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  • 08 Jan 2018 11:23 AM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

    Member Meeting Minutes 1/5/2018

    After a delightful social hour, President Tom Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:40 PM

    There were no new members in attendance and no guests were introduced. Tom thanked our hosts Jeff and Cindy Lewis and co-hosts George and Randi Weber. There will be a silent auction for the wines donated by June Butera from the estate of Vic Butera.

    Treasurer, Mary Andrews reports General Fund $3421.17 and Equipment Fund $551.21

    Mike Ferree informed us of the new equipment.

    Mike Andrews announced there would be a Brew Day in early May. Maybe for entries into the Mid State Fair?

    Patricia Watters said what a great success the Holiday party was and has tentatively penciled us in at Cass Winery for this year’s festivities.

    Bill Sisler told his very funny joke.

    Mike Ferree introduced our evenings speaker, Russ Bedwel from Barrell House Brewery, who spoke about beer and beermaking. He took questions and brought a selection of beer for all to taste.

    There were 32 members in attendance

    The 50/50 drawing was held and won by Sally Ferree!

    Dinner is served.

  • 04 Jan 2018 9:49 AM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

            Member Meeting Minutes 11-11-2017       

    After a fun Happy Hour, the meeting was called to order at 6:35 by President Tom Johnson. He thanked our hosts Patricia Watters and Richard Lashbrook and co-hosts Cindy and Jeff Lewis.

    It was announced that Vic Buttera had passed away.

    Treasurer’s Report: General Fund 2681.41, Equipment Fund 1084.24.

    Brewmaster’s Report: None currently.

    Bill Sisler entertained us with a joke.

    Mike Ferree explained how the blending process will work for the evenings program.

    After dinner a raffle was held. Gina Hasenkamp was the winner of the 50/50 drawing of $40.

     Holiday party to be held at Cass Winery on December 10, 2017.

    Next member meeting will be held January 5, 2018

  • 22 Oct 2017 1:32 PM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

               Member Meeting Minutes 10/6/2017

    The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Tom Johnson, He thanked our evening hosts Steve and Mary Ellen Felton and thanked co-hosts Richard Lashbrook and Patricia Watters

    Guest Wally Braughaugh was introduced and spoke about his vineyard.

    Announcements: Richard Sauret passed away due to a car accident. Dennis MacIntosh has passed away. Vic Buterra is ill.

    Bill Sisler recited a fun joke.

    The arranged speaker canceled due to technical difficulties at his business.

    Brew Master Mike Andrews stepped in and gave a brief history of Octoberfest.

    Cellar Master Mike Ferree informed that next month will be a blending event and will everyone bring a bottle of single variety wine to blend. Also, our next meeting will be held on November 11th. Due to Veterans Day and the American Legion Hall having a previous commitment.

    Treasurer: No report

    Event Co-Ordinator- Holiday party to be held on 12/10/17 at Cass Winery, stay tuned for more information.

    The 50/50 drawing was won by Johanna DeBellis

    There were 25 members in attendance. 

    Dinner is served!!

  • 06 Sep 2017 4:12 PM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

                    Member Meeting Minutes


    Social time was followed by the meeting being called to order by President Tom Johnson.

    Introduced new members Chuck and Terese Baucher

    Thanked tonight’s hosts: Mike and Sally Ferree and co-hosts: Steve and Mary-Ellen Felton

    Treasurer’s Report: General Fund $3090.48, Equipment Fund $1049.28

    Cellar Masters Report: Mike Ferree says we now have a new 40 Liter Blatter press. Equipment training to be held 9/2/17 at our storage facility.

    Event Coordinator: Patricia Watters reports that there will be no fall activity due to lots of reasons, but may have an event planned for Spring. Our Holiday party will be held at Cass on 12/10/2017. More information to follow.

    Novembers meeting has a change of date, it will be held on SATURDAY 11/12/17. This is due to conflicts at the ALH.

    Tonight’s joke was told by Bill Sisler

    Tom Johnson introduced tonight’s speaker, Mike Ferree who gave a talk on Cleaning and Sanitizing for Home Beer and Wine Makers

    The 50/50 drawing total is $65.00, with the winner of $32.00 being Mike Ferree, who graciously donated his winnings back to the club!

    There were 22 in attendance.

    Richard Lashbrook explained how our equipment rental is paid for with our club giving the storage facility manager 4 bottles of wine a month. He also thanked all who have donated to this fund.

    Meeting over and dinner was served!

  • 08 May 2017 9:55 AM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

    Member Meeting Minutes 5/5/2017


    The meeting was called to order by President Tom Johnson at 6:45

    The Hosts for the evening were Richard and Leslie Cruzen, the co-hosts were Ralph and Paula Byrd.

    There were 37 in attendance.

    Treasurer Report General Fund $2092.26, before Mays rent for American Legion Hall. Equipment Fund $1912.11, before bladder press bill paid.

    Guests: None

    New members introduced; Dave and Barb Metcalf

    Brew Master: Mike Andrews informed the Tin City Crawl will be on June 10th. We will meet at Barrel House Brewery for lunch (food truck) and then break into groups of 8-10. We will visit Tin City Cider, Field Recording, Wine Shine, LeFondusac, Fableist.

    The annual picnic and Installation of officers will be held on June 25th. 11-4 at Templeton Park.

    Ed Hasenback spoke on UTube videos.

    Mike Ferree and Bill Sisler both told a joke. Very Funny!

    Our speaker for the evening was Bill Sisler who did a flip chart presentation on wine making 101. This will also be available on our website.

    Meeting adjourned at 7:30, Let’s Eat! 

  • 08 Mar 2017 7:15 PM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

    Place your organization logo here        Member Meeting Minutes



    Social hour at 6:00 with lots of tasty appetizers.

    The meeting was called to order by Mike Ferree at 6:35. He announced the 50/50 drawing would be held at the end of the blind tasting and that 3 bottles of the Boxer legacy wines would be raffled off as part of the 50/50.

    Bill Sisler did the evenings joke.  Cat Victorino shared another joke.

    The potential for purchasing a 40-liter bladder press will be discussed at the next board meeting.

    Guests were introduced: Nancy Sheer and Norma Shelton.

    Mike Ferree described the procedure for the blind tasting then announced that the tasting would begin!   First choices at each table were presented at the end of the tasting:

    1.  Viognier                      Felton

    2. Red blend                   Bonne Niche Cellers (cab, merlot, malbec)

    3. Syrah                           Chez Touissant

    4. Zinfandel                     Berardo

    5. Cabernet Sauvignon   Le Garage (deBellis)

    6. Petite Syrah                 Pianetta (Scott Matthews was a close second)

    7. ???                               ??

    The evenings hosts were Barb and Russ Frank. The cohosts were Wally and Joyce Murray.

    Bill Sisler won the 50/50 drawing for $60.00

    Richard and Patricia won one of the Boxer legacy wines as did Mike Victorino. The third winner is unknown now.


  • 24 Feb 2017 6:30 PM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

    Member Meeting Minutes 2-3-2017


    6:00 social time

    6:30 Meeting called to order by Tom Johnson

    Guests: Phil and Daphne Brenner, Jim and Karen Wall, Linda and Frank Galano, Bill Mundee, Dr. Dayna Wolfe

    Treasurers Report: General Fund $3680.05, Equipment Fund $1772.11 also, our liability insurance may increase.

     Brew master: Mike Andrews A Tin City Crawl will be started for May 12th, 2017 From 1-5 PM. Very informal, staring at Barrel House Brewing to eat, to include Field Recording, Wine Shine, Cider tasting and other options. It will be a pay as you go for tastings. 

    Mike Ferree talked about the Blind Tasting sign ups sheets this evening. He also asked if anyone would manage a vineyard of Zinfandel grapes. Water costs $50 a year and you would get to do what you desired with the grapes. He will train the person who desires to manage the vineyard.

    We are looking to fill the Board with the following positions. President, Treasurer, Event Coordinator. Please volunteer or nominate persons to fill this positions.

    Guy Calari says 90 cases of screw top bottles available. Can be corked!

    Mike Feree introduced our Gold Medal speakers:

    1.   Bill Sisler a 2010 Bordeaux blend, and told a funny joke.

    2.   Richard Lashbrook a double gold with his Movedre.

    3.   Bruce Van Dyke a 2012 Cuvee de Anis

    4.Marty Toussaint: Rhone Blend

    5.Leo Kennedy: 2014 Barbera

    6.Mike Ferree: a 2014 Petite Syrah/ Zin

    Our 50/50 winner was Steve Felton $66.00

    Many auction tickets were sold and many fun items were won!


    Dinner was served!


  • 08 Jan 2017 12:24 PM | Ed Hasenkamp (Administrator)

    MEMBER MEETING  January 6, 2017; 6:00 PM, American Legion Hall; Templeton, CA

    President Tom Johnson called the meeting to order. He thanked George and Randi Weber for

    hosting the meeting.

