A total of 13 members and 1 guest attended the meeting.
“State of the Space” Presentation
Jason presented a series of charts and graphs that described various aspects of our group. Membership increased over the last few months with most gains happening after the Grand Opening in April. Our peak number of members was 26; we had more but not all at the same time. Some past members have moved away or left the group. Jason noted that adding different classes of membership for students and part-timers has helped us grow. Our financial situation is currently sustainable, however attracting new members would help support new projects and provide more of a cushion. The conversation turned to attracting new members which led into the other discussions mentioned below.
Marketing and Promotion
Royce mentioned that someone from an UWM Arts & Technology group contacted him recently. They were interested in our group and said we might be interested in theirs. Royce asked if anyone would be willing to go to UWM in the future and see their group and space. Matt, Brant, and Rich were interested. Some other organizations and schools in the area that we would like to reach out to include MATC, WCTC, Marquette, MSOE, MIAD, and Alverno. Brant and Tom also agreed to work on a potential radio ad or show. The idea of a membership drive was also discussed.
Past classes have been successful, however no new ones are currently scheduled. Ideas discussed included Electric Motors by Brant, Processing by Pete and Jason, Arduino by Royce, Welding and/or Sweating Copper Pipes by Rich. The group agreed that classes could be organized and scheduled to begin January or February 2012.
A toilet in the Ladies’ Restroom was clogged and the floor is dirty from when the drain in the Janitor’s Closet was backflushed recently. Tom noted that the lack of toilet paper supplies lately could mean others that use that restroom are using paper towels instead and that could more easily clog the drains. Signs will be posted to dissuade any men from using the Ladies’ Room and any one from leaving a mess. (On Thursday, Elizabeth posted signs, cleaned the bathroom, and bought a plunger.)
Royce, Tom, and Rich reminded everyone that broken drill bits can be recycled and are usually worth money. A container will be provided by the drill presses to collect them in the future.