The following statement was prepared by the candidate, and the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the American Homebrewers Association.
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My name is Chris Hummert and I’m asking for your vote so I can serve our homebrewing community as a member of the AHA Governing Committee.
I have been a homebrewer for about 13 years and I’m a member of the Oregon Brew Crew, one of the oldest and largest homebrewing clubs in the Oregon. I served on the board for seven years as President, Vice President, Education Chair, and Competition Chair. For another two years I helped teach our club’s 10-week BJCP training class.
I helped form the Oregon Homebrewers Alliance which assisted in the passage of legislation (SB 444) allowing Oregon homebrewers the right to transport homebrew outside of their homes. I’m the organizer of a former event, Hop Madness, where homebrewers camped for a weekend during hop harvest and brewed using fresh hops straight from the fields we camped in. And, for the past two years I served on the organizing committee of the Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference.
Last year I was the chair of the Homebrew Con 2018 local organizing committee. With the help of the amazing team we put together we had the most submissions for conference seminars ever.
I’ve given a lot to this hobby but I’m not done yet. I’m running for the AHA Governing Board because I want to continue to contribute. As a board member I hope to focus my efforts on these things:
- Attracting new homebrewers – By now most of us have seen AHA’s presentation showing a decline in homebrew hobbyists. I want to work with AHA and local clubs to grow our community.
- Helping clubs with educational content – One of the struggles I’ve seen as a board member of my homebrew club is the time and effort that goes in to organizing educational content, speakers or demonstrations at a meeting. I want to create a way for clubs to share and access educational material. Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to great information without reinventing the wheel and being able to build on the work of other clubs?!
When you cast your vote, I hope you see my enthusiasm for this hobby and my desire to give back. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to serve you, our homebrewing community.