July 2019 Board Quick Notes
Kansas City Barbeque Society
Board of Directors’ Meeting
July 10, 2019
Dennis Polson, Alan Sellers, Candy Weaver, Randy Bigler, David Qualls, Haymo Gutweniger, Myron Berry Ralph Williams.
Absent: Richard Fergola.
KCBS Office: Carolyn Wells, Kim Collier
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.
Membership Requests to Address the Board:
Minutes of Last Meeting
David Qualls: I move to accept minutes of the June 12, 2019 Regular Meeting and Special Meeting of July 1, 2019.
Second- Gutweniger Motion Passed Unanimously
Myron Berry: Attached is the last month’s financial report. Please accept this report.
Myron Berry: I Move to Accept the May 2019 Financial report
Second-Bigler, Motion Passed Unanimously
|Crimson & Blue BBQ
|Prairie Dog on the Bow
|Pork on the Plaza
|KC Realty Royal (Competitor's Series)
|Holmes Drywall Grilling BBQ Contest (INVITATIONAL ONLY)
|Simmons Energy Permian Basin BBQ cook Off Invitational (BACKYARD ONLY)
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office Smoke on the Range BBQ Invitational (BACKYARD ONLY)
|Royal Oak Invitational Only (COMPETITOR SERIES)
|Georgia BBQ Championship Throwdown
|Fire it up Frostproof!
|America's Mother Road BBQ challenge
|Sertoma 48 BBQ
|Central Plains Ribfest
|Riverland Smokers BBQ Contest
|| MH Dodewaard, Netherland
Need Board Approval –NONE
Myron Berry: The Sanctioning Committee met on July 3, 2019. Meeting began at 12:04 PM central time. In attendance were: Carolyn Wells, Kim Collier, Haymo Gutweniger, Robert Stouffer, Sandy Fulton, and Myron Berry.
Kim Collier reported there were no conflicts with contests.
The committee briefly discussed a request from a cook team to have his assistant cook at a contest that the pitmaster could not be in attendance due to a job commitment. This is a rules issue. Charlie Brinza informed our committee that the rules committee had discussed this at their meeting on July 2.
Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm
Marketing Company Report- First Club Marketing:
The following report is for the majority of the month of June’s KCBS, Social Media outlets performance. This report reflects the dates as requested by the KCBS Board of Directors.
The GAC tour for 2019 is already well underway, we have submitted all documents for and to the Brand Partners as each and every Brand Partner agreement with KCBS requires monthly impact reports be generated and sent as well as making sure deliverables are completed on behalf of KCBS for each partner.
FCM is in full 2020 sales mode for the GAC tour as well as additional customized programs to expand on current partnerships as well as bring in new ones.
This report is a brief summarization of the full report submitted to Carolyn Wells the KCBS Executive Director and the SM-MS Committee as directed by the KCBS BOD. Much more detailed information is contained in that full report.
I have also included a larger view, showing the first 6 months of 2019 to help put all in perspective.
(Stats for 5/28/19 – 6/27/19)
Total page views for Dates: 148,522 (May) 173,051 (June) 16.5%+
Total Unique Users for Dates: 36,739 (May) 39,924 (June) 8.7%+
Time per Visit: 4m-22s (June)
Great American Cookout Tour 2019 Schedule is much larger reach than in any previous years. In 2018 the event reach was roughly 1.7m event attendees, 2019 is a projected 2.9m. The first 7 stops (Dallas Texas, Springfield Missouri, Waynesboro Georgia, Memphis Tennessee, Uncasville Connecticut, Charlotte North Carolina and Washington DC are completed with a fabulous response from crowds and brands alike. The largest attended events in the 2019 schedule are coming up, starting with Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
The National Turkey Federation's Turkey Smoke
The first two of the five events have been completed and received a great reception by the BBQ teams. The next three will be coming up on 8-9-19 in Mason City, IA at the 16th Annual UP IN SMOKE BBQ Bash, 8-23-19 in Alberta Lea, MN at the Big Island BBQ and the final round for 2019 will be in Salisbury, NC on 9-20-19 at the Tilley Harley- Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and BBQ Classic
Cabo Wabo Tequila, CABORITA
We have completed 5 of the 26 rounds and all have gone very smoothly with fabulous response and support.
As of 5-28-19 As of 6-27-19 Difference
Print Media Potential Reach for KCBS 21,372,134 27,119,864 5,747,730 26.9%+
Social Media / Member Liaison Committee: *Note- This Committee is charged with communication, education, marketing and membership issues.
Report to the board from the committees meeting July 1st conference call: SM-MScommittee@kcbs.us July 1std
2019 chat, Monday, at 4:00 pm Kansas City time Richard Fergola, Jennifer Eggleton, Randall Bowman, Carolyn Wells, Alan Sellers,
(Marketing), (Social Media), (Member Services).
