I won’t be able to make it to the meeting, all the new babies on the farm are keeping me very busy. But I wanted to say a few things based on the agenda I see posted.
Awesome new list of keyholders
Congratulations to Amanda, Janet, Cheetie and @Ron_Ron ! that is an awesome list of new keyholders.
I managed to come in today briefly and saw the new state of the mudroom, and wow what a difference! It is clear Vaughn is pouring his heart into the space and putting a ton of work into it. Member storage has always been an issue and I have tried to help metigate it in the past. Now with this new elegant storage implimentation we will have a lot more storage space for everyone and it will be consistant. When you work on a project you can take your bin inside and grab all your tools and material, and when you are done, pack it back into the bins. I absolutely love it! It is great to see a lot of members emberacing the change (I know it is not easy, specially with everyones busy lives), but it is definitly a huge upgrade. Also, the new organized mudroom will definitely help us make a much better first impression when we give tours!
Makerspace members are stakeholders
I just wanted to say I feel that as a member, I am still responsible for the space and I hope that everyone else feels the same. We are not clients of a “business”. This organization was made as a not for profit from day one because we wanted to create a resource for ourselves, that we directly control and shape. All members own makerspace and should feel and act so. It is ours to make, expand, design, improve and protect. We all have busy lives and not everyone will be able to be there all the time to help out, but when you get a chance to go to the space and use it, making a bit of time to contibute something, in an area you care about goes a long ways.
I also wanted to echo the comments @Ron_Ron’s made above that really resonate with me. Don’t get hung up by comments about people leaving space or not joining because of this or that. Considering the resources we have had, we have been doing an amazing job retaining members. Instead, look at what people are doing and see if it is making the space a better place right now. To me this new mudroom upgrade is a perfect example of an initiative that is imidiately making the space more usable for everyone.
I feel like there are some really exciting times ahead for makerspace. Thank you to everyone, including the new board, the new members, and the pottery studio leaders, who are working so hard making makerspace a better place for all of us! Keep up the great work!