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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

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

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

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.

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

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:

December 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 12/06/2006

In attendance:

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

Steve Cobb Jon Maltz Meeting Agenda

I. Action item: make decision on how to close out First 1000

II. Discussion: future of FSP

III. Discussion: purging non-contactable non-voters from participant database

Meeting was called to order at 2:04PM FST. (It's noted that it is 3:00AM in Varrin's location.)

I. Action item: make decision on how to close out First 1000

Jon Maltz joins the meeting at 2:05PM.

January 2007 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1/21/2007

In Attendance:

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

Jason Sorens Morey Straus Meeting Agenda

I. Decision: Future of FSP (deferred from last month)

II. Decision: Purging non-contactable non-voters from participant database (deferred from last month and contingent upon outcome of item I)

III. Board member presence at Porc Fest for a 'doers' / volunteer meeting

IV. Promotion of Liberty Forum

Meeting was called to order by Varrin at 2:15PM FST.

Brief discussion of Item I.

Morey joins the meeting at 2:21PM.

Varrin moves that Steve be appointed Chair for the meeting; Jon seconds. Voting on motion: 6 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions. Motion carries.

Steve takes agenda items out of order.

III. Board member presence at Porc Fest for a 'doers' / volunteer meeting

February 2007 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 2/18/2007

In Attendance:

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

Jason Sorens Meeting Agenda

I. Election of a director to replace Sandy

II. New Hampshire Liberty Forum Update

III. Direct mail discussion

IV. Future of FSP (deferred from last month)

Jon moves that Varrin act as Chair for the meeting; Steve seconds. Varrin is appointed acting chair by unanimous consent.

Varrin moves that Jon be appointed Secretary for the meeting; Steve seconds. Jon is appointed acting secretary by unanimous consent.

Meeting was called to order by Varrin at 2:19PM FST.

Varrin takes the agenda out of order

II. New Hampshire Liberty Forum Update

March 2007 Board Meeting Minutes

In Attendance: Steve Cobb Jon Maltz Brian Sullivan Jason Sorens Irena Goddard Jean Alexander

Absent: Varrin Swearingen

Meeting Agenda

I. Certifying the election of two new directors

II. New Hampshire Liberty Forum

Meeting was called to order by Jason at 2:22PM FST.

I. Certifying the election of two new directors

Jason moves to elect Irena Goddard and Jean Alexander to the Free State Project board of directors. Jon seconds. There is no discussion, motion passes 4-0-1.

Irena Goddard joins the meeting.

Jason moves to elect Jean Alexander as Secretary of the Free State Project. Jon seconds. After brief discussion the motion passess 5-0-2

II. New Hampshire Liberty Forum

Jean Alexander joins the meeting.

After discussion of the NHLF (no formal report is available at this time), Irena requests a budget of $1700 to produce a DVD of the event. Jon moves to allocate $1700 for the production of an NHLF DVD. Jason seconds. After discussion the motion passes 5-1-1.

Jean moves to close meeting; Jason seconds. Motion passes 5-0-1-1 (1 abstaining, 1 absent); meeting adjourned at 3:42PM.

March 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Free State Project, Inc Board of Directors Minutes March 16, 2008

Meeting called to order at 2:32 PM. I. Goddard, J. Sorens, J. Alexander, V. Swearingen, and J. Maltz present.

  1. Discussed FY 2009 budget proposal. Relative to the proposed budget, expenditure on development (in-house fundraising mail) will be increased. Development's budget has been zero in past because Carolyn has paid for donor communications out of pocket as a donation to the FSP. Ron Paul mailing will use BRE's. One suggestion that budget should include a net profit.

  2. President's Operations Report: 1) 160 new participants since January 2) most popular special trigger is election of Hillary Clinton, 3) chipin donation drives have been slimmed down & will receive greater focus in future 4) Kate M. & Alec M. are working on Jobs, Housing, Moving Guide sections of website, 5) Michelle L. and Jennifer H. have taken over info@ members@ e-mail response tasks & will be helping with the 800 number when it is revived, 6) Brian S. is again approving new signups. Discussion of Jason O. and Mark E. phone drive proposal. Will wait on final proposal before decision.

May 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Free State Project, Inc Board of Directors Meeting Minutes May 22nd, 2008

Meeting called to order at 1:09 PM by J. Sorens. I. Goddard, J. Maltz, J. Alexander, J. Sorens, S. Cobb present.

