January 19, 2010 by admin
Baltibrew is a Baltimore City based beer/brew club begun in July of 2009. The club’s overall goals span the enjoyment of beer and other fermented beverages, educating members about beer and brewing, and most importantly, having a good time, all within the city limits.
The focus is on education, so it doesn't matter if you don't know the difference between a wheat beer and an I.P.A. We don't laugh, and we don't judge. We strive to be as inclusive as possible, while supporting the expansion of the club's diversity whenever we can.
We meet the third thursday of every month at Nepenthe Homebrew at 8 p.m. (hope to see you there, bring a chair).
Baltibrew is a non-profit organization, and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
Our mission is to promote homebrewing, craft beer and the appreciation of both within the club and to the general public through education and research, and through the collection and dissemination of information via our website (baltibrew.org) and public events.
Our purpose is to serve as a forum for technological and cross-cultural aspects of the art of homebrewing and to encourage the responsible consumption of alcohol. Baltibrew is not liable for the actions of its members while under the influence, and will hold its members accountable for misconduct while representing the club or attending club-related functions/events, both public and private.
Baltibrew is committed to promoting the homebrewing hobby for ALL people: as such, the club aims to support the efforts of member brewers of every ability, background, culture, gender, race, age, and orientation. We work hard to create a space that is light-hearted and fun, but also respectful and actively inclusive for all members and potential members. Racist, sexist, or offensive behavior on the part of its members or their guests is unacceptable and may result in disciplinary action as noted in the Conduct section.
Individuals shall be considered members of Baltibrew upon payment of dues. One is considered a member in good standing if current dues are paid in full.
Members retain certain privileges, including, but not limited to: voting on club business, rental/use of club property and equipment, access to Members Only sections of baltibrew.org, and a right to participate in club activities such as group brews.
Baltibrew meetings are open to the general public. Those who find themselves wanting to continue to attend meetings and/or support the club are strongly encouraged to become members as soon as possible. However, once any individual has attended three (3) meetings, they will be contacted by the Treasurer to pay dues and become a member.
Due to the presence and consumption of alcoholic beverages, membership is restricted to those over the age of 21.
A membership fee (“dues”) shall be paid annually at a rate determined by the club.
Current fee schedules will be posted on baltibrew.org.
Annual dues are due on the anniversary of the date dues were paid in the previous calendar year.
Any member who is 30 days or more past due on their annual dues shall lose their status as a member in good standing until their dues are paid.
Only Balitbrew members in good standing are eligible to vote on changes to dues.
Whenever possible, dues will be paid online using the membership system on baltibrew.org. Members who will not use the online system are responsible for paying their dues on time to either the Treasurer or Secretary.
Baltibrew’s primary means of communication to the public is baltibrew.org. Secondary communication to the public will take place via the Baltibrew mailing list. Public topics include the announcement of club votes, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, etc. Members-only communication will take place via the Members Only section(s) of baltibrew.org, personal emails, phone calls, or in person. Members-only topics include the casting of votes, discussion between committee members or Executive Board members, etc.
Members are not required to subscribe to the Baltibrew mailing list, and topics discussed on the mailing list should be related to club business only. Personal discussions, issues and/or opinions, and any inappropriate or irrelevant posts will not be tolerated, and may result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, removal from the mailing list.
The Executive Board of Baltibrew shall consist of all currently elected Officers of Baltibrew. The Executive Board will coordinate all Baltibrew activities both public and private over the course of the year. The Executive Board will receive all concerns, proposals, and issues from members at large and will ensure that the concerns, proposals, and issues are addressed in a timely fashion and in accordance with the Charter/By-laws. Issues regarding actions to be taken on behalf of the club will result in a recommendation to be voted upon by the club as a whole.
Baltibrew Officers serve from February of the election year to February of the following year. The officers are tasked with upholding the bylaws of the club, continuing the mission of the club as delineated within the charter, and are expected to set an example of what it means to be an exemplary member of the club by encouraging participation, communication, and camaraderie amongst members.
Baltibrew is grateful to its founders for establishing the club. Baltibrew founders are not officers unless elected to a specific position nor are they de facto members of the Executive Board. Baltibrew founders do not retain any inherent privileges other than the well-earned title “Founder.”
The Election Cycle for Baltibrew Officers consists of four phases:
Requirements and responsibilities for running for and holding office:
Meetings will be held once per month at a time and location noted on the club website. All meetings must take place within Baltimore City limits. This does not limit group brews or other events from occurring outside of Baltimore City limits.
Meeting date(s) and time(s) are subject to change with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice to all members in good standing, and may be changed permanently by vote. All meetings will be governed in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order (a copy of which shall be present at each meeting), and will be overseen by the Monthly Meeting Czar.
All attendees are required to sign in at each meeting, identify themselves as either a member or non-member, and whether or not their dues are currently paid to the best of their knowledge. Non-members who have attended three (3) meetings without having paid dues will be contacted by the Treasurer to do so.
Club business shall constitute at most one hour (whenever possible) of the meeting agenda.
All members in good standing are eligible to rent club equipment/property from the Quartermaster. Any and all rented equipment/property must be returned to the Quartermaster in a timely fashion and in the same condition in which it was received.
Typical rental period is five (5) days unless otherwise coordinated with the Quartermaster. If another member is awaiting rental of equipment that is currently being used, or the agreed upon rental period has expired, the Quartermaster is responsible for contacting the renting member to have the items returned in a timely fashion.
Items that are returned dirty shall be cleaned by the Quartermaster, and the member will be assessed a cleaning fee appropriate to the amount of cleaning required. The Quartermaster shall recommend a suggested fee (typically $5-$10) to the Executive Board for a vote, which shall be collected by the Treasurer once agreed upon. Damaged items must be paid for in full or replaced by the renting member.
Any member in good standing may propose amendments or additions to the bylaws at a meeting, with a second being the only requirement to begin club discussion of the matter, and the process of amendment.
Amendments will be presented to the club at large electronically containing the following:
Additions will be presented to the club at large electronically containing the following:
Voting on the proposed amendment or addition will take place electronically. A minimum of ⅔ majority is required for alteration to bylaws. A minimum of 75% of members are required to vote yes, no, or no opinion on the proposed amendment in order to ensure sufficient participation. Once the required majority is met or failed the vote will end, and an announcement will be made to the club via baltibrew.org and through email.
Baltibrew remains in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. While production and consumption of alcoholic beverages is a vital part of our mission, Baltibrew encourages all members and visitors to drink responsibly. Consumption of alcohol by those under legal drinking age is strictly prohibited. Baltibrew is not responsible for the actions of individual members or visitors, nor for their legal consequences.
In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of Baltibrew shall, after payment of necessary expenses, be distributed as evenly as possible amongst all members in good standing.
We hope you will consider joining us and helping establish our club within the baltimore beer scene. We can be contacted HERE for more information. Cheers!