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Sep 3rd, 2019


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


  • Approve minutes from May 7, 2019

Did not have a quorum, so did not approve minutes on Jun 2.

  • Approve minutes from Jun 4, 2019
  • Approve minutes from Jul 2, 2019
  • Approve minutes from Aug 6, 2019

Consent Agenda

Old Business

  • Equipment updates
    • 3D printers. (Andrew)
    • GlowForge laser cutter. (Ryan P)

New Business

Proposed Income Ideas
Need approximately $500 / month

  • Requires a membership vote:
12) Membership dues increase
$60 Full Membership, $25 Associate for new members
Voluntary increase for current members (several have already committed to doing so)
(Another option might be offering a discount for auto-payments or long-term (annual) memberships?)

  • Needs someone(s) willing to lead the effort:
1) GoFundme (or similar crowdsourced fundraising)
2) Local business sponsorship. For example, Steven K.'s company Tierpoint makes regular donations to non-profits who apply via a form submitted quarterly.
3) Grants. Libraries have access to materials about available grants and grant writing. There may be a SplatSpace member with experience in grant writing, who might have time to offer some useful guidance.
4) Amazon Smile rewards (must shop at [1]; charity registered as "Durham Makerspace")
5) Connect with local school systems to reach out to graduating high school seniors and college students. (Beth M. mentioned interest in doing this, another member mentioned preparing 16x9 aspect ratio image advertisements for display at schools.)
6) Connect with local homeschool association.
7) Offer paid workshops, training, or classes with proceeds going back to SplatSpace.
8) Keep a supply of posters (and window stickers or car magnets?) available for members to post or use. (edited)
9) Work with Indie Magazine, or solicit an article from a contact.
10) Advertise via local newspapers (NNO), or solicit an article from a contact.
11) Live walkthrough on YouTube (sponsored by DigiKey), mentioned by Caleb Kraft (of Make.co).
13) Invite and identify SplatSpace members willing to personally curate the SplatSpace web site, Twitter page, Instagram page, and Facebook page. Ideally, a different member for each one.

Someday Business...

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

  • Plan needed to allow members to recoup costs on consumables they provide to the space.
  • Woodshop RFC Air filtration (Ryan B)
  • Website plans
  • Safety Concerns (Ryan P, Mark, jc)
    • During discussion of the Code of Conduct, decision made to move safety concerns to a separate Safety document
    • Need guidelines listing the tools minors are permitted to use, even with adult supervision. (Mark)
      • eg 3D printers vs table saw
    • Tasks
      • draft a document
      • create Slack channel for discussion of safety document
      • Research Trauma Kit (jc)
  • New Member orientation (Dawn)
  • Large format printer (updates?/volunteers?)
  • Training & Accountability
    • Equipment training guides (need volunteers)
      • Mini 3D printer (Jeff)
      • Roland vinyl cutter (Jeff)
      • Other ?

Officer Reports



  • Account balances as of 9/01:
+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $7738.45     $119.00     $7857.45     $550     $1008     $7500     $-1200.55  

  • This month's income:
Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $1654.23     $110.32     $0     $1764.55  
  • This month's expenses:
UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $2450.00     $20.00     $84.99     $77.77     $2632.76  
  • Income - Expenses =   $-868.21
  • Back dues owed = ~$540

  • Active Member count as of 9/01:
    (Active = paid dues within past 60 days)
Membership Type # Members Expected Dues
Full 30 (+2/-0) $1500
Associate 16 (+2/-3) $320
Student 0 (+0/-1) $0
Total 46 $1820
Monthly Expected Expenses = $2505

Departing Members:

New Members: Ashley F, Jacob C, Harold H, Austin M

  • Comments: membership appears to drop during summer months, rise in the fall/winter
    • Jun 2018 - 42 members
    • Jul 2018 - 43 members
    • Feb 2019 - 57 members


  • Member Relations
  • Other

Member Reports


  • Upcoming

Trash/Recycling Volunteer