Disregarding the 4th of July weekend as an exception, none of the meetings for the past few months have happened at the time the committee has stipulated on the wiki.
If a new time is going to be adopted, it needs to be updated formally for the regular meeting as it’s become “the thing” that members can come to the meeting for training and we list on our wiki page that it starts at noon, not at 3pm.
Furthermore, the online meeting requirement is still in place and the meeting still does not have it added. Trying to last-minute create one has led to repeated issues at each of the last meetings, including the snubbing of those who dial into the meeting.
Lastly, the minutes for July are still missing. Given the gravity of the issues discussed, such as the powder coating oven, minutes are essential.
This is all compounded by the drastic shift to completely-empty calendar events, attempts at keeping discussion on matters important to the membership hidden, and deterring members who do not already know what votes are coming up or important topics of discussion that have been yet again tabled.
Unlike the machine shop where historically such agenda-less meetings were attended by all the most active users and the general user base is much smaller, the metal shop does not have that historical nor demographic advantage to running a committee this way as it disregards the average metal shop users and those who use the metal shop often but are not able to be active committee members.
For comparison, the number of members trained for MIG welding alone is almost double the number of Bridgeport users, and still more than Bridgeport and Clausing users combined. (sourced from AD; no matter how you look at it the Metal Shop has a far larger user base than the Machine Shop)
As a committee member, an instructor, and a heavy metal shop user I am calling on @Team_Metal_Shop to, as a committee, remedy these issues.