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#1 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 14th, 2017, 7:39 am

We've never had such an award, though we are on our 9th (is it 9? I usually count by BerserkerDays...and forgot to check before writing this post!) year as a community. There is no shortage of incredible people with unlimited spirits of generosity here, but one CLEARLY stands out. Our Berserker of the Year 2017 voluntarily stepped up to help victims of all the terrible fires this year, including the most recent catastrophic loss of property owned by two of the happiest, most wonderful people in this community - Dana and Mike Stoneking. His efforts raised over $18,000 for their relief efforts, which will most definitely come in handy as they wait for FEMA and insurance money to come in and replace the structure. His efforts raised awareness and brought out dozens and dozens of other generous gifts - both donors and bidders - to create the most spectacular relief effort I've ever seen on a wine forum.

Congratulations, Brian Tuite! I will change your avatar to the award avatar, and hope you will be willing to keep it active until next year around this time, assuming we have another such award. Your humility may cause you to back off it, so I encourage you to consider that by showing it, others may be inspired to make a difference just as you have, so think of it less as bragging and more as passing the baton to another.
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#2 Post by Bud Carey » December 14th, 2017, 7:41 am

Superb choice!!!
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#3 Post by David K o l i n » December 14th, 2017, 7:46 am

Bravo!

Looks great on a resume!

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#4 Post by Jeremy C » December 14th, 2017, 7:51 am

Certainly well deserved.
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#5 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 14th, 2017, 7:51 am

David K o l i n wrote:Bravo!

Looks great on a resume!
Sucks that he's his own boss!!!
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#6 Post by Michael Martin » December 14th, 2017, 7:53 am

Without question. Good job Brian!

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#7 Post by Brian Tuite » December 14th, 2017, 8:00 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
David K o l i n wrote:Bravo!

Looks great on a resume!
Sucks that he's his own boss!!!
Not really ;-)

Thanks for the honor Todd, can I swap that avatar for a badge after a month or so? Pretty please.
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#8 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 14th, 2017, 8:06 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
David K o l i n wrote:Bravo!

Looks great on a resume!
Sucks that he's his own boss!!!
Not really ;-)

Thanks for the honor Todd, can I swap that avatar for a badge after a month or so? Pretty please.
I figured that was coming, so I beat you to the punch...
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#9 Post by Roger Ouellette » December 14th, 2017, 8:17 am

Todd, great idea and fantastic first choice!

Congrats Brian.

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#10 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 14th, 2017, 8:19 am

Brian, I MAY consider (prolly not) a smaller version, or a watermark over another avatar, but a simple badge just won't do it. Regardless, this has to stay for a while.
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#11 Post by Sean Devaney » December 14th, 2017, 8:30 am

Great job Brian! Brilliant idea Todd and a perfect choice.

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#12 Post by Jay Miller » December 14th, 2017, 8:37 am

Well deserved!

My only concern is now that he's big important award winner he won't want to hang out with the rest of us anymore.
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#13 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 14th, 2017, 8:42 am

Jay Miller wrote:Well deserved!

My only concern is now that he's big important award winner he won't want to hang out with the rest of us anymore.
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#14 Post by R. Frankel » December 14th, 2017, 8:43 am

Obvious choice and well deserved accolade! Congrats Brian!

And don’t forget that Mike also raised money for fire victims in Sonoma a couple months back!
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#15 Post by GregT » December 14th, 2017, 8:44 am

Jay - everyone wants to hang out with you. How else do you account for our attendance at a dinner that you organize and then decline to attend?

Good for Brian. He really is a stand up guy. Reminds me of the guys my dad used to hang around with - you knew you could just count on them to take care of things. Award or not, I'm glad to know him.
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#16 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » December 14th, 2017, 8:50 am

I just told Brain well done. This has been the best thing here in a good while. Man, fire is scary shit and living thru any natural disaster simply takes a toll.

I imagine Brain's avatar could be far worse so perhaps play this one as it lies buddy.
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#17 Post by Sean_S » December 14th, 2017, 8:58 am

Great Job. Thanks for inspiring us and leading by example.

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#18 Post by Mel Hill » December 14th, 2017, 9:02 am

go go Brian!

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#19 Post by Craig G » December 14th, 2017, 9:09 am

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I just told Brain well done. This has been the best thing here in a good while. Man, fire is scary shit and living thru any natural disaster simply takes a toll.

