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FreeGeek News

Constitution 2.0 Adopted

by James Slater

Good news everybody! The FreeGeek Community unanimously adopted a new Constitution on Sunday evening, finalizing the community's transition to a new governance model. This new Constitution puts full control of the decision-making process in the hands of the volunteer community at FreeGeek and outlines a Staff Collective for providing support services.

One goal in rewriting the FreeGeek Constitution is to provide a flexible document that any other community group might be able to pick-up, tweak, and reuse without too much effort. As such, this document is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Please adopt and share!

The FreeGeek Constitution is available online as a GoogleDoc.

Recycling Run Fri April 12, Orientation Cancelled

by James Slater

FreeGeek has scheduled a Recycling Run for Friday April 12. Come lend us a hand around 9:00a when we'll start loading out metals and circuit board. Everything should be loaded by 10:30a and then sent on to SIMS and SiPi for recycling. Major thanks to volunteer Larry B who will be our truck driver for the day.

Due to short staffing from the Recycling Run, our New Volunteer Orientation is cancelled for Friday April 12.

FreeGeek to Adopt New Constitution

by James Slater

FreeGeek Members met Sunday evening (Feb 24) to hammer out a final draft of a new FreeGeek Constitution. After a lot of hard work to finalize the language and clarify a few points, the group voted unanimously to approve the new constitution.

This is not the final vote. There will be one week for anyone to raise questions, concerns, propose clarifications to the wording, or object to specific policies. If any concerns can't be resolved, we'll delay the final vote. Otherwise, a final vote will be made at the upcoming Community Council meeting on Sunday March 3. FreeGeek members will also specify the timeline for the new constitution to take effect.

The final draft of the new FreeGeek Consitution is available as a GoogleDoc.

FreeGeek members would like to thank all of those from the extended FreeGeek Chicago community for their input and during this process.

Workshop - Intro to Digital Privacy on Feb 16

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago will host our first Workshop Class on Saturday Feb 16th from 1:00-4:00PM. The "Intro to Digital Privacy" Workshop will be presented by Keidra Chaney and Raizel Liebler, creators of The Learned Fan Girl, and is aimed at people who have started to extend their professional online presence using social media. Check out the Event Page for more information.

This event is free and open to the public, though we do suggest a $5.00 donation to support FreeGeek's Education Programming.

FreeGeek Outreach Events on Feb 10

by James Slater

Interested in donating or volunteering with FreeGeek Chicago? Come visit us at the Chicago Volunteer Expo, 10:00am-4:00pm in Lincoln Park or at the Logan Square Farmers Market 10:00am-2:00pm on Sunday Feb 10.  FreeGeek Volunteers will be available at both events to answer questions. Donations will be accepted at the Logan Square Farmers Market only.

For locations and more information, check out our event pages:
FreeGeek @ Chicago Volunteer Expo
FreeGeek @ Logan Square Farmers Market

Change in OpenShop Hours

by James Slater

FreeGeek's OpenShop Hours for our ReSale Shop are changing! Starting Wed Jan. 23, FreeGeek will be open Wed-Sun, 11:00a - 5:00p for Sales and Donations. Remember to check our Calendar for up-to-date information on upcoming events. We will return to late hours on Wed and Thurs this Spring.

FreeGeek Tees

by James Slater

What's this? FreeGeek Chicago swag is now available?! Starting October 14th, we will be taking pre-orders for our first run of FreeGeek T-Shirts. This fancy black tee is emblazoned with the FreeGeek logo on the front and our web address on the back. These shirts will be selling in our shop for $20.00 per shirt, but those who pre-order now will get a discount price of $15.00 per shirt.

Registration Open for Software Freedom Day

by James Slater

Registration for Software Freedom Day is now open.  Please register at: http://softwarefreedomdaychicago.eventbrite.com/

Software Freedom Day, Call for Speakers

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago invites you to participate in our first annual Software Freedom Day on Saturday, September 15, 2012. We a currently looking for speakers / teachers to present during our event. Please send a class/lesson proposal to ceciliacalabria AT mncarpenters DOT net by September 5th.

FGC @ Logan Square Farmers Market

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago is having an information and donation day at the Logan Square Farmers Market on Sunday, July 22 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  Stop by to donate, learn, and check us out!

Meet Cecilia, FreeGeek's Summer Intern

by James Slater

Good news everybody! FreeGeek Chicago has officially hired Cecilia Calabria as our Summer Intern for 2012.

New Summer Hours!

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago has started NEW summer hours for Shopping and Donations.  We are now open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 7:00pm in addition to our regular hours.

Summer Internship Application Available

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for our paid summer internship program. You can grab an application or you can visit our summer internship page.

New Community Service Policy

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago has a new community service policy. We continue to encourage those seeking community service opportunities to volunteer with us!

Summer 2012 Internship Campaign is a Go!

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago will again offer a paid summer internship to an individual who can tackle some of our toughest problems. Help us pay for our summer internship program with a small donation to our online fundraising campaign.