The Node is a membership-driven organization and membership dues are our primary source of revenue. We currently have around 25 members and are looking to grow steadily in the future. Anyone is eligible to become a member regardless of previous experience. Our members come from diverse backgrounds, span multiple generations, and are all around excellent people to know. Joining the Node is as easy as 3.14159…:
- Get to know the space. Come to an event or just stop by and hang out for a while.
- Come to a meeting and tell us about yourself. Meetings are every Thursday at 7pm.
- Membership vote to get confirmed as a member. Sign a membership agreement.
- Start paying dues. ($50 / month)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of being a member
- 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
- Access to all workshops and events
- A designated area to store in progress work
- A voice and a vote in the direction of the Baltimore Node
I can’t afford $50. Where do we go from here?
If you are interested in joining the Node, but $50 is out of reach, we can probably work something out. Take a look at our alternative dues policy for more details.
What is the household membership?
Members living in the same household may pay $25 dues for each member beyond the first, up to a total of four (one member at $50, three at $25) All members in household are full members with voting and key rights. Minor dependents are free to come as guests.
How do I get a key?
Once you’re a member, talk to any officer and they can get you set up.
What does it mean to be “confirmed” as a member?
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.
I have more questions!
Get in touch on our mailing list or if you need to get in touch with an officer, email root at baltimorenode dot org.