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2010 KCBS Election Questionnaire

November 30, 2009
2010 KCBS Election Questionnaire

The following questions were presented to each candidate for the 2010 KCBS Board of Directors. Below you will find their answers. Out of fairness to all candidates, we have presented their responses in alphabetical order. For more information, including pictures and advertisements from the candidates, please refer to the December edition of The Bullsheet.

The Nominees are:
Randy Bigler
John Kirby
Paul Kirk *
Mike Lake *
Barbara Milroy
Linda Mullane *
Jim Stancil
Jeff Stith
Candy Weaver

(* Indicates current board member)

RANDY BIGLER

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.
For the past 35 plus years, I have worked for the Federal government and have served on many committees involving problem solving situations. I have been the liaison between varieties of groups. It is this experience I will bring to the board if elected. Our board seems to be a house divided and this needs to be addressed and fixed. We need to work together to better serve the membership of KCBS.

As a candidate, I pledge to the membership to calmly listen to all parties on the board and then to rationally work to achieve a solution acceptable to all.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.
I am a certified KCBS master judge, table captain, contest rep, and competitive barbeque cook. It is my opinion that the board is not listening to what its members are saying. Communication between the board and the membership they were voted to represent seems non existent. For example, some contest organizers are having trouble keeping their sponsorships in this unstable economy. Instead of trying to make things easier for them, the board just voted to give the reps a raise and to insist on three reps for 50 teams. This has always been the rule, but was not enforced vigorously.  Without going into specifics here, there are other solutions that could have been made and although reps have not received a raise in quite a while, in my humble opinion, this was not the year to do so. Judges are constantly asking what they get for their dues. If voted onto the board, I would aggressively work with other board members and their committees to get more perks for them. Cooks, just want the contest to be run by capable, responsible reps that are fair and impartial and take their jobs seriously, yet are not tyrants. I will endeavor to bridge the gap that seems to exist between the board and the general membership.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 
My short term goal is to make the board aware that the membership should be the governing body of KCBS and not just a few of its members. Lately, some board members give the impression to the membership that they have taken on the job of the day to day workings of the KCBS. This is not their job. Let’s get the best office staff we can and allow them to do their jobs, knowing that ultimately they are responsible to the board and its membership. Again, communication is the key to improving the relationships between the office staff and board members.

My long term goal would be to organize and establish a committee that would act as a kind of “town hall” meeting group throughout the country.  This would consist of setting up meetings in a number of areas across the country with several board members, preferably all board members would participate and would rotate, always in attendance to field questions and have quality time to speak to members about their major concerns. Let’s set aside our egos and work together for the betterment of this organization.

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 
Before accepting my nomination, I researched the amount of time, and expense I would be incurring in order to do the best possible job. When I accepted the nomination, I agreed to set aside the next 3 years to allow me to do all that is necessary. I will use due diligence in attending all KCBS board meetings. I pledge to all those who vote for me, and those who don’t, to always represent them at every board meeting. I will do whatever is asked of me to help keep KCBS growing and going in a positive direction.

I rep ten to fifteen sanctioned events a year, cook in six to eight contests per year with our team, try to judge as often as I can. I also assist with judging classes two or three times a year. At every opportunity possible, I promote KCBS. I talk to potential organizers though community events, town meetings and social gatherings speaking about sponsoring barbeque events or having a barbeque competition in conjunction with established events in their area. 

Because I am at barbeque events twenty-five to thirty weekends a year, I get a chance to talk to judges and cooks. I get a pretty good feel as to the general consensus of any given topic. If given the opportunity, I would like to represent the general membership. I am not running for any personal gains.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience. 
I became a KCBS judge in 2000 and a KCBS rep in 2005. I have been cooking on a competitive cooking team since 2001. Although I have no formal culinary education, I have a lengthily and extensive background in the food industry. I started at a local restaurant, where my mother was the manager, when I was fifteen years old. I watched and learned all aspects of the daily running of such an establishment. Later, I helped my mother cater community events. I continued to dabble in the food industry until I moved south fourteen years ago. It was then I took a barbeque judging class and have been hooked ever since.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 
If given the chance, I would like to try to be the voice of the general membership. I will be the board member that will keep reminding every one who we are representing. We need to work together and improve the image the board has received over the past couple of years. Let’s stop being a laughing stock and act like the adults we all are and let’s put some fun back into barbeque events.

