Board meeting on Wednesday, November 29

Hello hello! On Wednesday (November 29) at 7:00 pm we are holding our next monthly board meeting at LMN. You’re welcome to join us and ask questions or share ideas during the member-led discourse portion as well! If you’re unable to attend and have questions or comments, please reply to this post and I’ll mention them for you. :slight_smile:


  • Approval of agenda
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Secretary’s report
  • Executive report
  • Committee updates
  • LEAP Opportunity
  • Member-led discourse
  • Schedule the next board meeting
  • Public board meeting adjourns
  • Executive session

Location Details

Topic: LMN Board Meeting
Time: November 29, 2023 at 7:00 PM Eastern
Location: 2730 Alpha Access St. Lansing, MI 48910

This is tonight, hope to see you there! :grin:

Lansing Makers Network

Board of Directors
Regular Meeting Minutes

November 29, 2023, 7:00 pm at 2730 Alpha Access

Present: Erik Gillespie (Secretary), Jody Applegate (Treasurer), Brian Adams (President), Carl Raymond, Jerry Jodloski, Joe Zimmerman, Charlie Finkel


Spectators: Maria Alcaraz

Minutes: Erik Gillespie
Meeting called to order: 7:04 pm

1. Approval of agenda

MOTION: Approval of Agenda as Submitted. [Jody, Jerry]
RESULT: Approved by unanimous consent

2. Treasurer’s report

  • Link to 2023-10 Treasurer’s Report
  • Link to 2023-11 (Partial) Treasurer’s Report
  • Payment for the Silver Bells float has been received and paid out to Charlie.
  • We have $800 in pending donations from our year-end donor campaign.
  • Brian will write an agreement to cover Jack’s loan for moving his donated tools.
  • We have received a proposal from ALG Group for bookkeeping services.
    • Brian will help subsidize the cost of this if we accept the proposal.
    • Jody will send a PDF of the proposal for the board to read. Please review it by December 6 so we can put accepting it to a vote.

3. Secretary’s report

  • Nothing to report.

4. Executive report

  • Henry Coonrod will start doing video production for us such as tips, shorts, behind-the-scenes views, and perhaps ads.
  • Henry is also interested in finding a project that we can use for applying for an Art Council grant.
  • Others have expressed interest in helping with grant discovery and writing and we need to find a way to organize grant writing within our organization.
  • The electricians renting space for Silver Bells will not continue renting into 2024.
  • Evelyn is hosting Astronomy on Tap on January 17 and we will need a special liquor license.
    1. Evelyn plans to contact LPD.
    2. We need to make sure we’re a) less than 500 feet from the nearby church, b) signatures from all board members, and c) provide a detailed diagram and headcount for the venue of the event.
    3. Brian will email the application to the board.

5. Committee updates

  • Strategic Planning Committee (Brian, Carl, Charlie)
    • Is going to meet next week to resume planning.
  • Fundraising Committee (Carl, Erik, Joe, Maria, Mike)
    • Link to Fundraising Committee Meeting Minutes
    • Hosted an envelope-stuffing event and mailed our donor appeal letters.
    • Emailed our Giving Tuesday appeal out on the morning of November 28.

6. LEAP Opportunity

  • LEAP is administering the MEDC funds for an entrepreneurship-focused grant.
  • Charlie contacted them about our ideas of creating an accelerator program and/or training to develop businesses using our equipment, particularly the new CNC and laser cutter.
  • LEAP (Harrison Leffel-Jones) is interested in meeting with us to discuss possibilities.
  • We need to aggregate our ideas before we have this meeting.
  • Jack Olsen is hosting a “Cutting Edge Entrepreneurship: CNC and Laser for Small Businesses” event at our space on December 15. Perhaps LEAP could sponsor this?
  • Jerry J. will host the lunch meeting at Batter Up Bistro.

7. Member-led discourse

  • No discussion topics.

8. Schedule the next board meeting

Next board meeting: Wednesday, January 24, 2023, at 7:00 pm

9. Public board meeting adjourns

MOTION: Adjourn the board meeting and move into the executive session. [Erik, Joe]
RESULT: Approved by unanimous consent.