Subj: FairTax Reorganizing Meeting Minutes 8/28/07
Date: 9/1/07 10:10:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time
PA FairTax Reorganization Meeting 8/28/07 - Minutes
Held at: Max&Ermas Greentree PA
Meeting began approximately 7 PM
Marlene Tobin, Judith Brown, Mary Fabian, Lila Headlee, Barbara
Headlee, and Joanne Balkey
Marlene began by relating the fact that PA FairTax has not been
active for over a year now and for all intent has lost its grassroots
purpose. Houston FairTax has had a reorganization and is
concentrating on the Presidential elections to date. There is still
a Houston Grassroots Liason, however, PA FairTax has had little or no
contact with them directly and has no particular duties or projects
going at present.
It was noted that we still have a great deal of folks in PA that are
very much interested in helping with FairTax. It was also noted that
national radio host Jim Quinn, who's show is done here in Pittsburgh,
has been in contact with us and speaks of FairTax monthly on his
nationwide show. We all agree this has to be nurtured and kept going
by him and us. We mentioned our successful rally with Quinn in 2004
when 400 attended, and we would like to repeat this in the near
future if money could be raised.
The consensus of the group was that if we are to be effective in PA
at the local grassroots level, we will have to take the local "bull
by the horns" ourselves, to try and persuade some of our Legislators
to support HR 25 before the 2008 House/Senate elections. We believe
we can rekindle the spark that was in PA over FairTax 2 years ago,
and that we can build a huge grassroots active movement
here in our
State, if we just put a little time and effort toward gathering names
and attracting attention.
We discussed the possibility of legally formalizing a new grassroots
FairTax group for PA State. We want to focus our attention locally,
and as close to member's homes and legislator's LOCAL officies as
possible to be fully effective from the ground up.
We will use small local community newspapers to get the word out, and
community access TV was mentioned as possible - to add new members,
as well as to gain the attention of the local legislators in our
districts, and inform them as to the wishes of their voting
constituents regarding (Fair)Tax Reform issues.
Each of those attending the meeting, as well as others from our prior
group, are to send information to our local papers, sighting any
events or activities, and/or issues we want to present to the public.
We also want LOCAL papers to carry
Letters to the Editor.
FOR OUR FIRST STATE WIDE PROJECTS WE DISCUSSED::
* Looking for help in each of our own voting districts from other
voters who are our neighbors and in agreement with FairTax.
* Obtaining names and addresses of those willing to participate
actively at rallies, as well as those willing to support us in other
ways (money and phone calls).
OUR FIRST OFFICIAL ACTION FOR PA FAIRTAX GRASSROOTS:
We have decided to have a space at the Trader Jacks' Flea Market in
Bridgeville, on Sept. 15th and 16th, to sell donated JUNK for
fundraising, and to educate as many folks that we can that stop at
our tables. Hopefully we will begin to build our grassroots
membership list, and offer these names and addresses to Houston also.
We will also be passing out our "Support Postcard" a post card that
the tax payer signs and sends to their legislator's local office,
asking them to endorse
HR 25 The FairTax. This will be the same
postcard we hope to pass out on election day Nov 2007 at the polls
all across PA.
The proceeds of the flea market event will go to pay for that
space, and for education flyers and postcards etc. We will need some
volunteers to help man the booth on those 2 days from 7am to around
1pm both Sat. & Sun. If you have disposables to sell you can also
bring them to us then. Please sign up if you can!! (Remember, we
had fun the last time we did this!) Note to List: September 17 is
officially Constitution Day so this ties in great for FairTax and our
Sept 15-16 sale/fundraiser/ rally.
Any left over funds collected that day will go toward the National
Conference call of other grassroots groups for Fairtax (call to be
set up within the next 2 weeks.) We will also use any left over
funds to pay for more printing for our upcoming other 2 planned
WITH OTHER STATES FOR A NATIONWIDE PROJECT OR TWO:
* Setting up a nationwide conference call with those in leadership
positions in other states, to possibly coordinate some grassroots
activities etc. The conference call would happen at least once, with
the possibility of its becoming a monthly occurrence so all 50 States
could share grassroots ideas. It was decided that a conference call
of this type WOULD be done before the end of September, at the
expense of PA FairTax.
