The Treasurer referred the Committee to the full Report that has been published on the Reflector and on the Agenda web page. The current account balance is $9622.27, of which $8155.01 is set aside in the Membership Prospecting Fund. The required monthly FEC reports have been prepared and submitted to the FEC; they may be reviewed on the FEC's public web site.
Mr. Hey moved the acceptance of the Treasurer's Report. His motion was seconded by Mr. McClellan and adopted by unanimous vote.
Mrs. McHugh moved the adoption of a Resolution to Authorize Printing Brochures. The Resolution was seconded by Mrs. Winters. The Resolution reads as follows:
RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE PRINTING OF TRI-FOLD BROCHURES
Be it resolved by the America First National Committee, that up to $350 be allocated to print, as soon as the funds become available after the printing of the generic newsletter, 10,000 copies of the tri-fold brochure.
The Resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.
The National Committee had previously tabled a set of resolutions relating to the National Convention. Mrs. Blankenship, a member of the Convention Committee, moved to table the pending Convention Committee resolutions and instruct the Committee to provide proposals for the weekend of April 21. The motion to table was seconded by Mrs. McHugh and adopted by unanimous vote.
The Secretary reported receiving a Petition for Recognition of the Organizing Committee of an America First Party of Michigan. The Petition was signed by eleven party members who attended the meeting held on Saturday, October 15, 2005 in Ypsilanti. Mr. Hey stated that the Petition and minutes of the meeting conform to the requirements laid down by the National Committee. Mr. Hey moved that the National Committee recognize the new Michigan Organizing Committee. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mauer. The Secretary read the text of the Petition under review. Mr. John Wagner made a short statement in support of the Resolution. The Resolution of Recognition was finally adopted by unanimous vote.
In response to a question from a member, the Chairman expanded upon his report on the Minuteman trip he took last week. A long discussion was held regarding the illegal immigration problem.
There being no further business, Mr. White moved that the National Committee adjourn. The motion was seconded by Mr. McClellan and adopted by unanimous vote. The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 10:50 p.m. ECT.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee