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DON'T HIT SNOOZE ON CAMRA BC

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n last issue's editorial column, I touched on the need to sustain the momentum in the BC craft beer movement. Part of the inspiration for that message was the declining public interest I and others involved with What's Brewing have perceived when it comes to the organization that birthed this publication and to which many of us belong: the Campaign For Real Ale Society of British Columbia (CAMRA BC). Since its beginnings in 1990, it's been this publication's privilege and occasionally its duty to report candidly on what goes on at CAMRA. An interesting situation arose this spring when members of the oncestrong Vancouver branch received an email communique explaining why there was no CAMRA Vancouver AGM nor elections held this year. The advisory stated that the tradition of separate regional executives is being replaced by area "committees" reporting to CAMRA BC's central executive. Unlike the large CAMRA Vancouver AGMs of the past, the only election scheduled was for the BC exec (held March 10th in Victoria). Further to this, there was the threat that, if new committee leaders were not forthcoming, the Vancouver branch would be wound up and its (once considerable) assets would revert to CAMRA BC. We have information that at least two candidates were interested, although nothing has been confirmed to the YVR members yet. In recent years, membership in, and support for, BC's pre-eminent beer drinker's consumer advocacy group has trended downwards. The widely perceived root cause is public belief that the war for good beer has been won, so consumer advocacy is no longer necessary. I write here to assert that this conclusion is natural, but wrong. Beginning about 15 years ago, CAMRA played a seminal role in establishing craft beer culture in Vancouver. Consider the changes that might occur there over the next 15 years as market forces and political realities influence its hard-won golden age of craft when there is no people's voice to be heard. CAMRA has been at the table when changes in BC legislation were discussed, and and in the public eye pushing for continued change to match what consumers enjoy in other jurisdictions (travel and see). There is still a place for its leadership in advocacy and education, and its prominent voice. Many distinguished members of the BC craft community cut their teeth as CAMRA volunteers and executive. Since you're reading this, you're pretty interested in BC craft beer. Consider getting involved yourself, because CAMRA needs an injection of energy and talent. The email address provided is secretary@camrabc.ca

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