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The following is OBR's Response on the KCBS Facebook page in regards to the article on the cover of the August Bullsheet. We are copyng to the Forum because we do not want anyone who wasn't in Joplin to have any reason to think that somehow OBR was not welcoming to anyone and everyone who volunteered:
After reading the August issue of the Bullsheet, I have to take issue with the cover article. An article pointing out any real or perceived rifts between judges and teams serves no one in a positive manner. But most appalling was the use of Operation BBQ Relief as a tool to help make the point. The quote by a judge was "I wanted to volunteer but you know how teams feel about judges.” The author's ...nodding affirmation of that comment made it worse. Anything implying that OBR was somehow EXclusive rather than INclusive is unfair and simply WRONG. One of our most valuable volunteers was Richie Allen, a Master CBJ living in the area who even offered his home to volunteers. Unity, friendship and compassion were what we were all about in Joplin and, going forward, as OBR. ANYONE down there would say the same. As Executive Directors of OBR, Jeff, Stan and Will would prefer to not be dragged into the politics/issues of KCBS by using our organization as an example to make a negative point.
Jeff, Stan and Will
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