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Minutes of the America First National Committee

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BE IT REMEMBERED that the America First National Committee met on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 9 p.m. East Coast Time, pursuant to the Resolution of the Operating Committee adopted on June 9, 2008.

The Chairman led the National Committee in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Hey delivered the Invocation.

The Secretary called the roll of National Committee members.

Present:

  • Peter Browning of Florida
  • Maureen McHugh of Illinois
  • Jonathan Hill of Massachusetts, National Chairman
  • Tom White of Massachusetts
  • John Wagner of Michigan
  • John Pittman Hey of Mississippi, National Secretary and Treasurer
  • Greg Roberts of Missouri
  • Bradley Maurer of New York
  • David Thomas of Pennsylvania
  • Samuel Cross of Pennsylvania

Absent:

  • Larry Carroll of Colorado
  • Anne O'Brien of Colorado
  • Martin McClellan of Florida, National Vice-chairman
  • Romelle Winters of New Hampshire
  • Michael Lynch of New York
  • Joe Spitzig of Ohio
  • Frank Hackl of Wisconsin

Dan Eller of Michigan joined the meeting after the roll call had been taken.

A quorum being present, the Chairman called the meeting to order at 9:20 p.m. ECT.

The Credentials Report was reviewed. Mr. Hey reported the decease of Ward Chorpenning of Ohio, and the resignation of Trey Golmon of Mississippi from the National Committee, Mr. Golmon having moved to Louisiana.

Mr. White requested that the committee have a moment of silent prayer in memory of Mr. Chorpenning. The Chairman reminded the members that he had previously sent a letter of condolence to Mr. Chorpenning's widow.

Mr. Hey moved that the Certified List of National Committee members as recited during the roll call be approved without amendment. His motion was seconded by Mr. Maurer and adopted by unanimous vote.

Mr. Maurer moved that the Agenda be adopted as presented. His motion was seconded by Mr. White. The Agenda was approved by unanimous vote.

The Chairman delivered his report. He reported that four or five press releases have been sent since the last meeting. He has been working with the PR Committee on the next issue of the newspaper. He discussed the need for greater activity at the state and local levels of the party.

The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the March 18, 2008 meeting of the National Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes. His motion was seconded by Mr. Maurer. The minutes were adopted by unanimous vote.

The Treasurer referred the Committee to the full Report that has been published on the Reflector and on the Agenda web page. The current account balance is $11698.50. The required monthly FEC reports have been prepared and submitted to the FEC; they may be reviewed on the FEC's public web site.

Mr. Hey moved the adoption of a Resolution referred by the Rules Committee. The Resolution was seconded by Mr. Roberts. The Resolution reads as follows:

A Rules Committee Resolution Relating to the Appointment of Organizers

Resolved, that the National Committee amend the "Resolution Defining Designation and Responsibilities of an Organizer" adopted on May 4, 2004, by striking numbered paragraph 3.

The Resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.

Mrs. McHugh moved the adoption of a Resolution referred by the Finance Committee. The Resolution was seconded by Mr. Maurer. The Resolution reads as follows:

The Finance Committee's Newspaper and Fundraising Letter Budget Request

Resolved, by the National Committee of the America First Party:

That, up to $3,700 be spent on the printing and mailing of 5,000 copies of the America First Leader newspaper; and,

That, the Finance Committee is authorized to send a fundraising letter to the membership and donor list within 45 days after the mailing of the next newspaper issue.

The Resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.

Mr. White moved the adoption of a Resolution referred by the Operating Committee. The Resolution was seconded by Mr. Maurer. The Resolution reads as follows:

An Operating Committee Resolution Relating to the Position of Ballot Access Chairman

Resolved, that the position of Chairman of the Ballot Access Committee is hereby declared to be vacant.

The Resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.

Mr. Eller reported a successful Michigan state party convention. He also stated that Mike Eller will be running for local office.

Mr. Eller began a wide-ranging discussion on whether the National Committee should endorse a candidate for President this year. Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Barr were mentioned as being of some interest to party members.

Mr. Roberts brought up some ideas for growing the party that could be learned from the Ron Paul campaign.

There being no further business, upon motion made by Mr. White and seconded by Mr. Roberts, the meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote at 10:09 p.m. ECT.

Respectfully submitted,

______________________
John Pittman Hey
National Secretary
America First National Committee

 
 
   
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