We had what I would consider a successful presence at the LP Convention in Portland. Many thanks to the core team of Varrin, Peter and Charlie for spending their weekend promoting the FSP.
Attendance at the convention was a bit light this year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ there were roughly 400 there, mirroring the attendance at our own Porcfest. I guess many libertarians just werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t up for traveling this summer.
Varrin made up invitations to our Saturday evening breakout session, which we handed out like mad. That paid off reasonably well; roughly 25 people came and listened to Varrin speak about the history of the project, where we are today, why you should come join us, and what you can do to help right now. It was well received.
Throughout both days, we bent the ears of many dormant members, skeptics, holdouts, and even a few who had never heard of us. We did our best to convey the message that the movement is very much alive, and that we need them to keep up the momentum!
During my short stints at the booth, I heard a couple of unsolicited compliments about the hipness of our merchandise. This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I want stuff that looks cool enough that the college kids would buy it even if they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t support the project. Major credit to Steve for producing the Frisbees. They were our biggest hit.
The immediate results are 1 20k signer, 1 20k and F1k signer, and $327 in cash, checks, and ALD from merchandise sales. Jason, Varrin, Sandy and Phil, there is mail coming your way.