* The possibility of a one-page online web site, describing any
national projects, and then directing grassroots interested parties
who view it, to their own district or state (with a US Map - if we
decide to take this nationally) for their own local happenings, and
contacts to get involved.
* Choosing a name for our new entity, possibly 'FairTax Grassroots
USA', and possibly legally formalizing a National group. We
to leave the final decision of this until after the Phone conference
call and input from others.
* Leave the final decision as to whether to keep this new entity as a
PA. group only, or whether to make it national until after the Phone
* Having some postcards printed on which to have all petition signers
fill out and mail to legislators, indicating their support for
FairTax. These could be the same all across the Nation, but don't
have to be. We want our National group to be as flexible as possible,
with their key goal as just the exchange of ideas and mutual
cooperation when it is desirable.
* Asking for Mr. Herman Cain to be an honorary advisor for our group.
PA PROJECTS PLANNED - THESE WILL BE SUGGESTED TO OTHER STATES AS
WELL AS POSSIBLE NATIONAL PROJECTS TOWARD FAIRTAX PASSAGE
November 6th , 2007 - GENERAL ELECTION DAY IN PA -
As our first
Statewide FairTax project/event, our group has decided
to try to have "FAIR TAX AT THE POLLS DAY". We hop to have people
posted at every local polling place across PA for the upcoming Nov.
elections, with the intention of passing out our
literature/postcard s, so that more folks can make their interest in
the FairTax known to their legislators. This is a great time to do
this. You are close to home, standing at your own polling place, and
you are talking to YOUR neighbors, in YOUR legislator's district. We
hope to have at least 2 FairTaxers at each polling place across the
19 legislative districts. This could be done. Just get someone to
stand with you, and ask someone you know lives in the next poll area
from you to also do this. ONE HOUR is all we are asking you to do,
but if you do more, that's great. We want to pass out the "FAIR TAX
SUPPORT POST CARDS" AT the polls to everyone that will take one. If
send them to their legislator, maybe we can get 200-500 sent
to each local legislative office in PA. There will be more on this
to come soon.
December '07 -
POSSIBLE NATIONAL PROJECT - BILL OF RIGHTS DAY DEC 15
Bill of Rights Day Dec. 15. This project again will require 2
legislators from each DISTRICT. There are only 19 districts, so we
are in need of only 38 people minimum all across PA. This should be
very doable. We want to have 2 people minimum demonstrating outside
the LOCAL office of each of our legislators with our FairTax signs
and literature, to make others aware of us and to alert the
legislators of our desires on the (Fair)Tax Reform issue. We will
notify those LOCAL Community newspapers of our intent. Again, this
is close to home and something you can do with a neighbor. We will
only be demonstrating 2 hrs on a Sat, but hopefully, all across PA.
We want those legislators to know we are out here and
Fairtax, and their LOCAL offices will take note, as they are in local
neighborhoods, shopping centers, and places where local people will
see us and talk to us. Again the idea is for us to make PROJECTS
that can be done close to home and by neighbors talking to
neighbors. If we all do our part locally, we can make a difference.
We decided to take these projects one step at a time, and keep them
as simple and as close to home for the grassroot volunteer as
possible. We do not forsee any projects in our Grassroots group that
cannot be done by the volunteers close to their homes. Travel is
difficult for most common grassroot volunteers. The more activities
we offer them that are doable at home and in short periods of time,
the more likely you will get someone to participate. We will
followup on these and other projects shortly after we see how our
Sept 15-16 flea market fund raising/education event
The meeting ended at approximately 9:30 PM.
For further information, to volunteer or for directions to Trader
Jacks for the Sept 15-16 booth/sale etc.
please call Marlene Tobin - 724 941 9443
Please remember our PAFairTax.org and FairTaxCalculator. org web sites
are both still working. The PA State FairTax web should have info on
these projects shortly.
Respectfully submitted by
Joanne Balkey - FT Volunteer