Everyone. You may have noticed that we’ve been pretty quiet while we revamped the website. This was a major overhaul, but I think we’ve got a great new look to go along with a great new year. A shout out to the Maui WordPress group that helped us with some troubleshooting, and some dedicated behind the scenes work from our volunteers.
I’m excited about what’s ahead.
This was a happening year for us. We moved into our very own space last year around this time, and have been building momentum since then. We got a basic workshop and multi-purpose classroom set up/built out. Made it through our first year as a non-profit in the black, and got 3 small grants/sponsorships: Boeing, Kokua Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.
We got some great donations/equipment loans in terms of 3D-printers, a CNC milling machine, soldering irons, vinyl cutters and various odds and ends. We continued our Monthly public meetings and established classes and working groups. Got a few interns, and some nice featured Instructables by our members.
We instituted a paid membership structure to pay the bills. We’re all-volunteer, so 100% of your membership dues or donations go to basic operating expenses.
So what’s on tap for next year? We are going to press forward with creating a community of Makers. We are reaching out to the other Makerspaces across Hawaii to develop connections that help us share knowledge. We’ll also look at some ways to reach out into the community more and we’ll continue to tweak our events, classes and programs to match the interests and needs of our members.
One reason for revamping the website was to make it easier to communicate what we’re up to.
More later, so stop reading and Go MAKE something!