Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, February 15, 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
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
- Larry Carroll of Colorado, Platform Committee Chairman
Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations Committee Chairman, joined the meeting after the roll had been taken.
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:20 p.m.
Mr. Hill moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. White seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman delivered his report. The Chairman has continued to interact with contacts and work on some standing committee projects. In addition, he has made contacts regarding scheduling radio appearances to promote the party.
A short discussion was had regarding the scheduling of a national convention. The general consensus is that such a convention should be held during July or August. Mr. Charles noted that such a scheduling would maximize possible C-SPAN coverage.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the February 8, 2005 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.
A discussion was had regarding the costs of the return mailing service, and whether it would be financially advantageous to have the returns sent directly to the National Secretary's business address. Additionally, the benefits and costs of NCOA processing of the mailing list were discussed.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $897.16. The FEC monthly report is ready to be filed.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee is still fine-tuning the master fund raising proposal.
Mr. White reported making Party Building contacts in California and Texas. He is still working to decide when to call a Party Building Committee meeting.
Mrs. Winters reported that the Public Relations Committee is working on the goals and budget for 2005.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee will be meeting this Saturday to proof the Operating Rules draft.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mrs. Winters, seconded by Mr. Hill, and adopted by unanimous consent, the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee