2006 Tennessee Libertarian Party Convention Report
Report on FSP table at the 4/8/06 TN LP Convention by Keith Carlsen
On Saturday April 8th, I ran a Free State Project table at the Tennessee Libertarian Party Convention in Nashville, TN. The Convention was typical of LP meetings, low on attendees but high on energy. Speeches were given by lots of folks including think tank chairs and political candidates from more than one political party.
Two people became Friends of the FSP and another person signed up for the FSP News. Tennessee has three active LP county chapters. I already bring FSP related information to one of the county chapters every few months. I put together FSP info packets and gave them to the FSP supporters that live in the other two counties so LP members in all of the active counties will be frequently reminded of the FSP.
Respectfully, Keith Carlsen
Bottom photo info:
Keith setting up the FSP table with help from JR Enfield, new Friend of the FSP
The January 2006 Free State Project Recruitment Challenge
Results are in!
The official January signup count is in and we welcomed 60 new
Participants! This result is well above our usual January doldrums. The
January Recruitment Challenge was generously sponsored by the Tennessee
Local Group and then matched by Vince Silvia and John P.
Cunningham of Massachusetts. All three are donating $10 for each new
January signup (Vince up to $500), so with 60 new Participants, the total
donated comes to $1,700.
Thank you to our kind sponsors, and a special thanks to each and every one
of the 60 new people who joined the FSP in January!
The members of the Tennessee FSP local group are committed to the future
success of the FSP. We have worked hard in 2005 to recruit new members to the
FSP. Participants and Friends of the FSP posted recruitment flyers on college
campuses from Chattanooga to Memphis. We appeared on two talk radio shows and
set-up a table at the 2005 Gandhian Conference on Nonviolence. We also gave
speeches at a couple Libertarian Party county meetings and set up a table at
the state Libertarian Party convention.
However, we could have done much more, and much more is exactly what we
plan to do in 2006. The TN FSP will start off the year with a recruitment
challenge for our comrades:
For every member that joins the FSP in
January 2006, the TN FSP will donate ten dollars to the FSP.
This is the perfect opportunity for fence sitters to hop off the fence and
into the Free State. Need an excuse to have a local group meeting? Use this
drive as the excuse. Need that extra incentive to post recruitment flyers
around your town? Use this drive as the excuse. Over the last few months, the
FSP has gained around fifty new members per month. Fifty times ten dollars is
five hundred dollars. We're prepared to contribute that and moremake us
give more! More money for the FSP means more money for recruitment. More money
spent on recruitment means even more new participants.
01/15/06 Update: John P. Cunningham (of Massachusetts) has also
matched the pledge. He will donate $10 to the FSP for each new membership in
the month of January 2006 - up to $10,000!
12/18/05 Update: Vince Silvia (of Massachusetts) has pledged to
match the TN FSP with an additional $10 for each new membership in the month of
January 2006 up to $500. And he challenges any other FSPer to match
Excited about recruiting new members in January 2006? Excellent. For useful
resources, see the following parts of the FSP website:
Join the FSP