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Month Day(th), 2012


  1. Approve draft minutes of the last meeting
  2. Consent Agenda
  3. Officer Annual Reports
    1. President
    2. Vice-President
    3. Treasurer
    4. Secretary
    5. Public Relations
  4. New Business
  5. Old Business
  6. Member Reports
  7. Adjournment


Alan: Welcome to re-scheduled business meeting. We were all gone last week. It’s normally the first Tuesday of the month.

Introductions. Jeffrey: Picked up an arduino kit and is new to town. Josh: Moved here 3 weeks ago. Linux, Solaris, pen testing hacker, soldering, etc. Drew: Train club member. Electromechanical sorts of things. Philip: Architect working in Durham temporarily and about to start grad school at MIT. Working on CNC router.

No problems with minutes. (but they had only been posted an hour)

Consent agenda: Pete: We’ve been working on a work bench dedicated for soldering and circuit debugging. Proposing the purchase of tools to take it to the next level. Estimate cost $250. Well within our surplus. Can of rosin paste that will last (approximately) 35 years. Justis doesn’t approve that it didn’t go through the formal consent agenda process. In the by-laws proposals should be proposed a day before. Pete had contacted Lenore the previous week, but she didn’t get back to him.

Alan sent a digest of things we’ve done to the Durham Public Library (e.g. Dudecraft). They are still fired up about Splat Space’s involvement.

Alan has a new job, but will be staying in the area and co-working.

VP: TriLUG will be hosting another workshop here on August 11th on CAcerts and gpg encryption. Justis is looking for someone to anchor a regular meeting for GeekSpark.

More new people: Elliott: Saw our website 2 years ago and then ran into Alan at a workshop. PhD student at UNC in Information System. Drew: Moved to the area last week. Working at Icarus and used to work for Electronic Arts. Primarily writes code in ActionScript.

Treasurer: Information posted. Justis mentioned that we should list an emergency fund separately. Alan handed all the keys to Darren and he’s not here tonight. Lisa suggested that we have a lock box and board members have keys to it.

Secretary: nothing

PR: Website was compromised. Alan isn’t sure how they did it. Only Wordpress was hacked and Alan had to reset all the passwords, so contact him if you need to access it.

Back to consent item: Again, items should be added more than 24 hours so we don’t spend as much time discussing items during the actual meeting. We use the MIBS process. If consent agenda items require discussion, they get moved to New Business. Drew asked about the Panavise and Justis heartily approved of the proposal. It was suggested that we have more advanced classes to take advantage of the tools. Consent agenda item passed. The items sent to the mailing list will be purchased.

Member reports: Jeff: The Repair Cafe started in Amsterdam and Drew contacted them. People bring in their broken stuff and various experts try to help them fix it. People associated with Recyle’ are also interested and Jeff has met with them and they are thinking of becoming a non-profit. August 25 they are running a sewing repair session. We will try to schedule an electronic appliance repair cafe at the space.

Geoff: Jeff has coaxed a RepRap printer to life and showed off what he had printed. Jeff suggested a hobbing party. A hob is an old term for the devil, but it’s the process of putting a groove in a bolt and then putting in teeth to drive the pulley.

New person: Michael Pell, a Ruby on Rails coder in the Durham Underground.

Justis: TriLug’s monthly meeting is on OpenShift. SparkCon is an opensource celebration of creativity. Justis runs the GeekSpark digital motion showcase and is looking for more people to help. Justis hopes to have a hack session here. Meetings are at DesignBox, 2pm - 4pm every Saturday. Sparkcon is September 13th - 17th. Organizer’s meeting is this Wednesday night.

Daniel: Compiling a lot of the videos that have started for Splat Space and has made an introduction. So far he has the Burlington Makerfaire rendered out. Daniel thinks we need a YouTube page. Showed introduction and it was awesome.

Jeff: It was suggested that we should do more shirts, but Jeff needs help. Several people raised their hands.

Alan: Pete had logistical difficulties getting his proposal through and we need to document our processes in the wiki to make that easier. For now, email info@splatspace.org and that goes to several board members.


Consent Agenda

Officer Reports

  • Account balances:
    • Paypal balance as of 07/08: $0.00
    • BB&T balance as of 07/08: $5,560.67
    • WePay balance as of 07/08: $215.53
    • Total balance as of 07/08: $5776.20

  • This month's income:
    • Paypal - $0.00
    • WePay - $1737.58
    • BB&T Deposits - $0.00
    • Total: $1737.58

  • This month's expenses:
    • CREH-Snow (rent) - $920.00
    • Prime Rate Premium (insurance) - $107.98
    • Total: $1027.98

  • Income - expenses = $709.60
  • Maintenance fund ($80 + $20) = $100.00
  • Tool fund ($543.69 + $354.80) = $898.49
Public Relations

New Business

Old Business

Member Reports