[EMS Discuss] idea...? :D

Kassie kassandra_kaplan at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 20 13:37:53 PDT 2013

One thing the board has been working on is classes and the opportunity for member to teach.  The new space will make this idea become reality easier.

This will create three new perks for our members. One, the classes themselves. Two, the opportunity to make some money teaching. And three, members will have a discount on classes.

Additionally, this will create a new revenue stream for EMS for other benefits like tools.

Currently I'm leading this charge, so if you are interested in being a part let me know.  While its still early I would like to share some of the already intended classes.

Intro to blender and 3d modeling
-focus on UI and basic animation 

Basic modeling in blender
-covering basic modeling concepts

Modeling for 3d printers
- learning to create 3d object that can be printed

Intro to Inkscape for cnc
-focus on creating cnc objects using ponoko

Intro to gimp
- focus on UI and basic photo manipulation.

Intro to the arduino 
- creating a basic circuit that will be controlled by the arduino. Focusing on the workflow and coding.

Right now I can't say more, but I should be able to say more soon.


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On Oct 20, 2013, at 12:32 PM, "Mr. Clif" <clif at eugeneweb.com> wrote:

> On 10/20/2013 11:56 AM, James Hukill wrote:
>> Cliff, 
>> Excellent and thanks again for all the hard work on and coordinating the new shop hunting.
> Boy, what a slog, but You are very welcome :-)
>> Other topic (sponsorship, grants, endowments)
>> Is this exclusive to the EMS board or can other members take initiative and seek grants/endowments/sponsors and donations?  Are there items in the bylaws preventing multiply sources of income in this manner or does it require a board member to make these decisions?
> The board welcomes and encourages all the participation it can get. :-) Spontaneous activities are great, though to have a bit more coordination (read effectiveness) forming a committee  is probably a good way to go. Specifically, yes please "take initiative and seek grants/endowments/sponsors and donations."
> I think that yes, all donations probably have to be approved by the board. Certainly any that have strings attached. Though there is nothing preventing multiple sources of income.
>> Also, is this something that is a "board function",  to coordinate these duties?  example:
>> I think I remember that we got some Teensy boards from Paul.  Did we ever do anything with them post/brag about them or say thanks in a public way to return the favor?  He has come out with the 3.0 and I don't think we got one, could be we did not follow up with the one we got.
> Yes it would be better if the board was a bit stronger in outreach, PR, and thanking our contributors. However our members could take the initiative and do a lot of that too. As long as you're not committing the organization to anything, only the board can do that.
> Hey James, thanks for the stimulating discussion on some very important isues!
>     Clif
>> On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM, Mr. Clif <clif at eugeneweb.com> wrote:
>>> Yes very true James,
>>> this is why we are moving. Look toward the future. ;-) I would be happy to have a sponsor James, and I think some competition would be great as a sponsored activity. However it should be at our shop and ideally it should bring more people there. Now, I'll admit I've been more interested in applying for grants than looking for sponsors that is my bias. I have even done some quick googles for grants we might qualify for when I was board, but currently landing a new space takes most of my time. However I now know of two grant writers in our community that might be available to help if we ask them nicely.
>>>     Clif
>>> On 10/20/2013 11:27 AM, James Hukill wrote:
>>>> I would be shocked if anyone wants to use our current space as a meeting room and pay for it.                           
>>>> So if you don't like the idea of having a meeting at a sponsor site, how about an event or competition of some sort?  Fastest beer chilling contraption or beer pouring bot?  What are your limits for what EMS would do or with a sponsor?  
>>>> I get you don't want one but there are possible enough members that do so what the middle ground?
>>>> On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM, Mr. Clif <clif at eugeneweb.com> wrote:
>>>>> I'm thinking instead of holding our meetings somewhere else and asking for sponsorship how about renting out our meeting room and getting extra money for that from other groups each month? That might even bring in more money and certainly get people down to our actual space not somewhere else.
>>>>>     Clif
>>>>> On 10/20/2013 11:14 AM, James Hukill wrote:
>>>>>> I totally agree that (IMHO) we can/should seek some sponsorship.  The topic has come up before and there are                                         some senior members with valid points about making sure it's done tastefully.  The example (to take it to the extreme for the point) is they do not want the shop to look like NSCAR.  I get that 100% and agree.  There has to be some middle ground though.                                        
>>>>>> But, cart before the horse?.. When do we wait if at all to ask for some sponsorship?  What do we have to offer in return? Do we do it before we move?
>>>>>> Simple example would be something like HopValley or Ninkasi.  We offerer to hold our membership meetings on                                           site with them.  Most of us go                                           and and have a drink now and again so might as well spend it with them.  They give EMS money and in return they know we will be onsite for a member meeting once a month that will bring them in x amount of $$.  Stickers at the shop with their logo, and or some type of newsletter with their logo                                           name as a Sponsor... 
>>>>>> On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Austin McKimmey <amckimmey at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> I feel like we have discussed membership cost increasing many times before. I don't think it has ever ended in any actual consideration to change anything though. There are some of us, me included in not embarrassed to say, that $25 is a hell of a lot to                                               pay already. There would have to be a much larger space and brand new shiny                                               tools there for me to consider paying any more.
>>>>>>> Everyone has heard me say this before. I personally think, if we have a presentable space. Not something full of junk and rusty tools. We could start asking for sponsorship funding from local businesses.
>>>>>>> There is a lot we can do.
>>>>>>> Austin
>>>>>>> On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM, James Hukill <James at hukill.net> wrote:
>>>>>>>> I agree, but, there has to be some value add for the increase dues.  Bigger space with more room and not a project dump (aka bike cart overdue for                                                         going away) site is a start.
>>>>>>>> We might chase folks away and there
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