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keepitlow
12-08-2009, 09:19 AM
Can't find it on the web. Did it go bust or morph into another entity?

Dan McFeeley
12-08-2009, 12:20 PM
It sort of imploded on itself. The original American Mead Association was founded by Pamela Spence and stands as a good example of how to establish a long term organization. Unfortunately, it was a labor of love and the labor was a bit too much, especially with a young family. It was passed on to Susanne Price, who then made it a partnership with Julian Strekel. After Susanne Price's tragic death, it was Julian Strekel who ran the organization.

Along with the AMA organization, Julian had established a honey supply business, and it seems that the intention was to move the AMA from Pamela Spence's conception as a nonprofit organization to something for profit. What led to the collapse of the AMA was bad business practices.

There were subsequent attempts to revive the old AMA but the charges against the organization were serious enough to prevent even the name "American Mead Association" from being used again.

All agree that a mead organization would benefit all, home meadmakers and commerical meadmakers. There was some good discussion on this topic not so long ago on these forums.

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keepitlow
12-08-2009, 01:57 PM
Thanks for the rundown. What sort of charges were they?