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February 11, 2012


Board of Directors Meeting - February 10-11, 2012


 *These quick notes reflect the action of the meeting, but are not official until voted upon by the board at its March meeting.

 BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Executive Director Carolyn Wells, Candy Weaver, Mike Budai, Mark Simmons, Tana Shupe, Randy Bigler, Mike Lake, Paul Kirk, Arlie Bragg, Jeff Stith, Steve Farrin,  George Mullins, and Dave Compton.

 ELECTION OF OFFICERS:  Executive Director Carolyn Wells called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. central time and began the process to elect the officers for 2012.   All nominees were unopposed and were elected by acclimation:

President - Candy Weaver.    Motion to elect by Mark Simmons, seconded by Mike Lake.

With the election of Candy Weaver, Carolyn Wells turned the meeting over to President Weaver.  The remaining officers are: 

Vice President -  Mike Budai.  Motion to elect by Candy Weaver, seconded by Paul Kirk.

Treasurer -  Mark Simmons.  Motion to elect by Candy Weaver, seconded by Paul Kirk.

Secretary - Tana Shupe.  Motion to elect by Candy Weaver, seconded by Paul Kirk.

 KCBS MEMBER REQUESTS TO SPEAK:  Randall Bowman from Cummings, GA re: possible conflict w/contest in Gainesville, GA.

 KCBS MEMBERS PRESENT OR CALLING IN:  Mike McCloud w/MMA Creative, Don Harwell, Dale Newstrom, Vicki Peyton, Randall Bowman, and Jim Stancil.

 Recitation of the KCBS Mission and the Board Pledge as follows:

MISSION:  Recognizing barbeque as America's Cuisine, the Mission of the Kansas City Barbeque Society is to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form.

BOARD PLEDGE:  I accept my duties as a KCBS director to further the KCBS Mission so that truth, justice, excellence in BBQ and the American way of life may be strengthened and preserved forever.

 MINUTES:  Tana Shupe requested that the Board approve the Minutes of the meeting held on January 13, 2012 as presented.  Seconded by Mike Lake, the minutes were unanimously approved as presented.



Board of Directors Meeting - January 13, 2012


 No KCBS members called in.

 President Candy Weaver called the meeting to order @ 4:05 p.m.

 With the meeting, being held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting in San Diego, numerous KCBS members were in attendance. 


Randall Bowman re: new contest in Gainesville, GA competing with an established contest in Cummings, GA.

Lew Miller re: conflict of Sam's Club contests w/two contests in Iowa, and request to  be CBJ Instructor.

 BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  President Candy Weaver, Don Harwell, Arlie Bragg, Tana Shupe, Wayne Lohman, Mark Simmons, Mike Budai, Randy Bigler, Paul Kirk, Mike Lake, Merl Whitebook (by phone), Gene Goycochea, and Executive Director Carolyn Wells.

 Recitation of the KCBS Mission and the Board Pledge:  

 MINUTES:  Tana Shupe moved that the Board approve the Minutes of the meeting held on December 14, 2011.  Seconded by Wayne Lohman, the motion passed unanimously.


Due to changes in sponsor priorities, a second tour does not seem feasible, but will look toward 2013 for a second tour. 

 Mike will announce confirmed sponsors of the 2012 GABT at the banquet on Saturday evening.

 Mobile application is now live with focus on events (i.e. directions), events, and CBJ classes.

Suggested the board consider funding the goody bag opportunity on a national level, as it could encourage more participation with sponsors.

 Suggested the board allocate funds to officially attend specific trade shows that could be of benefit to KCBS (i.e. food shows, licensing and tailgating shows).  Mike suggested a  $20,000 budget.

 MMA has been developing a special program that would allow organizers to sign up teams and judges on-line and would include additional functions to make organizers' work easier and would enhance the integrity and credibility of KCBS.


Finance Committee members are: Candy Weaver, Carolyn Wells, Kim Collier, Mark Simmons and Mike Budai.

 1) The Finance Committee recommends adopting the attached financial statements.  Seconded by Mark Simmons, motion passed unanimously.

 2) Motion to adopt the attached preliminary budget.  Seconded by Wayne Lohman, motion passed unanimously.


