The wine society’s annual meeting was Sunday, May 26, Horn Rapids clubhouse. After everyone had a glass of wine in hand, President Ted Davis called the meeting to order and gave a report on the society’s activities and finances. Both financial and membership reports provided to members showed it was a financially successful year, with an increase in cash on hand, and there was an increase in membership. Members also received reports on the society’s public relations activities, its 2018/2019 programs, and upcoming programs for the remainder of 2019. A slate of returning directors was approved for a 2-year term.
Tri-Cities Wine Festival volunteer coordinator, Tony Pennella, discussed the need for volunteers to support festival activities. Without volunteers it would not be possible to hold the festival. He talked about the urgent need for winery recruiters. Tony also provided a sheet for members to indicate their volunteer preferences. Dolly Ammann asked for volunteers for the silent auction committee and explained the various jobs. She stressed the auction’s importance to the society’s scholarship program.
Outgoing director, Pete Tice, was thanked for his service and presented a plaque and gift. Jim Hartley won the door prize – 2 tickets to Auction of Washington Wines June event series fundraiser at Col Solare Winery. Society member Chuck Leininger, publisher, DiscoverWashingtonWine.com, donated the tickets. Sharon Kohler won the member “participation” award for attending the most society events in 2018/2019; and, during “Heads &Tails,” several members won bottles of wine.
At the end of the event, President Davis unveiled the society’s new logo! There was an excellent buffet, with plenty of tasty food prepared by Chef Amy Davis, along with fine wine to enjoy. Chef Amy received a resounding round of applause! Again, thank you, Chef Amy.
Then, as members left, they could select a “brown bag” with a gift of a bottle of wine!
Looking ahead – the next annual meeting is scheduled for May 2020