HOME > Chowhound > Cheese >

Volunteers for Cheese of the Month Coordinator (Oct '13 to March '14) Needed

p
Phoebe Sep 24, 2013 05:55 PM

Here's the new sign up list for Cheese of the Month Coordinator. Duties include selecting the particular cheese or cheeses for the month, and starting the thread. No experience (or expertise) required. We're all here to help!

As of now...

fldhkybnva has October

Ridge has November

We still need to fill:

DEC

JAN

FEB

MARCH

Any volunteers?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. e
    EmBrooks RE: Phoebe Sep 26, 2013 07:51 AM

    I don't know if we want to repeat volunteers since they get to make the ultimate decision for COTM. But, if there is an open month after others have had a chance to volunteer, I'm happy to take it. Excited to see COTM continue - even though I only comment sporadically, I usually do purchase the cheese and follow along with others' comments/experiences.

    3 Replies
    1. re: EmBrooks
      p
      Phoebe RE: EmBrooks Sep 26, 2013 11:43 AM

      Wasn't meaning to step on any toes here. I'll step aside.

      1. re: Phoebe
        e
        EmBrooks RE: Phoebe Sep 26, 2013 12:47 PM

        I meant me!! I volunteered already for cheese of the month coordinator so I didn't want to jump in and call another month before others who might want have a cheese they are itching to discuss had a chance to volunteer! If we are having a problem filling one of the months I am happy to do it.

        Sorry for the confusion - thank you for getting this kicked off.

        1. re: EmBrooks
          fldhkybnva RE: EmBrooks Sep 26, 2013 12:52 PM

          I was holding off as well, I'm willing to do more than one month.

    2. h
      HillJ RE: Phoebe Sep 26, 2013 01:48 PM

      I wish the CHOW Team would help promote COTM; place this info on the Blog so more people would see it.

      1 Reply
      1. re: HillJ
        fldhkybnva RE: HillJ Sep 26, 2013 02:05 PM

        Yea I feel like wicked step child. Who doesn't like cheese?

      2. h
        HillJ RE: Phoebe Oct 1, 2013 12:25 PM

        Looking forward to the kick off of October and bumping this thread in the hopes more CH's will volunteer to cover a month still open.

        TIA!

        2 Replies
        1. re: HillJ
          fldhkybnva RE: HillJ Oct 1, 2013 12:50 PM

          Is that a nudge, HIllJ? October is in the works, to be posted verrryy shortly :)

          1. re: fldhkybnva
            h
            HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Oct 1, 2013 01:03 PM

            Glad to hear it. The nudge rec'd in Sept when it was my turn to cover was much appreciated...consider this, sharing the cheese-love.

        2. Melanie Wong RE: Phoebe Oct 1, 2013 12:39 PM

          Hi Phoebe, could you please drop me an email to the address in my profile? I have an idea to bounce off you privately.

          1. h
            HillJ RE: Phoebe Oct 22, 2013 04:20 PM

            In anticipation of Ridge kicking off what sounds to be an interesting Nov Cheese of the Month experience, I'm giving this thread a boost in the hopes more CH's will volunteer Dec-March,

            Calling all cheese lovers!

            9 Replies
            1. re: HillJ
              fldhkybnva RE: HillJ Oct 22, 2013 05:33 PM

              I'm not sure if I'm allowed again, but if there is a month and someone is needed I'm willing. It doesn't matter when. I had a great time with October.

              1. re: fldhkybnva
                h
                HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Oct 22, 2013 05:57 PM

                It's been a fun read, fldh! Thanks for contributing.

                1. re: fldhkybnva
                  r
                  Ridge RE: fldhkybnva Oct 22, 2013 09:41 PM

                  You did an awesome job! You stayed on top of the topic and sewed it all together. I don't think I will be as good. Too unorganized.

                  1. re: Ridge
                    fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Oct 23, 2013 05:57 AM

                    Let me know if you need me. I can do January if no one has volunteered or doesn't want to do it when it rolls around.

                    1. re: Ridge
                      h
                      HillJ RE: Ridge Oct 23, 2013 06:21 AM

                      Gosh, I hope you don't feel that way, Ridge. The Cheese of the Month is all about having a good time. No test follows :)

                      1. re: HillJ
                        fldhkybnva RE: HillJ Oct 23, 2013 07:24 AM

                        Who said tests aren't fun? :)

                        1. re: fldhkybnva
                          h
                          HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Oct 23, 2013 07:28 AM

                          Okay, you can take my tests for me! You're hired!

                        2. re: HillJ
                          r
                          Ridge RE: HillJ Oct 23, 2013 08:40 PM

                          We certainly are having fun this month. Lots of good participation and discussion.