 The Sanctioning Committee recommends approval of all new and existing contests listed in the January New/ Change Request Report pending discussion by the Board.  Wayne moved to accept report, including contests from January/New/Change Report.  Seconded by Mark Simmons, motion passed unanimously.

 At the December meeting, we tabled the Columbus, GA and Grandview, MO request to be sanctioned as they were in conflict with two existing contests who met the 2012 requirements.  The contest in Grandview was approved as a Competitor's Series with the understanding that it will be a "ribs only" contest.

 Discussion between the Columbus and Calhoun, GA, locations resulted in agreement between the two sites that they were located far enough from each other to be able to attract teams from other locations and states.  The two contests are 174 miles apart and located close to different states.  We recommend sanctioning both contests.

 Also, attached to the report is a request from Ben Lowenstein to be appointed to a Professional Promoter status.  Review of his past organized contests and his good standing with KCBS, we recommend granting his request.  (Request attached.)   Wayne recommended Ben Lobenstein be endorsed by the board as a Professional Promoter.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, the recommendation passed.

 Sam's Club requested a location change from Augusta, GA to Huntsville, AL.   Wayne moved to accept the change.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, the motion passed unanimously.

 Re: conflict between Cummings, GA and Gainesville, GA, Wayne recommended we table a decision regarding sanctioning of Gainesville, GA  Seconded by Mike Budai, motion passed unanimously.


Committee members are: Don Harwell and Arlie Bragg.  MP3 was created for the November BOD meeting for the web site.


Committee member is Don Harwell.  Although technically the election is going OK, it is a lot of work to get setup and handle all of the issues.  I motion that elections that require a vote of the entire membership be handled by an independent firm such as, but not limited to Votenet Solutions.  This independent firm would be hired to run the entire election from setup, management, day to day administration to the final results.  Seconded by Tana Shupe, the motion passed unanimously.

 CBJ REPORT:  Mike Lake  (See Attached)

Continuing education program is now on-line and can be viewed during this annual meeting.  Mike's final report for 2011 reflected that 2,838 students attended CBJ classes, 847 were KCBS members, 1,974 new members were added, and there were 15 comps for the media. 

 Mike also confirmed that a teleconference of CBJ instructors is planned in February in conjunction with the BOD Strategic Planning meeting.


Gene reported that membership continues to increase and that the membership as of January 9, 2012 is 15,061.


Philanthropy Reports applications will begin running in the February Bullsheet for all Grants and Grants-in-Aid and an email blast will be sent to all members.


On rule number 8 we have no consequences listed on the rules, for a team caught using one of the banned cooking techniques (i.e. Par-Boiling, Deep Frying or Sous-vide).  Randy made a motion that if any of the banned processes is discovered before the team turns in, they would receive zeros, and if discovered after turn-in the team would receive ones for that entry.  Seconded by Gene Goycochea, the motion passed unanimously.

 Discussion on rule number 14 was withdrawn.

 REP COMMITTEE REPORT:  Mark Simmons & Randy Bigler

Mark Simmons:  For our last report this BBQ season, I wanted to give you some helpful statistics...

 2011 Statistics

Total Contests: 415

Cancelled Contests: 35

Total Teams who competed: 14,635

Average # Teams at a contest: 39

Average Attendance 8,594

Average Prize Money: $9,183

881 rep assignments

Monies paid out in 2011:  3,000,000+

Over two dozen charities benefited from barbecue contests.

 We grew over 10% last year and our numbers for contests this year look very good.  We received 4 new reps in 2011 and a 5th rep has almost completed their RAT training to be recommended to the BOD for their approval.

 The Rep Committee met by conference call on January 5th ... Our biggest point of discussion revolved around the process to attract new rep candidates. We have many people who volunteered. This is a very serious position and very visible to the organizers, cooks, judges and table captains so it is critical that we enlist those candidates who put the best foot forward for KCBS...We are preparing a more structured and objective process as we do expect to bring several new candidates in the next few months.

 There is continuing review of the Rep manual and it is expected that a revision will be available to the BOD in the next month or so.  Mark made a motion to approve Rep Manual updates, and amendments to correct duplicate numbers.  Seconded by Mike Budai, ayes were unanimous.