    Attendance. A sign-in sheet was passed and indicated 39 members and guests in attendance.

    Another sheet was passed to complete host and cohost assignments through May 2017.

    Joke. Bill Sisler recounted a joke.

    Finance report. Cindy Lewis reported $3,570.05 in the general fund and $1,772.11 in the equipment fund. Five people joined the organization in November 2016.

    Raffle. Leslie Cruzin conducted a 50:50 raffle. At the end of the evening, Richard Lashbrook

    won $50. He subsequently returned the money to the Finance officer as a gift for the


    Leslie announced a wine-themed “white elephant” raffle will take place at the February

    meeting, in addition to the 50:50 raffle. Members are asked to bring unused or gently-used

    items to the meeting for the raffle. Information will be distributed by Webmaster Ed


    Bottles. Guy Callari and Roger Barnard offer 15 pallets of bordeaux and burgundy wine bottles

    for sale at $4/case. They also have corks for sale. Ed Hasenkamp will send an email to

    members with contact information for Callari and Barnard.

    Program. Lowell Zelinski of Precision Ag presented Vineyard Observations for 2015 and 2016.

    Submitted by Patricia Watters, Acting Secretary

  • 20 Nov 2016 2:23 PM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

    Wines & Steins Member Meeting Minutes 11/11/16

    Social hour commenced at 6:00PM with some great appetizers. The meeting was called to order by Patricia Watters. She had our drop in guest introduce himself, Hugo Puga. A joke was told by Bill Sisler.

    Tonight’s hosts are Patricia Watters and Richard Lashbrook with co-hosts

    Treasurer’s Report: General Fund $4030.47 Equipment Fund $1382.11

    Cindy and Jeff Lewis informed us about Katie from Cass Winery now has a business called Niche Wine Tours.

    Equipment Use Co-coordinator Bruce Pittman spoke on our production items and training on equipment times. There was also a discussion about obtaining new and additional equipment for the club.

    Mike Ferree showed a beautiful handmade wine themed tray that will be raffled off at the Holiday party 12/4/16, with proceeds to be donated to the clubs equipment fund.

    Mike Ferree then introduced Stu and Maria Goldman of the Frolicking Frog Winery. They talked about their wines and how they started. They took questions and brought wine to sample. They also donated a bottle of wine that was raffled off.  

    The 50/50 drawing netted $65:00 for the club. The winner of the wine was Ruby Toussaint.

    At 7:30 dinner was served.

  • 14 Oct 2016 1:08 PM | Michael and Catherine Victorino

            Member Meeting Minutes 10/7/2016


    Social hour was held at 6:00 PM and the meeting called to order @6:50 PM by President Tom Johnson.

    The host Bill and Marilyn Sisler were thanked as were co-hosts Richard Lashbrook and Patricia Watters.

    Guests John and Cheryl Cartwright were introduced.

    New members Roger and Barbara ?  were welcomed.

    Treasurer Cindy Lewis stated some equipment maintenance issues had been paid and there is a balance of $2545.44 in the General Fund and $1635.49 in the equipment fund.

    Announcements: Richard Lashbrook said that 1 or 2 bottles of wine would be taken from the tasting table at each meeting for payment on our storage locker.

    Has mourvedre grapes for sale.

    The dues increase effective 1/1/2017 was announced. Increased from $35.00 to $45.00

    Sally Ferree has hand quilted casserole carriers for sale @$30

    Mike Ferree extends an opportunity to pick grapes. Talk to Mike

    Events: Patricia Watters announced the Holiday party will be held on 12/4/16 at Cass Winery. No facility fee, no corkage. Club must purchase 2 bottles/table of 8. Ride/transport/Uber were suggested. Watch your e-mail for more upcoming information.

    Next meeting is on 11/11/16. NOT the first Friday due to the Hall having a prior gig.

    Mike Ferree announced the speakers and program.

    Brew Master Mike Andrews talked about the brew day and the “Mocktoberfest” beer they made. He also was informative about the Purity Order and some history of beer/ale. He will schedule another brew day.

    Mike Ferree introduced our Web Master Ed Hasenkamp. Ed assisted by Patricia Waters explained the past history and the depth of the website and it’s many uses. He touched on member meeting minutes, newsletters, forums, profiles, new member application. Encouraged members to make/update their profiles.


    There was no 50/50 drawing.

    7:45PM   Lets Eat!!



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