Chandler Community Meeting Notes 11/20

Chandler Community Meeting Notes 11/20/2013
By: Jeremy S.

START 4:08PM

  • General Thoughts on Goal of Meeting.  We like the open general update and communication aspect (of old format, pre-Initiatives check in).  We also liked the “lets focus and have a goal for meetings.”  We didn’t like the “lets turn some meetings into a project meeting”.  So we stated a goal that our meetings should allow for open general discussion but also allow for us to plan out some specific long-reaching discussions too.
  • Thanksgiving Potluck next Wednesday: Please promote!  People are paramount!  We need a main course dish.  Idea offered to pitch in for a turkey or ham?  Troy B. will coordinate a ham or turkey.  We discussed a problem with food-related events not being cleaned up.  So, for this Potluck, start time is at 12PM, end time is at 2PM.  At that time, everyone will help get cleaned up.
  • Startup Weekend was awesome.  Thanks to everyone for helping out, sponsoring, and being there.  Ben was a great host.  Ben thanks us all.
  • Kids & Gangplank: Last week, a person brought disruptive kids to the Thursday WordPress Meetup Group.  We wanted to remind each other of our stance on Kids at Gangplank.  Kids are welcome here as long they are learning and not disruptive.  This place is first a place for adults to learn and develop business and community.  EXCEPT for Gangplank Jr, when kids are welcome implicitly.  Parents who bring their kids outside of GPJR events are expected to monitor their children and ensure they are not disruptive… if the parents are unable to do so or are not, we fall back to Manifesto item “Friendship over Formality” and personally give the parent feedback and ask them to fix the problem or leave and come back without their children.  We agree we are not helping a situation if we simple complain about it afterwards.
  • Trash Schedule: If your desk moved, so did your trash day.  Refer to map on wall by key rack.  There is a question about when you should do it?  We discussed that this is ideally afternoon time (2PM to 4PM), but whenever it is ideal for your company/pod is okay.  IE: Bonanza Ed is usually off-site in the field during the afternoon… they are okay doing it around lunch since that is when they get here.
  • 2 Things that will make Gangplank Better… go!  More Toys. More People. More participation.  More Money. More Accessibility.  More Education.  More Food.  More Silliness… and more (I couldn’t keep up with the suggestions).

END 4:35 PM

Downtown Chandler Food Drive

There are many families in Chandler who are not able to provide all of their basic needs. This is where you can help out. Our neighborhood food bank (literally they are just down the street), the Chandler Christian Community Center assists in providing food and basic needs. Gangplank Chandler and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership are partnering to assist CCCC in collecting food and supplies this holiday season.  Please participate in the downtown Chandler food drive.

We have several CCCC boxes at Gangplank Chandler to collect donations in.

photo 93 Downtown Chandler Food Drive

TOP EVERYDAY NEEDS
Salt – Flour – Cooking Oil – Sugar
Kid-friendly soups (like chicken noodle) – Ramen noodles
Pinto Beans – Canned Meats – Pasta Sauce – Tomato Sauce
Canned Fruit – Canned Vegetables (corn, peas, green beans) – Canned Milk
Cake Mix & Frosting – Jelly – Peanut Butter – Cereal
Ready-to-eat food with pull-top lids for the homeless

TOP HOLIDAY NEEDS
Black Olives – Brown Sugar – Sugar -Butter – Cooking Oil – Eggs – Flour – Frosting – Cake Mixes – Pudding Mixes – Stuffing – Pie Shells – Ham – Turkey – Canned Corn – Canned Green Beans – Canned Pineapple – Canned Pumpkin – Canned Milk – Candied Yams – Celery – Mashed Potatoes – Chicken Broth – Gravy – Jam or Jelly – Jell-O – Macaroni Pasta – Mayonnaise – Mustard – Pickles

OTHER NEEDS
Diapers – Diaper Wipes – Baby Formula – Baby Food – Cleaning Supplies

Chandler Fire Department Open House

The Chandler Fire Department is holding a free open house for the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Fire Station No. 8 at 711 West Frye Road. The event is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to educate residents about the services provided by Chandler Fire, and to share safety, fire prevention and emergency preparedness information with the public.

chandlerfire Chandler Fire Department Open House

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In addition to tours of the station, there will also be fire truck & apparatus displays and demonstrations, drowning prevention information, and children will get hands on instruction on how to get out of a smoke filled environment at the Fire Safety House display. Department mascots will also be on hand, and free balloons and fire helmets will be available for children. 

Throughout the event, Fire Department staff will be available to talk about the Crisis Response volunteer program, smoke alarm program, Fire Cadet program, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

This open house will also feature instruction on Hands-OnlyTM CPR, which when performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

Fire Station No. 8 is located on the south side of west Frye Road between Alma School Road and Arizona Avenue. For more information about the open house, please call 480-782-2120.

The Maker Summit

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The Maker Summit
You are invited to attend the inaugural Maker Summit, a gathering of like-minded community members who are actively engaged in the Phoenix Valley maker movement. Get to know other Valley leaders, educators and resources for making; make some cool take-home stuff; create a plan to build the maker community; and enjoy some tasty local catering!

