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September 1st, 2020


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


Guest Introductions



Member Attendance

43 Dues-paying (voting) members
Quorum = 11 members

Consent Agenda

1) Approve meeting minutes from

  • Aug 4th

Old Business

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.)

* In Sept/for Oct, implement a process (proposal?) for holding votes with membership electronically, to allow us to accomplish votes without establishing quorum at/during meetings. (Blake) ==

* Door system - remains delayed, requires "jiggle."

* Training & Accountability (need volunteers)

[create doc with list of tools, include people & doc links as we start making equipment training guides]


* Laser cutter soundproofing. * Look into the option of renting the space no longer used by the gym or the contracting company (the garage). Possibly a good substitute for the basement storage we currently pay ~$500/mo. (Andrew & Blake)

New Business

  • Equipment has been moved due to the water in the Reception area. Address next steps for
    • Andrew believes the 3d printers are OK, but status of computers and server are unknown.
  • Ongoing need to cleanup Meetup events, to reflect virtual-meetings
    • Mark discussed some ways that the Meetup page might be reconfigured or used differently (use the Online Only checkbox to remove address info) Ensure new/modified events are announced.
  • Scrap Exchange contacted us (TriDIYBio/Splat) about moving out of #24 Shoppers St. We need to vacate by Sept. 30, though may eventually be able to move to a renovated unit. In the interim, we need a spot at Splat Space to move the electronics components collection by the end of the month.
  • Discuss ways to incentive or encourage members to hold SplatSpace workshops or events.
  • Splat server upgrade/dehydration
  • Website plans (updates).
    • Domain registration email?
    • Stripe 'Customer Portal': implemented and ready, pending web site update
    • Mark's suggestions implemented on SplatSpace.org
    • Mark will join web team and make minor edits while work continues.
  • Discuss upcoming October Annual Meeting and officer elections.
  • More members/board members need to be trained on keyfob/new member onboarding
  • Caution needed using Google Meet invites (need follow-up email?)

Officer Reports


No report this month.



In progress...

  • Account balances as of 9/01:
+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $3071.29     $174     $3245.29     $0     $1232     $7500     $-5486.71  
  $3071.29     $174     $3245.29     $0     $1232     $0     $2013.29  

  • This month's income:
Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $1611.70     $219.54     $0     $1831.24  
  • This month's expenses:
UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $1900*     $20.13     $94.99     $1.40     $2016.52  
  • Income - Expenses =   -$185.28
  • Potentially recoverable back dues = ~$750

  • Active Member count as of 9/01: (Active = paid dues within past 60 days)
Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 19 $1140 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 12 $600
Associate 3 $75
Associate (Legacy) 5 $100
Student 4 $140
Total 43 $2055 51 $2535
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2010


Current = $2055 - $2010 = +45/mo

Departing Members: none :)

New Members: 1 new member (who?)

Paused: 4 members

With our current Membership & Expenses, we can pay bills through 7/2021

  • Note: projection based on member dues (does not include donations)


Current steps to increase revenue / decrease expenses:

  • Donations: Thank you to Andrew, Blake, & Graham
  • Reduced rent ($1900 vs $2400) through end of 2020


No report this month.

Public Relations


  • Request for social media content from members. Please send to Blake or ask to post it.


  • Look into doing a writeup for Durham Chicken Homesteading


Member Reports

Upcoming Events


  • Saturday Science from 1 - 4pm at #24 (ongoing since June). Edward R. moved his entymology startup to #24, so there's more functional bio equipment there now.

note new calendar for 2020 External Outreach Events list

Trash/Recycling Volunteer