National President Kyle McHugh and Executive Director Aaron Gregory Smith share perspectives from the past month.
Tradition is one of our organization’s core values. Celebrating tradition can be a way to connect the past with the present and in hospitality, tradition helps us find ways to practice authentic and meaningful service with our guests and communities. The Guild celebrates tradition both by honoring the work of those who’ve come before us, and also by establishing new traditions to enhance the mission and meaning of our work.
When the USBG Board of Directors formed in 2013, they made a commitment to the development of a well-informed and organized collaborative of national leaders. The USBG Board has since established a tradition of holding an annual retreat with newly elected and outgoing Board members to connect in a live meeting. At this retreat, the Board evaluates the current state of the Guild, learns how to be a more effective Board, and aligns on a vision for the future of our organization.
The Board took some time at this year’s retreat to reflect on the many accomplishments of the organization over the past few years and drew a “map” of successes and accomplishments which then hung in the meeting room with us for the remaining days.
Throughout the intense multi-day meeting, we were able to look back at this Success Map and remind ourselves of the progress that has been made during times of struggle or challenge. Every accomplishment on the list took place because of a member or group of members who championed the cause and put in the work to make the change.
- Founding of the USBG National Charity Foundation (2012)
- National conversion to governing Board of Directors aka Governance 2.0 (2013)
- Board Retreats established (2013)
- Regional Conference Program launched nationally (2014)
- National Resolution Committee formed (2015)
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program and Helen David Relief Funds established (2015)
- New Website Launches (2015 and 2018)
- USBG Education Week (2016)
- Chapter conversion to governing Boards of Directors aka Governance 3.0 (2018-2019)
Member volunteers have proven time and time again to be the heart and soul of the United States Bartenders’ Guild and that is a tradition worth celebrating.