First item of business is FY2009 budget. I. Goddard accepts friendly amendment of J. Sorens (changing Porcupine Festival net cost from $2000 to $4000 in accord with income and expense figures).

Discussion of 2009 Liberty Forum line item. I. Goddard moves to amend the budget to require Board approval for speakers' fees' commitments above $5000. J. Sorens seconds. Discussion continues. I. Goddard withdraws motion, proposes new motion to amend, requiring Board approval for any individual speaker fee above $5000 or total speaker fees exceeding $13,000. J. Sorens seconds. I. Goddard moves to close discussion. J. Sorens seconds. Vote to close discussion 5-0. Vote on amendment to motion 4-1: I. Goddard, J. Maltz, J. Alexander, J. Sorens (aye), S. Cobb (nay).

June 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Free State Project, Inc Board of Directors Meeting Minutes June 12, 2008

Meeting called to order at 10:20 AM. Jon M., Jason S., Irena G., Jean A., and Varrin S. Present.

1) Libertarian call list (Jason Osborne plan) - Jon will be in charge of delivering specifications for signing up participants to Jason.

2) Irena announces pregnancy and need to find replacement in three months. Discussed potential candidates. Discussed refresh of Organizers list to enhance pool of Board candidates. Motion to remove Amanda P., Tim B., and Lloyd D. from the Organizers list passes 5-0. Motion to invite Mark W. passes 5-0.

3) Discussed location, timing, and expense of next year's Porcupine Festival. Irena moves to put together a committee for vetting locations and dates for next year's Porcupine Festival. Jason seconds. Irena amends motion to require that the committee submit its results to the Board by the August Board meeting. Carla will be appointed to lead and select committee, Jon will be on committee. Motion passes 5-0.

4) Chris Lawless will organize the 2009 Liberty Forum. Kate Richards will organize the 2010 Liberty Forum.

July 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Free State Project, Inc Board of Directors Meeting Minutes July 27, 2008

Jason S., Irena G., Jean A., Varrin S., and Jon M. present.

Meeting called to order at 5:24 PM.

Discussion of new president, vice-president, and Board member. No decisions can be made as yet. Business tabled until next meeting.

Discussion of Minnesota Ron Paul conference. There is space in the budget, and Irena will make the decision.

Next meeting called for August 10.

Varrin moves to add Seth H. to the Organizers list Irena seconds. Four in favor, One against. Motion passes.

Irena moves to adjourn Jean seconds. Motion passes 5-0.

Meeting adjourned 5:57 PM

October 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Free State Project, Inc Board of Directors minutes October 19th, 2008

Meeting called to order at 2:30 PM. Irena G., Jason S., Jon M., Steve C., and Louis C. present.

President's update. Update consisted of four items: Liberty Forum 2009 (speakers, publicity) Porcupine Festival 2009 Ongoing discussion about locations and dates, nothing is ruled out at this point Fundraising Ron Paul campaign has not sent us e-mail addresses yet FSP website Irena will follow up with Louis about setting up a redirect for periods of high traffic, as after the 5-year anniversary press release New people/volunteers Liz H doing welcome packets, Chris L is Events Director

Election of new President Prompted by Irena's upcoming resignation. Jason S. moves to elect Varrin Swearingen President of the FSP, effective November 1st. Irena G. seconds. No discussion. Motion passes 5-0.

Discussion of open Vice President position(s). After discussion, Board agrees informally to approach Keith C. for VP of Publicity and Irena for VP of Operations and bylaws VP. Jason will send e-mail.

March 2010 Board Meeting Minutes

Date: 20 March 2010

Location: Liberty Forum

Attendees: Irena Goddard (Chairwoman), Cathleen Converse (Treasurer), Steve Cobb (Secretary), Varrin Swearingen (FSP President), Louis Calitz

  1. Board member election

The Board agreed on a procedure to hold an election for the Board seat that has been vacant for more than two months:

1.1 Candidates

Board Chairwoman Irena Goddard will disseminate a request for candidates, with a submission deadline of April 6, 2010. On April 11th, the Board will announce the final list of candidates.

Per FSP bylaws, candidates must be FSP Participants.

1.2 Voters

In parallel, President Varrin Swearingen will disseminate a request for those desiring to vote. Voters are required to be an FSP participant and to have taken action to advance the Project's goals -- such as volunteering engaging in publicity-- within the last year (Mar 2009 - Mar 2010). Those desiring to vote should register by sending an e-mail to elections2010@freestateproject .org with the subject "Board Voter", by April 6, 2010.

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