 It has been a pleasure to work with the Board of Directors in 2011 and very educational. I would like to express my appreciation to our contest reps who have served KCBS well in 2011. I would also like to thank the rep committee for their volunteer work and input and to the Co-Chair, Randy Bigler who has contributed much to the committee, the rep program, and given much valuable input.

 The Rep meeting Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. will include a "best practices" forum with a panel of seasoned reps.  It should be interesting and helpful.  We look forward to a great 2012.


Because the report was received after the 72-hour deadline, there is no formal report from the Education Committee.  However, to keep the board updated, the report as sent is attached.


KCBScore Contest Program Committee members are: Candy Weaver, Carolyn Wells, Stephen Smith, Kevin Keeling, Steve Grinstead, Scott Grinstead and Mike Budai.  Mike made a motion to accept the report as submitted.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, motion passed unanimously.

 Work on KCBScore is progressing. Since the last report the committee has reviewed draft 1 and compiled a change list. On December 22 I met with InDevX to review the changes. InDevX sent the Committee Draft 2 on December 30 with the changes. After reviewing draft 2, the committee met on January 9 and created a new change list. I met with InDevX on January 10 to go over the new changes. If the next draft has addressed all of the committee's changes we should be able to started the testing phase.

 It should be noted that InDevX has lost their lead programmer as of the release of Draft 2. I am meeting with the InDevX team and the new programmer next week. My hope is that this personnel change won't slow us down too much.


 KCBS Foundation:  The Kansas City Barbeque Society Foundation has been incorporated and has received EIN number and Non-Profit Charter number from the State of Missouri.   When Tony Stone passed in late August, his daughters indicated his wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to KCBS to a foundation for education in his memory.

 Attached is a list of donors and amounts. Funds have been deposited in a separate account. Donors have received tax letter acknowledging donation.  I understand there is a concern as to whether this is a Private Foundation or a Public Charity. My understanding from conversation with legal was that we would not have a problem being considered a Public Charity. I have emailed him asking for this in writing.  It is off to a slow start.

 Regional Representation:  As the motion was tabled at the December meeting to add to the bylaws that 6 directors of the BOD will be from six regions, I motion that the new attached breakout of five regions from Carolyn Wells be accepted as the regional breakout of the regions to be placed on a special members’ election.   Carolyn states, it is cut to 5 regions, but membership numbers are at 19-21% per region. This was sent to all Directors in November per suggestion of Candy Weaver.  Seconded by Gene Goycochea.  Weaver tabled the motion for future consideration by the next Board.


 Candy Weaver:  I move that all e-mail addresses for kcbs.us be managed by staff at the KCBS office.  Seconded by Mike Budai, motion passed unanimously.

 Candy Weaver:  I move that KCBS consider the feasibility of and implementation of a members'-only bulletin board.  The purpose of this bulletin board will be to post notices of member events (births, deaths, marriages etc.), buy sell area for BBQ equipment, judges looking for cook team to cook with for masters, cook team relocation looking for new members and such other similar information.  This will serve as a member benefit, since member sign in to the website will be necessary to see same.  Although seconded by Paul Kirk, discussion followed and Candy decided to table until further consultation with MMA.


 Paul Kirk moved to go into closed session at 5:50.  Seconded by Mike Lake, motion passed unanimously.

 Don Harwell:  Invalid Candidate Issue  --  Tabled for future discussion.

 Tana Shupe made a motion to go back into open session @ 6:15.  Seconded by Paul Kirk, motion passed unanimously.

 Candy Weaver:  Executive Director Contract  --  Pending approval from legal and HR, I move that the board authorize the execution of the Executive Director (Employment) Contract and offer our Executive Director a raise in salary going forward in 2012.  Seconded by Don Harwell, the motion passed unanimously.

 Candy also made a motion that KCBS obtain and maintain "key man" insurance on Carolyn Wells for the duration of the Executive Director Contract.  Seconded by Paul Kirk, the motion passed unanimously.

 Paul Kirk moved to adjourn @ 8:19.  Seconded by Mike Lake, motion passed unanimously.

 End of Minutes from January meeting.


The Finance Committee recommends adoption of the financial statements, San Diego banquet statement and updated budget sent to the members of the Board on February 7, 2012.  Seconded by Tana Shupe, the financial reports were accepted as presented.

