1/9/2014 Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Attached is the presentation from the 1/9/2014 PALE meeting:

January 2014 Meeting Presentation

Items of note:

  • Andrew Steinbach picked up some barrels from Revolution Brewing and is requesting assistance/advice from the group on how to make the best use of them. We will also reach out to Marc Wilson at Nevin’s to discuss barrel aging and fermenting, as he has numerous barrels out on display aging now.
  • The vote to amend the club bylaws to reduce the number of directors from 5 to 3 was put in motion, seconded, and voted upon. The vote passed unanimously to allow the amendment.
  • There is one free slot open for the BJCP class that begins Monday, January 13th. Be sure to reach out to Tim Racette on this (see the email that went out last week).
  • Congratulations to the following winners of the January PALE Project (Belgians):
    – 3rd Place: Eileen Uchima for her Belgian Tripel
    – 2nd Place: Eileen and Heather Uchima for their Belgian IPA
    – 1st Place: Eileen Uchima for her Belgian Dark Strong

PALE Meeting Dates and Locations

Here are all of the meeting dates and locations for 2014.

  • January 9: Hopvine
  • February 6: Nevin’s
  • March 6: Hopvine
  • April 3: Nevin’s
  • May 1: Tailwinds
  • June 5: Hopvine
  • July 3: Nevin’s
  • August 7: Hopvine
  • September 4: Nevin’s
  • October 2: Hopvine
  • November 6: Nevin’s
  • December 4: TBD Holiday Location

2nd Annual PALE Winter Party – “It Came Upon a Midnight Beer” – CANCELED

PALE Members,

Our Winter Party on December 7th has been unfortunately canceled. We tried to streamline the costs as much as possible, and as a result, our break-even point was very close to maximum attendance. Unfortunately, we have not come close enough to this number to maintain costs. Those of you who have paid already will be refunded shortly.

We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!

Fall Picnic

It is that time of year again.  Oktoberfest parties are in full swing, and pumpkin beers are back on the shelves, it is fall.  That can mean only one thing it is time for our Fall Picnic.  This year it will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 12:00 – 6pm at Waa-Kee-Sha park in Oswego .  We are still working on all the details of the picnic, but the club will sponsor the meat at the picnic, we are just asking each family to bring a side item to share with everybody and a bundle of firewood for the fire.

Please feel free to bring your homebrew in bottles, growlers, or we will be having two jockey boxes available to serve your homebrew.

12:00pm – Picnic begins – A campfire will be burning. (We are asking each family to bring a bundle of wood for the campfire.)
1:00pm – People’s Choice Beer Competition begins
1:30pm – Brats and Hot Dogs will be on the grill
4:00pm – People’s Choice Competition ends and votes are tabulated
4:30pm – 1st place People’s Choice winner is announced. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will have their beers on tap
6:00pm – Picnic wraps up

To signup you can either see Art/Travis at the October meeting or you can send an email to the Social Team. All entries are due by 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 10th as Art is printing up the ballots.

Guidelines for the competition are listed here:

– There are no style restrictions.
– We will assign serving/tasting timeslots based on the number of participants (i.e. 20 minutes).
– Participants MUST provide their beer in a keg (2.5 gallon minimum). We will not be accepting bottles for the competition.

We are still working on the prizes so stay tuned.

1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will have their kegs remain on tap on the jockey box once the competition is completed.

October 2013 Meeting @ Hopvine


A reminder that the October meeting is tomorrow at Hopvine in Aurora (map link on the right column).  This meeting will have a lot going on, so please arrive on time; early would be best.

– The 2013 Elections will be conducting.  Please see THIS post for the details.

– A special buffet will be setup for PALE Members and their guests.  The cost is $10/person.  The menu is listed below:

Coq au Beire 
chicken braised in hopvine amber ale, mushrooms, onions, and buttered herb egg noodles

Cheeseburger Sliders
2yr aged white cheddar and buttermilk onion strings

Smoked Chicken Wings
smoked, spiced, fried…

House-made Chips

Trick or Treat Popcorn
house made caramel corn, mini reese’s peanut butter cups, m & m’s, chocolate and peanut butter drizzle

The buffet will run from about 6:30 until 7:30, but please try to be there beforehand so we can get the meeting started on time.

