FBA News

FBA Board of Directors Meeting – June 2015

Florida BBQ Association
Board of Directors meeting
Minutes: June 29, 2015


Present: Ed Hartwig, Connie Washam, Steve Brumm, Lori Frazee, Ed Hartwig, Jim Elser, Bob Youngblood

Absent: Angela Iversen (family vacation)

Guests: Gary Washam, Marty Hyde, Kent & Jodi Harriss, Gayle & Rick Dimaggio, Dennis Schmitz and Janet Hillis

Recorder: Connie Washam


Call to Order: Ed Hartwig called the meeting to order at 8:02 PM

Approval of May Minutes: Action Item overlooked, will vote next month on the May and June Minutes.

Business conducted by Email – Connie Washam


Much discussion of the BOD regarding the behavior of a cook team member while attending the Judges Class.  A reprimand letter will be sent.

A motion was made, but withdrawn.

Steve Brumm made a motion to approve the following Reps for upcoming contests. Lake City, September 19th, Gary Washam; Pompano Beach, Gary Washam; Haines City, November 14, Louis and Vikki Leonard.  Connie Washam 2nd.  Motion Passed Unanimously.

Lori Frazee – Yes                  Connie Washam – Yes                       Steve Brumm – Yes

Angela Iversen – Yes            Bob Youngblood – Yes                      Jim Elser – Yes

Vikki and Lewis Leonard have withdrawn from the November 14th, Haines City contest.

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the rules of the FBA sanctioned Sonny’s Invitational.  The Sonny’s executives want the winners of the Lakeland Pigfest (Jack’s Old South, GC and Serial Grillers, RGC).  Initially it was decided that no KCBS or other sanctioning body’s winners would be invited in order to promote FBA and its contests and entice teams to compete in FBA contests who were from out of the area.  Then other teams of the year and winners of big contests throughout the US.

Bob Youngblood made a motion that the FBA make no changes to the qualifying guidelines for entry into the Sonny’s Invitational Contest at this time.  Steve Brumm 2nd.

Bob withdrew his motion, Steve Brumm withdrew the 2nd

When it comes to any contest, The FBA BOD has been determined that the Florida BBQ Association is really only the sanctioning body and will only be facilitating the Sonny’s Invitational contest and that Sonny’s can invite whoever they want.  It doesn’t mean they’ll all come.


Ida Isaacs has recommended that Lori Frazee be brought into the rep training program.

Steve Brumm made a motion that Lori Frazee be accepted into the FBA Rep Training Program.  Angela Iversen 2nd .  Motion passed unanimously.

Steve Brumm – Yes                 Angela Iversen – Yes              Jim Elser – Yes

Bob Youngblood – Yes           Connie Washam – Yes            Lori Frazee – Abstain

Because the Okeechobee County Fair has changed its dates the Organizer of the Battle at the big O has requested a date change so as not to conflict.  Now another contest Smoke on the Water also wants to change their date.  The  BOD have committed the February date to Battle of the Big O, but never voted on it.

Angela Iversen made a motion to formalize the request to change the date for the Okeechobee “Battle at the Big O” from the 3rd week in March to February 19-20, 2016.  Bob Youngblood 2nd  Motion carried unanimously

Angela Iversen – Yes              Bob Youngblood – Yes           Connie Washam – Yes

Steve Brumm – Yes,                Lori Frazee – yes                     Jim Elser – Yes

Steve Brumm made a motion to approve the following FBA Reps for the Apopka “Old Florida Outdoor Festival” Feb, 2016; Lead – Bob Youngblood, EJ Kraus, Gary Washam, Dennis Schmitz, Kevin French, Charles Golden, Ed Hartwig, Vikki & Lewis Leonard. Connie Washam 2nd.   Motion was withdrawn, the organizer wants to reconsider

Angela Iversen made a motion to approve the re-sanctioning of the Lakeland Kids Pak BBQ Throwdown for October 2 – 3 2015.  Connie Washam 2nd.

Angela Iversen – Yes              Connie Washam – Yes            Jim Elser – yes

Lori Frazee – Yes                    Steve Brumm – Yes                 Bob Youngblood Yes

Angela Iversen has withdrawn the motion, the organizer needs to find a new venue and therefore will postpone this contest until 2016

Treasurers Report – Angela Iversen

Treasurers report was sent via email knowing she would be unable to attend this meeting.

Bank Balance 5/31/2015 = $6306.73

Total Income for May 2015 =          $9900.00

Included =

Sanctioning fees = $6450

Judge Seminars = $640

Membership Dues = $2810

Total Expenses for May 2015 =       $6780.28

Included =

Advertising = $1207.50

(National Barbecue News)

Return Check Fee = $1.46

Service Charges = $131.62

Computers / Automation = $1125

Judge Badges = $298

Seminar Training Exp = $774

Trophies/awards/banners = $50.50

Insurance (D & O) = $747

Professional Fees = $645

Rep Fees = $1800

Net Income =                                     $ 3119.72

Comprehensive Membership Report – Connie Washam

Renewal; 2nd notices were sent June 27, 2015.  There has been a steady flow of renewing members.  We currently have 539 judges, of that 216 with expiration date of 6/30/2015.  111 have renewed, 106 have not renewed.  12 of those are Master Judges.

Master Judge Linda Anderson Died this month, a sympathy card was sent.

Mark Pearson died 6/27/2015 I sent a sympathy card to his daughter in TN.

