[EMS Discuss] Classes was: idea...? :D

Sun Oct 20 22:07:10 PDT 2013

Yay Kassie, :-)

Check this out: "Classes provided more than *60-75 percent* of the 
income for Artisan’s Asylum in its early stages, and are a fundamental 
part of almost all makerspaces I’ve ever seen." That is a quote from Gui 
Cavalcanti one of the co-founders of Artisan’s Asylum.

I just did the spread sheet for income and expenses and the biggest 
revenue stream by far... is classes, even if you only charge $15 / hour 
which is below market rate, and that is after you give half the income 
to the instuctror which is what Artisan’s Asylum did. Though I can't 
remember what models we came up with at a board meeting. Kassie knows 
though. ;-)

So the bottom line is if we have a good quiet classroom or rooms we can 
afford a bigger space. :-)


On 10/20/2013 01:37 PM, Kassie wrote:
> 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.
> Kassie
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Oct 20, 2013, at 12:32 PM, "Mr. Clif" <EMAIL HIDDEN 
> <mailto:EMAIL HIDDEN>> 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 
>>> <http://www.pjrc.com/store/teensy3.html> 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 <EMAIL HIDDEN 
>>> <mailto:EMAIL HIDDEN>> 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 <EMAIL HIDDEN
>>>>     <mailto:EMAIL HIDDEN>> 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
>>>>>         <EMAIL HIDDEN <mailto: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 <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
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