 
JOHN KIRBY

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.

I have been involved in many organizations from Secretary of my VFW post to Committee Chairman of my son’s Cub Scout Pack. I also served on the Board of a private Men’s Club. At all times I worked hard at the tasks given me.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

As a cook I would like to see more consistency in judging scores.

As a judge I would like to see everyone on the same page when judging.

If elected I will work for that.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

If elected I would ask to be put on the CBJ’s and Judging Committee .

I would also like to see a purge of all judges that have not judged in (a to be set) number of years.

I would also like to set up a refresher course for all CBJ instructors, similar to the one given  to the Contest Reps .

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

As a retired person my level of commitment will be high.

I will attend all Board and Committee meetings and have my monthly reports in on time, not just a “ no report“ in the minutes.

Living in Maryland , I hope to bring a Mid-Atlantic  voice to the board.

I will visit as many contests I can  in the area, and make myself available to the membership.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

I have been a KCBS member and a Certified Barbeque Judge ( CBJ ) since 2005.

Head cook of the Backyard Burners cooking team since 2004.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

If elected I will work to make this great organization greater. As a team player, I will work with all the board members  for this goal.  As both a cook and judge I will listen to the membership and be their voice on the board. KCBS is going global , and I would like to help make it happen.

PAUL KIRK

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.

I believe I have the skill of listening and the ability working with others in getting things done, by working with the other board members for the good of the KCBS members.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

I am a Charter Member of KCBS, Board of Director, Cook, Certified Master Judge, and retired Contest Representative. The issues that face the KCBS are on going, from judging, ever changing rules, to micro managing the office.  I will strive to work these issues, out.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

My major short term goal is to resurrect the CATS (Communities Appreciate Teen Service) program from the politics that ruined it.  CATS is a program to teach and promote BBQ at the high school level, it is in conjunction with The Drug Free Program, “Just Say NO!”  I will have a basic outline and share it with the membership so it can be implemented in any high school, which is my long term goal.

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

My level of Commitment to work needed by the KCBS is 100+%.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

My participation in KCBS activities, I am an active Cook, Certified Master Judge, a Barbecue Teacher and Mentor and a Charter Member of KCBS.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

I want to be a KCBS Board of director, because I feel that I represent the values and interest of the KCBS membership.
 

MIKE LAKE

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.
         
I have worked extensively with the Board of Directors this past five years and I realize the need to work together with the various personalities on the board. No matter how strong our personal agendas may be, there is always the possibility of compromise for the good of the Society. I believe that my experience with the board and the ability to work within the scope of the board is very beneficial to the society.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

         I am a cook, a contest representative and have worked closely with contest organizers. I believe that one of the major areas of concern is communications with the cooks, judges and contest organizers. The board has worked extensively to better communicate with all concerned in competitive events, be they large purse or smaller grass roots events.

         The board needs to keep in mind that the Society is there to see that the rules and regulations put forth are beneficial to all concerned. We can accomplish this through open minds, listening to and respecting the opinions and wishes of all concerned.

 3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

         My short goal is to assure the continued, orderly growth of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. This is a major challenge to the board of directors as we continue to see phenomenal growth in membership and interest in all phases of barbeque competition. Part of the Board’s mission is to provide a favorable atmosphere to all concerned, so that it can continue to maintain this growth and retain those members who are new to the Society.

        By fulfilling all facets of our short-term goals we will continue to move toward our mission of celebrating, preserving and promoting barbeque as a cooking technique, sport and art form. If we can move in this direction we will be closer to realize our ultimate goal of: Having barbeque recognized as America’s cuisine.

        The Kansas City Barbeque Society’s barbeque tour and work with our marketing firm are making great strides toward this end.

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

         The level of commitment should not be a question. I have served the Society in various capacities, that of a CBJ Instructor, Contest Representative, as an Organizer, Cook, Board Member and Officer of the Board. It is a “whatever it takes to get the job done attitude” to further the mission of the Barbeque Society.

        I have not missed a board meeting since my election and have been fortunate to be available to attend most meetings in person in Kansas City. I have also made several office visits and have participated in numerous committee meetings via tele-conferences. I for see no change to this commitment.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

        I have been a member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society since 1992. My initial interest in the Society was as a competitive cook – a passion that motivates me and continues. My wife, Theresa and I cook under the Rock River BBQ banner. This past year we competed in 11 events.