See you there!

Board of Director Nominations for 2014

President: Darien Kruss
Vice President: Mike Zuro
Secretary: Ian Webster
Treasurer: Peter J Rzeminski II

Director: (only three seats are available this cycle)
Ed Malnar
Ken McMullen
Rex Slagel
Art Golk

Tech Talk: John Lawlor
Communications & Tech: Art Golk
Competition: Chris Schabert
Brewery Liaison: Ken McMullen
Social Chair: Art Golk

Elections for the Officers and three Director positions will occur at the start of the October meeting. The meeting will being at 7:00pm, so please arrive on-time!

PALE Homebrew Club Elections

September marks the end of the Club Year for PALE. This means that, over the next two months a great deal of important club business will be conducted and it is imperative that you participate in these matters.

To participate in the following events, you must be a Member in Good Standing. This means, you must be an active, Dues Paying member of the Club. If you have not paid your dues, you cannot participate or vote in any of the matters before the Club Membership.

Too keep this posting readable, the “short” version will be written at the top and the “long” version will be put below it.


– FY2014 Budget will submitted to all Club Members to review. (to be submitted “very soon”) The Budget will then be voted up/down by the membership at the September Meeting. The voting method will be a simple show of hands.

– Nominations for the (4) Elected Officers, three (3) Elected Directors will be taken at the September meeting. The outgoing board will also be accepting volunteers for the five (5) Appointed Chairs. The elections for the Officers and Directors will occur at the beginning of the October Meeting. The newly elected Board of Directors will then convene after regular business and appoint the Chairs from the pool of volunteers.

See…nice and short. That was not too bad, right?

Now, for those of you want more details, feel free to keep reading.


– FY2014 Budget will submitted to all Club Members to review. Each item will be estimated based on costs summarized from FY2013 and include the mandatory costs we have to pay as a club. The budget will show those items that MUST be paid, and the optional items. the mandatory costs are pretty much fixed, so the stronger the member base the better we are at fund raising, the more we will have to spend on the optional items. Optional, btw, does not mean they are not important, simply that they are not mandatory costs. The Budget will be voted up/down by the membership at the September Meeting. The voting method will be a simple show of hands.

– Nominations for the (4) Elected Officers, three (3) Elected Directors will be taken at the September meeting. The outgoing board will also be accepting volunteers for the five (5) Appointed Chairs. You can read the full details of what the responsibilities are for each office HERE, but in brief:

The Officer positions are a one year term. At the time of your election, you must have been a member in good standing for at least 6 months. You must be able to attend 80% of all general meetings. You must be able to attend all Quarterly Board meetings. You must be willing to check the club-issued mailbox for your office and respond to Club business on a timely basis.

– Shall preside at all meetings of the Club Officers and General Membership and be Ex-officio member of every committee.
– Shall plan the meeting, arranging for topical discussions, demonstrations, or guest speakers
– Shall cause to be called regular and special meetings of the General Membership and Club Officers in accordance with these By-Laws
– Shall create committees and coordinate the efforts of all Standing Committees.
– Shall review the financial records of the club on a regular basis
– Shall act as the principal point-of-contact between The PALE Homebrew Club and the American Homebrewer’s Association, other homebrew clubs, businesses, and Organizations

– Shall in the absence of the Chairman, assume the responsibilities and duties of the Chairman
– Shall assist the Chairman with coordinating “Field Trips”, visits to (and reciprocate) other clubs, conventions and/or workshops
– Shall work under the direction of the Chairman to advance and promote the good image and beneficial works of the PALE Homebrew Club
– Shall work with the Chairman to recommend, determine and implement policy decisions made by the Club Officers

