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Meeting #538 Agenda for August 24, 2021


  • Project Updates (Show & Tell!) from Members
  • Member Recognition for Awesomeness
  • Membership Sign-ups
  • Guest & New Member Introductions
  • Meeting adjourns

Helpful Hint

  • Tonight's is from Board Member At Large, Chris Thompson:
    • Whenever you're cutting or feeding material into a saw, sander, etc. never ever ever lean on your piece; push it from a balanced stance. You should always be able to take both your hands off your piece and still be balanced. Otherwise you could fall into the blades.
  • Humorous Helpful Hint: Overheard recently:
    • I don't care how good the new hand soap smells…..don't walk out of the restroom smelling your fingers.


  • Maker Fair scheduled for September 24-26. Fair being hosted by MSOE
    • CALL TO MEMBERS: A link has been shared with members if you would like to display a project or sell your wares at the Faire,
    • Please sign up to volunteer! Members also received that link.
    • 2021 Maker Faire Budget of $10,000 approved by membership.
      • Faith F is taking the lead on signage for the Faire
  • Egg drop challenge September 7th during the member meeting. Additional info below
  • Flame Effects for the Artist Workshop, Sept 24 Sept 25 and 26th Viola, WI

Safety Note

  • With more folks working from home, a few ergonomic tips:
    • Ensure your office chair has proper lumbar and arm support, and that it can be adjusted to your height
    • Keep your feet flat on the ground or on a footrest.
    • Adjust your computer monitor so the distance from your eyes to the screen is at least 18 inches.
    • Keep your keyboard and mouse at elbow height.
    • In addition, be sure to take breaks frequently. Look away from your screen every 15 minutes, and regularly get out of your chair to move around and stretch.

Humorous safety tip: don't swallow your gum

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • We have gotten a couple of complaints from our neighbors at the Lenox building. Please remember:
    • When parking in the alley, make sure your vehicle is in a designated space and that your vehicle does not extend into the alley. Please remember, our neighbors have to back out of their garages and parking spots. Lets give them room to maneuver.
    • When parking on the street:
      • On even numbered days park on the same side of street as our building (either street: Otjen or Lenox)
      • On odd numbered days park on the opposite side of the street as our building (either street: Otjen or Lenox)

Member Topics and Announcements

  • Carl S: FUSION 360 classes are now held at NORWICH (moving from Lenox) at 7 PM. Classes can be attended in person, or virtually (Carl will send you the link). Thank you Carl.
    • These classes are now being recorded and are available for viewing on You Tube. Carl will send you the link.
  • Reminder:
    • Member meetings on even numbered days will be held at Lenox
    • Member meetings on odd numbered days will be held at Norwich
    • This will allow for new members to tour each building and attend member meetings on consecutive weeks.
  • CERAMICS AND CERVEZAS every Wednesday.
    • The goal being to rebuild our ceramics community.
    • BYOB and enjoy.
  • No heavy equipment in the newly paved parking lot for the next few months as the asphalt hardens. Pls reach out to Tom G, Dan J, Jake B or Rudy if you need to use a fork lift outside the building to load/unload. Do NOT attempt to use the fork lift outside the Norwich building.
  • Tom G shared there are paper printers (no, not 3D printers) available for members for a $30 donation to the Space. See Tom G. Printers are at Norwich, just west of the metal shop.
  • Adrian: discussed nerdy derby and the need for scrap wood. Leave the wood at Lenox marked for the nerdy derby.
  • EGG DROP competition: scheduled for Tuesday, September 7th. At Norwich 7:30 to 8:30 PM.
    • 2 categories
      • #1 Build from hack rack before meeting. Building is open from 6 to 7PM day of the competition.
      • Build for the next 2 weeks using whatever you would like.
      • More rules to be announced as people think of them.
      • Stay tuned!

Post Meeting Reminders

  • Any interested new members, see a Board Member to discuss the sign-up process.
  • One On One Introductions of Members to Guests
  • Begin Tour

What Did We Talk About

Project Updates

  • Faith F: Renaissance Faire costume. She spend ~120 hours making it. The armor is from bark, the corset hand sown sticks. The photo showed a spectacular costume.
  • Tim C: 3D printed a new BOD/President name badge
  • Adrian: Has cut 312 pieces of wood for the Nerdy Derby cars at Maker Faire
  • Jon: Made a camping box out of wood
  • Dan L: worked on his 3D printing skills when out at sea.
  • Harry: shared an excellent 1 minute animated film from his series “Space Station 19”. He will send out the You Tube link to members to see each of his episodes
  • Brian: built a fantastic score board with Clock, app, colors for teams, balls, strikes, outs, and many other features.
  • Karen: deconstructed and re-engineered a dress for a friend.

Guest Introductions

  • 12 first time guests and 2 second time guests attended the meeting.
  • Tim C and Dan J gave the tour.
  • Chris T signed up 2 new members

Awesome members

  • Karen: lent Mark a steamer for his curtains
  • Dan J held an excellent welding training on Sunday
  • Carl S is recording his Fusion 360 classes for members to view/review on YouTube.
  • Faith and Tim: Updating the Area Champion and BOD board in the vestibule.
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