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Title: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: micsager on October 24, 2013, 03:32:52 PM
Another brewer and I created our local club back in 2008.  He has long since stopped coming to meetings. 

Our club is doing better than ever now, and I've been the elected president of the club since it's inception.  However, I now own a small production brewery, and feel that it's time to step down from a leadership position in the club.  I will still go to meetings, and help out whenever possible. 

But, (and I hate to say this) somehow I feel this is MY club.  I know that's wrong, and it's time to let others take some leadership duties.  But, in the back of my head............

Anyway, anyone got some words of wisdom?

Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: denny on October 24, 2013, 03:33:57 PM
Not much help, but do what feels right.  Yeah, hippie dippie, I know....
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: tschmidlin on October 24, 2013, 03:57:04 PM
Create a new job for yourself - past president.  The job of past president is to drink beer at meetings and make snide comments in the back.  Works for me. ;)

I've gone a couple of different ways - disengage for a while and let them do it, or stick around and hang out, helping where you can.  I wouldn't say either is any better or easier than the other, they are just better/easier in different ways.
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: bluesman on October 24, 2013, 04:39:51 PM
Honorary Pro-brewing member. :)
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: klickitat jim on October 24, 2013, 04:50:57 PM
Do what's best for the club.
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: garc_mall on October 24, 2013, 09:31:00 PM
Create a new job for yourself - past president.  The job of past president is to drink beer at meetings and make snide comments in the back.  Works for me. ;)

Isn't this your position in all of the clubs you attend?
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: jamminbrew on October 24, 2013, 10:14:52 PM
You could create an "at-large" position, fill it, and announce the open seat for presidency... Kinda like a minister without portfolio?
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: tschmidlin on October 25, 2013, 06:00:52 AM
Create a new job for yourself - past president.  The job of past president is to drink beer at meetings and make snide comments in the back.  Works for me. ;)

Isn't this your position in all of the clubs you attend?
Pretty much, yep.  Stick with your strengths, right?
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: dbeechum on October 25, 2013, 03:38:44 PM
Yeah, when I was Falcons president oh so many moons ago, I held the office for longer than anyone else and I could have kept going becuase I had it down pat. Knew all the moves and everything else. I ended up stepping down because a club has to have turnover in leadership or else it stagnates and potentially dies.

For instance with you - if you start losing focus and energy to devote to the club, this thing that you feel ownership and protection of,  it will wither on the vine. You need to make sure others can pick up the torch and run with it.
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: micsager on October 25, 2013, 04:32:21 PM
Thanks Drew -  Honestly, I think I've already lost that motivation.  Probably the biggest reason I feel it's time to step away.

Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: dbarber on October 29, 2013, 01:06:01 PM
The past officers in our club are part of an executive committee that is consulted from time to time on club matters.

Officer turnover is a good way to bring more energy into a club and keep it from stagnating.

Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: realbeerguy on November 11, 2013, 08:19:40 PM
We tend to change the club leadership every 2-3 years to keep it fresh.  When the President feels it's his time to step down, he waits at the meeting for the next victim, er.....nominee to get up to use the restroom.  When that person gets back he is welcomed as the new President, and the former pres assumes the title of what number he was such as Vince X, #3, Frank11.  Past presidents sit in the back like the 2 guys in the balcony of the Muppets, drink beer, and comment how it was done in their day.
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: Jeff M on November 11, 2013, 10:39:53 PM
We tend to change the club leadership every 2-3 years to keep it fresh.  When the President feels it's his time to step down, he waits at the meeting for the next victim, er.....nominee to get up to use the restroom.  When that person gets back he is welcomed as the new President, and the former pres assumes the title of what number he was such as Vince X, #3, Frank11.  Past presidents sit in the back like the 2 guys in the balcony of the Muppets, drink beer, and comment how it was done in their day.

This sounds like a great way to do it, its all very hush hush secret society like;)
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: Rob Adams on February 07, 2014, 10:16:49 PM
Our past three Presidents serve on the Board and cycle out as a new President comes in.  Keeps the "Institutional Knowledge" around in a leadership role, but assures that new ideas can keep coming in.
Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: micsager on February 18, 2014, 11:09:27 PM
Well, we had elections on Sunday.  I'm no longer part of the leadership of the North Olympic Brewers Guild.  It feels great to let others take charge.  Now I can decide to go to meetings or not.  Although, my wife was elected President, so maybe I still don't get to decide.  I'm sure she will do a better job than I. 

Title: Re: when homebrewers go pro
Post by: dcb on February 20, 2014, 04:35:10 AM
Now you need to practice your Statler and Waldorf act.  "Back in my day..."