The Great Northern Brewers Club
The Prez Sez, by Peter Hall - August, 2015


I know I am lucky to live in such a wonderful place. I have access to beautiful summer days that produce all manner of delicious plant and animal life. Modern logistics has even allowed me to have access to some of the best locally produced and worldwide sourced beers available anywhere. The GNBC and its members all do our best to take part. It can be easy to see at one of our summer time barbeques.

As evidenced by the actual abundance of newsletter contributions this month, people are very eager to take advantage what is left of the season. Some members are also being very proactive and giving us a big heads up for a few changes in the activity pipeline. I’ll try to keep this succinct. Sometimes I have a lot to cover, but contributions well take care of that this time around.

Barbequing is one of the things that the GNBC know how to do. I don’t simply mean that we can cook the food. We manage to get a large group together with no more information than a place to meet. There is always more than enough food and beverage to go around. Large tables and a large deck help tremendously to have a successful party. Ira Edwards has both of those things and was kind enough to welcome the GNBC on July 7th. Thank you Ira! We have another summer BBQ coming up very soon now too. The Loughrey’s have a huge deck and have invited us our to their beautiful lake side home. I hope to see you all there on August 11th.

Competitions have for a long time been very stable. We knew when they were coming and what to expect when we got there. It seemed like things were maybe getting a little stale, so there are some small shake-ups happening. Please review the article from Mike Fisher about the upcoming Anchor Town competition. It has found a very nice new home on a different date. I would love to see a great turnout for this slightly retooled comp. Dan Bosch has also submitted an article this month for some very exciting changes for the Fur Rondy comp. I know that Fur Rondy is very far away, but this is great news to be aware off. Other competitions are yet to be solidified, but those are this only real shakeups. Equinox mead competition will still happen somewhere near the equinox and Big Fish will probably happen the first Saturday of December. Please be aware that these are coming. There is plenty of time to have something available to enter in every one of these competitions.

The time is here again to start talking seriously about elections. This has been my third year as president. It has all been great fun, but I will not be back as president for a 4th year. I want to give someone else a chance to lead. I will be running for some other available position though. Elections are in November, and I would be very happy to start adding names to the ballot as soon as you would like to contact me. I really appreciate having the opportunity to have a real election, rather than having only a write in for the opponent. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Our membership year happens to be nearing its end. Kat has been nice enough to offer up an article and some benefits for renewing early. You are always welcome to renew for the next membership year, starting in May. If you are anything like me, you wait until the last second and stress out the poor membership coordinator. Kat is trying hard to mitigate the stress of procrastinators.

Hopefully you have made it to the end of this article and have a desire to continue on. There was no reason for me to write a huge article and cover everything that was sent to me this month. Please do read on and let me know if you have any questions/comment/concerns.

Keep your brews hot and beers cold.
-Prez Peter

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