[EMS Discuss] idea...? :D

Sun Oct 20 11:13:44 PDT 2013


I think this is two discussions, one is about a presentable shop space 
with more new shiny tools, and the other is how to ramp up our income. 
The first will obviously be a great help in the latter. So first things 

We really need to move, and when we do we will need to fill the new 
space with lots of new tools and toys to attract all the new members 
that we will have to get to afford the new space. Otherwise...  You get 
the picture.

I just updated Rick Needs and Wants list with lots of cool things that 
we could really use in a new space. Please check it out here: 

Now we can't take them just yet but if we all keep our eyes open for 
these items then when we do move we can haul them down there and set up 
shop! :-)

I would like to make another wiki page for possible new sources of 
income so I'll work on that next. Please send me your ideas. :-)


On 10/20/2013 10:51 AM, Austin McKimmey 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 <EMAIL HIDDEN 
> <mailto:EMAIL HIDDEN>> 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 are some current members that
>     the current dues are already at their max.  The idea of some shop
>     work credit has been thrown about but I never heard what he board
>     had to say about it(?).  If you are at your max dues then you have
>     open and close the open house nights or other shop duties,  well
>     lets be honest chores for lack of a better term.  The shit no one
>     wants to due but needs to get done and if that helps you stay in
>     at a price you can afford I am all for that.
>     But more to the point you were working on. Better tools, toys and
>     resources for current and a draw for future members.  IMHO I think
>     a new space will breed some new enthusiasm into the shop and might
>     bring some life back into EMS.. who knows...
>     Is there a list of tools we want/need anymore?  It used to be on
>     the whiteboard and was supposed to get transferred to a  inventory
>     system that was going online?  That I was Kassandra I think.  Do
>     we have a location for groups projects and their status?
>     On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM, Cord Slatton <EMAIL HIDDEN
>     <mailto:EMAIL HIDDEN>> wrote:
>         Recently Marie came across an article that explained
>         Makerspaces and their costs and gave a range of services etc.
>         for a variety of areas and uses...The lowest membership dues
>         even listed were $35/month. Maybe we need to increase our dues
>         just slightly to give us more flexibility and to allow us to
>         invest in ourselves and have better equipment and a better
>         location.
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