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Meeting Minutes for January 3, 2011


  • 19 members
  • 5 guests



  • Introductions
  • Guests were then asked to sign the Guest Book and offered a tour while the members discussed business matters.
  • Set a date for missed Makerspace Cleanup/Organization day! The upcoming weekend was chosen.
  • Later in the meeting, Jason G. asked that members pay their dues by the 7th of the month when they receive invoices.
  • Invoices will be automated in the coming weeks.

New Stickers

  • Should we buy more Milwaukee Makerspace Stickers?
    • If we do, can we get smaller ones? Sizes discussed.
    • It was also suggested that we don't need the QR code.
  • Quantities were discussed and Ron offered to get a quote before an order is placed.

Voting Rules

  • Review Makerspace voting rules for important topics: Voting in absentia or by proxy?
  • The group discussed various concerns and ultimately decided that members will be notified at least one week in advance of important votes via email.
  • Voting by email will be the primary way for members voting in absentia.

Exploring Non-Profit Status

  • Benefits of being a non-profit organization (NPO) include tax breaks and the ability to solicit donations more easy.
  • Sector67 in Madison offers classes and has at least one person in charge of the space full time.
  • Both Bret D. and Matt N. explained their past experiences working in NPOs and offered their suggestions for pursuing this.
  • It was noted that tax breaks would likely not absolve us of property taxes if we do not own the building outright.

Public Relations News

  • Jason G. met with Anne Petersen of Pumping Station One and School Factory last week in Chicago.
  • Stan Miller from The Journal Sentinel plans to visit the space this Thursday.

Project Updates

  • Shane shared some CNC router notes for Blender.
  • Bret D. explained some of the finer details of his future casting furnace project.
    • A lot of smoke is generated during the process so it will likely need to be done outside with few neighbors around.
    • Both foam and resin-bonded casting were discussed.
    • Aluminum and bronze can be a 1-2 man operation for pouring, possibly 3 people.
    • Bret plans to fund the furnace and is looking for volunteers to help work on it with him. Several members expressed interest.
    • He will need space to store it when not in use.
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