Hi! Like you, I am passionate about homebrewing and its future. I’m looking to further my dedication to our hobby by serving you, the AHA brewing community. I can’t think of a better way to do that than by running for the AHA Governing Committee. Not only do I have a passion for homebrewing, I have the brewing and organizational credentials that you would expect of an AHA Governing Committee member.
So you can get to know me a little better, here are a few of my brewing accomplishments:
- AHA NHC 1st Round Competition Site Director for Kansas City in 2013 & 2014
- AHA Competition Sub-Committee member, 2013 to Present
- BJCP National Judge
- President, Kansas City Bier Meisters Homebrew Club, currently serving my 2nd term.
- 2012 Brewer of the Year in the High Plains Homebrew Circuit: http://www.kcbiermeisters.org/competitions/high-plains-award.html
- 2012 NHC Final Round Bronze Medalist Oktoberfest
I also have extensive executive committee experience in my “non-brewing” life, enabling me to help the AHA continue its great tradition of serving homebrewers. I am a Doctor of Optometry and served several terms on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Optometric Association. I just retired from over 20 years of committee service to Ducks Unlimited. I currently serve as an advisory board member for US Bank. As my prior volunteer activities wind down, I am looking for a new challenge; the AHA is where I would like to dedicate my time and talents.
My number one goal will be to make sure we continue to maintain and develop the successful programs and benefits of the AHA, including Zymurgy and the National Homebrewers Conference. Especially important is expanding the NHC competition entry opportunities so that all interested members can enter.
I’d also like to help the AHA become a better resource for liberalizing state homebrew laws. This is very dear to my heart, since it has had a major impact to my homebrew club, the KC Bier Meisters. We had to relocate our meetings and annual competition to Missouri, last year, after 29 years in Kansas. Why? The Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control notified us that we were not within our legal rights to conduct our club activities! Fortunately, we just succeeded in getting Missouri to relax its law from something similar, allowing our club to meet there legally.
I am an active member of a group working to change the law in Kansas. My lobbying experience with the Missouri Optometric Association gave me firsthand experience in passing legislation. In January 2013, I testified before the Kansas legislature representing Kansas homebrew clubs. While we did not succeed in changing the law, we expect to prevail in 2014. I see the need to provide educational programs and other legislative resources for “grassroots” AHA members who want to liberalize their state homebrew laws.
I am excited to have an opportunity to serve you and the AHA homebrew community. Thanks for your consideration and I would appreciate your vote.
The views and opinions expressed in this statement are those of the candidate and do not necessarily reflect those of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) or the AHA Governing Committee.