SANCTIONING REPORT:   In lieu of a current committee chairman, this report was submitted by Dawn Endrijaitis

Tabled in January:

Nov. 9-10                           Smoky Lanier                                                 Gainesville           GA

Existing/Date Change:

Aug. 3-4 to July 27-28       Smoke on the River at Riverside                   Heber City           UT

Oct. 5-6 to Sept. 28-29      Firelake BBQ Cook-off                                   Shawnee              OK

New Contests:

April 21-22                        New York City BBQ Cook-off                         Staten Island        NY

May 4-5                             Inland Empire Dixie Salsa BBQ                     Ontario                CA

June 22-23                         The Legacy BBQ Championship                    Effingham            IL

Aug. 15-16                         Montana State BBQ at Montana Fair           Billings                 MT

Aug. 24-25                         Roast N' Boast                                               Columbus             MS

Aug. 24-25*                      Benton County Fair BBQ Contest               Ashland               MS

Sept. 7-8                            Bulldog BBQ & Blues: Smoke at Stokes        Kirksville              MO

Sept. 14-15*                     Smokin' Valley BBQ Challenge                   Huntsville            UT

Sept. 21-22                        Smokin' on the Track BBQ                            Shenandoah         VA

Oct. 12-13                         Smoke on the Water at Lake Shawnee         Topeka                 KS

Oct. 12-13                         Santee Car Show & BBQ Fest                        Santee                  CA

July 27-28                          Big Bear BBQ & Bearfest                              Big Bear lake       CA

New Licensed Contest (Competitor's Series):

April 21                             Southern Hotwing Festival                            Memphis             TN

Existing Contests:

April 6-7                            Pelahatchie BBQ Fest                                     Pelahatchie        MS

April 27-28                        R' Kansas City State BBQ Championship        Arkansas City     KS

May 11-12                         Platte City BBQ Cook-Off                                Platte City          MO

May 11-12                         Kirk Off-Cook Off                                            Florissant            MO

May 11-12                         BBQ in the Bluffs                                            Council Bluffs     IA

May 18-19                         Smokin' on the Lake                                        Monroe City       MO

May 18-19                         Bloomin/ BBQ & Bluegrass                            Sevierville          TN

May 19-20                         Arizona Barbecue Festival                              Scottsdale           AZ

June 1-2                             Beltway BBQ Showdown                                 Upper Marlboro MD

June 1-2                             Big Blue Barbeque Championship                  Marysville          KS

June 8-9                             Keepers of the Fire                                         Mayetta             KS

June 15-16                         Covered Bridge 'Que                                      Euharlee             GA

June 15-16*                      3rd Annual Northern Arizona Barbeque 

                                             Festival                                                        Williams             AZ

June 22-23                         Queen City BBQ Cookoff                                Clarksville          TN

June 29-30                         Brews, Views & Bar-B-Ques                           Sisters                 OR

July 20-21                          8th Annual U.P. Hog Wild                               Kingsford            MI

July 20-21                          8th Avenue Wildblue BBQ                              Burlington          KS

Aug. 3-4                             Jasper Strassenfest Barbeque Contest           Jasper                 IN

Aug. 24-25                         20th Annual Cape Jaycees BBQ Fest              Cape Girardeau MO

Aug. 24-25                         Music City Festival & BBQ Championship      Nashville            TN

Aug. 31-Sept. 3                  Smokin' in the Bogs                                        Warrens             WI

Aug. 31-Sept. 1                  Windsor Septemberfest Cookoff                    Windsor              MO

Sept. 7-8                            Pickin in the Panhandle:

                                             WV State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival            Hedgesville        WV

Sept. 7-8                            Cookeville Cookoff                                          Cookeville          TN

Oct. 12-13                         Central Illinois Bragging Rights                      Arthur                 IL

Oct. 13-14                         Grill'n & Chill'n on Main                                 Waxhaw             NC

* Received 2/8/2012

Candy Weaver made a motion to approve the contests in Ashland, MS, Huntsville, UT and Williams, AZ.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, the motion passed unanimously.  Candy made a motion that all of the remaining contests also be sanctioned.  Seconded by Arlie, the motion passed unanimously.