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center
249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 [map]

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Summit Highlights:

  • Enjoy our keynote address by renowned maker David Lang, co-founder of OpenROV, contributing editor to Make: Magazine, author of “Zero to Maker,” and 2013 TED Fellow.
  • Participate in a speed-networking activity and connect with other makers, maker space leaders and maker educators
  • Join breakout sessions that explore topics such as developing maker spaces, teaching STEM through making, how to make for a living and the economic impact of makers.
  • Engage in hands-on workshops conducted by TechShop staff to build a cool take-away
  • Be one of the first to get a sneak peek tour of the soon-to-open ASU Chandler Innovation Center, including TechShop Chandler

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The first 20 registrants will receive a free signed copy of David Lang’s new book, “Zero to Maker.” Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Register to Attend
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Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 11.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Katherine.m.clemens@asu.edu.

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Chandler Community Meeting Notes: October 16, 2013

As part of our growing efforts to share our activities publicly, here are meeting notes from our weekly community meeting in Chandler.  (Transcribed by Jeremy S.)

START: 4:04PM OCT 16, 2013
FOCUS TOPIC: Downtown Chandler Rock the Block

Rock the Block

The large DCCP-sponsored event Chandler Rock the Block is upcoming on November 9th, 2013, 10 AM to 4 PM. It is a 15,000 person event that is held literally outside our doors up and down Chandler Blvd.

Last year, Gangplank had an open-house for the second year of the event. Kameron W. had a photo booth, Ed A. provided demonstrations of the 3d printing, and many Gangplank tours.

Lets brainstorm what we can do this year and put it together.

Ideas:

  • Stickers for Free –Greg T./Chuck R.
  • Handouts/Brochure/Bulletin –ALL
  • One table/event sponsored by each Initiative time
  • Blinky bugs/throw men/etc gadgets –Academy/Local Derek N./Trish G.
  • 3d printing demonstration –Labs David M.
  • Photo booth (Studios) –Kameron W.+ Lilimedia
  • LEGO table (Junior)–Jeremy S./Jeremie L.+
  • Facilities to host refreshments, incl maybe Chips and Salsa? –Jeremy S.
  • Business Init –promote Startup Weekend! –Shon B+
  • Jeremy S. will make a directory of what’s going on that day, let me know. jeremys@gangplankhq.com
  • Move DCCP HQ to Magic if available!

Weekly Newsletter

Feedback has been given that suggests that the Gangplank Chandler Newsletter should be published on another date. Jonathan K. of VUURR/Levers (live from SF, CA!) shared some feedback that metrics suggest that Friday PM is a poor time to send out. Brian L. is frustrated as it is difficult to get content for a newsletter timely. Discussion on both. New deadline for content submission is Wednesday after Community Meeting. Send time will move to Thursday at 10 AM, with opportunity for change based on metrics.

Lounge Happy Hour

Jeremy introduced happy hour on Mondays days before he got assigned weekly field work every Monday. He asks more people to get behind it. Derek suggests that we “sponsor”, not necessarily financially, a night by inviting people and friends to their day.

Excuse our Dust

Painting in back rooms is underway. Don will be helping us, let him do his thing! Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to help us move furniture when needed. Also, be flexible with room schedule, etc. We will be done by Nov 1.

260 Construction

260 Construction may begin Monday! We need to finish clear out of 260… like the couches! Please keep your eyes and ears open to help with 260-related stuff too!

Next Week Topic: SciTech Festival

Maker Summit Save the Date

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Maker Summit Save the Date

 

ASU CTI is bringing the local maker community together to share best practices. Mark your calendar now to join them! Invitation and agenda to follow.

Event details

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Cost: $15 (lunch will be provided)
Where: TechShop, inside the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center, 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

Keynote speaker and breakout sessions to be announced. If you are interested in presenting on a topic about making, or know someone who would be, please contact Katherine.M.Clemens@asu.edu.

We Got Our Library Cards

Last month we put a call out to participate in “Library Card Sign-up Month“.  During the Gangplank Mile the crew stopped in the Downtown Chandler Library Branch and all signed up for their cards.

Gangplank3 We Got Our Library Cards

Gangplank Milers

Not only does supporting your community feel good, those that are hard work making it better appreciate it. Library manager Brenda Brown said it best, “We loved this!”

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Chandler Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to remind the community of the importance of having a library card and all the benefits that go along with it.

librarycard Library Card Sign up Month

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There is no excuse to not have a library card.  If you are a Gangplanker and you don’t have one yet, fix it this month. :)

Make use of your library and read for free. Modern public libraries offer a variety of resources and services to library cardholders; many of them online and electronic, such as e-books, e-magazines, music downloads, and numerous online databases and educational resources. The libraries often host family storytimes, computer classes, resume workshops, seminars, cultural events, and more.

Library cards are available in person at each of the four Chandler Public Libraries serving the community:

  • Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive
  • Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue
  • Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
  • Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street

Nearly 222,000 library cards are possessed by people with Chandler addresses, and more than 60,000 of those cards were used in the past year.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card visit www.chandlerlibrary.org.

If you work out of Gangplank Chandler you qualify for a Chandler Library card.