Board Minutes

Minutes of board meetings, recorded by the Secretary.

February 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FREE STATE PROJECT, INC. Board of Directors Meeting February 19, 2006

In Attendance:

Jason Sorens • Jean Alexander • Varrin Swearingen • Amanda Phillips • Morey Strauss

Call to Order The Board meeting is called to order by Jason Sorens.

Confirmation of New Director Jason Sorens moves to confirm Sandy Pierre to the Board of Directors

Varrin Swearingen 2nds Discussion Jason Sorens 2nds Vote on closing discussion 5 in favor - 0 opposed - 0 abstain

Vote on original motion 5 in favor - 0 opposed - 0 abstain Motion passes [Sandy Pierre, elected to the empty board seat by a body composed of volunteers and organizers of the FSP is confirmed as the newest Director of the FSP. Sandy Pierre joins the meeting.]

Change of Voting Body for Future Elections Jason Sorens moves to set the electorate for future section iii(b) board elections to the members of the organizers list.

Varrin Swearingen 2nd Discussion [Steve Cobb joins the meeting.] Jason Sorens withdraws his motion [There is a lack of consensus for the voting body mostly driven by how to define the voting body.]

March 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 2006-03-19

Free State Project, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – March 19, 2006 In attendance:

Jean Alexander Varrin Swearingen Steve Cobb Morey Strauss Sandy Pierre Absent:

Jason Sorens I. New President

Steve Cobb moves to make Varrin Swearingen President. Morey Straus 2nds. Discussion Morey Straus moves to close discussion. Steve Cobb 2nds. 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions Discussion is closed. Vote on original motion 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention Motion carries.

[Varrin Swearingen is appointed as FSP President replacing Amanda Phillips who resigned.]

II. Thanks to Amanda Phillips

Varrin Swearingen moves to formally thank Amanda Phillips for her service as President and Board Member. Steve Cobb 2nds. Discussion Varrin Swearingen moves to close. Morey Straus 2nds. 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions Discussion is closed. Vote on oroginal motion 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions Motion carries.

[The board expresses gratitude to Amanda Phillips for her service to the FSP.]

Jean Alexander resigns as corporate Secretary.

III. New Secretary

April 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 4/23/06

In attendance:

Jean Alexander Steve Cobb Sandy Pierre Morey Straus Brian Sullivan Varrin Swearingen Absent: Jason Sorens

Meeting Agenda:

Approve Brian Sullivan to the Board Approve the budget Approve a motion regarding Morey Straus as PIC point of contact that will allow him spending authorization authority within the PR budget. PIC Report General spending approval mechanism for spending both in and out of the budget. Discussion of 501(c)4 Application Status and Strategy Meeting is called to order at 12:55PM.

Varrin nominates Jean as temporary chair for the meeting in Jason's absence. Steve seconds. Call for discussion, but there is none. Morey moves to close discussion; Steve seconds. 4 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention Motion carries.

I. Approve Brian Sullivan to the Board.

May 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 5/12/06

In attendance:

Steve Cobb Sandy Pierre Jason Sorens Morey Straus Brian Sullivan Absent:

Varrin Swearingen Meeting Agenda:

Discuss vacant Board seat Schedule June Board meeting PorcFest Keynote speaker PIC Reports and invoices Meeting is called to order at 2:24PM.

I. Vacant Board seat

There's a general consensus to hold off on the discussion of a new Boardmember until the June meeting, which will probably take place in person at PorcFest.

II. June Board meeting

Discussion of scheduling the June meeting for some time on Sunday June 25.

Varrin joins the meeting at 2:31PM. All Directors are now present.

After some discussion, this item is deferred until all of the Directors have solidified their PorcFest travel plans.

III. PorcFest Headline speaker

As of now, a headline speaker has not been nailed down for PorcFest. However, the schedule is full anyway, so this does not present an issue schedule-wise. Kate Rick has reported that PF planning is going fine.

IV. PIC Report and invoices

June 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 6/28/06

In attendance:

Steve Cobb Sandy Pierre Jason Sorens Brian Sullivan Varrin Swearingen Absent:

Morey Straus

Meeting Agenda:

I.: Election of a new Board member

Meeting is called to order at 10:11PM FST.

