Member meeting February - 2016

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  • State of the space
    • We’ve grown and stabilized at ~35 members. We’re stable enough to pay the rent and utilities, but would like to continue growing so the space can afford more toolage, possibly a bigger space someday.
  • Space finances
    • On the edge of profitable, just in the black. Lower utilities have helped.
    • Need members who are still paying $37.50 to update their subscriptions to $40/mo
    • $1,000 from the John Deere Foundation, will use for the garage buildout.
  • Art show recap
    • Significant interest in our space, tools, and group. Would like to replicate this success with other events.
  • Future events
    • Kids’ racing? See Dave’s previous post to the list. Would need mentors.
    • Line tracking robot workshop
    • Woodworking workshops?
    • More interest groups and recurring meetups
      • Tim is bringing back microcontroller night
      • A 3D printing group was suggested, but no one would agree to lead it
      • Ham radio group, and offer VE testing?
  • Garage buildout
    • Need walls, need good lighting. Suggested we use fencing, and securely wall off a smaller section for tool storage.
    • Electric
    • Need heavy metal work tables
    • Move one of our security cameras to the garage
  • Marketing the space: What will help attract new members?
    • Continue to push photos, project writeups, events to social media
    • Send flyers to companies
      • Break room flyers to advertise individual memberships
      • Different flyers to advertise corporate memberships
    • Booth at farmer’s market?
      • Can show cutting boards, other things we can make, and hand out flyers
      • Free to register as a non-for-profit, if we advertise but don’t sell.
  • If we were to move to another space, what part of town?
    • Several votes for in / near downtown.
    • Noted there are many potential members living on the west end.