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One Year in New Hampshire!

My wife and I have now resided in the Granite State for 1 year and here are some thoughts:

The move has not disappointed. We relocated from Connecticut, a tax-happy gun-hating stinkhole. There is a noticeable difference, perhaps primarily for those of us who came from such states, in the reach of the taxman here. Sales tax may seem negligible, but it had been a constant factor in my life, and in CT, I had to live through multiple increases and the looming threat of more. I work in MA, so I am still paying state income tax, but I salivate at the prospect of having that washed away at some point down the road (not now thought because I have a great job). Just knowing that is a future possibility makes me happy to live here.

Early Mover's Top 6 Tips for Moving to New Hampshire

This video guide by early mover Dr. Tarrin Lupo (chiropractor) is designed to help you relocate to New Hampshire. Dr. Lupo discusses how he saved $1,000 on his moving truck, and other useful information you need to know before you move.

Before you move, please email "moved@freestateproject.org" to let us know. Thanks!

Check out the calendar of local events here.

To find out more about the PorcBuddy Program and the Welcome Wagon click here.

To get more tips on movers, check out the independent FSP Movers site click here.

To come meet the community, join us at PorcFest in June. Get your tixs soon!

To buy your own hand wood burned Porcupine mandala featured in the video click here.

To find Route 101 Gifts click here.

Mover Story: Jenn Coffey

I made the move June of 2005. Mover number 108, and clueless. I knew nothing of activism, civil disobedience, lawmaking or speaking up as an individual. I had no idea how I, as one person, could help advance liberty.

I did not truly grasp what freedom is really about, until I made the move.

February 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting

February 24, 2013

Meeting called to order 1:17pm

Attending: Carla, Rich on skype, Varrin, Steve, Seamas Sharon, Jody at the Crowne Plaza after Liberty Forum

  1. Budget.

a. Seamas shared 2012 expenditures and compared it to the projected 2013 budget.

b. 501c3 file will be opened in June, so we won’t hear until after PorcFest.

c. Approximately $20k was raised yesterday at LF for Carla’s Trigger the Move campaign.

d. Carla has some promises for more contributions; will plan with Sharon an outreach approach.

e. Jody moved to accept the preliminary budget that starts with the 2012 budget, and also includes the $20k that Carla raised at LF and $10k for website redesign. Steve seconded. All ayes; Carla abstained.

f. Seamas will prepare a monthly breakdown of prioritized budget items, to be sent to us next week.

g. Rich moved to approve budget via email. Seamas seconded. Unanimous.

  1. Web site content.

a. Carla will write it, and will recruit volunteers to help. Target: 3 weeks for release (around March 17).

January 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting

January 14, 2013

Meeting called to order at 8:06pm on skype.

Attending: Rich, Seamas, Steve, Jody, Varrin (for a short while), and Carla

Absent: Sharon

Agenda:

  1. President’s report

  2. 501c3, donor packets, and fundraising efforts

  3. Free State Now

  4. New website

  5. Liberty Forum

  6. Porcfest

  7. Donor database policy

  8. President’s report:

· New signers in Dec = 94, signers SO FAR in Jan = 98.

· Kari is working out great with PR strategy

· FB FSP group's privacy status changed from "public" to "closed." The process for new members remain the same (i.e. have to be authorized by an admin). The FSP page remains public."

· Chris Lopez is still great. We’ll need to do another fundraiser for 2013-14 around May.

  1. 501c3, donor packets, and fundraising efforts

· The IRS is currently working on March 2012 501(c)3 applications so, barring them getting even further behind, they should started on ours around May.

October 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting

October 31, 2012

Attending: Rich, Séamas, Jody, Varrin, Carla, Sharon (late)

Meeting started 8:14pm

Note: Originally scheduled meeting was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Meeting was rescheduled with less than the required seven days’ notice, and Stephen Cobb could not attend. He has no objections to the decisions made or these minutes as posted.

Agenda

Welcome Sharon

Old-Business:

        Chris Lopez:

        Atlas Shrugged Outreach

        Curtis

Prez Report

501c3 news

LF Status

O-list refresh

Performance Criteria

Post-election publicity plans.

Postponed Welcome Sharon until Sharon arrives.

Chris Lopez: She’s working out great. She will be sending about 1000 welcome letters/recruit someone letters in the next couple of weeks. Funding is fine.

Atlas Shrugged Outreach: Great both times. Some connections were made for contributions, nothing done yet (waiting for 501(c)3 status). Jody and Séamas contributed miles and bed to make it low cost/free.

August 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting

August 20, 2012

Attending: Varrin, Carla, Rich, Seamas, Steve, Jody

On skype.

Called to order at 7:15pm.

President report:

  1. Liberty Forum.

· Chris Lawless has expressed that he doesn't really want to organize it. Carla is currently planning to have "in-depth" discussion in Tampa. Suggestions that he can train an "apprentice" if he will do it once more.

· Chris should pass down a nominal schedule with some key milestones like dates for Venue and Speaker selected.

· Carla said 6 months is a good event cycle

· Dates: They’re looking at 3 options, one of which is late February.

· It was suggested that Carla post dates to O-list and Doers.

· Revisit Chris issue after Tampa.

June 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting June 23, 2012

Attending: Seamas, Carla, Rich, Varrin, Jody, Brandon

Started at 9:35am at Rogers Campground

501c3 would be easier if Brandon’s resignation was dated early August.

Two more reviews: Varrin and Carla. Final version will be ready a week after that.

PorcFest.

· We’ll chip in for a spa day for Sharon. For Jason: bacon and booze? Carla will take care of logistics.

· Rogers had water problems again. Hard to find another place. Some people are talking about buying a campground somewhere.

· Everything else is going great.

· Sharon may not want to do it next year. She needs a protégé. We want them!

· Dates will be set tomorrow with Crosby.

· Speakers like the VIP lounge. Maybe a different name: first class ticket, paid more money.

· Next year’s program: Have a clear definition of what the FSP is.

Appreciation with Carla as president.

Curtis.

April 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting Minutes

April 23, 2012

Attending: Seamas, Jody (chair), Varrin, Steve, Carla, Rich (late), Brandon (late)

Meeting started at 8:05pm on skype

Agenda:

· 501c3 status

· PorcFest status and budget

· Ron Paul outreach status

· FSP Fundraising/Development

· Hiring of Chris Lopez as FSP admin

· Brandon's resignation

501c3 status

· Email discussion moved this forward.

· Try to expect and head off IRS complaints

· Still need some tax forms, and then a final review

· Need to lean it toward education to make the case for a non-profit. Some ideas: providing education about the benefits of geographically concentrated communities of active liberty-minded individuals. (or something like that);

· Brandon said he’d review the 1023 filing before we send it out.

· There will be a fee of about $750, which will get returned if it’s rejected.

· The rest can be handled by email.

PorcFest status and budget

· Going swimmingly.

February 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012

Liberty Forum

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

8:30am

Agenda

  1. New PF logo. None of us loves it, but it’s already on things. Wish they would have asked for more feedback, but that’s life. Organizers like to put their mark on things.

  2. Thanks to Lawless. Buy them something, like a game as a token for the family time that LF took away. Varrin will ask Edi if she will do that.

  3. 501c3 status. We can finish it in 60 days. We filed two applications under the old fsp. 501c3 and 4, neither were accepted. The 3 wasn’t accepted because we didn’t actively pursue it., weren’t persistent What’s left: the application, the budget. Seamas will shepherd it. Brandon will send some docs to Seamas. Some creative writing needs to be done to frame what we want to do. We should file a non-profit return, 990.

  4. 2012 Budget. Seamas had handouts! With Carla’s additions, the budget gets high. Instead of looking at each item and cutting, Seamas suggested prioritizing what needs to be done.

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