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August 3rd, 2021


  1. Member Reports
  2. Guest Introductions
  3. Minutes
  4. Member Attendance
  5. Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising
  6. Consent Agenda
  7. Old Business
    1. Pinned items
    2. Action Items
  8. New Business
  9. Officer Reports
    1. President
    2. Vice-President
    3. Treasurer
    4. Secretary
    5. Public Relations
    6. At-Large
  10. Upcoming Events
  11. Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising
  12. Trash/Recycling Volunteer
  13. Adjournment

Member Reports

Guest Introductions

Upcoming Events

note new calendar for 2021 External Outreach Events list


  • Approved minutes from July 6th, 2021.

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Member Attendance

59 Dues-paying (voting) members

  7 members in attendance
  Quorum = 15 members

Consent Agenda

Old Business

Pinned Items

Permanent items of the Old Business section carried from month to month.

  • Cleanup parties are tentatively held on the last Sunday of each month. Our last one was in June.
  • Justin is working on a SplatSpace floor plan he created for members to use for planning purposes and reference.

TODO Action Items

(Items carried forward from previous meetings, but not up for discussion this month. Recorded here so we don't forget about them.)

  • Justin is continuing to work on maintaining the laser. Laser seems to be working fine, needs some focusing and other work though. (No Update)
  • Doorduino "Dorbo" system - remains delayed (?), requires "jiggle." (2021-08-03 Update: Dorbo doesn't seem to be delayed now. Ryan cleaned up its records a month or two ago, possibly related?)
  • Identify and maintain (online) lists of SMEs (subject matter experts) for each equipment or space. (No Update)
  • Lewis hit a formatting wall on the onesheet. It contains a lot of good information, is about 75% finished, but isn't organized well yet. Want to help? Please do! (No Update)
  • Ryan volunteered to make a plaque/memorial about Fred Ebling for his donation to the space. Pete S. has volunteered to provide background information about Fred.
  • Scott has made progress wiring up zoned amplifiers to wire up multiple speakers in each room for music and paging system. He described some of his A/V equipment, including mics and greenscreen.

  • The Splatserver is flaky right now. The Raspberry Pi is having problems - probably started when the HVAC was being worked on. He has several gigs of woodworking magazines on thumbdrives that he wants to contribute to the server. </span>

New Business

  • Members are beginning to plan meetups and congregate--Ryan is planning to create and install room capacity placards in the work rooms for informational and safety purposes (supporting continuing COVID and social distancing safety, but also general shop safety). SplatSpace lease provides the total space capacity.

Officer Reports

  • Saw a grant opportunity, a state grant to help address the homeless situation. Possibly set up a free food pantry at SplatSpace?

  • Joined two other Slack groups (info to be posted on ours).
  • "Splatfaced Tech Talks" happy hour at Fullsteam Brewery or elsewhere? Our show and tell currently takes a lot of meeting time. Would be nice to have a happy hour night out just for show and tell meetup.
  • Maker Faire event?
  • Planning a dust collection system for the woodshop.
  • Planning to install RetroPi on Ubuntu in the arcade cabinet.
  • Provided some fresh glue and sanding belts.


Account balances as of 7/30/2021:

+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $7068.97     $174     $7242.97     $0     $1120     $7500     $-1377.03  
  $7068.97     $174     $7242.97     $0     $1120     $0     $6122.97  

This month's income (cash in):

Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $2673.65     $3205     $0     $5878.65  

This month's expenses (cash out):

UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $2400     $7.13     $89.99     $0     $2497.12  

Income - Expenses =   $3381.53
Potentially recoverable back dues = ~$420

Active Member count as of 8/3/2021:
(Active = paid dues within past 60 days)

Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 36 $2160 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 8 $400
Associate 8 $200
Associate (Legacy) 4 $80
Student 3 $105
Recurring Donors (3) $200
Total 59 $3145 52 $2545
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2510


Current = $3145 - $2510 = $635/mo

Departing Members: none

New Members: Adam H, Adam N, Andy A, Ben S, Craig W

Arrears: 2 members

With our current membership and expenses, it will take 1 month to fully fund our reserve. It's nearly time to upgrade our makin' gloves!

  • Note: projection is based on current member dues and recurring donations.


Donations: Thank you to Andrew S, Blake, Graham, and Adam H, for your donations. Every little bit helps--especially the big bits!

Special thanks to an anonymous benefactor for donating $3000 through Fidelity Charitable, which puts us 10 months closer to funding our reserve and getting us to this exciting point of nearly having the funds to spend on improving the space for our membership! This is tremendously important and impactful support, thank you!

Pending: SplatSpace's Charitable Solicitation License Exemption filing was due May 15, 2021, with the NC Secretary of State. I haven't yet filed our renewal for 2021, though I plan to soon. Our past filings can be found by searching for "Durham Makerspace" at https://www.sosnc.gov/csl/search. We have filed late previously without incident (so far).

  • We miss you Lewis!

Public Relations

It's "SplatSpace", not CatSpace, PR team...

  • Tom will be returning to Saturday science.


Justin gave everyone a fantastic picture + video tour of the games he helps maintain at the sex-positive Museum of Sex in New York City. Some great engineering applied to a unique sociological, cultural experience.

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Notes from the Special Action Committee:

Trash/Recycling Volunteer