Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, pursuant to the previous resolution of the Operating Committee.
The Chairman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Hill delivered the invocation.
The Secretary called the roll of Operating Committee members:
- Dan Charles of Colorado, Chairman
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Vice-chairman
- John Pittman Hey of Mississippi, Secretary/Treasurer
- Tom White of Massachusetts, Party Building Committee Chairman
- Romelle Winters of New Hampshire, Public Relations Committee Chairman
- Trey Golmon of Mississippi, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
- Larry Carroll of Colorado, Platform Committee Chairman
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
Mr. White moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mrs. Winters seconded the motion, and the Agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.
The Chairman delivered a brief report. The Chairman appeared on the America First Radio internet program last week, and will soon appear on the Whiteley program in Utah. He has received a great deal of party-related communications from various persons that have consumed a good bit of time. The virus attacks on the party's internet assets seem to have diminished in the past two weeks.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes of the April 20, 2004 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. Hill and adopted by unanimous vote, Mr. Golmon abstaining.
The newsletter has been taken to the printer, and should be available in the next few days.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $4,105.07. There are no outstanding invoices left to be paid at this time, but there are various credit card fees yet to be captured which will adjust the balance down by no more than $100.
Mr. Golmon, Ballot Access Committee chairman, has been working to publicize the election of Jeffrey Buck, the first party member elected to public office. The Party may be receiving some coverage on this matter shortly.
Mr. Hill reported that he has purchased some test equipment for the development of telephonic surveys and fundraising drives.
Mrs. Winters discussed some inquiries she has received for possible publicity for the party. The Public Relations Committee will meet next Monday evening.
Mr. Charles reported that the Rules Committee will hold a short meeting Wednesday evening to finalize some resolutions for the consideration of the National Committee.
Mr. Hey and Mrs. Winters moved the adoption of a Resolution relating to the re-affiliation of the America First Party of Florida. After extended discussion, the Resolution was withdrawn.
Mr. Charles moved the adoption of a Resolution to Recommend the adoption of a Resolution to Honor a Fallen Patriot. His Resolution was seconded by Mr. Hey. After discussion and various friendly amendments, the resolution reads as follows:
Resolved, that the Operating Committee recommends the adoption of the following Resolution:
RESOLUTION TO HONOR A FALLEN PATRIOT
Be it remembered that George Stryker was a man who exhibited a deep and abiding faith in His Savior; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was a man of peace; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was a man of conviction; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was an man of his word, and a true and faithful friend; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was a true patriot; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was instrumental in the creation and longevity of the Populist Party of Pennsylvania through his leadership; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was instrumental in the incorporation of the Populist Party of Pennsylvania into the America First Party; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was instrumental in the education of an untold number of Americans through the publication of "The Keystone Sentinel"; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was a wise counsel to his fellow members of the America First National Committee; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was a source of inspiration to the entire Party membership through his dedication to the restoration of a God-fearing, Constitutional Republic as the government of the United States of America; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker was an inspiration to us all during his courageous battle against cancer; and,
Be it remembered that George Stryker lost that battle on April 4, 2004 after a long and good life;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the America First National Committee:
That we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Santa Stryker, his family, and his friends and ask that God's compassion be upon them; and,
That we acknowledge that we are diminished by his passing; and,
That we pledge to use our memory of him as a source of strength and inspiration; and,
That we rededicate ourselves to our mission and to his, and to fight for God and Country until our last days, as did he.
The Resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.
The Chairman led a discussion regarding a possible response to an appeal that he had received.
A long discussion was held regarding strategies for party building and a potential candidate for public office.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Mrs. Winters, seconded by Mr. White, and adopted by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee