What they do?
The Committee chairperson will be responsible for maintaining the list of committee members and providing reports to the status and activities of the committee. By default binding committee decisions can be made by the chairperson or by the majority vote of the committee members. Governance model can be changed by majority vote of the committee members.
- Committees must be approved by the Board of Directors.
- Committee chairpersons are appointed by the Board of Directors.
- At least 5 members are required to form a committee.
- The Committee chairperson will be responsible for maintaining the list of committee members and providing reports on the status and activities of the committee.
- There is no limit to the number of committees a member can serve on.
- If the number of committee members drops below 5, the committee will have a grace period of 30 days in order to recruit enough members to remain active.
- Each committee will need to maintain a page on the wiki with at least the following information:
- The name of the committee chair
- A list of all active members
- A brief statement listing the goals or tasks assigned to the committee.
- The category tag:
- By default binding committee decisions can be made by the chairperson or by majority vote of the committee members. Governance model can be changed by majority vote of the committee members.
- Committee meetings must be posted on the calendar and announced on the forums.
- Committees can appoint advisory members, who only have communications access to Dallas Makerspace resources, pending Board of Directors approval.
Also located in Rules and Policies
- Talk - A forum where fellow Dallas Makerspace members can discuss ideas and projects
- Groups - A group of individuals who are able to answer questions or address issues brought up by users when tagged. i.e. @PR_Team
- Categories - Discussions and Projects are sorted by interest related to a particular committee
- Google Hangouts/Slack - each committee has a form of informal communication discussing ideas and projects. For access ask someone within the committee.
- Wiki - The wiki page displays committee members, goals, projects, tools and resources
Committee Meetings - must be posted on the calendar and announced on the forums. Notes can be posted on the wiki.
Board of Directors (BoD) Meetings - Where rules are voted on, request monetary support for equipment or projects, suggest needs or improvements of DMS in general and the selection of committee chairs, procurement officers, and other officers of the corporation.
Regular Member Meetings - Committee chair or representatives gives updates on what’s happening in their area. Also a quorum of voting members may vote to create a new rule or to remove a rule passed by a prior member meeting or a meeting of the board of directors. If a ⅔ quorum of voting members are present at a member meeting, votes to remove a board member or to change the corporate bylaws may be held.
Regular Member and BoD meetings follow Modified SRC3 format.
Committees usually give classes related to their area of interests. They also can fund themselves by classes that qualify for honorarium.
- The hosting member is required to provide a current W-9 form for the instructor if the instructor is to be paid by DMS for anything other than reimbursement of materials from class fees.
- Approved classes will be eligible for a $50 honorarium to be paid to a single instructor if the instructor is not collecting money via other sources (e.g. Eventbrite and similar).
- To be eligible for the honorarium, classes must be submitted to the calendar and honorarium system for approval at least 240 hours in advance of the class
- Honorarium is granted unless pulled by a director or appointed volunteer within 72 hours of submission
- Classes must be attended by at least 3 registered people to be eligible for payout
- For every class eligible for payout, $50 will be given to the committee designated by the hosting member
- Honorarium can be forgone by the hosting member and designated to a committee
Also located in Rules and Policies
As a committee you are responsible for the maintenance and use of equipment. Specify what equipment requires training before use.
Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Special Interest Groups are supported by members who have a shared interest in a specific area, but which does not meet the requirements for a committee (whether intentionally otherwise).They can be allocated a budget ONLY if they are sponsored by a committee whose chair is willing to be responsible for the allocated funds.
If your committee would like to purchase equipment using its funds, ask a Procurement Officer for further information. A list can be located here
To view your committee’s funds, email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to Quickbooks.
- Click Profit and Loss by Class
- Change the From date to 01/01/2001
- Click Run Report
- Scroll across to find your committee. Once you do, scroll down to the amount above the double line. This is your committee’s current budget, Net Income.
- If you click on this amount you will find a Profit and Loss Detail from the beginning of the year to present month. From here you can see all expenses and honorariums that have been entered to give you your committee’s current budget.