I hope everyone has been making the most of this summer and had a chance to brew some really cool stuff! I just wanted to give a quick update as to our plans for the start of this year.
We’ve decided to start the season in October this year. So our first meeting will be Tuesday October 5th 2021.
The executive team has met, as usual, to discuss what the coming year looks like. The short answer: It’s complicated.
So what are we going to do? Ideally, we’d love to start having in-person meetings again. However, restrictions can change at any time and with little to no notice. So we’ll need to remain flexible. We’re hoping to have a hybrid model of in person and online. We’d have a laptop setup and the event streaming with an interactive chat going on. This way everyone can still take part. More details for that will be solidified as we get closer to the meeting date.
To be more specific, right now we’re leaning towards an in-person meeting, but we’re not 100% sure yet. We’ll send more updates as we get closer to the date.
One of the biggest changes we’ll be making is the creation of an official membership program. To be a Winnipeg Brew Bomber you will need to have a membership account. We will still offer free membership level, however, you will need to ensure you have signed up for an account online. Creation of your membership account will require acceptance of our new Code of Conduct.
The craft beer industry is very near and dear to my heart but it hasn’t been great and equal to everyone. Since I’ve become President I’ve been working to ensure we provide education in brewing as well as a safe place to welcome beginners and experts alike. The Canadian Homebrewers Association (https://canadahomebrews.ca) hosts a quarterly presidents meeting where club Presidents across Canada gather to discuss and share thoughts and ideas and what they do. It was there that I learned about the importance of having a Code of Conduct and its important role in showing commitment to a more inclusive and safe environment for everyone.
Over the next few weeks I will be updating our website and setting up the membership software. Once that is done, the Code of Conduct will be publicly viewable and membership signup will be online. Club dues will be handled through the website as well.
Thanks everyone, I’m looking forward to the new season!