I imagine Brain's avatar could be far worse so perhaps play this one as it lies buddy.
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#20 Post by Karen Troisi » December 14th, 2017, 9:31 am

Such well deserved recognition. [highfive.gif]
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#21 Post by Art R » December 14th, 2017, 9:40 am

excellent award, even better choice!
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#22 Post by Neal.Mollen » December 14th, 2017, 9:49 am

Craig G wrote:
Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I just told Brain well done. This has been the best thing here in a good while. Man, fire is scary shit and living thru any natural disaster simply takes a toll.

I imagine Brain's avatar could be far worse so perhaps play this one as it lies buddy.
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#23 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 14th, 2017, 9:52 am

At Jorge's request, I've added a new twist to the logo/award
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#24 Post by Larry P » December 14th, 2017, 9:59 am

Great choice! Congrats Brian.
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#25 Post by Jorge Henriquez » December 14th, 2017, 10:00 am

Woah, that is one awesome looking award logo!

Well done chief!
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#26 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » December 14th, 2017, 10:00 am

Congrats, Brian! Well deserved for sure. His "sticky" on visiting sonoma was incredibly helpful when I was planning my last visit too.

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#27 Post by Jim F » December 14th, 2017, 10:01 am

Congratulations, Brian!
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#28 Post by Nola Palomar » December 14th, 2017, 11:18 am

;) Congratulations Brian....this definitely doesn’t suck!!!
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#29 Post by Paul Gordon » December 14th, 2017, 1:25 pm

Well deserved recognition for lots of hard work by Brian. A great guy as well!
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#30 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » December 14th, 2017, 1:33 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
David K o l i n wrote:Bravo!

Looks great on a resume!
Sucks that he's his own boss!!!
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#31 Post by Chris Foley » December 14th, 2017, 1:37 pm

Congratulations Brian!
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#32 Post by Marcus Dean » December 14th, 2017, 2:06 pm

Well Deserved

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#33 Post by M. Dildine » December 14th, 2017, 2:45 pm

Congratulations Brian - this recognition is very well deserved!
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#34 Post by Stephen Faulkner » December 14th, 2017, 2:56 pm

Congrats and a clear choice. Amazing job to pull all that together for people in need.

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#35 Post by Frank Murray III » December 14th, 2017, 3:58 pm

Excellent leadership and work here, Rat. I am proud of you.
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#36 Post by Jeannean/Ryman » December 14th, 2017, 4:04 pm

Congratulations! champagne.gif

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#37 Post by Betty C » December 14th, 2017, 4:23 pm

Three cheers for Brian!
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#38 Post by PaulMills » December 14th, 2017, 4:34 pm

Congratulations Brian!

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#39 Post by JSchneider » December 14th, 2017, 5:01 pm

We’ll deserved!
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#40 Post by Ed Gonzales » December 14th, 2017, 5:23 pm

congrats brian!
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#41 Post by Drew Goin » December 14th, 2017, 5:58 pm

Congratulations, Brian!!

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#42 Post by Tom DeBiase » December 14th, 2017, 6:01 pm

Can't think of a better person than Brian to receive this, Congratulations!!

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#43 Post by Albert R » December 14th, 2017, 6:35 pm

Congrats Brian, River Rat, OT. Truly earned and deserving. champagne.gif
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#44 Post by David Glasser » December 14th, 2017, 8:08 pm

Congratulations, Brian. Well deserved.

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#45 Post by Chris Blum » December 14th, 2017, 8:10 pm

Well deserved!
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#46 Post by Randy Bowman » December 14th, 2017, 8:12 pm

FYI, Brian mentioned his upcoming trip to Tahiti the other day. Just kidding. Congratulations Brian.
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#47 Post by Peter Petersen » December 14th, 2017, 8:25 pm

Brian, brilliant work. Not sure who else would come even close to deserving this.

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#48 Post by Brian Tuite » December 14th, 2017, 8:43 pm

Randy Bowman wrote:FYI, Brian mentioned his upcoming trip to Tahiti the other day. Just kidding. Congratulations Brian.
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#49 Post by Chris Seiber » December 14th, 2017, 9:46 pm

Way to stick Tuite, Brian.

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#50 Post by Jeremy C » December 14th, 2017, 9:50 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:Way to stick Tuite, Brian.
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