Yes, and I see the website calls the GC "advisory".
From the AHA website:
"The members of the Governing Committee are elected by the members of the AHA and charged with shaping the policy and activities on their behalf."
I can see how someone would think that the GC members would be conduit that brought ideas like this from rank and file members like us on the forum here to the AHA.
It would be interesting to see a chart of organization for the AHA. What I'm hearing from the GC members and some wording in the by laws is that the GC and the AHA are two entities rather than the GC being part of the AHA. It explains that the GC members say things along the lines of "well we could talk to the AHA...". I had previously thought that the GC kind of was the AHA, in a sense.
If that's what you thought, I can see why you'd be confused. The GC function is pretty much advisory. We can bring issues to the AHA and advocate for them if we want to. They can bring issues to us to get our thoughts on them. But we have no power or budget to actually enact anything. We do take on some duties, like me with this forum, or the subcommittee work we do.
I assumed it was more like a Governing Committee on a board of directors. I work for a non profit and our BOD has a GC that is responsible for the most essential decisions: hiring an ED, large purchases of land or building projects, moving money around etc.
Denny sums it up well, the GC is an advisory board. The AHA Staff (what, 8 people?) have a buget, assigned work with objectives, and lets face it, performance reviews. It is a hobby for us, it is a job for the AHA staff. What we propose needs to come out of the budget and manhours. The AHA is also a division of the Brewers Association,so the AHA operates under the auspices of the BA.
This can be brought to the attention of the AHA staff for consideration.