At Lake Ann Brewing Co.

Discussion topics:

Committees were further discussed, and we'll seek volunteers for many of those positions at the Oktoberfest party on Oct. 7.

Oktoberfest party: Oct. 7 at Chain O' Lakes Campground in Bellaire. Chuck plans on being there by noon. Members are welcome to brew on site during the day. We'll nominate and elect officers in the evening. The club will provide food for dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning. Chuck brought up having a traveling trophy that would go to the winner of the homebrew competition there. This year's style is dunkel. This also doubles as the October meeting. The campground owners have been incredibly generous to us the last several years, giving us cabins to sleep in for $10 per person, providing firewood and cookware, as well as hauling out some of their own homebrew for everyone to try.

Treasurer's report: Eric - "We have money." Short, succinct, to the point. Allowed for more beer time. Everyone appreciated this.

Chuck threw out the idea of this year's club membership items being NMHG hats/shirts. But we could also just order these and sell them to members at cost.

Dave Mellor found a chest freezer for the clubhouse at UBrew for $150. Chuck said he'll provide parts (taps, shanks, hoses, etc.) at cost that the club will pay for, and the keezer will be the club's once it's finished. We need to round up some interested/experienced folks who can lend a hand in the build.

Having quarterly NMHG parties was discussed.
Pro: It's a party, duh.
Con: Some legal liability that the club will have to figure out.
Possibilities would include having the parties at members' homes (and maybe UBrew) and rotating that around on a voluntary basis. It can be NMHG-sponsored if it is members-only. If non-members are present, that brings some insurance/liability questions into play. But we could also get around that by not having it be an "official" NMHG event. Craig volunteered to provide music for the events. This will be discussed more at the October meeting.

Chris brought up the possibility of adding more officers to the club to distribute responsibilities. This will be discussed in more detail at an officers meeting, likely at the Oktoberfest party.

We were given an enthusiastic and entertaining tour of Lake Ann Brewing Co. by brewer/owner Matt Therrien, who also gave members present a Lake Ann pint glass to take home.

Attendance: Chuck Green, Chris Heyman, Eric Minish, James Cook, Craig Babiarz, John Roche, Brian Pugh, Shane Brennan, Jeff Malkiewicz, Karl Gagnon, Joe Hunter, Bruce Williams, Bill Sikkenga, Nancy Sikkenga, Dave Mellor, Max Snyder and several others who didn't add to the sign-in sheet.