Thursday, January 28, 2010

Friends of the Family Program Benefit Listing

Dear Members,

FWWS will be rolling out our Friends of the Family (FOTF) program soon. To recap, this program is designed to recruit enthusiastic consumers and allies to the cause of promoting and advocating for Washington's small wineries, as well as to supplement the financial resources of FWWS in order to reduce the burden on dues payments. In addition to quarterly newsletters we plan to offer content to FOTF members such an annual wine tasting and seminar, reduced entry fees to FWWS sponsored events, and, the subject of this email, specific winery provided benefits.

Our organization's non-profit status (not to mention our principle of volunteerism) does not allow the organization to require that all members provide set benefits to Friends of the Family in exchange for their membership dues. Each member winery is encouraged to list any benefits they will offer to FOTF. Dues-paid FOTF will be issued an annual ID card. Lists of benefits will be posted on the FWWS website on a special page. Hours and locations of member winery tasting rooms can be included. To aid in tour planning, we plan to link the FOTF page listings to our existing member winery locator map. An example of such listing information submitted by a board member follows:

Winery: Lost River Winery
Tasting Room Location: 26 Highway 20, just West of Winthrop WA
Telephone/Hours: (509)996-2888, 11:00-5:00 Friday, Saturday and Monday. Other days in season.
FOTF Benefits: Complimentary wine tastings. Barrel tastings and tours for members and guests (requires appointment). 5% discount on all wines for FOTF card holders. Discounts may be combined with other case, sale, or club discounts up to a maximum of 30% off listed retail price.

Once again providing special benefits to FOTF members is entirely optional. However in order to make the roll-out as successful as possible, we encourage all members who wish to participate to respond with listings prior to the Enumclaw event if possible. Please send information to:

Hope to see you at Enumclaw.

The FWWS Board.

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