Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 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
Mr. Joseph Spitzig, Convention Committee chairman, also attended as a guest.
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:14 p.m.
Mr. Hill 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 is preparing for his upcoming trip to the Capitol, and has been making contacts with potential speakers for the Convention. He has also been working on standing committee projects and developing a party statement on the Iran issue.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the January 24, 2006 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 reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the January 31, 2006 vote by electronic mail 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.
Mr. Hey reported that all of the FAFP packets have now been mailed. The newsletter has been printed and was mailed last Friday.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $8,454.13. There are no outstanding invoices. The January FEC report has been prepared and circulated for review.
Mr. Spitzig delivered the Convention Committee report. A committee meeting will be held next Monday.
Mr. Hill delivered the Finance Committee report. The Committee is working on the next fund raising letter, and making plans to have supplies on hand for the upcoming mailings.
Mr. White delivered the Party Building Committee report. Several questions were fielded about related matters.
Mrs. Winters delivered the Public Relations Committee report. The Committee is working on the mass-mailing newsletter as well as the Spring newsletter. A discussion was held regarding the upcoming trade deficit numbers.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee voted out a resolution for the National Committee's consideration relating to procedures for converting Organizing Committees into affiliated state parties. Another meeting is coming up at which the committee will finish work on the same process.
Mrs. Winters moved that a teleconference meeting of the National Committee be called for Tuesday evening, February 21, 2006 at 9 p.m. East Coast time. Her motion was seconded by Mr. White and adopted by unanimous vote.
A long discussion was held regarding the situation developing with Iran and nuclear weapons.
Mr. Charles discussed two pieces of legislation that the party should consider endorsing.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mrs. Winters, seconded by Mr. Hill, and there being no objection, the meeting was adjourned at 11:12 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee