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===== Recurring Events =====
===== Recurring Events =====
''Regular events carried from month to month.''
''Regular events carried from month to month.''
* Train show - learn to solder table (when?)
* Cleanup parties are tentatively held on the last Sunday of each month: in October, the 24th
* Cleanup parties are tentatively held on the last Sunday of each month: in October, the 24th
* [[Saturday Science]] is hosted at SplatSpace on Saturdays from 1 - 4pm. by [http://www.tridiybio.org/ TriDIYBio] {Meetup: [https://www.meetup.com/splatspace/events/wscnjsyccnbmb/]}
* [[Saturday Science]] is hosted at SplatSpace on Saturdays from 1 - 4pm. by [http://www.tridiybio.org/ TriDIYBio] {Meetup: [https://www.meetup.com/splatspace/events/wscnjsyccnbmb/]}

Latest revision as of 18:58, 25 October 2021


October 5th, 2021


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

Guest Introductions

  • Bryan has some experience with 3d printing and generalized robotics. Bryan wants to put together a desk for himself. Holly joined Bryan for moral support. They were originally from Boston
  • Wendolyn was present but did not speak.

Member Reports

  • Adam has been working with his Helium radio and has been attempting to perform a difficult soldering operation on the Rpi. He collected a few prints that he had been working on, including a properly fitting microSD holder.
  • Eli has been working on "invisible" genetics in the basement. He did some serious work cleaning up the basement. He floated the idea of communal PCR tools. He stuck an air filter in the basement room, it helps to cut down on the dust (and bio projects). His brother - "a real engineer, not a genetic engineer" - is giving him some tips on a flow hood. It seems feasible.
  • A short but lively conversation followed about the legitimacy of engineer-adjacent professions. Ryan offered to start a support group in Slack for imposter syndrome. The secretary considered joining it, but isn't a good enough imposter to do so.
  • Justin - who also suffers from imposter syndrome - has been working on a Python version of the game Set. He's developed a proof of concept program and wants to include it in his portfolio. He thought that he could turn this into a mobile program, hopefully for multiplayer use. He has been exploring software options for doing so -- including rewriting the whole thing in Javascript. He's been looking at jobs in embedded systems, but is hedging his bets with web development and taking a number of online courses. He's building a Linux test bench from an old PC. He's been tinkering with robots and "a million of other projects." He installed Retropie on the Bulletron and it is working. He's got a number of ROMs on the system - 2nd player support needs to be added. He notes that the ROMs disqualify from this unit from being used commercially in Fullsteam.
  • Lewis's fermented hot sauce was a success, he's been enjoying it. He started several hundred fall vegetable crops from seed. He has also been working on his "11 inch 12 inch ruler," which Justin describes as a "dirty trick." He has managed to find a way to pack more inches - per inch - into a ruler.
  • Ryan has been catching up with projects. He applied for a job at the Durham County library.
  • Scott had some wood milled up and it is now drying under a canopy. He's been doing a lot of outdoor maintenance at his house. He's also done some outdoor band rehearsals - "mask up until you put the horn to your mouth." He's having a concert at Central Park at 2pm on Halloween.
  • Tom will be giving a keynote speech on DNA anaysis at an Oct 6th STEM meeting held by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research. More specifically, this is about companies like 23 and Me and Ancestry - what can they tell you, what can't they tell you. He's been working hard on getting this talk together.
  • Ryan has been working on his home, finishing another room and scraping popcorn ceilings. The supply chain issues has caused him problems. He's also making a top for the SMARS robot using Tinkercad. He's also joined the Python train. He's on page 33 of a 1500 page Python book. He's been fighting with his CNC machine, trying to get a more accurate cut.

Upcoming Events

note new calendar for 2021 External Outreach Events list

Recurring Events

Regular events carried from month to month.

Non-Recurring Events

Previous Minutes

  • Approved minutes from September 7th, 2021.

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Member Attendance

63 Dues-paying (voting) members

  Quorum = 16 members - Quorum not met

Notes from the Special Action Committee:


Consent Agenda


Old Business

Pinned Items

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

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.)

  • Identify and maintain (online) lists of SMEs (subject matter experts) for each equipment or space. (No Update)
  • Website: on hold for a little while at the moment. Blake invites any interested people to join the project. The draft is currently up at https://master.d3vo4125o10qad.amplifyapp.com/index.html. Still needs some work. Wordpress and Stripe are not playing well. Ryan noted that the member self-management portion might be unnecessary, which would simplify the system.
  • 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.

New Business

  • A reminder to members to be mindful to clean up the space after using it.

Officer Reports


Ryan ordered film for the resin printers. He wants to try to visit the space at least once a week. He applied Splatspace to Microsoft's nonprofit services, which includes use of Azure credit. He's making sure the offer is legitimate and that there are no catches. He came across a small firing kiln and potter's wheel and considered getting it a space.


Justin moved the laser cutters around and improved access. He's continued to consider soundproofing. He got the floorplan of the Durham library, including where the routers. His next goal for the cleanups is to figure out what is truly broken. He's also interested in cleaning up the craft corner.


Account balances as of 9/30/2021:

+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $8815.73     $174     $8989.73     $0     $1344     $7500     $145.73  
  $8815.73     $174     $8989.73     $0     $1344     $0     $7645.73  

This month's income (cash in):

Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $2913.38     $185     $0     $3098.38  

This month's expenses (cash out):

UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $2400     $7.14     $140.74     $0     $2547.88  

Income - Expenses =   $550.50
Potentially recoverable back dues = ~$670

Active Member count as of 10/5/2021:
(Active = paid dues within past 60 days)

Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 39 $2340 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 8 $400
Associate 8 $200
Associate (Legacy) 4 $80
Student 4 $140
Recurring Donors (2) $150
Total 63 $3310 52 $2545
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2510


Current = $3310 - $2510 = $800/mo

Departing Members: none

New Members: Patrick C.

Arrears: 3 members

Our reserve is fully funded for the first time since August, 2019. Go team Raptorcorn!

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


Donations: Thank you to Blake, Graham, and Kunal, for your donations. You've kept us in the game!

Special thanks (again!) to our anonymous benefactor for (previously) donating $3000 through Fidelity Charitable. That donation brought us 10 months closer to funding our reserve, which we just accomplished! Now we can start planning expenditures to help improve SplatSpace for our membership. This was 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).


No report.

Public Relations

Scott - cleanup party reminder


No report



Trash/Recycling Volunteer