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Dear Naples Tea Party,

After attending our "spirited" meeting on Monday night, I wanted to voice some of my thoughts on the issues.  I appreciate all of the time and effort that has already been but into the organization, but I really believe what would work best for our small town is a less formal organization.

Therefore, I would like to propose:

1.  That we give the check back and not have a bank account.  Things we need funds for can be donated by individuals who are concerned enough about that issue to give their own materials and time.  If no one cares enough about that issue to donate materials, then we don't do that project.  I think what most people want is to simply be informed and educated.  Having candidates and the school board in as guest speakers is an excellent idea.  Doing a voter registration drive would also be a good idea.  None of these things require money.
2.  That we reduce our mission statement to something very short, to be read in under 30 seconds.  Steve Rennoldson originally proposed something to the effect of:  We believe in Constitutionally limited govt., free markets, lower taxes and individual liberty.  I would add "personal responsibility" to that list and be content. We do not need to address all of the issues, just hit the main ones.
3. That we be committed to the Constitution and the entire list of Amendments.  We cannot pick and choose which laws we uphold.
4. That we have a very simple website that does not overwhelm the visitor.  When people see a lot of information all at once, they tend to move away from the site bc they don't have the time to read all of it.  We also need to make it very easy for people to contribute their thoughts on-line. 
5. That we break all NTPP ties with BATR on our website and in any literature.  To my knowledge, BATR does not reflect the views of the majority of our group members and is offensive to some.  
6. That we have a steering committee consisting of a handful of members who volunteer to serve for a period of time.  No treasurer needed.
7. That we never lose sight of the fact that our group could be temporary.  God raises up groups like this for a specific time and purpose.  We may not be in existence one year from now.  We should not get bogged down with bookkeeping tasks when our time together is unknown.  Let's act on the important issues and not get side tracked.
8. That we not get upset when people don't volunteer.   There will always only be a few people in any group who do most of the work.  That's the way it is.  And those same people will do the work whether the group exists or not.  Once the general population stops supporting the NTPP activities, then it's time to shut the group down.  There will be other groups and other causes.
9. That we never forget what the real issues are.  America is having a crisis of character.   The real issues are in people's hearts, and they cannot be solved by the Naples Tea Party. 
10. That we reassess our situation in 6 months to see if we need to make any changes in our structure. 

    Respectfully, Riley Hoselton

Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

I'm not sure about the forum but do have a question I would like answered re Mission Statement, etc.

If the National TEA Party has such documents in place why does anyone feel it is necessary for Naples or any other Patriots group establish their own such documents.
What's good enough for the National should be what we ALL go with.
Explanation please.

Pat Meyer

Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 1:06 PM

It would be best, and indicative of clear thinking, if a shorter and more concise mission statement could be developed. The mission statement is something that should be read at the beginning of each meeting for the oblivious reasons.

Since there can never be a separation of God and "State" without our form of government failing, this should be acknowledged.

What is " We recognize essential God given truth, morals, and principles on which our country and state believes, the cornerstone purpose being the preservation of individual Liberty"??

Is this an effort at recognizing that ...Man has certain unalienable God given rights (life, liberty & pursuit of happiness) and to secure these the responsibility to establish government to that end and further to alter it when it fails this objective.

I think a shorter better statement is possible.

Bill Lomax

Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 2:30 AM

I have a suggestion for the mission statement:

The Naples TEA Party Patriots mission is to limit the government's activities to those that are:

within the confines of the U.S. and N.Y. Constitutions, in the interest of its constituents, and fiscally responsible.


Oct 7, 2010 at 12:53 PM

My initial suggestion for our mission statement:
"The Naples TEA Party Patriots are committed to the three simple principles which we feel best sum up the Founders' vision: limited government, low tax rates and individual liberty."
I went to workshop web site but didn't see an area for discussion of this topic. If that is the appropriate place to post this, could you send me the instructions to do so? Thank you.
Steve Rennoldson

Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 10:08 PM

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