Notes for our committee discussion: With elections and other matters happening at this point the report and the discussions were limited.
Richard said that the YouTube channel has been delayed.
KCBS, YouTube channel is still in the building mode.
Live Q&A Sessions via Website or Social Media platforms is still an open idea
Jennifer offer up some media reports that were sent to Randall for inclusion in our marketing presents.
180 and 700 Stickers are being sent out to the rep for distribution.
Membership report: these are our June numbers.
Total Current Members 19,753 -247 from last month
New members: 255 -64
Renewed: 1,064 -156
Non-renewals: 537 -88
Lifetime: 1,876 +26
International: 2,249 +88
Total countries: 40 (added member in Israel)+ 1
Wayne Lohman: The IOTeam will be in Belfast, Ireland for KCBS events at the US Embassy, Cooking/Judging Classes and our first sanctioned contest in this country.
CBJ Committee Report:
Dennis Polson: KCBS CBJ Committee Meeting Minutes June 24, 2019 7:30 pm (CDT)
Present: Dennis Polson, Chair; Linda Polson, Recording Secretary; Jon Amedei, Marge Plummer, Frank Gonzales, Ralph Williams, Alan Rothrock, Maxine Kilgore, Carl Parrish, and Becky Johnson.
Dennis opened the meeting and Frank provided an update & reported that there continues to be 86 teams who have signed up to work with MCBJ candidates. Frank said he has received several requests from CBJs at contests for the list of Cook Teams. Dennis said that when contacted by CBJs, he provides names and phone numbers of cook teams in area where the CBJ would like to cook but not additional information. Dennis cautioned committee members not to give out more information than that due to confidentiality concerns.
Dennis reviewed the BOD discussion about rules for participation of non-CBJ judges during a contest and whether Contest Reps should be allowed to consult judges concerning scoring during the judging process.
Maxine & Marge provided the committee with the survey for Organizers about encouraging cooks to register for contests earlier to facilitate correct number of judge participation at contests. The survey form will be tweaked slightly & then sent to organizers. The committee will then consider developing a similar survey for cooks.
The Master Certified Table Captain criteria, test, signature form, etc. were discussed.
The committee discussed KCBS recommendation for judges cleansing their palates between samples, which is emphasized in CBJ classes and by Reps at Judges meetings during contests.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm. The next meeting will be July 29th
at 7:30 pm.
Randy Bigler: The Rep Committee met on June 4th. In attendance was Lynda Voth, Nancy Mueller, Haymo Gutweniger, and Mike Winter. The discussion held was on the use of campers by Reps. We are still discussing this issue and will have a response made at the next meeting.
All reps were invited to attend 1 of the 4 sessions of 2nd Quarterly Rep Conference Call. The main topics discussed were issues with the seating program which are being worked out with assistance from Park Road.
The reps began using the seating program on 28 June with a reminder to make sure to take their random draw chips with them just in case there was an issue.
Reps were inquiring if the Rep, Judge and Organizer critiques will be put back onto the website.
Reminders were also discussed that the new yearly pins and the new flag pins are now $5 all others are still $3.
Questions arose on whether or not the Rules Committee has made a final decision on the foreign object in box. (Specifically foil and rubber glove pieces).
There was a discussion on the CABO WABO and Turkey contest. How are the KCBS Sanctioned contest selected to participate in one of these additional ancillary contest? Are there any directions to the reps repping these contest on how and what they are to perform? I have asked First Club Marketing to send the information to all the reps and to also send the schedule of the contest to Kim Collier at the KCBS office.
The 3rd Quarter Rep Conference Call will happen the last week of September.
Work continues on the Score software in which most all updates are complete. The New Judges module in the website are complete and work is underway on various features and architecture to make the system more user friendly and easier to navigate. The Committee consensus is that at some point soon, the Board is needs to discuss a more conventional "Front End" website that works with the "Platform" we were forced to convert to prematurely which has caused much confusion and dissatisfaction by the Membership.
I ask that you accept this report.
Event Committee: *Note: Event Committee is charged with Banquet, Invitational, Team of Year, and Great American Cookout
Randy Bigler: The Event Committee met in June, in attendance were Candy Weaver, KCBS President, Myron Berry, Richard Fergola, Carolyn Wells and Sandy Fulton.
First Issue discussed was the KCBS Invitational Contest: as you are aware KCBS has changed there year. The year will start 1 November 2019 and end 31 October 2020. We are in discussion to find a location to have our event and Dallas, TX area. The dates discussed are Nov 8-9 2019 or Nov 29-30, 2019. To be qualified for this contest the team will have to have won a Grand or Reserve Grand Championship at a KCBS sanctioned event.
Second Issue discussed was the KCBS banquet: The banquet will be held at the Argosy Hotel and Casino in Kansas City on the weekend of January 18, 2020. The menu will be determined by Richard Fergola, Carolyn Wells, Karrin Murphy and Kim Collier. The committee is looking for ideas from the members for things you would like to have at the banquet. Please send emails to, email@example.com with your thoughts and ideas.
A brief discussion was held on Team of the Year program. We are looking for sponsors for each of the 4 meat categories. Smithfield has signed on as the sponsor for the Pork Ribs and Pork categories. Richard is checking into a chicken sponsor. If you know of someone that would like to be a brisket sponsor please have them notify KCBS office or the committee.
Candy Weaver: The rules committee met on 7/2 with a small agenda. All members were present.
On request to have another team member be head cook for that contest, the answer is no. However, that team member may modify the name and cook under his KCBS member number.
Rewording the foreign object rule:
I move that for the KCBS Rules in 2020, the following change be made for foreign object(s) found in an entry box. If a foreign object is discovered during appearance judging, a 1 is given by all judges for appearance, taste and tenderness. If foreign object is discovered by judge(s) during eating, the rep will instruct judge(s) to score the entry 1 for appearance, taste and tenderness. Other CBJs score as usual.
General discussion about disappearing contests, minimal prize pots, teams quitting and the excessive cost of competing, including cost of meats.
KCBS is experiencing fewer contests and teams in many area of the country. Understanding the reasons vary, there are some common reasons shared by teams that have resigned or cut back:
- Expense of meat
- Expense of travel
- Steak / Backyard can be done in one day.
One way to expand interest in Backyard or Competitor contests would be to allow teams scores from these contest to count towards TOY for the individual meats cooked in that contest. The caveat to allowing this is that the rules for the Master series must apply to each meat for it to be eligible for TOY points:
- Wood or charcoal only
- Size of shoulder or butt
- Meat inspections
- Turn-in and judging procedures
Also, to get CBJs for non-Master Series, allow so many of the 30 required contests to be a Backyard (maybe 2) or Competitor (maybe 3) competitions and count as judging, not volunteering. If this diminishes the experience level too far, increase the total competitions to 35.
Other ideas discussed were dropping brisket entirely.
The Guinea Pig concept where organizer provides meats used.
Why steak cook offs are so popular.
Elections 2020 documents has been sent to Karrin and will be in the next Bullsheet.
Philanthropy Committee Report
Myron Berry: The committee requests approval for a total of $ 15,500 for 2019 scholarships.
Audit Committee Report
Myron Berry: Audit is still in Progress.
Bylaws Committee Report
David Qualls: No Report this month.
David Qualls: Building Committee met with the Realtor and Discussion requested on Sales Strategy in Closed Session.
Old Business None
Discussion and Possible Motion Of The Team of The Year Program as requested by the Event Committee.
No Action Taken
Discussion and Possible Motion for the KCBS Rules in 2020, the following change be made for foreign object(s) found in an entry box. If a foreign object is discovered during appearance judging, a 1 is given by all judges for appearance, taste and tenderness. If foreign object is discovered by judge(s) during eating, the rep will instruct judge(s) to score the entry 1 for appearance, taste and tenderness. Other CBJs score as usual.
Haymo Gutweniger: I move to accept rule change as presented.
Second- NONE Motion Failed For Lack Of Second
Discussion and Possible Motion to Fund Scholarships per request of the Philanthropy Committee.
Myron Berry: I move To Fund Philanthropy Scholarships in the Amount of $15,500.00
Second-Sellers Motion Passed Unanimously
Myron Berry: I move To Approve A Change Order To The Engagement Letter With The Auditor for $1,500
Second-Gutweniger Motion Passed Unanimously
Closed Session Agenda:
Randy Bigler: I move to Go into Closed Session
Second-Berry Motion Passed Unanimously. Board Entered into Closed Session at 7:58pm CST
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director Reports
Discussion of Financial Reports
Report of Search Committee Progress.
Discussion of Reported Contest Incident
Discussion of Real Estate Sale
Discussion of Contractual Matters before the Board.
After Closed Session:
Board Entered into Open Session at 9:00pm CST
David Qualls: I move to Approve The Data Agreement With BBQData And Sharing Of Contest Results To Non-Profit Entities Requested by The Cooking For Kids Charity and The New England BBQ Society.
Second-Bigler, Motion Passed with one Absention-Qualls
David Qualls: I move to Authorize KCBS Staff To Work With Operation BBQ Relief In The Conduct Of A Program Of Licensed Events
Second-Bigler Motion Passed Unanimously
The Board may take any necessary actions including Motions on any or all matters discussed in closed session
Adjourn or Suspend
Randy Bigler: I Move To Adjourn
Second-Berry, Motion Passed Unanimously. Meeting Adjourned at 9:02pm CST