Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, April 19, 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
- 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 9:23 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. Two press releases were sent out in the past week. Mr. Charles reported extensive work done on the Finance Committee fund raising plan. In addition, he attended two party building conference calls to help organize in those states. He has also been fielding mostly positive comments regarding the press releases.
A discussion was had regarding crank emails and the distraction they cause.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the April 12, 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 Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $823.85. There are no unpaid obligations.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee is circulating corrections and minor revisions to the fundraising proposal.
A discussion was had regarding the prospect of establishing separate accounts to accommodate the proposed revolving prospecting fund that would be raised by the fundraising plan.
Mr. White reported on the conference calls for prospective organizers.
A discussion was had regarding upcoming conference calls to kick-start party building efforts in five additional states.
Mrs. Winters reported that the Public Relations Committee will be meeting this Thursday for more work on the newsletter. She reported that she has received positive feedback from conservatives in New Hampshire, especially since property taxes are going through the roof in that state.
Mr. Charles reminded the members that the Rules Committee remains on hiatus.
A discussion was had regarding failed efforts to force a merger of various third parties.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Hey, seconded by Mr. White, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee