written by Dan Cannon for the "From our Prez" column
in the February 2000 edition of the Smokin' Times Newsletter.
that time the logo of the SCBBQA was:
A History of the
Thought I would take a
moment to introduce and THANK some of our original and current officers, and
document a bit of the history of the SCBBQA. I will start with the
following people that have been a part of our organization since, or near the
inception date, 16 January 1999, and how they helped create the SCBBQA.
After all, if it is not documented it might be forgotten or never known by
- Melanie Jones for
spending so much of her time handling our books, new and current members
(and all that involves), accounting and banking, new and current BBQ
events all over California, advertising and sponsors, and the public affairs
of the SCBBQA. Without her enthusiasm and momentum in those
areas we would not have had nearly the amount of good BBQ events,
activities, comradely, and fun during the year. Not to mention the
amount of BBQ growth in California that I know we can directly attribute to
Melanie. You might be surprised at how many hours a day and how
many days a week she lives and breaths SCBBQA and BBQ. I bet her family
- Gene Goycochea
for registering and filing the SCBBQA internet name, permitting us to
have a guest web site on his personal computer
equipment, having patience with our request for our website updates and
changes, and overall making a very professional and informational web site for
the SCBBQA. Also, Gene took the time, many evenings on the
phone with me, to coach and assist me, in learning about organizations,
bylaws, and rules of order.
- Tom Brohamer for
spending all the time putting together a Newsletter from scratch.
This had to be extra challenging and difficult due to the short period of time
he was a member before he had the first issue on the streets. And
believe me those 30 day periods between issues come quickly when one has a
publishing deadline to meet (I hope I get this to Tom soon).
Tom joined the SCBBQA the first weekend of June, 1999, just after the Shake,
Rattle 'n Smoke Cook-off at Follows Camp (he took 1st in Tri-Tip).
- Steve Clark for
having a kind, warm, and trusting nature along with a passion for BBQ.
Steve personally conceived of and put in place the foundation and structure
for our Q-Fests as we know them. Steve organized our first, of several,
Q-Fests. The first occurring on October 16,17 & 18, 1998, followed
by our second, February 19, 20 & 21, 1999. We were very lucky,
always had nice weather. Been having them since about every other month
when we are not having BBQ Cook-Offs. Now Steve can take a moment to
relax and instead execute his new responsibilities and duties as Vice
President. Passing the Q-Fest baton on to others that volunteer,
or are voted into a position, to keep the tradition going and help out
in that key area.
I also wanted to mention
the original BBQ enthusiast that decided to trek out and meet
January 16th, 1999, at Follows Camp, to have lunch, and create the
concept and organization now known as the SCBBQA. The rest is now
history, as they say!
||Out Of This World
||Pork Belly Bandits
|Mike Moore (Texas
||Coyote Road Kill
I felt the
need to talk about the evolution of the SCBBQA so that somewhere in
print the history of our organization might be documented allowing current and
future members an opportunity to understand a bit of how we originated.
All the members have played a part in growing our organization, so many that
it is hard to mention them all in this note.
During the first voting
type meeting Melanie Jones was voted in as President. I was voted in as
Secretary / Treasurer. Due to other responsibilities and interest
Melanie and I swapped positions on a temporary basis. A few months later
the membership confirmed those positions as permanent for the first year.
Tom Brohamer volunteered to take on the responsibilities of the Newsletter mid
summer. Then was seated by the board as Newsletter Editor during the
month of August.
During the 2nd
annual election, November 6th, 1999, the membership voted in myself
as President, Melanie Jones as Secretary / Treasurer, Tom Brohamer as
Newsletter Editor, Steve Clark as Vice President, and Smokin' Joe O'Connell as
Dan Cannon, President,
SCBBQA (the day this was originally written).
Folks attending the