I. Board member election

Board members had discussed this via email prior to the meeting. The general consensus was to elect Jon Maltz. Jason makes a motion to elect Jon Maltz to the Board. Varrin seconds. Brief discussion ensues, primarily focused on the topic of whether Jon had recently expressed a willingness to serve on the Board. Jason moves to close discussion. Voting on closing discussion: 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions

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

Brief discussion of Liberty Fund conference Jason will be directing in April in New Hampshire.

Brief discussion of the two upcoming Porcupine events, one in winter and one in summer 2007.

Meeting is adjourned at 10:26PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sandy Pierre, Secretary

July 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 7/15/06

In attendance:

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

Steve Cobb

Meeting Agenda:

I. widespread database access and email list expansion.

II. formalize a written disclaimer for the website and written communications that will allow us to start publicizing specific Free-Stater success in New Hampshire (specific, though de-identified so as to be generic).

III. make a decision re: selling Roger Grant's video on our website

IV. updated PIC report, based on Varrin's conversations with Brian G. at his house, as well as a recap of what was covered on Sunday at PorcFest

V. IT update. What's the status of switching to the new database?

VI. 2007 New Hampshire Liberty Forum budget issues

Meeting is called to order at 2:15PM FST.

I. widespread database access and email list expansion

August 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 8/20/06

In attendance:

Steve Cobb Jon Maltz Sandy Pierre Morey Straus Brian Sullivan Varrin Swearingen Absent:

Jason Sorens

Meeting Agenda:

I. Decision re: adding $10,000 to the Liberty Forum budget to pay for John Stossel as keynote speaker

II. Discussion of PIC survey results

III. One year terms for Directors

IV. Elections for Directors

V. Status of Direct Mail

Meeting is called to order at 2:13PM FST. In Jason's absence, Sandy will chair.

I. Adding $10,000 to the Liberty Forum budget to pay for John Stossel as keynote speaker

Varrin needs to leave the meeting ASAP. A bit of discussion of this agenda item took place prior to the meeting officially being called to order. No one appears to object to approving the requested funds.

Sandy moves to approve an additional $10K for the NHLF budget; Varrin seconds. Morey moves to close discussion; Varrins seconds. Voting on closing discussion: 6 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.

Voting on original motion: 5 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention. Motion passes 5-0-1.

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.

October 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 10/22/2006

In attendance:

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

Steve Cobb Varrin Swearingen

Meeting Agenda:

I. Review and update FSP Policies

II. Discuss priorities for spending between these large items: Participant (F1K + LF) mailing, Liberty Forum, Advocates prospecting mailing

III. Approve spending in the appropriate amount for the Advocates Prospecting mass mailing

Meeting is called to order at 2:30PM FST. Jason asks Sandy to chair the meeting.

I. Review and update FSP Policies

The current FSP Policies are posted here: http://freestateproject.org/ about/policies.php Brief discussion of a few policies. Consensus is that this matter isn't urgent, and it might be better to wait until all Directors are present. Morey moves to postpone this item to the next meeting; Jon seconds.

II. Discuss spending priorities

Varrin requested feedback from the Board on prioritizing spending amongst the following three items:

November 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 11/19/06

In attendance:

Steve Cobb Sandy Pierre Morey Straus Brian Sullivan Varrin Swearingen Absent:

Jon Maltz Jason Sorens Meeting Agenda

I. First 1000

II. status report on PorcFest 2007

III. status report on New Hampshire Liberty Forum

Meeting, which was scheduled for 2:00PM, is called to order at 3:02. Directors left waiting for an hour were not amused. In Jason's absence, Varrin offers to chair.

I. First 1000

Sandy reports that she has been posting sorta-weekly status reports on the progress of the F1K campaign on the dedicated F1K Yahoo list. Provides copy of most recent report for Directors' convenience. This past week was our third highest sign up week all year. It's pointed out that the chair of the Vermont LP recently signed. Discussion of the possibility of proactively signing up people known to have already moved.

Jon Maltz joins the meeting at 3:14PM.

II. status report on PorcFest 2007

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