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Meeting #636 Agenda for Aug. 1, 2023


  • Tim calls meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at Norwich.

Member Project Updates

  • Dan L.: Good deed recording box
  • Carl: Scissor mechanisms from Fusion 360 and 3D print
  • Jon D: Pull-down vacuum hose in wood shop
  • Hapto: Dress from pattern

Member recognition for Awesomeness

  • Tim: Jon for fixing vacuum hose.
  • Mike T.: Stephan, Callie, Cindy H, Dan J., Hapto, Jeff M., Tony, Mike Hu, Tim for help with heart attack and hello kitty shirt
  • Hapto: SID: Rob for threshold, Kathy and Chis for food, doing lawn
  • Anna: Laser lab clear-out helpers

Board of Directors and Area Champion Introductions

  • Tim
  • Stephan,
  • Mike T.
  • Anna,
  • Dan
  • Callie
  • Jon D.
  • Geoff
  • Hapto
  • Bryan
  • Tim
  • Carl

Guest & New Member Introductions

  • Total guests: 11
  • Second-timers: 3

Events for 2023


  • Every second Sunday, 3 p.m., Lenox, Guardians of the Good Scissors sewing collaborative.
  • Model Monday. Mondays at 7 pm, Norwich: Fusion 360 Computer Aided Design/CAM class with Carl S. Starting next month will alternate between beginning and advanced class.
  • Even Tuesdays at 7:45 pm, Lenox: Paint Room/Spray Gun training with John K. May move to once-a-month, Saturday's. See message board.
  • Most Tuesdays at 7:45 pm, Lenox: glass training with Bill and Bobbie Coon.
  • Odd Tuesdays at 7:45 pm, Norwich: Woodshop Differences Training.
  • Wednesdays at 5pm-ish, Norwich: Ceramics and Cerveza with Jeff M. Last Wed. of month, 6 p.m. the best Cerveza and advanced class.
  • Wednesdays at 5pm, Norwich: metal casting area setup. Iron is a month off.
  • Wednesdays from 6pm-8 pm Bytes & Beers Arduino hang out.
  • Thursdays: 6 p.m. Steel Tigerlillies women's led sculpture collective at Norwich.
  • 2nd Thursday of Each Month at 7 pm, Lenox: 3D printer Basics Training. Bring a laptop with Prusa slicer.
  • Thursdays at 6:00 - 8pm, Lenox: Woodshop Orientation Training (please message the Google Groups to RSVP)
  • Second and Third Friday of Each Month at 6:00pm, Norwich: Board game night: with Kathy L.
  • Fridays at 6pm, Norwich: Open-Forge-Friday blacksmithing. Norwich. This week: Beginner class

Special Announcement: Alcoholic beverages

  • This has always been a grey area.
  • Hats off to Anna for diligently and proactively getting a definitive answer from the state, thus keeping us out of potentially serious trouble.
  • Even if no one is selling, the problem is with storage – specifically that it is accessible to members who are not yet 21.
  • Until further notice there shall be no Common Beer 'Fridge.
  • You can't have a stash of beer, bottle o' wine, etc. – even marked as your own personal stock – in any common 'fridge or storage area.
  • For members of age, BYO and sharing is fine. (Fear not, Ceramics and Cerveza, Bytes and Beers, and Board Game Night people.) Just take your leftovers home with you.
  • We are exploring work-arounds that address the legal requirements. (Natch, cus this is the Makerspace, after all!)
  • As always, no use of shop tools after consuming.

Special Events

  • Thursday, Board meeting. Lenox, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Safety Note

  • Extension cords should be used only when there is no alternative, and must be removed and stored immediately after you're done using them, per the fire inspector, who takes his job very seriously.

Helpful Hint

  • There's a bit of a learning curve to control the lights with your phone, but it's worth it. See Jon D. if you're confused or intimidated by the QR code light control system.

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • You may not place donation items on the floor in front of the Norwich “up-for-grabs” rack. Anything too big to fit on a shelf of that rack, or an appropriate hack rack, requires Board or Area Champion approval before brining the item to our buildings. Items left on the floor will be immediately placed in the dumpster.
  • Laws and regulations always take precedence over Makerspace rules.

Member Topics and Announcements

  • Kathy: Seeking donations for auction for Wood shop dust collection system. Due By Oct. 28 Sept. Watch Members Only for more info.
  • Tim: We have new rules regarding keeping alcoholic beverages on the premises. Basically, no storing any adult beverages at the space. If you bring something, drink it or share it while you're here. And, as always, no shop tools after consuming.
  • Dan L.: Join me taking out trash for karma.

Wrap up

  • Tours with:
  • Sign-ups: BOD
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