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Unread 03-29-2012, 08:06 AM   #16
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I think Im going to try and get this going. I talked to my wife last night about it and she's on board with it. She actually wants to help with it.
I sent PM to a couple of people on here that said they would help to try and get ideas of how to get started.

So I'm going to be asking you guys for help at some point. It's a little late to get started this year but I think it can still work with some hard work. I don't think ther have been any KCBS contest in Illinois as of yet.
I would like to call it Illinois BBQ Association. That way we don't have to worry about what Jim 'Rhino' Reincke has done in the past. I would also like it to be just Illinois not tied to GLBBQA. I think it should be about teams and members from Illinois. But I would like help from the GLBBQA members and have sent a PM to spydermike72 and others.

I will be working on getting some guidelines this week and will see what we come up with. Anyone that wants to see what I come up please pm me your email address or let me know on here.
This is a start I guees.

Here is my eamial address if anyone wants to contact me rweller0506@yahoo.com and my phone #'s H - 217-323-2448 C - 217-971-0587
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Unread 03-29-2012, 08:22 AM   #17
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Ralph,
We have several members who frequent contests outside of Michigan and are actually closer to Illinois than some of the contests in Michigan so whatever partnership we could
form I think would be very beneficial. Looking forward to hearing from you and assisting in any way we can.

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If i can help out, let me know Ralph.
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It seems that joining these two would be hugely beneficial to both organizations and really help grow bbq in the Great Lakes region.
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It seems that joining these two would be hugely beneficial to both organizations and really help grow bbq in the Great Lakes region.
Your right, it probably would help the great lakes region but there are a whole lot of teams from Illinois that are not in the Great Lakes region. JMO
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I had the pleasure to chat with the GLBBQA Guys early on
Being open beyond Michigan was my primary encouragement

Great Lakes is off to a fine start sure would seem wise to hook up
Nothing says there can't be Illinois centric points races and social events
Maybe every state could have a ToY with a Larger GLBBQA Champion
LOADS of possibilities in this area
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I had the pleasure to chat with the GLBBQA Guys early on
Being open beyond Michigan was my primary encouragement

Great Lakes is off to a fine start sure would seem wise to hook up
Nothing says there can't be Illinois centric points races and social events
Maybe every state could have a ToY with a Larger GLBBQA Champion
LOADS of possibilities in this area
Well, that's a thought Thom. Have one big GLBBQA champion and then individual state TOY also. Probably not any more work for either one of us. I tried to get a hold of Mike last night a couple of times but was unable to talk to him. I will try again today or this weekend.
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Ralph,
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Your right, it probably would help the great lakes region but there are a whole lot of teams from Illinois that are not in the Great Lakes region. JMO
It is all up for interpretation whether anybody thinks they belong or not. I hear teams say similar things about why join KCBS, because they are so far away from Kansas.
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In it's hayday the ILBBQS was very strong, with lots of members, helping a lot of contests in the state. The biggest problem with the entire organization was me. It outgrew being a one horse show and I simply couldn't give it the attention it deserved.

Ralph, or any of you interested, I would be happy to talk with you about building it back up to what it once was. Please give me a call anytime. My number is 6 1 8 4 0 7 3 3 0 0.

I admit that I have dropped the ball on this opportunity, but before the association completely fades away, I would like to see someone else drive it to uber-success. Don't worry, I am ready to completely and totally step away from the project, so hanging the proverbial "Under New Ownership" sign may be a benefit.

For the right person and/or groups interested in taking it over, the name, website (domain name), pertinent files, and Facebook page, are all easily transferred. Let me know!

Because I don't visit the bbq blogs like I once did, please call with any questions, suggestions or ideas.

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Thanks Jim for your input.

I'm working out it. Its taking more time than I want but it can only go so fast. I just hope we can have everything in place in the next month. At least what we need to get up and running. My biggest problem so far has been getting team information so I can send them information. I have sent an email to KCBS hoping they can help me.

Thanks for all that have responded. I will try to keep everyon posted on here.

Thanks to the Brethern forum for allowing me to do this on here. I won't forget Ron and moderators.
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Well, that's a thought Thom. Have one big GLBBQA champion and then individual state TOY also. Probably not any more work for either one of us. I tried to get a hold of Mike last night a couple of times but was unable to talk to him. I will try again today or this weekend.
Hi Ralph,

I will call you back tonight, last weekend was the GLBBQA Annual Meeting and I was working on that most of the weekend, and my daughter is up from Georgia visiting.
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I will call you back tonight, last weekend was the GLBBQA Annual Meeting and I was working on that most of the weekend, and my daughter is up from Georgia visiting.
Ok Mike, not a problem. I thought maybe I was calling the work # and not getting it until later.
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WOW, I thought I would get a lot more response on this. Other than the guys/teams on here and a few local comp teams I know I have had basically NO response.
I have sent out about 50 mailings/emails just to notify Illinois teams of what I'm looking to do and like I said, pretty much nothing. I did not send to the guys that have responded on here.
Maybe I need to take a year and talk to teams as I go to comps this Spring/summer/fall. Explain what I'm wanting to do and see if that works and try again next year. I will probably be at 12-15 contest through out the season. What do you guys think?

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Ralph,
We are here if you need us, please feel free to fire away at any ideas or questions.

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