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October 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Free State Project, Inc Board of Directors minutes October 19th, 2008

Meeting called to order at 2:30 PM. Irena G., Jason S., Jon M., Steve C., and Louis C. present.

President's update. Update consisted of four items: Liberty Forum 2009 (speakers, publicity) Porcupine Festival 2009 Ongoing discussion about locations and dates, nothing is ruled out at this point Fundraising Ron Paul campaign has not sent us e-mail addresses yet FSP website Irena will follow up with Louis about setting up a redirect for periods of high traffic, as after the 5-year anniversary press release New people/volunteers Liz H doing welcome packets, Chris L is Events Director

Election of new President Prompted by Irena's upcoming resignation. Jason S. moves to elect Varrin Swearingen President of the FSP, effective November 1st. Irena G. seconds. No discussion. Motion passes 5-0.

Discussion of open Vice President position(s). After discussion, Board agrees informally to approach Keith C. for VP of Publicity and Irena for VP of Operations and bylaws VP. Jason will send e-mail.

March 2010 Board Meeting Minutes

Date: 20 March 2010

Location: Liberty Forum

Attendees: Irena Goddard (Chairwoman), Cathleen Converse (Treasurer), Steve Cobb (Secretary), Varrin Swearingen (FSP President), Louis Calitz

  1. Board member election

The Board agreed on a procedure to hold an election for the Board seat that has been vacant for more than two months:

1.1 Candidates

Board Chairwoman Irena Goddard will disseminate a request for candidates, with a submission deadline of April 6, 2010. On April 11th, the Board will announce the final list of candidates.

Per FSP bylaws, candidates must be FSP Participants.

1.2 Voters

In parallel, President Varrin Swearingen will disseminate a request for those desiring to vote. Voters are required to be an FSP participant and to have taken action to advance the Project's goals -- such as volunteering engaging in publicity-- within the last year (Mar 2009 - Mar 2010). Those desiring to vote should register by sending an e-mail to elections2010@freestateproject .org with the subject "Board Voter", by April 6, 2010.

October 2010 Board Meeting Minutes

Date: 17 October 2010

Location: Yahoo Messenger

Present: Rich Goldman (acting Chairman) Cathleen (Treasurer), Steve Cobb (Secretary), Varrin Swearingen (FSP President), Louis Calitz, and Brandon Ross


  1. Irena's Board seat and chairmanship

  2. Liberty Forum 2011

  3. Deletion of FSP Facebook page

  4. FSP Magazine

  5. O&D Insurance

  6. Libertopia documentary

  7. Facebook marketing

  8. November direct mail campaign

  9. Irena’s Vacant Board seat

It was agreed that Rich Goldman would chair the meeting. The Board voted 6-0 to offer the Board seat vacated by Irena Goddard to Chris Lawless, and then to Jody Underwood if he declines.

  1. Liberty Forum 2011

Varrin will soon meet with Rich Tomasso to discuss Liberty Forum preparations. Both have been busy recently. Rich Tomasso hopes to select a keynote speaker by the end of October.

  1. Deletion of FSP Facebook page

Louis Calitz will look into securing all FSP intellectual property.

April 2010 Board Meeting Minutes

Date: 11 April 2010

Location: Yahoo Messenger

Attendees: Irena Goddard (Chairwoman), Cathleen (Treasurer), Steve Cobb (Secretary), Varrin Swearingen (FSP President), Louis Calitz, Brandon Ross

Agenda: Vet the four candidates for the Board position

Four people had expressed interest in being a candidate in the election for the FSP Board:

Lou Eastman Rich Goldman Russell Kanning Stephen Villee

The Board confirmed that all four were FSP participants and qualified to be candidates, and voted 6-0 in favor of putting them all on the ballot.

As in previous FSP elections, the voting method will be the Condorcet Method, with voters ranking the candidates in order of preference. Voters will log onto secured website (URL will be provided) and vote for candidates in order of preference. Voting will take place on a secured web site, starting April 11th and closing at 8pm EST Sunday, April 18th.

The next New Hampshire Liberty Forum will likely be scheduled for the last weekend in February.

July 2010 Board Meeting Minutes

Date: 18 July 2010

Location: Teleconference

Present: Irena Goddard (Chairwoman), Cathleen (Treasurer), Steve Cobb (Secretary), Varrin Swearingen (FSP President), Louis Calitz, Rich Goldman (for first topic only)

Absent: Brandon Ross


1) In-State Allies

2) Marketing / Outreach Update/Plans

3) PorcFest wrap-up

4) NHLF Update

5) Other business

  1. In-State Allies

The Board voted 6-0 to approve the following proposal from Rich Goldman (note that final sentence was removed, and the issue left unaddressed):

In order to encourage greater association between the Free State Project and supporters currently living in NH, those living in NH who are not FSP Participants will be able to sign up as an "In-State Ally" of the Free State Project. They shall sign the following statement of intent:

“I hereby state my solemn intent that as a resident of New Hampshire I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.”

January 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

1/25/09 FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 2:01 PM. Jon M., Jean A., Varrin S., Jason S., Steve C., and Louis C. present.

  1. Discussion of budget proposal. Following discussion, Jason S. moves to accept budget for calendar year 2009, or fiscal year 2010 if the fiscal year change is not accepted by the IRS. Motion seconded and approved, 6-0.

  2. Discussion of Porcupine Festival 2009 and Liberty Forum 2010 budgets. General agreement that individual budgets for these events should be prepared and approved in advance.

