Membership Process

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Overview[edit | edit source]

  1. Get to know the space. Come to an event or just stop by and hang out for a while.
  2. Fill out a membership application. This quick online form lets us know you're interested.
  3. Come to a meeting and sign a membership agreement. New members are confirmed at regular meetings. Membership Agreement
  4. Start paying dues. Dues are just $50 a month. See Membership Dues for more info.
  5. Register for a key. Show us a photo ID, pay for the key duplication cost, and you'll get a key for 24/7 access.
  6. Stop worrying about bureaucracy and do cool stuff!

Frequently Asked Questions[edit | edit source]

What are the benefits of being a member[edit | edit source]

  • 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 access to all workshops and events
  • A designated area to store in progress work
  • A voice and a vote in all decisions affecting the Baltimore Node

I can't afford $50. Where do we go from here?[edit | edit source]

We're open to some number of members paying less than $50 a month. If you are interested in joining the Node, but $50 is out of reach, see the Membership Dues page for some options.

How do I register for a key[edit | edit source]

Once you're a member, talk to any officer and they can get you set up. The officer will make a copy of your photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) and put in a request with the landlord for a copy of the key. You will need to pay $15 to cover the cost of key duplication from Atlantic Lock and Key (13 W 25th Street). Also, be aware that there is a $100 fee if you lose the key or are otherwise unable to return it if you decide to stop your membership.

What does it mean to be "confirmed" as a member?[edit | edit source]

The Baltimore Node is collectively run by its members. The officers are responsible for some administrative tasks, but all decisions are determined by a vote of the members. When you come to a meeting and say you'd like to join, the members present at meeting hold a quick vote to confirm you as a member. The vote itself is largely a formality. We want new members to join and use the space. If you've hung around the space for any amount of time, chatted with some members, and filled out the membership application, you're golden. If no one at the meeting has ever seen you before, you might be asked to spend some time getting to know the members and wait until the next meeting to be confirmed.