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Milwaukee Makerspace Board of Directors Meeting - January 16th, 2020

Held at the Milwaukee Makerspace Entrance


  • Markus S
  • Kathy H
  • Carl S
  • Tim C
  • Sarah D
  • Adrian V
  • Faith F
  • Dan J
  • Tony W


  • Meeting called to order by Markus at 19:03PM

Review and approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting

  • Previous meeting minutes were approved by 5 in attendance.

Reports of Boards and Standing Committees

Treasurers Report

  • Find the current treasurer report here.
  • Update

Building Maintenance/Issues

  • Redoing the Laser Lab floor with laminate tiles on space improvement day, Jan. 19
  • Update

Reports of Special (Select) Committees

  • Carl is in contact with the Milwaukee Makers Market people and we are on the list for being a 2020 venue. He will continue to talk to them about holding a Milwaukee Makers Market at our location. Updates will start at the beginning of 2020
  • Update
    • Still waiting on a communication, currently in the down season

Unfinished Business

Membership Engagement

  • Previous Status
    • Remember to suspend members before archiving them
    • Ideas:
      • Increase knowledge on classes available online or throughout space
      • Area champions sponsor events in their area with area funds
      • Makerspace facilitate classes by purchasing materials
      • See if members want to teach specific classes
      • Do we want to add a space for upcoming classes in the Tuesday meeting notes?
  • Updates
  • Add members-only board to the What Have You Been Hacking/Making email blast.
  • Direct Add members when signing them up to Members-Only board and Public Board

Space Improvement Day

  • Last Status
    • The cafe area floor was replaced.
    • The cafe area walls were painted.
    • Markus also replaced the floor trim since then as well.
  • 19 Attendees
  • Update
    • Need to Revamp Laser Lab hack Rack.
    • Need to replace flooring in laser lab.
    • Reorganize Cosplay Room for easier access to power outlets.

Bullet points/script for giving tours

  • Last Status
    • similar to wood shop
    • encourage and boost confidence for more members to give tours
    • more consistency of topics covered
    • cover more of our culture and what to expect (training, storage, behaviour)
    • Do we want a bulleted script for tour guides
    • Steff and Kathy C will survey new members
  • Update

Update member handbook and provide printed copy

  • Include something like a quick start guide of how to get trained?
  • Markus will look at handbook and edit it
  • Slide deck in wiki for new members
  • Solves: FAQ, Training questions, Cleaning, Lights, First aid

* Update

  • Need to print a small run of the brochures. Markus noticed a correction that needed to be made first.

Old Dumpster Pad

  • Updated as weather provides
  • Update
  • Holes were drilled by Markus to facilitate breakup of pad in spring

Revisit the issue of "Commercial Work"

Board Member Retreat

  • Board retreat or weekend to discuss the changes with the new building and the structure of how we’ll be handling it
  • Sarah heading this retreat and planning
    • What are the goals?
    • What do we want to accomplish?
    • Structural and social issues to discuss?
  • Update
    • Waiting to find a facilitator

New Business

Air Compressor Service Call

  • Not made yet. Waiting for another failure to investigate cause.

Jewelery Area

  • Concerned members still need to meet.

Maker Faire 2020 Update

  • updates from Tim

Maker Faire 2020 Update

  • updates from Tim pending

Other Items Discussed

  • Do Blog posts
  • Cameras in meeting room idea tabled
  • Voted to approve adding remote key fob readers to sink room door and handicap access door.
  • $400 approved to replace cameras in east and west rooms.


  • Fire inspection passed 1/16/2020


  • Meeting was adjourned at 19:47pm
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