Membership Rules

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# Current members should be paired with new/interested party so they have a kind of mentor/sponsor. If no member steps up, the President should attempt to take the responsibility but may pass the responsibility on to another officer.  
 
# Current members should be paired with new/interested party so they have a kind of mentor/sponsor. If no member steps up, the President should attempt to take the responsibility but may pass the responsibility on to another officer.  
  
# Any minor in the space must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times.  
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=== Dues ===
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# Membership fees are due on the 1st of every month and considered delinquent on the 1st of the following month.
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# The membership fee for individuals is $50 per month.  This fee provides full membership for one person. 
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# The membership fee for families is 75$ per month.  This fee provides full membership for two people.
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# In the event of financial hardship for a member, a special arrangement may be established with approval of a simple majority of the board.  Special arrangements may not exceed six months in duration, and only one hardship exception may be granted to a member with any 12 month period.
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# The Board of Directors reserves the right to have the final say on any and all special arrangements.
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# Any special arrangements are made / held in confidence.
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# Failure to pay dues in the specified month will result in suspension of membership privileges, as specified in the [[Bylaws]].
  
=== Suspending and Terminating Membership ===
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==Safety ==
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# Your safety is your responsibility
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#Proper safety precautions should always be exercised.
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#If safety is in question, stop until any safety concerns can be addressed.
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==Responsibility of Members ==
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# Members must act in a safe and responsible fashion at all times.  Egregious acts that endanger yourself or others may be grounds for termination of membership.
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# Ensure that dues are kept current.
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# Members must be responsible for guests that they bring to the space or group-sponsored events.  See policy on visitors below.
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# Any minor in the space must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times.  If the minor is your guest, it is your responsibility to have their legal guardian along as well.
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== Suspending and Terminating Membership ==
 
# Membership may be suspended or terminated from the organization for any of the following reasons:
 
# Membership may be suspended or terminated from the organization for any of the following reasons:
 
## Any reason specified in the [[Bylaws]] Article IV, Sections 6 and 7.  
 
## Any reason specified in the [[Bylaws]] Article IV, Sections 6 and 7.  
## Any activity which results in the endangerment of the status of the organization or its property, as determined by the board.
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## Any egregious activity which results in the endangerment of the safety of members, the status of the organization, or the welfare its property, as determined by the board.
 
## Any activity judged by the the board to be outside of the realm of acceptable behavior.  
 
## Any activity judged by the the board to be outside of the realm of acceptable behavior.  
 
==Rights of Members ==
 
#Every Full Member has the right to vote on any issue put before the membership.
 
#Every Full Member has the right to vote for officers / board members during the yearly election.
 
#Members are provided access to the space (pending acquirement of the group's space).
 
  
 
==Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco Policies ==
 
==Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco Policies ==
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#First occurrence, 2 weeks no alcohol consumption or alcohol intoxication on site and surrounding area.  
 
#First occurrence, 2 weeks no alcohol consumption or alcohol intoxication on site and surrounding area.  
 
#Second occurrence, 1 month no alcohol consumption or alcohol intoxication on site and surrounding area and 2 weeks of no usage of tools.  
 
#Second occurrence, 1 month no alcohol consumption or alcohol intoxication on site and surrounding area and 2 weeks of no usage of tools.  
#Third occurrence, go to board for further review. Membership may be terminated by a 2/3rds Majority of board members.
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#Third occurrence, go to board for further review. Membership may be terminated by a 2/3rds Majority of board members.  Other, non-terminating punishments must pass a simple majority vote.
#The board reserves the right for all decisions and actions taken pertaining to alcohol consumption or drunken conduct on site and surrounding area  
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#The board reserves the right for all decisions and actions taken pertaining to alcohol consumption or drunken conduct on site and surrounding area, as well as any event sponsored by the group.
  
