Ralph Williams

  1. Why do you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors? 
    I have had the distinct privilege of completing a partial term on the BOD due to an unusual vacancy. WOW !! What a great new learning experience!!  I would like to continue pushing for transparency, updating rules and outdated policies, continue the development of CBJ re-certification, continue to help the development of new events, new programs and new judges. KCBS has experienced many major events this year and I would like to continue the work with what we have started to move KCBS further out front in the food sport world. 
     
  2. Identify the major issues (Cook, Judge, Organizer, Rep or Backyard Cook) in which you are involved.
    Organizers, cooks, and judges are still hesitant to use the KCBS sign-up portal.  We need to improve their knowledge of this service as to the ease and helpfulness this tool provides. Covid-19 has taken a hard toll on events, judges, cooks and organizers. We need to help all of these areas anyway possible for them to continue successfully. Membership loss is always a problem with many extenuating circumstances contributing to the loss.  Judges, I feel, need a refresher/ reminder of rules and changes that have occurred.  This can be done using the Zoom feature. Many new cooks are not members and have never judged as well as some new cooks that are members and have not judged.  They need to be a part of the judging process to fully understand the judging procedures within the judging area.  All groups need to keep current and constant communications for an event in which they may be involved.
     
  3. Identify your major short-term goal and the major long-term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals.
    My short-term goal is to continue to work with members of all levels, continue to keep the mission of KCBS on the forefront.  Covid-19 has hampered may aspects of the BBQ sport and I want to provide guidance of rules, etc, to help events return to their pre-Covid-19 status. My long-term goals are to have consistency among the instruction of new judges, better consistency among instructors and help with the development of new programs. We need to make this food sport FUN and not work. 
     
  4. The KCBS Board of Directors is a working board that spends 10-20 hours and possibly more per month in furthering the mission of KCBS depending on your role as a member of the board. If elected, please explain “Your level of Commitment, Time, and Energy” in your role as a director.
    Being retired I have the time to devote to this organization and its mission.  I currently serve on the CBJ Committee, Rep Committee and Instructor Committee. These committees along with other activities within KCBS will easily occupy 30-40 hours of time per month.   Many of these hours are late night after folks are closing their family day activities and then turning to barbecue. Weekends are no exception as often this is the best time to communicate with individuals.  I could easily find other things to do but KCBS in my focus, (along with a bunch of grandkids).  One will find this much more than a day activity.
     
  5. List how you have participated in KCBS and for how long?
    I have been involved with KCBS in some form (Judge, Rep, cook, Instructor) for 20 years.  I judged for several years and was invited to join the Rep ranks and have been working events for 16 years.  The friendships developed over the years has provided so much fun and interaction with everyone.  I am a Master CBJ and have the privilege of serving as an Instructor
     
  6. What skills do you possess that might help KCBS Board of Directors in its mission, ie, Accounting, Legal, Marketing, etc.   How do you see using these skills as a KCBS Board of Director member?
    As a school administrator, one must listen to the concerns being presented, ask the hard question and make the hard decisions.  Through my years as an administrator I have always tried to be FIRM, FAIR, and CONSISTANT.  Do I always make everyone happy, no, but whenever possible I work to hear all sides of issues before making a decision?  To help me make the best decision, I make it a point to know the rules.  But I must keep the focus of the Organization on the forefront.  Personal agendas are not wanted or needed for this organization.