Posts made by Bradley Maker
RE: Education/Outreach Funding Opportunity
This all sounds fantastic!
I’m all for it.
I put some work in some time ago to building a system for tracking volunteer hours. I’ve been thinking about this lately again, and I’ll bump it further up my list so that we can have some good metrics to add to the application.
Most grants of any sizable amount due require that you have plenty of other resources online so that the recipient doesn’t fall into a state of having all eggs in a single basket to maintain resilience. That’s just part of how that ballgame is played.
Let’s do it…
RE: Allen key screw on table saw throat plate is stripped.
I’ll have a look when I head in this afternoon.
I bumped into Kevin the other day while he was cleaning the classroom out.
He’s not impressed with the stuff piled outside of the building. We need to get on that. He’d like to see it gone ASAP.
Me and my trailer can be available for a cleanup and dump run in the next few days. I think a single run and a couple of hours of sorting, loading and unloading should do it if there are 3-5 of us.
Day time works best for me, as the dump closes at 430 I think. Tuesdays and thursdays are not great for me. Sunday is usually best, although this week its looking like I’ll be out of town with my son.
If the troops rally at a time I can’t make it, my trailer is still available.
For all those that have some coveted piece of scrap along the side of the building near the back door, this is a warning…speak up to its usefulness and find a home for it, or it’ll find its way to the dump or some other resting place that isn’t the outside of the building.
RE: Areas assessment form
Oh, and PS: signage
I am working on a form that will allow you to define a single sign, and submit it.
Size, wording, materials, any graphics, location, and quantity needed.
The idea is submit them, we’ll have a stack of these forms, and when anybody feels like banging out a few signs, the info is there to get it done.
RE: Bronze Plaque from front of building
Boy, I’m torn.
I love the patina, I like old stuff that looks old and still standing the test of time serving its function.
But having it shiny and readable and up to date would be cool too.
So can we do both?
@Vaughn what are the chances of landing a contract and perhaps making a little money for the city to put these cheaper, newer “dummy” plaques up to replace the stolen ones?
Regardless of that, could we make a shiny new modern one out of acrylic or something that could sit side by side with the old one?
RE: Areas assessment form
Okay, it’s June 6th.
Thanks to all those that have gotten their forms in, I really appreciate it. I now have 5 completed.
I’ll be working today to begin compiling the data, and generating a report for the board.
For those that have filled out hard copies, and those that did it digitally but have a hard copy map of your room, last I checked there is an empty slot in the space control panel (with the open/closed button) hanging above the piano in the lounge. Please put your completed forms in that empty slot. I’ll be by this afternoon around 2:30 or 3, and again in the evening around 8 to collect any that have been dropped off.
For those that have not completed them, I’ll be by during hack night. I’ll be looking to touch base and will be available to help you get those forms completed.
My goal is to be able to post a report for the entire building to the board by this Friday. I appreciate your assistance in getting that report complete so that we can move ahead with business planning and lease negotiations.
And yes. Let’s add the office. I think it has been discussed and was on my radar, but I forgot to add it to the final draft of the form.
I’ll fill one out for the office this week and add it to the report. And if anybody is willing to coordinate that space, please pipe up (@Grant-Fraser ?)
Areas assessment form
Who did i miss? Ashley. I think that’s everybody.
Calling all workshop coordinators!
We are moving ahead with business planning. You’re input is required so we can plan for the future. This is crucially important.
We all need to measure our spaces, make a rough map, and fill out this form by June 5th.
If you want a hard copy, Vaughn has a couple. Or get in touch with me.
Please and thank you!
RE: Members Meeting, Sunday May 28th 6pm!
One thing that has been on my mind, and that I’ve had a couple of informal discussions about, is the opportunity that the RFID system gives us to restructure memberships.
Our current membership regime is based on keys, key holders and non key holders. RFID gets rid of this distinction as we’ll all have RFIDs.
My other concern is that the space as it is is starving. If it were a plant in the garden, it needs watering and nutrients more than its getting. Its a big building with a lot of cleaning and maintenance. Its a Nonprofit with a heavy administrative burden. It costs somewhere approaching $5K per month to remain solvent. So lots of money, and lots of labour. I feel like we are always in a pinch on both, and this is stressful for the organization.
I feel like the RFID implementation gives us the opportunity to restructure how we charge out memberships to better serve the space. So whether it is part of the financial discussion, or the RFID discussion, I think we should start to talk openly about how we are going to organize and pay for memberships with RFID instead of keys, and how that new structure can help keep the space thriving.