June 8, 2006
Message from the President
It's been such a busy and exciting week
that I'm late! When I first started the President's Corner I said
I'd aim for weekly but that was just a rough goal. Well, this issue
will cover last week and the first part of this week. I'll plan to
get one more out before Porc Fest and one more after the Fest by the
end of the month. If you want to complain that I'll only do three of
these this month, by all means, let it fly. At least that way, I'll
know you're reading!
In the last Corner, I started a series
that I'll pick up again after Porc Fest. It was my intent to
continue it each week, but I realize now I need to cover a couple of
things before the Fest.
An important thing worth covering is
the Fest itself. So this week's message will serve to encourage you
to attend the Fest. Last year's Fest was likely the largest single
gathering of libertarians all year. This year's fest will be the
largest gathering of libertarians to-date this year. In the May 13th
issue, I gave an overview of why you should be at the fest. Now,
here are some specific events that you won't want to miss out on:
Before the 'official' kick-off of the
Fest will be the 3rd Annual Mt. Liberty Hike. Dr. Michael
Edelstein is hosting this year and I'll be trying my hardest to keep
up with him. Between breaths, we'll probably talk about all sorts of
things. If you want to bend Dr. Edelstein's ear (or mine, for that
matter), hike along! It's a 'moderate' hike featuring a summit just
under 4,500' elevation (the 'Liberty Summit'), fantastic views, and
The Republican Liberty Caucus is going
to have an extensive presentation this year. For those interested in
partisan politics, this would be a great opportunity to get an
overview of how freedom fits into one of the two 'major' parties in
NH. Topics covered include corruption, starting a weekly paper, and
creating an effective campaign theme. Come hear from elected
officials and the Chair of the RLCNH, Dan McGuire.
Food, food, and ... cash! – If you're
hungry, there will be a free bar-b-que on Friday night. Yes, I said
free. Did you hear that – freeee foooood? And I bet it'll be
really good, too! And for your Saturday night dining pleasure, bring
your discerning palette to the Liberty Ladies Cook-Off featuring
One-Pot Meals that you will get to judge! Cooks will be awarded cash
prizes and everyone who participates will get yummy food! Note: this
one isn't free – the cooks are really looking forward to their
-cash prizes-. Did you hear that – casshhh prizessss! If you
would like to participate as a contestant / cook for -cash prizes-,
email the cutest Porcette in the world at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday features a whole buffet of
speakers and topics designed to give you a taste of what's going on
in NH. Whether you live here or not, you won't want to miss out on
learning about education, taxes, regulation, guns, state and local
politics, and protests. The topics and presenters are the best in
the state and guaranteed to impress the heck out of you! In fact, if
you're not 100% impressed, we'll give you quadruple your money back!
Which brings me to the most important
point! The fest is FREE! That means you can come and enjoy the fun,
friendship and great speakers without paying an admission charge.
How can we possibly do that?
We rely on donations to keep the FSP
running and to keep Porc Fest free. We raise funds in a variety of
ways. One of those ways is asking for them. But wait, don't click here to
donate quite yet! Before you make your best contribution to the FSP,
consider donating something to the Silent Auction we'll be having at
Porc Fest. It puts the 'fun' back in fundraiser with competitive
bidding on lots of neato stuff. If you want to contribute something
for the auction, it's not too late. Email Jean Alexander at email@example.com and make
arrangements to bring your goodies. Proceeds benefit the FSP,
helping us buy advertising (more below) and pursue other ways to work
towards our goal of 20,000 pro-freedom activists in NH.
Okay, -now- you can click here to make
your best donation to the FSP. Even more importantly, click here to
put your name on the We'll Be There list for Porc Fest '06. It'll be
the most exciting time for libertarians all year. Be there!
If you have any suggestions or ideas for this feature, please feel free to send them my way. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the best quality response.
Recent FSP Activity
First 1000 – The First 1000 pledge
just blasted through 300! That's excellent progress, especially
considering what we're asking people to do (move to NH by 2008). But
we need to pick up the pace. At the current pace, we won't make 1000
by the end of the year. The good news is, we only need 700 more –
a mere 1/10th of the FSP participants. If you haven't
signed the pledge, you can do so here. Either way, let your
libertarian friends know this is the very best, most effective thing
they can do to promote freedom anywhere!
Liaisons – Please join me in thanking
Chris Harrison for his outstanding service as Liaisons Coordinator.
Chris needs to free up some time to focus on a new venture. Thanks
Chris! To take his place, Wade Bartlett has stepped up. Wade is a
super guy from right here in New Hampshire and has a solid grasp on
the mission of reaching out to interest groups with the FSP message.
Join me in welcoming Wade. Feel free to contact him (say, to offer
Liberator Online – The FSP got a
great mention in the Advocates for Self-Government's Liberator Online
this week. As I mentioned previously, we have our own Lights of
Liberty page featuring FSP Participants and our page got their
attention. Read the clip here. This is the largest-circulation
libertarian publication in the world! If you're not a subscriber,
Blogads – One of our major areas of
focus this year is internet outreach. We've just started a blogads
and we're already seeing results! We've got ads on several blogs now
and our Reason ad has made it to the front page! You're
encouraged to help on this project! If someone wants to volunteer
to take the lead on the blogads project, email Nik at email@example.com.
Direct Mail – Another major area of
focus this year is direct mail. We just ordered the last of the
materials to go into our next outreach mailing. It should all go to
the mail house next week and be out the door shortly thereafter. The
last mailing paid for itself and brought in new participants. We're
hoping this one does at least as well. We'll let ya know!
New Movers – When I started reporting
on new movers a few weeks ago, the 'In NH' counter was at 400. Today
it's a 402. The funny thing is, I'm about to tell you about two
more, bringing the total to 7 since I started reporting. How's
that?!?! Well, not everyone updates their information on the FSP
website, so the FSP database doesn't know about lots of these people
who have moved. How many? Your guess is as good as mine, but so far
we're up to 5 in the last few weeks! And the two I'm reporting on today,
one moved to Manchester since the last update, and the other to the
Seacoast. As if that wasn't enough, There's at least three more that
I expect to report on in the next issue!
That's it for this issue! Thanks for reading.