– Shall have the overall responsibility of care and custody for all club funds and securities. By regulation, the Treasurer is required to make all deposits for the club into the PALE Homebrew Club Bank Account.
– Shall render a statement of the condition of the finances of the club at each meeting of the Club Officers and general meetings, or at such other times as required.
– Shall keep correct books of account of all its business and transactions and such other books of account as the Club Officers may require.
– Shall exhibit at all reasonable times the books and accounts to any members when requested.
– Will advise the Club Officers of methods for improving PALE Homebrew Club financial management.
– Shall do and perform all other duties normally pertaining to the office of the Treasurer.
– Shall prepare and file all mandatory State and Federal financial documents as required by law.

– Shall create a written agenda for all the meetings and forward a copy of the agendas to the President preceding each meeting.
– Shall keep written minutes of all the meetings and forward a copy of these minutes to the President as soon as possible (while agenda is current and fresh in the Boards minds), but no later than the week of the next regularly scheduled meeting.
– Shall assist in the execution of committees and be responsible for directing and advising committees formed by the Club Officers and coordinate committee activity with other functions of the club.
– Shall be the archive of all official documentation of the PALE Homebrew Club.

Next you have the Directors. The purpose of the Director is to provide long-term stability to the management of the PALE Homebrew Club, responsible leadership, and structure. Directors are also responsible for the management of all legal and governmental aspects of running a nonprofit corporation.

A Director must meet the following requirements:
– They must have been a Member in Good Standing for the past twelve (12) months
– They must be willing to serve for a two (2) year term
– They must be able to attend 50% Board Meetings
– They must be able to attend 75% of all general meetings
– Like the Officers, they must also be responsive to club-related business emails and respond in a timely manner.. Unlike the officers, their personal email address will be used.

Finally, you have the Chairs. The Chairs are not election positions but are instead appointed by the newly elected Board of Directors. Anybody can volunteer to be a Chair, even if you are holding an Elected Office, you simply have to be willing to put in the time to act upon the responsibilities of your position. Please look at the By laws for the full description of each Chair.

A Call For Volunteers!

The Midwest Brewers Fest (MWBF) needs capable and enthusiastic volunteers before, during and after our annual festival, which will be held on August 24, 2013 at Plainfield’s Riverfront Park. The third annual MWBF will feature more than 60 breweries and over 150 beers. Last year, we attracted over 3,000 guests and expect more this year. Each volunteer shift has a limited number of open slots. If you register for a shift, you are expected to report for and work your shift. If you fail to report for your shift(s), you will be excluded from volunteering in future Fests.

We are in need of volunteers for each setup day – Wednesday, August 21 through the day of the Fest, to provide support for the day of the Fest, to pour beer, and to help clean up afterwards. Volunteers who support two shifts Wednesday through Saturday’s first shift will be given enough Fest Bucks to purchase entry into the Fest free of charge. Volunteers who support our second shift on Saturday or who pour beer will be given admission to our post-fest after party in lieu of Fest Bucks. The after party will feature beer on a limited pour basis from the MWBF and other incentives. Volunteers for the pouring shift (11:15 am to 6:15 pm) must either be Basset certified, or commit to attending/ completing a Basset certification class. The MWBF is sponsoring a Basset class with the Plainfield Police Department on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 5:30 pm. Volunteer pourers may also complete Basset certification on their own by going to http://bassetcertification.org/.

MWBF also supports our local organizations, including business and social organizations. For each volunteer who signs up from a local Plainfield organization, the Fest will donate $25 to the local organization for each shift worked. Independent volunteers will receive $25 in Fest Bucks for each shift worked. Entry into the Fest will require $50 in Fest Buck for volunteers. Please indicate in the comments section whether you are volunteering in support of a local organization and the name of the organization.



Volunteer to help the day of the fest, and you will be able to attend the after-party, that evening, where you can drink all that beer that was served that day.  For Free!  …put a little effort in and get a lot out!


Sign Up Today!