[EMS Discuss] idea...? :D

Sun Oct 20 11:14:25 PDT 2013

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
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

On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Austin McKimmey <EMAIL HIDDEN>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> 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> 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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