Regular Member Meeting 2012 10 09
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Time and Location
October 9, 2012
Meeting called to order at 8pm by TimS
Members Present: DanB, Martin, Todd, TimD, Lee, Nadir, DanK, TimR, TimS
Others Present: Robert
Quorum met? NOOOOO
Approval of Previous Meeting's Minutes
Regular Member Meeting 2012 09 11 - No quorum, need to do next month.
Vice President's Report
Here is the financial summary spreadsheet for Sept 2012: File:HacDC Financials 2012 09.pdf We lost two members in September (Nick Stoler and Sara Peek, who both moved out of the area), added no members, and extended our record to 8 non-paying members - some have probably dropped without telling us, but others have already made up the missing dues. 51 paying members does not meet our regular expenses, but the additional donations are making the difference for now. Next month should be better.
With the start of Project Awesome I have changed my financial spreadsheets around a bit. I am now tracking regular expenses and earmarked Project Awesome expenses separately, and reporting the total amount of earmarks and the net reserve (total cash minus earmarks). This will give a clearer picture of the different flavors of money. For example this month we had ~$400 of expenses from money already earmarked for Byzantium. Including it gives us a $318 loss for the month, but our net available reserve actually increased $77.
I hit people up for donations at the Raspberry Pi workshop and had $100 in the tip jar at the end of the day (not sure how much was there before). Don't be shy, ask for donations at events, especially if there are lots of non-members there. (Haven't deposited yet so not in spreadsheet anywhere.)
Only one project has been proposed - Project LASER - so it got 100% of the votes for September. However, our net income (earmarked expenses excluded) was only $77. I'd like to put away $100 a month minimum, so I can't declare a project dividend for September. There will be more money available next month so please send out some proposals!
Here is the spreadsheet I'm using to track Project Awesome funding: File:HacDC PA Projects-2012 09.pdf. I have an entry for Byzantium so I can track their earmarked donations, but they won't get a share of the project dividends until they submit a project proposal.
Jamie/ITG used Google Script to make me a voting page but I haven't had time to check it out - for now still send votes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 people for Raspberry Pi workshop! Filled the church sanctuary. Could have used a PA system - should remember for future events in the church. Gert board was lost and then recovered. $100 in tips. Interest in a regular Raspberry Pi event? 3D Printing of cases?
Project Awesome Reports
Have created the PA_LaserCutter project page. Looks like Full Spectrum Laser has their new hobby laser product in production: http://fslaser.com/products/lasers/hobby-lasers/newhobby. That's the model I would shoot for at this point but other suggestions are welcome. --TimS
Meeting with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). They see a lot of overlap between their goals and hackerspaces. Did some brainstorming on ways they can reach out to hackers and possibly develop joint projects. They would like to have a hackerspace with a focus on accessibility (unlike HacDC unfortunately).
Interest from DC public library via Kevin Cole on teaching electronics to the blind - they have funds for equipment if someone can teach it.
DC Drones group has 50 members - all levels of folks. http://www.meetup.com/dc-area-drone-user-group Has a fly-in coming up at a park in Virginia (Willowmere Park, Stafford VA Sun Oct 14 2pm)
Robert King - Bio to Info Science, open source fan (Arch Linux). ToddF nominated, Lee seconded. Approved by unanimous vote.
Adjourned at: 8:44 pm