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

Held Online via Google Hangouts


  • Adrian
  • Tim
  • Faith
  • Markus (from McDonalds 3.5 hrs away)
  • Kathy
  • Sarah
  • Carl
  • Tony
  • Dan J
  • John H
  • Pete P


  • Meeting called to order by Markus at 7:07PM

Review and approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting

  • Previous meeting minutes were approved by 4 in attendance.

Reports of Boards and Standing Committees

Treasurers Report

  • Find the current treasurer report here.
  • Update
    • Operating costs are up from PPE but will be reconciled

Building Maintenance/Issues

  • gutter above entrance door has a split that has caused icicles on fob reader
  • Update
    • Still needs to be fixed during space improvement day
    • Dan will be replacing fob readers on doors soon
    • (remove from minutes)

Reports of Special (Select) Committees

  • Update

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?
    • 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
  • Updates
  • Google Hangout Meeting for elections
  • Nominations will be given on members-only board

Space Improvement Day

  • Last Status
    • Skipping space improvement day until further notice
  • x Attendees
  • Update
    • Reorganize Cosplay Room for easier access to power outlets.

Bullet points/script for giving tours

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
  • tiny excavator at the Norwich building to get rid of the concrete

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
    • On hold until pandemic is over

Air Compressor Service Call

  • Update
    • new air dryer is ready to installed
    • all parts are ready

Maker Faire 2020 Update

  • updates from Tim
    • No news at this time - COVID-19 put the breaks on all discussions

Tool Wall Proposal

  • Matt G asking to be the champion
  • general or hand tools area
  • wait for him to come to us in person and give his ideas
  • idea: possibly give one yearly set budget
  • update
  • There have been good discussions on the area champion board

COVID-19 measures

  • Limit space use
  • no at risk people
  • no high risk spreaders
  • wear face masks
  • limit to as few areas as possible
  • wipe down machines
    • have wipes available around the building
  • signage
    • around the building and on the message boards
  • Update
    • PPE:
      • a few people are in, keeping away from each other
    • Not opening until the stay at home order is released

New Business

COVID-19 financial and relief measures

  • May Membership dues:
    • May dues will be a voluntary payment
    • Those who don't pay by the 8th will be given an additional month of dues deferment for May
    • Send out email to members informing them on building costs and voluntary dues payment
  • Vote:
    • Markus: Yes
    • Faith: Yes
    • Tim: Yes
    • Sarah: Yes
    • Adrian: Yes
    • Kathy: Yes
    • Carl: Absent

Spring Elections

  • Tim and Markus running elections
  • Nominations named open April 16th and close April 23rd
    • Positions open: Treasurer, Facilities Director, Communications
    • Voting ends April 30th
    • Dan J nominated for treasurer, seconded by Tim and Markus
    • Kathy H nominated for facilities, seconded by Tim and Adrian
    • Alden H nominated for communications, seconded by Tim and Dan, Accepted
  • Nominations at Large open April 23rd and close May 5th
    • Position open: 6 Month Member at Large
    • Voting ends May 12th



  • Meeting was adjourned at 7:38pm
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