Good day all. As we approach the end of our chili year, I want to wish luck to all those that are still hunting those last elusive points. Most of you that are searching have a pretty good idea where you are headed this week and next, but if you are still undecided, pull out the Trails and find the cook-off that interests you.
We begin our new year next Saturday and that puts us just weeks away from the 50th Annual Terlingua International Chili Championship at Rancho CASI de los Chisos. Cooks, friends and spectators will converge in the West Texas desert for fun and friendship.
There are numerous activities, parties, events and cooking contests during the week leading up to the big day. The October Trails will be out soon and it is full of articles about everything going on that week and there is surely something for everyone. I hope that you find something that suits your liking.
In the upcoming weeks and month, the blog will have many new articles and features of interest to the our friends and the chili family. So..............
In the meantime, good luck to all this weekend. May Chiligula smile on you.
Good morning everyone. After a couple of interesting days I can now take a short breath and compose my thoughts here. Last weekend at the 2016 Great Pepper's Meeting in Austin, I was voted in as the new Executive Director for the Chili Appreciation Society International. I am extremely honored and humbled by all the support and enthusiasm I received from the Board, the delegates and spectators. I am very excited about the next two years and i hope that we continue this great foward momentum we are on.
First I want to thank Richard Knight, Tim Collier, David Manske, Harvey West and Ted Fichtl for their commitment, dedication and perserverance while serving on the BOD. Thank you very much for everything you have done and do. Without individuals like you we can't continue to move our fantastic organization forward. You did an amazing job and for that I say thank you.
To Susan Armand...who probably had the toughest job there was this year. Thank you for your dedication and commitment for stepping into the ED shoes and taking on that monumental task. All the communications, the emails, the phone calls, the meetings...I truly appreciate all you have done to help me ease into this position and thank you for the forgiveness when i messed up. I look forward to the next years working with you.
Looking forward in year 51, I have some ideas that i am wanting to implement over the next several months to help the membership take on a more involved roll in our family. Without the Pod support and involvement we can't move forward. We are in an ever changing, very social media culture now and we have to find ways to use this to our advantage; To excite and encourage family, friends, and the public to participate in our passion...our dedication...our commitment...to raising money for charity and sharing this one unique experience that is a cookoff. No where are you going to find a such a group of people focused on Chili, Charity and Fun.
I said last Saturday, I have billed this as the Year of the Pod. I believe the Pods are our strength and i want to see our organization become bigger, better, and the best that i know we can be. