HOWTO Be President

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Serve as main public contact for i3Detroit

  • Answer emails coming in through the contact [at] i3detroit {dot} com email address
  • Facilitate collaboration between i3Detroit and other organizations
  • Cultivate existing and new relationships with other organizations
  • Represent i3Detroit at other organization's public events and promote its cause
  • Promote i3Detroit and i3Detroit sponsored events to the Media

Pursue sponsorship and donations on behalf of i3detroit

  • Curate a list of individuals and companies that have contributed to i3 in the past.
  • Coordinate efforts to contact and attain new sponsorship and donations.

Setup and Promote PotLock

  • Handle or delegate scheduling of PotLock.
  • Coordinate tasks for the same.
  • Coordinate purchasing of supplies using PotLock budget.
  • Coordinate food for everyone who shows up.

Preside over meetings in the absence of a Chairman of the Board

  • If there is a Chairman of the Board it may be helpful to split member meetings and board meetings between the two of you.

Review all the contracts i3 is engaged in

  • Lease
  • Insurance
  • Internet


  • Negotiate and sign contracts on behalf of i3 as authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Direct the Vice President.


  • Report the status of all contracts including upcoming renewals and expiration dates.


As president you should have access to several forms of communication used by i3Detroit.

  • Join the board list i3detroit-board googlegroups com
  • Join the contact i3detroit com list
  • Have president i3detroit org/com forwarded to your email
  • Install and setup the BTsync
  • Get a Wordpress account to edit the web page
  • Get write and/or admin access to the following online tools
    • i3Detroit CRM
    • i3Detroit Wiki
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Eventbrite
    • Flikr

As opportunities arise or contact becomes important, introduce yourself to key people within and without i3Detroit

  • Other officers, and board directors
  • Landlord
  • Leadership at other hackerspaces
  • Maker Faire officials
  • Red Bull Creation

When a President will miss a Board/Member meeting, or needs to attend virtually, best practice is to inform the Board email list, or someone who will be at the meeting. That way, the group knows to not delay the meeting waiting for everyone to arrive. It is not necessary to provide an excuse. It is also considerate, before taking a break from the work you are doing together with your colleagues, to briefly inform them, so they know to move forward without holding up deliberations to seek your input.