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May BOD meeting Agenda

May 12, 2014

Kansas City Barbeque Society

Board of Directors’ Meeting Agenda

May 14, 2014

Roll Call: 


Board pledge:

                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.

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

Minutes of April Meeting

Candy Weaver:  I move to accept minutes of last meeting.


Financial Statements

Kim Collier: 

I ask the Board to current financial statement

We talked to 3 different financial money management groups , we found one we feel will meet with BOD concerns and KCBS future  needs.

Strategic planning goal financial

Set a vision plan financial future

Get C3 back

I ask the board to accept the following finical reports


President’s Report

Mark Simmons


Sanctioning Report

Karrin Murphy:  Automatic Approval

New Contests:

REC’D                    DATES                   NAME                                                                                    CITY, STATE

4/21/2014              7/25-26/2014                        Charcoal for Charity                                           North Platte, NE

5/6/2014                8/2-3/2014                            Smoke in the North                                             Olofstorp Sweden

5/7/2014                8/22-23/2014                        Wild West BBQ Shoot Out                                  Wendover, NV

5/8/2014                 9/4-6/2014                            The Great Vegas Gridiron Grill-off                   Las Vegas, NV

4/4/2014                 9/6-7/2014                            BBQ Masters in the Woods                                Foster, RI

5/6/2014             9/13-14/2014                        BBQ on the Bypass                                             Langley BC Canada

4/11/2014              11/7-8/2014                          MO Veterans Home BBQ                                   St. James, MO

                                                                                BIVOUAC “Armed Forces Tribute”

4/11/2014              11/8-9/2014                          MO Veterans Home BBQ                                   St. James, MO

                                                                                BIVOUAC “POW/MIA Tribute”

4/15/2014            11/7-8/2014                Country Pleasin Grillin & Chillin  BBQ    Florence,MS                                     

Existing Contests 2015:

4/14/2014              2/26-28/2015                        Shotgun Fred BBQ Showdown                         Huntsville, TX

5/6/2014                3/27-28/2015                        Fire Ant Festival BBQ Bash                               Ashburn, GA

5/5/2014               4/3-4/2015                            Que at the View                                                   Gulfport, MS

4/14/2014              4/10-11/2015                        Grills Gone Wild BBQ Festival                          London, KY

4/21/2014              4/10-11/2015                        Triple Threat BBQ Beer & Music Festival        Harrington, DE

4/21/2014              9/18-19/2015                        Hogs & Hops Beer & BBQ Festival                  Dover, DE

Existing Contests 2014:

4/22/2014              7/11-12/2014                        Holbrook “Ace In The Hole”                               Holbrook, AZ

5/9/2014                 8/16-17/2014                        Winnipeg Barbeque and Blues Festival         Winnipeg Canada

5/7/2014                  9/19-20/2014                        Smokin’ on the Track BBQ Festival                 Shenandoah, VA

4/7/2014                  9/26-27/2014                        Hermann Bar-BQ & Brats Festival                   Hermann, MO

4/7/2014                 10/2-4/2014                          Hog Wild BBQ Festival                                       Corinth, MS

5/8/2014                 10/3-4/2014                          DO AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ            Atlantic City, NJ

4/8/2014                10/17-18/2014                     The Fountain’s Blaze off & Senior Q                               Independence, MO

Licensed Contests:

5/7/2014                     6/14/2014                              Baconfest Washington                                       Washington, MO

Board Approval Needed:

Existing Contest:                                                                 

5/9/2014                                8/29-30/2014                        Beach Boogie and Barbeque                           Myrtle Beach, SC

                                Conflict:  Charleston, SC 94 miles

5/8/2014                                9/5-7/2014            Heart of Illinois BBQ, Beer & Bluegrass Festival           Peoria, IL

                                Conflict: Quincy, IL  128 miles

4/30/2014              4/24-25/2015        Smokin’ in the Creek BBQ Cookoff                                 Sugar Creek, MO

                                Conflict:  Overland Park, KS 20 miles            

Sanctioning Committee Report:

Randy Bigler:  The sanctioning committee is continuing their objective of getting the backyard sanctioning forms and a backyard organizers guide completed. We are hoping to have this completed for the July meeting.


Marketing Report:

MMA May 2014: 


●              Total April Sales: $2,604

●              9 – 15% off coupons redeemed from Birthday emails

●              10 – Cookbooks: $200



•               Advertising sold for April: $2,090

●              1072 members have opted in to receive Birthday emails


100KCBS Meals Mission

•               50 events are registered to participate so far

•               Eblast to all members went out on May 6

•               First 3 events donated 5,580 meals to charities

•               Continual PR/Social Media Updates – Picked up by media that reach 74,108,027 Impressions


Sam's Tour:

•               11 Local events complete

•               1 Regional (Las Vegas) complete – Regional Marketing was implemented

•               Successful so far in getting Troy Black on 7 TV programs to tout KCBS and Sam’s

•               Continual PR/Social Media Updates - Picked up by media that reach 8,249,315 Impressions

•               On-going coordination and logistics for 2014 Sam’s Tour


Great American Cookout Tour

•               4 festivals and 6 retail stops completed

•               Continual PR/Social Media Updates – Picked up by media that reach 171,623,549 Impressions

•               On-going coordination and logistics for GAC


Reser’s America’s Best Potato Salad Challenge

•               2 out of the 5 competitions completed

•               Next stop Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival in Tryon, NC

•               Online competition is open for recipe submissions - http://resers.com/potatosaladcontest


BBQ Guru Challenge

•               2 out of the 10 competitions completed

•               Next stop St. Louis Blues Week



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

•               GAC: 4% increase in Twitter Followers / 4% increase in FB Likes

•               KCBS:  6% increase in Twitter Followers / 6% increase in FB Likes

•               Updated News section of KCBS website as necessary (Sam's Region 4 preview and review)

•               Bullsheet Content – Sam’s, GAC, Reser's, BBQ Guru



•               Provided performance stats to strategic committee

•               Joined conference call with technology committee

•               New McCormick’s program starting in June (will explain on call)

International Outreach: 

Wayne Lohman:No report


CBJ Committee Report:

Don Harwell:

Last month this committee asked the Board of Directors to better define “what does fraternization mean”. From the BOD:   Judges may be in the cooking area but not to be in a cook’s site on day of turn-in until after the conclusion of judging. This is to prevent a judge from observing a turn in box or any meats being prepared for the contest on the day of turn in.

A CBJ committee meeting was held April the 29th, 2014.

Discussion was held on the following:

On the Judging slips and in classes the word “disqualified” is used when a Rep is to give a one (1).

The committee agrees that this wording should be changed to “Violation”.

I motion to the BOD that the Judging slip card wording change from “disqualified” to “Violation”


In February the BOD asked the CBJ Committee to review the following objectives.  The CBJ Committee has been in review of these and will continue to review.

•               Update the Organizers Handbook for people who are interested in hosting a CBJ class.

o              This is 90% complete and the KCBS office will have the draft for review this month.

•               Update PowerPoint for CBJ Class

o              The CBJ Class PowerPoint has been updated for 2014, but will continue with small edits as needed throughout the year.

•               Update PowerPoint for CTC Class

o              The CTC Class PowerPoint has been updated for 2014, but will continue with small edits as needed thought-out the year.

•               Add welcome video to PowerPoint

o              Wording has been developed for a video by Carolyn Wells to welcome new members and new CBJs to KCBS. This video will be played at each CBJ and CTC class.  The video should be completed and added to the class by mid June (sooner if possible).

•               Update CBJ Manual to match the PowerPoint presentation

o              This new manual has been started and is approximately 50% completed.

•               Establish a method for signing up for classes online

o              Some discussion was held and a demo of a web system will be shown at the next CBJ Committee meeting.

•               Electronic sign in of Judges going for their Master instead of sheet signed by Reps.

o              This is still in review.

•               More information to Judges  (E-blast for Judges)

o              The CBJ committee would like to use emails to update CBJs on changes that affect them throughout the year.

•               Judges tracking and feedback sheet

o              This will be a way to go online and view your judging scores with others at your table and across contest. The BOD is reviewing ways to provide this to all CBJ’s.

•               CBJ and CTC Class critiques

o              Carol Bigler (a member of this committee) will be creating drafts for our next committee meeting.

•               Enhanced training (refresher class)

o              Ed Hartman (a member of this committee) will pick-up this and report to this committee next month on his work.


Rep Committee

Kim Collier: 

Would like to make a  motion that the following will be added to the Rep Advisory

Question: Can a Rep, rep a back to back contest?

Answer: Yes as long as both contest are at the same location. However if the contest are at 2 different locations then the one of the two contest should be assigned another Rep. 

I would like to request to be able to put an article in the Bullsheet that we are looking for KCBS reps in the West, North West, East, North East regions.   

It was confirmed that the Jack will consider a 25 team contest will become 24 team contests if a team is DQ for late turn in and will not become a qualifier for the Jack.  The Royal confirm that a 25 team contest will still be a qualifier for the Royal, it not the organizer fault that a team was late for a turn in. It the same for first year contest of 15 teams.

We talked about different rep items that will be to be added to the common sense list. 

Strategic planning goal for Rep committee

Finish the new cook team pamphlet

Set up training procedures for New RIT, and what to do once training is done.

Set up continuing education for Reps

I ask the board to accept this report.


Technology Committee

Kim Collier:

Technology committee met with BBQscore committee, replaced hardrive   in office laptop, posted meeting to web site.

KCBScore discuss the problem about the zoom feature that a few people were having with their computer related issue that their default window resolution would not work.

I would like to make the motion that when the score committees finish their testing on correcting the graphic issue that we can release the update.

The technology and BBQscore committee had met and we are working on revamping the BBQscore proposal that will benefit both KCBS and BBQscore.  Both originations have agreed that we can work together to benefit the bbq community.   

Strategic planning goal Tech/KCBSscore

Set up judging sign up for the organizer

Get individual cook team historical information on KCBS website

Confirm a business partnership with BBQscore

I ask the board to accept this report.


Banquet Committee:

Mike Peters:  No report.

Membership Report:

Richard Preston:

Meeting April 17, 2014


Membership Numbers

•               Sammye Phelps reviewed the membership numbers with the committee.  A general discussion occurred in which Sammye answered all of the committee’s questions.

o              Assignment – Sammye Phelps will email out to committee members a document she feels will help explain the membership numbers better.

Judges Sign-ups

•               This idea was referred to the Technology Committee. Richard will keep the committee informed of their progress.

•               Richard explained the new KCBS initiative involving feeding 100,000.

Judges, how to get contests

•               Richard explained that the CBJ committee was working on ways to get judges more events. More information is forthcoming.



Goals for 2014

1.             Increase membership to 20,000 (currently 18,914)

•               The committee discussed setting 20,000 members as a goal for this year.

•               A discuss occurred at what level the number should be set.

•               In the end, the committee decided to set the number at 20,000 but if that number is reached early in the year, the committee will update the goal.

2.             Increase lifetime membership to 600 (currently 509)

•               The committee discussed setting 600 lifetime members as the goal for this year.

•               In the end, the committee decided to set the number at 600.

3.             Expand membership services

•               The committee discussed options for expanding services offered to the membership.

•               The committee would like to offer $100 of services for the $35 membership fee.

•               The suggestion was made that the committee should investigate so type of restaurant discount to the membership.

•               During further discussions, it was determined that cook teams that own or are affiliated with restaurants could be approached to offer some type of discount to KCBS members. In return, their restaurant will be listed on the web site and in the Bull Sheet.

•               Members would present their KCBS card at the restaurant to receive the discount.

o              Assignment - All committee members should try to discuss this option with cook team they know that own restaurants and report back to the committee at the next meeting.

April, 2014 Membership Numbers

Number of Total Members= 19,073

Number of New Members= 474

Number of Renewed Members=1880

Number of Non-renewals= 747

Number of members who signed up via the website= 191 (30 were families)

Number of New Members from Judging  classes= 226

Number of Lifetime Members = 529


Nominating Committee

Dennis Polson: 

Dennis Polson and Randy Bigler:  Changes to the article for the Bullsheet has been made.  The article will run in July, August, September, and October.


Education/Communications Committee

Candy Weaver:  The committee met twice during this period.  April 15th was the regular committee meeting.

Minutes of April 15, 2014

Attending:  Richard Preston, Dennis Polson, Ralph Williams, Candy Weaver, Carolyn Wells and Mark Simmons

Kids' Q Corner in Bullsheet for May.  Continue for next issue.

Headway on "Kids' Q in a Box" concept.  Guidelines for Kids' Q events, marketing efforts.  Richard going to contact Veronica at MMA regarding coupons from partners.

Discussion of Kids’ Q at the American Royal.


Discussion of interactive on-line publication sent to us by Betsy.

Attached is the current cost of advertising in the Bullsheet.  Further investigation will occur looking for software to do this.

Bulletin Board:

Proposal was made to establish a Yahoo group for organizers like the rep group.  This will cost KCBS nothing and achieve the communication goal.

Carolyn and Candy to proceed with this.  Karrin will add organizer forms, etc.

Review of Grants in Aid:

Education Committee has been charged to review applications from students.  Betsy has recused herself.  In past years, we've given to every applicant.  This year funds are more limited.

Minutes of April 8, 2014 – Special Meeting Phone Conference

Education Committee review of applicants for Grants in Aid

Attending were Carolyn Wells, Mark Simmons, Richard Preston, Dennis Polson, Ralph Williams and Candy Weaver

After discussion the committee recommends the funding of 42 applicants equally at $1000 each.  Three applicants do not meet the standards used for past years in that they are graduate students or an adult returning to college for further training.  The Education Committee further recommends that Philanthropy Committee examine standards going forward for future grants in aid.

Education Committee Members:  Candy Weaver, Richard Preston, Dennis Polson, Michael McDearman, Betsy Masters, Ralph Williams, Mary O'Connor, Tana Shupe Kelly Cain, Carolyn Wells and Mark Simmons

2014 Goals for this Committee (in no particular order):

1.  Expand education content of the Bullsheet to retain new membership who may not be judges, organizers or competitors.

2.  Move the Bullsheet in a paperless direction with interactive on-line version. Examine advertiser rates as on-line version have live links for a long period of time after publication.

3.  Expand organizer communications and event assistance via new Yahoo group.

4.  Effort to expand barbeque to children (Kids' Q corner in the Bullsheet and Kids' Q in a Box), explore ways to reach out to teenagers.

5.  Promote Backyard events to expand membership reach.

6.  Work towards on-line CBJ continuing education to supplement current CBJ training.   See that judge scoresheet is implemented to show judges how they judged in relation to other judges at an event.


Philanthropy Committee

Dave Compton: By now each of you should have received an email from Dave Edyburn giving you a link to Dropbox.  That should give you access to all of the applications for Charitable Grants and Grants in Aid, enabling you to examine them if you so desire.

Also, a point of disclosure:  I totally recused myself from any and all discussion on the application from the Iowa BBQ Society and Dave Londeen did the same for the apps from his kids.


Strategic Planning Committee

Bill Capstack:  Our committee met on April 14, April 28, and May 7, 2014. 

Our objectives include:

1.             KCBS Foundation 501(c)(3)

2.             MMA Information Research

3.             Executive Director Succession Planning

4.             Expanding the Diversity of KCBS Events

                1.             KCBS Foundation 501(c)(3) Status:

                           a.             The Foundation was established in October 2011

b.             The application for 501(c)(3) status will be for educational, charitable, 100,000 meals, museum, oral histories, etc.

c.             The entire process may take between 6-12 months for approval

d.             We move that we proceed with obtaining 501(c)(3) status with the following provisions:

KCBS is a member of the Foundation

The current duly-elected officers of our board along with the Executive Director serve at the Foundation’s board of directors on a perpetuating basis

The Foundation reports to the KCBS board on a quarterly basis.

The annual meeting of the Foundation will be the same time as the KCBS annual meeting

2.             MMA Information Research:

Research continues with the gathering of information and discussion with MMA regarding past accomplishments and their vision for the future

3.             Executive Director Succession Planning:

On-going discussions

4.             Expanding the Diversity of KCBS Events:

We are going to explore ways to expand on the types of contests we currently have to further engage our membership and our local communities

Our next meeting will be June 2, 2014


Regional Representation Committee

Wayne Lohman:  No report.


Rules Committee

Steve Farrin:  No report.


Old Business

Pitmaster  Mike Peters:  Certified BBQ Pitmaster Program (CBP).  No update.


New Business



Closed Session:

Don Harwell:   Discussion of a member’s action at an event

Kim Collier:

Approval of new reps

Kim Collier:

Discussion of MMA proposal.

Kim Collier:

Director liability issue

Dave Compton:

Discussion of Grants in Aid and Charitable Grants



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