Fun in Austin at Come and Shave It #9

QCBMF in TexasNine of our #QCBMF team members traveled to Austin, Texas, this month to compete in their annual competition and the 3rd Annual Whiskerinas Competition. We had a great time meeting all the fine facial hair enthusiasts from across North America and bonus – we came home with three 1st places.

Melanie_Bolin_Chad_WhiskerinaCongrats to Melanie Bolin, our club secretary, for placing first in the Whiskerina Creative Beard category. Melanie and #ChadTheFish rocked the Fishbowl Beard pictured to the left. Chad traveled with Melanie from Springfield to compete in his first national competition. The pair were a hit. Chad has made it safely back to Springfield where he has been recovering and preparing to resume training for his next appearance. Photo credits to Bill Petersen.

Michelle_Hethcoat_WhiskerinaAnother congratulations is in order for Michelle Hethcoat, local Bearded Betty, for placing first in the Creative Moustache category. Michelle handcrafted her moustache during the 11 hour drive from Springfield out of all natural fabrics and threads. You can see the intricate detail of her floral design in the photo, captured by the lovely Whiskerina Supreme from Garden State Whiskerinas, Jodi Lutz.

Bill_Petersen_DonegalLastly, we want to give a shout to our Queen Ambassador, Bill Petersen, for his first place finish in the Donegal category. The event was titled Come and Shave It and that’s just what Bill did, making a playful decision to shave his moustache on the morning of the competition. No matter the category, few can deny the quality and quantity of his well-nourished facial hair follicles. Thanks for the great capture, Jeffrey Moustache.

We all had an incredible time and look forward to returning next year to visit the extended bearded family.

Monthly Meetings at Patton Alley Pub

Patton Alley PubHello friends….we have some great news!

We’re heading back to home base for our monthly meetings, beginning this month. Our meetings, always held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, will now be held at Patton Alley Pub.

While we will miss seeing our friends at Mother’s Tasting Room, we realize the need for consistency AND Patton Alley is giving us some #QCBMF perks that we can’t resist, like in-house discounts on food and drinks on meeting nights. They are also giving us a big welcome back with some appetizers on the house next Wednesday. Thanks, Eric & the gang!

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It’s more important than ever to make good use of our time spent together as we’re preparing to support six non-profit organizations with this year’s competition proceeds. Good. Stuff.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you next week while we share some great announcements and begin promoting the competition. Oh, and we’ll have the awesome QCBMF swag at the meeting!

Just a reminder: this Thursday, February 5, we are helping sort food at Ozarks Food Harvest, 6-9pm. Contact Melanie if you need more info or find the Facebook event here. You need to RSVP because OFH needs a head count.

Cheers!

Everyone Wins

Vote_ResultsWe’re happy to announce that the voting contest is over and there’s an interesting twist this year. This quote was pulled directly from the Gathering Friends’ Facebook group page.

“See those numbers? They’re beautiful. They’re beautiful and it’s not because Gathering Friends has the highest percentage.

Those numbers are beautiful because they’re proof that everything counts. Every vote counts. Every supporter counts. Every moment spent bettering our home community counts.

When the Board of Gathering Friends was notified that our organization would be included in this event, we were thrilled. It has been an honor to be included in this group of outstanding givers. But we also struggled. We struggled with having to “compete” for votes. We wanted to do right by Gathering Friends without downplaying the value of all the organizations.

The decision was made to share the QCBMF donation with all the chosen organizations. Whatever funds are raised at the 6th Annual Beard and Moustache Competition will be split based on percentage of votes.

All charities count. All volunteers count. All hours spent helping others count.

Everything counts.”

NOW – let’s blow the roof off of this year’s competition and raise $15,000 to be divided among all of these great organizations!