2010 February 9 - General Meeting Minutes
From St. Louis Hackerspace Wiki
Meeting started on time at 8:00. The President decided to start the meeting with introductions at the beginning of the meeting after referring to last weeks minutes. :)
We now have Google Voice line. Its tied to a donated cellphone. The number is 59-MAKE-1. If phone rings. Answer it
Re-disclaimed the board meetings are out of group to spare the group from boredom of course minutes will be posted.
Board meeting minutes will be up soon. Follow ups ow to procede with mandatory classes.
A few months rent are in the bank. We still have some expenses. We should have cleared $250 after expenses from the open house. Currently there are 22 founding members. 2-3 family members. 17 supporting members. That brings us about $800 income provided everything continues. We still need insurance, a PO box, plus rent. Whats left over will be tucked away for improvements and equipment.
Board members can spend $50 without approval for needed items to the space. The board agrees a limit of $250 for board approved purchases (officers). Anything more must be brought to the members for voting. If members thinks the group needs to buy something, bring it to the board. If anyone objects to these policies, please bring it to the board. Limitation will be determined on a per instance basis. Bottom line is not to abuse the privilege.
Treasurer will be out of the country for the next couple weeks, if you need to pay dues, a check to Arch Reactor can be given to any officer.
Sargent at Arms
Submitted to the board plans for another bench for the CNC, a workbench, shelving, project bins, the wall. Everyone will have an allowance for a project bin for storage. Library shelving.
Deech stated plans for a wall need to be discussed at a later time..
Daniel has wireframe shelves to donate. (not relevant)
Keys are available.
Policies for donating equipment are on the wiki. President reminded that we are still working on the honor system. Please be respectful. A table saw could kill someone. If you've never used it, please don't. A 5 minute crash course isn't really good enough to train someone on the equipment.
There is a distinguishment between complex and noncomplex equipment. Basically: Noncomplex equipment is a screwdriver. Complex equipment could injure you.
Stacy brought up the rolling training classes. Pres agrees. Probably a basic safety course and as well as proper tool training.
Though there are a lot of smart people here who can easily figure problems out, you can't trial and error a saw if it takes your arm off
Calendar has been posted on the front-page. A private forum for members is being worked on. Getting Daniel shell access to work on it.
See President's Report
PR and Fundraising
Wants to schedule and plan a few fundraisers. Make-zine subscriptions are setup. Posted to website. Price is the same as if ordering from Make, but we get half of the payed subscription. Lifetimes subcritions aren't available. Start a forum topic for fundraising ideas. Anything we can make, an artsy craft, we could sell through an etsy store or something similar.
Voting on classes was helpful. Another member, Matt, was talking about a pearl programming class. Few other ideas around but not much to discuss yet.
Check out IRC chatroom.
The Arduino class starts on Feb 24th. It's a 3 week class occurring every Wednesday. Consists of a 1 1/2 hour lecture and examples. The last 1/2 hour will consist of hands-on lab. Sunday we will also have a weekly workshop where we can just work on our projects. This will be an official AR class. The cost is tentatively $30 for the kit.
What is Arduino? It is a micro-controller thats easy to program. It's like a little computer. It is completely opensource. Even the system design. You could build it yourself out of electrical components and it would still compatible.
Tell Derek if you need to order a kit. The order will be place a week before the class. Sunday workshops will keep going far pass the three week classes. We'll need to find enough laptops and usb cables. First day, unpacking, and the equivalent to "hello world". Second day, sensors and how to use them for projects. Third, wireless, voltage and motor controlling. Classes likely to start at 7:00, but thats not determined.
Arduino classes will repeat again at some point in the future. Additional questions can be emailed to email@example.com
Sponsored Events VS Non-Sponsored events
Non-sponsored events are by members for members. Requires a request of space use, as per the policy on stated on the wiki.
Sponsored event is approved by the Board. Non-members can attend. Cost structure for non-members attending a sponsored event are still not determined.
Compiling all the art interest into one reoccurring class. Tentatively scheduled for Monday nights. Email Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org if Monday doesn't work. First topic will be sewing. Eventually we will have a sewing machine in the space. Deech has a friend who is a professional seemstress that gives classes. She also restores Neckies, the italian sewing machine. They are very good machine if interested. Other topics will be posted as they are scheduled. We'd like to bring other art classes here if possible instead of field trips. Glass work, metal work leather work, etc.
Derek will be using the space for a personal Oscar party, within the rules of the bylaws. It will occur on March 7th. Please only attend if you are interested. The "Don't be a dick" clause dictates don't use the table saw during the party.
All space requests basically go to the Sargent At Arms. They will be posted on the front-page calendar.
If you want to publicize an event, contact Stacy. We have made a lot of good contacts.
Keith W. mentioned having a book club. Starting in march when he gets back from overseas. Note: Please buy the book instead downloading it over the Pirate Bay.
Keith also looking into an Amazon referral account. We get a 4% cut on purchases made through our referral account. Daniel also suggest an account for Powel's book store.
Joe asked about the float submission for the Cherokee Cinqo De Mayo Parade. Steven emailed the contact on the website. Received a response asking for more information. Deech said we need to speak with a Jason Deen, one of our members. Steven said he needs to gather more information on the matter. Lots of planning required. Wheel walkers for driving floats, lots of serious jobs actually. Will all be presented when determined.
Again the meeting adjourned with a round of introductions to include the latecomers.