Members Corner

OCWS Board of Directors: Call for Candidates

See current Candidate Statements.

Have you thought about getting more involved with the OCWS outside of volunteering for or attending  various OCWS-related events? Have you thought about where the direction of the OCWS is headed in the next 5 to 10 years?  Would you like to be a part of navigating the OCWS into the future? If you are innovative, open-minded, possess good interpersonal skills, are results oriented and a problem solver, then a position as a Director of the OCWS just might be right for you.

The beginning of a three-year term of the nine members of the Board of Directors, according to the Bylaws, shall be staggered such that three members’ terms will expire each year. The three vacated Board positions will be filled each year by a vote of the OCWS membership, following the Annual Business meeting in September.

ElectionsThe overall time commitment for a member of the Board of Director varies, based on assignments and participation. All Board Members are expected to attend the monthly Board Meetings. Board members are also expected to organize and manage certain events and projects as assigned by the President. These responsibilities will generally require several hours per month of your time. Additionally, Board Members are expected to attend as many OCWS events as possible and are granted free attendance at most events for their participation.

It is not a one size fits all mentality that makes a successful Board Member. It is the ability to accept an exchange of differing ideas and a combination of differing skills that has been the culture, legacy and success of the OCWS.

A candidate should possess some of the following skills and experience as well:

  • General knowledge of OCWS events and activities
  • Experience as a volunteer in some events; involvement with event committees
  • The ability and time to organize events during the year
  • Selected event and budget management skills
  • Be a member in good standing

To declare your candidacy for a position on the Board, the candidate must present their Declaration of Candidacy in writing, by mail or via electronic media to the Election Chair no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the scheduled Annual Business Meeting. The last date to declare candidacy for this year’s election is Friday, August 25, 2017.

During the Annual Business Meeting, you will have the opportunity to speak to the membership and present your qualifications. A written Statement of Qualifications must be presented to the Election Committee no later than five (5) calendar days after your Declaration of Candidacy.

If being an OCWS leader interests you, feel free to contact Greg Hagadorn with any questions related to director responsibilities, the election process, or anything related to the election. Greg can be reached at Involvement as a Director of the OCWS can be both personally and professionally rewarding.

– Greg Hagadorn, 2017 Election Chair

Graber Olive House, Longtime Supporter of the OCWS

The Wine Society would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Graber Olive House for their friendship, generosity and continued support over the years.

Graber Olive House has provided their specialty olives to the Commercial Wine Competition for many years. As you know, palate assault can be extreme even though wine judges may expectorate every sip. The acidity in white wines and tannins in red wines can be a painful experience after a full day of tasting. A small cup of Graber olives placed along side each judge neutralizes the elements in both reds and whites, works wonders for the palate and tastes fantastic, too.

C.C. Graber purchased land in Ontario and discovered olives, cured by the early ranchers, to be one of the finest food delicacies of California. It was the tradition of early Californians to set their tables with plenty of fruits and wine, and olives. Mr. Graber began to cure several barrels himself after a successful growing season.

Graber olives are different from typical olives sold in grocery stores. Graber olives are hand picked when they’ve ripened to a cherry-red color, then “cured in covered vats without being oxidized,” according to Graber Olive House. After the curing and canning processes, the olives are of varying shades of nut-like color.

Graber Olive House is located in quiet, serene surroundings. Visitors will be delighted to discover a bit of early California when they visit. Along with olives, Graber Olive House offers many other products, such as crisp California almonds and pistachios, California dessert fruits, olive oils and elegant gift baskets. When in or driving through Ontario, visit Graber Olive House and pick up a few cans of olives and other items. You can also visit their website at to have products shipped directly to you.

Graber Olive House is located at 215 E. Fourth Street,

In Memoriam: Less Silver

This month we lost one of our long-time friends, Less Silver.  Less has been with the Winemakers Group for a long time, and was one of the winemakers I’ve looked up to for his award-winning “Silver Cellars” wines.  Less was an experienced chemist, and always helped us learn the testing of wines including aeration oxidation […]
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In Memoriam: Jack MacManus

On November 7th, a very good friend of mine, Jack McManus, passed.   Jack had a storied life; he joined the Merchant Marines during WWII at the age of 16 in Massachusetts.   Postwar, Jack moved on to a career with Phillips-Van Heusen clothing, and after 24 years was Vice President of VH Corporate Markets. I remember […]
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OCFEC Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Kathy Kramer, Award the Orange County Wine Society

Orange County Fair & Event Center Board of Directors honored the Orange County Wine Society and celebrated its 40th Anniversary at its September 2016 meeting.  Kathy Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, of the OCFEC, presented the Recognition Award plaque to Bill Redding, Liz Corbett, Fran Gitsham, and Rich Skoczylas, OCWS Board of Directors present at the […]
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New Board of Directors 2016 – 2019

During our Annual Business Meeting held on September 9th, Charles English, OCWS Bookkeeper, and I presented the OCWS Year-in-Review (October 2015 – September 2016). During this meeting, Stacey Taylor, Terry McLean, and George Cravens were elected by a majority vote of the members present at the meeting as provided in the current bylaws. Stacey, Terry, […]
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2016 President’s Award

The OCWS presented its prestigious 2016 President’s Award to Wendy and Stacey Taylor at our Annual Membership Meeting last month. As many of you know, the President’s Award honors and recognizes those members who have made exceptional contributions to the OCWS. Since joining the OCWS as newlyweds in 2003, Wendy and Stacey have devoted countless […]
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It was a lovely evening with stars dotting the night sky coupled with the calming rhythm of a warm breeze gently touching the perfectly situated vineyards at South Coast Winery in Temecula, where members Sara (Gitsham) Yeoman and Nathan Yeoman became husband and wife on September 9th. The membership of the Orange County Wine Society […]
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Happiness is Retirement and … Wine!

After 19 years as the Orange County Wine Society’s Office Administrator, Janet Hammond has recently retired. Although Janet has retired as an employee of the OCWS, we look forward to seeing her smiling face at many of our events as a lifetime member and as a volunteer. The OCWS Board of Directors looks forward to […]
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In Appreciation of our Volunteers

At the September Annual Business Meeting, volunteers were recognized for the many hours of service and effort dedicated to the Orange County Wine Society over the past Board year. As the OCWS has only part time employees, it relies on its volunteers to  guide and manage our organization in various ways. Most volunteer work is […]
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