Apologies for posting this so late, this is the first time I’ve had any free time to type it up. This is a direct transcription from my notebook, so it’s a bit jumbled.
Financials: Bank account getting low – epxect to be able to get more promised pledges + some members putting in more, to get us through to March.
Paul is doing high-school afternoon classes next year, in contact with local high-schools. This wil help put the word out about the Makerspace.
Corporate sponsorship? Tools and/or money, grants.
Need ~$7000 per year.
Looks like some members will need to put in more to keep bank ok, rather than solely rely on memberships. [Some board members put their hands up for this]
Why haven’t we heard from some pledges?
Things we haven’t done:
- Become charity
- Try to get grants. eg from DCC, EDV (Economic Development Unit)
Need to have board elections.
Add more board members. Board voted to add: Chris Edwards, Reece Arnott, Brian Paavo – based on existing involvement.
Start next year with general meeting and elections. Also have 1st year anniversary / official opening celebration (to build profile).
Need to make the workshop more welcoming, feel like a play room.
- Unfinished projects visible
We should use the mailing list more.
Idea: How does it work? / Dismantle workshop. Fun, get to learn how something works, and gets parts and consumables to use for later projects.
Thursday nights: Open every night, but do talkws less often. More social – sit around coffee tables and talk. More projects / normal workshop.
Need bigger/better project screen.