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Amanda

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thoughts on the paid presidency
« on: March 04, 2004, 12:49:58 pm »

In response to some comments floating about regarding a paid presidency, I'd like to make it clear that I refuse payment for my services as Free State Project President. A paid presidency was the Board's decision and not mine, but I will support the Board's decision and help pave the way for the next FSP President. I am happy to serve as FSP President, unpaid, for as long as the organization needs me. The only repayment that I desire is the ultimate success of the Free State Project. Nothing would make me happier.
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Re:thoughts on the paid presidency
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2004, 01:08:58 pm »

The only repayment that I desire is the ultimate success of the Free State Project. Nothing would make me happier.

Amen to that.
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Re:thoughts on the paid presidency
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2004, 01:13:49 pm »

We are all in your debt Amanda!
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2004, 01:31:52 pm »

:)

I got the handwritten thank you for the donation card you sent and then reading the transcript description from the documentary of "... her little anarchists shoes" .... totally adorable ;D
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Re:thoughts on the paid presidency
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2004, 08:40:43 pm »

Hey Amanda,

Most of us understand and appreciate your effort.  Hoping that you understand that no matter what you do, someone is going to bitch, it's a shame those same people do so little to help us!

Hey Gal, "Can't wait until we all get to NH!" ;D
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Re:thoughts on the paid presidency
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2004, 09:25:32 pm »

The only repayment that I desire is the ultimate success of the Free State Project. Nothing would make me happier.

Amanda,  I know that you've long desired to lead this organization,  as you've stood-out as a leader in this organization from your first involvement, and you've done a lot of good.

If the FSP is to be a success,  the notariety and resume-building potential, not to mention the historical footnote with your name as having a hand in leading this great effort should be worth it alone.

Few people,  however, have the time, the patience, or the endurance to hold-out long-term in what you are doing as president since daily pressures of the 'here-and-now' take their toll.  But don't just take it from me:

. . . all of us are volunteers. We all have businesses to run or jobs and families. Picture yourself in our situations. In addition to your normal life, you add 20-40 hours a week for the FSP.    . . .
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I think that there seems to be a lot of stigma and even outright resistance to the idea of having a paid president,  it's certainly not something you want to be found urging while you are in the running for receiving a salary,  but the reality is that it is a lot of work for one person, even when you have many supportive volunteers (perhaps even more work when there are a lot of volunteers in the organization's growing infrastructure) so making *the right decision* is a real dilema.

If that is going to be your stance, I say thank you, thank you!  how noble of you.  But at the same time,  I hope, for the sake of the project, that as the membership grows, there never arises any serious leadership defficiency or the flames of volunteerism dwindle because of one stance or another about this issue of compensation.

It seems I am of two opinions over this whole matter of paid presidency,  but I agree with your sentiments and add that the success of the FSP will bring a lot of happiness, especially to those who toiled the greatest for it.
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Re:thoughts on the paid presidency
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2004, 11:37:16 pm »

. . . all of us are volunteers. We all have businesses to run or jobs and families. Picture yourself in our situations. In addition to your normal life, you add 20-40 hours a week for the FSP.    . . .
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I think that there seems to be a lot of stigma and even outright resistance to the idea of having a paid president,  it's certainly not something you want to be found urging while you are in the running for receiving a salary,  but the reality is that it is a lot of work for one person, even when you have many supportive volunteers (perhaps even more work when there are a lot of volunteers in the organization's growing infrastructure) so making *the right decision* is a real dilema.

If that is going to be your stance, I say thank you, thank you!  how noble of you.  But at the same time,  I hope, for the sake of the project, that as the membership grows, there never arises any serious leadership defficiency or the flames of volunteerism dwindle because of one stance or another about this issue of compensation.

It seems I am of two opinions over this whole matter of paid presidency,  but I agree with your sentiments and add that the success of the FSP will bring a lot of happiness, especially to those who toiled the greatest for it.

Kelton, thanks for the thoughtful comments. You are perhaps the person among us who has the most insight into this. Things have been *crazy* for the last few weeks. At the craziest moments, I thought of you and remembered how your grace and charm carried you through the most difficult situations.

I absolutely support the board's decision to go with a paid president in the future. I will do my very best to get things ready for the next president, and I will gladly hand over the reins when the board decides the time has come. This organization is bigger and more important than any one person, and I want what is best for the project. I do believe that paying someone (else) full-time so they can really focus on the needs of the organization without outside distraction is the best course of action. I will step down and help that person when the time comes.
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Re:thoughts on the paid presidency
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2004, 08:46:27 pm »

In response to some comments floating about regarding a paid presidency, I'd like to make it clear that I refuse payment for my services as Free State Project President. A paid presidency was the Board's decision and not mine, but I will support the Board's decision and help pave the way for the next FSP President. I am happy to serve as FSP President, unpaid, for as long as the organization needs me. The only repayment that I desire is the ultimate success of the Free State Project. Nothing would make me happier.

Very generous of you, Amanda. We truly are in your debt. Wish you the very best.

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Re:thoughts on the paid presidency
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2004, 09:59:22 pm »

 :D

Whenever I question "this" ... I am reminded of just how special, how outstanding, how awesome some of the people we have in the Free State Project.

Such is the case with you, Amanda Phillips.

You are my friend, but more than that, you are a leader who deserves a shot at leading.  So be it.  We're here for you, every step of the way.

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