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).
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:
Greetings Quelab Members!
The Quelab Board Of Directors Election is coming up. There will be a period of 3 days for people to vote, ending Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 8pm during our election celebration event. During the election period, all voting members will have a chance to submit their vote electronically. At the election event, before 8pm, anyone who hasn’t voted yet can submit a paper ballot.
Nominations – Beginning now, any member can submit a nomination for the election. The nominee must be at least 18 years old but does not have to be a Quelab member. Members can nominate themselves. Once a nominee confirms that they are interested they will have a chance to introduce themselves and communicate their interest to the members. Nominees will be encouraged to create a 3-minute or less YouTube video to introduce themselves as a candidate. Send nominations to email@example.com. Nominations will close on February 12, 2016.
Counting – When voting, everyone will be asked to rank all of the candidates that they want to vote for, they can rank as many candidates as they want. Unless they are only voting for one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system. This video has a good explanation of that system:
There is a minimum quorum requirement (52%), and we want to have everyone’s input, so please vote!
If there are any questions please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quelab is one of the finalists for the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship! We are pleased to be considered along with 10 other wonderful organizations in Albuquerque. Congratulations to all the finalists!
We have already accomplished so much since Quelab’s founding in 2010, and it is an honor to be recognized for what we have done so far by reaching the finalist level for the Mayor’s Prize.
It is wonderful to see people finding their inspiration to become “makers” of things, taking small steps like learning to solder, turning wood on a lathe, or 3D printing an object can inspire so much more! At Quelab you might see a child learning to code, a professional artist learning to use a laser cutter, or an entrepreneur connecting with other makers to figure out how to build a product.
Quelab is more than just a place to make things, it’s also a community of makers. We hold formal classes and we also learn from each other via informal connections that bring new ideas to life. More than a dozen entrepreneurial businesses make use of the tools, equipment, and community at our Albuquerque makerspace for diverse needs from meeting and classroom space, to prototyping new products, and even manufacturing final goods. The strength of our community is why MAKE Magazine selected Quelab as one of their Most Interesting Makerspaces in America.
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.
It’s the 2015 Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire!
Come on down and check out the faire from Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE 87113
There’s going to be all kinds of fun and interesting things for adults and kids of all ages: drone racing, model rockets, building and decorating the Go VanGo art car, propane flame effects, virtual and hands-on welding, interactive projects from Intel, learn to solder. Let your creativity, invention, and resourcefulness out to play!
Quelab will be there with 3D printers, a giant spirograph, a wood lathe, CNC machines, a solar hot air balloon, and too many other things to list. Look for the giant white tent on the North side of the museum.
Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for kids/seniors/military, at the door or online
The Daily Lobo ran a “geek edition”, and there is an article about Quelab! Read all about it here.
From their article:
For all those people who took apart their Nintendos and put them back together as kids, for those who build things with wood or steel or circuits or wool — there is a place for you in Albuquerque.
Enter the nonprofit “hackerspace” Quelab, a literal warehouse full of tools and supplies of every kind, from sewing machines and soldering irons to 3D printers and high-tech laser engraving machines. For a small monthly fee, members have access to the building and everything in it 24 hours a day, including the vibrant community of makers and hackers that have built the space.