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October 2017 meeting notes

Our recent gathering and meeting was an amazing celebration of 20 years dedicated to promoting and perfecting our craft in the Roanoke Valley. The stories from long-time members and elected officials gave newer members a grand perspective of what 20 years of guild life was like. Thanks again to volunteers that worked to organize the party and especially Big Lick that hosted us in their wonderful new West Station brewery. If you were unable to see the over-the-years slideshow in Big Lick’s event room, the link following will allow you to view it online (members only).

The celebration and meeting was attended by 79 members, 19 guests and 12 wee-brewers for a total of 110. Let’s extend a warm welcome to new or returning members: Kevin Noguiera (not attending), Sandy & Susan Leivy, Craig Johnson, Ron Clark and Dick Willis. Membership now stands at 111.

Meeting notes:

  • Next meeting is Sunday November 19th 3PM at Justin & Carries’ home
    • Things to consider for November discussion:
      • Quarterly competition style selections. A Survey Monkey poll was sent out (phase 1). Please fill out the survey if you have not done so already. Another survey will be compiled to select sub categories from the top four. All members are welcome and encouraged to vote. (members only)
  • Meeting locations for 2018…more public venues (breweries, HB shops) are nice as we grow larger. First time potential members more likely to visit a public location.
  • Officer nominations for President and Vice President. Be sure to nominate someone that has agreed to your endorsementJ.
  • Learn to Homebrew Day, Saturday 11/4-(Doug B)
    • We will serve beer kits brewed at Go Outside Fest.
      • 2 kegs at BRH (Doug M Little Willie), 3 kegs at SH (SCBG Big Willie)
    • Volunteers and brew will be needed. Contact Doug B
  • Throwdown update & planning (Kathy M, Jason C, Matt K)
    • Registration closed with 120 entries on 10/21/17. Just shy of the 125 cap.
    • Judges still needed-contact Matt Klumpp.
    • Those assisting with stewarding & judging receive tasting glass, packet of Fermentis yeast and choice of Five Star Star-san or PBW.
  • 50/50 drawing-(Harry M)
    • A big pot of $100 split between Guild and past member Kelly King.