AGENDA of National Comm. Mtg held on Wednesday 15 Nov 2023 7 pm (MT) in Orem, Utah
1. Welcome by David Else NIAP Chair
2. Invocation by Jake Oaks, NIAP VC
3. Pledge of Allegiance by Greg Duerden, UT-IAP Chair
4. Memorium to Will, Wayne and John by David Else
A. Financial Reports (see attachments)
B. Utah IAP, (see attachments)
1) Motion to Expand the IAP into All The Americas, as IAP International - IAP NA, IAP CA, . IAP SA, IAP Crbn - motion to table until next meeting, seconded and approved.
2) Est. 21st century Membership Drive Task Force - motion to send to study group for more . details and work - seconded, approved
3) Open the Floor to Motions (None)
due to dirth of nominees/candidates, motion made to keep current officers for one more term . seconded and unanimous vote to approve
9. Business from the Floor (none)
10. Closing Prayer by Greg Duerden
11. Motion to Dismiss made at 9:50 pm
Next Nat Comm Mtg (4 to 6 months ahead (Apr -July 2024)
NEXT Utah IAP Mtg.is Caucus Mtgs – March 2024 - candidates for 2024 cycle
PROPOSED MOTION: The IAP should go international into all of North America (as IAP-NA), Central America (as IAP-CA), South America (as IAP-SA), and the Caribbean (as IAP-Crbn) RESULT: Motion to table until next National Comm. Mtg. (see below)
PROPOSED MOTION: Establish a 21st century Membership Drive, RESULT sent to study group for more work and details, to report at next National Comm. Mtg. (see below)
Copies of Financial Report, Utah IAP Action Report for 2023, Attached to minutes in Archive.
Motion to re-establish National IAP, Rebrand as IAP-NA, Expand into ALL the Americas
as IAP-CA, IAP-SA, IAP-Crbn
Today’s Independent American Party (IAP) is a DISRUPTIVE POLITICAL PARTY due to five basic reasons:
First, the IAP has adopted a set of 15 principles and hasn’t sold out their principles at the convenience of pressure or according to popularity polls and the ‘winds’ of the time (as the GOP and Dems have done).
Second, the IAP is a truly Conservative option for voters – rather than the progressive Republicans and down-right Socialist Democrats.
Third, the IAP is a National Political Party and has been since 1998 – when a straw poll of our membership favored the formation of a National Party; a committee of six individuals were selected to initiate the organization. By Nov. 7, 1998, the National IA committee of six individuals was selected to initiate the organization and by Nov 7, 1998, the National IAP was officially recognized by a binding vote of 79% of the membership.
Fourth, the IAP unapologetically brings “the Almighty” back into the political discussion as the Founding Fathers did and intended (no particular or specific denomination but unafraid to mention the ‘Hand of Providence’ or by showing appreciation, recognition and thanks for the ‘Miracles God performed during the Revolutionary War – before and since – etc.), and because this is a covenant nation with God Almighty as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and others attest; finally,
Fifth, the IAP relies upon the U.S. Constitution and proper Constitutional Principles to develop the answers to today’s issues and problems faced by our local, state, and central government – hence we call ourselves the ‘Constitution Solution party.’
In January 1999 the National IAP began holding semi-annual National Conferences, as per the by-laws. The National Chairman attended a number of state and National Conventions of other like-minded parties across the nation to build ties. Our website flourished – launched in September 1998 – and we eventually attracted members in several states.
December 2021 and the beginning of 2022 was a difficult time for IAP faithful, because we lost both Wayne Hill (Nov 2021) and Will Christensen (Dec 2021) – both within 30 days of each other. They passed away and were the last two founders of both Utah IAP and the National IAP - John Poulson was the third founder who passed away several years previous.
In January 2022, National IAP underwent an interim reorganization by replacing Will Christensen with an interim chair, until confirmation by the National Committee vote could be accomplished. Two National Committee meetings were held; one called for in Sept. 2022 and held Dec. 2022 with a new National leadership duly voted upon (National Chair, Vice chair, Secretary and Treasureer) and a second called until Feb. 2023, by the interim chair – over 14 months from the last previously called meeting in Oct. 2021, well outside compliance with the by-laws. At the second meeting a new chair was voted on and by June 2023 that person directed the IAP was no longer a political party but had become a group called the Independent American Patriots.
