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Presidential Pint - March 2013

03/07/2013 9:54 AM | Anonymous

OMG what’s happened to the newsletter? Why does it look so different?


I know we’ve just blown your world. There is fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...  The dead rising from the grave!  Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!


All right, all right! I get the point!


Actually we’ve moved the OBC a few years back into the future. We’ve created a blog where each board member can actually post their own articles, so I believe we’ve officially joined the year 2005? Maybe 2006 if we’re lucky. Now board members don’t have to wait for a set time of the month to actually post and have their articles published. These articles can be posted when they want and when they are needed. For example the SMaSH update can go a go up a few days after the meeting when it’s fresh on your minds instead of waiting a month to see the results in the newsletter. Finally it makes the newsletter easier for anyone to put together. If you know how to copy, paste and make text look pretty then you are now qualified to be the Communications Chair. No more need to know or teach yourself Indesign or Publisher.


You can view this constantly updated site at:



But Chris, does this mean we aren’t going to get a newsletter anymore? Fear not, you will still be getting a monthly newsletter that will look just like this one does.  It will be a collection of the articles that were posted over the past month in a simple and concise summary.


So now that this has been set up, what does this mean to you?

  • Articles will be posted whenever they need to be instead of waiting for a set time every month
  • Looking for a past article? Instead of digging through the newsletters one by one, just head over the news page and do a search
  • You can subscribe to the News RSS feed and stay up to date without having to remember to check the website every day
  • An easier to view newsletter for mobile devices
  • A simpler, more streamline Communications Chair position

Now that this has all been said, we are looking for feedback on the new format of the newsletter.  Just head over to the OBC forums and let us know what you like or don’t like. Please keep in mind that with over 300 members in the club there are going to be some things we can fix and some things we can’t, but we will take all constructive feedback under consideration.


Remember that in April we are hosting the first ever Heart of Cascadia Competition. If you haven’t started brewing for this competition, then now is the time to start doing so. Ted has more details in his article this month.


Our next meeting will be an in meeting on March 14th, 7:30 pm at Steinbarts. We will have Noel Blake talk about what makes a great collaborator beer and how to make you beer stand out from the rest of the competition.

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