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8-7-2016_general

August Community Meeting Agenda:

NOTE: All community meetings are open to members of the public. Attendance is encouraged! Please bring a potluck item to share.

Date: 07 August 2016

Time:

  • 4:00 pm Pot Luck
  • 5:00 Community Meeting

1. Officers' Reports

  • President's Report
  • Treasurer's report
  • Business Development Officer: position currently vacant
  • Education: Darrel Knutson
  • Events Officer: position currently vacant
  • Membership: Sara Simon
  • Outreach: Charel Morris
  • Social Media: Rebecca Snyder
  • Area Captains
    • 3-D Printing: position currently vacant
    • Assets: Darren Moody
    • Electronics Lab: Aaron Birenboim
    • Facilities: John Murray
    • Fiber Arts: Sherie Pennebaker
    • Laser: Jonny Romero
    • Metal Shop: Eric Lee
    • Welding: John Murray
    • Woodshop: Gonner Menning

2. Old Business

  • Railyard Markets July
  • Orientation Process Revisioning by Officers

3. New Business

  • MakerFaire
  • Laser Cutter (if not addressed by the Laser Officer)
  • Bench/Area rentals

contact us: celeste@quelab.net, officers@quelab.net


Minutes:

NOTE: All community meetings are open to members of the public. Attendance is encouraged!

Please bring a potluck item to share.

Date: 07 August 2016

Time:

  • 4:00 pm Pot Luck
  • 5:00 Community Meeting

1. Officers' Reports

  • President's Report
    • August! We are now in August! The month of Mini Maker Faire and the return to school. Holy Moly. Mini Maker Faire is just around the corner (Aug 27th and 28th). Each year Quelab has a tent for this event in order to showcase our amazing abilities. This year will be no different. We will have a representation of each section there modeling all the cool possibilities. Can you help? Of COURSE! We'd love to have help, big or small, loading in or out or both. Could you sign up to show off your latest cool thing? YES. Though, in fairness, it's hard to beat the light sabers Eric Lee makes. Just sayin'…BONUS is that if you help during Maker Faire you get in free.
    • Who do you talk to for such a thing? Personally, I'd go straight to JT. He's got the spreadsheet thing going and can hook you up.
    • Less fun this month is the loss of Ben Kuttesch, our 3­D printing Officer. As many of you know, work often dictates where we live and Ca called Ben's name. He was an amazing Officer and will be sorely missed.
    • Our amazing Accounting Officer, Geoff, has tendered his resignation at the end of this year also. By the time he finishes our taxes for us this year it will have been five years of hard accounting that he has given us. We really do owe him our gratitude. And perhaps a beer or two. The Board is open to thoughts about his replacement. Likely as not, we will need to hire someone, which brings me to memberships.
    • Sustaining Memberships are the backbone of Quelab. We need 90 and right now we are not there. Everyone knows someone who would love to participate in Quelab. Bring them! Encourage them to take a class and become a member. We have many very cool things going on here. Don't be selfish! Share the fun with your peeps! If you need an indirect way to introduce them to Quelab bring them to the Maker Faire. They can see all the nerdy fun there and Quelab will have a membership/class sign up table available Meanwhile, keep up with our events on the calendar https://quelab.net/calendar/
    • July saw the first ever Officer Corps meeting. If you did not see the meeting notes from this they are posted on the Quelab Wiki. We covered a lot of topics that are important to the membership. Be sure and catch up with what we've been up to. Our next one is on the calendar for 14 Sept 2016 at 7:30 pm.
  • Treasurer's report
  • Business Development Officer: position currently vacant
  • Education: Darrel Knutson
    • We offered a Basic Welding class for August and did not have any sign ups. Lesson learned about summer classes. I posted a September class and we already have 2 sign ups. I will also post an October basic class and probably offer an intermediate class in November. Will Smith decided to make the classes a maximum of 8 (up from 6). With the upcoming Mini Maker Faire we anticipate having full classes I have posted both a Basic Woodworking and Introduction to Woodworking for Teens class for September and October. We have had 3 or 4 requests for classes recently and again with advertisement at the Mini Maker Faire I anticipate full enrollment. Gonner and I will be leading these classes with assistance from JT, bandit and Ed Heron. If you have a fair knowledge of woodworking and power tools and would like to be involved in a very enjoyable project please let me know. You never really know how much you know and don’t know until you teach someone. But it is great fun. I will be posting a September class in Laser Cutting shortly. Jonathan Romero will be teaching it. It will basically be about using the free program Inkscape to design and develop projects that can be readily be converted to the Laser cutter software and cut or engraved using our equipment. Because of the Quelab restriction on the Laser Cutter as member only use this class will require Quelab membership. Jt brought up a good point yesterday in that we had one person sign up for the Welding Class as a member even though they are not an active member. This just makes it important that we double check on membership at the start of a class and in the case of the woodworking classes at the start of the second month. This raises the question of how soon after the start of the month does membership dues have to be paid? Does anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone have a class they would like to take? We have a very diversified group and if you have an interest and at least 3 other people would like to take the same class let me know so I can try to hunt up an instructor. On that same note, if you really enjoy something like I enjoy woodworking and would like to offer a class please let me know. We can compensate instructors with free membership and even pay you a stipend if we have a class of 4 people or more. Talk to me because no one will know if you are doing a class for the fun of it or being paid except me and our Prez. On that same note, Madam Prez and I are the only ones who can authorize free membership for teaching a class.
  • Events Officer: position currently vacant
  • Membership: Sara Simon
    • Orientations 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month @ 6:30 p.m. no orientation the weekend of MMF ○ 82 active member, 8 students & 5 associates
  • Outreach: Charel Morris
    • Currently at DefCon, not here
  • Social Media: Rebecca Snyder
    • Let her know anything for Sept/Oct so she can make a calendar to pass out
  • Area Captains
    • 3­D Printing: position currently vacant
    • Assets: Darren Moody
      • Shoutout to JT ­ a lot has happened in the INBOX, lot of stuff scrapped
      • Scrap ­ $61.25, $231.25 stuff sold on Craigslist, another $30 tonight for sold Anthro carts
      • Reminder: INBOX area is not “up for grabs”, please check with JT or myself
    • Electronics Lab: Aaron Birenboim
    • Facilities: John Murray
      • These are the facilities related projects for the above time period: An original request for a second 220 volt outlet in the MASTS welding area expanded somewhat. Drew, Eric, Gonner and I worked on the installation a new electrical circuit of two 50 amp, 220 volt receptacles for the welding machines, kilns, and other large power consuming equipment, one inside, adjacent to the north roll­up door, and the other, outside in the fenced area (formerly a storage area) on the north side of the building. Two new 20 amp, 120 volt circuits were also installed in the fenced area, These outlets are to power the abrasive blaster, now located in the fenced area, and other equipment as required. National Research Laboratories (NRL), Quelab's neighbor to the east, offered to and did remove their two circuit board dryers from the fenced area, in order to give us complete use of the space, and donated two metal workbenches to Quelab. (Thank you, Jay, and a reminder that NRL is a full service printed circuit board manufacturer for 1 to 1000+ quantities of tiny to large circuit boards. Just walk over and ask for a quote.)
      • During the installation, Drew noticed that the wiring configurations on the existing 50 amp, 208 volt, 3 phase receptacles did not meet The National Electrical Code for 220 volt use and rewired them appropriately. (If needed, they can be changed back to 3 phase mode). The stored items in the fenced area were moved to the Disposition Area in the Annex, re­purposed or otherwise removed. Approximately $300 worth of insulated copper cable, copper wire, conduit and other electrical hardware was salvaged from no longer used electrical circuits in other parts of the Quelab building, and the same amount in purchased goods was used in the installation. The plug on the large kiln in MASTS was changed so that it can be plugged into any of the four 220 volt outlets. (See Sherrie for specifics about what else may be needed for the kiln. Thanks for the cake at the July Quelab Officer's meeting!)
      • Two leaks in the MASTS swamp cooler water lines were repaired, as well as a leak in a cooler's pump to pad water line. (Please talk to me about some suggestions about how to climb onto the roof and what areas to avoid walking on, while on the roof. Since the landlord had been contacted regarding these leaks, and a response was not forthcoming, we did the repairs ourselves! This should also save the cost of the plumber's bill, although this is shared by all of the building's tenants by their respective square footage.)
      • Last week, JT told me about one of the annex's swamp cooler that is not working, and it is on the facility repair list.
      • Finally, one of the members expressed a concern about the annex,s south side emergency exit door, as it was opening with some difficulty (as a dead bolt on the door was failing to open completely). On Friday, Darren, Drew and I replaced the lock cylinder on the panic bar portion of the door. Adric suggested that the deadbolt's “tang” or bolt be removed, but the external parts of the deadbolt remain on the exterior portions of the door. Hopefully, evil doers will think that there is a deadbolt on the door, as well as the panic bar lock. The existing Quelab front door key now also will open the south door from the outside. (There will be a clarification of how Quelab's emergency exit doors are to be maintained and if secondary locks may be used, how and when, before the next general meeting.) He also suggested that the chain link fence gate, outside the annex's roll up door, be padlocked to discourage unauthorized access to that roll up door. That was done and the key is on a magnet next to the west side of the roll up door. (Finally, one of the above unpaid technical consultants suggested that it might be a good idea to take cell phone camera pictures of locks during the disassembly process…it only took my two hands to get it apart, but it took six hands and a proclivity of profanity to get it back together again! If two heads are better than one, do six hands cube the effectiveness of only two hands?)
    • Fiber Arts: Sherie Pennebaker
      • I don’t have a lot to report for the Dragon’s Weir. I organized most of the fabric by color, it’s in the cabinet. I’ll be removing the top cabinet doors soon. The maker space at Meow Wolf is pretty inspiring, very open and inviting. Orientations ­ I e­mailed all the people on the wiki that haven’t received orientation. I’ve gotten several replies, so we’ll have an orientation on August 14 at 6:30. The wiki list is updated.
    • Laser: Jonny Romero
    • Metal Shop: Eric Lee
      • John Murray successfully fixed the faulty swamp cooler that had been raining water on the metal shop drill press and workbench. The new lathe is running well. Everything else in the metal shop is running smoothly.
    • Welding: John Murray
    • Woodshop: Gonner Menning
      • New belt sander, collecting money from those that volunteered it
      • Ticketing parking permits, thanks to those that have cleaned their stuff

2. Old Business

  • Railyard Markets July
    • The manual lathe was a huge draw, showed off Gonner’s 9 pins set (both will be taken to the MMF)
    • Orientation Process Revisioning by Officers

3. New Business

  • Special Use Occupancy Permit
  • MakerFaire
    • MMF is probably our biggest PR event of the year; Darren & Charel suggested creating a “wish list” handout to give out at MMF; email DONATIONS@quelab.net with any suggestions ○ We can use old consumer electronics & the like for TakeApart
  • Laser Cutter (if not addressed by the Laser Officer)
    • Down right now, power supply on order, due here tomorrow, With luck, the cutter will be up on Tuesday
  • Bench/Area rentals
    • We will be needing a Fire Marshall walk through, so the Annex & INBOX area will become our priority to get straightened out
    • The Annex will be our focus & priority to clean up & organization
    • We will be putting out notices that we will be starting to collect monies
  • Adric reminded people to not leave Quelab tools on their rented bench
  • Friday the 26th There will a Locksports event @ Quelab, This is also AbqMMF load out and setup evening.
  • Instructables Hackerspace contest ends on the 31st all submissions must be tagged/keyworded with 'Quelab2692'
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