Frequently Asked Questions

A list of questions that many people ask when they are contemplating joining a tea party group is below.  These questions will explain what is expected of members how members can join a tea party group.

Q: How do I join the Central Mississippi Tea Party?
A: The Contact tab of this website has information on how to join the CMTP and you can submit questions.  Someone from the Membership Committee will contact you if you have additional questions.

Q: How do I join the Mississippi Tea Party or another tea party group in Mississippi?
A: There is a link to the MSTP website on the Contact tab of this website.  When you get to the MSTP website look for information on other groups that may be a personal preference for you.  Please join a group and you will be richly rewarded.

Q:  What does it cost to become a member of the Central Mississippi Tea Party?
A:  There are no membership dues and the CMTP wants everyone who can to participate in this grassroots process with us.  However, there are costs associated with everything that the CMTP does so we ask for donations and the CMTP appreciates every donation, large or small.  Naturally the more that is donated, the more the CMTP can accomplish.  The Officers and Board of the CMTP have pledged to spend your donations wisely.

Q:  What is expected of members of the Central Mississippi Tea Party?
A:  Each of us does what we can, when we can.  The patriotic members have a variety of talents and current members have accepted the challenge to use those talents for good and most have had to step out of their "comfort zone" to learn and re-learn that the success the CMTP is the success of many individuals working together for the common purpose of what the CMTP stands for.  There is an old saying that you only get out of something what you are willing to put in.  The CMTP wants you to be a member, not just to be a number or a statistic, but to help you grow as we work on issues and plan events.  Everyone has good ideas and we would like for you to share yours with us.

Q:  Why are active participants referred to as Patriots?
A:  The CMTP is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.  IRS rules state that such organization do not have members.  Rather than take a chance with a random IRS audit, active participants are referred to as Patriots and it is merely recognition of allegiance to America and it founding principles.  There is no membership list.  The email list does not include those who do not have web access nor does it include those who choose not to receive emails.

Q:  Where and when does the Central Mississippi Tea Party Meet?
A:  The CMTP normally meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM.  The usual meeting place is the Court Room of the Flowood Municipal Complex, 1201 Airport Road, Flowood, MS.  Occasionally meetings will be held at other locations.  If  you are not sure, please visit the Calendar tab of this web site or Contact us.

Q:  Does the Central Mississippi Tea Party donate to other organizations or to a higher level tea party organization?
A:  No.  This is a grassroots organization and funds collected are used for local events and projects.  The Mississippi Tea Party also depends on donations and individual members may choose to donate to them too.  These are separate organizations so funds are kept separately, and administered separately by the Officers and Board of the MSTP.  National tea party organizations are still grassroots organizations and are also dependent on individual donations.  That is individuals donate to an organization only if they believe the organization deserves a donation.

Q:  What can I do with so much going on in the political world?
A:  Number one is to be informed.  That means that you must get your news and analysis of the news from multiple sources and they should be sources that you can trust to tell the truth.  Number two is to be involved.  Stand up and be counted.  If you feel unsure of yourself, you are not alone.  Being involved will put you in touch with sources of information that can be trusted and in some cases you will have the opportunity to personally ask questions and make a comment if you desire.  Number three is to speak up.  Let your family and friends know that you are serious about having a positive impact on the world that you live in.  It should go without saying that you should do this in a caring and courteous way.  It doesn't mean you have to sit still and be quiet while some spreads more spin and untruth.  Know the facts, be able to back them up with sources and let the facts speak for themselves.

Q:  Why do the Officers and the Board of Directors make decisions rather than consult with all the Patriots.

A:  (1) The CMTP is a nonprofit organization and is run much like a business.  That is the Officers and Board of Directors make normal business decisions.  See the "Committees" tab for details about each committe and length of service.

(2)  Usually this is because time is a luxury and many decisions need to be made quickly or the item or issue becomes stale/outdated which would negate the need for a decision.

(3) When there is time and when there is an issue/item that needs input, it is brought up at the next general meeting.  Only those in attendance have an opportunity to provide input or vote if a vote is needed.  Note the question about a 501(c)(4) about a nonprofit organization not having members.

(4) Active participants (Patriots) are encouraged to place their name in nomination to chair a committee.  It is desired that there be at least some new Officers and some new replacements to the Board of Directors each year.  This gives more Patriots additional experience and knowledge of all business transactions.

(5) The Officers and Board of Directors serve at the direction of committee members.  Decisions are often made during committee meetings if an issue/item is the responsibility of only one committee.

(6) CMTP Patriots, as a whole, realized early on that decisions must be made in a timely manner or the CMTP would be a "do nothing organization".