Update to Club Meeting This Evening

Greetings, and sorry for all the updates this morning. We will try to spread them out when possible, but lots going on in the next few weeks. Yesterday, I posted about the events this week HERE. I omitted that for our club meeting, Odd Muse is welcoming homebrew for sharing tonight in their brewery where we will be meeting. If you have anything you would like to bring and share, please feel free to do so.

Very nice of the folks add Odd Muse to allow us this, so please also support them through purchases of their beers and tipping the staff appropriately.

If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].

Cheers,
Smitty

October Officer Meeting Location Change

Greetings, NTHBA. Due to inconsistencies in service at The Londoner, we decided to relocate this month’s officer meeting to another location. We will convene tomorrow at Vickery Park in old downtown Plano. They are located at 1011 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074. As usual, we will arrive around 6:30 and get started with officer business around 7:00.

In this month’s newsletter, I mentioned that we are seeking volunteers for 2023 officers, as we will have elections at the November meeting. If you have already expressed an interest, or would consider it, please feel free to come to the meeting tomorrow.

Cheers!
Smitty

October 2022 Newsletter is Published

The October Newsletter is available here, Click Me. Check the club calendar for events. We have Officers Meeting, Club Meeting and a Brewday at Chris Van Allen’s in Wylie this month.

The Club’s forums are available for discussions. We have not had many posts. Please ask and answer questions in the forum. Subscribe to updates for the forums that you are interested in.

Club Meeting Tonight and Website Notification Changes

There is a club meeting tonight at The Londoner in Addison. The meeting will start at about 7p, folks arrive starting about 6:30p. The Londoner is at:
14930 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001

The method of notifying members of new WordPress posts changed today. We now have an opt-out model. You will be included by default. If you do not wish to be notified of new posts, please email [email protected] and we will switch you to the non-notified users. But the best way to stay up-to-date on club happenings is get these notifications.

I am also interested in what you think of the format for the notification email. The notification is customizable. I tried to make the notification look like the old notification method.

I hope to see you at the meeting tonight!

Cheers,

Jimmy

Club Survey Results Republished

Hey all. Real quick, sorry for the glitch this morning on the post. The chart images got wiped when it was published so had to pull it back and repost. The blog post has been republished and can be found HERE.

Cheers,
Smitty

2022 Club Survey Results

Greetings, homebrewers and NTHBA club members. This year, after several years having passed since the last one, we set a goal to send out another club survey. Gathering feedback from membership about the state of things currently and where the club can focus efforts to make for a better member experience is important. So, in July, a concise questionnaire was made available for members to complete. This post is meant to provide a summary of the results of the survey and takeaways from it.

With around 50 club members at the time of the survey send, we received 25 surveys back – a 50% return rate, which is excellent. One of my goals in compiling the questions was to make it as concise as possible, avoiding unnecessary or repetitive questions, so as to make it more palatable to complete. This then should contribute to better returns and validate any findings…and hopefully did.

With that, on to the results, but first, apologies if the labels get cut off in the images. This is just how Google Forms renders the results. Hopefully, you get the gist, but my commentary will call out the prevailing results.

Question 1:

NTHBA has ebbs and flows between more socially oriented and competition oriented. These results point more towards social over competition at this time. Additionally, education is ranked 3rd(more about that below). Competition is still an important component, but it appears to be taking a back seat right now.

Question 2:

Glad to know that NTHBA is overwhelmingly viewed as open and inviting. I hope things stay that way.

Question 3:

Education here is not surprisingly at the top of the list, which we have been aware of since the last survey and working to enhance this year. Hopefully, you see this from Bill Lawrence in the newsletter, as well as his presentation at the August club meeting. We hope to have more of these in the future, along with some presentations/demos at brew days, and perhaps a webinar or two. If you have any specific suggestions or requests, please reach out to our education czar at [email protected]. The other standout responses were more events, and interestingly that NTHBA needs no major improvements.

Question 4:

Not a lot to say about this. I don’t think I was around when club membership exceeded 200 members, so I don’t know what it was like managing that. I’d say it was around 100 when I first joined and found that events . I don’t know that we will see 200+ again, but we could stand to add some members and fresh faces.

Questions 5-6:

Both very positive responses…

Questions 7-9:

The majority of us are satisfied with the meeting times and locations. I have personally received feedback that BYO meetings are a welcomed addition. However, we also know that this may not be practical for every meeting. As the one who schedules the meetings, I have found it more and more difficult to find locations that do not have some other activity like trivia competing with the club conducting a quality meeting. Because of this, I personally would not mind maintaining a single location for the majority of our meetings with a few “outings” to other locations. If it comes down to quality of the meeting versus the effort expended to find a legitimate location, I am going to choose the former. We will continue to tweak this going forward.