EDUCATION REPORT - February 2012:  Paul Kirk & Tana Shupe:

1.  We are reviewing two programs to solicit, educate, and involve more young cooks. 

2.  We hope to select committee members for 2012 after discussion while in Kansas City.

3.  We are working on a mission statement for this committee.

4.  We are brainstorming on what additional education and/or programs might be offered to the general membership and to the public to show what KCBS has to offer it members, and to determine how we can work with other committees to encourage additional members.  

The Education report was accepted as presented. 

KCBS/MMA Marketing Report - February 2012:  Tana Shupe & Mike McCloud

Mike presented the following items to be considered in closed session:

            O  estimates for the new trailer.

            O  projected pro forma for the 2012 GABT. 


-          Total January Sales: $1117


-          Advertising sold for January: $1406

-          Uploaded February Bullsheet

-          Uploaded MP3 of January’s BOD meeting

-          On-Going Creation and Testing KCBS CBJ Master Exam online

-          Kingsford 40k Challenge Web Preview


-          GABT 2012 Schedule Complete  (Mike reported that, as of 2/9 the GABT tour stops in Columbus, MS and Reno, NV were cancelled)

-          Sponsorships completed for 2012 (will share at Board meeting)

-          GABT Coordination and Logistics with events underway

Sam’s Tour

-          Coordination and Logistics for 2012 Tour underway

-          Registration process to be discussed/reviewed


-          Social Media, using MMA, KCBS, and GABT Facebook and Twitter pages to promote KCBS-related events/promotion

-          GABT: 1724 Twitter Followers / 2195 FB post views

-          KCBS:  1238 Twitter Followers / 97409 FB post views

-          Updated News section of KCBS website as necessary

-          KCBS Continuing Education Go Live

-          Bullsheet Content: 2012 Programming Preview, Continuing Ed Article

Sponsorship Activities

-          Sadler’s is renewing its Seal of Approval

-          Tyson is doing a 5th category "Best Chicken Wing on the Planet" at all Sam's events,         and combining it with a Facebook voting process. Details to follow.

-          Smithfield is sponsoring the Rib Team of the year with bonus money: $5,000 for 1st;         $2,500 for 2nd; $1,000 for 3rd

-          Rancher's Reserve Beef Cup is returning for 10 events; details out soon.


-          Mike to discuss strategic funds concepts/ideas at retreat

CBJ REPORT:  Mike Lake

The CBJ report for January has been sent to all board members, showing the following YTD figures:  six (6) classes, 345 attendees, 120 were KCBS members, 224 new members, and one (1) media comp. 

Mike reported that the Continuing Education program is proceeding quite well as evidenced by the number or visits and in the test scores from the MCBJ tests.

 The complete MCBJ testing program will be ready to go all on line  by 1 Mar 12.  It should save KCBS $5,000 /year just by going on line.  Mike confirmed that participants will know their score immediately after answering their last question. 


The ads are in the newest Bullsheet.  I motion again to add an email blast about the Grants be sent to the members. I am hoping we have many more that apply this year!


The Rep Committee met February 6.  

MOTION:  For clarification purposes, the rep committee moves that the process for becoming a rep includes nomination from an existing rep, application to the committee to be a rep in training, documentation satisfactory to the rep committee, and BOD approval prior to the commencement of training.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, the motion carried by a vote of 11 to one.

 KCBScore REPORT:  Mike Budai

 KCBScore was demonstrated at the annual rep meeting in San Diego last month. While most present gave high praise, a couple issues did come up that require input form the board.

 The first issue has to do with the Tally and Team Detail reports.  Mike gave the members of the board sample copies of these reports.  All of the reports in KCBScore have already been approved by the board in the last scoring program attempt.  The issue addressed the inclusion of the table number that the entry was scored at on the Tally sheets and Team Detail handouts. Some of the reps feel it compromises the blind judging process, some don't see that it discloses any double secret info.  Cooks that I have asked seem to love the idea of knowing that they were judged at different tables.  Another concern was that it might skew judging toward higher scores if judges realize that their table scores are comparable to the other tables.  Board consensus is that the Table number should remain on the tally sheets.

