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Meeting #661. Agenda for March 19, 2024


  • Meeting called to order at Norwich by Sindie at 7 PM

Member Project Updates

  • Anna K made a MMS hat out of laserable leatherette. Can buy hat with $20 donation to laser lab.
  • A mystery member 3D printed a nerf dart gun
  • Mike T made leveling feet for a cake making saw.
  • Cherie made a pottery vase with leaves and handles.

Awesome members

  • Gary H thanks Rick and Kyle and Chris K for their help with a frame for his neon lights
  • Maya thanks Tim E for his help making a yarn tree & Sylvia and Dillon for their work on the slab roller for printing
  • Dave A thanks Raymond and Nate for helping to make 900 lbs of sand and building a mold for the blacksmithing area
  • Jon D thanks the yet to be identified member for organizing the welding hack rack
  • Anna K thanks Greg W, Kristie for all their work in the Laser area last Tuesday. Also thanks Sindie for running the Public meeting.
  • Thanks to all the members that responded to the call for meals for a member that was in a car accident.

Cool Things

  • Giant settlers of catan build (see Anna K); Mondays at 6ish in Norwich woodshop
  • Jewelry open house was a wonderful success
  • Next SID: April 6th at both buildings

Board of Directors and Area Champion Introductions

  • Dave A Casting
  • Raymond Laser co-champ
  • Cherie Leather making
  • Erika Jewelry
  • Sherry 3D printers
  • Kathy A Stained Glass
  • Tim E Stained Glass
  • Anna K Laser Champion
  • Mike T Ham radio; Asst facilities

Guest & New Member Introductions

  • Total guests: 25ish
  • Second-timers: 8ish

Upcoming events


  • Model Monday. Mondays at 7 pm, Norwich: Fusion 360 Computer Aided Design/CAM class with Carl S.
  • Most Tuesdays at 7:45 pm, Lenox: Stained glass training with Bill C and Tim E.
  • 1st and third Wednesdays of each month at 6-7 PM is NORWICH woodshop training. Must have completed Lenox training first.
  • Wednesdays at Norwich: Ceramics and Cerveza with Jeff M. Check website. Sign up for 3 weeks of classes. Limit 5 people.
  • The last Wed of the month is a fancy project night (for intermediate to advanced students)
  • Wednesdays at 5pm, Norwich: metal casting and mold building.
  • Most Thursdays 6 pm. Steel Tigerlillies women's (she/her pronouns) led sculpture collective at Norwich. Making a disco light for Party/ Wood Powder Coating.
  • Thursdays at 6:00 - 8pm, Lenox: Woodshop Orientation Training (please respond to the message on the Members@ Email List to reserve a spot—there are 4 spots per week). See google groups.
  • Fridays at 6pm, Norwich: Open-Forge-Friday blacksmithing. Norwich. Beginner class this week.
  • Second and third Friday: Board game night.
  • Saturday's Kiss my Adz hand woodworking with Wolfgang at 1PM.
  • Jewelry open hang-out, Sunday March 17, 11 a.m. and every second Sunday thereafter.

New meeting format beginning 1/1

  • First Tuesday, Lenox public meeting
  • Second Tue., Mini SID, 6-9 p.m., with making allowed. Dinner will be served after for SID participants.
  • Third Tue., Norwich public meeting
  • Forth Tue., BOD meeting at 6
  • Fifth Tue., no meeting
  • LAST Weekend of month SID as usual, with food


  • With Maya and Bill R

Member Topics:

  • Jon D flint fire starting session in the Forge Area.

Helpful Hint

  • If you break a tool, pls post it on
    • We have members that drive over an hour to get here. Let them know asap if the tool they hope to use is no longer operational.

Safety Note

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • We are ALL volunteers
    • Please choose your words carefully (or not at all) when telling someone to volunteer MORE or DIFFERENTLY.


  • LaDonna Green from Growing Green Garden, a community garden that emphasizes soil and water irrigation/conservation, community education, and community-building, shared a bit of history of her organization. Ms. Green has offered to help MMS volunteers in planning the green spaces around Lenox and the brown field spaces at Norwich. Dan Jonke, Tim Erdmann, and Jen Vanviere connected earlier with Ms Green when she worked with Alice’s Garden. They hope MMS members might step up to help her efforts to assemble a steel garden shed, install rain gutters, build a bench, and design/build a tiny library. There is also a need for plant identifiers, perhaps with laser cut QR Codes, Look for messages about how to get involved. Anyone interested in leading some of these efforts should reach out to Dan, Jen, or Tim.
  • Thank you to Gary Hollander for coordinating this discussion.

Wrap up

  • Members, Please hang around and talk to new and prospective members.
  • New Member Sign-ups: Board members
  • Wrap-up 8:00 p.m.
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