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Yeastful greetings! My name is George ‘Duke’ Turner from the great beer state of Michigan. I am hoping to earn your vote to be a Governing Committee Member. I have been homebrewing for 6 years;
I started with a Mister Beer kit and quickly jumped into 5 gallon all grain BIAB batches. I remember the day a club member drove by my house while I was brewing and he invited me to a homebrew club
meeting (never knew there was such a thing) and the rest is history. Since then I have had hops, must, cider and mead running through my veins! I am still a proud member and I have had the pleasure and honor of being vice president for a year and President for 2 years of the KGB (Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers) home brew club! What an incredible group of brewers, many of whom have gone pro over the years, to learn from and have dissect my monthly offerings for feedback to get better. Love the fact my son also fell in love with our hobby and is now the current club president! After winning my first medal at the Michigan Beer Cup many years ago I learned that entering competitions is another avenue to get better at my craft. The basement has a collection of medals but my most prized one is a bronze medal from the National Homebrew competition in 2018 for my Kentucky Common in the amber/brown category. Entering competitions also fueled my passion to get better at evaluating and judging so I sought after passing the BJCP exam and have worked my way up to being a certified judge and have judged many local competitions and also at Nationals in Providence. Well after laying out my past here is why I would like for you to vote for me as a Governing Committee Member. I have really grown to love the homebrew community as a whole. No matter if you are in a different club, no club, another state, another country…the ties of fermentation open the doors for everyone to see eye to eye (most of the time lol) and everyone is open to sharing ideas, best practices, unique hacks etc. Peoples’ eyes light up when they get to speak about how they made their beverage or what new piece of equipment they are using; so many brewers are open to passing along recipes. It’s quite amazeballs! I have a love and passion to see our hobby continue to grow not only locally but nationwide and globally. I will do whatever I can to help you get the necessary support the from AHA and also look to help the AHA in whatever it needs to continue to help make our hobby get more support nationally. I would be honored to be one of your votes to help represent you as a Governing Committee Member for several year to come. Shameless plug over…now lets all get back to brewing!