                          1. re: Ridge
                            h
                            HillJ RE: Ridge Oct 24, 2013 04:57 AM

                            It's been a great cheese-ride since the launch of Cheese of the Month. Every volunteer has been generous of time and I've learned a great deal in the process. I hope more CH's step up and volunteer.

                  2. h
                    HillJ RE: Phoebe Nov 30, 2013 05:55 PM

                    Just wondering if the Cheese of the Month has a volunteer for December?

                    11 Replies
                    1. re: HillJ
                      Veggo RE: HillJ Nov 30, 2013 06:01 PM

                      I did 2 of the first 6 months, and I don't want to Bogart the cheese board, but I'm a willing candidate.

                      1. re: Veggo
                        h
                        HillJ RE: Veggo Nov 30, 2013 06:05 PM

                        Gosh, I didn't realize you had covered two already. Thanks again for your contributions, V.

                        I only bumped the thread in the hopes newcomers and/or the cheese board crowd, might show up and volunteer over the next few months.

                        I've been reading your recent cheese reviews with great interest.

                        1. re: HillJ
                          Veggo RE: HillJ Nov 30, 2013 06:18 PM

                          C'MON, CHEESE MICE!

                          SQUEAK UP!

                      2. re: HillJ
                        r
                        Ridge RE: HillJ Dec 1, 2013 12:26 PM

                        I will certainly help out in any way. I will be traveling out the country for the last two weeks though and may have sketchy internet access. If Veggo wants to do December I can do January. Do we have a theme for December yet? I remember we were thinking about holiday cheeseplates?

                        1. re: Ridge
                          h
                          HillJ RE: Ridge Dec 1, 2013 01:36 PM

                          Ridge, you were kind enough to volunteer to oversee the next six months re: volunteers. Once volunteers commit, they typically select the discussion theme for that month.

                          I was only hoping to help you jump start some new coverage.

                          Whatever works for anyone with time to volunteer, is more than fine by me.

                          1. re: HillJ
                            Veggo RE: HillJ Dec 1, 2013 05:51 PM

                            I'll go for December.

                            1. re: Veggo
                              h
                              HillJ RE: Veggo Dec 1, 2013 05:53 PM

                              Generous of you Veggo. By doing so, now Dec & January (Ridge volunteered) have coverage.

                              Thank you!

                              1. re: HillJ
                                Melanie Wong RE: HillJ Dec 1, 2013 05:57 PM

                                EmBrooks volunteered for January.
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9180...

                                1. re: Melanie Wong
                                  h
                                  HillJ RE: Melanie Wong Dec 1, 2013 06:02 PM

                                  Ah it appears they both have. Great!
                                  Coverage for Dec, Jan, Feb?

                                  1. re: HillJ
                                    e
                                    EmBrooks RE: HillJ Dec 1, 2013 06:11 PM

                                    No worries, I can take February!

                                    1. re: EmBrooks
                                      h
                                      HillJ RE: EmBrooks Dec 1, 2013 06:13 PM

                                      Oh you're all terrific. Thanks everyone. I look forward to learning a great deal more over the next few months.

                      3. e
                        EmBrooks RE: Phoebe Dec 1, 2013 07:14 AM

                        I cannot do December - we are still traveling and I would not be able to start the thread until next week. I'll take January.

                        1. h
                          HillJ RE: Phoebe Jan 28, 2014 05:35 PM

                          Bumping this thread for CH's that volunteered a few months going forward.

                          Thank you all!

                          1. Melanie Wong RE: Phoebe Feb 25, 2014 07:27 AM

                            Good morning, would someone like to volunteer for March?

                            20 Replies
                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                              ChefJune RE: Melanie Wong Feb 25, 2014 02:05 PM

                              I can't take March bc I'll be out of town most of the month, but I'll take April, if you like.

                              1. re: ChefJune
                                Melanie Wong RE: ChefJune Feb 25, 2014 05:21 PM

                                Thanks to both of you.

                                March -- fldhykybnva

                                April --- ChefJune

                                1. re: Melanie Wong
                                  fldhkybnva RE: Melanie Wong Feb 25, 2014 05:30 PM

                                  Is the nominations thread still going?

                                  1. re: fldhkybnva
                                    Melanie Wong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 25, 2014 05:32 PM

                                    Yes, here ya go,
                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918056

                                  2. re: Melanie Wong
                                    ChefJune RE: Melanie Wong Feb 28, 2014 11:01 AM

                                    Melanie, is there a list somewhere of ALL the cheeses that have been reviewed and tasted thus far? I'm getting confused by all the "Suggestion Lists." Since my participation has been sporadic thus far, I'd like to know what's already been done, so as not to repeat.

                                    Thanks,.

