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(As always, you can add the Lower Barriers membership meeting to your calendar using the link.)


The very first meeting of Lower Barriers.

Rather than the planned meeting to review by-laws, budgets, and other verbiage, we’ll use this time to review the existing State-approved documentation, brainstorm and prioritize projects, divvy up some work in the repositories, and other semi-pertinent things.

The second membership meeting, in October, will be when we’ll ensure all our operational requirements are officially accounted-for and approved.


  1. Greetings and introductions
  2. Quorum and roll call
  3. Review of articles of incorporation
  4. Brainstorm projects
  5. Call for volunteers
  6. Summation (what to expect next month)

Optionally, if the membership is comfortable electing officers outside the confines of approved by-laws, we can hold elections tonight. Otherwise, Brad will operate as a presiding officer and secretary until such time as the by-laws are approved and elections held to comply with said by-laws.


These minutes were approved by the membership at the following meeting.

Lower Barriers membership meeting

Board present: Brad Czerniak, Hillary Lewandowski, Randall Thomas

Board absent: (none)

Members/guest attending: (none)

  1. Call to order (7:00 PM)
  2. Roll call
  3. Call for member comments
  4. Agenda was approved unanimously. Brad moved, Hillary seconded, assent by voice vote
  5. Regular agenda: * Introductions * Brad talked at length about finished-starter * Brad talked about progress toward forming the nonprofit
  6. Old business: none
  7. New business: none
  8. Requesting any other business: none
  9. Second call for membership commentary
  10. Adjourn (7:32 PM)

When talking about progress toward forming the nonprofit, Brad mentioned the following official bodies and web services which he registered as an agent of the Lower Barriers organization:

  • State of Michigan
  • GMail
  • ForwardEmail (a service for forwarding all messages to a particular domain name)
  • Facebook (Page)
  • Twitter
  • Google Voice
  • YouTube
  • GitHub (organization)
  • Website (and domain name via namecheap)
  • Paypal
  • Mailchimp
  • Slack
  • IRS (for tax ID number but not 501(c)(3) status yet)