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Meeting #645. Agenda for Oct. 3, 2023


  • Call to order at 7:01 pm

Member Project Updates

  • Dan J made a cool fire poker in the forge
  • Kelly made awesome wood card holders and a cribbage board with her husband that's going up for donation in the auction!

Member Recognition for Awesomeness

  • Dan J would like to thank Dan L for helping pick up his cute truck
  • Anna would like to thank Kathy L for helping with her hex wall project
  • Kathy L would like to thank everyone who donated to our online aution.

Board of Directors and Area Champion Introductions

Guest & New Member Introductions

  • Total guests: 16
  • Second-timers: 10

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, 6 p.m., same building as regular Tuesday meeting.
  • Most Tuesdays at 7:45 pm, Lenox: stained glass training with Bill 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. M Check website.
  • Wednesdays at 5pm, Norwich: metal casting area.
  • Wednesdays 6 pm., Bytes and Beers: Arduino/electronics class.
  • 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). Skipping this week because of Board meeting.
  • Fridays at 6pm, Norwich: Open-Forge-Friday blacksmithing. Norwich.
  • Second and third Friday: Board game night.

Special Events

  • Woodshop fundraiser Auction item due date. (Auction live Oct. 5.)
  • 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.
  • Sept. 30, Maya: Yarn Bombing linking party, fundraiser for efforts to support displaced LGBT youth.
  • Tim: You can add your calendar to your phone.


  • Guests dismissed for tours. To regroup later. Dan J took everyone.

Member Topics and Announcements

  • Makerfaire Nov. 4-5. MS booth, nerdy derby booth. Need volunteers for both. Use QR code to sign up. MS will buy dinner. PLEASE VOLUNTEER!
  • Dave Arnold would like help retrieving radiators for the casting area. They are planning they next iron pour in January (hopefully). Would love feedback on dates in January.
  • Elections are being run by Anna and Sarah. 1 week open for nominations, then 1 week open for voting for President and Secretary. Then the At Large position is up next. Anna officially opens elections. Callie nominates Jon Drayna for secretary and Hannah seconds. Tim would like to nominate Bill Reid for Secretary and Geoff seconds. Geoff would like to nominate Tom G for president and Tom respectfully declines. Bryan would like to nominate Dan J for president and Maya seconds. Dave would like to nominate Kyle White for president and it is seconded (but I missed by whom). Kyle said he would think about it. Mike T would like to nominate Callie for president and Tim seconds. She will think about it. Good discussion about what the president does in the space (run meetings, one half of legal representation, lead) and how long the term is (1 year). Tim reminds us you don't have to have all the answers you just have to be a champion for the space and for making.
  • Maya would like to remind people to sign up to do tours. We need help!

Safety Note

  • Always clamp sheet metal to the table of the drill press when drilling a hole in small pieces. Otherwise you are very likely to cut yourself badly. The drill bit will often grab on to the sheet metal and spin it into your fingers with great force if you're trying to hold it by hand.

Helpful Hint

  • It never hurts to offer an encouraging word to a fellow maker. For many folks their time at the Makerspace is the highlight of their day. Make it excellent.

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • You must always clean up around any and all machines you are using. It would be excellent if you would clean up around neighboring machines, too, if they need it.

Member project in-depth

  • Maya shared her project of modular prints. She arranges triangles in different ways to make different prints. By moving the triangles around and using different colors it creates many different by cohesive prints. Her pieces were inspired by quilt blocks. She has 4 of the prints available in the woodshop auction, they are all 1 of a kind.

Wrap up

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