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Meeting #641. Agenda for Sept. 5, 2023


  • Tim calls meeting to order at 7 p.m. Pitches new format for meeting.

Board of Directors and Area Champion Introductions

  • Tim; BOD: Jon, Callie, Anna
  • Area champs: Tim, Brian, Tim - Stained glass, Mike T., Anna, lasers, Preston, forge, sandbl, powder, Dan, smithy, etc.

Guest & New Member Introductions

  • Total guests: 15
  • Second-timers: 0

Member Recognition for Awesomeness

  • Bryan: Gaylen, cleaned up electronis area; Preton: Carl: help with press die; Anna: Krego family, Pat, Brandt, Sherrie, Tim and all who helped with Rummage, made over $1,900; Dan: Preston for welding stuff help; Anna for organizing rummage sale. Bin: Bill **2, soda stocking; Dan L., trash, Mike for cleaning bathroom. Callie: Dylan for help in pottery studio. Tony: Mark for for donation of computers.

Events for 2023


  • 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.
  • Most Tuesdays: Maker Faire planning meetings, same building as regular Tuesday meeting.
  • Most Tuesdays at 7:45 pm, Lenox: glass training with Bill and Bobbie Coon. Lenox
  • 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. CANCELLED This week.
  • Wednesdays at 5pm, Norwich: metal casting area setup. Iron pour 9 Sept
  • This Wed.: Rummage sale sign making. Come help Anna.
  • Wednesdays 6 pm., Bytes and Beers: Arduino/electronics class. This week, surface mount solder training
  • Thursdays: 6 p.m. Steel Tigerlillies women's led sculpture collective at Norwich. Come make small project.
  • Thursdays at 6:00 - 8pm, Lenox: Woodshop Orientation Training (please message the Google Groups to RSVP)
  • Fridays at 6pm, Norwich: Open-Forge-Friday blacksmithing. Norwich. This week: Beginner week.
  • Second and third Friday: Board game night.

Special Events

  • Sept 12, 500 lb. Iron pour. Show up at: 10 and am to participate. Noon for observers.
  • Maker Faire Nov. 4 and 5: Ann, Tuesday meetings at 6 p.m. before public meeting to help plan and be involved.
    • Is volunteers signup accessible via QR shown at meeting.
  • SID Sunday 24 Sept.
  • Board meeting, 21 Sept.


  • Guests dismissed for tour, to regroup later.

Member Topics and Announcements

  • Wood shop art auction still collecting things through the 8th of Oct.
  • Makerfaire Nov. 4-5. MS booth, nerdy derby booth. Need volunteers for both. Use QR code to sign up. MS will buy dinner.

Safety Note

  • Check your mental state before using power tools. Are you sleepy? Buzzed? Distraught about something? If so try an activity that doesn't involve power tools.

Helpful Hint

  • Woodshop users, check the levels in the sawdust barrels every time you use the shop. Replace and dump in the outside dumpster if necessary. If the barrels get over-filled, the system fails and it's a big job to get everything working again.

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • Do not make any donations without either a donation tag or an up-for-grabs tag. The only exception to this rule are items you place directly on a hack rack in a way that is in line with the area champion's wishes.

Member Project Updates

  • Preston: Forged copper. Nathan, hooked solar panel to car battery.
  • Bryan: Pick and place machine. Uses computer vision. Lumen Pick and Place, open source.

Wrap up

  • Members, Please hang around and talk to new members.
  • Sign-ups: BOD.
  • Wrap-up.
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