 The other issue has to do with the comment cards. In KCBScore, all reports only list the Team Number by design and board approval. The only Alt number references used are the label and turn-in table reports. Comment cards use the Alt number. They get attached to the Team Detail report that only lists Team Number. So far, the only suggestion is to Sharpie out the Alt number, reverse look-up the team number (error prone), and attach to the Detail report. In testing, If a ball point or the judge presses firmly with a pencil, the Sharpie covers the Alt number but the indentation is still visible and readable.  Mike Lake made a motion that we suspend the use of comment cards until a solution is found for use of them with KCBScore program.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, there was then a call for the vote by Mike Lake.  Seconded by Paul Kirk, the motion passed unanimously.  The motion to suspend use of the comment cards also passed unanimously.

 Mike met with the InDevX team (including the new programmer) on January 26 to finish giving them the Report changes from draft 2 and InDevX is now working on them.

 Mike reported that the four new BOD members have been added to the bod@kcbs.us email list.  He also gave additional instructions regarding requirements for setting up and/or recording committee calls. 


Following for review and discussion are the proposed rule changes for 2013. These came out of meeting held at the banquet.

 Rule #2- Insert the adjective KCBS after the word Each-To read- Each KCBS team shall

               consist of a chief cook and as many assistants as the chief cook deems necessary.

               Team of the year points to have additional rules to include a time schedule based on

                Turn-in time to the next Turn in time

 Rule#3- An addition to the rule to include the phrase “There shall be no co-mingling of

              contestants meats after cooking.”

 Rule#4- The last line to read- A fire extinguisher with a current code shall be near all cooking


 Rule#6- Would like to have a discussion on the inclusion of gas and electric cookers or at

              the very least to allow the decision to be the decision of the organizers

              But, the cooker must be ETL certified

 Rule#7- An advisory to be released sometime in 2012 to change the wording from contest site   to cook site or cook/team site

            Also would like to have a sentence added to read- a team member must be present         when contest meat is inspected- and if inspected meat is replaced by other meat the

             replacement meat must be inspected.

 Rule#11- Amend the first sentence to read- Judging typically starts at Noon on Saturday/Sunday

 Rule#12- To read-

Garnish is optional. If used, it is limited to chopped, sliced, shredded or whole leaves of fresh green lettuce, curly parsley, flat leaf parsley and/or cilantro. Prohibited garnishes are kale, endive, red tipped lettuce; lettuce cores and other vegetation. Improper garnish shall receive a score of one (1) on Appearance.

 Rule#14- To read-

Entries will be submitted in an approved KCBS numbered container, provided by the contest organizer. Said container shall be at least 9” X 9”. The number must be on top of the container at turn-in.

 Rule#17 (d)- Should to be changed to shall

 Rule#18- The following to be added- if not in this rule at least to be included in the rules for the organizers. Cooks want protection if the organizer cancels the contest.

If contest is cancelled by the organizer, the entry fee shall be returned to cook teams.

 Rule#19- Remove this rule altogether.

 Causes for disqualifications

            e-add a statement to include GP rated music

            h- add no butane

            2)- Add must be at least 16 years of age to judge or table captain

            3)- Change mat to plate

 Note- a rule or clarification to be added to state the following:

If a CBJ allows his/her dues to lapse for 2 years, they must (1). attend another CBJ class before being reinstated as a CBJ in good standing-at no cost to them and (2) must paid their dues



 Candy Weaver:  I move that we implement a 5-contest only ToY contest for 2012. 

Sent to the members of the Board for consideration is a proposal to implement a "lower level" ToY contest.  This idea and proposal originated from Dawn, the KCBS administrator for ToY.  The issue was tabled until March meeting.

 Mike Budai:  I move that the BOD travel reimbursement plan be updated to allow board members to be reimbursed 100% of actual travel costs plus a $35 per diem meal allowance for board approved paid trips.  Seconded by Paul Kirk, the motion passed. 


 Conflict of Interest Statements:  All have been submitted and will be available for viewing during the Strategic Planning Session.  If there are no conflicts, the statements will be presented for acceptance at the March meeting. 

 Election Results:  Although not reported in the minutes of the January meeting because the results were announced during the banquet of the Annual Meeting, the results of the 2012 election results were provided here for informational purposes only.  These results are now posted on the KCBS website.

 At 7:14 p.m., the meeting was suspended for a dinner break and reconvened at 7:59.


 O   Motion for approval for nominations of individuals to the reps in training program. 

 O  Discussion of issues that occurred during the Sam's Club Competition sign-up.   

