Officers Meeting February 19, 2018

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Officer and Trustee Meeting

February 19, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Fair Use Building and Research Labs A New Jersey Nonprofit Organization held February 19, 2018 at the Organization's space. The meeting was brought to order at 7:30 pm by Eric Rivas, Chairperson and President. Quorum was established.

The following board members were present:

  • Eric Rivas, President
  • Beth Ritter-Guth, Vice President
  • Jenny Shane, Secretary
  • Neil Flynn, Treasurer
  • Zoltan Sisko, Trustee
  • Rick Anderson, Trustee
  • Jean Consorti, Trustee

The following members were present:

  • Brian Boccardi
  • Bill George



Working with Neil and Jean to reconcile books

Vice President

Meetup is terrible.


Nothing to report.


Discrepancy between quickbooks and bank account, likely rent check.

Shop Foreman

Performed mini alignment on the laser.

Space Stuff

Semi-Annual Dues Review

Treasurer recommends keeping dues at current cost.

Jean: we need to keep raising money through classes and kits. Electric bill keeps going up. Zoltan is reviewing electric bill records.

Keeping in touch with visitors- revisiting visitor guestbook/mailing list

Fubar used to have a guest book. Waivers give us no contact information.

Adding a guestbook on top of the waiver might be too much work.

All names in the previous guestbook are still available in a mailing list.

Rick suggests automating a follow-up email. Automated form might incorporate donations.

Could use a raspberry pi station for guestbook. Could use a google docs form.

Rick will take point (after Bell Works). There will be a discussion after the next member meeting.

Venting system for the laser cutter

Laser cutter needs an upgraded venting system. Cost will be under $75. We need a blower with better capacity and a system that fits the laser cutter better. Project is approved.

Online fundraising

Could try a gofundme for the laser fund. Could then use any guestbook mailing list. But we should contact the list before we ask for money to weed out disinterest.

Having a newsletter might make donation more attractive.

Fundraising at the space

No place for people to sign up and pledge for the laser fund. Need a better display.

Also, we need to mark that the refrigerator is only for food and drink no chemicals.

Need to add fundraising back to member meeting agenda.

Need better signage for donation box.

Neil: we should encourage people to charge money for lecture-style classes.

We can also encourage any people holding classes and workshops to tell people to donate. This should be mentioned at the member meeting.


New wiki will begin with minutes starting from this year. The new wiki is located at


We need a new descriptor to describe events which are hosted by members at fubar but which are not fubar labs events. We need to specify that these events are not monetarily related to fubar. Going forward, all public fubar events on meetup must go through the fubar register.

Everyone hates meetup but there is no better alternative.


Beth will change the link to the wiki on the website.

Member Wall

We are still missing some photos of members, but otherwise the wall is complete. Zoltan intends to add another row to fill in. We need to move the medals on the wall to make space.

Social Media

Nobody is in charge of any of the social media accounts

Past Events

Future Events

Bell Works Mini Maker Faire - February 24-25

Thursday evening is trailer packing day, Friday around 5pm is setup at Bell Works. We need to be set up by 9am on Saturday. Eric has volunteered to referee for any external power racing.

We would like volunteers to arrive by 7:30am on Saturday.

Bell Works After Party - February 24, 7:00pm

We need to organize food.

USA Science and Engineering Festival - April 7-8

Jean has announced an official fubar hotel. Registrations should be done ASAP.

David Peins will have a training session for any volunteers for the event.



  • Mario Cornejo- hasn’t been around, tabling membership application
  • Scarlett Menendez

Membership Renewal

  • Paul DeMello

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

Jenny Shane Secretary

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