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 +**Generator Member Meeting DRAFT Minutes\\
 +March 11 th , 2019**
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 +Meeting Facilitator:​ Steve Mermelstein
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 +In attendance: Jake Blend, Steve Mermelstein,​ Karen Freeman, Daryl Stutz, Matt Flego, Gary Shores,\\
 +Robin Lloyd-Miller,​ Jonathan Landell, Alex Costantino, Ben Wiley, Megan McAvoy, Corrine Yonce, Jane\\
 +Adams, Elliott Katz, Chris Thompson, Jon Weisbecker, Edward Burke, Mike Senften, Jaret Williams and\\
 +Bill Gottesman
 +
 +Welcome: Steve welcomed attendees and called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Members introduced\\
 +themselves. Karen asked for someone else to take minutes at the next member meeting so she can\\
 +facilitate in her role as a member rep. Robin volunteered to take minutes (thanks Robin!).\\
 +Minutes of February 11 th members meeting: Ben made a motion, seconded by Daryl, to approve the\\
 +February minutes. Unanimous vote to approve.
 +
 +Announcements:​ Jonathan told the group that he has just received his Amateur Radio (ham radio)\\
 +license. He then shared a video of his turret lathe in operation and explained his process for turning\\
 +aluminum pads for his custom flutes. Steve encouraged members to attend the final JumpStart lecture\\
 +this Wednesday and to register for this free event on Eventbrite. Cairn Cross is speaking on “How to win\\
 +support from the right people”, event starts at 5:30 pm. There is a Q&A session 5pm Thursday, March\\
 +14 th at Burlington City Arts for potential applicants interested in BCA Community Fund grants.
 +
 +Elliott told the group that the woodshop is in good shape, with more storage cabinets continuing to be\\
 +built. He recently acquired a chisel sharpener for that space. A dust collection system is being\\
 +researched and an air filtration system to be installed in the woodshop. He also mentioned that Eric Roy\\
 +is working on inventorying existing and needed Standard Operating Procedures that detail the safe\\
 +operation of tools and equipment so that tools are accompanied by written SOP’s.
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 +Steve pointed out the great wood and metal frame tables the members were convened around, Elliott\\
 +thanked Jon and Jake for their key roles in these builds and noted that many members helped.
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 +Director’s update: Chris displayed a performance dashboard for the Generator and highlighted that\\
 +finances are solid. He noted that the organization has 6 months of the operations budget in the bank for\\
 +the first time and profit is ahead of budget. The track record for grants is 5 for 5 (Generator can tell a\\
 +compelling story to funders) and all of the studios are again fully rented. Chris noted that one outcome\\
 +of the grant seeking success relative to the metrics is that earned income as a % of the budget has\\
 +decreased slightly down to 40%. Positive financial health has enabled part-time staffers Jon Weisbecker\\
 +and Sarah Sprague to become full-time employees with benefits, and Rachel Hooper’s time increased to\\
 +75%.
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 +The last JumpStart lecture with Cairn is on March 13 th and the evening will also include presentations by\\
 +the most recent cohort. The next Reckless Ideas event is March 27 th . Jon spoke about a pilot program he\\
 +is overseeing that will launch in June - Maker Mentors. This new program is a collaboration with the\\
 +non-profit, Mentor Vermont, to foster the expansion of mentor/​mentee relationships (particularly as\\
 +participants move into their teen years) and enhance connections with the business community.
 +
 +Prototyping Update: Jake reported that a 2 nd Prusa has been acquired and set up. Jake was recognized\\
 +for his work getting the tool operational. Jake also mentioned that the VR lab will be opening soon, the\\
 +protocols for use of the space are being developed. He thanked Robin for his assistance. A new calendar\\
 +system (G Suite) will be used to reserve equipment, rooms etc. at the Generator. This tool will eliminate double booking. Also, the Google Group is moving to a more customized platform so members can\\
 +choose what info they want to receive.
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 +Maker-In-Residence:​ Outgoing M-I-R Michael Zebrowski will be hosting a barbeque out back to\\
 +celebrate the completion of his 10X10 writing/​other potential uses pod that will be moved to another\\
 +location in the area. Elliott pointed out that these residencies are the “face of the Generator” and\\
 +should represent the diversity and mix of who we are and what we do. Kat Clear is the incoming Maker-\\
 +In-Residence for March and April. She will create a “Maker Exchange” to harness the collective potential\\
 +of members. Going forward, rather than have M-I-R’s speak at member meetings, there will be multiple\\
 +presentations by a group of M-I-Rs twice a year in the flex space.
 +
 +Member build proposals: The two member builds still in progress were mentioned, and Gary reported\\
 +that he has all the CNC cooling system parts and should have this build in place the beginning of April.\\
 +Lathe is still working on his synthesizer project.
 +
 +Robin and Jake presented a new member build request. They described the need and opportunities of a\\
 +full access motion platform for the VR space. This technology would cost tens of thousands of dollars to\\
 +buy, but for $500 in parts it can be made at the Generator using member labor. It was described as a\\
 +plug and play project that would be versatile and compatible with many different VR programs. Ben\\
 +noted that the Champlain Collage students are developing amazing games in their dorm rooms but do\\
 +not have the space for a simulator of this size. He envisions a stronger relationship with the CC Game\\
 +Studio could result if this platform was built. Karen made a motion, seconded by Jonathan L. to approve\\
 +the $500 request. Unanimous vote to approve.
 +
 +Next Meeting: Monday, April 8 th , 2019
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 +Meeting adjourned at 7:05 pm
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 +Minutes submitted by Karen Freeman
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