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Proposed agenda for General Member Meeting to be held 7/22/2017 11am at Mobile Makerspace

Officer reports

What have you accomplished over the last month, what are you going to do next, are there any roadblocks/risks.

President - Met with Alabama Arts Alliance to give a tour of the Makerspace. They had a week long event, and one track was a STEAM track. They came to do a couple hands-on activities. They donated $50. Met with Mobile United, gave a talk at the arts center for their youth leadership class. This is a good group to be involved with. Wednesday met with Meta Acceleration to give a tour. They want to build a list of local tech groups to do social events together. Dana decided not to run for President, but will still be heavily involved with the space while pursuing interest in a coder bootcamp.

Vice President - Talked to Mayor and assistant, Wired up the lathe, Workday, Orientation class/day, vouched for Kat, Richard, and Janie, converted documents to wiki, need to discuss official equipment procurement procedure.

Secretary - 3 Theme nights with Arduino. Had 2 people involved: Kat and Ron Waite (new members). Participated in cleanup day, organizing most of the tools and supplies in the room. Purchased a big tool case full of tools, ordered the SawStop table saw - to be delivered sometime this weekend.

Treasurer - Good month for June. 10 full member payments, 6 community, and 2 makeups. Balance $2612.69. July expenses 527.55. Current balance $3075.16. Operating balance $2047.16.

Marketing - Continued sending posts and instagrams, facebook group and page were tied together (new option in Facebook). Answered questions and posted content on social media sites. Rick updated the info on

Membership - 8 Associate members, 11 full members. 6 new members in the last month. 3 inactive members: Ryan Zirlott, Phil Massey, and Errol Leger. Suggested a 30, 60, and 90 day membership pass for Cosplay enthusiasts. Contacted Lauren about teaching a class on Cosplay crafting. Wants to create new member tutorials on using the equipment in the Makerspace. Halloween is coming up - think about events around making crafts for this.

Old Business

Shop workday report

Shop inventory update (Josh) - Any further action needed? Josh will go through things that still need updated. Need to add new welding equipment.

Doorbell update (Dana) - Working, including the lights. Will add flashing lights and a switch to turn it on instead of plugging in the transformer.

Elections - To be held August member meeting.

  • Give qualifications for voting
  • Expectations and duties for holding office
  • How to get on the ballot

Classes - Josh woodworking class. Rick - Thursday night Raspberry Pi and Arduino Theme night starting July 6th.

Katherine (new member) offered a epoxy resin and/or silicone casting workshop on a future Saturday before going back to UAB.

New Business

Amazon Smile - a way for non-profits to raise money from Amazon. You get .5% from Prime orders. We agreed to sign up for it. Brian is taking care of it.

META Acceleration - Bill Shields and Robin Rollison visited the meeting. They want to use the Makerspace 501C3 temporarily as a fiscal sponsor. Need to discuss with John Patterson. August 10th 5:30pm is a meetup (Meet Meta) at Fuse Factory. Like them on Facebook.

Discuss mailing list unused since Sept 2016 - propose shutting it down in favor of Slack. Agreed.

Discuss physical drop box for secure cash payments, etc. (wall mounted) Link to proposed solution but open to other options: Price $25.97 Agreed

Richard will put in his name for the Marketing officer and had a lot of suggestions. The big one was to crate a membership packet to give to new members and writing SOPs.

Item wishlist

Need to clear some room for any more stuff. Workday on July 15th to clear space before we purchase any new tools.

  • New grinder - Rick will bring his in
  • Electrical upgrades
  • Bigger laser cutter - requires electrical upgrade
  • +Air assist tube for old laser cutter
  • Quiet spindle for ShapeOko - all agreed to chip in some money for this
  • Enclosure for Rostock - in progress
  • Oscilliscope - needs 2 chips
  • Blue painters tape
  • Nice set of wrenches and sockets/extensions
  • Tablesaw - looking at SawStop since the Bosch is in patent litigation - where to put it? $2000
  • Drillpress - Richard has one and will bring it down.
  • Lathe - Richard has one that needs some cleaning. He will bring it up.


August LODA ArtWalk - 8/11

Next meeting: August 26th