I would like to add a "Class Schedule/Program Committee Proposal" to
tonight's business meeting.
The committee idea has jelled from several informal discussions over
the past several weeks as a "Year Two" initiative. Anyone is welcome
to join me on this committee. We are after all, a "do-ocracy" as
Chris has said in the past.
The proposal is that the committee will be responsible to organize and
maintain a schedule of Wednesday night training classes at the Hive.
We will shoot to program 26-36 classes during the inaugural 2010/2011
season. The committee will solicit inputs for classes of interest to
the Hive. The committee will encourage and recruit Hive members to be
the instructors for one or more classes during Year Two. The
committee will publish/advertise the course schedule on the HIVE web-
site(s), promote attendance (by members and interested not-yet-
members), collect payment, and organize the classes on a weekly basis,
nominally on Wednesday nights. Classes attendance will be free to
members. We will charge a nominal tuition fee (say $10?) to not-yet-
members, and some classes will include a class material/supplies fee.
It is a topic for discussion and evolution over time as a variable,
but it would be reasonable for the instructor to be reimbursed (on-the-
order of $25 or so?) for his time and the other half of the fees
collected would flow back to the hive. As a member there would be an
informal expectation that you would teach one or more classes and then
be open to attend any of the other scheduled class opportunities
during the informal academic year.
Several members are already willing and able instructors and might
teach on a quarterly basis. Others have potential, and with
encouragement, could also lead one or more classes. Subject
technology proficiency is a plus, but the enthusiasm of a "wanna-be"
is also sufficient for someone willing to lead a class exploration/
On any given Wednesday night, that night's instructor is responsible
to open the Hive, setup for the class, sign-in registered students who
show up (some classes allow walk-ins), get waivers signed by non-
members, conduct the class, clean-up afterward, and close the Hive
when done. The instructor sets the timing for the class. I'm leaning
for 6:00pm to 7:00pm for my classes with set-up and sign-ins in the
prior 15 minutes and shoot for wrap-up and clean-up by 7:30. Others
can set their own schedule and other Hivers can stay later.
I will bring a kit of show-and-tell tools/parts to promote my leading
a hands-on copper pipe torch-soldering class as an upcoming trial-runs
for the concept. What classes would you like to see and what classes
might you be willing to lead?
Looking forward to the discussion on this proposal tonight and getting
underway in Year Two...