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December 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2011

8pm

Attended: Rich, Brandon, Carla, Steve, Seamas, Jody, Varrin

Minutes submitted by Jody

Agenda

Finalizing the new paperwork Free State Now SOI process, which should work the same way we currently do online registrations (which, according to Lawless is: it must be signed; have a valid name or mailing or email address; and not be "fishy") Commission structure for fundraising

  1. Finalizing the new paperwork

Brandon had prepared three documents for us to review. Some review was over email, and he incorporated those comments.

conflict of interest – boiler plate, standard policy amended articles of agreement. These get filed with the SOS, and were amended to include our potential tax-exempt purposes.

Discussion about including the current Officer positions per the bylaws.

rich is board chair

Carla is prez

Varrin is VP.

Seamas is the treasurer.

Steve was secretary, and got reinstated (unanimously) for the duration of this process, but will resign when it’s over. We’ll need a new secretary then.

September 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting

September 26, 2011, 8pm

Skype

Attending: Rich, Carla, Jody

Agenda

Board composition/roles/additional members: Thoughts on Seamas and NH state rep George Lambert (I have spoken to him and he is v. interested... think it would be fantastic to get a local involved)? Financials: FSP credit card, fundraising, bitcoins, money bomb Liberty Forum and PorcFest Outreach: LibertyFest; Masscann, Libertopia IT developments: new servers; rolling out new layout Teambox 501 (3) (c) status

Since there was no quorum, this was an informational meeting.

  1. Board composition

We agreed to have Seamas on the Board, and Seamas said he would be “honored” to join.

We thought we’d have to check George out more. There was an objection to having an elected official (George, a NH State Rep from NH, not a mover) on the Board for the purpose of keeping the FSP away from being associated with politics.

One suggestion was to have George on a NH advisory council or something like that, along with some donors.

May 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Meeting 05/15/11 8pm on skype Attending: Rich Goldman, Cathleen Converse, Jody Underwood, Brandon Ross, Varrin Swearingen

Agenda: Establish regular meeting times again and discuss if/what we want to do at PorcFest

Proposed Regular Meeting time: Third Monday of every other month at 8pm. Run it by Carla and Steve before deciding.

What the FSP should do at PorcFest: Meeting at PF (when?) Donor lunch tentatively scheduled Saturday at 1pm. Invitations going out soon.

History of the FSP, maybe tied into a more general Meet the board.
A slot set up for us is Saturday 11-1, so include a picnic BYO-lunch. The final idea is: What's Right/Wrong with the FSP? Want to share your issues and suggestions with the Board of Directors of the FSP? Curious about the organization of the Free State Project? Come meet with us (though, save your best rants for the Soap Box idol)

Meeting adjourned at 8:58pm.

April 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP April Board Meeting Minutes, Thursday April 28, 2011

Meeting called to order (finally) at 8:11pm on Skype. Attending: Rich Goldman, Brandon Ross, Cathleen Converse, Jody Underwood, Varrin Swearingen, Louis Calitz, Carla Gericke Post-hoc secretary: Jody

Agenda: 1. Louis steps down from Board The Board accepted Louis’ resignation, with a unanimous vote (5-0-0). The Board thanked him for his service to the Free State Project as a Board member

  1. Carla gets added to Board Unanimous vote to add Carla to the Board. (5-0-0)

Rich Goldman got voted in to be the permanent Chair of the FSP Board (6-0-0)

Gary Johnson: The FSP Is a Wonderful Idea

2011 Endorsement: Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and current candidate for President, attended PorcFest 2011 and was asked about the FSP. He said it's "a wonderful idea" and he hopes "it will be a model for the rest of the country.
(Video attached).

2012 Endorsement: "Yea! Go Free State Project. Wow. What a model. What a terrific model. When I was governor of new Mexico, the Free State Project came to my attention [...2]0,000 people who said they're going to relocate in some area in the United States, get elected to all the offices and basically "hands off" when it comes to the government. Very very very libertarian, if not anarchist. Anarchist being complete government void. No government! well, Terrific! I wanted to see that happen in New Mexico, it's now happening in New Hampshire. Good thing. Really a terrific thing. I just applaud the Free State project. I look forward to successes from the Free State Project that the country emulates." Full video here.

Lew Rockwell Enthusiastically Supports the FSP

In an hour-long interview on Keene’s syndicated talk radio show, Free Talk Live, Lew called Keene “The northern capital of libertarianism” and suggested it was the epicenter of NH liberty activism. Lew identified himself as an “enthusiastic supporter” of the Free State Project, saying, “I definitely endorse the Free State Project."

Lew Rockwell is the founder of the Mises Institute and the most popular liberty-oriented website in the world, LewRockwell.com.

Libertarian Party of Tennessee Recognizes the Activism of FSP Members

"As the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee, I have been asked to send notification to you regarding a recent resolution that was an endorsement of the goals of the Free State Project that was introduced at our 2010 state convention on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The wording of the resolution reads:

"The Libertarian Party of Tennessee formally endorses the stated goals and outstanding activism demonstrated by the dedicated membership of the Free State Project.'

"Yours in Liberty, Ray Ledford Secretary, Libertarian Party of Tennessee"

Lloyd's move story

On Grafton Pond

When I first heard about the Free State Project I felt the same excitement that I experienced when I heard they were forming a National Libertarian Party back in early 1972. I had hopes the party would bring the libertarian philosophy into the mainstream. Well, that didn’t happen:)

I joined the FSP about a year after it was formed. I assumed that Alaska or another Western state would win and although I wasn’t moving out of New England, I was willing to support the organization in any way I could. When I got on the forum I realized that NH had a good chance of winning, decided on moving here then,and, now we know the outcome:)

Living in Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut, I was never more than a few hours from almost any NH event and I spent quite a bit of time day tripping to meet and greets and other events particularly in Keene and at the Jim & Lauren build in Winchester.

Dan's Moving Story

Even when facing the daunting activist-commute from Rhode Island, Dan made himself a key Ron Paul volunteer in New Hampshire. Now he's here full-time.

Dr. Mary Ruwart Absolutely Endorses the FSP

"I've heard a lot about it, I think it's a great idea, that's how we can get a concentrated dose of libertarianism in one state, and hopefully make a change in that state. Does the Free State Project have Dr. Mary Ruwart's endorsement? Absolutely!"

Dr. Mary Ruwart was a 2008 candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential ticket, and author of Healing Our World.

Here is her interview on libertarian radio program Free Talk Live. She was also a keynote speaker at the 2009 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Watch the video interview of Dr. Ruwart at that event.

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