Board of Directors Meeting 20130224/Attachments
From Dallas Makerspace
The Craft committee would like to report the following: In the past month since Doug has taken over as committee chair, we have increased our membership, and each new member has agreed to perform a craft demonstration this year to the rest of the DMS membership. These demonstrations will include but are not limited to: Miniature painting Knitting Sewing Leather Tooling Felting Airbrushing We hope to find others to offer these as well: Painting with oil Sculpting Molding Crochet Scratch Model Making We intend to put together a schedule of these demonstrations within the next month. Our goal is to offer one or two per month, and they will either occur on a Thursday social evening, or on a weekend day. The committee will also be re-organizing the craft room to better facilitate actual crafting. We will ensure that nothing of apparent value will be thrown away, but will most likely box up several items for storage outside of the area. Bree and Romeo have agree to help Doug reorganize the craft room, and we will start on it in early March. We would like the consideration of the other members to allow us to finish redoing the room over a 3 day period before criticizing, it will include some furniture removal and reconstruction. We will post to the main list as well as the forum the dates once Doug knows his work schedule. The committee has requested in the consent agenda a monthly budget allocation to not only restock the craft room, but to purchase new tools and consumables including paint, tape, x-acto style knives, self healing cutting mats,card stock of various colors, leather straps for basic tooling, etc. This concludes our February report.
Good evening board. As you are aware, we have had numerous emails go across the mailing lists concerning private property right, willful destruction or disposal of anothers property, and cyber bullying. Our "code of conduct" has failed us as members, and needs to be revised. The "be excellent" is a cute notion, but has no real world example to follow, and continues to be ignored by many in the organization. My proposal before the board is to adopt an anti bullying platform, and a private property policy. We have had several functional items thrown away (including test gear, appliances, shredder, etc.) because someone was acting on the premise that they knew best. This cannot continue for a group whose size is over the generally accepted number of direct relationships a person can mantain. We need to ensure that going forward all members and guests will adhere to a "first do no harm" type of policy. We have sufficient bandwidth and wherewithal to initialize the following policies: 1) All items of unknown status should move through a tagging system as previously mentioned by David G. on the email list. I request that a copy of his post be added as an attachment to the meeting minutes as I feel strongly that they are an excellent method to help solve many of the problems. 2) Noone should consider themselves an authority on a piece of property unless they have direct first hand knowledge of its origin. 3) All members should assume items left in the space are NOT for public use. Well designated areas such as the freebie shelf and the common wood pile and the laser scrap shelf are the only three areas that are a "free for all". The electronics and robotics room has functional parts as well they anyone may use provided they use them as a functional part. 4) All board members should be required to take an online cyber bullying class to ensure they understand that it is a real situation that continues to occur. 5) All members should be required to sign a new membership agreement before the lease anniversary occurs. This will give the board sufficient time to produce the document that has been requested for over a year. Sincerely, Doug Emes