Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, November 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
- Larry Carroll of Colorado, Platform Committee Chairman
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:26 p.m.
Mr. White moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. Hill seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman reported that he continues to work with the Convention Committee to finalize plans for the national convention next spring. He has been working on various standing committee projects, as well as handling the calls assigned to him in the fund raising program. Several press releases are also in the works.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the October 25, 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 spent an additional several days working on the party building web site project during the last week. The new system is coming along well and hopefully part of it will be ready for roll-out by the end of the week.
Mr. Hey reported that he has ordered the 25,000 envelopes for use in the next stages of the fund raising plan. The new generic newsletter has been picked up from the printer, and all past-due requests for literature by new prospects have been fulfilled.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $9727.75. This balance is split between the new prospecting fund ($8335.01) and the general fund ($1392.74). There is an unpaid invoice for $1717 due to the printer for the newsletters which have already been received and are now being used. The latest report to the FEC has been filed and may be reviewed on the FEC web site.
Mrs. Winters reported that the Public Relations Committee will be meeting Saturday to work on the next quarterly newsletter and the brochures.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee has approved the purchase of 25,000 envelopes, which will be used in the fund raising program. The Committee is working on a draft for the next fund raising letter.
Mr. White reported he has been fielding calls and working with contacts in Iowa. A Party Building Committee meeting will be held on November 17.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee will be meeting this Saturday to work on the rules for converting Organizing Committees into State Parties.
A general time of discussion was held regarding the Supreme Court nomination and other issues.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. Hill, seconded by Mr. White, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee