This may be a little out of line for here, but here I go....
If they are going to make it mandatory for a competitor to have up to date membership, or pay extra to cook, they why shouldn't the judging staff be a member as well?
If the judges renewal is sent out like the general membership, they receive it in plenty of time to renew before it expires. If we don't get an extension of time, why should they?
If it is going to KCBS, and it is almost mandatory for a cooking team to be a member in good standing, then judges should as well. What is good for the goose is good for the gander... just my opinion.
Smoke-N-My-I's Competition BBQ Team
2 Chargriller SuperPros with SFB's(retired)
2 UGLY drum smokers
Weber 22 1/2" & 18 1/2" Kettle
Super fast RED Thermapen
Screaming fast ORANGE Thermapen
KCBS Certified Table Captain