==Responsibility of Members ==
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== Issues & Accusations ==
# Ensure that dues are kept current unless some other special arrangement has been approved by the board.  
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# If an issue or matter between members cannot be resolved, those members can bring the matter to the board. It is then at the board's discretion to enact appropriate action for resolution of the issue.  
# Upon any member deciding to leave the organization or in the event a member is removed by the board, that member must return any and all organization property as well as any keys or access devices used for the organization.
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=== Membership Dues ===
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# Membership dues will be determined by the Membership Level.
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# Membership fees are due on the 1st of every month and considered late after the 7th of the month and may be assessed a late penalty, as decided by the policy of the membership level.
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# A suspension of membership privileges or the membership revoked by the Board of Directors if dues are not paid within 15 calendar days from the first of the month.
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# The Board of Directors reserves the right to have the final say on any and all special arrangements.
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# Any special arrangements are made / held in confidence.
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== Issues & Accusations ==
 
# If an issue or matter between members cannot be resolved, those members can bring the matter to the board. It is then at the boards discretion to enact appropriate action for resolution of the issue.
 
 
== Visitors ==
 
== Visitors ==
 
# Non-Members are welcome to the space during regularly scheduled open house meetings or other open house events.  
 
# Non-Members are welcome to the space during regularly scheduled open house meetings or other open house events.  
 
# Non-Members are not permitted utilization of space resources.  
 
# Non-Members are not permitted utilization of space resources.  
 
# Pre-scheduled visits are welcome provided they are scheduled with and approved by the board.  
 
# Pre-scheduled visits are welcome provided they are scheduled with and approved by the board.  
#Guests of a paying member are allowed in the space provided they are accompanied by the member inviting them in. That member shall take responsibility for all actions of the guest for the duration of their visit.  
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# Guests of a paying member are allowed in the space provided they are accompanied by the member inviting them in. That member shall take responsibility for all actions of the guest for the duration of their visit.
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# In order to ensure compliance with tax laws, a member may have no more 7 guests present with them in the space at any time.
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# Any member providing their means of access to a guest without being present is subject to having their means of access removed for a period of two weeks.
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==Solicitations ==
 
==Solicitations ==
 
# Any outside solicitations to group members must be board approved.  
 
# Any outside solicitations to group members must be board approved.  
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==Tools & Equipment ==
 
==Tools & Equipment ==
 
===General Usage ===
 
===General Usage ===
 
#Certain equipment may not be operable by anyone under the age of 21 as decided by the board on a per equipment basis  
 
#Certain equipment may not be operable by anyone under the age of 21 as decided by the board on a per equipment basis  
 
#Tools should be used according to manufacturer's guidelines to ensure safety and prevent damage.  
 
#Tools should be used according to manufacturer's guidelines to ensure safety and prevent damage.  
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===Loaned Equipment ===
 
===Loaned Equipment ===
# Equipment does not leave the space  
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# Equipment owned by the group may not be loaned to members or otherwise removed from the space.
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=== Individual Owned Tools ===
 
=== Individual Owned Tools ===
# Risk of damage to equipment is assumed by the owner.  
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# Individuals may keep equipment at the space, subject to the approval of the board.  The board will most often approve this; however, it may be necessary to limit the number of duplicate tools.
# If it is feasible for the equipment to be added to inventory for insurance purposes then it will be included on the list while it resides at the location.  
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# The tools may be used by other members, and risk of damage to equipment is assumed by the owner.  
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# If it is feasible for the equipment to be added to inventory for insurance purposes then it will be included on the list while it resides at the location.
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== Projects ==
 
== Projects ==
#Projects should not be stored long term in the space unless approved by the board.  
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#Projects should not be stored long term in the space unless approved by the board.
==Safety ==
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# Your safety is your responsibility
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#Proper safety precautions should always be exercised
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#If safety is in question, stop until any safety concerns can be addressed.
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==Voting ==
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#All votes must be cast in person at the time the vote is called
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#Voting by proxy - You may cast your vote by proxy so long as the board has been notified and approved your request to vote by proxy.
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''Note: These membership rules stolen directly from midsouth makers.  Intended to be a starting point for us to discuss.''
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Revision as of 15:15, 21 December 2011

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