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 5:30- Learning Lab Sign in on Clipboard 5:30- Learning Lab Sign in on Clipboard
  
-5:35- Welcome by Jean Cherouny and Jake Blend+5:35- Approve Nov 13th Meeting Minutes
  
 5:40- Introductions 5:40- Introductions
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 Meeting Facilitators:​ Jean Cherouny and Jake Blend  Meeting Facilitators:​ Jean Cherouny and Jake Blend 
 In attendance: Jean Cherouny, Jake Blend, Chris Thompson, Steve Mermelstein,​ Grey Barreda Jonathon Landell, Cameron Jonas, Alex Constantino,​ Brian Merrill, Ezra Ranz-Schleifer,​ Daryl Stultz, Jim Shields, Karen Freeman, Leisa Fearing, Ryan Melshenker In attendance: Jean Cherouny, Jake Blend, Chris Thompson, Steve Mermelstein,​ Grey Barreda Jonathon Landell, Cameron Jonas, Alex Constantino,​ Brian Merrill, Ezra Ranz-Schleifer,​ Daryl Stultz, Jim Shields, Karen Freeman, Leisa Fearing, Ryan Melshenker
-Welcome: Jean Cherouny called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. Karen Freeman is taking minutes. ​+Welcome: Jean Cherouny called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. Karen Freeman is taking minutes. 
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 Introductions were made and Jean invited the members to share updates on their work or anything they wanted to share. Jean noted that she's been applying for art jobs and her participation as an active Generator participant has helped her prepare for that process. Steve showed slides from the visit to the Rutland maker space including a 3-D printer enclosure, moveable tables, clothes pin notepads on all equipment for folks to flag maintenance needs and “training and certified required” signs on the equipment. He also noted that the space is unstaffed and self-regulated. Ezra mentioned that he's doing two more workshops in the next week for team base rapid prototyping,​ and that youth and adults can participate. Karen mentioned a Somali sewing training initiative led by Rachel Hooper, Generator Director of Community Outreach. It is a partnership with the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity to increase sewing and business skills and opportunities for Somali women and girls living in Burlington and Winooski.  ​ Introductions were made and Jean invited the members to share updates on their work or anything they wanted to share. Jean noted that she's been applying for art jobs and her participation as an active Generator participant has helped her prepare for that process. Steve showed slides from the visit to the Rutland maker space including a 3-D printer enclosure, moveable tables, clothes pin notepads on all equipment for folks to flag maintenance needs and “training and certified required” signs on the equipment. He also noted that the space is unstaffed and self-regulated. Ezra mentioned that he's doing two more workshops in the next week for team base rapid prototyping,​ and that youth and adults can participate. Karen mentioned a Somali sewing training initiative led by Rachel Hooper, Generator Director of Community Outreach. It is a partnership with the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity to increase sewing and business skills and opportunities for Somali women and girls living in Burlington and Winooski.  ​
 Minutes from October 9, 2017 – Daryl pointed out that Jim Shields reported on Precious Plastics, not himself. Minutes from October 9, 2017 – Daryl pointed out that Jim Shields reported on Precious Plastics, not himself.
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 Directors Report -Chris Thompson highlighted a number of Generator outreach activities, including the Somali initiative. He mentioned that the Generator has a goal of increasing participation by girls and women from the current 32% to 40%, and in involving 30 new Americans and people of color with Generator programming. ​ There was a summit last week with the heads of several organizations working in this area to discuss issues, what's needed, and how to increase opportunities for engagement. ​ Directors Report -Chris Thompson highlighted a number of Generator outreach activities, including the Somali initiative. He mentioned that the Generator has a goal of increasing participation by girls and women from the current 32% to 40%, and in involving 30 new Americans and people of color with Generator programming. ​ There was a summit last week with the heads of several organizations working in this area to discuss issues, what's needed, and how to increase opportunities for engagement. ​
 Chris mentioned the recent “saw stop” incident, noting that the safety mechanism on the saw worked and prevented an accident from occurring. He also reported that the UVM safety inspector was at the Generator recently and gave a glowing review of our safety protocols. There was a discussion about the need to reinforce a “culture of safety” at the Generator, reminding people about wearing protective eyewear, making sure there are enough pairs (including those that go over regular glasses) where they are needed and including this as part of the volunteer checklist. ​   Chris mentioned the recent “saw stop” incident, noting that the safety mechanism on the saw worked and prevented an accident from occurring. He also reported that the UVM safety inspector was at the Generator recently and gave a glowing review of our safety protocols. There was a discussion about the need to reinforce a “culture of safety” at the Generator, reminding people about wearing protective eyewear, making sure there are enough pairs (including those that go over regular glasses) where they are needed and including this as part of the volunteer checklist. ​  
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 Michael Venezaile, the Generator’s IT intern was introduced and thanked. He told the group that he is helping with a number of tasks including getting the new workstations assembled and operating, making it possible for all members to have separate accounts on the systems and turning the old computers into mobile work stations.  ​ Michael Venezaile, the Generator’s IT intern was introduced and thanked. He told the group that he is helping with a number of tasks including getting the new workstations assembled and operating, making it possible for all members to have separate accounts on the systems and turning the old computers into mobile work stations.  ​
 Board Member Announcements - Jean reminded the group that she and Jake, as the member reps to the Generator Board, are here to bring any concerns to the board. Chris pointed out that concerns/​complaints can be filed online, but he welcomed and encouraged people to talk to him directly. Board Member Announcements - Jean reminded the group that she and Jake, as the member reps to the Generator Board, are here to bring any concerns to the board. Chris pointed out that concerns/​complaints can be filed online, but he welcomed and encouraged people to talk to him directly.
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 Proposal Updates - Daryl gave an update on the pelletized wax project, described the evolution in the wax heater equipment and possible solutions to collect the chips and waste. Jean noted the potential application of this technology in jewelry making. Jim gave an update on Precious Plastics: the shredder is working great, students added a plexiglass hopper, and they brought it to the Youth Environment Summit. He thanked Ryan for helping make the structure solid and stable, and Cameron, Gary and Lisa for their help. The injector is at the Generator, and he encouraged members to try it and give feedback. With the $700 from the Generator and $700 from CSWD the project has had success. ​ Proposal Updates - Daryl gave an update on the pelletized wax project, described the evolution in the wax heater equipment and possible solutions to collect the chips and waste. Jean noted the potential application of this technology in jewelry making. Jim gave an update on Precious Plastics: the shredder is working great, students added a plexiglass hopper, and they brought it to the Youth Environment Summit. He thanked Ryan for helping make the structure solid and stable, and Cameron, Gary and Lisa for their help. The injector is at the Generator, and he encouraged members to try it and give feedback. With the $700 from the Generator and $700 from CSWD the project has had success. ​
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 Community Building - Ryan gave a update on the metal shop, the burner is coming in a couple of days and the forge set up will happen soon. Leisa reported she's working on a quick test-out process for certification process in the electrical area for members who have already had experience.  ​ Community Building - Ryan gave a update on the metal shop, the burner is coming in a couple of days and the forge set up will happen soon. Leisa reported she's working on a quick test-out process for certification process in the electrical area for members who have already had experience.  ​
 Adjourn Motion to adjourn made by Daryl S., seconded by Alex C. Vote passed to adjourn at 6:40 pm.  Adjourn Motion to adjourn made by Daryl S., seconded by Alex C. Vote passed to adjourn at 6:40 pm. 
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