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  • August 15, 2011
  • 7:30pm
  • Shop
  • All members


Topic Presenter
Review of Board Action Items Chairman Action Items
Treasurer's Report Treasurer Action Items
Netadmin Report TBD Action Items
Facilities Committee Report Facilities Committee Action Items
Project Chairman Action Items
Publicity & Events Publicity Chair Action Items
New Member Recognition Secretary
Decide next meeting date Chairman
Update "Action Items Closed Since Last Meeting" Redmine Filter 'Closed' date to be today's date Chairman
Change Door Code Secretary

Action Items

Treasurer's Report

  • Term: June 2011
    • Donations: $216.56
    • Members: $1271.52 (37)
    • Expenses: $1130.93
    • Net Profit: $357.15
    • Average donation per person: $34.37
    • Average expense per person: $28.46
  • Term: July 2011
    • Donations: $1024.86
    • Members: $1157.73 (32)
    • Expenses: $1362.88
    • Net Profit: $819.71
    • Average donation per person: $36.18
    • Average expense per person: $36.34
  • Term: August 2011
    • Donations: $478.85
    • Members: $497.82 (16)
    • Expenses: $1068
    • Net Profit: $-91.33
    • Average donation per person: $31.11
    • Average estimated expense per person: $79.25
  • June was good, July's pretty good too
  • Utilities donation in July
  • July off by 16¢/member
  • 43% donated for August so far

Facilities Committee

Recent Improvements

Section of new loft floor CrashCart, Enabrintain, and Makers
Materials rack next to garage door Korc
Soda Machine repaired JimShoe and Korc
Electrical wiring in FabLab and for Soda Machine CrashCart
More waste/recycling bins out Spacefelix
Shower curtain and accessories Curtain from Alii, the rest is a mystery "Shampoos, Gel Soaps, and complimentary shower cleaning from Omegix. Towel rack and item organizer was probably spaceflix if not Alii." --Omegix 09:40, 16 August 2011 (CDT)

Planned Improvements

Shelving In storage area of loft CrashCart, Enabrintain, volunteers
Insulate and wall up FabLab CrashCart and/or Enabrintain and/or volunteers (whoever gets there first)
continue new flooring in loft (long term)
clean and sort tools and main floor volunteers (dates tbd)
paint stairs (probably)

New Members

  • Devin Boyer

NOTE: All new members, meet with the Facilities Committee for your shop walk through.


  • HSIS 2: Paper Airplanes - Spacefelix & Bendersgame flying gliders and paper airplanes from near-space altitudes off of weather balloons!
  • Classes in Appropriate Technologies Design & Permaculture
    • Appropriate technologies class with Engineers Without Borders in Lineville, AL, planned for a late August weekend. Date will be confirmed post-8/20.
    • Permaculture class will be 3 series of classes in fall. Starts September 10th in Huntsville. It is $45/class.
    • Please inform spacefelix if you are interested.
  • Should we spend $50/month on a Dumpster?
  • Should we investigate adding more titles for the Shop in order to facilitate shop activities such as events and classes?
  • Atlanta Mini Maker Faire -Crash Cart


  1. Heather O'Gorman
  2. Devin Boyer
  3. Nathan Warner
  4. Tim Heath
  5. Tycho Clendenny
  6. Ray Nordin
  7. Matt O'Gorman
  8. Matt Robinson
  9. Ethan Chew
  10. Jennifer Paulsen
  11. Satyam Nayak
  12. Matt Hendrix
  13. Phil Showers
  14. Alice Scanland
  15. Wayne
  16. Kinsey Moore
  17. Karl Sackett (prospective member)
  18. Greg Brown
  19. Jeff Cotten
  20. Bob Klepfer

Meeting Minutes

Facilities improvements by Tim:

  • Hard at work improving the building.
  • Section of new flooring in the loft.
  • Bob put up the materials rack.
  • Soda machine got repaired thanks to Nathan and Bob and a new-to-us compressor.
  • There is a new set of outlets for the soda machine, kiosk, and electronics room.
  • We now have more recycle bins.
  • The shower is operational and has been used.
  • There are more planned improvements.
  • Garbage pickup:
    • We should really get it since dumping elsewhere is illegal.
    • Discussion ensued.
    • The current offer is $50/mo for 2 years for a 2 cubic yard dumpster and pickup twice a week.

Hackerspace balloon project with Ethan:

  • Long range paper airplanes launched from a balloon with SD cards in them.
  • These have an extremely long range if they make it into the jet stream.

Engineers Without Borders:

  • EWB is going to run a class in wilderness engineering in Limeville, AL.
  • They'll show you how to build things like waterwheels and wells out of scrap.
  • Let Ethan know if you're interested. Currently planned for late August.

Permaculture Classes:

  • $45 per class
  • They teach ways to create gardens and other things
  • Ethan is heading this up

Huntsville Hamfest:

  • It is this weekend
  • Get various HAM licenses there and purchase things cheaply
  • We have a table at which you can sell things if you wish.

Atlanta mini maker faire:

  • It is in Atlanta on the second weekend in September
  • Nathan has used his knowledge to get us a free banner to use at the maker faire
  • Tim will be taking a van and trailer.


  • Titles:
    • Heather has suggested that there be more titles for people in the shop to divide responsibilities
    • Tim supports the idea of funny titles
    • Another suggestion is that people give themselves titles as they take on a responsibility
  • Bobby the neighbor:
    • She brought a bike to the shop as a loan/please buy or sell it
    • She was also looking for a large monitor for a sight-impaired relative
    • She has a microscopic soldering station that we're free to use at (almost) any time
  • As far as communicating to other people/organizations, we don't limit people from representing the shop, but the board would like to be notified when possible.
  • Request for comments:
    • Bob requested to use the space against the fence to work on his airstream.
    • It would not block the door and would not extend past the fence.
    • If the shell is off, it is not movable on short notice.
    • We don't seem to use this area so much anyway.

The next meeting will be on September 14.