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Quick Notes from the Board Room

March 17, 2008
The Board of Directors of Kansas City Barbeque Society met at the Hilton Inn at the KCI airport on March 12, 2008. All members of the Board were present in person or on the phone.

Craig Kidwell made a presentation on behalf of Kooker’s Kare. The board awarded a grant to the organization to further the services provided by Kooker’s Kare. Kooker’s Kare not only has as one of its primary beneficiaries Harvesters Food Network but also works with other organizations to give advice and assistance in similar projects.

Wayne Lohman presented an update on discussions for an alignment of KCBS with the Memphis Barbeque Network to promote the Memphis style of BBQ competitions. Further efforts and discussions will be ongoing.

The Board considered the motion to allow telephone or electronic methods to listen to the Board meetings. The motion did not pass. Members of KCBS are welcome to attend the meeting in person. Except for October, all Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Ed Roith presented to the Board that new CBJ manuals were being prepared and he was hopeful that a new CBJ instruction program to be used at CBJ Classes, would be available in the near future.

The Board began discussions on the procedure to assign Contest Reps. It is hoped that the procedure will be finalized next month.

Carol Whitebook presented an update on the Rep Committee. The updated Contest Rep Manual was presented for comment by the Board. A few additions will be made and presented to all Contest Reps this month. The Board stated that it is appropriate for Contest Reps to claim their mileage, regardless of distance. It is hoped that a Contest Rep Training Manual (RAT) will be presented and approved within the next 60 days. The Board also approved an advisory for use by Meat Inspectors on the procedure to conduct meat inspections at KCBS Contest.

Troy Black presented a proposed KCBS Nepotism Policy. The board debated the issues for a considerable amount of time. At the conclusion of the debate, the author and the second withdrew the motion. Therefore no vote was taken.

The Board discussed the fee structure for sanctioning contest, and made a decision to reduce the per fee team at a break point of 200 teams and 400 teams. Details will be sent to all organizers and Contest Reps.

*Prepared by Merl Whitebook, secretary. These are not the official minutes of the meeting. They are simply provided as an effort to give members a quick summary of the March board meeting.
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