Our Year in Review

2016-competitionAnother year down. In the last year, we gathered diapers for the Ozarks Diaper Bank, prepared meals for the Veteran’s Coming Home center and Harmony House, helped out at the Haven (and our members took home two furry friends!), raised $14,000 for the Springfield Community Gardens, devoted a morning to working at the garden, cleaned up our section of Campbell, and gathered food for Harvesters in Kansas City. We welcomed a tiny new member with a baby shower, had a 4th of July party, and celebrated a few birthdays in there as well. I’m sure that isn’t quite all, but I’m writing this from memory.

Our members took home trophies at competitions across the country, from Colorado to California to Tennessee, including a number of first place wins.

We took a big step when we completed our 501C3 filing with the IRS, making us an official non-profit agency. Comment and share your favorite QCBMF memory from the year.

 

Our Charity Is Chosen

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At the October meeting, we voted and chose our charity for the 2017 Competition; the winner was the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. We’ll be funding a cloth diaper library lending and mentorship program. How exciting!

Here’s what we need from y’all:

  1. Sponsors–you’ll find all the sponsorship information on the Sponsors page. Feel free to make contacts for us. the sponsorship letter can be downloaded and printed from the Sponsors page.
  2. A logo–please submit your designs to queencitybeards@gmail.com.
  3. Volunteers to help with competition planning and activities.
  4. Suggestions for bands and printers.

The Beards will be pouring beers at BeerFest for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks, so come out and see us!

Our next volunteer event is the Crosslines Christmas Store on 12/17. It’s great fun to play an elf.

September Update

First, the big and bad news! We’re officially a 501(c)(3).  Shirts are in and available for delivery. The Maker Faire was a success, and Josh and Jeremy’s robot, Makey, made the front page of Make Magazine’s web site.

Upcoming events:

September 24: Gearhead Garage Sale (and Colorado competition)

October 1: Grant Proposals Due

October 1: Pumpkin Days in Republic, MO (bake sale donations by 9/30 appreciated!)

October 8: Street Clean Up

October 14-15: BAM STL Competition

October 30: Harmony House Meal

Please be here for the October meeting! We’ll be voting on our 2017 recipient and taking a group photo for the American Beard Club calendar.

 

Call for Grant Proposals

New Logo SlideIt’s that time of year again! You’ll find our call for grant proposals below, or you can download it here.  Call for grant proposals 2017.

The planning has begun for the 2017 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Beard and Moustache Competition. In 2016, the Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation raised more than $14,000 for the Springfield Community Gardens. We are excited to begin planning the 2017 competition.

For the eighth annual competition in Springfield, we have decided to ask local organizations to submit proposals sharing why they are the best choice to receive the funds raised at this event. In order to apply, you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit and must be local to Springfield or the surrounding area. Those are the only requirements for application. Both small and large organizations, as well as those that have previously benefited, will be considered.

If you’re chosen, you’ll receive your check in May 2017. We would like to plan a follow-up interview with your organization in the fall of 2017, to tell our donors and contributors what you’ve done.

What We Need from You:
1. Who you are. Tell us about the history of your organization and introduce yourselves.
2. What you do. Share your mission and tell us who or what you help.
3. What you wish you could do. We understand that funding is an issue for every nonprofit. Share your plan if you’re the recipient of the funds from the 2017 competition. This might simply involve funding existing operations or might involve a new project.

You’re welcome to write a traditional grant proposal. If this doesn’t suit you, feel free to make us a video, write us a song or create an art project. Provide your submission via email to queencitybeards@gmail.com (if you would prefer to present your submission on paper, please let us know via email and arrangements will be made).

All submissions are due by October 1, 2016. The QCBMF e-board will review all submissions, choose the three best, and take those to the October meeting. At the meeting, all members will join us in selecting our 2017 charity. We will announce the beneficiary of the 2017 competition following the October meeting of QCBMF.

 

A Look Back

Recently, we asked last year’s primary recipient, the Gathering Friends, for a follow-up. They were kind enough to oblige and let us know what they were able to do with our funds–we’d like to remind everyone that the Gathering Friends generously shared with a number of other organizations last year, so did not take the full proceeds of the 2015 competition.

According to the Gathering Friends, our 2015 donation enabled them to:

  • Buy a large number of single bus passes, as well as weekly and monthly for individuals with greater needs. Bus passes enable those in need to get to doctor’s appointments, social services visits, obtain services, and go to job interviews. (QCBMF also passes the hat monthly to buy a 60-count book of bus passes)
  • Pay to keep an account open at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy. This account was used to pay for antibiotic prescriptions for those in need.
  • Provide some of those in need with emergency dental care and access to vision care and eyeglasses.
  • Help several people get or maintain housing by paying rental deposits and City Utilities bills.
  • In addition, our donations enabled the purchase of 40 pairs of new boots this winter to keep feet warm and healthy.

We are so very happy to have been able to help, and hope to continue to in the future–you’ll see us serving meals at least a few times a year.

The Votes Are Counted

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Let fundraising commence! We’re excited to announce that Springfield Community Gardens is the charity of choice for the 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Competition.

Springfield Community Gardens distributed more than 60,000 pounds of healthy, locally grown produce to families in need last year, worked to develop communities and teach cooking and gardening skills. We’re excited to help!

We’d like to thank every charity that sent in a proposal, especially our other two finalists, the Haven of the Ozarks and Ozarks Counseling Center. We’ll be building fences at the Haven on 10/24, for anyone able to join us.

The Finalists Are Announced!

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Following the meeting of the E-Board on October 5, 2015, Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation is excited to announce that we have a short list of three potential recipients for the funds raised at the 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Competition.

Those finalists are:
Springfield Community Gardens Download proposal: MoustacheFederation
The Haven of the Ozarks  Download proposal: QCBMF Grant Proposal
Ozark Counseling Center  Download proposal: Queen City Beard and Mustache Federation

Full grant proposals for each can be accessed from the links above. Members are encouraged to read the proposals prior to the monthly meeting on October 14, 2015. Short summaries will be passed around prior to voting at the meeting. In addition, board members will be available before the meeting with hard copies of each proposal.

Final voting will occur at the October 14 meeting. Let your voice be heard—there’s a lot at stake and you have the opportunity to help choose which charity we’ll help this coming year.

The 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Competition

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With great excitement, Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation would like to announce that we have set the date for the 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Competition. Please join us at the 319 Event Center for a night of fun and fundraising on April 16, 2016. As always, we’ll have competitions for the kids, fake beards and moustaches and various categories for the gents with facial hair, from styled to au naturel.

This is the seventh annual QCBMF Beard and Moustache Competition. Each year, we’ve increased the amount raised for charity thanks to our members, competitors, and, most importantly, our generous sponsors. Please consider this the first official call for sponsors for the 2016 competition. Our sponsors make this all possible, and we appreciate it so much. This year, we would like to note that the official deadline for sponsors to be included in print materials for the competition is March 1, 2016. We’ll happily accept donations thereafter, but will not be able to include those sponsors on print materials. More specifics on sponsorship will follow after we’ve chosen our charity for 2016.

To choose a charity this year, we are asking local nonprofit organizations to provide us with a grant proposal, either in formal written form, or as a video or other artistic creation. The QCBMF e-board will narrow the choices, then take those to the membership as a whole in October 2015. We’ll be announcing our charity partner for the 2016 competition after the October QCBMF meeting.

Mark your calendars! As always, plan on a Friday night meet-and-greet, Saturday afternoon activities, and a Saturday night competition and after party. New this year is available childcare for the competition and a planned Sunday brunch.

July Meeting in Review

11695458_511157925701888_5567515623829782508_nIf you couldn’t make it to the meeting, or need to review dates and information from tonight’s meeting, you’ll find what you need to know here. Our congratulations to our friends at Bearded Monkey SC on their first successful competition. Bearded Monkey SC donated nearly $1200 to one of their local charity organizations, Heartsprings. QCBMF President Justin Bolin and member Bill Petersen brought home wins.

Our July volunteer event is a meal for our friends in need at the Veterans’ Homecoming Center. We’ll be serving at 1:00 P.M. on July 18. Please arrive at 12:50 if you would like to serve.

We’re serving up grilled burgers, chips, baked beans, deviled eggs, watermelon, cucumber salad and dessert. Check the facebook event page for specifics on what’s needed for the meal. Our thanks go to Patton Alley Pub for the generous donation of 80 lbs. of ground beef!

In the support of the Gathering Friends and all they do for those in need, we’ll now be passing the hat to collect a monthly commitment to supply $45.00 to the Gathering Friends and other outreach organizations to buy bus passes to provide transportation for those in need. These passes help individuals get to work, job training, doctor’s appointments and meet the basic needs of daily life that you and I take for granted.

In August, join us for two events. We have a scheduled street clean up on August 8th, meeting in the Incredible Pizza Parking lot at 10:00 A.M. This typically takes less than an hour and you’ll be on your way with a good deed done.

Additionally, we’ll have a booth at the Ozarks Mini Maker Faire on August 29th. You’re welcome to come staff our booth, or volunteer for the event itself through the link. Our own Vice-President, Jeremy Medley, is volunteer coordinator for this event.

Finally, in September, we’re planning an adults-only float trip on 9/12 on the Eleven Point River and a date to volunteer at the Haven Animal Rescue, still to be announced.