Join Our Committee

Dear Rockford Makers:

Thank you to all who came to last Thursday’s meeting, and also to everyone else interested helping making Rockford MakerSpace a reality.

As a next step, we would like to form working committees to address the things that need to get done, and to do some longer-range planning. Below are some initial thoughts on what the committees will do. As needs change or new needs are identified, the committees and what they are responsible for will undoubtedly evolve.

Please e-mail us (contact@rockfordmaker.space) to let us know with which working committee(s) you are interested in participating. Also, if you have special expertise to offer, let us know (no special skills required, but we’d like to know so we can put your skills to work). 

We will aim to hold initial committee meetings sometime in January; we’ll get in touch with those who have expressed interest to work out the best date/time.

On to the committees:

Space

  • The Space committee will be responsible for making the space at 203 N. Church ready to house the makerspace. We will really need people here with building experience (architecture, pluming, electric, drywall, etc.). Because we will need to keep everything to code, those who have appropriate licenses and experience would be especially helpful.
  • On an ongoing basis, the Space committee will organize things such as tables, chairs, and workbenches and otherwise ensure the space is adequate for needs, stays neat and clean, etc.

Equipment and Safety

  • The Equipment and Safety Committee will maintain equipment, ensure adequate safety and training practices and systems are in place, and maintain an equipment “wiki” knowledge base of general information and best practices.
  • The committee will maintain equipment “wish list,” prioritize needs and develop a strategy for obtaining the equipment (involving other committees as needed).
  • At some point, subcommittees might form based on equipment type (metalworking, woodworking, etc.)
  • The committee likely will be mostly in planning mode until the space and insurance are in place.

Membership, Communications, and Community Outreach

  • The committee will initially define what a member is. It will maintain a membership list in addition to a list of other interested people in the community.
  • The committee will communicate information and events to membership and the general public.
  • The committee will act as a liaison to community organizations, schools, government, businesses, and other entities with which Rockford MakerSpace has formed partnerships with in the interest of addressing common goals.
  • A long-term goal is also to provide outreach to area schools to develop interest in STEAM (Science Technology, Education, Arts, Math).

Classes and Events

  • The Classes and Events Committee will organize training and educational classes, as well as social events and tours.

Operations and Finance

  • The committee will put in place and maintain the structure of the organization (bylaws, etc.)
  • Initial goals for the Operations and Finance Committee are to secure appropriate insurance, and to obtain 501c3 nonprofit status.
  • The committee will work to develop funding sources, potentially in conjunction with other committees.

As we move forward, it is quite likely that this committee structure will change up a bit. We needed to start somewhere!

To make sure we are all headed in the same direction, each committee will have a liaison to a steering committee. The steering committee will likely meet late January or early February (once the committees have had a chance to meet).

In closing, again thank you to everyone who is as excited as we are to be “making a MakerSpace.” Get in touch with us at contact@rockfordmaker.space if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Doug Heimbecker – doug@rockfordmaker.space
Kevin Holdmann – kevin@rockfordmaker.space

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