Here we are again. A little over a year ago, just as we secured a temporary meeting place, my father was in a horrible motorcycle accident and I was unable to give the proper attention to the Maine Makerspace. Now, I still need to manage my father’s care and finances, but I have a little more time. Sadly, that means we need to start all over again. One thing I realized is that the Maine Makerspace needs to start with a group of leaders and not one person or it will never work. We need to get a core group of people together, people who are interested in dedicating time (and blood, sweat and tears.. as needed) to get this off the ground.
I am once again compiling an email list of anyone interested in attending the Maine Makerspace meetings in Waterville. A year ago, the physical group was just 4 people, meeting randomly at my place to play with some basic electronics, go over some Arduino tutorials, etc. However, in the last year we have not even been doing that. We now have over 100 members on our Facebook page so we should be able to get this ball rolling.
The first order of business will be to find a date/time for the first public meeting that works best for a majority of the people interested. I expect the first meeting to be up to a dozen people, but I will have a better idea of the exact number once I start getting an email list compiled.
The goal of the first meeting or two will just be to meet up, get to know each other and our various interests. Maybe discuss what goals we all have for the Maine Makerspace. To discuss who is interested in becoming MMS Officers (Pres, Vice-Pres, Secretary, Treasurer, Board of Directors, etc) and who want to just become members and participate in events, classes, etc.
Just to be up front, Maine Makerspace will have a formal layout. There will be officers (Pres, VP, Board of Directors, Secretary, etc) setup so that we can incorporate as a non-profit down the road, but my goal of the public meetings are to be down to earth and informal. Basically just a bunch of friends meeting up to Make stuff and promote Making. Please note that we are all going to have various interests, from knitting/sewing to art/design, from electronics/robotics to welding/woodworking. You might not even know where your interest lies, but as we grow you will be able to dabble in many projects and see what you are good at, what you enjoy! The first rule, if there are to be any rules.. should be “Have Fun”.
So, if you are interested, please get back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number & location.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to shoot those over to me as well.