Welcome to October my fellow FOAMers! The weather is getting cooler. Football is in full swing and brewing season is here!
There’s a lot to discuss so let’s jump right in.
Tulsa Craft Beer Invitational
First, a BIG thanks to everyone that helped with the Tulsa Craft Beer Invitational. Thanks to all your hard work, the Festival raised $9,231.50 of which $3,692.60 (40% of the proceeds) stays in the FOAM coffers! The TCBI Board will start planning for next year in early April of 2022. Next year will be even better.
Having a successful TCBI gives FOAM the great opportunity for a stupendous holiday party in December. We found a unique venue called Station 13. This event center was originally a firehouse built in 1933 and has a great outdoor area with onsite parking and space for a food truck, which we plan on bringing one in to serve at the party.
We currently have $1200 budgeted for the Christmas party. The venue costs $1500 and we are proposing that FOAM subsidize the food by providing a $10 coupon to the attendees. We estimate this will cost an additional $1300 and will need a vote of the membership to approve the additional costs. The FOAM constitution requires purchases larger than $750 to be published online and members be notified via email at least 2 weeks prior to a vote. We will discuss at the October meeting and vote for the additional funds expenditure at the November meeting.
Our October meeting will be at Broken Arrow Brewing Company. Setup will start at 7pm with a short (hopefully) meeting at 7:30. Click here for directions. This month is our Oktoberfisticuffs competition. It’s people’s choice that will determine this year’s winner. Beers entered must be one of the German Styles in BJCP categories 3 through 10. This is always a fun meeting and we are encouraging members to bring a German dish to share. We are providing plates and silverware.
The October meeting is also the last meeting to nominate a member for one of the officer positions. Currently all existing officers with the exception Jeff Pursley (VP-Events) have agreed to run again. Tim McCracken has been nominated for VP-Events to replace him. I highly encourage anyone that feels they would be a good addition to the Board of Officers to run. If there aren’t any additional nominations then the current board and Tim McCracken will automatically be the officers for 2022. If there are additional nominations, voting will take place at the November meeting. You can email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will announce them at the meeting.
As a reminder, here’s an overview of the officer responsibilities:
President: The President shall coordinate and supervise the total FOAM program and preside at General, Special, and Executive Board meetings. President is responsible for club outreach and interaction with breweries, festivals, and other clubs. The President is obligated to enforce the Constitution, its by-laws, and Rules of Procedure, approve the expenditures of the Treasurer, and perform other duties as needed to accomplish the goals of FOAM. The President is an ex-officio voting member of all committees except the Nominations and Election Committees. The President shall retain one original signed copy of the Constitution.
VP-Communications: The VP of Communication is responsible for Meeting Minutes, Officer Minutes, Archives. This role would also encompass managing and using social media tools the club has access to, such as alemakers.org, Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, photographing and live posting club events.
Treasurer: The Treasurer shall maintain all financial FOAM records, conduct appropriate correspondence, receive all funds, and make disbursements with the guidance and approval of the President or Executive Board, prepare and keep records of all transactions in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), deliver a monthly financial report to the Editor for publication, and make budget recommendations to the Executive Board as provided for in Article VIII. The Treasurer shall retain one original signed copy of the Constitution.
VP-Membership: VP of Membership is responsible for receiving and notating dues, resolving membership issues, connecting with new members, new membership campaigns, and continued interaction with club members via social media.
Webmaster: The Webmaster shall be responsible for maintaining the club website as approved by the Executive Board. FOAM will fund and provide a registered domain for the Webmaster to use for posting electronic information to further club goals set forth by the President, Executive Board, and general membership.
VP-Competitions: The VP of Competitions shall be responsible for promoting and facilitating the participation of FOAM members in local, regional, and national homebrewing competitions. Duties shall include: working with competitors to improve results for FOAM; helping competitors to use FOAM assets to prepare competition entries; devising and managing fun, challenging, and educational brewing events to promote greater competition participation; providing FOAM members with advance information about forthcoming competitions; assuring that entries are collected and shipped to selected competitions; and promoting FOAM Cup, Big Brew, Mead Day, and other AHA and FOAM brewing activities.
VP-Events: VP of Events is responsible for managing the logistics of event coordination. The events would include, but may not be limited to FOAM Picnic, BJCP study groups, the various festivals that the club participates heavily in (First Draft, Sip for Sight, New Leaf, Lagerhead, Real Okie Beerfest, WildBrew, HarvestFest), as well as be a resource to interface with High Gravity in assisting the FOAM Cup, and finally, The Christmas Party.
Taproom Meetup for October
This month’s Taproom Meetup will be at Elgin Park, located across from ONEOK Field. Click here for directions.
Lastly, it’s time to start thinking about FOAM Cup. It’s no too late to start brewing and represent your homebrew club. This is another good revenue generator for the club so every entry helps. This is also an event that needs the help of it’s members to be successful. If you haven’t registered to help judge, steward, or work as staff then go to the FOAM Cup website and register now. You will start hearing a lot more as we get closer.
Well that enough typing. I’m going to grab a beer. See you all at Broken Arrow Brewing for Oktoberfisticuffs!