Join Us

The Hopheads homebrew club is a small group of beer loving homebrewers and friends the enjoy the fellowship of all things beer.

We typically meet once a month at a different members house for a meeting to sample each others beers. the first hour is dedicated to talking about our beer (nerdy, I know) and the rest of the evening is about hanging out with our friends. the meetings can last well into the morning or end whenever the host(s) decides they want to go to bed.

if you ever want to learn how to brew beer or if you are already a seasoned homebrewer, most people will enjoy themselves in this relaxed atmosphere. Membership fees are $25 per person per year or $30 for a couple. Dues are collected each June and go towards paying for T-shirts, member shared equipment, and special events. Pay your dues online now using the paypal button below and email us at hopheadshomebrewing@gmail.com

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We meet to share homebrews every second Saturday of the month. Locations are determined the prior month (email us for directions). Each meeting consists of a short business meeting followed by brew sharing, homebrew discussions, and good times. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings as long as they either bring homebrew or a six pack of a craft beer they have never personally tried, however only paying members have voting rights or reap from membership benefits. At the moment the Governing committee is Richard Moore (Dee), John Stephenson (Jay), Lane Goolsby, Robert Gonzales (Gonzo), and Kurt Harrison. Our Bylaws are listed below.

The Hopheads Articles of Governance

Article 1: General

Section 1: Name

The official name of this organization is: The Hopheads Homebrew Club of Georgia (a.k.a. The Hopheads)

Section 2: Mission Statement

The purpose of the Hopheads Homebrew Club of Georgia is to:

  1. Foster a love and appreciation of home and craft brewed beer, wine,
    and mead both within our club and also within the local community.
  2. Seek and provide feedback to our fellow brewers to better hone our brewing skills.
  3. Create an atmosphere of camaraderie and respect with all home brewers in the greater Columbus/ Phenix City area.

Section 3: Membership

The Hopheads is open to open to anyone legally able to drink that has
a passion for quality beer, wine, and/or mead. If a person or persons
decide to become members then membership dues are $25/year per
individual or $35/couple. Membership is not required to attend monthly
meetings, but will be required in order to attend any public events
(participation at public events may be open to non-members at the
discretion of The Board), have a voice during group votes, or be
eligible for board member positions.

Membership is completely voluntary both at the member(s) and at the
club’s discretion. Membership may be terminated by the member at any
time desired, but refunds will only be given within two months of
renewing membership or a majority vote by The Board. Members who are
voted out of the club will not receive reimbursement for membership
dues.

Obtaining membership status is at the discretion of the club and applicants can be rejected by The Board for any reason.

Article 2: Governance

It is the goal of The Hopheads to maintain a decentralized hierarchy.
However, there is a need for decision making and responsibility
ownership. The goal of our governance model is to ensure that a
democratic model is followed as much as possible. In short, the
hierarchy of The Hopheads is as such:

  1. The Hopheads
  2. Governance Body
  3. Subcommittee
  4. Committee Members at Large

Section 1: Principal Governance

The primary ruling body of The Hopheads will be a five member
governance body known as the Governance Board (hereto called The Board).
The Board will have veto powers over all subcommittees. The Board and
each subcommittee will follow the ‘majority rules’ mantra for all
decisions.

Each subcommittee will have three members and will be topic-centric.
Furthermore, each subcommittee may be ephemeral in purpose or
long-lived. All bodies will be subordinate to The Board and only upon
majority agreement by The Board can new bodies be created.

The Board will be elected on a yearly basis by all current members of
The Hopheads. The Board will have a say on who holds positions in the
subcommittees, but members of the club may nominate candidates. The
Board will be in charge of assigning officers to the following
subcommittees:

  1. Governance Committee
  2. Treasury
  3. Webmaster
  4. Event Coordinator
  5. Ministry of Education
  6. Committee Members At-Large

There is no limit to the number of committee seats a member may hold.
However, nominees can be prevented from taking a seat by a majority
rule by the committee or a majority vote by the club.

Section 1.1: Subcommittee Duties

Section 1.1.1: Governance Committee

The Governance Committee will be in charge of keeping this body of
rules up to date, amending when new rules or directions come up, or when
shortcomings of this document are realized. Changes to the governance
document must be ratified by the Governance Body. If a change to this
document is ratified by the Governance Body, it can be overruled by a
majority vote of The Hopheads but only in the circumstance than an
alternative solution is approved by The Hopheads majority in the same
vote.

Section 1.1.2: Treasury

The Treasury committee will be responsible for collecting and
disseminating funds for the club. This committee will be responsible for
ensuring club dues are collected, dues owed for events are paid, and
any ancillary costs and/or revenues are reported to The Board within two
weeks of actualization.

Section 1.1.3: Webmaster

The Webmaster committee will be responsible for determining the type
of content to be published on The Hopheads web site. In addition, the
webmasters will be responsible for any interaction on social media such
as Twitter or Facebook.

Section 1.1.4: Event Coordinator

The Event Coordinators will be responsible for any public or private
events that The Hopheads will participate in. This includes coordinating
the monthly meeting.

Section 1.1.5: Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education committee will be in charge of picking
topics of conversation around the brewing process and deciding the
appropriate venue for those conversations. Topics of conversation should
not be limited to just the club and finding venues with the outside
public is encouraged.

Section 1.1.6: Committee Members At-Large

CMaL will be members of ephemeral committees that are ephemeral or
short-lived. For example, CMaL may be tasked with choosing T-shirt
designs for upcoming events. CMaL committees can and should be
considered as subservient extensions of the other four permanent
committees.

