PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2004
As President of the BJCP for the past seven months, I am pleased to report substantial progress in many areas, and significant activity is underway in other areas. There is much to report.
The first action of the Board was to approve the delayed advancements of three members to Grand Master I. I would like to welcome Steve Piatz, Ed Westemeier, and myself to the exalted rank of Grand Master. I wish Steve and Ed well and cheer on those who aspire to this level. Gordon Strong became the third Grand Master II effective July 2, 2004. This is an extremely hard feat to accomplish and Gordon is congratulated on making GMII and all the great service he has provided to the BJCP.
The next order of business of the Board and the new officers in the beginning of June, 2004 was to implement significant changes to how the BJCP finances were handled. Many new controls were implemented, including three people having access to the bank account, requiring two signatures on any check over $500, requiring a quarterly financial report to the board, and mandating an annual financial report being posted for membership as required by the By-Laws, which has not been done in three years. Additionally, bonding has been taken out insuring the integrity of BJCP funds. A strong and well worked out budget for the last half of 2004 was passed in early July and the Board has passed a fiscally sound BJCP budget for 2005. There is currently a surplus in the operating budget for 2005.
Additionally, upon assuming the duties of Treasurer, Al Boyce, in an inquiry to the IRS, learned that the BJCP never filed for 501c tax exempt status and never paid any income tax. This situation is being vigorously pursued with the IRS to rectify and correct the tax exempt status of the BJCP.
Some of the progress made by the new board includes approving the new 2004 Style Guidelines which became fully effective on January 1, 2005. An Exam Review committee was initiated to update questions under the existing exam and to study making changes to the current exam format. The committee got off to a slow start but is now making substantial progress with a May 1, 2005 goal for completion. Currently chairing the Exam Committee is Ed Wolf, a PhD and faculty member at Virginia Tech and an expert in development of large scale tests and evaluation of education programs.
In November, the Board approved implementation of a Continuing Education Program (CEP). The new Director, Kris England, a PhD candidate in Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota, and two assistant Directors, Ted Hausotter from Baker, Oregon and Kevin Pratt from Sacramento, California, have been selected to get the program up and running. The first order of business is to implement CEP Sessions by third parties, which should be in place within 90 days. They will then begin working on developing a tasting kit, developing a beer vocabulary for judging, and implementing a Products Education Program. They have their work cut out for them but I expect great things from Kris and his team. Anyone interested in participating on these committees contact the CEP Director.
Along the line of merchandise, several things have taken place. Shirts, mugs and hats with the BJCP logo have been made available through Cafeshop.com. Both Recognized and Certified Judge Cloisonné lapel pins are available for purchase by judges, with special club group discounts available. These pins will be provided free to new judges starting in 2005. Additionally, within the next week, embroidered polos and long-sleeved shirts and hats with a selection of colors should be available for purchase.
For 2005, some of the goals include clarification and revision of Grand Master Service Requirements including posting them for all to access, recognize participation on past committees with proper credit being awarded (this has been neglected for several years), establishment of committees to study and put together a BJCP Mead and Cider Certification, and once the Exam Committee has concluded its work, establish a Study Guide Revision Committee.
On the down side, there is a criminal investigation underway concerning BJCP funds. In order not to jeopardize the investigation, it has been requested by law enforcement that certain information not be discussed or revealed at this time. Much energy and time has been expended on this matter over the past seven months.That summarizes the main activities of the Board over the past seven months. More information on finances will be released as the situation permits.
BJCP FINANCIAL REPORT FOR 2004
(For the period July 1-December 31, 2004)This is the BJCP Financial Report the last six months of 2004. In July a new bank account was opened by the new BJCP Treasurer. No funds or records have been turned over by the previous treasurer so the outstanding balance can only be estimated but some information is available. The last published Annual report was December 31, 2001 with a balance of $35,908.52. During the period January 1, 2002 through June 30, 2004, no Annual Report of BJCP Finance was made. Reconstruction of income and expenses for this period has been undertaken and these estimates are provided as follows:
- 01/01/02-12/31/02 - Income: $14,082.00 - Expenses: $4,443.03
- 01/01/03-12/31/03 - Income: $18,459.00 - Expenses: $1,583./08
- 01/01/04-06/30/04 - Income: $ 7,179.11 - Expenses: $4,571.82
- Total estimated Balance as of June, 30, 2004: $65,030.70.
