Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 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
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Vice-chairman
- Tom White of Massachusetts, Party Building Committee Chairman
- Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations 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 9:12 p.m.
Mr. White moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mrs. Winters seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman delivered his report. He has been fielding a blizzard of responses to the three press releases the Party sent out right after the State of the Union speech. Almost all have been very positive. In addition, the Chairman has been spending time working on various standing committee projects.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the February 1, 2005 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 completed mailing out all the beginning of the month letters, reminders, etc.
A discussion was had regarding the need to mail newsletters to recent contacts by First Class mail.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $703.46.
A discussion was had regarding individuals who desire free materials to distribute.
Mr. Golmon reported continued work on the Party Building manual. He circulated a new version within the past 48 hours. In addition, he reported that he sent out an appeal for members to his committee. Mr. Golmon will begin to forward summaries of important ballot access changes at the legislative level that will affect the state parties.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee has almost finished the fund raising plan.
Mr. White reported making several good Party Building contacts. A discussion was had regarding the need to call a Party Building Committee meeting.
Mrs. Winters reported that the Public Relations Committee will meet again Thursday evening. She is working on a budget projection for public relations for the current calendar year.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee will meet next week to proof the Operating Rules proposal.
A discussion was had regarding public relations responses to various topics including veterans issues and party strategy.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. White, seconded by Mr. Hey, and adopted by unanimous consent, the meeting was adjourned at 11:22 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee