In the last few years, the non-profit community in the United States has gotten in on the Thanksgiving Holiday spirit and joined Black Friday and Cyber Monday with Giving Tuesday, encouraging people around the country to chip in and donate to non-profit organizations. And since Quelab is Albuquerque’s first non-profit makerspace, we decided to join in.
As a part of my last acts as Treasurer, part of the job had been to get rid of PayPal (or at least lessen it’s burden on us) as well as streamline the membership portion of the treasurer’s office. To that end I asked the Directors about getting a better membership software package, and WildApricot is it. WA is in use by a handful of other hackerspaces, and is a pretty good deal.
This system will be replacing both Seltzer (the membership part) and Eventbrite (an added bonus), and will add a donor-tracking system (something we’ve needed). It also automates the process of reminding cash members (ie those not using a credit-card through the website) that their dues are… due. As a part of this change, we are moving away from PayPal as our preferred payment processor; the new site is designed to use Stripe (our new payment processor) as the automated payment transaction system. Folks who use a credit card on the new site will be added to automatic transactions (and charged monthly on the first).
So keep a lookout for emails from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, and don’t throw it away. Those of you who have been looking to ditch PayPal, you can renew your membership through WildApricot (paying with a credit card on our Stripe account) and end your PayPal subscription, and things will flow through successfully. Those of you who wish to remain an in-person payor (by cash, check, or credit-card) can continue using Square, and those of you who wish to continue using PayPal can also keep doing that too (although it will be a pain in the neck, and we really don’t advise it).
And here’s why: if you want to use PayPal (or Square), this will now be considered a ‘manual’ payment. PayPal has changed their data-export functionality, so it is not straightforward to import everyone’s payments. Additionally, since as the charges are debited every month on the day of the subscription start, keeping track of who’s paid this month by the 15th is impossible because anyone can cancel their subscription after they received the doorcode, but before we collect their automatic payment. Because of this, we will not be distributing the door code to folks until their charges clear. This now puts PayPal customers at the same level that Square customers have always been at. Monthly reminder emails will be sent to all manual-payment members and memberships will be automatically suspended if payment is not received by the 15th of the month.
If you have any questions, and I’m sure there will be, Geoff will be talking about this at the general meeting on Sunday (6 November), and will be hosting office hours after the meeting to get everyone up to speed.
Quelab is a sponsor of, and will be exhibiting at, the fifth Annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire at the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum on Aug. 27-28, 2016.
Check them out at http://www.albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com/.
See our prior coverage of Maker Faires here:
“We are not just consumers. We are makers of Things.”
Dale Dougherty, creator of Maker Faire
Part science fair, part county fair, part interactive show-and-tell, and part something entirely new, Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire is a multi-generational gathering that brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “Makers” come to the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faire features hands-on activities, learning opportunities and the chance for visitors to learn new skills such as soldering, sewing, rocket building and welding.
Typical maker activities include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, textiles and the artisanal arts. Makers take a do-it-yourself approach to standardized hobbyist and engineering technologies, and encourage the re-use and modification of designs, materials, and techniques available in the public arena. Makers focus on learning, using and teaching these practical skills.
Adult $10, Kids $5, Senior Retired or Active Military $5
(Additionally, No Orientation this week, and while we will be there for unloading everything from Maker Faire, we probably won’t be up to a hacknight of projects).
The Board of Directors have been considering a statement supporting the freedom of expression at Quelab. This policy, very heavily based on the statement put out by the University of Chicago, and strongly supported by the Foundation For Individual Rights in Education (thefire.org), essentially says that Quelab won’t impinge on your First Amendment right to free speech, and won’t let others do that at Quelab either.
You can find our draft of this statement on our Wiki. It asserts people’s right to free speech, as long as they’re not threatening or harassing others, or violating others privacy or confidentiality. All educational topics can be discussed at Quelab, and we do not want to stifle that creative and investigative spark.
Please let the Board of Directors know your opinion on this proposed statement, and please give it a good reading and a dose of thought.
Last night, we held our Election Party at Tractor Brewing Wells Park; we had a good turnout of Quelab members. Going into the party at 7PM we had 27 voters request electronic voting codes, which meant we needed only 27 voters to vote in person to make our quorum of 54 votes. We had 12 votes cast in-person, so a mad-dash to get 15 more electronic voters coincided with a convenient extension of the voting period to allow us to keep the polls open until 9PM and get a total of 58 voters through the system.
Using OpaVote to conduct a Scottish STV count, we entered in the in-person votes and ran the tally. Twelve candidates, 49 ballots, and ten rounds of vote allocation, reallocation, and candidate elimination, the final result came down to John Benedetto (JT), Don Menning (Gönner), Charel Morris, and Craig Goldsmith (Zoot) winning seats on the Board of Directors.
For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty of the breakdown, the summary is as follows:
Quelab’s annual board election will be held on Wednesday 17 Feburary 2016, starting at 7PM at Tractor Brewing Wells Park. We will have the whole taproom to ourselves to have a celebratory end to 2015, and a welcoming of the new 2016. Bring a project to show off, and come join the community of Quelab in a party setting.
The nominations will end this coming Wednesday, and the official slate of candidates will be announced at that time on the members list. All members paid in full (or on automatic payment) will be sent a voting guide, and all the candidates will be invited to post a quick blog entry as an introduction: keep your eyes peeled.
We will have the folks from Spork The World on hand to provide food, but the taproom is welcome to any food brought in. And even though this is being held at an drinking establishment, minors are welcome with their guardians.
Electronic voting will start on Monday at 8PM, and will run until Wednesday at 8PM, so on-site and electronic voting will both be closed at that time, and we will go and tabulate the results and announce the winners of the election this evening.
So join us at Tractor Brewing Wells Park on Wednesday 17 February, from 7-10PM!
Electronic voting link here
Learn woodworking at Quelab’s fully-equipped wood shop! The Basic Woodworking course is designed for the average person who would like to learn how do wood working projects and learn how to use both hand and power tools. The course will expose attendees to all facets of wood working and include planning, preparing and finishing projects. Attendees will design and build a project of their own selection.
Darrel Knutson, John “JT” Benedetto, and Gönner will be facilitating an Eight-Week Introductory Woodworking course on Mondays, 6 PM – 8 PM.
All the sessions for the course will be held in both the Core and MASTS Wood section. The class will be $100 for the whole 8 week course, and members get a 60% discount ($40 for the entire run)This course is limited to adults 18+.
We will be looking to offer a future Basic Woodworking course open to ages 14 and over accompanied by a parent/guardian, so keep an eye out!
Our fellow hackers in Broomfield, CO (near Denver) are looking to finally get their hackerspace off the ground and into a physical space. They’re using kickstarter to get themselves out of one of the officer’s garage, and into a space of their own.
Check out their Kickstarter here and consider throwing them some dosh!
EDIT: They successfully raised $18,669, which exceeded their original goal, but fell short of their first stretch goal.
The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 6 September 2015 at 4:00 PM. This is technically Labour Day, so we will be hosting a barbecue as part of the Potluck. The grill will be set up, so bring things to grill over flames. We’ll be starting the potluck at 4:00PM, and start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.
Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!