We’re about to have our sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM)! It’s coming up quickly: May 15th, 2015 from 5-8pm at the Public House. This is the time every year when we reflect on how the Public House is measuring up to its threefold mission: to be a community gathering place; to serve local, organic, and tasty drinks, and to help build the cooperative movement in our neighborhood alongside the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance.
At the last couple of AGMs, we’ve encouraged your participation and voice by putting upgreat big sheets of paper on the walls, giving you some nice-smelling Sharpie markers, and letting you go to town. This year will be no different. The “writing on the wall” gets reviewed by the board in the months following the AGM and the Board takes these messages into account. It’s a great way to give feedback to the Public House as a valued member-owner. Although we’re always here to listen if you’ve got a compliment, comment or concern.
Most importantly, this date marks the time each year when our members get to elect new members to the Board of Directors. The board of directors is the 9-person body that helps guide the course of the bar through long-term visioning, financial oversight, and governance. This year we have 4 vacancies! That could represent a big change of leadership and a lot of new opportunities and visioning for the bar.
We’d love to have you! The board of directors is responsible for the financial health of the bar and the long term vision of the establishment. We have 4 open board seats this year, which means a lot can change. In terms of time commitment, it’s about 3-5 hours per month of meetings, plus emails and side tasks. Each board member chairs a committee as well. A standard board term is three years. To apply, fill out the form on this page: https://riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com/annual-general-meeting/
The Riverwest Public House Cooperative is very pleased to announce that we have hired Mia Noel as the new Membership Coordinator. Mia is lifetime member of the Public House, a co-organizer of the monthly Sex Ed for Adults series, and a prominent community educator and activist in Milwaukee. Mia currently works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and is on the Board of Directors at BESTD Clinic. She has experience working with other local fantastic organizations such as Milwaukee Film Fest, Diverse and Resilient, and Ex-Fabula. We are thrilled to have her join the Public House staff/family. If you are interested in working with Mia on the Membership Committee, have ideas for member events or projects, or just have general questions, she can be reached at email@example.com.
The Public House is turning 5 years old on March 17th, and you should be proud. You’re part of the reason we’ve made it five years. A lot of businesses don’t make it that long. And let’s be honest, not everyone thought we could do it:
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To celebrate, we’ve got a whole month of amazing events. But the real treat this year is the week of programming dedicated to amplifying the 5 Year Anniversary message.
From Saturday, 3/12 to Friday 3/18, we have a strong sampling of the shenanigans that have made this place what it is. Saturday March 12 is a Pants Off Dance Off, Sunday has a Night School Sex Ed for Adults featuring the adventures of a youth sexual health educator followed by a show with KP&ME, The Pukes, and Abby Jeanne Rebel Love. Monday the 14th is a special edition of Karaoke modeled after that TV show The Voice, with our own panel of celebrity judges. Tuesday and Wednesday will have some weird stuff you’ll just have to sit tight for the details on. Thursday is our huge 5 year anniversary member party with classics from the Squeezettes, a set on the heavier side from Power Wagon, and the styilngs of Thistledown Thunders. The week rounds out with The Midwest Drag King Spring Fling on Friday.
A lot of the folks who are reading this aren’t active members (meaning your membership is due for renewal). If that’s the case, this month is the best time ever to join or renew your membership. Why, you ask? Because for March only, here’s what you get:
– One free tap beer for every new/renewal member
– One coupon good for one free admission to any show.
– If a current member brings in a new member, you both get a free beer. We call that “friends with benefits”
– If a current member pays up to a lifetime membership, you get a choice of a free shirt, tank, tote, or pint glasses.
– Everyone who buys/renews will be automatically entered into a raffle. There are three prize packages:
- Pizza Party: 2 pizzas / 6 free drinks
- Dranks: 2 free empty pint glasses / 4 free drinks
- Swag Bag: shirt, button, stickers, pint glass, tote bag.
– Temporary membership card
– New member packet with info about the bar, the neighborhood, and cooperatives.
– Bell gets rung and you get your very own round of applause
We really do appreciate all the love and support that has come our way over the years. Riverwest is the best!
To kick off the month, Tyranena Brewing Company will be taking over Public House taps tonight from 6pm to 9pm.
They’ll be raffling off 6 packs of beer to take home and some Tyranena swag. The line up:
– The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter
– Down ‘N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
– Hop Whore Imperial IPA – Bitter Woman IPA
– The Wrath of Rocky Imperial Brown Ale
See you there!!
Love and Solidarity,
Your Riverwest Public House Cooperative
Riverwest Public House Cooperative is seeking a new Membership Coordinator to join ourWorkers Collective. The mission of the Riverwest Public House Cooperative is three-fold: to provide a welcoming social meeting place, to provide patrons with a variety of affordable local, organic and/or delicious beers, ciders and spirits, and to raise funds to propagate other cooperatives through the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance. We are a 950+ member-owned and -operated cooperative bar in Milwaukee, WI. Our unique collective structure enables us to accomplish unified goals and make decisions on a consensus-seeking basis to better serve our community. We are interested in applicants who have previous experience managing large numbers of individuals, particularly coordinating people in a volunteer organization and/or working within a cooperative model.
As our membership numbers increase we are looking for our new Membership Coordinator to continue to develop and refine methods and practices for our entire member program: including our tracking systems and informational databases. We are looking for someone with an understanding of member-run &/or cooperative organizations, who both values and is able to engage members in leadership and democratic participation. Part of this job is interacting with people; only candidates with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills who meet the criteria outlined below need apply.
This is a very part-time position, 10 hours per month (negotiable). The position has flexible hours but requires the majority of the work to be completed on the 1st of every month.
Friday, 2/19/16, $5, 9PM
Doby Watson / Myles Coyne /
Caley Conway / Atom Lax
SUNDAY BRUNCH SHOW
2/21/16,11:30 AM, FREE
$5 all you can eat breakfast
BRUNCH PALACE BRUNCH SHOW with
RUTH B8R GINSBURG,
BRAT SOUNDS (FREE)
Holy Bloody Mary, What a show!!
QUEEN TUT presents,
Angry Black Girl:
Radical Women of Color!
2/23 // 8PM // $5
A showcase of radical women breaking down barriers, and infiltrating minds with their work!
2/25, $5, 9PM
Wolf Thaman // Chakara Blu
Team Ugly // Jay Lopez
10pm // $5
Step by Step Collective
Ruth B8r, Ms Lotus Fankh,
The Step by Step Collective is a group of social workers and organizers working to establish Milwaukee’s first overnight drop-in center, a temporary safe space for people who cannot access shelter through Milwaukee’s Emergency Shelter system. Step by Step will create a self-sustaining, community-powered solution. Your support is vital to the success of this project. Join us for a night of music and community building and help raise funds to build a healthier Milwaukee.
SATURDAY 2/27 9PM
PANTS OFF DANCE OFF:
NO COVER/YES GLITTER
2/28 FREE 7PM
All Peoples Church
In an effort to replace the boiler at All Peoples Church, RWPH is hosting a Boilermaker party with select special beer cocktails. A portion of all boilermakers will go to APC. We will also have LIVE music and more!