This meeting (Nov. 2023) will re-establish the IAP as a National Political Party – as originally intended back to 1998 – and move forward.
Therefore, 2023 can become another banner year for the IAP as it marks the beginning of a new 'front', a new expansion of the concept .... of taking the Constitutional Principles, the 15 Principles, the 'proper' understanding of what government's first priority should be, as well as the 'proper' views of the responsibilities of citizens and reaching out to ALL AMERICANS, not just those in North America but ALL the AMERICAS !! Spreading the IAP to Central American countries, the countries of the Caribbean, to South American countries ... to ALL AMERICANS of the AMERICAN HEMISPHERE.
Therefore, we propose a motion to:
(1) Re-name the National IAP to become IAP of North America (IAP-NA);
(2) Establish the IAP of Central America (IAP-CA);
(3) Establish the IAP of South America (IAP-SA);
(4) Establish the IAP of the Caribbean (IAP-Crbn); and,
(5) Establish an IAP International oversight and coordination organization;
each as separate but mutually affiliated organizations with the same goals and aims, the same principles, and understanding, all done by educational and political means.
Proposed this 15th day of November 2023, during the 2023 National Committee Meeting, duly called to order and this motion duly moved and seconded, …..
MOTION: Establish IAP Council of 50
IAP-NA having re-established the National Organization of the IAP, hereby moves to add one small part to the organization, that being the establishment of an IAP International Council of 50 between the IAP-NA organization and as a coordinating council for IAP- SA, IAP-CA, IAP-Caribbean, and the IAP-NA. None of the entities of this council will be superior to any other, each will be sovereign in and of themselves; but the Council of 50 will be a coordination council of direction, methodologies, best practices, educational assistance and legislative duties for the International organization.
Membership of the Council of 50 will include Executive members of:
IAP-NA – National Chair, 1st Vice Chair, Utah State Chair, 10 State Chairs rotating between remaining state organizations;
IAP-CA - Chair, 10 Ambassadors of Senior grade;
IAP-SA – Chair, 10 Ambassadors of Senior grade;
IAP-Crbn – Chair, 10 Ambassadors of Senior grade;
and six senior staff members of IAP International (non-voting membership).
Council of 50 meetings will be held at least quarterly (between four to six months apart) at a location within the United States (for the first five years) thereafter at rotating locations within the American Hemisphere.
College of Ambassadors will be formed for liaison, networking, and training. The College will accredit Ambassadors of Senior grade, Junior grade, and Envoys.
The College will be under the International Executive Council, which will be under the Council of 50 of the International Organization. The International Executive Council will be composed of seven members: the International Chair, vice-chair, the secretary/ treasurer, representatives of IAP-NA, IP-CA, IAP-SA, and IAP-Crbn.
As already mentioned the Council of 50 will include Executive members of IAP-NA, IAP-CA, IAP-SA, and IAP-Crbn with no more than six senior staff members of IAP International as non-voting members.
The College of Ambassadors will include staff & teachers of diplomacy methodology and history, International Relations, duties, dealing with and handling staffs of various sizes, various types and styles of diplomacy (centering on ‘moral diplomacy’), and accreditation of levels of Ambassadors (Sr., Jr.) and Envoys.
Proposed and moved this 15th day of November 2023, during the 2023 National Committee Meeting, duly called to order and this motion duly moved and seconded, …..
MOTION: Authorize and establish 21stcentury IAP Membership Drive
IAP has always been ‘the best kept secret ‘ in politics for too long! Now that Utah has 80,000 registered voters and growing, we are less of a secret. This is an accomplishment since we had just less than 5000 in 2014; up from the handfull we started with in 1992.
Gallup polls recently announced a survey of American political attitudes, by saying 49% of Americans “lean” more Independent than Republican or Democrat, with the two major parties marking only 25% apiece. Americans are more and more disillusioned with the duopoly of the GOP and Dems, the changes in philosophy and direction, their total lack of cooperation or any attempt at compromise, their lack of clear goals or what they are working for or even toward, etc.
Now should be our time to push. But that takes money and monetary support is the part of the political infrastructure Independent groups severely lack. So, for a concerted emphasis on recruiting we need to turn to our current members for financial support. We need to merchandise our websites and push for donors to the cause (literally “Putting our money where our hearts are”).
Toward that end we propose a concerned push to recruit Unaffiliated voters in Utah to join the IAP; to recruit disillusioned Republicans and Democrats from all states and areas to join the IAP; for state contacts to become state coordinators and make themselves more aware; listing state coordinators on the websites, etc.
