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Board meeting Agenda - March 11

March 9, 2015

Kansas City Barbeque Society

Board of Directors’ Meeting Agenda

March 11, 2015

Roll Call: 

Mark Simmons, Wayne Lohman, Kim Collier, Candy Weaver, Randy Bigler, Bill Capstack, Dave Compton, Mike Peters, Dennis Polson, Mike Hays, Mike Richter, Sandy Fulton

KCBS Office:  Carolyn Wells, Karrin Murphy

MMA – Megan LeBlanc/Mike McCloud

Member call in to speak:    

Member call in to listen:  

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, excellence in barbeque and the American way of life may be strengthened and preserved forever.

Minutes of February Meeting

Candy Weaver:  I move to accept minutes of the February 13th and 14th meeting

Financial Statements

Kim Collier:   Please accept the following reports for the month of February.

President’s Report

Mike Peters:

Sanctioning Report

Karrin Murphy:  Automatic Approval

REC’D                    DATES                   NAME                                                                                                    CITY, STATE

Existing Contests 2015 – In house Approval

2/20/2015              6/12-13/2015        Bend of the River CookOut                                                                Mankato                 MN

3/2/2015                6/12-13/2015        Sons of the American Legion Red, White & Blue BBQ                Smithville              MO

2/13/2015              7/17-18/2015        Smoke on the Mountain - VA State Championship                      Galax                     VA

2/11/2015              8/14-15/2015        Maryland State BBQ Bash                                                                 Bel Air                    MD

2/20/2015              8/21-22/2015        Holy Smoke BBQ                                                                                Liberty                    MO

2/24/2015              8/21-22/2015        Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival                                                       Kennesaw             GA

2/27/2015              8/28-29/2015        Smoke in the Valley                                                                            Pikeville                 TN

3/2/2015                8/28-29/2015        Back to Back to the Park BBQ                                                           Marshalltown        IA

2/20/2015              9/4-5/2015            5th Annual Smokin In the Bogs                                                        Warrens                 WI

2/10/2015              9/25-26/2015        Downtown Jonesboro BBQ Festival                                                Jonesboro             AR

2/24/2015              11/13-14/2015     Smokin' Up The Saddle Club                                                           Chatsworth           GA


New Contests – In House Approval


2/27/2015              5/29-30/2015        Piggin' in the Park                                                                               Woodruff               SC

2/24/2015              6/12-13/2015        Big Kahuna Wing Festival (Competitor’s Series)                          Knoxville               TN

2/20/2015              6/13-14/2015        BBQ Battle Royale at Taste of Dallas                                              Dallas                    TX

3/5/2015                6/19-20/2015        Eureka BBQ Bash                                                                               Eureka                   KS

2/27/15                  6/27-28/2015        1st Annual Greenport Harbor Beer, BBQ & Blues                         Peconic,                NY

2/27/2015              7/10-11/2015        Drayton Kinsmen Smoke and Sounds Festival            Drayton, Ontario, Canada 

2/27/2015              7/17-18/2015        Cajun BBQ Bash                                                                                 Lafayette               LA

2/9/2015                7/31-8/1/2015       Badger Brews & Que                                                                          Manitowoc            WI

2/16/2015              8/7-8/2015            Smokin on the Smoky                                                                        Salina                    KS

2/20/2015              9/12-13/2015        Balloons, Blues & BBQ                                                                       Bloomington         IN

2/27/2015              9/19-20/2015        Het BBQ Kampioenschap Van Het Waasland              Sint-Niklaas, Belgium        

2/26/2015              9/25-26/2015        Heiferz-Hogz-Henz-Smoke Out 500                                               Delmar                  DE

3/2/2015                10/2-3/2015          1st Annual Hot Q's & Cold Brews BBQ Championship                Oroville                  CA

2/13/2015              10/17-18/2015     1st Annual Grillin N Chillin BBQ Celebra-cation           Riviera Maya, Mexico        



Board Approval


Existing Contests 2015


2/2/2015            10/2-3/2015       Roast N' Boast                                                              Columbus, MS

            Conflict:  Corinth, MS  120-144 miles.  Tabled in February.


12/1/2014          10/9-10/15         Downtown BBQ Showdown                                           Hattiesburg, MS

            Conflict:  Ocean Springs, MS  77-98 miles.  Tabled in February.

Sanctioning Report:

Mark Simmons:  The sanctioning committee has been organized with the following members.

Mark Simmons, Chairman

Randy Bigler, Co-Chairman

Carolyn Wells, ex-officio

Mike Peters, ex officio

Sandy Fulton

Fred Kilgore

Karrin Murphy

Alan Osmer

Debbie Yopp


By consensus, 0ur meetings will be held the 4th Wednesday each month, so our next meeting will be Wednesday evening, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. CDT

Marketing Report:

Mike Hays:  The Marketing Committee members for 2015 will be: Randall Bowman, David Qualls, Ralph Williams, and Larry Voth.

We have discussed several ideas that are focused on marketing KCBS to cooks as potential members.  We will be working closely with the Membership Committee to try and determine the best ways to increase the number of cooks as members.

We will also be looking at ways we can help contest organizers market their contests locally to help obtain sponsorships.  This might be in the form of a packet or marketing piece that will help them identify and approach potential sponsors.

We've also discussed other ideas, such as updating or creating new KCBS merchandise and perhaps creating a co-op merchandising/licensing program where cook teams can incorporate their logo on KCBS merchandise.

In the next 30 days we will be prioritizing our goals and begin moving forward on some of our ideas.

MMA Marketing Report

February 2015


●          Total January Sales: $2,062

●          117 - Birthday redemption

●          60 - Cookbooks



•           Advertising sold for January: $850

•           804 members have opted in to receive Birthday emails

•           Completed Team History and Team Rankings for TOY

•           Continual work on Judges Registration portal

•           International micro-site will be added to the site as the international team sends in content


100KCBS Meals Mission

•           122,469 meals donated so far (4 events left for the 2014 goal)

•           Approved for 250,000 meals to start on May 1st, 2015

•           Continual PR/Social Media Updates


Sam's Tour:

•           Entire tournament now almost full with 739 teams

•           Judging slots almost full with 1,197 judges

•           Master Judges for National Championship to be registered on August 6

•           First event kicks off on 2/21 at a new Sam’s Club in Kissimmee, FL


Great American Cookout Tour

•           Logistics and planning for 2015 tour – schedule, assets, sponsor deliverables, etc.


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

•           GAC: Twitter Followers (5,119) / FB Likes (24,827)

•           KCBS:  Twitter Followers (7,941) / FB Likes (32,642)

•           Updated news section on KCBS: Team of the Year announcement and Sam's Club Prize Purse unveiling, Local press release for Team of the Year: Warren County Pork Choppers



•           Mike attending the Board Retreat to discuss short and long-term objectives

•           Mike speaking at NBBQA about BBQ and Food Sport

•           Helped HPBA with a Super Bowl promo; working on stronger tie with them



Wayne Lohman: 

International Committee March Report                                                                                                  

March 5, 2015


  1. Contest Activity

Wayne & Maria Lohman ushered March in with a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico to attend the 8th Annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Festival in 70 degree weather.  This contest has become the premier BBQ event in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean BBQ Association sanctioned the ancillary contest on Saturday where the judges scored burgers, steaks, wings, pork chops and whole hog over a 5 hour period.  It's no wonder why they had so many judges who volunteered for the ancillary categories that included both blind and on site judging.

Sunday was KCBS's day to work with the cooks and judges.  This was our 3rd year that KCBS sanctioned this contest which has become more and more popular every year.  There is one hour between each turn in which allows the teams to give away samples of their entries to the public.  32 teams competed in 5 categories that began at 11:00 am and ended at 3:00 pm.

T-Mac Smokers, from Wisconsin, squeaked past  Sabor A Lena to capture Grand Champion by a half point.  47 CBJ's helped judged this exciting contest that had a public attendance of 8,000 BBQ enthusiast.

A special thank you to Mike Compton and Alex Rodriguez who worked so hard to make this an outstanding contest for the Caribbean BBQ Association.


