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FSP Communication Issues
« on: February 05, 2004, 03:29:11 pm »

I’ll take responsibility for announcements not being made. I could do a better job of announcing things as they happen. In the hustle and bustle of keeping the FSP running, and acting as Prez and VP, unfortunately some important items get overlooked.

The largest fire gets the fire truck and I am now buying antacids in bulk from Sam’s Club.  ;)

There are major changes coming in the next two weeks:
-Major changes in the website including a feature where a member can change his or her info and a dynamic member count
-A 2004 advertising plan (Advertising isn’t just about direct results. We need to make sure the FSP brand is well known in libertarian circles)
-A new President
-The FSP Shadow Ad goes primetime on VT TV
-The local groups are going into high gear

Hang in there folks. You will see definite improvements within two weeks.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2004, 03:45:57 pm by Doug Hillman »
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2004, 04:47:49 pm »

Elizabeth asks, is anyone aware that we have no president?

I confess, this came as a surprise to me.  Somehow I had gotten the idea that Kelton Baker lived in New Hampshire, and that Jason had "passed the baton" to him for precisely this reason.  But as it turns out, Kelton is living in Utah, though he plans to move to NH within a year or so.  Anyway, I can understand now why he doesn't want to act even as interim president any more.

The lack of a president reflects badly on the FSP.  For what it's worth, I think Jason should have stayed on as president until there was a true replacement living in NH.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2004, 05:19:16 pm »

I'm going to split out the Communication Issue thread... my bad for conflating them in my original post.  :P

Here's the relevant paragraph that started this:
I had been on a Paypal subscription plan to donate regularly to the FSP.  However, lacking any communication about what the FSP is doing, who's in charge (hey, did you all know there's a brand new Board member as of last week?  and BTW, is anyone aware that we have no President?), and what the plans are to spend the money they do have, I recently cancelled my subscription.
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Re:FSP Communication Issues
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2004, 05:23:52 pm »

I’ll take responsibility for announcements not being made. I could do a better job of announcing things as they happen. In the hustle and bustle of keeping the FSP running, and acting as Prez and VP, unfortunately some important items get overlooked.

The largest fire gets the fire truck and I am now buying antacids in bulk from Sam’s Club.  ;)

There are major changes coming in the next two weeks:
-Major changes in the website including a feature where a member can change his or her info and a dynamic member count
-A 2004 advertising plan (Advertising isn’t just about direct results. We need to make sure the FSP brand is well known in libertarian circles)
-A new President
-The FSP Shadow Ad goes primetime on VT TV
-The local groups are going into high gear

Hang in there folks. You will see definite improvements within two weeks.


Sounds great, Doug, can't wait. And a thank-you to you and other volunteers.

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Re:FSP Communication Issues
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2004, 02:09:35 pm »

I just made a post to the main list with things I'd like to know about... I'll copy it here when it gets posted.
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Re:FSP Communication Issues
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2004, 12:43:59 pm »

Here's my post:

From:  "Elizabeth" <emckinst@h...>
Date:  Fri Feb 6, 2004  12:55 pm
Subject:  Request for Status Report

Would the FSP organization please update us (soon) on:

-- The new Board Member (name, bio, term, duties)
-- The status of the President search
-- The status of any other searches for positions
-- The current Publicity/Advertising organization (several people
have been added, but nothing has been said)
-- The current IT organization, and why the server admin is
unavailable for the upgrade of the member database
-- The status of the trademark
-- The status of the taxes
-- The status of the debate on reincorporating in NH and possible
501c3 status as part of that
-- The status of a possible NH office
-- The status on Jason's current level of involvement (last I knew,
he said due to his family he would be essentially unavailable for
months)

Thank you.
 
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Re:FSP Communication Issues
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2004, 12:45:33 pm »

The responses from Doug and MaryLou:

From: Doug H. <hei@s...>
Date: Sat Feb 7, 2004 11:57am
Subject: RE: [FSP] Request for Status Report

> Would the FSP organization please update us (soon) on:
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> -- The new Board Member (name, bio, term, duties)

http://freestateproject.org/about/bios.jsp#alexander


> -- The status of the President search

Ongoing. Dreadfully few applicants.
The few applicants that are brave enough to step forward are are soon
trashed by fellow Porcs.


> -- The status of any other searches for positions

Amanda Phillips is the acting Treasurer.
I say acting because she has not been ratified by the BoD.
We need a Treasurer, she knows how to to the job and she will do the job.
We need an Overall Publicity Coordintor


> -- The current Publicity/Advertising organization (several people
> have been added, but nothing has been said)

There is no Overall Publicity Coordintor.
Amy Finstad is the Avertising Coordintor. We expect to release 2004

> -- The current IT organization, and why the server admin is
> unavailable for the upgrade of the member database

An overhaul and upgrade is planned for tomorrow.
This is conditioned on the availability of Eric W, who has said he will be
available.

> -- The status of the trademark

Elizabeth M had volunteered to head up the effort.

> -- The status of the taxes

A-OK, thanks to Amanda Phillips.

