Minutes – October 2016

Minutes of the FCW Business Meeting on October  29, 2016

Start: 3:00

Members Present:  Perry K., Bruce, Colin, Gene, Rich, Kay, Michelle

Members Absent: Adam, Warren, Jim, Jared., Ernesto, John H., Lisa, Mike, Brandon, Paul, Zac, Josh, Dan,  Dave, Alex, Brad B., Bob. Bradley O., Derek, John M. , Ross, Andy, Shannon, Meg

Treasurer’s Report:

Total Funds; $23,485  Note: includes grant funds which are restricted, funds encumbered for particular purposes, and reserve funds.

Old Business:

  • Classes:
    • Woodturning – Tim Simmons may instruct
    • Raspberry Pi – Intro class tentative for Jan, – Michelle
    • Arduino – special session for teachers being developed – Michelle
    • SCHS – students will have a soldering and robotics classes
    • Ham radio tech class – possible in January
    • Networking-
      • Protocols- Michelle
      • Windows setup – TBA
    • Projects
      • Infrastructure – A/C, Ramp, Wiring – on hold for various reasons
      • Amateur Radio –
        • Dipole has been installed and is working
        • Interest in Tech class
  • PR
    • Open House – Dec 16, 17 – more details to follow
    • Possible Advertising
      • Lenoir Radio Stations – need to contact
    • Barnes & Nobel – MakerFaire – Nov 5th and 6th, – small setup
    • Charlotte Mini-Makerfaire: Adam, Bruce, Michell attended, busy, handed out approx 70 flyers.
    • Googlefest: Michelle attended – much about Google for non-profits
    • Model-railroad show – Burlington – Gene attended, gave presentation on Arduinos; sold 12 Arduinos.

New Business:

  • Google Data Centers Community Grants via the Tides Foundation award – FCW got $12000 for chairs for the classroom and science area and a full set of Raspberry Pi stations for the classroom
  • Soldering Stations – have arrived – need assembly
  • Nation of Makers – national association to represent hackerspaces and makerspaces.  FCW is currently working with them.
  • Bylaws and Documents Review – will be done by the board
  • IT – need organization, documentation, update of FCW network
  • Visitors packet
    • What should it contain

Adjourn: 3:50

A Hackerspace/Makerspace for the NC Foothills