        As a contest representative, I represented the Society in 13 events at the request of the contest organizer. Theresa and I also conducted 7 Certified Barbeque Judges classes. We are also vendors, having Sold at venues in Austin, MN, Beaver Creek, CO, Marshalltown, IA, Mason City, IA and Arthur, IL.

         As Rock River Barbeque, we cater locally and assist my employer, Lynch Livestock, Inc. as needed. We offer our barbeque sauce and rubs to the barbeque community on a wholesale and retail basis.

         I have served on the Board as chair of the Mentoring and Judges committee in addition to being an incumbent officer of the Society.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

         I want to be a part of the continued orderly growth of this great Society. I believe that my experience in the fields previously mentioned can be beneficial to organizers, judges, our office staff, cooks and those members who just have an interest in Barbeque.


BARBARA MILROY

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.

I believe the skills I have are the years I’ve spent cooking in competition with my husband Bill. We have been involved in BBQ for over 30 years. I have seen and experienced the changes in bbq from the earlier years when you competed for recognition only, then for a ribbon, followed by for a trophy only, to chasing after some really major money. I have seen many changes in the way judging has changed as well. I feel being a cook for so many years would give me a better idea of what changes we still might need.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

I am a cook so the area I am involved in would be the judging, I’ve seen many changes over the years. I feel it’s getting better but could still see some changes that would help. I’d like to see more communication between the office and the teams. I feel as members of an organization we should be able to ask questions and get a strait forward answer.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

I believe my short term goal would be to get the communication doors open as soon as possible, as we need to know what’s happening at the meetings and with all the money raised by our members. I feel as members we should be able to help make decisions on how the money should be spent. My long term goal would be to make this organization not only the biggest organization but the most organized and exciting organization to be a member of.

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

As for my commitment I have always been committed to KCBS as well as other organizations I have been involved in. I will do my best to be available when ever I am needed. my life and business is all about bbq. I am totally dedicated to the industry. I will give the meetings my full attention weather by phone or in person. I look forward to being more involved in KCBS projects. I have always and will always represent KCBS to the public. I have and will always be responsive to our members as well as future prospects of KCBS members.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

I have been a member in good standing with KCBS for at least 17 years. I have cooked in KCBS competitions for at least 17 years KCBS has been one of my biggest supporters for many years. I am a certified Judge. But I am a cook first, judge second. 

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

I feel if you want to make things happen you have to take the first step and get involved. I hear many people complain about things when we are at cook-offs. They aren’t happy about the judging or other things. The biggest thing I’ve been hearing is that not enough cooks are Involved in KCBS, that it’s mostly judges that are involved. Well I’m a cook and maybe it’s time for me to get more involved. I’d like to represent the cooks for KCBS. I know there are other cooks in KCBS that are involved but maybe they need a little help. I would like to help in anyway I can.  


LINDA MULLANE

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.

I believe my biggest asset is my ability to get along with others while maintaining my own ideas and beliefs and presenting them in a clean and concise manor.  My ability to communicate with the other board members  in a positive productive way expressing my strategies and views for a change on new concepts has led to the following accomplishments during my past 3 years as a Board of Director.

a)     Instituted a policy insuring our members who are in the Military and deployed overseas have their membership extended for their term of deployment.

b)    Foreign family coverage membership fees brought in line with general family membership fees.

c)     Discounts for KCBS members taking CBJ’s classes

d)    Developed audit procedures for all contests to insure accurate data entry at a contest.

e)     Open Board Meetings with all membership having the ability to dial into our monthly board meetings

f)     Green Boxes- allowing organizers to use them where state, county or towns refuse the use of Styrofoam.

g)     Worked with other board members to create judges comment cards allowing judges to give feedback to the cooks.

