May 2020 - Board Meeting

5/6/2020 - Area 515 Board Meeting


  • President: Dave

  • Vice President: Jake

  • Treasurer: Meg

  • Secretary: Brad

  • Director: Tom

  • Director: Jason

  • Director of Education: Bailey

Secretary's Note: In light of COVID-19 some members of this meeting were present via Google Hangout.

Review of Previous Minutes Review

  • It happened.


  • We were $200 in the black for month of April


  • We had a lot of donations come in...

    • $560 - were labeled for Face Shields in some way

    • $315 - were unlabeled

    • $975 - total donations

    • $247.97 - was already spent in purchases relating to face shields and face masks

    • $727 left

  • Dave started a spreadsheet to track what members have been spending out of their own pockets on the face shield and mask project. It only has a couple entries. Some members didn't want to share how much they had spent.

  • It was decided that the board will spend $700 reimbursing members for purchases. First we will collect reimbursement requests, then determine each person's percentage of the total amount requested, then give that member that percentage of the $700.

  • The idea was discussed that anyone who doesn't want reimbursement should consider it a donation to the space.


  • Our Meredith grant request was turned down.

  • We have not heard back from Prairie Meadows yet.

  • 1 week left to fill out state arts grant

Current Member Count: 57

  • Have not received any more Starving Hacker Rate requests

  • We should send out an email notifying members that SHR is available.

Face Mask and Shield Project Wrap Up

  • We're still occasionally getting 3D printed parts, but not enough to worry about.

  • We also still have one person's 3D printer. We emailed the owner but haven't heard back.

Space Updates

  • A light was put in Metal Shop area near door. It's connected to existing circuit and not an electrical hazard.

  • GCFI outlet by the sink isn't grounded

  • Jerry paid for adding hot water to the utility sink

  • Ryan R squared up the right Full Spectrum laser so now the whole bed is useable.

  • Both FS Lasers have experienced a reduction in power, mainly due to use cutting face shields.

  • We need a 3rd vent in the laser room for the other FS laser. The possibility of using donations for this was discussed.

  • Installing a 3 way light switch for the Metal Shop lights is still on the radar. Jason is working his way through his To Do list.

  • There was water dripping by the table saw again. Jerry was notified, and Jason started a youtube video about it!

  • There was discussion of redoing member display using french cleats and throwing away the white couch.

  • Space work night scheduled for May 21st.

  • Jason will start working on his steel CNC machine

  • More steel for vacuum former arrived from McMaster-Carr.

"In for $10's"

  • Vinyl Cutter just needs to be ordered

  • Metal CNC Mill is kind of just waiting for COVID to end

  • A donation was received for a Resin Casting Pressure vessel. A solution was donated so the person who made this donation said to put it towards the space.

  • Jason donated money to the Metal Shop for the vertical band saw.

Metal Shop Wish List

  • Items include:

    • Combo break shear

    • Bigger welding table

    • Way to get more electrical connections to other parts of Metal Shop

    • Bridgeport is further down the list

Tech Journey

  • May do a 'beta' version of their maker camp later in the summer.

4H Membership

  • No movement on this. Bailey hasn't gotten the latest version of the 4H contract yet. There probably won't be movement on this for awhile.

Front Sign Update

  • Tom's design is made of aluminum and translucent acrylic. Top and sides will be enclosed. 4' square.

  • Lights will draw about 2 amps, should cost about $40 per year to have on 24/7

  • Will use Raspberry Pi Zero to turn on and off.

  • There are outlets above the drop tile in the classroom to hook up.

  • Total cost will be about $630

   Vote to increase spending limit for sign to about $630.
   In Favor: 7
   Opposed: 0
   Result: PASSED.

End of Meeting

  • Quote of the Meeting: "So the kids learn to hitchhike. It's a life skill."

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