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The last "Letter
from the Pres..."
put this article together 12-October-2000 for the last "Letter from
the Pres..." article I was writing for the current SCBBQA (Southern
California BBQ Association) newsletter,
"The Smokin' Times". It did not get published due to scheduling conflicts. Anyway, for the historical
archives here it is.
this particular article is a bit unique.
This will be my last "Message from the Prez..." article
to submit. That takes the
stress off meeting a monthly publication deadline to create new,
interesting, and beneficial messages to the members. But, the downside is of course being out of the
mainstream of activities and projects related to BBQ and the SCBBQA as a
whole. I will
certainly miss the responsibilities and involvement, but can now enjoy
our activities from a different perspective and with a different type of
look back on the history of the SCBBQA and feel a lot of pride in what
we have accomplished since our inception.
Just so new and existing members understand our history I will
briefly describe, one last time, how it all started.
January 23rd, 1999, the following teams and BBQ enthusiasts met at
Follows Camp to grow BBQ activities in Southern California.
Those true founding members are:
Camp BBQ, Promoter
of this World BBQ
Hands BBQ Catering
& Eva Harris
Baroody (Killer George)
Moore (Texas Mike) and Mike Guinagh
Clark & Gary Maines
people in all just arranged to get together to try and kick BBQ up a
notch in California. Then
BAM, there it was. While
eating lunch at the Fort restaurant at Follows it was decided to start
the SCBBQA. We all tossed
in our charter membership dues (credit
cards and checks), Kathy Murphy was tasked with identifying and
obtaining liability insurance, and off we all went to create and grow
think that the SCBBQA is now a recognized BBQ organization throughout
the BBQ world. We
have teams competing in national events. We have made inroads in growing BBQ events and activities
throughout the state, especially Southern California. We have provided the members and other BBQ enthusiasts with
BBQ communication vehicles such as the SCBBQA list, Smokin' Times, and
Q-Fests. At our Q-Fest
everybody can gather in a social and relaxed atmosphere with BBQ related
seminars scheduled throughout the event to share the experiences and
techniques that those more experienced members have to share.
congratulate the, soon-to-be, newly installed board and appreciate the
contribution they have dedicated themselves to for the upcoming year.
As the old saying goes "many
hands make little work". Well,
this is a more experienced and larger board.
I believe we will all be amazed at how well that experience will
benefit the SCBBQA.
think that everybody has a unique energy and creativity they can
contribute to their passions. I have given by best to the SCBBQA with honor.
I have also felt that if I want something to be there for me, I
have to be there for it. Thusly
I considered it my duty to "do my part" in being a part of
creating the entity I wanted so much to be a part of.
believe that a new president will bring new inspiration, originality,
and resourcefulness to the SCBBQA.
That in turn will translate into BBQ growth and benefits for the
SCBBQA members and everything, or anybody, they make contact with.
have made lifelong friends that I can truly call family.
I will not be leaving or departing those friendships or our
organization. I will be there to help and assist anybody, and
the future board, with projects and provide any of my experiences or
capabilities that they would desire to draw upon.
in parting, it has been a great 2-year ride in the front seat.
I am now looking forward to a bit of snoozing in the back seat
tending to my low and slow burning pits.
to everybody that made it so special!
SCBBQA (Southern BBQ Association)
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