2016-02-28 Monthly Meeting

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Summary

7:17pm- 7:53pm

Location

RMM 5502 1st ave N Birmingham, AL 35212

Participants

  • James
  • Britney
  • Trae
  • Sally
  • Jake
  • Kurt
  • Sandy-moderator
  • Greg
  • Mike
  • Miriam-minutes
  • Heather- via phone mid way through meeting

RMM Monthly Meeting Agenda

Every Last Sunday of the month at 7pm

  • New volunteer to take minutes?
  • New volunteer to moderate?

Old

New

Upcoming events

Proposals

  • Member discounts
  • Accepting Donations
  • Call for interest & participation (all skill levels) - next RMM member management system.
  • Coming out the Intro to Arduino class, Arduino tutorials working group, meeting Tuesday nights at the open lab - hosted by Shirley
  • migration of standing rule for RMM not holding intellectual propoerty into the bylaws. with exception for RMM trademarks.
  • gift acceptance policy

Lab Host updates, feedback, parking requests

  • biolab
  • communal space host
    • new communal (new host every last Sunday)
  • computer lab
  • circuits lab
  • fiber lab
  • meeting room
  • print lab
  • Shape lab
  • Web & tech

Nominations

Open Noms

  • Meeting Room Host
  • Circuits Lab Host
  • Security Admin
  • Business Admin

Current nominations:

  • Security Admin: Heather Fox
  • Meeting Room host: Sandy Campbell
  • Circuits Lab Host: Greg Good

votes

  • standing rules
  • hosts
  • members

Closing announcements

  • meeting adjourned till the last sunday of next month at 7pm


5 minute break till Board meeting

Back Burner

Minutes

  • trae motions to pass last weeks meeting minutes
  • miriam seconds
  • 2 abstain, 1 yes, 1 no

2015 Financials

  • Presentation of initial RMM 2015 financial statements (see links above in agenda for details)
  • The links provided are first drafts, Shirley has asked that people look over them and ask questions before the semi annual meeting on March 27th.
  • RMM with current membership and costs of running the space we will fall short of our financial needs. (Rent increase, increase power consumption)
  • Shirley suggests that a 10% increase to all dues (maker, key holders, room rental) is needed along with a 15% growth in membership to cover our shortfall.
  • Shirley is open to suggestions as to how to disperse the rate increases across the various memberships.
  • Shirley feels having better equipment will increase membership.


  • Trae will put together a rate increase proposal focusing on room rental increases.
  • Others welcome to put rate increase proposals together, please ask Shirley if you have any number questions.
  • some concern between members that the room rentals are carrying the brunt of the rate increases.


Report on Intro to Arduino class

  • 7 people attended
  • Shirley paid for the kits in advance, will need to be reimbursed
  • instructor was paid and is willing to do more classes
  • RMM comes out with a $40 profit after all costs

Upcoming events

  • Open House on Thursday the 3rd at 7pm

Proposals

Member discounts

  • Honorary membership: event host/key-holder
    • Kurt motion, Sandy Second
    • 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain


  • Honorary membership: Grandparents/senior
    • Kurt motion, Trae second
    • 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain
  • Accepting Donations
    • motion to hold donation discussions.(Trae motion, Kurt Second)
  • Call for interest & participation (all skill levels) - next RMM member management system.
    • contact Shirley if interested
    • need to share the info so things can be handed over smoothly and so more than one person know how to....
  • Coming out the Intro to Arduino class
    • Arduino tutorials working group, meeting Tuesday nights at the open lab - hosted by Shirley


  • migration of standing rule for RMM not holding intellectual property into the bylaws. with exception for RMM trademarks.
  • gift acceptance policy

Lab Host updates

  • biolab
  • communal space host
    • new communal: Miriam nominates James, Sandy Seconds.
    • James says he WILL throw things out...
  • computer lab
  • circuits lab
    • Lab needs mudding walls/floors. Sally, Kurt, Trae, and Britney will work on it, Monday 5:30pm
  • fiber lab
    • miriam WILL order parts to fix the small loom, soon.
  • meeting room
  • print lab
    • Trae has a fan, but its still in the box
  • Shape lab
    • For March: Saturdays from 8am-5pm and Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm the lab is closed for Woodlawn Robotics (Questions ask Shaw and/or Kurt)
  • Web & tech
    • new website theme will be up soon.
  • Metal lab

Nominations

  • Open Nominations
    • Business Admin
  • Current nominations:
    • Security Admin: Heather Fox
    • Trae motions, james seconds
    • 7 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain
    • Meeting Room host: Sandy Campbell
    • Kurt motions, Trae seconds
    • 5 yes, 3 no, 0 abstain
    • Circuits Lab Host: Greg Good
    • kurt motions, Trae seconds
    • 7 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain

votes

  • Honorary membership: event host/key-holder
  • Kurt motion, Sandy Second
  • 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain


  • Honorary membership: Grandparents/senior
  • Kurt motion, Trae second
  • 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain
    • Security Admin: Heather Fox
    • Trae motions, james seconds
    • 7 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain
    • Meeting Room host: Sandy Campbell
    • Kurt motions, Trae seconds
    • 5 yes, 3 no, 0 abstain
    • Circuits Lab Host: Greg Good
    • kurt motions, Trae seconds
    • 7 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain

closing announcements

  • General elections are at the end of March
    • call for nominations for Chair, Vice-Chair, Board member-at-Large
  • BJCC Comic Con in two weeks, Sally has a table wants to invite people to RMM after event, have cosplay friendly RMM fliers to hand out.