Originally Posted by ModelMaker
I would like to know how the candiates feel about requiring head cooks to be active KCBS members.
I think that could be very detrimental to the KCBS. KCBS is selling a service to contest organizers. If I were organizing a contest I would want a sanctioning organization that allows the most people to compete. Limiting my competition to a members only event would limit the number of teams.
Every team pays an entry fee which in turn pays for the sanctioning. Nobody that pays the entry fee is getting a free ride. If you look at the KCBS financials a lot more money comes in via sanctioning fees than membership fees. Sanctioning fees pay for all the reps, slips, plates computer usage etc.
I can certainly understand requiring membership to be eligible for Team of the Year and any other benefit programs that KCBS provides.