2010 May 25 - General Meeting Minutes
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Meeting commenced at 8:11
- Discussion about changing the current membership levels.
- Remaining projects to complete for the Open House
- Presentations and Demos for the Open House
Passing to wait for the main discussion.
Put a motion out to put the meetings at a higher level to cover topics more generally, and to keep the detailed discussion in small groups. Motion passes
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Both May and June dues are coming up. We now have our Square! We can accept credit card payments for membership dues.
Abby demoed a transaction for us.
Sargent at Arms
Keys are available for the new members.
Open house date posted on the date.
PR and Fundraising
Absent. However a press release for the open house was submitted and read for the group.
Please come up with ideas for the upcoming 2600 meeting.
President feels the waiting period to be eligible for full membership is dissuading people from joining. The main reason we decided to have a tiered membership was one of security. We can offset these concerns with the use of technology.
The way the bylaws are currently written are fairly detailed and confusing. The end result however simply distinguishes who has a key to the space and who does not.
Though our initial tiered structure may seem a bit off putting and exclusive, a visit to other hackerspaces shows that we are one of the most inclusive groups around. Most other groups have a higher membership cost and a stricter vetting procedure.
It is suggested that since any supporting member can gain full membership and a majority vote, that perhaps we should schedule regular monthly voting to reduce the wait for a supporting member.
We must decide if we want to have an elite membership, or do we want a reduced membership.
Perhaps to keep the space accessible to supporting members, we have a schedule where key carrying members will open up for supporting membership.
Also suggested an alternate time frame to vet member based on the number of meetings they attend instead of the 6 month period.
Generally speaking the group does not think the current plan is all that bad. Isn't an ideal situation, but the restrictions are understandable.
It is decided that the membership terms will be tweaked to make them a bit more palatable. The Board will discuss this in further detail and bring it back to the group.
Open House Preparation
Thanks to Scuba Steve and Joe B for new paint job.
Last week the current carpet was decided to be unusable. Steve and Joe B have found some quality industrial carpet for cheap, at about $4 a sq yd. This will make the floors more comfortable to stand around and reduce the echo in the space. We require approximately $600 to carpet the portions of the class room area, the social area, and part of the work are. So we can hold onto our current funds for the payment of rent, donations are being asked for from the group. If you would like to donate towards the carpeting, speak with the Treasurer. If we come up short, the alternative plan is to carpet only half of the planned area.
Open House Presentations and Demos
We need to compile a list and schedule of presentations and demonstrations for the Open House. We'll adjourn the meeting and everyone contribute to the list on the white board. Only put up a suggestion if you are the one presenting.
List at the end of the night included:
|Power Wheels||Derek||Home Made Rain Barrels||Chris|
|Arduino||Derek||Vintage PC Collection||Joe|
|Theater Costuming||Deech & Morgan||Maker Bot||Ryan|
|Wasabinet||Ben W||Awesome Ap Lamp & Tuble||Taylor|
|Photography Pointers||SMV||Remote Control Robot Obstacle Course||Keith|
|Peggy LED Grid||Keith|
Meeting adjourned at 9:09