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Agenda for Monday 8/14/17
Meetings occur every second Monday monthly.
Member Facilitators: Jean Cherouny, Josh Thompson (absent for this meeting)
Attendees: Please sign-in on Clipboard in the Learning Lab( Jean typed without clipboard sign-up, sorry)
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Jean: Pizza (Clear tables in Learning Lab)
Jean: Print agenda and minutes, sign-up sheet, set up projector, chairs, Google hangout.
We will need pitching in for dessert for this meeting. It is longer so we need food. Jean brought peanutbutter cookies.
5:00PM Pizza/Social (Please bring your own beverages/sides) Jean brought soda! Micheal and Denise provided cold Coronas and Limes!
Click link below for Google Hangout. https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/calendar/amVhbmFydDcwQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ.n1m7vnlvoo3o5d7ke81hsm86tg?authuser=0
This was running if people wanted to attend from Jean's laptop.
We need to get a dedicated hardware for hangouts or live transcriptions, to be viable for attendees.
5:30 Call to Order
Member Introductions! —10 min Joshua Nye, Pan Morgan, Robin Hurla, Linsdsy Slyne, Denise Schekertain, John Cone, John Bondy, Brook Martines, Mr. Johanis, Beth Robinson, Brian Merell, Garry Shores, Jeff Hill, Jake Blend, Steve Connent, Kyle Werner, Tommy Waters, Evan Greenwald, Steve Mermelstein, Alex Constantino, Cameron Johnas, Chris Thompson, Micheal Metx. Dan Harvey. Ryan Melshanker, Lucy deLaBrune, Daryl, Doug Webster, Jim Shields, Karen, Jean Cherouny.
Welcome Dan Harvey (Generator Board President)
Welcome Chris Thompson (Newly Appointed Executive Director starting at the end of August)
5:40 Update and Q &A with Interim Executive Director, Michael Metz –10 min Began with wishing Lars Torres well in his future endeavors. Also thanking him for the two and a half years he put into building Generator. New members tonight who just walked in the door and signed up are a happy sight! Welcome and spread the word. Revenue is Philanthropic so we continue to find sources of financial support but we are looking good.
Chris Thompson Welcome! Chris initially lead the creation of a dream place for makers to hang out and now he is back in a capacity to lead using his background in the emergent medial program at Champlain College and so much more as a curator. Micheal thanks us for being welcoming to him as he transitioned with Lars gone and has enjoyed getting to know our members and their concerns and ideas. He and Denise love the welcoming bright, innovative team here at the Generator. They feel that we have involved Chris as a curator for 7 years as a board member with forsight lead to move him into the new Generator Executive Director. Speaking on behalf of the board and members he can not stress enough the following.
-Safety is Critical, Cleanliness. Storage is coming. If you have things past the 18th we will take them to the dump. Leave notes, name date, telephone number on anything important. It is best to pack it in and take it out until you have storage space or shared space.
-Access is being adressed. Closing volunteers must have a key. The closing voluteer locks doors. If you are without the key you are responsible for locking and keeping it locked at night. Any key holder must lock the door and others must check to assure it is locked when they leave at night.
-Shelburne Maker Fair in it's 6th year. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up! Doug Westster our board member is ED of all Mini Maker Fairs in the State. Sign up at http://champlainmakerfair.com. John Cone wants to keep informed about Art Hop. Read in the Google group but there is going to be a great deal of action and publicity. Dates to remember are: Deadline today to sign up at Generator for art space or a booth.
Note: In the Generator entryway we have a feedback box in which your suggestions, thoughts and priorities will be collected and read by Michael Metz daily and passed on to Chris Thompson. Thanks to all who have already written and shared. Please keep contributing.
5:50 Proposal Review $2,000 available – 25 min
5:50 Ryan Melshanker and Jake Blend: Foundry Member Build
Ryan to build furnace, builds iron, 1000 lbs, Yoke might be a person to contact according to John Cone. $1000.00 was was allocated to move this project along. There is a donor willing to match this to cover the complete cost of project!
6:00 Kyle Werner: CNC Wax prototyping 28- $250.00 was allocated to move this Member Build and use of new kind of prototyping along.
6:10 Brook Martenis - 10 min . A Little Library With A Maker Theme. Pumpkin Chucking Contest.
Anna Stevens with a State Wide Organization to promote Restorative Practice attended meeting and was looking at the shortage of beds available in the State. People are being shipped out of State Legislative Session is going to help get contract to prototype a 6'x9' shared space which is the minimum space for inmates. Making a cell that can be collapsed and brought to State House on top of a subaru is the plan. 75,000 a year spent on prisoners per year. Challenges are that it will look heavy. Herb Psychovich. Advocacy an issue so we must avoid being seen that way but we could serve as technical consultants.
City Market is digging the Tiny Portable Library with Sound and sun flowers idea that Jake and Brook are working. Will lead meet up on October 29th to get the ball running. Also for the pumpkin trebuchet chuking contest (jello inside ?) Brian Merrel, New Book out- The Boy who Harnessed the Wind. Check it out!
Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop was seen by Lindsay on her trip out to San Francisco. She gives a huge shout out to what we have here and thanks everyone who made this possible to create and keep this space going- it's a really great space! Thanks!
6:15 Project Updates – 10 min Jim Shields -Precious Plastics. He would love for anyone who is interested in joining the movement to talk to him because Alix K. is not with him and students are going back to school.
6:25 Announcements - 10 min
Lucie deLaBruse is thanking the members by donating the acrylic bender. Need help with the variac? (heat controller). Who can help fix it? Jean Cherouny and Johanne Kalisz made phone strand holders from acrylic at CML.
Kyle Werner worked hard and has plasma cutter up and running and he is teaching now! Look for updates on calender and on Generator website.
Evan Greenwald asked about student (UVM) availability of the machines here at Generator? He is new President of UVM Maker Club. Hope to see you around more in this capacity Evan.
6:35 Set up the room and hear Joshua Nye talk about his Residency ending this month – 20 min Giant Robot doing Laser tag
Japanese Aluminum was his inspiration. Possible use in future with power to have fun and maybe to mechanically augment it for use into the functional aspect of industry and maybe hay fields? He enjoyed haveing everyone to interface with here at the Generator while he also worked out of his garage at home. It was a great discussion and the exhibit looks great in the fromt hall. Thanks to Beth Robinson for that!
6:55 Hear our new Maker in Residence Alex Constantino talk about his plans for new work in August and September – 10 min Alex will work on Avalon Island- Show of the work relates to an environment of art work that is enhabited and created in other modes. Chris Thompson added that a micro camera might be used in the micro world that Alex wished to create using these modes with tools at the generator. Files (stl) are useful in many ways for this project and can be saved to be used again in different ways. Train set people could be helpful working in this small scale. People can help here give connections for Alex. Thanks Jon Bondy and Joshua Nye for the train modle sugestions. Facinatiing. Will there be a blog?
Next Meeting: September 11th 5:00PM Lets us know what you want to bring and share! Food and projects are good.
Adjourned at 7:30