Vice President Dolly Ammann conducted the annual election of board members. All board members up for re-election were re-elected, along with the election of 2 new board members. Welcome Tony Sharpe and Pete Tice!
Nancy Beitel, a long-time society member and past board member, received the award for attending the most society events this past year. She will receive a free society membership for this year. Way to go, Nancy!
To taste and enjoy – a selection of silver and gold medal wines from past Tri-Cites Wine Festivals and a selection of delicious appetizers from Chef Amy Davis. Amy, an Oregon Culinary Institute graduate and daughter of Ted and Judith Davis, did an outstanding job. Thank you, Amy!
While enjoying the food and wine, attendees worked, by tables, on a group wine-trivia challenge. This was an educational exercise everyone seemed to enjoy and that left them asking for more wine trivia challenges at future events.
Besides meeting the society’s bylaws requirement for an annual meeting, the event program’s primary focus was to encourage member volunteerism and participation in the society’s monthly events, and to get ideas for future events – all “part of a board experiment.” Members looked at the remaining 2017 events, and potential events and ideas for 2018. We received a very enthusiastic response, with many signing up to volunteer and help plan 2017/2018 events, and suggesting ideas for future events. Thank you to all!
In summary it was a productive meeting and a very enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to all the event volunteers, and to all who took the time to participate in our planning survey. Your ideas will help keep our society’s events fresh, exciting and educational.