                                    1. re: ChefJune
                                      Veggo RE: ChefJune Feb 28, 2014 11:42 AM

                                      Equally frustrating and daunting is where to score the cool stuff, within a 3 county radius for many of us.

                                      1. re: Veggo
                                        Melanie Wong RE: Veggo Apr 26, 2014 02:20 PM

                                        Veggo, I'm sure that's a reality for many who would like to participate more fully on this board. It could be helpful if you could nominate a few things that might be worth trying that you find at your local grocery stores. Perhaps you could set up a new thread for nomination for the next 12-month period ala these that have expired. Then add to it as the mood strikes you.
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918056
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894471

                                        Then, does someone want to set up a new volunteer sign up thread as Phoebe did for this one?

                                        1. re: Melanie Wong
                                          Veggo RE: Melanie Wong Apr 26, 2014 07:45 PM

                                          Melanie, I hope Don Shirer will volunteer. There are so many hounds more knowledgeable about cheese than me. I did 2 months of the first year as COTM administrator and we welcome other participants.
                                          I have exhausted my local grocery stores, but I still have lots of cool mail order from Hook's in Wisconsin. For the sexy cheese not available within driving distance, mail order is the way to go. Maybe reliable mail-order sources could be a worthwhile topic.

                                          1. re: Veggo
                                            Melanie Wong RE: Veggo Apr 27, 2014 09:47 AM

                                            Veggo, I understand the feeling though that's not what I requested.

                                            The Cheese of the Month discussions have been administered through two threads. One that solicits volunteer sign-ups (such as this one from 10/13 to 3/14) and a second that asks for nominations (earlier past two examples linked above in my earlier post to you). As can be seen from the dates in the titles, both have expired though we eked out an April ChOTM thanks to ChefJune. My post was intended as a reminder that it's time for new requests with appropriate subject headings for volunteers and cheeses as potential topics to be set up.

                                            If no one feels like renewing, then I guess we're done with this series. It takes me more time to make these reminders each time and to deal with back-room emails than to do it myself. I guess I feel that if the community can't organize itself, I'm done pushing.

                                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                                              r
                                              Ridge RE: Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2014 08:39 PM

                                              I enjoy COTM but have hoped for more participation. Let's try to keep it going if there is enough interest. If not we can let it lapse for a few months and try to revive it again. I will be traveling next month and have some deadlines and projects converging at work so I can't organize May but will still try and participate.

                                              1. re: Ridge
                                                fldhkybnva RE: Ridge Apr 29, 2014 03:21 AM

                                                I enjoy it but it doesn't get much attention.

                                              2. re: Melanie Wong
                                                Ruth Lafler RE: Melanie Wong May 4, 2014 06:19 PM

                                                I'm willing to set up for the next six months.

                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                  r
                                                  Ridge RE: Ruth Lafler May 4, 2014 06:58 PM

                                                  That would be awesome. Thanks Ruth.

                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                    Melanie Wong RE: Ruth Lafler May 4, 2014 07:52 PM

                                                    Thank you, Ruth, that would be great.

                                                    This might be a good time to take a minute to ask if there's anything we should change about the structure of Cheese of the Month now that we've been at it for more than a year. Any suggestions?

                                                    I might suggest that the time period for cheese nominations and for volunteers to sign up be extended to 12-months instead of six. At this point, they're not getting so many replies that they're cumbersome to open and read through, and that would cut down on our having to renew them as often.

                                                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                                                      Ruth Lafler RE: Melanie Wong May 4, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                      I think it's probably better if the sign-up at six months. Since I started it, I'll take responsibility for prodding people. I agree about the nomination threads. Plus, they already have a lot of suggestions. I just picked on for this month's COTM.

                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                        Melanie Wong RE: Ruth Lafler May 5, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                        Thanks for keeping the (cheese) ball rolling, Ruth.

                                                        So, let's go with a 12-month nomination thread. Whoever starts it, please link up to the two previous threads as well.

                                          2. re: ChefJune
                                            Melanie Wong RE: ChefJune Mar 1, 2014 10:36 AM

                                            Ridge stepped up and posted a list here of past ChOTM themes,
                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967306

                                            You'd still need to open the discussion threads to see the specific cheeses, brands, ages, etc. that people tasted each month, if that's the level of detail that you're asking about.

                                      2. re: Melanie Wong
                                        fldhkybnva RE: Melanie Wong Feb 25, 2014 04:34 PM

                                        I can do March if no one else wants to.

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva
                                          fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Feb 28, 2014 07:40 PM

                                          I will post a new thread tomorrow-March cheese of the month will be an Irish cheese plate

                                          1. re: fldhkybnva
                                            fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Mar 1, 2014 11:11 AM

                                            Here's the new thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967313

                                      Show Hidden Posts