We’re in the process of finalizing our move, from our smaller shop to the larger shop next door! We still need your help, your understanding and your patience. We’re planning on hosting a grand reopening when we have things finished up! In the meantime, the space is open to paying members, but please keep in mind that some equipment may not be operational.
As most of you know, Dan Hess, one of our founders, a past president and, until recently, treasurer of the group, has accepted a job in (and is moving to) Portland, Oregon. As such, he is stepping down from his role as Treasurer. Shortly after this was announced, Joe Ferguson, another founder and board member, announced that he would be stepping down from his position of Secretary in order to better focus his attention on driving and developing the tech community throughout Memphis.
In order to replace these two Board members for the duration of the current Board term (until the next election is held in December 2014), the remaining Board members elected Brett Henley and Jonathan Wood to take on the roles of Treasurer and Secretary, respectively, and hope they do not completely screw up the organization over the next 6 months.
As of 2/16/2014 Midsouth Makers has halted all recycling efforts except for aluminum cans. The effort required to haul and receive payout, and lack of room was the deciding factor. Please place aluminum cans neatly in the red tape area of the shop. Please do not crush cans. They are easier to handle at the recycler when they have not been crushed
Even though we have ceased recycling, we are still taking donations. If a member is donating/bringing in a donations, it is his/her responsibility to break down and put away donations. If unsure about the intrinsic value or where to put an item, place it in the red tape area in the shop.
Salvage Parts and Items:
If you have walked into the space recently, you will find we have bins. Lots and lots of bins now! Please keep these organized. There are some spare bins, if we need more categories. Just make sure to label the bin!
This is a work in progress and there are plans on expanding expanding the bin storage and creating custom drawer shelving unit to house the bins.
Just a friendly reminder that all items on the work bench near the door should only be there for 1 week max. I myself am guilty of this. If you have some projects that have been lingering there for a while, please complete or pick them up. If you leave a project on this bench, please make note of your name and the date last worked on. Abandoned projects will be filed away in the trash bin. This is a necessary evil to create room for newer projects being fabricated in the space.
The space has gained another 4×8 foot section of pegboard. The pegboard and tool chest is for storing tools and tool consumables (blades, sandpaper, ie) only.
Gray Hanging Wall Bins:
These are for fasteners and tiny loose hardware items that don’t need a large bin. These are a current work in progress. If a bin is needed for fasteners or tiny hardware items, please label the bin with the label maker.
With our first move in day scheduled for June 23rd, here’s some updated pictures of our progress at the new space.
Just to give everyone an update, Ben, Claudio, Dan, and Joe have been up at the new space working nearly everyday since we’ve signed the lease. We have taken down all the walls we needed to take down. We’ve fixed the drop ceiling in the community room. We’ve prepped the walls of the community room to be primed and painted. We need to put up a couple of walls and we’ll be ready to start moving stuff in.
We’re still waiting on the AC to be fixed (Hasn’t worked since we’ve been there) and we’re waiting on a guy to come fix the broken glass in the front door.
We are going to be up working on the new space every night this week. If any members would like to come give us a hand we would greatly appreciate it. Let us know when you plan on coming out, we don’t want to get too many people in the space and not be able to get any work done.
Hoping to get our Comcast connection moved over (as well as our servers/camera setup) sometime Friday. We’re just waiting on Comcast to schedule a time/date.