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 I am a WSET Level 2 Wine educator.  The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, often referred to as WSET, is a global organization which arranges courses and exams in the field of wine and spirits. WSET was founded in 1969, is headquartered in London and is generally regarded as one of the world's leading provider of wine education 

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Ohio Bacchus Society: Our Local Gatherings

I am the president of the Ohio Bacchus Society.  Our local membership totals over 1200 wine enthusiasts. Our website is www.meetup.com/bacchus and www.meetup.com/pro/bacchus and is open to all wine enthusiasts.


 Who We Are:
We are wine enthusiasts in the central Ohio area who may also be part of the Ohio Chapter of the International Bacchus Society. We are not limited solely to the Central Ohio area, and our group hosts events all over Ohio. We are called "The Dublin Wine Meetup Group" simply because I live in Dublin and started the group with a few Dublin locals 14 years ago. We now have members all over the city and in surrounding areas all over Ohio.

Founded in November 2006, we have now have over 1200 members, and have had over 200 meetings with an average attendee satisfaction rating of 4.85 out of 5. Join us to meet fellow Wine Enthusiasts near you! We have an even mix of married couples and singles.

Anyone who loves wine is welcome to join our group. No invitation needed.

Come to one of our local Wine Meetups to taste new wines; learn about attributes of wine; and discuss different vintages and estates. Everyone is welcome, from wine novices to educated connoisseurs (we have an even balance). 

I am a Level 2 WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) wine educator, and we have a master sommelier in our group.

This meetup is also for individuals who would like to learn more about or join the Ohio Bacchus Society. The Bacchus Society is a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and understanding of wines, gourmet food, travel and entertainment. Our events, which are held throughout Central Ohio, are fun and accessible. 


There is no cost to join the Bacchus Society.
More details are here: http://www.bacchussociety.com/ (http://www.bacchussociety.com/chapters/default.asp?ChapterID=158)

Dues: 

We have a suggested $15 per person dues per year for members of our group to help cover the Meetup administrative fees of approximately $360 per year, and the balance of which goes to our supported charities (http://www.meetup.com/bacchus/money/). 


Historically, about 10% of our members have opted to pay dues.

If the suggested $15 per year dues are a problem, you can help organize two meetings per year (http://files.meetup.com/357807/Organizing_Group_Events.pdf) (a few hours' work) at local restaurants or other venues. I do need help in this area and will make you an assistant organizer! If you organize the meeting, you will need to be there to meet and greet people. No expenses are involved on your part.

Charities:
All proceeds collected above the $360 Meetup.com fees will go to our selected charities. Currently they are:


1. The Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3312)


2. The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=11708#.Vx1IZzArJhE), 


3. The Wounded Warriors Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org)
Transparency:


Here is a recent spreadsheet of our income, expenses and donations:
http://www.meetup.com/bacchus/money/

When your annual dues are collected, you can designate to which charity the proceeds will be directed, and I'll assure it will be done. If you don't designate, we will divide the donations between the current charities. As a member, you can suggest new charities for our group.

Thanks for your participation in our group. Over the last 13 years we have contributed over $20,000.00 to our selected charities. We are doing more than just gathering on a monthly basis and having fun and making new friends. We are making a difference in the lives of many folks served by our selected charities.

Steven Petrosino, Ph.D.

WSET Level 2 Wine Educator,

Founder, Dublin Wine Meetup,

President, Ohio Bacchus Society

800-675-8871
 


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