One of the biggest challenges still facing KCBS is the rapid growth and lack of communication.  As a business owner I have the leadership qualities needed for a BOD position.  I use these abilities to listen to the membership of KCBS and have over the past 3 years in office, no only to lead but also see both sides of the issue to allow for a productive board.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

As a rep, CBJ instructor, part time cook, organizer mentor and Board member I see major issues being communication and continued education.  As Chairman of the rules committee this year I hope to streamline the rules so everyone is on the same page, and no cook, judge or rep has a question as to what is being presented.  We must have consistency and fairness to all members.  Consistency at contests is what makes KCBS stand out as a sanctioning body.  Communication needs to be emphasized.  Not only communication between board members, but with and between cooks and judges. The opening of board meeting via telephone is a start.  I believe regional representation is very important to the success of an organization that has so many members spread as wide as we do.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

If re-elected to the board 2 major short term goals will be:

1)    Open the channels of communication between the board and membership

2)      The board and the office work together.  The office should be running the day to day operations and the BOD should be working on long term plans for the future success of KCBS. 

Long term goals:

a)     Our website has increased it’s appeal by adding TOY standings, however, I would like to see more complete data so every team can see where they stand.      

b)    Continued education and training programs for both judges and reps. Training programs created through online services.

c)     Additional membership benefits with more national discounts and benefits such as the recent Restaurant Depot Membership.

As current chair of Research and Development I am currently conducting a pole regarding TOY and hope the input of all KCBS cooks can be utilized to revamp the procedures used to make this as fair as possible for all cooks in the future.

Any and all changes to rules be instituted Jan 1 each year so that the entire year is based on the same criteria.

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

I have served on the Board for the past 3 years and I have not missed a single board meeting.  I have worked timelessly to bring about changes to improve KCBS for its membership.  I have worked to increase KCBS membership at every opportunity.  I have always been available and approachable to the membership.  I have been the chairperson of the Research and Development committee implementing many new procedures.  I have chaired the nominating committee, election committee, and now the rules committee opening the door for you, the membership to be heard.  I have always stepped up to volunteer when needed as well as represent KCBS to the public at contests, mentoring new organizers and training new CBJ’s.  I have worked with the Junior World BBQ Championships from its conception.  If re-elected I will serve in whatever capacity needed to better fulfill my commitment to KCBS and its membership.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

Beginning as a CBJ then becoming a Master Judge, I became a KCBS rep in 2000, have officiated over 100 contests.  In 2003 along with my husband became a Master CBJ instructor and have certified over 2000 judges, many who have gone on to become Master CBJ’s.  I have organized contests as well as worked closely with new organizers in a mentoring position to insure a new contest will be cooker friendly and have the information necessary to make their 1st year a success and ground work many years to come.  I have competed a number of times a year but not as frequently as I would like due to officiating at contests almost every weekend during the season.  I have worked closely with other organizations in my position as a KCBS BOD such as NEBS, MABA, and the BBQ-Brethren and all know that I am available to them anytime they have concerns or questions.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

I can and have made a difference, I know I can still make a difference if given the opportunity.  I believe I have earned the respect of all the current board members and am in contact with some on a daily basis working on issues effecting KCBS.  I have also earned the trust and respect of many of the KCBS Cooks and judges who contact me with their concerns encountered while competing or judging at contests. 


JIM STANCIL

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.

I have worked on many committees organizing big events and causes. I believe I could bring a new perspective with fresh ideas. I am very detailed and task-oriented and enjoy getting hold of a project and getting it done. I can work well with others in order to help KCBS move forward into the future.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

Cook Team, Judge and Contest Organizer. I am involved in all of these aspects. There are many issues that need attention. KCBS is facing a lot of issues as it continues to grow, but interpretation of rules and how decisions are made to enforce these rules are one of the most important. Rules need to be clear and concise without room for the gray area. Procedures of BOD meetings and trying to get things done with a consensus are lacking as well. These will be difficult items to change or start to change. Egos will need to take a seat at the door on some of these meetings. I’m not sure I have a full blown plan to start to work on these items, but I will work towards helping to gain some ground.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

In the short and long term, I would like to work on re-tooling the process of becoming a certified judge. I would like to see more of a mentoring program instead of a one day class. New judges need to cook with teams before they judge, and also judge beside a master judge or work in the judge’s area before they actually get turned loose on a table to judge. I think most cook teams and/or Master Judges will be more than happy to mentor newly certified judges.

