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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.
Kevin moves to New Hampshire, builds a house, holds parties, and starts a revolution!
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.
"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!"
Carla jumps out of the South African frying pan and lands in the American fire. But in New Hampshire she's found the least bad part of America.