  1. Board of Managers Developments

KSBS International Mission Statement :

Recognizing barbecue as America's cuisine, our mission is to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote American Barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form by:

•           Increasing the knowledge and skills of Out of United States (O.U.S.) competition cook teams to successfully compete in KCBS competitions.

•           Instructing, training and certifying judges according to KCBS parameters so they could judge KCBS sanctioned contests anywhere in the world.

•           Supporting and encouraging O.U.S. KCBS competition organizers.

•           Increasing KCBS membership worldwide.


To support the Board of Managers Mission Statement, the following Committee Chairs were formed:


Contest and Event Development:  Wayne Lohman

Sanctioning and Scheduling:  Debby Gage and Maria Lohman

International Reps: Bill Gage

Cooking Classes:  Jim Johnson

CBJ Classes:  Maria Lohman

Social Media:  Becky Johnson

Website:  Bill and Debby Gage

Transportation & Accommodations: Becky Johnson and Maria Lohman




CBJ Committee Report:

Randy Bigler:  The CBJ Committee met on 24 February for our first meeting of the year. All CBJ instructors are considered members and are welcome to call in each month. Additional members are Dave Compton, Bill Capstack, Ed Hartman and Sammye Phelps. We will hold our meetings the last Tuesday of the month and any BOD member is welcome to set in.

The first thing we discussed was the motion I made at the February BOD meeting to have domestic CBJ classes suspended. The committee members were concerned with the motion because we have many cooks attending our classes and if we suspend the classes there will not be sufficient locations for them to attend. We also felt with the addition of the Sanctioned Backyard Competitions we will need more judges. See motion below:

I move to Reconsider the following motion:


The committee also worked on 50 revised questions and answers to the Continuing Education Review for the KCBS Website.

I move to have CBJ instructors reimbursed for the use of their computer, projector, printer, supplies and postage used when teaching classes. I recommend the fee of $50 per class.

Please accept this report.


Rep Committee

Kim Collier:  Set goals for 2015

Make a motion to accept new rep in training (discussion in closed session).


KCBS Score Committee/Technology Committee

Dennis Polson:  Chairman Dennis Polson  Members Candy Weaver, Dave Londeen, Kim Collier, Bill Sheflett, Scott Grinsted, Steve Grinsted, Stephen Smith, Steve Amos, President Mike Peters, Executive Director Carolyn Wells, MMA Megan Leblanc

Steve and Scott reported on Score and how updates are handled.

Kim gave an update on Team History, and Judges Sign Up.  These programs should be in place by this meeting.  Kim would also like to setup a Rep site and an Organizer page.

Megan gave an update on MMA and explained how work is prioritized at MMA.


1.         To help the office to get updated and tied together to help in the work load.

2.         Find local support company to keep the office equipment updated.

3.         Continue to update Score.

4.         Work with MMA on all committee projects.

5.         Work with other contractors on all updates and needs.

6.         How to track Judges that take the CBJ review.

Weaver:  I move that the Team History module be added to the members-only section of kcbs.us.

Getting this started is the first step to getting contest tally sheets available inside team history.  Once the addition is made to add overall placement to the team scoring detail sheet in KCBScore, then we can move that reps only distribute team detail sheets after awards at contests.  Category details will be available to member teams in team history, which is available as an option when logged in to kcbs.us. This will simplify the rep job and boost team membership numbers! 


Banquet Committee:

Sandy Fulton:  The Banquet Committee has prepared their strategic plan for the 2016 KCBS Banquet.    We will begin working on all of the objectives and assigning tasks via email and our committee meeting.  The meetings will be on the last Tuesday of the month at 10 AM Central Time. 

We are awaiting receipt of the contract for the Banquet for 2017 which will be held in Atlanta.  Once received by the KCBS it will be signed.

The Banquet Committee consists of:

Sandy Fulton, Chairperson

Barbara Driscol

Chris Peters

Tom Hillman

Mike Peters

Carolyn Wells

Raye Keyes


We will be needing more members for this committee, if interested please let me know.


Membership Report:

Mike Richter:  Committee members for 2015:

Mike Hays

Ernie Hiers

Rick Hamilton

Another one or two members are pending.

Monthly teleconference to be scheduled.

FYI Since Sammye submitted the numbers KCBS Membership reached 20060! 

Below are the numbers for February, 2015

Number of Total Members= 19,961

Number of New Members= 508

Number of Renewed Members=1297

Number of Non-renewals=322

Number of members who signed up via the website= 221 (24 were families)

Number of New Members from Judging classes= 268

Number of Lifetime Members = 725

Number of International Members = 688

Number of Countries represented by KCBS Members = 29*







Czech Republic
















New Zealand


South Africa






Rules Committee

Mike Richter:  Rules membership for 2015

Bill Capstack

Mark Simmons

Mike Wozinak

Mark Breen


Monthly teleconference to be scheduled.


Nominating Committee

Sandy Fulton:  No report.


Communications Committee

Candy Weaver:  For 2015, the Communications Committee is Betsy Masters, Ralph Williams, Michael McDearman, President Mike Peters, Executive Director Carolyn Wells, office staff Sybilla Hawkins and Karrin Murphy.  Committee chair is Candy Weaver.

Kids Que Corner has been updated for the April issue of the Bullsheet.  An interview with a grant in aid recipient is in the works.

This committee will meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 pm CDT.  First meeting will be on March 17th.  Any board member is welcome to attend any communications meeting.

Megan LeBlanc with MMA, developed a master monthly e-blast to the membership announcing the availability of the interactive Bullsheet and a link thereto. 

Marc Farris with BBQTV has graciously offered to assist in developing a rep training video using existing video footage.  Candy is drafting an outline which will be distributed to the Rep Committee for comment.  This will be major part of the agenda for the 3/17 meeting.

Please accept this report.


Strategic Planning Committee

Bill Capstack:  Our committee members are Bill Capstack (Chairman), Paul Kirk, Mark Simmons, Dennis Polson, Bruce Bubacz, Joe Otto, Mike Peters (President) and  Carolyn Wells (Executive Director)

Our Committee had our first meeting on March 2, 2015.  We plan to meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays.

Our ambitious goals for 2015:

1.         Permanent Home for KCBS:  We are in the data gathering stages of determining what should be on the “wish list” to include in the new facility.  Each board member, Strategic Planning Committee members and the KCBS office were sent an email at the end of last week asking for input on what are our “big picture” requirements are for the new location.  At this stage, we’re not looking for details such as size, how many etc., but rather big picture ideas like a museum, classroom, offices, restrooms, etc.  We will then start the programming session to work out the details of design, real estate and construction.  The board will be kept fully informed as to our progress and motions will be made as needed.

2.         Review prior board decisions for their origin, justification and continued relevance:  A sub-committee has been formed to start the review process.

3.         Finalize the job requirements and transition agreement for the Executive Director:  A sub-committee has been formed to continue this process.

4.         Develop ancillary category standards: We’re continuing to develop these standards to help our organizers determine the types of KCBS ancillary events they would like to have and the KCBS standards that will apply to those events.

5.         Explore additional ways to expand participation at events, i.e., Collegiate-level competitions: Progress is being made to determine the feasibility of having a      collegiate-level competitive series event next fall.

6.         Memorandum of Agreement for the KCBS history:  Carolyn Wells is spearheading this initiative.

We ask the board to accept this report.


Philanthropy Committee Report

Dave Compton:  Our committee has prepared for the rush of Grant in Aid and Charitable Grant applications that will start coming in around the end of the month.  The cut-off dates are April 3rd and April 30th, respectively and it seems that about 80% off all applications come in on the last week.  Things should go a lot smoother this year using the new electronic systems.

Our committee members are:

Dave Edyburn, Wisconsin

 Nancy Goldsmith, Iowa

 Raye Keyes, Office

 Mike Peters, President

 Carolyn Wells, Executive Director

 Dave Compton, Chair


We will probably be adding a couple of more names in the near future.  All of our meetings are via e-mail which makes it compatible with varying work and family schedules. 

 I ask that you accept this report.


Old Business


New Business


Closed Session agenda:

Kim Collier:  Propose new rep in training.

Mike Peters:  Mike Peters:  Discussion of public relations incident.

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