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August 16, 2009 FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order at 2:24 PM EST. Jason S., Jean A., Varrin S., Cathleen C., Louis C., Steve C. present.
Jason S. moves to reappoint Steve C. and Louis C. to the Board (necessary after reincorporation). Jean A. seconds. Motion passes 4-0.
Changing budget to annual basis. 2010 Liberty Forum income and expenditures removed, everything else except "Other Advertising" reduced one quarter. Cathleen C. moves to adopt, Jason S. seconds. Motion passes 6-0.
Discussion of FreedomFest results and interns. One potential donor who will be followed up with by either Varrin or Brandon. Interns have not made many calls. Rate of progress from Harris and Sabrielle has not improved, will be removed from program. $890 in donations so far, $15 in expenses. Neal will be able to do more after move to NH. Need more details on running totals.
Welcome letters. Liz has completed. Need to fit into different budget lines: possibly postage, shipping and mail permits; direct mail; and/or development.
Meeting called to order at 9:09 AM. Varrin S, Cathleen C, Jason S, Irena G, Jean A, Louis C present. Forms for reincorporation in New Hampshire completed and signed. 1. Motion to change FSP mileage reimbursement rate to the standard IRS rate, whatever it may be. Jason moves, Cathleen seconds. Motion passes 6-0.
Update on interns program. Interns are making fundraising calls. Interns will receive 100% of the first $1000 net raised (after authorized expenses reimbursed), 10% of additional amounts raised.
Rich G will moderate the blog feed on the website under Jean’s oversight. The righthand column of the website will be redesigned with three categories: in order from top to bottom, FSP news, media mentions, and blogs.
Proposal for a quarterly survey of FSP participants will be discussed on the Organizers list.
Varrin moves to adjourn, Irena seconds, motion passes 6-0. Meeting adjourned at 10:37 AM.
FSP Meeting Minutes
December 19, 2011
Attended: Rich, Brandon, Carla, Steve, Seamas, Jody, Varrin
Minutes submitted by Jody
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
- 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.
FSP Board Meeting
September 26, 2011, 8pm
Attending: Rich, Carla, Jody
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.
- 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.
FSP Board Meeting
July 24, 2011
Attending: Rich Goldman, Jody Underwood, Carla Gericke, Brandon Ross (8:15)
Meeting started around 8pm
Treasurer; FreedomFest; website hacking fix; PF, past, future; LF update; Libertopia; LibertyFest NYC
No quorum, so informational meeting.
· Two people are currently being considered: Seamas Oscalaidhe and Merav Yaakov. Jody knows both, Mark Warden recommends Seamas. Merav lives in-state, Seamas doesn’t.
· Jody will contact both of them.
· But first: Need a description of responsibilities and skills from Cathleen.
· Someone mentioned having an in-state person so it’s easier to interact with them.
· The treasurer does not have to be a board position, especially since we don't know the potential candidates well. Can try a “test run” of some sort.
· Carla wrote a short report on FB in Doers.
· Thanks to Carla and Mark Warden for doing a great job!
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
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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"
"The Free State Project in New Hampshire is really, really cool....in my heart [I] want to move to New Hampshire and be in on this."
Penn Jillette is a world-renowned libertarian entertainer, aka the louder half of Penn & Teller
"There were a bunch of really intelligent, informed, enthusiastic people [at the Free State Project Liberty Forum]. I hate to have to say it, but I thought the level of energy and intellectual curiosity was much higher at that event than at a typical Libertarian Party event in recent years." Video
David Nolan is founder of the Libertarian Party
"The Project is fascinating and there are hundreds of thousands of people that watch and listen to us on Wednesday's that ask about the Free State Project so we wish you well."
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is a libertarian commentator and Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News.
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.