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

My Commitment to the KCBS BOD would be significant. I have a very flexible schedule and will make time to take on tasks sent my way. I would be honored and excited to serve on the KCBS BOD.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

I have been a part of a Cook Team since 1998. I earned my Certified Judge certification and Table Captain a few years after that and have worked on organizing a contest in the town I live in. So in general I am all the way involved in KCBS. I will continue to be involved, because this is what I love to do.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

I want to be a member of the KCBS BOD to help bring about change and give a voice for Cooks, Judges and Organizers here in the south. I would like to stand next to others that love what we do and get things done to better BBQ and KCBS to move forward.   


JEFF STITH

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.

My experiences:

·      For the past five years, I have served on the Parks and Recreation Board of Directors in my hometown of Pleasant Hill, Missouri. I have served as secretary, vice-president, and for the last year, as president.

·      Founded and served as president of an historical preservation non-profit organization to protect and preserve artifacts and buildings of historic significance in Pattonsburg, Missouri.

·      In my career, I have over 20 years of combined experience in management, marketing, Web design and human resources which would be beneficial in promoting and leading the KCBS through this very important time of growth and development.

My skills acquired through these experiences:

·      Ability to motivate people

·      Tenacity to see projects through to successful completion

·      Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish missions and goals

·      Outstanding organizational skills

How these skills will benefit KCBS and its members:

·      As KCBS grows and moves into the future, we must keep up with the needs of our membership by constantly seeking out new ideas to promote barbeque and the organization itself.  Successful completion and implementation of projects can only happen when leadership works together with a common goal.  I see myself as a leader who can motivate others when things “bog down” and encourage committees and the board remain focused.  My organizational skills will enable me to make the best use of my time when serving our members.  These skills will be especially important as I work with my assigned committee, which I see as the level where the real work is accomplished.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

As a cook, the major issue I see facing this section of membership is a general concern that the KCBS does not listen to the cooks. This problem seems to consist of various concerns, all working together to help erode the confidence and faith our members have in the organization, with many choosing not to renew memberships. One of the major components of this problem would be rules being changed or discussed in mid-season. How can cooks keep everything straight when the rules are being rewritten as we’re firing up the smoker at contests? Rules changes should only be considered during what most of us would consider the off-season and I would propose all changes be given more than a few months before being implemented. For instance rule changes may be brought forth at the January rules meeting, be voted on and passed in February or March but the implementation date should always be January 1 the following year.

Another component of this problem would be the specific issues that are being addressed by the Board of Directors. In looking at many of the decisions made, it appears that the Board is getting way too involved in the day to day operations of the KCBS rather than looking to address the issues that will make the KCBS successful well into the future. My strategy to address and improve this issue will be to call upon my own five years of experience in cooking competitively and to actively seek out the opinions and concerns of my fellow cooks all across the United States, not just here in the Midwest. I will use this information and keep it at the forefront of my mind each time I enter the board room to discuss, and vote on issues that affect my fellow cooks. I do not anticipate that it will be an easy road as there are board members who do not cook or rarely cook and might have gotten out of touch with what we have and what we need from week to week. Continually bringing the wishes and opinions of those who cook to the attention of the Board will remain a priority.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

  Short-Term - Help to restore harmony, respect and cooperation to the organization. This begins at the Board level. Bickering and disrespect of one another leads to a lack of productive meetings, few results, micro-management and a membership that is frustrated and disgusted. I believe a voice of reason in reminding others of why KCBS was founded in the first place is important.

Long-Term - Four long-term goals are of major importance to me.

1. Continued work to provide more consistent judging. Comment cards have, as currently used, proven largely pointless. It is always going to be subjective scoring but establishing a continuing education program for CBJs will help. Too many "generations" of CBJs are learning things in different ways. It hurts consistency and we need to require refresher classes.

2. Developing new scoring software. I have visited with reps and have seen how the current software works and where the bugs and other negative issues are. I have also discussed with a professional programmer how we might develop and implement new software that will be user-friendly and developed at minimal to no cost to KCBS.

3. Communication with membership. Improvements have been made in this area but there is still work to be done. Members should eventually have access to all meetings and not on a limited basis at it as it is now. They should also have access to budgets and financial records to see where their money is going and have opportunities to provide opinions and feedback to the Board of Directors. I, too, would support the implementation of Town Hall meetings to give members a direct voice to Board members.

