Recognition was given to Jonathan Nelson, who is credited with initiating the group first gathering in Trinity Park. Also introduced were members of the steering committee, which included Nelson, John Ianelli, Greg Laduke, Dr. John Middleton, Kirk Stallsmith, Jim Wemett), and John VanNatten. In addition to the steering committee, the group is looking for coordinators for every county, town and village in the North Country.
The group also heard from local individuals who attended a recent TEA Party rally in Washington, D.C. with more than 1.5 million people in attendance. Pictures of the rally and impressions of those in attendance were shared with the group.
The meeting closed with several individuals in the audience adding comments, concerns an support to the mission of the UNYTEA.
The group's next event will be a healthcare forum to be held tentatively Sunday, Oct. 4, in which all three candidates for the 23rd Congressional District seat - Republication Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava, Democratic Party candidate Bill Owens and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman - have been invited to attend. To date, only Hoffman has accepted an invitation but the event is planned to be held regardless of the other candidates' attendance.
For more information about UNYTEA, visit their Web site at www.unytea.com. The group may also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.