2010 June 22 - General Meeting Minutes
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Meeting commenced at 7:55
- Open House, A Success?
- Safety... Yes you do.
We have a recycle can now with a lid. Please use.
Made $380 from the open house. Not as much as the last open house. Not sure of all the bills from the open house. We are looking maybe $100-200 up. 27 full members currently. We are right about breaking even on rent. Still owe some money to members.
Temporary hold on no discretionary spending.
Two new paid member supporting.
All things considered, pretty good shape.
AdaFruit order. Not quite to our $250 reseller level order yet. We get %40 off a $250 order. We will pass half that off to the membership. Thread on the forum/mailing list for orders that Keith will place.
Sergeant at Arms
Safety – as most noticed, the shop was closed. Safety is important, even though we make light of a lot around here. We have liability insurance just in case; however we don't want to use it. If someone were to seriously hurt themselves, it could shut down the space and we'd be done. Not to mention we don't want to lose life or limb. To that end the officers sat down and discussed what we could do to get a handle on that issue. Stephen will provide a presentation of general rules and guidelines to follow. If you don't know how to use a tool ask for help. We are a smart group, and we usually think we can learn things on the fly. This is usually true. Mistakes can be fatal when it comes to our tools though. After the basic training the shop will be open and we'll be
Stephen: I'm not around a whole lot, and part of that reason is the bulk of my free time goes to training and racing during this season. However I take this position very seriously and have spent a lot of time on our equipment policies, even as far back as in the winter. I expected to get it done in the off season, however with the space move things got put behind schedule. Every minute I spend on AR has been for the Sergeant at Arms position exclusively. I apologize for my directness and bossiness when I appear to come in and simply bark rules. I'm simply trying to communicate my ideas as fast as I can.
I am going to offload some of my responsibilities regarding training for classes to other members with actual shop experience.
There are many common courtesy policies, such as trash that we all need to help as a team to keep this public space functioning and useable.
I did a lot of research and have come up with some guidelines.
Stephen proceeded to review several documents regarding space policy and safety. All of which are available on the wiki under Rules And Policies .
If you see someone doing something unsafe and you know better, they probably just don't know. Let them know and give them that knowledge. That will take care of the problem right away.
Do not prop the downstairs door open.
Equipment: All the equipment that has been registered through Stephen is on the list and will be covered by our insurance. If It’s not on the list then it’s not covered by the space insurance. Fill out the equipment form.
Expecting to do a safety class for complex equipment on Friday nights.
Equipment waiver possibly be available for those who can prove their competence on a specific piece of equipment.
Plan to repeat the safety class once a month modifying the Tuesday schedule.
Will have to resign as webmaster due to family obligations.
Nominations start. Elections for replacement webmaster in two weeks.
Arduino soldering class still planned. June 30th $6 for the power supply $10 for the Ardweeny
Open house a success? Sure. It was worth doing. It gets us in the front of the community. People were impressed by how far we've come in the past few months. There were less people that showed up, but they stuck around a lot longer. We can discuss what needs to be done for our next event. We should probably plan something late august next.
Next time possibly a PA system? Yeah, but the problem more was this place is still pretty echo-ie. Eventually we'd like curtains to segment off the sitting area to dampened the sound for presentations.
We are noticing a pattern. It’s not that we have money because we don’t. What we've noticed is when we get things done, someone stands up and says “Let’s do this” and several people join him or her in support. This is much more productive than attitude than “AR should do this” which means “YOU should do this so I can play with it”. How can we make coalitions easier to form? Submit ideas on the forum. That’s how the paint happened, and the carpet.
Refrigerator is on the honor system. Make a donation or put something in it.