Forgive my ignorance, but why is club power a requirement?
Does it make any sense to host the NHC in an area with a lower amount of homebrewers and use it as a catalyst to get more people in these areas excited about homebrewing?
I'd also like to see the NHC on the East Coast. I haven't gone because of the travel, and I can't remember when it was on the East Coast last (was it in Baltimore once with the mini-GABF)?
Well Tim, I'm quite the novice on the NHC, but from other national confrences that I have been involved with, the local club, association, or whatever does much of the leg work to make these happen. From arranging pre-conference events, to pouring beer at the educational session. I'm sure the AHA provides great support and such, but it takes many local volunteers to make it work. Last week, all the folks "in yellow shirts" were working the *sses off. And I sure apreciate their efforts and hope to pay them back by helping out in Seattle.