Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ramblings: KCBS Endorsements

If you are a member of the KCBS, you have until January 17th to cast your votes for the open Board of Directors positions. This should be a matter of interest for anyone that is concerned about organized BBQ and its future. With the introduction of The Great American BBQ Tour and the growth of organized events outside the traditional BBQ hot zones, change is in the air. Your vote is needed to determine whether change will be embraced and encouraged or if the status quo will be reinforced.

The Board of Directors represents the membership and will help to dictate how the organization takes its next steps into the future of our hobby. I encourage you to take a few minutes to determine what you would like the KCBS to be in the next few years and vote for the people that you feel will bring that vision to fruition. Read the platforms of the candidates. Contact them if you have any questions. If you don’t receive a response, that provides you with valuable information right there.

The Home of BBQ is endorsing two candidates. The first is based on personal experience in public forums. No one involved in any way with the KCBS has been more open and communicative with the membership than Merl Whitebook. This is a hot button issue for me and he is far and away my first choice. Aside from his willingness to listen to and respond to the membership, Merl is one of the most active members of the BoD and he has both my vote and endorsement.

Gene Goycochea is receiving our recommendation based on his platform and by the caliber of the people who recommend him. Thom Emery is a past president of the California BBQ Association and I respect his opinion immensely. He endorses Gene whole heartedly. From BBQ enthusiasts that I have spoken with, Gene embodies what we want and need in someone representing the membership and the hobby. Coming from the West Coast, I am hoping that he can help to bring some regional diversity.

You should have received an email providing you with a link to the voting site. If you are a member and have not received this email, please write to the address below and they will get things straightened out for you.

I would appreciate your feedback in the comments section if you support any of the candidates running.


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