What we're about
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 Dublin area, and our group hosts events all over central Ohio. We are called "The Dublin Wine Meetup Group" simply because I live in Dublin and started the group with a few Dublin locals 16 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 1020 members, and have had over 160 meetings with an average 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). 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/
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 six months, and the balance of which goes to our supported charities. Historically, about 10% of our members have opted to pay dues. If you prefer, you can also give me a check or cash at one of our meetups and we well receive 100% of your dues. Message me and I'll send you the mailing address if you prefer to pay this way.
You do NOT need to pay dues for your guests (unless the guest wants to become a member himself or herself).
If the suggested $15 per year dues are a problem, you can help organize two meetings per year (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 $720 Meetup.com fees per year will go to our selected charities. Currently (and subject to change) they are:
- The Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio
2. The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, or the Wounded Warriors Project
Here is a recent spreadsheet of our income, expenses and donations:
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 two charities. As a member, you can suggest new charities for our group.
Thanks for your participation in our group. Over the last 16 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.
Founder, Dublin Wine Meetup
President, Ohio Bacchus Society
Thom Steele, (co-organizer)