Bill Moon - Pensacola, FL
1. Please describe the skills you posses (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS Board of Directors and its membership.
I have been an active member of my church for 40+ yrs volunteering my service as needed: Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Sunday School teacher, Children’s Church Director, Board Member, Trustee, Treasurer, janitor, grounds keeper, and building manager. I worked as a commercial/industrial electrician as well as an HVAC technician for over 40 yrs. dealing with the public and solving all kinds of problems. I have learned that there is no problem that cannot be solved, just some may take more time and effort than others. After retiring, I have been a volunteer at Florida State Parks. I have been a KCBS member since 2006 and have been a pit master, CTC, CBJ, Rules Committee member, and always volunteer wherever needed at the contests we go to, just ask the Reps where I have been. Being retired, our goal is to “judge” a minimum of one (1) contest in every state that we can drive to in our RV which will allow me to meet teams, judges, TC’s, volunteers and Reps for all regions in our great country. It is this experience I will bring to the board when elected. We need to work together to better serve the membership of KCBS.
2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning one of the areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the
issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.
As a cook, judge, TC, since 2006, I have seen a LOT of members. I have listened to them and always tell them to address their concerns to the committee or board via email. There seems to be quite a bit of misunderstanding between the cook teams and judges. Communication is the key to improving relationships. The last year there has been more communication for both the judges and cooks to interact more and that seems to be helping, I would love to see more of it and will do what I can to encourage it. I have seen 3 different scoring methods taught since I joined and I would love to be a part of what I can to make it more standardized.
Even though judging is a very serious matter, we still can have an enjoyable time while doing so.
3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals.
Short term: (just a few)
Continued open communication between members and the Board. More uniform application forms for the organizers to use, for both judges and teams. Better/more continuous communication between judges and teams. More standardized annual training for judges, TC’s, and volunteers.
More Table Captain Classes. Table Captain Achievements similar to judges.
Long term: (just a few)
Continuous education on an annual basis as rules change. Trackable education of all judges, TC’s, and volunteers. Tracking of Table Captains with judge’s feedback for each contest. I will work with each committee with whatever time is needed to work through each idea and come up with a working solution. No
one person has the perfect idea, but many minds can accomplish each task presented, and as a team, we can do this.
4. If elected please explain, “your level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. Please understand that “whatever time is required” is not an acceptable answer. Executive Committee members typically volunteer 8-10 hours a month and Committee Chairs typically volunteer 3-5 hours a month. “No Report” often means no activity. Will you be an active board member or inactive board member?
When I am elected, you can count on me to be very active and I will commit a minimum of 3-5 hours a month, if a committee chair, or a minimum of 8-10 hours if an executive committee member to actively work to achieve the most satisfactory results to make this great organization even better. Being retired, I can and will devote as much time as needed. It is not a question as to a minimum time that I would allot each month, as each month can and may vary, so, yes, I am willing to put the time in whether it be only 1 hour or 20 hours a month or whatever is needed. I understand some months will be more taxing then others, so like the famous saying goes, “GIT ER DONE”……
5. What new ideas would you have in regards to marketing or new ideas that would benefit membership?
I have and continue to listen to cooks, judges and others regarding the application process for contests. I also continually hear the frustration of organizers not communicating with applicants. I have several ideas that I would love to work with the committees and board to resolve these issues. I have also been asked to be a KCBS Ambassador because of my travels and I have some ideas for that as well to get the information to the general public to create more growth for KCBS. At every opportunity possible, I promote KCBS.
6. Please describe your previous participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.
I joined KCBS in the summer of 2006 and jumped right into cooking my first competition. I was a pit master from 2006 until 2013. I am also a Certified Table Captain as well as a Certified Judge. I was on the rules committee previously for 2 yrs., and then this year, I requested to be on it again. I have always arrive at a competition early and ask the reps if there is anything that they need done, whether setting up tables and chairs, counting and sorting judge’s placemats, scorecards, supplies or whatever.
7. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors.
With my diverse background, and my years of membership, I can and will do whatever I can to further the advancement of this great organization in a capacity that I cannot achieve while being just a member, cook, judge, TC, and/or volunteer. As a team player, I along with committed committee members can accomplish these and many more ideas as they are brought forth to us. Those that know me will vouch for the fact that I have been and will be available before and after a competition to talk, take suggestions, or give you my email address to correspond. I have always been there…..
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