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KCBS opens nominations for Board of Directors
October 4, 2008
9:57 am
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
August 23, 2008
Kansas City Barbeque Society Solicits
Board Nominations for the 2009 Election

These are exciting times for KCBS, and for barbeque. Our favorite food group, culinary technique, and sport have captured the imagination of the public. Barbeque is America’s hot new food, and KCBS is America's BBQ Expert!

Kansas City Barbeque Society is experiencing rapid growth, as it emerges as the premier authority on outdoor cooking and barbeque. KCBS needs committed individuals, to serve our membership, who have a passion for barbeque, are experienced in outdoor cooking, have event, contest, and judging experience, as well as a strong desire to serve in a demanding volunteer position. Along with these qualifications, a strong candidate for the Kansas City Barbeque Society board may also have experience in Marketing/Public Relations, Finance/Accounting, Technology/Programming, or Legal experience. We have great opportunities which will require devoted and dedicated board members who desire to devote their time and efforts working hard for the organization. Again this year, our members are asked to nominate members for the four (4) positions available on this year’s ballot to each serve a three (3) year term.

Nominations for the KCBS Board of Directors will begin on the 1st day of October, 2008 and will close on the 31st day of October, 2008. All members of KCBS, in good standing are eligible for candidacy. Any member may be nominated by another member or by self nomination. Please provide the following:
phone number, and
e-mail address
of each nominee being submitted for candidacy.

Each candidate nominated must accept the nomination for their name to appear on the ballot. The candidates will be required by the 10th day of November, 2008 to provide to the KCBS office, a current photograph, a statement of qualifications, a biography and general campaign platform, and their answers to the election questionnaire. This information will be publicized in the Bullsheet, on the KCBS website, and the electronic voting website. The submission may be modified one time following initial publication.

The election voting shall begin January 2. 2009 and conclude on January 16, 2009. The results will be announced at the KCBS Annual Banquet January 17, 2009. The newly elected members shall begin their term at the February KCBS Board meeting. All board members are required to serve on Board Committees and be an active member of the Board by attending monthly board meetings and participating in KCBS events. Each Board Member is expected to promote the mission and the ideals of KCBS.

Nominations may be mailed to KCBS at 11514 Hickman Mills Drive, Kansas City, Mo
or by email to: and

For more information contact:
Merl Whitebook –
Secretary, KCBS Board of Directors

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October 8, 2008
12:41 pm
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
August 23, 2008

To my KCBS friends and supporters,

Since being elected to the Board of Directors almost three years ago, I have worked to improve the election process at KCBS. Some of the innovations include: publication of the nominating procedures, creating the election questionnaire in order that members can learn about their candidates and publicizing the election everywhere possible, and providing answers to any questions membership may have.

My current duties as nominating chairperson for KCBS include the following:
• Publication of nominating procedures.
• Contacting those nominated to ask their permission to have their name placed on the ballot.
• Provide information on how to submit candidate bio and election questionnaire directly to KCBS for use in the Bullsheet. ( I do not receive a copy of this information.)
• Publish a list of candidates on November 1, 2009.
• Promote the involvement of KCBS members in the election process.

A small group have complained that in some fashion this would give me an unfair edge, as a candidate for re-election, while performing my duties as Nominating Chair, of the Board of Directors.

What I do not want is to have those who support me, to take this on as an issue. I appreciate that many friends are always there providing me with support and encouragement for the work I do for KCBS. This is not the issue to create a controversy, and I have been advised it would.

I want to see KCBS have the best list of candidates. I want you to have a choice of very qualified candidates, who will have a passion for KCBS and a desire to listen to you, to serve your voice, your concerns and desires and being of service to all of the members of this great organization.

I am disappointed however, that those Board members, who twice in the past months approved the election procedure and my duties, have chosen to back down from what was twice decided in the board room. Rather than a Board member telling these few that the Board has considered the issues and put in place appropriate protection, a member of the Board prefers to call for my removal and asserts “conflict of interest”. I have to say that no one can explain to me what the conflict is with the above said assignments being a complete list of my duties.

I have asked Mike Lake effective immediately to replace me as the Nominating Committee Chair for KCBS. Despite the negative e-mails which have already were generated last month, I will only have a positive campaign. I will continue my efforts to serve you. I will have a campaign where every messages says, I am Merl Whitebook and I am proud that I have approved this message. I thank each of you for your support of my candidacy for re-election to the Board of Directors of KCBS, and your efforts to provide me the opportunity to serve each member of KCBS for the next three year.

Merl Whitebook
Kansas City Barbeque Society
Board of Directors

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