2016 Election and Chili Meeting

Sunday, February 28 saw the annual election/business meeting for the club merge with the 13th annual chili cook-off.  Bob Norman’s El Diablo chili won a $30 Penzey’s gift card in the Red Chili with Beans category, while the open category featured an old favorite as its winner, Gera Exire LaTour’s famous Chili Verde.  Gera went home with a gift card, and took Chief Chili Pepper  with her for the fifth time in the past eight cook-offs, as the Chili Verde was the overall chili champ.  For those who don’t know, Chief Chili Pepper is the traveling trophy for the cook-off.

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In other, non-food voting, Brett Glenna stepped aside from the president’s post, and we send a hearty “thank you” to Brett for his excellent years of service to the club.  John Longballa, who had been vice-president, was elected president, a position he held back in 2005-2006.  Matt Wiede, whose board member at-large term was expiring, was elected vice-president.  Gera Exire LaTour, who gave a detailed account of the club’s finances, was re-elected treasurer, while Dave Royer, who detailed the current state of memberships, was re-elected secretary.  Chris Smith was re-elected to his board member at-large position, and Dave Matson was elected to fill the post vacated by Matt Weide.  Paul Illa’s and Dan Dugan’s board member at-large positions were not up for election.

The meeting was graced by the presence of Wayne and Noah Marklowitz from RF Doering Hop Farm.  They provided a presentation on the state of their newer farm and hop processing business, and fielded many questions from members.

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The next meeting is the annual Homebrew Fest, Saturday, April 2nd at Northern Brewer Warehouse.

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