Yes, Maker Monday is back to what it used to be … an Open House. The Member Orientation is a totally separate thing, and so it has its own day so folks do not them confused.
The class has nothing to do with sizes or COVID. We have just chosen to make it easier for new members to get their keys. Once a member joins, we simply ask them to take at least one class before we give them a key. This does two things. First it proves that they are willing to take the step of getting involved in the community. It also gives us the ability to have an area lead or instructor see how they interact with others. They can either take a free authorization class, or they can pay for a class. We just want them to take a class.
After they have taken a class, then they are ready to sign up for the member orientation. During orientation, members sit through another presentation that is geared more towards information that members need to know. They take another tour of the building, again with information like how to turn on/off the lights, where the breaker boxes are, etc. After the tour, there is a Q/A session, or round table. The purpose of this is to let us get to know the new members. At the end of this session, the veteran members sign the key form, and the new member gets their badge. This makes it much easier to get the signatures, so the new member does not have to track down people to sign.
Hope this clears it up. If not, feel free to throw out more questions and I will be glad to answer.