Tool sets in the 3D printing room, classroom, and laser room have been color coded with tape.
Frank submitted a proposal to add hot water to the sink outside the bathrooms. Price came to $104.83
Vote to spend around $100 to add how water to sink outside bathrooms.
In Favor: 7
Dave will still get the die grinder
Simpson college tour went well, there may be a chance to do something with them in the future.
3D Printing Meetup at the space went well, but seating was a little tight in the classroom.
The board decided to get rid of the white couch currently sitting in the classroom.
Putting the display cubes up on the walls using french cleats was mentioned.
At some point, the clasroom lights should be put on different circuits so it's easier to see the projector.
Jason will call Storey-Kenworthy and ask if they have reclaimed furniture the space could get for free or reduced price.
FTC meeting went well too.
The board voted to pay an additional $50 to Darron R for delivering his large tool cabinet.
Vote to amend payment to Darron R to be $550 instead of $500.
In Favor: 7
We pulled some cash from the pitcher of the fridge to put in the lockbox.
It was mentioned that once we hit $50k in revenue we'll have to fill out a different tax form.
Budget for 2020
The Treasurer presented a projected budget for 2020.
The budget puts us in the black.
Options for how to increase revenue were discussed, things like doing another arduino class and BeagleBone Black class.
The presented budget did not include our planned large tool purchase.
Jake bought the items he'd asked for in the previous meeting (like the printer enclosure and things for the Piranha upgrade).
Vote to accept the 2020 budget with an additional $4k tool purchase and minus $550 for the toolchest.
In Favor: 7
Making a follow-up meeting with Tool Stewards about the large tool buy was discussed.
For some grants, we should eventually keep a record of the number of people trained on stuff, and how many volunteer hours people are giving. Right now we'll guesstimate based on our class offerings.
Bailey requested help filling out the Iowa Arts Capacity Grant, it's not due for awhile, but it's really long
The Meredith grant is mostly done, will be in the mail by Friday.
Current Membership Count: 61
An SHR rate for 2 months for a member was discussed, and voted on.
Vote to offer SHR to member.
In Favor: 5
Right now a person has to be an Admin to post on our Facebook page. Out admins are Jason, Dave, Tom, and Barry.
In order for our members to post, we need to create a public group. After some investigation we found an Area 515 Community group.
In the end, people on the board didn't feel like the understood Facebook enough to know how to proceed. Some members said they'd keep playing with it.
It was suggested we give Area 515 flyers to local chambers of commerce to put in their new resident welcome packets.
Motion to Change Board Meeting Days
It was decided to keep meetings on the first Wednesday of every month.
"In for $10s"
Enough money for the vinyl cutter was raised. Bailey will talk with Meg to purchase.
$30 have been raised for the Light CNC mill that Ryan donated to the space.
After getting the 4H contract reviewed by a lawyer, Tom will send a new draft to Bailey for her to send 4H.
Tom plans to finish the design phase by the end of the week.
Xenon computer in classroom got upgraded RAM from Jake and a new graphics card.
Jake also got two 2K 27" monitors donated for other computers in the classroom.
It was noted that when the welder was recently running at full power it tripped the circuit breaker. Jason said he would look at converting it to 220 volt.
Classes & Events
Jason's Sharpening Class - He decided to spend up to $75 advertising the class on Instagram, after only $25 were spent he got 10 people signed up. Jason also notified the board that the class will use the belt sander and metal shop.
We have about $250 in Facebook advertising money. It was decided we should budget some advertising money for our big classes.
Dave said he would put together a Beaglebone Black class
There will also be a Build a Batbox class when it gets warmer out
We should post about our Open House on Instagram
Instagram status last 30 days
average viewship 207
Most popular post: barrel of sawdust 251
Least popular: laser cut gingerbreadmen 170
1 promotion running: sharpening class ($25 spent)
8 saves, 4 comments, 30 likes
38 page visits (97% from promotion)
69 profile visits (92% from promotion)
3 get directions from promotion
3,381 people reached (94% weren’t following us)
Interacting audience 77% men (we need more pictures, videos of women in the makerspace to drive female participation) Especially this month. Age range 25-44 77%
Target audience focused on Des Moines 48% women and 55% men.
End of Meeting
Paraphrased quote of the meeting: "Lawyers are like nuclear weapons, you need them because the other guy has 'em, but if you actually use them they just [email protected]#% up everything."
Said in reference to poor welding skills... "Grinder and paint make the welder I ain't"