 Great American BBQ Tour 

 O  New trailer

 O  Discussion of issues administering the KCBS Pit Master Membership Program

 At 9:55 p.m ., Paul moved to suspend the meeting until 2:30 tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.  Seconded by Tana Shupe, the motion passed unanimously.

 At 3:05 p.m. on February 11, Paul made a motion to go back into open session.  Seconded by Mike Lake, motion passed unanimously.

 Calling back in were KCBS members Vicki Payton, Dale Newstrom, Jim Stancil, Don Harwell.


Sam's Club Contests Registration:  Mike McCloud reported that 745 teams registered for the Sam's Club contests in the first couple of hours.  Twenty-five teams (less than 4%) were negatively impacted due to an unforseen programming glitch, which was fixed in 8 minutes. Seven of those 25 teams were able to register for another location. A solution was offered to all teams that were impacted and some opted to choose that solution (a 50% discount to enter another contest.) After further discussion, the board approved contacting the teams currently on all wait lists to give them the opportunity to opt off the wait lists and register for remaining availabilities at other contests on a first-come, first-serve basis.  He also confirmed that the problem that occurred early in the sign-in process has been resolved and will not occur next year.

 GABT:  Mike McCloud reported that we just came off of the best Great American BBQ Tour ever.  But for 2012, the GABT will have fewer sponsors and will generate less revenue.  Multiple reasons for this, including economy and competitive opportunities that are beyond KCBS or MMA control. New sponsors for the 2012 season include Big Green Egg, Reser's and Cargill. Returning for their 5th season is Weber Seasonings.

 NEW TRAILER:  Mike McCloud reported that, per review by Mike Peters, the condition of the recently acquired trailer has necessitated some changes, and distributed an estimate for the necessary upgrades.  He stressed that, because the first event is in March, the changes must be made within next two weeks.  As the trailer is an asset for KCBS, Candy Weaver made a motion to approve $12,500 to immediately facilitate the upgrades.  Seconded by Paul Kirk, the motion passed unanimously.

 The rep committee made a motion that the following members be approved to begin rep training.  Alex Brown, Doug & Sue Reed, Doc & Susan Richardson, John Hopkins, and Jamie Johnson.  Mark reported that Ellen King and Donna Simmons are in the process of completing their training.   Seconded by Paul Kirk, the motion passed unanimously.

 Candy Weaver made a motion to suspend the KCBS Pit Master Membership Program until the rules and methodology can be developed.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, the motion passed unanimously.

 Candy made a motion to accept the updated Organizer's Guide.  Seconded by Arlie Bragg, the motion passed unanimously.

 Candy made a motion to assign the committee assignments as follows:

Sanctioning - Chair - George Mullins       Office Liasion - Dawn Endraijitis

Nominating - Randy Bigler                       Co-chair - Steve Farrin

Philanthropy - Arlie Bragg                        Co-chair - Dave Compton

Rules - Dave Compton                              Members:  George Mullins, Steve Farrin, Jeff Stith

Membership - Steve Farrin                       Co-chair - Arlie Bragg

Marketing - Jeff Stith                                Co-chair - Tana Shupe

Certified BBQ Judges - Mike Lake            Co-chair - Randy Bigler

Contest Rep - Mark Simmons                   Co-chair - Tana Shupe

Finance - Mark Simmons                          Co-chair - Mike Budai

Education - Tana Shupe                            Co-chair - Paul Kirk

Technology - Mike Budai                          Co-chair - George Mullins

KCBScore - Mike Budai

Strategic Planning - Mark Simmons

The election process was moved to the KCBS office for administration.

Regional Registration - George Mullins

Four additional assignments were made as follows:

Judges' Advocate - Dave Compton           Team Advocate - Steve Farrin

Organizer's Advocate - Jeff Stith              Historian - Paul Kirk

Seconded by Tana Shupe, the assignments were unanimously accepted.

 The Rep Committee made a motion to update the rep assignment process as follows:  Selection is made first by the organizer; second the assignment will go to the rep/s living closest to the contest, and third by the office liaision.  Seconded by Randy Bigler, the motion passed unanimously.

 At 3:20 p.m. Paul Kirk made a motion to adjourn.  Seconded by Mike Budai, the motion passed unanimously.

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