Protospace is a community entirely driven by its members. We make things here, but we also maintain the space, do the repairs and run the classes. We always welcome new members with a variety of skill sets and skill levels. If you want to join up, there are a few steps:
- Come to an open house, also known as our Meet and Geek. This is the best chance to tour the space, meet our members and find out more about us.
- Complete the application form. Come to the space and complete it in person with any of the directors. We do not sign up members online. You will also need to sign a release, a liability waiver, and have someone verify that you have received a quick safety briefing.
- Pay your first dues. Your membership does not start until both forms and payment have been received.
- Complete the vetting period. For the first month, you are a probationary member. You can only access the space when another member is present. During this period, we can get to know you and you can get to know us.
- Complete the new member orientation. They usually run 1-2 times a month.
- Find at least two other members who will sponsor your membership. This is not hard, come by on Tuesdays to introduce yourself or, even better, volunteer for our monthly clean!
- Get vetted. After your probationary period you can be approved for membership. Come in during an open house with your membership form signed by 2 members to complete the process. A vetted member can receive a storage shelf, a key for 24×7 access, and full use of the facilities.
There are two types of memberships at Protospace, and an additional group of friends:
- Full Members – Full members are usually employed adults, who share fully in the cost of operating the space.
- Student Members – Students receive the same benefits as Full Members. We offer a discount to students (and others) in order to promote the maker culture and support young people and folks like working artists. Student Memberships are available to students, those with limited income, and those in special circumstances approved by the Directors or the Membership.
- Friends of Protospace – Friends are valued supporters and donors who believe in Protospace, but don’t necessarily participate. Examples include former members who have moved away, parents or guardians of younger members, and spouses who want to hang out while their partner makes gifts for them. Friends are often enthusiastic supporters of the maker culture. Friends are always welcome in the space, but they must be accompanied by a member except at public events. Friends cannot vote on member issues, and may have limited access to some tools or programs.
Note: Young people (members under the age of majority, teens or children) are welcome to participate, under the guidance of a parent or guardian. Generally, young people are “students”, but can be Full Members or Friends. More details are available in our Young Person Membership Policy.
You will need to pay your dues before your trial membership starts.
We we offer a discount for new members: pay up front for your first two months, get a third free! We also offer a discount if you pay for a full year in advance: Pay for 11 months and get your 12th month free.
We offer a number of Payment options — cash, cheque, square, PayPal or Interac email transfer. Physical payments can be made at Protospace, usually during a Tuesday open House. You should receive a receipt. PayPal and Interac email transfer payments directly to email@example.com.
The easiest way to keep up on your dues is to set up a recurring subscription payment thorugh PayPal. Instructions for this can be found on our wiki page.
Our 2 guiding principles are:
- Be excellent to each other
- Don’t make us make a rule
We rely on our members to make things happen. Members are expected to pitch in to keep the place safe and tidy.