This post was written by Ken Mueller, Tellus360’s Director of Marketing & Communications.

If you come into Tellus360 on any given day, there’s a good chance you’ll see at least a few burly men with full beards behind the bar. None of them are me.

You see, I’m not really all that capable of growing a beard. At least not one that looks good. Guys like Joe or Kevin can shave their beards off and have a rather full growth of facial hair by the next day.

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Not me. I can go several days without shaving and most people wouldn’t really notice. In fact, I’ve never even really tried to grow a beard because I know that the most I’ll get is something that resembles a hobo.

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The only time I grew a beard, it was somewhat accidental. A year or two ago I got sick with the flu or some kind of bug, and shaving was the last thing on my mind. By the time I felt better, there was enough of a hobo-like scruff that I decided to give it a bit more of a chance. It resembled a beard and mustache, matching the gray hair on my head, but very few people liked the way it looked.

But, since I have a good reason and a good cause, I’m going to grow my “beard” out for the month of #Movember, in order to raise money and awareness around the issues of men’s health.

You see, I’m a typical man. I grew up in the “walk it off, rub some dirt on it” school of health. I like to avoid doctors and ignore pain until it, hopefully, goes away. Not smart, but that’s how I do it. But at the age of 53, I know I need to take better care of myself, and I’ll be headed to the doctor for a checkup in December. At my age I know I’m at risk for any number of health issues related to men. So for me, this is a bit of a reminder to take care of myself. I’m not getting any younger!

andyOne of our #Movember teammates, Andy Mowatt, echoes these sentiments (even though he’s much younger than I am!):

“As a self-neglecting and stubborn male, I enjoy living life to the fullest and tend not to be aware of the underlying illness common the men. My family gene pool is familiar with prostate and testicular cancers, among many others. Movember is a light hearted reminder for all of us to get checked by a doctor, while showing off my inability to grow a mustache in 30 days.”

For Justin Gephart, the guy who books shows at Tellus, this issue has hit close to home:justin

“Having dealt with many health issues in my life, I have come to realize how important awareness and fundraising can be to support patients and fund research. I also feel that mens health sometimes takes a back seat to universal sickness, and womens issues. Having many aging men in my family, it is important to be sure there is help for us when we need it, and to know that the risk also applies to ourselves. Being checked can sometimes be the scariest thing, but the most important step to a long and happy life. I have learned from experience that though you may feel you’re always healthy, there may be something you can’t tell is there.”

And finally, one of our bartenders, Duncan McRae, sums up nicely why he is participating:

“To make men aware that it is necessary to see a doctor regularly. Items can pop up out of nowhere and early detection can save lives.”

So in the end, while a group of us will be letting our facial hair grow out, and we’ll be having fun, we really want to raise awareness, and money, for a great cause. Our team consists of employees and friends of both Tellus360 and Annie Bailey’s. 

To that end, our #Movember team will be having a number of events throughout the month of November, and you’re invited.

Our first event is next Sunday, November 1st, at Annie Bailey’s. We’ll all be gathering there for the #Movember Jameson Shave-off (yes, we had to get Jameson involved as a sponsor!), so that Patrick Hatt can make sure we are all starting off completely clean-shaven.

Throughout the month, we’ll be serving up Jameson Black Barrel Manhattans to raise money for the cause, and those who purchase this drink will also be entered to win a Tellus3Whiskey Passport and a $100 Tellus360 gift card courtesy of Jameson!

On November 17th, we’ll be using our monthly Jam Session with Joe Weitzel (another of our team members) to raise money and awareness.

On November 19th, Rubi Nicholas will be hosting the second installment of her Tellus Jokes Comedy Series, and we’ll be a part of the show so the comedians can make fun of our facial hair about two-thirds of the way through the month.

The final shave-off and event will be on Sunday, November 29th, as we all gather together in the afternoon to see how well we fared, or didn’t. I fully expect to be on the losing end of this battle.

So mark these dates on your calendars, and in the meantime, check out the Tellus360/Annie Bailey’s #Movember Team page and show us your support by making a donation.

Any donation you can make to our team, or one of our team members, between now and the end of November will help! We’ve even got some women on our team, not to grow beards, but to show their support. We’re currently ranked among the top teams in the nation, so let’s see if we can rise in the ranking fast!

Thanks in advance for your support!