Welcome from the President

Greetings, Bourbon Women!

The winter holidays are upon us and there’s nothing like a little bourbon to help keep us warm on the darkest days of the year. I know scores of you are already signed up for the annual Sip & Shop events in your cities, which is a great way to stay connected, enjoy some libations, and to get a jump on some gift buying. Donations collected during the evenings will go toward supporting women-centric non-profits in your areas. If you have not yet registered, please do so now. You will have a great time! And please look up the November issue of Oxford American: A Magazine of the South, for an account of the selection of the Four Roses barrel that was bottled for the Louisville Sip and Shop.

Your board members have been very busy the last couple of months making appearances at a variety of events where we have been able to advertise our connection to Bourbon Women and to promote the organization. Founder Peggy Noe Stevens spoke at a Kentucky chapter meeting of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners.) Carla Carlton and I went to Chicago Whisky Live! to sign our bourbon books and Branch Ambassador Gina Caruso staffed a BW table aided by several members of the Windy City branch. (Gina & Co. collected nearly 30 names of women interested in joining, which may have been pretty much every woman in attendance. It was a very male crowd.)

I was on a panel discussing the current bourbon boom at the University of Louisville School of Business with other bourbon authors Reid Mitenbuler and Michael Veach, as well Maker’s Mark Chair Emeritus, Bill Samuels, Jr. and Carla and I joined Whiskey Women author Fred Minnick at the Kentucky Book Fair for a panel discussion about trends in the bourbon industry.

Congratulations to board member Michele Bowling who is president-elect of the Kentucky chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a society of women professionals dedicated to excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries! There will be some natural opportunities for BW and Les Dames to cooperate in the coming year, I am sure.
Speaking of the coming year, your Events Committee has been meeting regularly and you will soon be hearing about 2018 special excursions, access to industry insiders, and more new activities for Bourbon Women members. So stay tuned!
Finally, this is my last president’s letter. I have had the tremendous honor and opportunity to act as president of BW for the last three years. But happily, we have term limits! I will remain on the board and active in the organization, so I am not going away. I am extremely pleased to tell you that at the beginning of 2018, Kerri Richardson will be the new BW president. If you have attended Sip-Osium, you will know Kerri for her pitch perfect toasts at our gatherings. I know she will be every bit as able as our new leader.
Have a splendid Winter Solstice, Christmas, and New Year!

Susan Reigler, Bourbon Women President

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