Section 1.2: Subcommittee Conflict

There are no limits to the number of subcommittees a Hopheads member
may belong to. However, if a Board Member nominates themselves for a
position in a subcommittee, the other two subcommittee members must
agree to the Board Member’s nomination. If two members of a subcommittee
are also on The Board, the majority of The Hopheads members must agree
to the nomination. If the majority of The Hopheads members do not agree
with the Board Member(s) nomination then the club members can nominate
and elect a candidate(s) based of club majority.

In the event of a conflict between two groups who have similar
responsibilities, a vote will be brought before The Board. The Board’s
decision will be binding and can only be overridden by a majority vote
of all current members of The Hopheads.

Section 2: Changing of the Guard

As noted earlier, The Board will be elected on a yearly basis. The
voting process will be by closed ballot at the club meeting one month
prior to expiration of the current The Board’s term. It is the outgoing
The Board member’s responsibility to coordinate a smooth transition of
all current and upcoming responsibilities for the incoming The Board. At
the following club meeting the official transition to the new Board
will take place. After this point, members of the outgoing Board have no
authoritative power; they can only provide insight into previous
directions and suggest choices. The outgoing Board shall also be
available to the incoming Board for a maximum of two months after the
official transition to ensure clean transition to the new Board.

All officers will be appointed by a majority vote of The Board.
Officers hold their position(s) during the duration of The Board. One of
the first tasks of The Board on the day of official transition will be
to either confirm or suggest replacement of officers.

Section 3: Absentee Voting

Governance Body and Subcommittee members may vote in absentia if
necessary. If it is found a member is abusing the in absentia power they
may be removed from the committee or body by a majority vote.

Section 4: Expulsion of Members

Members may be expulsed from the club by a majority vote by the club.
Only members of The Board may initiate a vote but a vote may be
requested by members of the club. Upon expulsion, the former member
relinquishes all rights and privileges previously granted, including
committee membership and voting privileges.

Section 5: Vacancies

With the exception of The Board vacancies, all vacancies will be
repopulated by the The Board. In the case of a The Board vacancy, an
interim member will be chosen by the Board until a vote can be assembled
by The Club. Should the interim Board Member not be elected then
standard transition period rules will apply to the incoming and outgoing
board member elect.

Section 6: Petitioning The Board

For minor affairs petitioning The Board should be done by informal
means (e.g. raising a question during a monthly meeting). In the event
an affair will require a vote by a committee or The Board the affair
should be raised through email (or similar medium such as Facebook
message) to all members of The Board at least one month prior to the
next meeting. This will allow The Board adequate time to gather a voting
quorum.

Article 3: Member Duties

Section 1: Club Meetings

The primary duty of a Hophead member is to have fun and be a positive
member of the club. Being a positive member includes tasks such as
taking part in committees as elected, following dictates of the club
leadership, and participating in public events when possible. All
members should attempt to attend one monthly meeting per quarter. Any
member who is not attending regular meetings is subject to expulsion at
the discretion of The Club and/or The Board.

Section 2: Club Events

The Hopheads will routinely be involved in
club-specific events. These events may be as simple as a monthly club
meeting or our yearly trip to a beer festival. At all times a Hopheads
Member should behave in accordance with the bylaws of the club and
represent themselves in a manner suitable of the club.

Section 2.1: Monthly Meetings

All business for the current months meeting should be finalized at
the beginning of each meeting. The location and details of the next
meeting should be determined at the same time. After all points of
interest have been discussed and finalized then the events for the
current months meeting will begin.

Section 2.2: Road Trips

All plans for road trips will be decided at the meeting prior to the
road trip. If it is decided that a rental vehicle will be need for the
trip all funds for the rental should be collected before the rental
agreement is signed. Any funds for gas or miscellaneous travel expenses
can be collected at a later date than the rental. The funds for the
rental and or gas and miscellaneous expenses can also be acquired
through fund-raiser events.

Section 2.3: External Club Events

External Club Events include any type of club organized activity
other than out traditional monthly meeting. These events may take the
place of the monthly meeting. Such events include: Brew Fest, Fund
Raisers, Club Brew days, Road Trips, Public Outreach Events, or Club
Contests.

Section 2.4: Fund-raiser Events

The Hopheads would like to begin hosting and/or joining Fund-raiser
Events with the public. The desire is not only to build a coffer but to
also present to the public the joys and wonder of home brewing. As such,
the primary goal of any Fund-raiser Event will be education and
inclusion of the public over any potential for fund-raising. However, if
The Club determines that an event will drain too many resources versus
the effort required The Club can opt (and is indeed compelled) to not
participate.

Section 2.5: Community Outreach Events

In the spirit of spreading the joys of craft beer, The Hopheads will
engage in public Outreach Events with the intention of cultivating a
love for home brewing with non-members. These events will be chosen at
the discretion of The Club after being called for vote by The Board.
Consideration for participation in an event can be made by either a
Board member or by a member of The Club.

3 Responses to Join Us

  1. Shane Kelly says:

    Hello,

    What city do you guys meet at? I live in Birmingham and would love to get some pointers from some more-seasoned brewers.

    Shane Kelly

    • hopheaded says:

      we are near Phenix city, AL but I have several friends near Birmingham and there are a couple of homebrew clubs there as well. the Carboy Junkies are a great group of guys that have tons of experience.
      I will still be glad to help you with any questions or anything else I can.
      thanks for asking, look forward to meeting you one day and having a beer,

  2. BigBob says:

    Big Bob again appreciates all the awesome beer your members brought and the great fellowship while drinking the beers. Hats off to you all…

    BIGBOB

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