Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, August 23, 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 9:26 p.m.
Mr. Hill moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. White seconded the motion. The Chairman stated that he would be soliciting a motion to call a national committee meeting under "New Business." The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman delivered his report. He has had to play "catch-up" from the period when his computer was in for repairs last week. He has been fielding calls and answering inquiries. In addition, the Chairman reported work on various projects for the standing committees, including the Convention Committee.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the August 16, 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.
The Secretary reported that the fund raising letter was mailed today.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $2538.73, $1826.01 of which is in the new fundraising fund. There are no unpaid obligations. The cost of preparing and mailing the fund raising letter has been paid.
A discussion was held regarding the costs for upcoming stages of the fund raising project.
Mr. Golmon reported that he has prepared and submitted for review another section for the Party Building Manual. The Chairman asked the Ballot Access Committee Chairman to research some petitioning requirements.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee is working to draft the telephone calling scripts.
Mr. White reported that he continues to work the contacts that are coming into the party. The Michigan contacts are preparing for next Monday's teleconference meeting. Mr. Charles reported that the Arizona contacts are preparing an informational meeting which he plans to attend.
Mrs. Winters reported that the Public Relations Committee will be meeting Thursday evening to finalize the newsletters.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee will be meeting this Saturday to continue work on rules relating to bringing up affiliated state parties.
Mr. Charles reported that the Convention Committee has submitted its final proposals for consideration by the National Committee. The National Committee will need to call a convention as soon as possible in order to lock in whichever proposal is selected.
Mr. Hill moved a Resolution to call a teleconference meeting of the National Committee for next Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. His resolution was seconded by Mrs. Winters. After some discussion, the Resolution was approved by unanimous vote.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mrs. Winters, seconded by Mr. Hill, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 10:25 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee