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Jan BOD 2014 agenda

January 15, 2014


Kansas City Barbeque Society

Board of Director's AGENDA

January 15, 2014




Kim Collier:

Approval to accept minutes of last meeting

Karrin Murphy

Sanction report

Status Date R'cvd Date of Contest Contest Name City ST

New contest 2014 1/2/2014 2/21-22/2014 The Guinea Pig Indio CA

New contest 2014 11/25/2013 3/27-29/2014 BBQ Throw Down 2014 @ Windcreek Atmore AL

New contest 2014 12/10/2013 2/28-3/1/2014 Havasu Landing California BBQ Championship Havasu Landing CA

New contest 2014 12/30/2013 4/4-5/2014 Pickin' and Pullin' Festival Lenexa VA

New contest 2014 12/19/2013 7/11-12/2014 Gold Ribbin' BBQ Fest of Greater Green Bay Green Bay WI

New contest 2014 12/30/2013 8/1-2/2014 Oaktown Throwdown Oakland CA

New contest 2014 12/9/2013 8/9-10/2013 Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Huntington Beach CA

New contest 2014 12/30/2013 8/30-31/2014 Northwest Barbeque Music Festival Couille OR

New contest 2014 12/9/2013 9/12-13/2014 Masters Manna Annual Cook-Off Meriden MA

New contest 2014 1/6/2014 10/10-11/2014 Slam O Rama Barbeque Challenge Bullhead City AZ

New contest 2014 12/10/2013 10/17-18/2014 Mid-South Barbecue Festival Mount Pleasant TN

New contest 2014 1/10/2014 11/14-15/2014 Smokin' Up The Saddle Club Chatsworth GA

Existing contest 2014 12/17/2013 3/14-15/2014 NKC MO State Championship BBQ N. Kansas City MO

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 4/25-26/2014 Bynum Schools Best of the Basin BBQ Championship Midland TX

Existing contest 2014 12/18/2013 4/25-26/2014 Smokin' N the Vill Edwardsville KS

Existing contest 2014 12/19/2013 5/2-3/2014 Apple Blossom Barbecue Contest St. Joseph MO

Existing contest 2014 1/8/2014 5/2-3/2014 North Platte Honky Tonk BBQ Festival North Platte NE

Existing contest 2014 1/8/2014 5/2-3/2014 Battle of Brandon BBQ Challenge Brandon MS

Existing contest 2014 12/9/2013 5/9-10/2014 Wild West BBQ Lamar CO

Existing contest 2014 1/10/2014 5/9-10/2014 BBQ in the Bluffs Council Bluffs IA

Existing contest 2014 12/10/2013 5/16-17/2014 Buckeye State BBQ Championship West Chester OH

Existing contest 2014 12/27/2013 5/16-17/2014 Cotton Pickin' BBQ Cookoff Hartselle AL

Existing contest 2014 12/17/2013 5/23-24/2014 Lewisburg Rotary Club BBQ Cookoff Lewisburg TN

Existing contest 2014 11/12/2013 6/6-7/2014 Beltway BBQ showdown Ft. Washington MD

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 6/6-7/2014 Bourbon City BBQ Festival Cookoff Bardstown KY

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 6/7-8/2014 Boats, Bands & BBQ Pueblo CO

Existing contest 2014 12/9/2013 6/13-14/2014 Smokin' On the River Jeffersonville IN

Existing contest 2014 12/13/2013 6/13-14/2014 21st Colorado BBQ Challenge Frisco CO

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 6/13-15/2014 Rock'n Ribfest - NH State BBQ Championship Merrimack NH

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 6/14-15/2014 Hayden Sunflower BBQ Championship Topeka KS

Existing contest 2014 1/6/2013 6/20-21/2014 State Center Rose Festival BBQ Championship State Center IA

Existing contest 2014 12/13/2013 6/27-28/2014 Great Lenexa BBQ Battle - Kansas State Championship Lenexa KS

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 6/26-28/2014 Legacy State BBQ Championship Cook-Off Effingham IL

Existing contest 2014 12/11/2013 7/10-12/2014 SC Festival of Discovery Greenwood SC

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 7/11-12/2014 8th Annual Ohio Veterans BBQ Cookoff Kettering OH

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 7/18-19/2014 Wakefield Rotary Campus Cook Off & State BBQ Championships Kingston RI

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 7/18-19/2014 Blues, BBQ & Bargains Hays KS

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 7/18-19/2014 Wine, Brew & Bar-B-Que Too! New Palestine IN

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 7/19-20/2014 Troy Pig Out Troy NY

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 7/25-26/2014 Foothills Country Fair BBQ Bash Cleveland TN

Existing contest 2014 1/8/2014 7/25-26/2014 Dodge City Days Barbeque Cook-Off Dodge City KS

Existing contest 2014 12/11/2013 8/1-2/2014 Wheels 'N' Squeels BBQ Challenge Olathe KS

Existing contest 2014 1/6/2013 8/1-2/2014 Dillard Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival Dillard GA

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 8/8-9/2014 Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show Franklin NC

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 8/8-9/2014 Smokin' in McMinnville McMinnville TN

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 8/8-9/2014 MD State bBQ Bash, Presented by Mars SuperMarkets Bel Air MD

Existing contest 2014 1/2/2014 8/8-9/2014 Balloons, Barbeque & Battle of the Bands Kansas City KS

Existing contest 2014 12/11/2013 8/8-10/2014 Dam Good BBQ Championship Newaygo MI

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 8/8-11/2014 Smokin Eagles International BBQ Festival N. Tonawanda NY

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 8/15-16/2014 Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues Festival Madison IN

Existing contest 2014 12/19/2013 8/15-16/2014 Smokefest Marshall MN

Existing contest 2014 12/18/2013 8/22-23/2014 Smokin' on Oak Bonner Springs KS

Existing contest 2014 12/27/2013 8/22-23/2014 Blue Ridge Music and BBQ Festival Harrisonburg VA

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 8/22-23/2014 Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff Amelia Island FL

Existing contest 2014 12/17/2013 8/22-23/2014 Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival Kennesaw GA

Existing contest 2014 1/6/2013 8/22-23/2014 East Central State BBQ Cook Off Paola Roots Festival Paola KS

Existing contest 2014 1/3/2014 8/29-30/2014 Hawgin on Lanier Gainesville GA

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 9/5-6/2014 10th Annual Recovery Fest Richmond VA

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 9/12-13/2014 Black Dog Music and Que Festival Floyd VA

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 9/12-13/2014 Derby Barbeque Festival Derby KS

Existing contest 2014 12/9/2013 9/19-20/2014 Blazin' BBQ & Bluegrass Plymouth IN

Existing contest 2014 12/9/2013 9/19-20/2014 Taste of Autumn BBQ Championships Sprearfish SD

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 9/19-20/2014 20th Annual Decatur Jaycee's Riverfest Decatur AL

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 9/20-21/2014 Oinktoberfest Clarence NY

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 9/20-21/2014 Que by the Sea Seaside Heights NJ

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 9/26-27/2014 Porktober Que Dothan AL

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 9/26-27/2014 Taste of Downtown Danville BBQ Competition Danville IL

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 9/26-27/2014 Grillin N Chillin BBQ Owensboro KY

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 10/3-4/2014 City of Earlington Octoberfest Earlington KY

Existing contest 2014 11/25/2013 10/10-11/2014 Eastern Carolina BBQ ThrowDown Rocky Mount NC

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 10/10-11/2014 Cookin on the Kaw DeSoto KS

Existing contest 2014 12/23/2013 10/10-11/2014 Central Illinois Bragging Rights Arthur IL

Existing contest 2014 1/7/2013 10/10-11/2014 4th Annual High Point BBQ Battle Clarksburg MD

Existing contest 2014 12/12/2013 10/17-18/2014 Roast N' Boast Columbus MS

Existing contest 2014 12/16/2013 10/17-18/2014 Shenandoah Valley BBQ Fest Woodstock VA

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 11/7-8/2014 When Pigs Fly South Lakeland FL

Existing contest 2014 12/30/2013 11/14-15/2014 Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown Charleston SC

Existing contest 2014 12/18/2013 12/5-6/2014 Calhoun KOA's "Smokin Up the Campground" Calhoun GA

BOD Approval

Status Date R'cvd Date of Contest Contest Name City ST Conflicting Contests Additional Information

Existing Contest 2014 12/10/2013 6/6-7/2014 Smokin on the Summit Lee's Summit MO McLouth, KS - 62 miles

Existing Contest 2014 12/18/2013 6/6-7/2014 Okfuskee Firefighters Wildfire Cookoff Okemah OK Tecumseh, OK - 48 miles

Existing Contest 2014 1/3/2014 6/6-7/2014 Big Blue BBQ Championship Marysville KS McLouth, KS - 120 miles

Existing Contest 2014 12/16/2013 9/19-20/2014 Battle of the Brisket Mission KS Kearney, MO - 35 miles

Existing Contest 2014 12/27/2013 9/19-20/2014 Fiddle-N-Pig Shindig Fort Mill SC Salisbury, NC - 59 miles In 2013, Fiddle-N-Pig was a Competitor's Series.

Tentative Sam Club Locations

Tampa, FL

Daphne, AL

Ft. Worth, TX

Tucson, AZ

Sacramento, CA

Seattle, WA

Salt Lake City, UT

Thornton, CO

Las Vegas, NV

Overland Park, KS

St. Charles, MO

Knoxville, TN

Marietta, GA

N. Charleston, SC

Asheville, NC

Lexington, KY

Indianapolis, IN

Traverse City, MI

Madison, WI

Woodbury, MN

Des Moines, IA

Rockford, IL

Scarborough, ME

Harrisburg, PA

Laurel, MD

Richmond, VA

Memphis, TN

Kansas City, MO

Midwest City, OK

Bentonville, AR (national championship)

Wayne Lohman

January Marketing Report:

In summary, the KCBS IOTeam reviews 2013 as a very exciting and productive year. The team traveled over 44,000 miles, visited 8 different countries, several more than once, conducted 6 sanctioned contests, and instructed 6 CBJ classes in countries such as Denmark, Estonia, England, Holland, Germany and Canada. Today, our International Membership totals 346 members in 22 countries as far north of Kansas City as Sweden, south as South Africa, west as Australia and east as the Ukraine.

KCBS International was fortunate to have Mayco and Marianne van Galen, based in the Netherlands, joins us as our first International Reps. They will be instrumental in establishing and developing new contests throughout Europe where they are well known by teams, judges, and organizers. They have been in attendance at every CBJ class and contest that the IOTeam has held in Europe.

2014 brings a lot of challenges and excitement for the IOTeam as we have bbq event discussions on- going in 23 countries, 10 contests sanctioned for the year so far and the addition of two new reps in the UK. In addition, we are reviewing the legal aspect of establishing KCBS Chapters outside the US in such locations as Scandinavia, Netherlands and the Caribbean. For example, locations in the Caribbean would include Puerto Rico, Bahamas (already scheduled and sanctioned), Dominion Republic, Antigua and Aruba. We also expect to conduct teaching classes in new countries to KCBS such as South Africa, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand where there is a strong interest in the American way of cooking “low and slow”.

Mike McCloud

KCBS/MMA Marketing Report

January 2014


● Total December Sales: $2,220

● 5– 15% off coupons redeemed from Birthday emails

● 14 – Cookbooks: $280


• Advertising sold for December: $700

● 776 members have opted in to receive Birthday emails


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

• GABT: 3,918 Twitter Followers / 6,808 FB Likes

• KCBS: 4,873 Twitter Followers / 20,158 FB Likes

• Updated News section of KCBS website as necessary

• Bullsheet Content – Sam’s Tour, Smithfield, Reser's, GABT, Rancher's

• Promoting contest on each platform (Big Green Giveaway and Backyard Celebrity BBQ Bash)


• Present check to board for 2013 sponsor proceeds

• Update and review Sam's Club 2014 schedule; approval sought

• Consideration of marketing program with American Pie Council

• Other new sponsor programs for 2014

• 2014 GABT – strategy and sponsor update; tentative schedule for review

• KCBS Backyard Bash winner: David Hawley in Austin, TX and Johnny Trigg has agreed to be the pitmaster

• Discussion and plans for marketing to new database developed during Backyard Bash program

Mike Peters

Members Committee

Below are the numbers for December 2013.

Number of Total Members= 17,620

Number of New Members= 188

Number of Renewed Members=781

Number of Non-renewals= 321

Number of members who signed up via the website= 139 (20 were families)

Number of New Members from Judging classes= 23

I sent out a report based upon team participation over the last 5 years.

Team participation is also up this year from last.

Mark Simmons

Finance Committee

The finance committee moves that the financials for KCBS for December be approved and admitted into the permanent record.

It is my please to express appreciation for those who have served faithfully on the finance committee. Thank you Mike Budai, Kim Collier, and Mike Peters.

This concludes the report.

Mike Budai

Technology Committee Report

Activity since last report:

1) Posted the December 11, 2013 board meeting recording to our website.

2) Made requested changes to our email groups as required.

3) Updated the office CMS, "Team" section to produce annual Team participation reports as requested.

4) Completed the office gateway firmware upgrade as required.

I want to thank Joe Boettcher with MMA for all his help and great service managing our website and database throughout my term on the board.

I ask the board to accept this report.

Mike Budai

KCBScore Committee Report

The 1st update to Score began shipping to the reps Monday, 1/13/2014.

It's planned to go over the changes in the update and answer questions at the annual rep meeting.

I want to thank everyone at InDevX for all their help getting KCBScore from planning to deployment and now the first update.

Many thanks also to the entire committee listed below. Everyone has spent many hours getting Score into service.

Scott Grinstead

Steve Grinstead

Kevin Keeling

Stephen Smith

I ask the board to accept this report.

Tana Shupe

Education committee

Articles regarding Kids Ques and Backyard contests have been sent for publication in the upcoming issue of The Bullsheet. These articles are attached. Thanks to information from KCBS contest reps and some of the organizers, we've found there are over 30 Kids Ques and the same number of Backyard contests across the U.S. With support from teams and organizers, these two sectors of the barbecue community are important to our members and can ensure continued growth for KCBS. I suggest that one of the KCBS office staff be given the responsibility to keep a record of the Kids Ques and Backyard contests so anyone interested in participating in them have someone to contact as these events continue to increase.

In order to encourage the growth of Kids Ques and Backyard contests, I suggest we facilitate a way for organizers to indicate, possibly on their sanctioning agreement, that they plan to hold a Kids Que and/or Backyard contest, and that announcements of and the scores of these contents appear on the KCBS website and in The Bullsheet

I move that the directive that Contest Reps will be terminated if they accept or enjoy a beverage containing alcohol while working a contest be rescinded, and replace it with the following directive that covers ANY inappropriate behavior:

From the time a contest rep arrives at an event site and until he/she departs the site after completion of the event, he/she is expected to conduct him/herself in a professional manner befitting his/her position as a representative of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. If, after investigation, a contest representative's conduct is deemed by the Board as inappropriate, that rep will be reprimanded and/or terminated as determined by the Board.

On a personal note as I complete six years of serving on the KCBS board, I would like to thank the many members of KCBS who have given me their encouragement through the years and to commend the board members with whom I've served for their diligence and passion for the Kansas City Barbeque Society. I commend Candy Weaver for the three years she has lead the board as an exceptional and dedicated President, and especially thank her for her support and input during my tenure as Secretary. And, above all, I give special thanks to Carolyn Wells, for the many years she has supported me as both a mentor and friend.

I ask the board to accept this report as submitted

Kim Collier

Rep committee

Common senses/unwritten rules

Some examples are. To have a file or note book for all contest that you rep. For Documenting contacts date, team update, ect….

Change the Alternate number for each contest. With the new Score program there is no reason to use the same Alt. number

Be sure to order supplies in advance so they can be shipped ground. Expedited shipping is very expensive.

I would like to make a motion that following New competition Cook pamphlet be approved for the Reps to hand out.

Mark Simmons

Finance Committee

The finance committee moves that the financials for KCBS for December be approved and admitted into the permanent record.

It is my please to express appreciation for those who have served faithfully on the finance committee. Thank you Mike Budai, Kim Collier, and Mike Peters.

This concludes the report.

Mark Simmons

Strategic Planning Committee

Annual Summary for 2013


This year’s committee consisted of Mark Simmons (Chairman), Carolyn Wells (ex-officio), Candy Weaver (ex-officio), Wayne Lohman, and Paul Kirk. Averaging more than one meeting per month, this committee has worked very hard to look at a number of strategic issues related to the Kansas City BBQ Society.

Although motions were not routinely brought before the board of directors due to the fact that many of the issues involve quite in depth discussions and insight, the committee was very helpful and I think enjoyed taking the long look ahead.

The intent of the committee was to look at future needs of the KCBS that will probably surface due to our consistent growth year in and year out. We talked about infrastructure, marketing, philanthropy, among other things.

The committee’s first consideration was a discussion revolving around a permanent home for KCBS. Knowing we do not speak for the Board, only the BOD can do that, we considered various options but came to no conclusions to bring before the Board. The prevailing opinion of the committee was that since we are the Kansas City BBQ Society, and our permanent home should be in Kansas City. This discussion included the recommendation to purchase our existing facility which was accomplished. Knowing that a move will be a long term project, probably at least a year and possibly longer, we do feel that this is a matter to be settled in the reasonable future.

We established initiatives that we wanted to discuss. We discussed initiatives on possible ways to recruit additional cooks, talked about developing a systematic description of ways to engage the public at KCBS events, how we could advance the marketing of KCBS and lend our wholehearted support to a “Big Event” to raise the exposure and awareness of KCBS across the country, what could be done to advance the international aspect of KCBS, how can we advance the backyard competitions across the country, and the importance of developing a philosophy that guides our decisions for the future.

I believe in the strategic planning function. The strategic plan for KCBS would be one where all the Board members are engaged and have the opportunity to offer their input. We hope that the Board will set that as one of their priorities in the future.

It was our pleasure to serve you.

Don Harwell

CBJ Committee Report

For the year 2013, sixty six Certified Barbeque Judging (CBJ) classes were taught in 2013, five of those being international (Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, and the Netherlands). From these classes, 2841 people have received certification from KCBS to be Barbeque Judges. Also, within these classes, we had 1972 of these people being new KCBS members.

KCBS has also had 22 Certified Table Captain (CTC) Classes with a total of 317 students.

I would like to thank the CBJ Committee for all that has taken place in 2013. The members of this committee have had great input in each of our monthly meeting and providing guidance to the Board of Directors.

I again want to thank the KCBS office and Sammye Phelps for all the hard work in 2013 making the CBJ portion of KCBS, my role, and monthly reports easier.

No CBJ Committee meeting was held before this report.

Dave Compton

Philanthropy Committee

We have posted in the BullSheet the applications for Grants and Grants in Aid. There is an e-blast going out Wednesday, January 15th reminding members about the applications and also to vote. The response so far has been slow but it should pick up this month.

I have enjoyed being on the Philanthropy committee for the last two years and I wish the next committee the best of luck.

Old/New Business

Candy Weaver

I move that for KCBS Team of the Year points all contests are eligible if the four criteria meats are cooked regardless of whether the contest has specific modification of garnish or other standard KCBS rules.

There is a novel concept on the table in California that prompts this motion. B2BBQ is a competitor series where for an entry fee of $400 all meat is provided. The provided meats will be KCBS-eligible meats. Part of the contest rules is that you cook the meat provided. This pushes this contest concept to a competitor series with no team recognition. CBBQA is giving points, shouldn't KCBS?

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