September 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 9/17/2006

In attendance:

Jon Maltz Sandy Pierre Jason Sorens Morey Straus Brian Sullivan Absent:

Steve Cobb Varrin Swearingen Meeting Agenda:

I. Recruiting New Hampshire residents

II. Policy for Political/Social Change Activity of FSP Directors/Officers/Volunteers

III. Revision of FY2007 Budget to expand the direct mail prospecting / outreach budget and the in-house advertising budget with some combination of the following:

1: Expanding the total budget, and/or

2: Shifting amounts from other lines.

IV. Implications of September 2006

Meeting is called to order at 2:07PM FST.

I. Recruiting New Hampshire residents

The idea is that they would not count toward 20,000 but would count toward the "in NH" number. They would have a separate Statement of Intent to sign to help them feel a part of the FSP. Discussion ensued of existing "Pioneers" and "Friends" programs.

Jon proposes an In NH SOI (that removes the "will move" part) and we track it apart from all other numbers. Consensus is that this would not add significant value to the FSP. Alternative proposal is to add existing Friends count to front page of website. Consensus is that this is a good idea, and formal Board approval is not necessary to implement it.

II. Policy for Political/Social Change Activity of FSP Directors/Officers/Volunteers

This agenda item relates to the fact that FSP Directors, Officers and other volunteers are frequently politically active outside of their roles within the FSP. Is it necessary to define a policy to set limits/guidelines on political activities in which FSP representatives may engage? Is there the potential for damage to the FSP by any such activities?

Jason referrenced the only existing current policy: "# Dual Officers Policy (passed 10/25/03) The Officers of the FSP should not hold Office in other organizations during their FSP term of office." Discussion ensued. Specific hypothetical scenarios, such as the NHLA, the LPNH, and the Minutemen, were discussed. Board is unanimous in the opinion that people should be free to do what they want with their free time, unless there's a direct conflict of interest with the goals of the FSP. Discussion of what constitutes "conflict of interest". Vendors would fall into this category. If one were to promote antiliberty causes, then presumably one would have one's FSP participant status revoked.

Discussion of reviewing and purging various other obsolete policies (see http://freestateproject.org/about/policies.php ). Action deferred to next month, to allow Directors time to review.

III. Revision of FY2007 Budget

to expand the direct mail prospecting / outreach budget and the in-house advertising budget with some combination of the following:

1: Expanding the total budget, and/or

2: Shifting amounts from other lines.

The approved budget didn't take into account the $6000 a year we pay Free Talk Live for promotion; that error needs to be corrected. We have also already spent the entire advertising budget, and would like to shift funds from other areas to allow for more advertising.

Discussion of possible budget changes. The Liberty Forum's $12k could be an increase in the total budget, as a new line item. $10k is for John Stossel, $2k is for direct expenses (equipment, hall rental, etc).

Jason moves to adopt a revised budget as follows: we combine recruiting, direct mail and development into a single direct mail line, take $15k from the PR budget, apply an additional $5k to the direct mail category (making the total budget for direct mail $17.5k), and apply $10k to the in-house advertising budget (making the total budget for in-house advertising $15k). Sandy seconds.

Jason moves to close discussion; Morey seconds.

Voting on closing discussion: 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.

Voting on original motion: 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions. Motion passes 5-0-0.

IV. Implications of September 2006

This agenda item relates to the fact that the FSP has reached its 5-year anniversary. Discussion of implications of this. The Board previously passed a motion allowing FSP Participants who so request to be released from their SOI pledge "at the end of the year", not in September 2006. [see minutes of 10/5/2005] Consensus is that we already made our announcement last year and don't need to reiterate it at the end of this year. Only about a dozen people have requested that they be removed.

Issue of non-contactable non-voters from the "Which State" vote is raised. Discussion of fulfilling previous promise to purge these people from the participant list. Preliminary discussion of potential changes to core mission of FSP at end of year, based in part on outcome of First 1000, and in part on 5-year review of progress of organization. Board is not in consensus on issue of purging non-voters. Jon proposes deferring this discussion until December.

Discussion of Free West movements. Pros include the benefits of friendly competition. Discussion of November NH elections, and possibility of issuing press release on electoral successes of early FSP movers. Consensus is to do this, but to use aggregate numbers rather than naming individuals, so as not to hurt anyone's political clout in state.

Jason moves to adjourn; Jon seconds. Voting on motion: 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 absentions. Meeting adjourned at 3:36PM FST.

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