New Members – Connie Washam

Individual: Joseph Theodoredis, Jeff Bossard, Kevin Self, Michelle Fuller, Steve Schaumberg, Martin Smith, Stuart Bennett, Henry Willis, Robert Hanley, James Furno, Jim Finley, Sam Songer, Michael Asmer, Teri Bowman, Gary Smith, Chanpheng Phousirith, James Sassatelli, Marty Thompson, Chris Patterson, Eugene Loreto, Blake Moody, Richard Oehler, Doris Mc Bride, Mark Waters, Matthew Brougher, Brian Jones (26)

Family: Richard & Lori Ware

New Contests – Ed Hartwig

Fort Meyers contest wants to make a date change Ed will follow up on that.

Jefferson County, Monticello, FL,  Contact person is Katrina.  Unfortunately, they don’t have a site anywhere near what would be needed.

Crystal River possible Contest

Mike Strickland Patriot productions, Vero Beach.  lots of room and wants to bring a contest in.

Indian River County Fairgrounds.

Old Business:

Judges Committee – Rick Dimaggio – no report

It Committe – Gary Washam

All sustainment tasks have been assigned.

Glen Bishop – website

Ed Shemanski – Hardware

Kevin routing – emails, because all emails seem to be going to the IT group

Score Card – Gary will talk to Will about the rounding issue – and quick fixes.  We owe Will 715:00 for services rendered.  Will is not being tasked Automation is on hold.

Website Update – created 3rd development site for Wink and Cecil.  We haven’t heard from him since he was given full access to the site.

New Business:

Bob Youngblood, We are losing FBA Representatives left and right.  Tony and Wendy are on leave of absence after Live Oak, Leon Isaacs is having some issues.  Sheila and Frank Jones resigned, not knowing that a leave of absence was a option.  Sheila & Frank would like to come back and have their resignation be considered a leave of absence.

Steve Brumm, the rep manual says a rep who resigns can ask for reinstatement and must be voted on by the reps.  If the reps vote majority yes, then it will go to the Board for a vote.

Bob made a motion that steve contact the reps by email and ask for a vote for Sheilah and Frank Smith return to active FBA Rep status and a follow up vote by the BOD.  Steve Brumm 2nd

Bob Youngblood – Yes           Steve Brumm – Yes                 Jim Elser – Yes

Lori Frazee – Yes                    Connie Washam – Yes            Angela – absent

Late Entry Procedures:  There was a late entry at Madeira Beach, “Baddest on the Bone”.  As the end of entry time came when it hit 5 after the clock was turned over.  A team arrived late,  Gary said “Ida you will have to make a ruling”  Clock was 25 seconds past the final turn in time.  The team put the box down anyway and left unhappy.  Ida marked the box “Late Entry” and set the box aside.  The entry was not put on a tray for judging and all identifying numbers were removed.  At the end of  judging, Gary took the box to put on the grazing table.  However because it was a full box, it was given to the volunteers.  No one knew who owned the box.

Bob Youngblood made a motion that a letter be sent from the board to all reps that no box be accepted when it is late.  The team is to take it away with them.  Motion withdrawn.

Dennis Schmitz commented that he has never run into this issue because the teams know that when the clock is down, the box is deemed a “Late Entry” and is not to be judged.  It is not an entry.  It is not to be accepted.  The Team is to take it back with them.

Judges Seminar Cost:  

The National BBQ News is the only perk of membership.  We need to raise the membership dues and charge more for the Judges seminar.   Current membership is $35.00 annually, but the NBBQN is $1.75.  This equates to a monthly cost to FBA of $1,300.  Paypal charges another $1.32 or more depending on the amount of the transaction.   Jim will contact Audrey Evans who publishes the BBQ Times and see what kind of deal she will make for us.

Bob Youngblood made a motion to increase the individual membership, only, to $40.00 effective September 1, 2015.  Steve Brumm 2nd.

Bob Youngblood – Yes           Connie Washam – Yes            Lori Frazee – Yes

Jim Elser – Yes                        Steve Brumm – Yes                 Angela Iversen – Absent

Bob Youngblood made a motion to  increase the cost of the Judges Seminar, for current members to $50.00 and for new members to $90.00 which will include an individual membership, effective January 1, 2016.  Lori Frazee 2nd motion

Bob Youngblood – Yes           Lori Frazee – Yes        Jim Elser – Yes

Connie Washam – Yes            Steve Brumm – Yes     Angela – Absent


Fun Cook: Dennis Schmitz

Get the documents uploaded to the website judges Application, Kids Q application,

Celebrate 2015 Year end dinner.  Hawiian/tropical theme

RV site application.

Applications for ancillary contests.

Gary Washam will get these documents uploaded when they are sent to him

Most ancillary contests have volunteers to facilitate the contest.

Bob will take care of Golf,

BBQ sales, 3 two hour sessions to sell BBQ to other people staying in the park during the weekend.  profits to benefit FBA.  Need a volunteer cook team to help.

An all call for sponsors was sent out and Rub Bagby of Swampboys and Jim Elser of Sweet Smoke Q responded.

Open discussion:

Are we any closer to the completion of the website?  Inquiries should be directed to Wink Yelverton.

Next BOD meeting: July 27, 2015 8:00 PM

Call in number is 712-775-7100          Participant code is 1040678#

Meeting Adjourned 9:55 PM


Respectfully submitted.

Connie Washam