  3. Discussion of fundraising efforts for 2009, including direct mail to participants & friends.

  4. Discussion of 2009 strategic goals, Jason S. will present draft statement to Board via e-mail.

  5. Discussion of Organizers list. Jason S. moves to add Keith C. to list. Motion seconded and approved, 6-0.

  6. Motion to adjourn passes 6-0. Meeting adjourned.

November 2010 Board Meeting Minutes

Date: 21 November 2010

Location: Yahoo Messenger

Present: Rich Goldman (acting Chairman), Cathleen Converse (Treasurer), Steve Cobb (Secretary), Varrin Swearingen (FSP President), Louis Calitz, Brandon Ross, and Jody Underwood.


  1. Opening of Meeting & Preliminaries

  2. Approval of the October meeting's Minutes

  3. Welcoming Jody Underwood to the Board

  4. Thanking Irena Goddard for past service to the Board

  5. Treasurer's Report

  6. President's Report

  7. Liberty Forum Update & Issues

  8. FSP Goals

  9. New Business

  10. Opening of Meeting & Preliminaries

  11. Approval of the October meeting's Minutes

The previous meeting’s minutes could not be found easily on the web site. They are available at:

However, the “book” of meeting minutes is broken and requires attention from FSPIT.

February 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

February 15, 2009 Board of Directors Meeting

Meeting called to order at 2:30 PM. Steve C., Jon M., Louis C., Varrin S., and Jean A. present, Varrin chairing.

Agenda: 1. Discussion of upcoming Liberty Forum: finances, attendees, schedule 2. Jason Osborne/FSP Call Center: discussion of proposal to call prospecting lists about the FSP, and to call FSP participants about move assistance & plans. General consensus that the former should be pursued before the latter. 3. Treasurer: If Cathleen takes over, a new bank may be needed. 4. Website reliability: Need more money for servers. Website is on slicehost, Louis will look into getting detailed statistics from them & put together a proposal for upgrading our server access. 5. Jon will stay on Board through March meeting.

Varrin moves to adjourn, Louis seconds, vote 5-0, meeting adjourned.

March 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 2:01 PM. Steve C., Jon M., Varrin S., Jean A., Jason S. present.

Agenda: 1. Minutes from previous meeting amended and approved. 2. Jason moves to elect Cathleen Converse Treasurer as of a date agreed by Jean & Cathleen. Jean seconds. Motion passes 5-0. 3. Jason moves to place Cathleen on the Organizers list. Jean seconds. Motion passes 5-0. 4. Varrin moves to remove Mark Warden from the Organizers list, per his request. Jason seconds. Motion passes 5-0. 5. Jason moves to adopt strategic goals for 2009. Varrin seconds. Motion passes 5-0. Strategic goals: "1. Re-launch fundraising and include direct mail and calls to large donors; explore new avenues for fund-raising. Goal: $35,000 in general donations.

"2. Re-launch the local booths and speakers program, with outreach to liberty-oriented events around the country using local FSP volunteers. Budgeted: $9,000 for booths & materials, $500 for travel expenses.

"3. Increase the rate of participants' moving to New Hampshire, with an emphasis on First 1,000 signers.

"4. Emphasize the "friend" signup option for people new to the FSP, increase the friend signup rate."

April 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 2:30 PM. Jason S., Irena G., Varrin S., Steve C., Jean A., Louis C. present.

Agenda: 1. Replacement of Jon M. on Board. Jean moves to elect Cathleen C., Jason seconds. Motion passes 5-1. 2. Adding Brandon R. to Organizers list. Jason moves, Jean seconds. Motion passes 6-0. 3. New business. a. Cathleen will make decision about where PorcFest checks go. b. Calling issue dead due to lack of interest from Jason O. c. President has new executive assistant. d. Direct mail development plans being worked out. 4. Jason moves to adjourn. Varrin seconds. Motion passes 6-0. Meeting adjourned.

September 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

September 27, 2009 FSP Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 2:25 PM EST. Jason S., Jean A., Varrin S., Cathleen C., Louis C., Steve C., Irena G. present.

  1. Varrin moves to adopt new bylaws. Jason seconds. Discussion of Statement of Intent wording. Bylaws and join page will need to be aligned. Motion passes 7-0, new bylaws adopted.

Jean's resignation from the Board takes effect, and she departs the meeting.

  1. Varrin moves to adopt the following statement: "The FSP Board expresses its thanks for the significant contributions of Jean Alexander during her term on the Board." Jason seconds. Motion passes 6-0.

  2. Discussion of future Board and Organizers e-mail list members. Brandon R. will be formally added to the Board at the next meeting.

Jason moves to adjourn. Varrin seconds. Motion passes 6-0. Meeting adjourned at 3:09 PM.

June 2009 Board Meeting Minute

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.

  1.  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.
  2.  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.
  3.  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.

August 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

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.

  1. Jason S. moves to reappoint Steve C. and Louis C. to the Board (necessary after reincorporation). Jean A. seconds. Motion passes 4-0.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Welcome letters. Liz has completed. Need to fit into different budget lines: possibly postage, shipping and mail permits; direct mail; and/or development.

September 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

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.

  1. 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.

July 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

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.

Freedom Fest

· Carla wrote a short report on FB in Doers.

· Thanks to Carla and Mark Warden for doing a great job!

December 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

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

  1. 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.

April 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

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

  1. 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)

May 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

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.

4 October 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

4 October 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. Jason called the meeting to order

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Amendment to Bylaws regarding emergency board meetings

      • Mary Lou moved that the bylaws be amended to allow the BOD to hold mtgs on emergency basis without one-week notice if all 5 agree
      • Amanda 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion passes.
    2. Election of Treasurer

      • Jason moved that Amanda Phillips be selected treasurer of the FSP
      • Matt 2nd
      • After discussion, a motion to table this motion until a set of instructions to the treasurer can be adopted
      • Mary Lou 2nd
      • Vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion to table passes.
    3. Treasurer Instructions


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