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Old 12-10-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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The homebrew club I belong to is looking to start collecting dues and make it a more educational and formal brew club. A few ideas that I have to utilize the dues are:
- Pay for brewery tours and potentially transportation
- Commercial beer tastings
- Reimburse members who get a BJCP certification
- Reimburse members competition entry fees
- Buy an oak barrel
- Brew a large beer to fill said barrel, paid for by the club, to be given to club members at an annual party

Does anyone else have any ideas? I'd love to hear what other clubs across the country are doing to makes dues a worthwhile thing for their members.

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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Not being part of a club I can only throw out ideas.

T-shirts?
Recipe notepads like AHS sent me with one of my orders. I still love that pad.
Club equipment for group brews?
a judge for club competitions?
BeerSmith or something similar to build up a club recipe book that people can save the bsm files off of

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The homebrew club I belong to is looking to start collecting dues and make it a more educational and formal brew club. A few ideas that I have to utilize the dues are:
- Pay for brewery tours and potentially transportation
- Commercial beer tastings
- Reimburse members who get a BJCP certification
- Reimburse members competition entry fees
- Buy an oak barrel
- Brew a large beer to fill said barrel, paid for by the club, to be given to club members at an annual party

Does anyone else have any ideas? I'd love to hear what other clubs across the country are doing to makes dues a worthwhile thing for their members.
One of the most important things to do at this point is to draft up very basic bylaws that at minimum outline the mission of the club and the process for deciding how the money get's spent. A statement that the club is "non profit" is a good idea as well.

Make sure the president is given a certain level of discretion for incidental spending like tasting cups and other small amounts. $20-30 is a good amount and then after that, require it go to a club vote. It also depends on how big the club is.

If your goal is to grow the membership, spend some money on advertising via nice business cards, a formal website, etc.

One thing that is tricky is that big spends should always benefit the whole membership (or a realistic majority) and/or support the mission of the club. When an activity is exclusive at all, it should be either paid outright by the participants or only partially subsidized by the club. E.g. if you have 20 members but a barrel project only has room for 10 shares, it's not fair for the other 10 to effectively pay into it.

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Commercial Calibration. Buy the BJCP top examples of a given category and taste them in order while reading the guidelines. Do one style per meeting.

Name that style game. Buy the listed commercial example of 5 random subcategories and have the club taste each one without showing them the bottle (use pitchers or growlers). Have them name the category (1point), subcategory(1point) and brewery (1point). Most points wins something, a book, or reimbursement of the BJCP exam costs, A bottle of each of the beers...whatever.

Buy the off flavors dosing kits and do a few every month.

Pay the entry fee and shipping for the club's choice in the AHA club only competitions.

Buy equipment and books for the club "library".. Floor Corker, books, DVDs, etc.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:33 PM   #4
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Canopy shelter
Big cooler w/ wheels (With club name and logo on it)
Banner (With club name and logo on it)
Jockey box(s) (With club name and logo on it)
Regulator with fittings/couplings for corny (pin and ball) and sanke kegs.
10# (or bigger) CO2 tank

Now you are set up to do stuff like days in the park, church picnics, beer events ect.ect. Our club has had a few donate beer and give it away at events and while it sounds silly it is a GREAT way to spread the love of homebrewing. A larger nearby club reimburses it's members for ingredients for such events.

After that look into Shirts or hats for the club to wear at events.

THEN look into barrels and other stuff.

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input everyone!

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:09 PM   #6
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Some good ideas here. I have been thinking about starting a brew club here.

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A few of us from our club are getting together tonight to discuss a FeBREWary event. Has anyone ever done anything like this?

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Do you mean a group brew day? Our club does that twice a year. In May (National Homebrew day) and November (Teach a friend to brew day)

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We did teach a friend to home brew day. Not so much a "group brew", but we had a couple guys volunteer to do demo brews. One did an A/G and another did an extract kit. I think for FeBREWary they are wanting to do something different, maybe a competition.

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I wanted to do the 12 Beers of Christmas idea ( http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/12-beers-christmas-2012-a-331431/ ) within my club. One advantage was that there wouldn't be all the hassle of shipping. I proposed it on our message board in April but I didn't get much interest. Maybe it was too early.

I still think it's a good idea.

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