MOTION: Therefore, we move adoption of this motion to conduct a 21stCentury Membership Drive in North America . . . moved and seconded this 15th Day of November 2023 in the IAP National Committee Meeting ……. (motion send to study group for more details)
REPORTS: Report of Utah IAP activity in 2023
January 9th State chair went on the Utah Parents United annual Capitol tour, just before the General Session.
Both State Chair and Vice chair have been involved, during 2023, on a video script for a Utah Liberty Council project one Constitutional Principles – as we close out the year we are still in process with this project which will be released in 2024 and shown to 100,000 Utah Voters before the 2024 Election.
Chair Duerden is also actively involved with the Utah Citizens for the Constitution Impact Council (Chairs Leg. Dist. 53 - in Orem)
Attended several meeting of the Utah Liberty Council in preparation for the General Leg. Session, which began Jan. 17the and ran through February, ending March 3rd. Many hours were spent in Committee Meetings on the hill, with both House and Senate sessions during that six weeks. Over 300 pieces of legislation were tracked and followed the 575 which passed and were signed in the session.
In January and into February Utah IAP and National IAP Leadership worked with a local attorney to get a restraining order drawn up and served before a planned and announced National Meeting of the ‘rouge IAP’ (Feb. 18th). The legal papers were served but the ‘rogue group’ continued to meet, elect their new chair – who turned the IAP into just another patriot group calling it Independent American Patriots … dropping the ‘Party’ and partisan function of the IAP. It was extremely insightful that we held a December National Committee Meeting and elected our own National slate of officers!!
March 8th attended the showing of Tim Ballard’s film at Eagle Forum’s Freedom forum at 10 am in the Provo Library. Several Hundred also attended, including State Chair, National Chair and Vice Chair.
Working meetings on Utah Liberty Council video script continued through March, as did involvement with Impact Council.
State Chair filed for Orem City Council seat – one of 12 for 3 seats and began campaign, and attending Orem City Council, etc. Lost during primary but continued to campaign for winning slate against opposition candidates toward General Election Nov 21st.
Attended Book of Mormon Expo. (Apr. 6th) with IAP booth, and on March 15th attended Utah County GOP Convention at Mnt. View H.S. to support new GOP County Chair, Cristy Henshaw.
Working meetings on Utah Liberty Council video script continued through April, as did involvement with Impact Council (Dist 53).
Attended Liberty United Memorial Day Festival, May 27.
June 2nd attended Payson meeting about getting their ‘art-puzzle-game’ at Peteetweet
June 8th State Chair attended Spanish Fork public hearing on satellite Inland Port going into the North end of S.F.
Attended June 15 Liberty United Shane Krauser event at Kimber Academy.
July 1, 3 & 4, State Chair re-enacted Ben Franklin for 7thyear at Scera Theater for Freedom Festival – 10 hour days in costume).
August the Orem City Council campaign got in earnest with Candidate Night Cottage Meetings in preparation of a Sept 5thPrimary Election, which he lost but continued to assist in specific campaigns through Nov. 21 General Election.
Attended Liberty United Liberty Revival in Orem Park on Saturday, Aug. 26.
September, being Utah Founder & Constitution Month, had several events after the Leg. designated the entire month – during the 2023 Gen Session – for all schools & churches & residents learn about the Constitution all month.
September included David Else manning an IAP Booth for Utah State Fair’s first-ever Voter-Outreach day (Sept. 12th) even speaking at the Gazebo Stage.
State Chair attended Tim Ballard event on Sept 6
October 3rd attended Utah County Hand Count Roadshow in Pleasant Grove (Mark Cross) and Oct. 19th Glenn Beck event at Draper’s Mountain America Events Center – an LDS Revival.
Also attended Oct. 7th Rick Green and Ken Ivory presentation at Paradigm School in West Jordan about Constitution Coach training with Patriot Academy from TX.
November 3rd, State Chair MC’d Founder’s Banquet at Kimber Academy. Also attending the Impact Council Conference on Nov. 4th at SLCC in Sandy.
Looking forward, will be preparing for 2024 General Leg. Session bills and Utah Issues. In Dec & Jan ---
Milestones: Oct. Utah IAP Registered Voters topped 80k (and went further on Nov. 13 rept).
Financial Report for 2023 in archives, not for public release.