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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 lively conversation followed about the legitimacy of engineering-adjacency

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

  • Approve minutes from September 7th, 2021.

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Member Attendance

63 Dues-paying (voting) members

  __ members in attendance
  Quorum = 16 members

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)
  • Member info 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)
  • 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




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).


Public Relations




Trash/Recycling Volunteer