Minutes:10 MAY 2023 Members Meeting Agenda

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Meeting begins: 1912

Meeting ends: 1957

Participants: Nate Y., Brian J., James K., Donovan P., David G.


  • Announcements/new business - 10m
  • Operations
  • Financial
  • Membership
  • Outreach
  • Education


  • Announcements/new business:
  • Operations:
    • Cricut Updates - David G.
      • Bringing it next Thursday
    • Updates/plans for planer and sewing machine
      • Nate asked Joe for an update in #Operations
    • Signage/SEO updates - Jeremy H.
      • Joe would like to work on the column in an expedient manner.
      • No updates for column or signage since those folks are not at the meeting.
    • Future tool plans/SOPs for Roland CNC, resin 3d printer, other unused machines/tools? - Nate Y.
      • James said he will investigate getting the Roland CNC running
        • James found a manual! And Andrew shared some videos on how to set it up.
        • Will try to roll this into the curriculum for the May CNC class.
  • Financial:
    • Financial health outlook/Current Profit and Loss updates, Quickbooks migration progress - Joe D., James K.
    • County/MEDC grants updates - James K., Nate Y., others?
      • Still interest in moving forward with this, but no bandwidth this month. Will keep this on the minutes so we don't forget to do it!
    • Michigan Nonprofit Relief Fund - Nate Y.
      • No time available to get this done. Will keep eyes open for other opportunities in the future.
    • Fundraising ideas - further discussion on any of the below items? - James
      • Add AHA "Alumni" section to newsletters. Highlight some of their accomplishments, projects, etc.. Would help us get more exposure to more social networks.
        • James: this is a very actionable thing to do to flesh out our monthly newsletter. Can we schedule a time to get on a Zoom call and get some questions.
        • David has offered to reach out, just needs some questions to ask!
        • James and David will coordinate on this.
        • Also James and Sarah will coordinate to get something in June
      • Renting our space to hold private workshops
      • Use AHA for exhibitions: showcase art that is made with tools in the space, or partner with artists/musicians/etc. to showcase their work.
      • Run events that encourage people to return at a later date, e.g. longer-term projects, a need to wait for things to cure, etc.. Encourages repeat visits and boosts foot traffic.
        • James: this is also pretty actionable. For example a resin molding class that gets people back in to pick up the results.
  • Membership:
    • As of the last Members' Meeting, we lost one standard member, gained one standard member. Two prospective members are pending payments, orientation, and/or volunteer hour commitments, probably to be completed sometime this month.
    • 2023 AHA Elections update - James K.
      • Going to try and get the email sent out before the weekend
    • Refreshing our Member tracking spreadsheet in lieu of available fancier options - Nate Y.
      • This spreadsheet can supplement the financial data (Quickbooks) to cover other small details such as have they been oriented, signed waiver; or if they are a volunteer, etc..
      • Nate will spearhead the spreadsheets with the help of James.
  • Outreach:
    • Upcoming outreach opportunities:
      • AAPS STEAM Expo - 5/22 6-7:30pm @ Skyline HS
      • Chelsea Amateur Radio Club Swap Meet - 6/4, morning-afternoonish - http://wd8iel.com/2023-chelsea-amateur-radio-club-swap-meet/ . A2 Retro Tech folks invited to participate! Please ping Nate if there is interest, and he'll get a table.
      • A2Zero Summerfest - 6/10 4pm setup, 5-8pm @ Summerfest Annex (Presumably near Ingalls Mall?) - Solar CNC demo
        • Good chance to get bugs hammered out for A2 Art Fair.
        • Any chance to get photo stuff automated for this?
      • Artisan Market - Any Saturday 11am-4pm -> Punting to July to plan for a Fall-time booth
      • Cahoots happy hour - We think these are basically second Thursdays @ 4-6pm.
  • Education: