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February 1st, 2022

Link to join online meeting: https://meet.google.com/roo-ozzn-jne


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


Meeting started at 7:10 pm.

Select Meeting Moderator

Guest Introductions

Member Reports

Adam has been making a "Lora radio thing" and it works! The next step is to make it talk to Ryan's blockchain empire. Brittany had been in Florida in January, and has been re-adapting to the cold. She made an awesome outdoor cat ladder from the 2nd floor to the first. It's secured to a workbench. The cat has made a desire path through a window that will eventually be filled, so she needs to redirect him. She is struggling with cutting the plexiglass for the window - dremel hasn't worked (melt). Scott recommended jigsaw. Justin suggested a dedicated blade. An extensive discussion about material cuts and plexiglass buffing ensued.

Justin is continuing work on his web presence/software portfolio, a website displaying his art installments and software projects. He's working on a Flask app and has continuing learning a lot through bootcamps. A discussion about bootcamps vs CS degrees ensues, and the use of these types of portfolios for interviews/professional development. Justin is looking for "more professional work" and is able to use his prior work to filter out prudish and unfit employers.

Lewis has created a bunch of shiitake logs out of chestnut oak. A discussion of mushroom inoculation, log gathering, and gleaning roadkill deer ensued. He topped out at 505 collected leaf bags in 2021. Justin offered a bunch of leaf bags to whomever needed them - Blake claimed them, because Lewis has enough.

Mark has been joining videocalls from Biocurious in Silicon Valley, the biggest DIY bio space in the country. They have 8 office space rented to biology startups for $12k a month, with which they pay their crazy rent. Mark attends "Vegan Cheese," an interesting project using yeast to express the needed proteins for cheese. "Kombucha Genomics" is also cool, the yeast and bacteria symbiosis is an interesting avenue for research. "Bioprinter" is a 3d printer that prints cells. It's not a huge group, the conversation is really easy, and Mark recommends that anyone interest in bioprinting should check this out. Mark encourages people to look for meetings as people are creating these communities for very specific interests. Blake notes that the pandemic has created a bunch of these opportunities and communities.

Scott has been helping his wife get her clay and porceline Christmas ornament company running. They need to do some more prototyping, Scott has been lasercutting to prep for this. They have different curing and cooking recipes. Some of the materials aren't available yet. Scott picked up some tape for the space recently. He noticed that there are a ton of cables that need testing, so he bought some wire ties to aid that goal. They had a big cleanup in the past weekend.

Blake has been redoing a linen closet. He bought a Dragonlock on Humble Bundle, a DnD terraine kit. He's been fixing stuff on Jeff's music shelf in the basement. He is working on upgrading and refurbishing 2 guitars. Brittany comments on the American phenomenon of the on popcorn ceiling.

Mark asks Luke what he's into. Luke ran Bioanalytics for several years, developing [what I heard as to be] "ultrasensitive amino acids," diagnostic tests for proteins, with a proprietary method to bind the proteins effectively. Mark recommends that he check out Saturday Science.

Ryan healthfully reflected on having recently euthenized a cat. He expressed being at peace with the experience, and this part of the relationship of pet rescue/stewardship. He is enjoying teaching at Riverside, teaching computer science and computer manufacturing. He's been focusing heavily on this work. He'll be teaching students how to CNC mill.

Upcoming Events

New calendar for 2022 External Outreach Events list

Recurring Events

Regular events carried from month to month.

Non-Recurring Events

none at this time

Previous Minutes

  • Approve minutes from January 4th, 2022

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Member Attendance
  • 53 Dues-paying (voting) members
  •  ? members in attendance
  • Quorum requires 13 members

Notes from the Special Action Committee:

Consent Agenda

Purchase policy to be added to the policies on the Wiki: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J11G4HsLQ8tJZxQsX83Ged_h9BR3DabYG7McdvSVO44/edit?usp=sharing

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)
  • 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.
  • Incentivization approach to motivate selling the donations earmarked for sale
    • Member can sell items earmarked for sale and take 50% of the total sale price for themselves.
    • Items being sold will also be posted in Slack, available for purchase by members at a discounted price.

New Business

  • Review and see if anything needs edited from the 2020 Safety Code document https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f7ea6mLwwgSszdfBnTaeJ-CY0YVxUPvaNR-oQjVczDs/edit?pli=1
    • Create a wiki page for this once it is ready
  • Thermostat
    • Russell (building supervisor) said that UDI will send us a quote for a wireless remote thermostat. (Work should be covered under lease, according to Scott.)
    • If cost is reasonably small, we will likely pay for it even though it might be possibly construed as covered by the property owner in our lease agreement.
  • Gift memberships
    • Don't have an official process. Would need to figure out payment (how much?), also how to get the gifted member onboarded with the member contract and sponsorship/vetting?
    • Somewhat complicated to implement, future discussion required if desired.
  • Dorbo
    • https://github.com/splatspace/dorbo
    • Shares circuit with the woodshop, gets tripped sometimes from the woodshop.
    • Discussed options for battery backup. Wifi would also be useful to have on a battery backup.

Officer Reports




Report for this month is pending.

  • Ryan needs to be added to bank account "Business Resolution" form and the signature card.

Updated on 2/28/2022: Treasurer Report (below)

Account balances as of 1/31/2022:

+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $9414.31     $174     $9588.31     $0     $336     $7500     $1752.31  
  $9414.31     $174     $9588.31     $0     $336     $0     $9252.31  

This month's income (cash in):

Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $2913.39     $50     $0     $2963.39  

This month's expenses (cash out):

UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $4800     $7.14     $99.99     $335.63     $5242.76  

Income - Expenses =   -$2279.37
Potentially recoverable back dues = ~$1795

Active Member count as of 2/1/2022:
(Active = paid dues within past 60 days)

Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 37 $2220 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 7 $350
Associate 5 $125
Associate (Legacy) 3 $60
Student 1 $35
Recurring Donors (2) $50
Total 53 $2840 52 $2545
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2510


Current = $2840 - $2510 = $330/mo

Departing Members: Tony B.

New Members: Ben S.

Arrears: 9 members

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


Donations: Thank you to Blake for being the last remaining recurring donor! Your win is also our win.

Pending: SplatSpace's Charitable Solicitation License Exemption filing is due May 15, 2022, with the NC Secretary of State.


Public Relations

  • Scott
    • Will be working on the SplatServer, adding capacity, reorganizing file structure, and making it auto-mounted on the various laptops and workstations in the space. Input from members welcome - contact Scott.
    • Shelf update
    • Electronics bench cleanup/upgrade update


Trash/Recycling Volunteer

  • Ask for a volunteer