There’s an old saying: nothing endures but change. Here at the Free State Project, things they are a-changin’:
After more than five years on the board, Jody Underwood is stepping down. We would like to thank her for her years of service. During her tenure, Jody served as Secretary, acted as a voice of reason, and was a valuable contributor to the organization in many different ways. She traveled to conferences to promote the FSP and got scores of people to pledge to move, she arranged speakers for our events bringing in subject matter experts to share their wisdom with us, she made significant financial contributions, she spoke frequently at FSP events, and, as part of the Bardo Farm crew, managed PorcFest’s annual Newbie Shoot and Pig Roast. And, of course, you’ve probably seen her dancing somewhere. Jody is an inspiration to us all for her ability to exert the fullest practical effort toward achieving Liberty in Our Lifetime. She is owed a great debt of gratitude, and we wish her well on her future adventures. Can’t wait to see what she does next! (Hint: It will probably have something to do with school choice.)
Séamas Ó Scalaidhe is stepping down as FSP Treasurer but remains on the board. We thank Séamas for his years of service as Treasurer. The non-board position of Treasurer is now held by Emmett Harris, who together with his wife Angela, organized this year’s historic Liberty Forum with Edward Snowden, and both are active volunteers. Emmett brings a wealth of financial experience to the table, and we look forward to working with him in his capacity as an officer of the board.
We are also pleased to announce that husband and wife team, David and Christine Butler, are getting more involved. David is joining the FSP board as a trustee. Christine becomes an officer in her new role as board Secretary. You may remember David and Christine as the dynamo producers of PorcFest XI, and as folks who have been actively involved in various volunteer capacities over the years. The Butlers are donors and doers. They help manage the Nashua liberty scene, they organized the Liberty Awards gala at Liberty Forum this year, and they, under their own initiative and at their own expense have been hosting an annual gathering to celebrate our Event Stars, the volunteers who produce FSP events. We are delighted to welcome them to their new positions.
The next few years are going to be an exciting time for the FSP, and with these new appointments, we are in great shape to tackle the future!