Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Monday, January 12, 2009
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Monday, January 12, 2009 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. Lynch delivered the invocation.
The Secretary called the roll of Operating Committee members:
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Chairman
- John Hey of Mississippi, National Secretary and Treasurer
- Tom White of Massachusetts, Candidates Committee Chairman
- Michael Lynch of New York, Public Relations Committee Chairman
- Martin McClellan of Florida, Vice-chairman
- Peter Browning of Florida, Partybuilding Committee Chairman
- Joe Spitzig of Ohio, Platform Committee Chairman
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:13 p.m.
Mr. Lynch moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. White seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.
The Chairman delivered his report. He is planning a press release on the Gaza situation, calling for an end of all foreign aid. He reported on problems in getting a meeting of the Platform Committee.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the December 22, 2008 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. White. The minutes were adopted by unanimous vote.
The Secretary reported that some 235 final copies of the last newspaper were mailed today to members and prospects.
The Chairman reported his attempts to contact Mr. Browning relating to his intention to resign from his position as Partybuilding Chairman, and his failure to send in a signed written resignation, which is needed in order for the Operating Committee to proceed.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $ 9127.02. There are no unpaid invoices at this time. The year-end report to the FEC has been submitted and posted on the FEC's official website.
Mr. Hill reported that the Finance Committee has approved funding resolutions for the National Committee authorizing the printing and mailing of the next newspaper, fund raising letter, and Ron Paul supporter appeal.
Mr. Lynch reported the PR Committee will meet this weekend to work on the next newspaper. In addition, the reprint of the Introductory Newsletter is almost ready to go to the printer.
Mr. Hey reported that the Rules Committee is still working on a rules resolution regarding situations where a standing committee lacks a Chairman. The matter was discussed for a time.
A time of general discussion took place. The problem of the susceptibility of the American people to succumb to war propaganda and hysteria was discussed.
There being no further business, on motion made by Mr. White, seconded by Mr. Lynch, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 10:18 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee