[vcf-midatlantic] OT: help the makerspace @ InfoAge

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Tue Jan 15 19:11:40 EST 2019

Update: two people here in VCF/Mid-Atlantic made generous donations to 
the IXR/CDL fund -- thank you!

Latest update is the newly merged group is only $194 short of their goal.

On 1/3/19 5:39 PM, Evan Koblentz wrote:
> From the "Many of you may already know this, but some may not" 
> department:
> For the past few years there's been a makerspace located at InfoAge. 
> It was called the Institute for Exploratory Research, or "IXR". 
> Adjacent to the IXR's space on the InfoAge campus was the Computer 
> Deconstruction Lab, where people can learn about modern computers. It 
> also has a podcast studio.
> Neither group was an independent entity, unlike VCF, NJARC, NJHDA, 
> etc. -- IXR and CDL were simply part of InfoAge.
> Now, with InfoAge's blessing, the two groups are both closing and 
> reforming as an independent entity (just like VCF, etc.) under the CDL 
> name. That is already underway. The new group will be branded as 
> "Computer Deconstruction Lab -- the Jersey Shore Makerspace".
> CDL needs to raise $1,084 for all the business/non-profit filing fees. 
> So far they raised $710.
> IXR/CDL separately have been helpful resources to VCF and to InfoAge, 
> so let's return the favor! Perhaps VCF/Mid-Atlantic members can help 
> CDL raise the remaining funds. (Any funds beyond that amount will be 
> used as seed money.)
> The new group doesn't yet have its own bank account. As I understand 
> it, their treasurer will be Martin Flynn, who of course is a trusted 
> VCF member too.
> Their other officers will be secretary Neil Cherry (also one of us!); 
> president Dan Jacobs (a good friend to us); and VP Joe Wilkes. I will 
> be one of the board members, but I won't be involved in day-to-day 
> management. VCF keeps me plenty busy. :)
> Until they get a bank account (and thus a PayPal account), Martin is 
> handling the funds directly. Please contact him at 
> maflynn at theflynn.org to inquire about helping them get started. (FYI: 
> they said these donations are NOT tax-deductible, because they're 
> ahead of the status being obtained.)
> The group's website is www.compdecon.org.

Evan Koblentz, executive director
Vintage Computer Federation

evan at vcfed.org
(646) 546-9999

VCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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