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November 1st, 2016


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



Member Attendance

Consent Agenda

Officer Reports


Annual report: Membership has been steady, slightly grown, have been in the current space for 2 years. We have options for moving in the next few months.

We can stay here for month to month, 6 months, etc. Options are open to stay.

We have been talking to the Scrap about possibility of moving in with them. 26 year old non-profit with a history of public engagement. We have a lot of crossover wtih them, but are distinct entities. How to work with them, how closely, etc.

We have met with Ann from Scrap, they are now planning to make the main Scrap bldg into a makerspace. A very large one- tentative, but moving forward. An eye towards keeping it open to the public to rent space or cohabit. This will be an ongoing discussion.

Appeal for nominees for elections.


Extralife- plays games locally for charities- this Saturday at Northgate mall.

Year report- not really anything to report.

  • Account balances:
    • BB&T balance as of 11/01: $6496.58 available
    • WePay balance as of 11/01: $535
    • Square balance as of 11/01: $0
    • Total balance as of 11/01: $7031.58

  • This month's income:
    • WePay - $1354.86
    • BB&T Deposits - $86
    • Square Deposits - $0
    • Total: $1440.86

  • This month's expenses:
    • UDI Rent - $1592.07
    • Linode.com - $20
    • Total: $1612.07

  • Income - expenses = $-171.25

We had money hanging out in WePay that hasn't reached the bank yet, these were from people that were behind on dues. Had it cleared faster, we'd be in the black and over by about $363, which is in the range of what we are usually in the black by.

This year compared to last year:

Last Yearly Meeting November 3, 2015

  • Account Balance: $4481
  • Monthly Expenses: 1602.44

Number of members November 2015:

  • Active Member Count as of 11/03/15:
    • Student - 2
    • Associate - 13
    • Full - 27
    • Total - 42

Number of Members as November 2016:

  • Active Member Count 11/01/16
    • Student - 3
    • Associate - 6
    • Full - 36
    • Total - 45

Speak about events, the coming change or move,

Poor state of woodshop, removed guards, etc.

Many good events the past year; keep it up to maintain interest and drive!

Public Relations

Could not make it- is willing to stay on as PR- but will let anyone do it.


Scott: Many events this past year, have had good presence. Continue to show up at local events and participate.

Pete: reinforce that it's been an active year. He will not be standing for reelection due to distance and personal busy-ness.

New Business

Board Elections


Shaw volunteered. Nominations: none

Carried by assent.

Vice President:

J Crews volunteered. He is concerned about infrastructure abuse, sort of crabby about it. Nominations: Brian Lord volunteered, JSC seconded.

Brian Lord as VP carried by assent.

Secretary: takes minutes, forms, info systems. Nominations: J Crews

Carried by assent.

Treasurer: A heavy lifting position but WePay is set up to be auto now, so it's better. Sarah can stay if necessary but will need help in the coming year. Nominations: none, but Shannon will help.

Carried by assent.

Member At Large: PR focus: Daniel has volunteered to stay.

Carried by assent.

Member At-Large: fundraising focus volunteer: Shannon

Carried by assent.

Member At-Large: E. Lord has volunteered.

Carried by assent; she has been working with City Council and will continue this.

Also Darren has to hand off the website management, he will be moving. Mostly Wordpress, he can train someone. Brian and or Jeff C should take this.

Old Business

Member Reports

Shaw is building a tiny little serial terminal. No processor.

Game Night is this Friday at 7.

Open Sauce is this Saturday at 7.

Carl is printing a sword from a video game.

J Crews made a costume for Halloween for his son from the Puppet Master films.

Model Train Show this weekend at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Shannon and Brian are doing Nanowrimo-s this year.

Steven H refinished his phonograph, and has some lead to give away.

Darren: harvested his jalapenos and smoked into chipotles. Also curing sweet potatoes.

Member- has been working on the monitoring device for handpump wells in Ghana. Prototype worked okay on site, will edit it. Needs help on it Django/Python app. Also needs help on a ground conductivity meter. The commercial ones are too $$$.

Pete: IEEE student robotics contest- he is building the challenge electronics for it. Five boards. One is a target that the robot must touch and discern what kind of electronics is connected to each target spot. Also there is a light saber duel- robot must strike in a pattern. Also grabbing and rotating a shaft encoder to figure out the lock combination. Finally a dart shooting competition. All totally autonomous. In Charlotte in April.

Scott is building a hammer dulcimer.

Shaw has a PID controller to give- Pete is taking it.

Peter R: is working on the bioreactor and simplified the turbidistat using a Secchi disk idea. Has made a Secchi ladder to read turbidity from outside the bottle.

Non-member- working on portable solar-powered tiki bar. Needs a solar power charge controller.