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Posted in response to Rock club clubhouse from jack king on July 20, 2007 at 09:49:40:

Re: Rock club clubhouse

Hi Jack,

Is your club shop wired with ground fault circuit interrupter protection, particularly for electrically driven equipment that involves the close proximity and use of water? If not, make it so now...

I've concluded from experiences over the years at Old Pueblo Lapidary Club in Tucson, AZ that if you want to help ensure club property is not abused or stolen, one or more responsible persons serving as class instructors or shop monitors must be present to unlock and supervise the use of the equipment and to check that all the club property is properly cleaned, returned, water and power shut off, doors locked etc. at the end of the shop session.

Even with shop monitor supervision, before you just cut Joe Rockhound loose on your club equipment in an open shop session, require the successful completion of at least one club class by a person qualified to teach and demonstrate the safe and proper use of the equipment.

My experience was that even with a required class and shop monitors, you are still going to have issues with "slow learners" destroying the centers of the club cabbing wheels, contaminating and abusing the club faceting laps, and so forth. A single ignorant (or just not caring person) can cause hundreds of dollars in irreparable damage and premature wear and tear to your community lapidary equipment in very short order.

Even with skilled and proper use, diamond wheels and laps and blades and bits and burrs do not last forever. Then there is gas for the torches at the jewelry stations, dop wax for the dop pots, a replacement for that draw plate that just vanished into thin air a week or so back... A more-or-less equitable approach to distribute the cost of replacing the consumables and ongoing maintenance on club owned equipment is to charge an hourly "session" fee for the use of the equipment.

For reference, OPLC sells its members-at-large punch tickets which cost $30 for 20 hours of "open shop" equipment use. There are regularly scheduled "open shop" sessions for silversmithing, cabbing and so forth. The shop monitors, many of whom are also club class instructors, are responsible for punching hours off the member's tickets when they use the club facilities. $1.50 per hour doesn't go far in covering replacement of lapidary consumables. A question you may eventually have to address is how much of the shop bill is going to get funded out of the club's general revenues such as dues, show proceeds and so forth.

Class instructing or monitoring open shop sessions is voluntary and unpaid at OPLC. Class fees are charged for club classes and collected by the instructors (typically $40 for six once-a-week class sessions of 3 hours duration). The club instructors (theoretically) turn over all instructional revenue to the club treasury and general fund for administration and budgeting by the club's officers and board of directors.

Hope this helps some. I'm sure there are other ways to skin the cat. If you have further questions about how OPLC does it, just ask and I'll do my best to answer them.

Keep on Rock'n!

From Bob Keller - July 23, 2007 at 13:31:26

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