With new members comes new energy, and we have seen an enthusiastic ground swell in projects over the past 2 months:
The Vacuum Former Project now has a gofundme.com page to raise the money needed to finish the project. Cosplayers, theater set makers, car enthusiast, and laser tag players have all expressed interest in getting this going. Lend us a hand by donating at http://www.gofundme.com/1ifpqw
The Large CNC is near completion as well. We started fund raising for that last month and we have $200 of our $800 goal met. If you want to donate to the cost of motors, electronics and software needed to finish this, head to https://cyberialtd.wildapricot.org/Donate-to-Projects/
We are moving ahead again on renovating the entrance area. Jim Coleman is looking for donations of paint (regular and epoxy paint for the floor), time and materials to help get this cleaned up and looking good. Contact Jim Coleman for more ways to help!
Since we have moved to the Wild Apricot system for member management, we can now work on improving our access control for the 'space. RFID Keypads have been purchased and we are working on reprogramming them to check for member status. This makes it important for everyone to make sure they are correctly set up on the web site. If you are on a recurring payment and still get emails after the 1st that says we can't find your payments, then you need to contact Andy Hasara ASAP to help get things fixed!
Along with the physical access, electronic access is being improved. We have received the Windows licenses from Microsoft via Tech Soup, and are going through and updating all of the computers and laptops (even the MAME cabinet) to the new licensing system. Also, you will continue to see improvements to the Web page roll out as time permits, so keep your eyes (and RSS news readers) on this blog for updates!
The Large Format Printer is now online! It is a premium item, so if you need something printed, you will need to submit the file for a cost estimate and we will have to print it for you. Right now, send them to Andy Hasara for estimates until we can automate the process.
The temporary banner that is outside is not much longer for this world (it lasted the three years the sign shop promised) and is in need of replacement. Designs are underway for a replacement sign.
And speaking of replacement signs: Since the large format printer is functional, we can now print the replacement Cyberia Themed Marquees panel for the MAME cabinet upstairs. Expect that before the June Member Meeting, as well!
Between this and all the volunteering that we have been asked to do at conventions. we are looking at a VERY busy summer!