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The Presidential Pint by Ted Assur

01/02/2014 11:03 PM | Deleted user
As I write this New Year’s Eve, sipping a 10-Barrel Pray for Snow, I want to wish you each a Happy and Healthy New Year, and another year with the Oregon Brew Crew. To all our old members, thanks for supporting your club through the years. To our new members, thanks for joining this past year and for helping to support this great club. I really look forward to serving the club for the upcoming year, and I know your new board feels the same way.

Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 Holiday Party such a great success: everyone who brought food, beer, or prizes, and all the organizers. 

I also wanted to thank everyone who completed the 2013 Member Survey. To the one anonymous respondent who had nothing good to say except Good-bye, I’m sorry the club just wasn’t what you were looking for. I doubt you’ll find a better homebrew club within 1000 miles. To the rest of our members, we got a lot of great feedback and learned some great new things about our membership. We’re publishing some of the more interesting results in this month’s newsletter. If you indicated you were interested in volunteering, expect an email from a committee chair soon.

Many of the changes you’re going to see and ideas we’re going to bring to you this year come directly from your feedback: clearer communication, more focus on benefiting club members, tweaking the Homebrewer of the Year (HBOY) and OBC Cup Awards to be more distinct and clear, and helping new members know the club benefits available to them.

At the same time, I don’t expect much to change in the spirit of the club from the last few years. I really think the club is in a great place: We’re fortunate to have a robust, active and interested membership. Half of our members are relatively new. We’ve struck a balance in club purpose between socializing, education, and competition. We’ve got a motivated and collaborative board. I see a vibrant club, and that’s owed entirely to the spirit of its membership. 

Being in the club for a few years has provided me the opportunity to learn about the different reasons people join. The club offers a lot to all members and I think this year, we will continue to do that: I don’t plan on upsetting the beer cart. I just want to pave the road a bit. 

Besides that, my goal for this year is to brew more than last year. Serving as Competition Chair felt like a second job for me, and sadly precluded nearly all brewing time. I hope to be offering up some of my beer to you all in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support. My glass is empty.

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