The following is the BJCP Financial Report for the Period July 1-December 31, 2004 as prepared by the BJCP Treasurer, Al Boyce:
BJCP Annual Financial Report
December 31, 2004
Income Year End Exams 5,460 Contests 2,550 Merchandise 0.49 Other 833.28 Returned Checks 0.00 Total 8,843.77 Expenses BJCP Grants 0.00 Legal Fees 0.00 Mailings: Examinees 0.00 Mailings: Reimbursees 0.00 Merchandise (for resale) 1,772.25 Miscellaneous 50.00 Office Supplies, etc. 620.98 PO Box Rental 0.00 Postage, misc. 841.06 Printing: Examinees 0.00 Recognition Pins 819.70 Reimbursement: Exam Directors 9.57 Reimbursement: Exam Proctor 98.00 Reimbursement: Lead Grader 0.00 Reimbursement: 2nd Grader 0.00 Shipping: Merchandise 0.00 Telephone 0.00 Website 0.00 Total 4,211.56 Prior Balance 0.00 Income 8,843.77 Expenses 4,211.56 Current Balance 4,632.21 Checks Outstanding 223.55 Account Balance Showing 4855.76
Submitted by Al Boyce, Treasurer
New National and Above Judges for 2004A big Congratulations! goes out to all the BJCP members who advanced during 2004. The number advancing was quite impressive with 45 National, 5 Master, 3 Grand Master I and 1 Grand Master II. These are truly motivated individuals who have demonstrated great ability to judge and contribute to the BJCP.
Full Name Region State Rank Andrew Ager Northeast NH National Eric L. Asebrook Mid-Atlantic OH National Peter Ausenhus Midwest IA National Tom Baldwin Mountain/Northwest NV National Peter Bussa North MI National Brian Butenschoen Mountain/Northwest OR National Peter Caddo South LA National Chris Collier South GA National Andrew Craze Mid-Atlantic OH National Pete Devaris North AK National Jim Dexter Northeast MA National Michael Dixon South NC National John A. Donaldso South TX National Marvin Edgeworth Mountain/Northwest NV National Kristen England North MN National Peter A. Ensminger Northeast NY National Teri Fahrendorf Mountain/Northwest OR National Don C. Ferris South FL National Paul Gatza Mountain/Northwest CO National Karl Gunderson North ND National Ronald W. Hall Mountain/Northwest OR National Mike Hansen Midwest IA National Michael Heniff South TX National Travis Hixon Midwest TN National Betsy Kepler Mid-Atlantic VA National Keith Kost Mid-Atlantic PA National Adolph M. Litrenta Jr Northeast CT National Phil Markowski Northeast NY National Steve Marler Mid-Atlantic VA National Paul McGinnis Jr. Mid Atlantic PA National Gerry Nichols Northeast CT National Owen Ogletree South GA National Calvin Perilloux Mid-Atlantic MD National George Perrin South FL National Kevin Pratt West CA National Tom Schmidlin Mountain/Northwest WA National Steve Scoville Midwest TN National Lynn Roger Seelos South FL National Paul Shick Mid-Atlantic OH National Christopher Studach Mountain/Northwest OR National Donald Van Ollenfen South NC National Mark Wedge South TX National Philip J. Wilcox North MI National Mark Wilson Mountain/Northwest OR National Paul T. Zocco Northeast CT National G. Morgan Griffin West CA Master Ted Hausotter Mountain/Northwest OR Master David Teckam West CA Master John C. Tull Mountain/Northwest NV Master Beth Zangari West CA Master Ron Bach South FL Grand Master I Steve Piatz North MN Grand Master I Ed Westemeier Mid-Atlantic OH Grand Master I Gordon Strong Mid-Atlantic OH Grand Master II