4. Tangible and quality benefits to being a KCBS member – hotels discounts are everywhere. We can do better. The Restaurant Depot benefit is a great start! I believe we need to establish a scholarship fund for members and their families. We need to find a way to pay cash to the KCBS’s top ten Teams of the Year in all categories and overall. We need to get creative and come up with many good ideas.

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

Whenever I decide to become involved in anything, I believe in full commitment. As the saying goes, anything worth doing is worth doing right. When I began my campaign, my promise was to be available to membership, to listen to their concerns and to represent their concerns at meetings of the Board of Directors. That has not changed and will not change. I will attend meetings of the board regularly and in person. My record in this area is impeccable: in my 5+ years of service on the local Parks and Recreation Board of Directors, I have missed only one meeting when I had to be out of town. While some committees have busier times of the year than do others, I will work hard to minimize or eliminate the instance of "no report" following my committee name.

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

I have been cooking barbeque and learning all types of outdoor cooking since I was a child. I joined KCBS and began cooking competitively in 2005 when I formed Big Creek BBQ. We cook 10 to 15 contests per year. In 2006 I became a CBJ and I judge one or two events per year. I'm currently working on my third year as organizer of "Smokin’ on Big Creek" BBQ Contest in Pleasant Hill, Missouri and for the last two years, I have worked on the committee for The Fountains Blaze-Off and Senior Q in Independence, Missouri as part of Senior Q Month in October. I have also donated my time to Kookers Kare, attended KCBS rules meetings, banquets and organizer round tables. I have also realized my responsibility as a KCBS member and voted in every election since joining the organization.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

I believe the saying "You can be part of the problem or you can be part of the solution." This is a very critical time in the history of the KCBS and as such, there many important issues to be resolved. As a member of the Board of Directors, I will have the opportunity to be a part of the solutions. Talking is cheap - by volunteering my time to listen to members and truly represent them on the Board, I will have the opportunity to walk the walk and make a difference. I know too many people who don't want to renew their KCBS membership for various reasons - I want to help make it so that people are proud to say they are a member of KCBS.  For further information, please visit my Web site at www.VoteJeffKCBS.com.   


CANDY WEAVER

1. Please describe the skills you possess (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS board of Directors and its membership.

            The biggest challenge for the KCBS Board in 2010 is to overcome the split that has been evident in 2009.  Being able to see and comprehend all sides gives me the potential to aid in finding creative solutions that work for everyone.  As a business person, I feel that KCBS should be run as a business.  The Board should oversee, but not micro-manage, the day-to-day operations of KCBS.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning, one of areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.          

            I am a cook – my issues will be matters that cooks care about.  In 2009, an emergency Board decree banned the use of parsley a weekend after the contaminated greenery was sold.  The same contamination happened earlier in the year with green leaf lettuce and was missed by the Board.  The time has come to seriously consider eliminating the use of potentially sickness-inducing vegetable matter in KCBS Meat Contests!  And what’s up with additional add-on rules in the middle of the season?  Rules need to be clear and easy to follow.  If a cook breaks a rule, disqualify the entry.  Cook meat according to specified rules (following safe food handling procedures), judge entries with specific criteria and compute scores.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals. 

KCBS has great growth potential.  A unified Board that looks toward the future rather than focusing on limiting details – that would be my main goal, short and long term.  This goal requires that all Board members have KCBS’ best interests in mind. Since every member of the Board states their committment in one way or another, unity should be easy!

4. If elected please explain “you level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. 

I will commit to attend meetings either in person or by phone.  I will listen to all who wish to voice concerns.  I will be available with a toll-free phone number during business hours (except maybe on Fridays...).
  

5. Please describe your participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

        I have been involved as a sponsor of all things barbeque since joining BBQr’s Delight in 1999.  I have assisted in contest organization with our local organizer, Smoke on the Water, who has successfully managed $50k contests and just completed a successful event with NASCAR.  I started cooking in 2003, became a CBJ in 2004.  I am a member of NBBQA, IBCA, HPBA (past president of Barbecue Manufacturers Caucus) and am ServSafe certified in food handling.  I have been an exhibitor and sponsor at the Jack Daniel’s Invitational Barbecue Contest for 10 years.  I love barbeque – the people, products, events and lifestyle (whether in business, at home or on the competition trail). Barbeque is America!

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board. 

            Barbeque and KCBS have given me a great deal – I’d like to give back.


 

 

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