Last weekened Makers Local 256 had a successful open house, which gave us the opportunity to show members of the community what we’re all about and have to offer. Members of IEEE’s Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) were in attendance, and have shared their experience at the open house online:

http://ewh.ieee.org/r3/huntsville/makers-local-256-open-house-2

If you weren’t able to make the open house, don’t feel like you have to wait for the next one to check us out. Someone is in the shop almost every day after 6:30, and on Saturdays we get booming right after lunch. Come out and see what you missed!

Makers Local 256 will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, December 5th, 2009!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone, including the members of the local GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) chapter of the IEEE!

The Make Shop will feature a swap meet, and will be showing off completed and near-completion projects!

For those interested in helping to prepare for the Open House, we’ll be having a shop cleanup day on Friday, December 4th.

Picture of the Google Pin from Strages collection
Picture of the Google Pin from Strages' collection

Recently, Ratmandu, one of our members noticed some strange people lurking around the outside of the Make Shop.  Hobo with a knife?  No!  Geocachers!

Destination Huntsville Geocache

Someone in Huntsville saw TheMostBob’s google pin on the side of the new Make Shop and thought near the makeshop would be a great place for a new cache 🙂

For those who are not familiar, Geocaches are locations where GPS enthusiasts will leave a container, and then publish the coordinates on the internet.  Geocachers plug those coordinates into their GPS devices and do their best to find the containers.  More information on the hobby can be found here:  http://www.geocaching.com

The Makers Local 256 will be holding board elections at the upcoming General Meeting next week, which will be Tuesday 10/20.

Here’s some important changes that came with the new bylaws: http://256.makerslocal.org/wiki/index.php/Bylaws

  • Board and Officer terms are for 6 months
  • The size of the board is no longer restricted to 10 members, it can be as small as three, or as large as needs be.
  • To be elected to the board, you must receive at least 50% ‘yay’ votes from those voting.
  • To be elected, you must have been a member for at least three consecutive months preceding the election
  • Only members may vote in the board elections.

Voting will be secret ballot.