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March 1st, 2022

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


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


Meeting started at 7:10 pm.

Guest Introductions

  • CY lives in Raleigh and does a lot of paint and chalk lettering. They are interested in making neon LED signs and are interested in using the laser cutter and learning how to solder.

Member Reports

  • Lewis has been working hard on shiitake logs from an accidental log delivery he had delivered. He offered a black walnut log that he has access to for any woodworkers. He's been working on a bootagen (a wooden mortar for grinding corn and hazelnuts).
  • Adam has been working on experiments with Lora radio. He discovered R-node, a modem driver for Arduino, and ported it to Linux. You can use R-nodes as network adapters, so he's got rPi's pinging each other over the slow and low-bandwidth Lora radio. Theoretically this could stretch over several km. Adam is experimenting with SSH.
  • Ernesto got his Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations Associate certification and spent the last month studying to get that. He is an apprectice at Max Potential and was invited to participate on a panel in Virginia, and did a hacking/vulnerability demo with virtual machines in front of an audience of students. He recently got a rPi and discussed the shortage. He hooked a waterproof temperature to his rPi and used it to measure his aquarium. He plans to improve his project housing in the next month.
  • Joshua has been working on the idea of building a contrabass trombone out of a mix of parts, but hasn't dived too deep into it yet. He stopped by the Tuba Exchange in December. A new one can cost many thousands of dollars.
  • Justin has been on a grind to teach himself webscript and java development. He's waiting to find out if he got accepted into a bootcamp. He's been doing coding challenges recently. Justin described a video by a youtuber Mathaloger about "vortex math." He challenged viewers to create a web app to show data calculated by his system. Justin made a handy svg vortex math generator for easy lasercutting. He is getting comfortable with javascript and has been considering making a 2d CAD program, and now has a leg up with his recent work with svg.
  • Scott has been busy renovated parts of his house. He's been working on material for the upcoming Raspberry Jam and wants to put together some projects to celebrate Pi Day. He suggested the Ham fest as a way to sell/offload some material from the boneyard.
  • Blake has also been doing "some house stuff." He's been working on renovating his linen closet, and reflected on his love-hate relationship with MDF, and discussed how it's good for shelving. He's also been working on some guitars from the basement, needing still to cut a pickguard.

Upcoming Events

New calendar for 2022 External Outreach Events list

Some highlights:
TriBRAE Raspberry Jam
Celebrating 10 year aniversary of the Raspberry Pi
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
1:00pm - 5:00pm
SplatSpace, Durham
Maker Faire Lynchburg Sun, Apr 3, 2022 Randolf College
2500 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA
Raleigh Amateur Radio Society's Annual Hamfest
Sat, Apr. 16, 2022
8:00am - 3:00pm
Jim Graham Bldg, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
Maker Faire Asheville Sat, May 7, 2022 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801
Nuese River Valley Spring Into Trains Show
Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club
Sat-Sun, May 7-8, 2022
9:00am - 5:00pm
Kerr Scott Building, State Fair Grounds, Raleigh, NC
Recurring Events

Regular events carried from month to month.

Non-Recurring Events

none at this time

Previous Minutes

  • Approved minutes from February 1st, 2022

Recruitment / Retention / Fundraising

Member Attendance
  •  ? Dues-paying (voting) members
  • 8 members in attendance
  • Quorum not met

Notes from the Special Action Committee:

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)

New Business

  • Create a wiki page for this once it is ready (not sure what this was for?)
  • Building maintenance - new policy for Mr. Russel
  • 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.
  • Discussion items added by Ryan:
    • Glowforges
      • Move one or both to the metal shop to keep the classroom more usable for events?
    • Hire a grant writer to apply for grants?
    • Get other officers added to Business Resolution Form at Truist (Splat's Bank).
      • Everyone needs to be present at the bank location, at the same time.
  • Durham mask mandate going away on March 7th

Officer Reports

  • Google GSuite has been migrated to Google for Non-Profits

  • EBay sales working
  • PC for electronics bench made available
  • Justin is the appointed single point of contact for UDI and Mr. Russell


Report for this month is pending.

Updated on 4/3/2022: Treasurer Report (below)

Account balances as of 2/28/2022:

+ BB&T + Cash Total - Outstanding - Escrow - 3 mo reserve Non-committed
  $9615.19     $174     $9789.19     $0     $448     $7500     $1841.19  
  $9615.19     $174     $9789.19     $0     $448    $0     $9341.19  

This month's income (cash in):

Member Dues Donations Other Total
  $2762.58     $0     $0     $2762.58  

This month's expenses (cash out):

UDI Rent Linode.com Spectrum Misc Total
  $2400     $7.14     $99.99     $54.57     $2561.70  

Income - Expenses =   $200.88
Potentially recoverable back dues = $500

Active Member count as of 3/1/2022:
(Active = paid dues within past 60 days)

Membership Type # Members Expected Dues Target # Members Target Dues
Full 36 $2160 27 $1620
Full (Legacy) 7 $350
Associate 4 $100
Associate (Legacy) 2 $40
Student 1 $35
Recurring Donors (0) $0
Total 50 $2685 52 $2545
Monthly Expected Expenses

Current = $2510


Current = $2685 - $2510 = $175/mo

Departing Members: Brendan C, Kevin N., Robin V.,

New Members: none

Arrears: 2 members

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


Donations: Thank you to everyone who donates your time and effort to keeping SplatSpace going. Board members, Sunday cleanup crew, event leaders, and our fellow Raptorcorns!

Pending: SplatSpace's Charitable Solicitation License Exemption filing is due May 15, 2022, with the NC Secretary of State. Anyone want to help complete and submit it?


Public Relations

  • Scott
    • Setup new shelf to hold microcontrollers and experimenters electronics, and another shelf to hold the electronics reference and project books
    • 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.
    • Setup a new shelf to hold magazine and periodicals; start sorting the two magazine donations onto the new shelves
    • Electronics bench cleanup/upgrade update

  • need to add item to next month's new business: we need a policy to handle donations to minimize "Mt Doom" piles taking up space and time.

Trash/Recycling Volunteer

  • Ask for a volunteer