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Milwaukee Makerspace Board of Directors Meeting - June 18th, 2020

Held Online via Jitsi Meet


  • Markus
  • Tim
  • Dan
  • Kathy
  • Faith
  • Alden
  • Jake
  • Mike T
  • Alex
  • Tony
  • Eden


  • Meeting called to order by Markus at 7:03PM
  • Previous minutes approved by 6 in attendance

Treasurers Report

  • Find the current treasurer report here.
  • Update

Building Maintenance/Issues

  • Women's restroom has new faucets
  • Update
    • Bathrooms (Markus)
      • going to replace the faucets in the men's room

New Business

Current Financial Projections

  • Update from Dan J

COVID-19 Reopening

  • Waiver - sent to lawyer, awaiting reply
  • PPE
  • Member Exit Survey
  • Move to only optional reservation via message board (usage rates are well below capacity limit), still require social distancing, no eating, no gatherings, no hanging out etc.


Anti-Harassment Policy

  • Tim Campbell would like to open up discussion around adding the following language, the specific language of which can be tweaked:
    • “Continuous unwanted interactions can lead to members and guests feeling uncomfortable at the Makerspace. It is every member's right to enjoy the Makerspace with or without interaction from other members if they so choose.”
  • I believe our current policy does not give members a proper path of reporting unwanted interactions or complaints. While it is obvious to seasoned members or board members, it may not be obvious to new members what they should do if they feel threatened or uncomfortable. Our current language says “People asked to stop any harassing behavior [sic] are expected to comply immediately.” This language puts the responsibility to stop harassment on the membership, whereas I believe that fall under a combination of the membership and the board.
  • I would additionally like to modify the last line of the anti-harassment policy and add to it the following language, the specifics of which can be tweaked:
    • “If you are comfortable doing so, you are encouraged to tell any individual who is harassing you or another member to stop their behavior. If you are not comfortable addressing the harasser directly, if the harasser does not immediately stop their behavior, or if you believe that the harassment violates the code of conduct, please contact the Board of Directors (in person or in email) or fill out and submit an incident form. The Board of Directors will treat your incident seriously and respectfully. The Board will never publicize your request or name without your permission, and the Board has zero-tolerance for members being retaliated against.”


MMS Response to Recent Events

  • Alden's and Dan's proposals
  • A message/statement to the community on the recent protests


Wild Apricot message board

  • a traditional message board scales better than a single google group
  • a message board in wild apricot would not require a separate sign up, email addresses would be the same
  • people could follow sections or topics they are interested in
  • remove the need for some less known message boards like metal shop or wood shop


  • Neighbors garage break in, police, update (Markus)


  • Meeting was adjourned at 7:48pm
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