> -- The status of the debate on reincorporating in NH and possible
> 501c3 status as part of that

Ongoing and undetermined. Libertarians aren't the most cooperative people in
the world. :o\

> -- The status of a possible NH office

Probably soon.

> -- The status on Jason's current level of involvement (last I knew,
> he said due to his family he would be essentially unavailable for
> months)

Much more than before and probably more than his family situation can
afford.


I hope this helps.

Doug Hillman

>
> Thank you.
>


 
From: Mary Lou Seymour <libertymls@k...>
Date: Sun Feb 8, 2004 11:53am
Subject: Re: [FSP] Request for Status Report

 
  On 6 Feb 2004 at 17:55, Elizabeth wrote:

> Would the FSP organization please update us (soon) on:
>
> -- The new Board Member (name, bio, term, duties)
Jean Alexander, her bio is on the website

> -- The status of the President search
Still accepting applications. We are in the process of discussing an
org chart which would substantially change and reassign duties, thus
making the pres jiob more "doable".

> -- The status of any other searches for positions
Still need a Treasurer, our Treasurer Mose Hastings is out of the
country too much to do it on a sustained basis. He has agreed to
review all quarterly reports.

> -- The current Publicity/Advertising organization (several people
have
> been added, but nothing has been said)

Amy Finstead is Ad Coordinator


-- The current IT organization,
> and why the server admin is unavailable for the upgrade of the
member
> database --
I have no idea.

The status of the trademark
Unknown

-- The status of the taxes --
taken care of, thanks to Mose Hastings.


> The status of the debate on reincorporating in NH and possible
501c3
> status as part of that

Ongoing

-- The status of a possible NH office
First I've heard of it


-- The
> status on Jason's current level of involvement (last I knew, he
said
> due to his family he would be essentially unavailable for months)

Jason appears to be as active as ever

> Thank you.

Thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2004, 12:56:20 pm »

Thanks to you and Doug for responding so quickly.  I just have a few more quick questions for either of you (or anyone else in the leadership)...

--- In freestateproject@yahoogroups.com, "Mary Lou Seymour" <libertymls@k...> wrote:
> On 6 Feb 2004 at 17:55, Elizabeth wrote:
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> > Would the FSP organization please update us (soon) on:
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> > -- The new Board Member (name, bio, term, duties)
> Jean Alexander, her bio is on the website

I couldn't find her term anywhere... also, do we no longer have a Membership Director on the Board?  Do you anticipate creating a more functional position to coordinate those duties (member outreach, responding to member questions)?

> > -- The status of the President search
> Still accepting applications. We are in the process of discussing an
> org chart which would substantially change and reassign duties, thus
> making the pres jiob more "doable".

That sounds great.  Any ETA on that?

> > -- The current Publicity/Advertising organization (several people
> have
> > been added, but nothing has been said)
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>  Amy Finstead is Ad Coordinator

I guess I was also thinking about Phil D., Dave M., the issue ambassadors, etc. -- I sort of found out about these people indirectly, but I don't really have a sense of how they work together, and I'm wondering if you were going to make some sort of annoucements about them, so people know whom to go to?

Also, Doug, your post got cut off -- when do you think we'll see the ad strategy for 2004?  And do you think Amy would be willing to make a post introducing herself?  I've heard she's got wonderful experience and skills, and maybe it would inspire the membership if they knew that we finally have someone onboard with experience in this area...
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Re:FSP Communication Issues
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2004, 01:00:51 pm »

For what it's worth, I think Jason should have stayed on as president until there was a true replacement living in NH.

Just to defend Jason, the FSP really affected his ability to get a job in his chosen field, not to mention sucked up every millisecond of his life... two years is plenty for that kind of immersion and stress on him and his family.

The FSP definitely should have had a better succession plan, but Jason staying on would have been asking more than anyone should have to give.  :-\
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2004, 12:25:33 pm »

I’ll take responsibility for announcements not being made. I could do a better job of announcing things as they happen. In the hustle and bustle of keeping the FSP running, and acting as Prez and VP, unfortunately some important items get overlooked.

The largest fire gets the fire truck and I am now buying antacids in bulk from Sam’s Club.  ;)

There are major changes coming in the next two weeks:
-Major changes in the website including a feature where a member can change his or her info and a dynamic member count
-A 2004 advertising plan (Advertising isn’t just about direct results. We need to make sure the FSP brand is well known in libertarian circles)
-A new President
-The FSP Shadow Ad goes primetime on VT TV
-The local groups are going into high gear

Hang in there folks. You will see definite improvements within two weeks.


Hey Doug: Any word on a counter for Porcs who have already made the move to NH?

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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2004, 10:52:59 am »

IDEA!!!!
I've heard people a few times saying they don't hear anything from the FSP after moving. What about putting together a simple postcard to send out to new members saying "Welcome to the FSP". Nothing  fancy or expensive, just a howdy-do to let them know that we know they are here.

Eh? Eh? Eh?

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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2004, 11:09:25 am »

I've heard people a few times saying they don't hear anything from the FSP after moving. What about putting together a simple postcard to send out to new members saying "Welcome to the FSP". Nothing  fancy or expensive, just a howdy-do to let them know that we know they are here.

Eh? Eh? Eh?

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