This week @ the MakerSpace (Jan 17 – 22)

It’s been busy around here, behind the scenes.  (Has it really been a month since I posted a schedule?) This week, Tuesday, January 17: Chess Club (all ages!) from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, January 18: Fiber Arts from 7 to 9 pm  (It’s Pub Quiz time!  We meet at the New Deal Cafe this week.) Thursday, January 19: Minecraft Club from 7 to 8 pm Friday, January 20 Open Projects Saturday, January 21 Repair Cafe from 10 am to 4 pm FunDrive (We are collecting household donations as a fundraiser for the MakerSpace. It’s a test run of the… (Read More)

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Cooperative Meeting Schedule

To work on the corporate Bylaws and our Operating Manual, we have two meetings scheduled: Sunday, 1/8 and 1/15, 4:30pm We also have two times set aside for sharing general information and getting feedback, though you are welcome to meet with us any time you can stop by the MakerSpace. Thursday, 1/12, 7pm Saturday, 1/14, 7pm After our initial Bylaws are completed on 1/16, we will schedule addition information meetings leading up to the founding meeting for member/owners of the new Cooperative: Sunday, 1/29, 4:30pm All meetings are at the MakerSpace though we hope to have to move the founding… (Read More)

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Meet Greenbelt’s Newest 501(c)3 Public Charity

The newly formed Greenbelt Makerspace Cooperative, Inc. is an official public charity, granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS retroactive to our date of incorporation on Dec 19, 2016. Our application was approved in just 7 days, a testimony to our four year history of operating under a  non-profit private foundation, Greenstems Inc., and to our mission and vision statements: The mission of the Greenbelt MakerSpace Cooperative is to provide safe and convenient facilities, equipped with tools and resources, where we offer education and training using the hands-on approach of the maker movement. We challenge people of all ages to imagine,… (Read More)

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Update on Cooperative Status

At a recent worksession, several of us got together to work on our plans for forming a new cooperative to own and manage the MakerSpace. We drafted a mission statement and an initial set of purposes (see below) for forming the new company. We then recruited a temporary set of directors and drafted our Articles Of Incorporation which we filed on Dec 19, 2016 to officially incorporate Greenbelt Makerspace Cooperative, Inc. as a Maryland tax-exempt nonstock corporation. Since then we have opened a bank account at NASA Federal Credit Union, and we’ve filed form 1023-EZ with the IRS to request 501(c)3… (Read More)

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Cooperative Meetings and Docs

If you want to help get our new cooperative venture off the ground, you are invited to participate online and in person. Our first public meeting is this Sunday at 4:30pm at the MakerSpace where the first order of business is to draft the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, and hold a general discussion of what we are trying to accomplish. I.e. to agree on a mission statement and to set some initial goals. If you can’t make it in person, or have questions that can’t wait, please contact us via email at make125.coop@gmail.com. All of our documents are available… (Read More)

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This week @ the MakerSpace (Dec 6 – 11)

  Our LEGO Robotics competitions start this weekend (December 10!)  Wish the kids some luck! This week, Tuesday, December 6: FLL Team 1 from  6 to 7:30pm Wednesday, December 7: Labradoodles from 6 to 7:30 pm, Fiber Arts from 6 to 9 pm Thursday, December 8: FLL Team 2 from 5 to 6:30, Minecraft Club from 7 to 8 pm Friday, December 9: Little Makers from 5 to 6:30 pm Saturday, December 10: FLL Team 3 (This is not the animals you are looking for) from noon to 2 pm Labradoodles from 2 to 3:30 pm Sunday, December 11: Animation Meetup from… (Read More)

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MakerSpace Goes Cooperative!

If you were the owner/manager of the Greenbelt MakerSpace, how would things be different? Now, let’s make that happen! We are starting the transition from a private non-profit to a member owned cooperative… Please come by our Open House tonight, or  watch for a schedule of meetups and/or follow online presentations for more information. We invite you to join in as an active participant but at a minimum we welcome your comments and feedback. Over the course of our first four years of operating the Greenbelt MakerSpace, we most often responded to the question of “what do ‘we’ offer?” with… (Read More)

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Holiday Open House on Friday, 12/2

The Greenbelt MakerSpace, opened four years ago when husband-and-wife team George Boyce and Eva Fallon took over an abandoned dry-cleaning shop and transformed it into a STEAM-driven community space. Ever since, the MakerSpace has offered a diverse calendar of events, meetups and workshops, from First Lego League– an annual kids’ robotics competition– to beer brewing to watercolors. We host the annual spring Mini Maker Faire, quarterly Repair Café, Friday game nights, and a Wednesday night knitting circle. Join us on 12/2, from 6 PM to 9 PM, for our MakerSpace Holiday Open House. Everyone is welcome; Greenbelters who already know and love… (Read More)

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