Membership Agreement

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A copy of this document must be signed by new members at the meeting at which they are confirmed.
A properly formatted version of this can be found here:

Membership Rights and Privileges

All members of the Baltimore Node receive:

  • Access to the space to work on projects either on your own or in collaboration with other members
  • Use of all community tools and equipment within the space
  • Free or Reduced cost access to all workshops and events, material costs may be extra.
  • A designated area to store in-progress work
  • A voice and a vote in all decisions affecting the Baltimore Node


Dues are $50/month for a Regular Membership, $75/month for a Family Membership and $25/month for a Student Membership. Dues for each month must be paid by the 20th of the preceding month. For example, April dues should be paid by March 20th. Dues should be paid online. Under special circumstances we will also accept cash or check payments, such payments must be delivered directly to the treasurer. Checks should be made out to “Baltimore Node Corporation”. Newly elected members dues must be paid upon affirmation of membership.


Key Access

Keys provide current members with 24/7 access to the space. Members may request a key by providing a valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.). Upon termination of membership, the terminating member must surrender all keys to a current officer.


Use of Tools and Machinery

The Baltimore Node provides access to various potentially hazardous tools and pieces of equipment. In order to ensure that these are used properly and safely, every member is required to certify that they know how to safely and properly use each major tool. Every member is responsible for keeping their own “Power tools are Dangerous!” form up to date. Please see attached form.


Release of Liability

In consideration for my being permitted to participate in the activities of the Baltimore Node, I agree to the following waiver and release:

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I acknowledge that inherent risks, dangers and hazards exist when using hand tools, power tools, working with or constructing electronic circuits, soldering, welding or otherwise working with metal, using chemicals or building materials and other related activities. Participation in these activities and the use of equipment associated with electronics, manufacturing, construction and scientific practices may result in injury, illness, death or damage to personal property. These risks and dangers may be caused by myself, other participants, by accident, acts of nature or other causes. Risks and dangers may arise from foreseeable or unforeseeable causes including, but not limited to electrocution, burns, impalement, injury from slips or falls, or loss of limb.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I fully assume all risks associated with participation in events and exempt and release Baltimore Node, its members, officers, agents, and directors from liability arising out of any damage, loss or injury to the participant or the participant’s property while upon the premises or using any equipment of the organization or while participating in any of the activities contemplated by this agreement whether such loss, damage, or injury results from the negligence of the corporation, its members, agents, or from some other cause. I release and forever discharge the Baltimore Node from any claim whatsoever which arises or may arise on account of any first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered in connection with an emergency in the course of my participation with the Baltimore Node.

COVENANT NOT TO SUE: I agree never to institute any suit or action at law otherwise against Baltimore Node, its members, officers, board members, agents, nor to initiate or any way assist the prosecution of any claim for damages or course of action which I my heirs, executors or administrators hereafter may have by reason of injury to me or to my property arising from the activities contemplated by this agreement.

THIRD PARTY INDEMNIFICATION: I will indemnify, save, and hold harmless Baltimore Node, its members, officers, board members, or agents from any and all losses, claims, actions, or proceedings of every kind and character which may be presented or initiated by any other persons or organizations and which arise directly or indirectly from my actions while engaged in the activities contemplated by this agreement.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES: I may provide volunteer services for the Baltimore Node and engage in activities related to such volunteer services. I understand that the scope of my relationship with the Baltimore Node is limited to a volunteer position and that no compensation is expected in return for services I provide. The Baltimore Node will not provide any benefits traditionally associated with employment to me. I am responsible for my own insurance coverage in the event of personal injury or illness as a result of the my volunteer service to the Baltimore Node. Further, I understand that the Baltimore Node does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide me with financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability benefits or insurance of any nature in the event of my injury, illness, death, or damage to my property. I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of the Baltimore Node.

In the event that any clause or provision of this Release is deemed invalid, the enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Release shall not be affected.

This Release is intended to be broadly construed and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland.

I hereby acknowledge that I have CAREFULLY read all of the provisions above, fully understand the terms and conditions expressed there, and do freely choose acceptance of the provisions of the foregoing paragraphs relating to assumption of risk, release of liability, covenant not to sue, third party indemnification, and volunteer services.


Intellectual Property

Baltimore Node makes no claim to any intellectual property created by Baltimore Node members or created using Baltimore Node resources or facilities. Members are strongly encouraged, but not required, to make freely available under an open source license approved by Open Source Initiative (OSI) or a Creative Commons (CC) license, any documentation, schematics, plans, and/or source code created using Baltimore Node resources or facilities. Any member working on a project that is NOT licensed under an OSI approved or CC license should inform collaborating members of the project's licensing terms BEFORE collaborating.



Baltimore Node provides all services “as is”, as a service, and not as a lease of real property, and disclaim all warranties and conditions, whether express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or use. There is also no warranty of title, quiet enjoyment or possession. the entire risk of participating in or using the Baltimore Node service, remains with you.

Name of new member

Signature of new member                                             Date

Name of parent or guardian if member is less than 18 years old

Signature of parent of guardian                                     Date

Power tools are Dangerous! (the form)

By initialing below I acknowledge that I know how to safely and properly use the tool and take full responsibility for its use, my own personal safety, and the safety of others working around me. If I am unfamiliar with any of these tools, I will reach out to other members (either in person or on the mailing list) in order to fully understand how to properly operate these tools and equipment before initialing below.

A copy of this form will be kept at the space for referencing and updating.

Mitre Saw                                 
Band Saw                                 
Table Saw                                 
Belt/Disc Sander                                 
Router Table                                 
Drill Press                                 
Laser Cutter                                 
3D Printer                                 
Radial Arm Saw