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At the beginning of every calendar year we nominate and elect members to our Board of Directors and we need the full support and action of all Arch Reactor Members for the organization to be successful.   All current Full and Supporting Members of Arch Reactor should have received an email notification with this information.   If you did not receive that email, please reach out to the Board immediately to update your email address so that you will receive your Confidential Voting Link.



Nominations for the Board remain open until the evening of January 24.   Currently the nominees are:

  • President - Diane Sudduth & Joe Cathell
  • Treasurer - Derek Sigler
  • Director of Public Relations - Frank Kallal
  • Director of Education - Jeff Simmons 

Please visit 2023 AR Board Nominations for more information and to nominate additional members.   



Debates and Q&A sessions will happen Tonight at AR starting at or near 7pm.   Though the snow isn't predicted to start until fairly late this evening if you would prefer to join the meeting remotely we will use the same Jitsi link as our business meetings.   Please Join The Meeting Here   We will attempt to record the session and make it available for those who cannot attend in person but please attend live if you can and ask questions of the nominees.   You may also submit questions in advance to the nominees via Discord on the 2023-Election thread.   

Every candidate will have approximately 10 minutes to both make a statement about their goals and objectives and field questions from the assembled members.   Your active participation with questions will greatly contribute to the success of this evening.


The Election::

It Is Important That You Vote!   Even if a position has only one nominee it is essential that you cast your ballot. 

On Wednesday, January 25 you will receive an email from with a subject line of "Arch Reactor 2023 Board of Directors Election".  This email will contain additional information about the voting process, hopefully will include a link to the recorded debate, and will give you a unique and confidential link to your ballot.   OpaVote does not permit us to correlate the URLs to individuals, your vote is confidential.    Both Full and Supporting Members should Vote.

If you have not received this email by Thursday morning, please check your Spam folder, please check the 2023 Elections Discord Channel for announcements, and then please reach out for assistance.

Please cast your ballot between Wednesday, January 25 when the email arrives and Noon on Tuesday, February 7.    Winners will be notified once voting closes and the new board will be installed at the February Business Meeting on February 7th, at 8pm.   

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It's  that Time of the year when we work through the process of electing the AR Board for 2023.


This year we have 4 Positions up for Re-election :

President -- The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation.
Treasurer-- The Treasurer shall be responsible for all funds of the Corporation
Director of Public Relations -- The Director of Public Relations shall be responsible for being the primary point of contact
Director of Education -- The Director of Education shall be responsible for overseeing the educational mission
(Please see the By-Laws for Full descriptions of all positions)

Check your Email on File for a link to the Nominating form, of visit the discord server In the 2023 election channel. 
Nominations are open until 5pm Tuesday, January 24
, wih Debates following at 7pm that same day.

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Hello Friends!

Are you an Arch Reactor Member who has Winter Holiday Gifts to Make?   If so, Arch Reactor will be open for all Full and Supporting Members from 7pm - 10pm nightly from Sunday, December 11 through Friday, December 23.   Please watch the website (or twitter, or Discord) for the Space Status as we may open before 7pm and may close after 10pm (if no one shows up on a given night we reserve the right to close early)

A Full Member will be here to give tours and help with your project IF their skill-set matches what you're trying to Make.    If you need specific help Please reach out on Discord to find that help.


Winter Holidays

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Tonight we pulled out the lasers to decorate a Feast!

Laser-Decorated Cookies
Laser-Decorated Cookies

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Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Hacksgiving!

Arch Reactor will be hosting a Hacksgiving/Thanksgiving Potluck on 11/15 at 7pm for members, families, and Friends. Come down to the space and share some food and conversation!   If you're new, we're happy to give you a tour!

Arch Reactor will provide a main meat dish (current plan:  Turkey from Sugarfire Smokehouse)  Please bring an additional main dish, a side, or a dessert of your choice. Please sign up on this spreadsheet to make sure we don't all bring the same thing AND please let us know how many you're bringing to ensure that we have an accurate count so that we have enough turkey for everyone:

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As the STL's First HackerSpace / MakerSpace, We want to invite our neighbors, area businesses, community memebers, and their family's to come visit our space and see what's possible.


We'll have Fairy Floss (Cotten Candy) First introduced in St. louis at the 1904 Worlds Fair.  Hotdogs to Roast and tea to Drink, which were also 1904 introductions.  Yard Games to Play, Tours of our space, and of Course Liquid Nitrogen ice Cream. 

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Iris, Diamonds, and Butterfly Cardweaving samples
Cardweaving Pattern Choices

Please Join us at Arch Reactor by 7pm on Tuesday, July 12 to learn about the ancient art of Cardweaving and create your own narrow band suitable for a bookmark or friendship bracelet.    Choose from one of three patterns, in order of difficulty::   Iris Flowers (fairly easy), Diamonds (average complexity), or Butterflies (a lttle tricky and time-consuming to set up, but fairly easy to weave)?    Arrive early to choose your colors from the available selection!     

This is a hands-on workshop and young children will Need help from their grown-up.   First-come/first-served, max class size of 12, please.

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On Saturday, June 18, Arch Reactor participated in the Red Bull Soapbox Derby in Des Moines, Iowa!    

We're still waiting for the official videos to be posted somewhere, and we didn't win an award, but We Made The News!

Congratulations to the Entire Team for a Great Entry!!!   We're entering again next year, right?!?!


AR's Soapbox Derby Entry mid-course
Flying Down the Course!

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