Member Meeting Minutes for May 2, 2018

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Called to Order

  • Chad called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM


  • Chad Elish
  • Becky Zajdel
  • James Hyde
  • Rob Martin
  • Ian Maclachlan
  • Adam Casto
  • Geno Soroka
  • Alex Sciuto
  • Gabe Cottrell
  • Bob Berger
  • Alan Bachmann and daughter
  • Adam Longwill (via Google Hangouts)
  • Victoria Kerestes (via Google Hangouts)
  • Mandy Stultz (via Google Hangouts)

New Members

  • Alex Sciuto

Guest Introductions

  • No guests present today!


Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Previous Events

  • Dave taught a great welding class on Sunday. As usual, it was well-taught and well-received!
  • Geno and Sean taught the Electronics class for new members and their children.

Upcoming Events

  • Adam Longwill is teaching a Computer Building Workshop on the May 19th.
  • Becky Zajdel and Bethany Klack will be teaching a Resume-writing class on May 31st.
  • A group of makers and teachers from Zimbabwe is coming on May 12th to visit and observe 3D printing. We want to make sure the space is clean for their visit.
  • Becky is bringing in the American Red Cross to teach a First Aid and CPR/AED class
    • We have the option of doing a six-hour class or a two-hour-online hybrid class.
    • Becky will take a poll on Slack and figure out what type of class HackPGH wants to do, and then get back to the Red Cross

Shop Updates

  • Maker Faire Pittsburgh
    • We will be working with MakePGH to figure out next steps.
  • Grants
    • CITF
      • The county is approving on a "rolling basis". We will hear about it when we hear about it.
    • We want to go for more grants
    • Remake Learning Grant - $2500
      • Becky is waiting to hear about this.
    • Sprout Legacy Grant - $1000
      • Becky is waiting to hear about this, also.
  • Scholarships
    • Chad set up a Facebook birthday fundraiser. Chad met the $300 goal in less than a day, but it's up over $545 presently!
      • We have around $600 for free memberships.
    • More from Westminster Presbyterian Church
    • Donate button on web site
  • Outreach
    • Tustin Lot Request for Proposal
      • We must vote on whether to go our own way or work with Jeremy and Daniel
        • The members have voted for doing the proposal alone (HackPGH and Meta Mesh WC)
    • Michael Walsh
      • Does sculpture and wants to work together on a project.
  • Shop Improvements
    • We have a group together for shop improvements, namely the new bathroom.
    • We can get everything from brick to tile to paint from Construction Junction.
    • The whole project can generally be done for the cost of labor.
      • Rob Martin made a motion to create an Improvement Committee outside of the board.
      • We are putting the Expansion Committee in charge of the Bathroom Committee.
      • Chad will make sure that improving the bathroom is okay with our landlord.
  • Classes/Training
    • We would like more members sign up to do tool training and classes.
    • Education Lead
    • We are instituting a 72-hour cancellation policy for classes.
      • If you cancel outside of a 72-hour policy, you won't lose your money.
    • Have classes booked 2 months in advance
  • Donations
    • Wood Lathes
      • Sean will keep us updated about the donation
    • Printers
      • We are looking into taking a donation of a 7300 CMYK Xerox Color Printer and a Xerox 4125 B&W printer.
      • Generally, we are interested in the color printer but not the b&w printer. We will take the b&w printer as well, but if we do not find a use for the latter we will recycle the parts.
      • We are setting up a designated donations area. After two weeks, the donation gets an "up for grabs" sticker.
      • Becky will make a sign for the donation area!
  • Elections
    • James is leaving us.
    • We need to elect a new board member.
    • Nominations will go up on Slack this evening!
    • Our finances are getting quite complex, so we are looking into hiring a CPA.
    • If any members know about a CPA or tax attorney who may want to donate their time, please let the board know!

Project Updates

  • The small CNC is very close to being done!
    • If anyone wants to lend their help to work on the small CNC. tell Sean!
  • Bob has been working on the big CNC. We need to keep that table CLEAN!
  • Alex bought a robot-arm. He and Chad plan on doing a 48-hour hack-a-thon.

Recognition for AWESOMENESS

  • James Hyde
  • Sean Guzek

Move to Adjourn

  • Adjourned at: 9:02 PM

Minutes typed by Becky Zajdel. Becky Zajdel signing off at 9:06 PM