Regular Member Meeting 20131114

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This meeting will be held in MIBS SRC3 format.

Time, location

20:00, Dallas Makerspace

Approval of prior minutes

Prior minutes

Officer/Committee reports



Committee Chairs

  • 3d Fabrication Committee - Andrew Falgout
  • Amateur Radio Committee - Pat Hykkonen
  • Aerospace Committee - Romeo Espana
  • Automotive Committee - Luke Olson
  • Bio Committee - Andrew Floyd
  • Civic Hacking - Steve Rainwater
    • Civic Hacking Committee report for Nov/Dec 2013
      • group members have continued to work on the project started at our August mini-hackathon; Stephen Wylie recently completed a new version of his screen-scraper, used to build a list of Dallas area social service charities. Lance Preston has done further work with the dataset to get it ready use. As items from the dataset are checked for accuracy, they'll be added to the Open Street Map database, making meta info and geolocation data available to mobile app authors.
      • no meetings in Nov/Dec. We plan to start meeting regularly again in January to select a new project.
      • we'd like to arrange access to webhosting to deploy some civic service apps, preferably a CentOS 6 server. Either a VPS/VM like the one set up recently for Doug's curriculum software or a dedicated box. The initial app deployed will be Open Data Catalog, free software developed by civic hackers in Philadelphia.
      • Steve Rainwater and Cone Johnson are continuing to network with other DFW civic hacking groups and are working toward more coordinated civic hacking events for 2014.
  • Classroom Committee - John Fields
  • Creative Arts Committee - Dawn Ellis
  • Electronics Robotics Committee - Daniel Jackson
  • Financial Committee - Paul Brown
  • Foundry Committee - John Kuhlenschmidt
  • Laser Committee - William Petefish
  • LifeMakers Committee - Lisa Selk
  • Operations and Facilities Committee - Andrew LeCody
  • Photography Lab (Darkroom Committee) - Nicole LeCody
  • Public Relations Committee - Cone Johnson
  • Workshop Committee - Greg Needel


Note: The normal cut-off time for agenda items is the Sunday prior at 11:59pm.

Old business

New business

DMS Spending Guidelines (Ken Purcell)

DMS should craft and adopt a spending policy to support current and future needs. Aggressive spending could force future cutbacks at critical times while under spending deprives the membership of useful tools and services that could be put to productive use. A clearly defined spending policy helps to resolve these competing goals. Continued fast membership growth cannot serve as means to ignore future financial needs.

DMS Spending Transparency (Ken Purcell)

Financial transactions must be transparent to the membership. DMS should form a financial reconciliation committee to do a yearly audit of the closed fiscal year. The committee should be made up of regular members who do not have spending authority. The committee would prepare an independent report to present to the Board of Directors and the membership.



20131114 2004 Paul B starting the meeting, with the social portion.

Paul B bringing the meeting to order, 2013

3d Fabrication Committee - Andrew Falgout not present, Paul B reporting
Amateur Radio Committee - Pat Hykkonen not present, Benjamin G reporting
Aerospace Committee - Romeo Espana no report
Automotive Committee - Luke Olson, no report
Bio Committee - Andrew Floyd reporting
 Had first class on the 25th.  Will be having a yogurt making class.
 Vermiculture and worm binning.
Civic Hacking - Steve Rainwater reporting, report in the wiki.
Classroom Committee - John Fields reporting
 Can send email to classroom<at> for needs, markers, etc.
 If you have any questions, or concerns, send an email.
Creative Arts Committee - Dawn Ellis, Andrew Fl reporting
 Basic drawing classes, comic book classes, also the live drawing classes.  Will be
 having another live drawing class soon.
Electronics Robotics Committee - Daniel Jackson reporting
 Bought some arduinos, have some solid core hookup wire, and also fume extractors.
 Some questions.
Financial Committee - Paul Brown reporting
 Powerpoint presentation
Foundry Committee - John Kuhlenschmidt reporting
Laser Committee - William Petefish reporting
LifeMakers Committee - Lisa Selk, John G reporting
 Still have the grill for any events. Andrew L donated some pots and pans.
Public Relations Committee - Cone Johnson, Eric C reporting
 SciTech Museum is having a MiniMaker fair in April 2014.
Operations and Facilities Committee - Andrew LeCody
 The hackathon went through.
Photography Lab (Darkroom Committee) - Nicole LeCody, Steve R reporting
 Got a donation from Steve Reeves, more equipment and some enlargers.
 Steve has decided to get rid of the automatic developer.
Workshop Committee - Greg Needel, Paul W and John G reporting
 Have a new saw, a compound mitre saw. Replaces the old mitre saw and the radial arm saw.
 Paul W creating a proposal for a vacuum former.

Prior minutes
 Michael C moves to accept the minutes as they stand
 David M seconds

Aye: 24, unanimous

Consent Agenda:

DMS Spending Guidelines (Ken Purcell)
 Ken presenting the item.

John G motions to table this discussion.
Paul B seconds the motion.

 Aye: 22
 Nay: 0
 Abs: 6

DMS Spending Transparency (Ken Purcell)

Paul B motions for adjournement
John G seconds
Vote : Unanimous Yea