Question 10-11:

We came close to abandoning the raffle this year, but will continue to fund it for the foreseeable future. The fact of the matter was that supplying the raffle became too cumbersome without a local source, so the quality suffered. With North Texas Homebrew Supply opening up, we will be better equipped. As to the content of meetings, we hear you that various educational presentations and guest speakers would enhance them and we will continue efforts to provide these going forward.

Question 12:

Questions 13-14:

Since I have been involved with the club and as an officer, there has been 100% consistency in delivery of the monthly newsletter. Although it takes some effort, the officers take seriously getting their articles and and the newsletter published at the first of each month. Having said this, the new website is equipped to provide a consistent stream of communication on an ongoing basis. This blog post is an excellent example. I am not on Facebook and many others are not active on it either. So, we do not want to rely on social media as a soul form of communication. With our website and the newsletter, we have the ability to communication with 100% of the membership. I do recommend you take a moment to subscribe to blog posts here and also set yourself up in the forum.

Question 14:

This is about what I expected to see. I do hope to see more participation and engagement in the club forum.

Questions 15-17:

I have seen most of you at at least one brew day over the last few years and the favorite aspects of them aren’t surprising. There are some simple enhancements we can do to add to the value of the club brew days, which the officers will discuss. The predominantly requested enhancements can easily be made part of the scheduling and communication with the host.

Question 18:

The layout of this pre-built chart is a bit confusing, but hopefully the question wasn’t. Here’s the order of ranking. 1st and 2nd are obvious, but the last two are a bit more murky.
1) Winter/Holiday Party
2) Fall/Oktoberfest Party
3) Spring Party
4) Summer Party

The Spring and Summer parties are the least favored, but between 3rd and 4th place votes, the Spring party came ahead leaving the Summer party in 4th. All of the parties are great and usually well attended. There has been discussion about dropping one from the schedule, but we will see. If you haven’t been to any, I encourage you to make plans to come to one in the future.

Question 19:

We have had a few this year with some well attended and others only sparsely. There is clearly an interest in continuing these, so we will continue scheduling them.

Question 20-22:

Fairly self-explanatory, but nice to know we don’t appear to be overdoing it on events. Two-thirds of us attend the majority of them.

That’s it. Sorry for the long post. If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please feel free to email me here.

Cheers,
Smitty

Meetup today at Autonomous Society

There will be a Meetup today at Autonomous Society. Starts at noon ends around 3:00. Come out and support Dean Weaver and hang out with club members.

Autonomous Society is located at:
1928 South Akard St.
Dallas, TX

Limbo Judging – Final Weekend

We will finish the Limbo Challenge Judging this weekend and need your help. There are five medal categories remaining and none have more than 16 entries. The remaining categories will need two judge teams but the teams will only have about 8 entries each, Easy Peasy.

Please register in BCOEM if you have not already and/or set your availability for this weekend.

The remaining medal categories are:
55 German & Belgian Wheat
56 British Bitter & Pale
57 British Brown
60 Belgian Ale
62 Wild Sour Smoked & Woody

Judging will be at Mike Grover’s house:
1939 Castille Dr. Carrollton
TX 75007

Sessions are:
08/12a Mike Grover’s House Friday 7pm
08/13a Mike Grover’s House Saturday 9am
08/13b Mike Grover’s House Saturday 1pm
08/14a Mike Grover’s House Sunday 9am if needed
08/14b Mike Grover’s House Sunday 1pm if needed

Lunch will be provided.

Club Meeting Tonight!

Greetings NTHBA. Tonight starting at 7:00, we have our monthly club meeting. Please feel free to arrive between 6:00 – 6:30 before we kick off the meeting. This month, we are pleased to be hosted by our newest homebrew store, North Dallas Homebrew Supply. Eric Morgan is the proprietor. They are located at 17811 Davenport Rd Suite 11, Dallas, TX 75252. Here is the map link: https://goo.gl/maps/6oBJHm2cfos8yyUUA

This is a BYOB meeting, so bring your favorite homebrew or commercial beer to share and a chair would also be advisable as provided seating will be limited. Food will not be available, so plan accordingly to eat ahead of time or bring something. Also, bring some money for the raffle and if you need to renew your membership, we can process it at that time. See you tonight!

Cheers,
Smitty

Limbo Judging Status

From the picture above it looks like a Hack-a-thon. It is the judges entering their comments electronically into the BCOEM system.

We got through 9 of 14 tables this weekend at Mike Grover’s house.

Thanks to all the judges, new and experienced, and Mike. I think we had a great start.

That leaves us with 5 table to judge next weekend. Here are the remaining tables:
55 German & Belgian Wheat
56 British Bitter & Pale
57 British Brown
60 Belgian Ale
62 Wild Sour Smoked & Woody

Please come out next weekend finish out the remaining tables. The entry counts for the remaining tables range from 13 to 16 entries. We need two teams from each table but these are not not large tables.

You will hear more about Limbo at the club meeting on Tuesday.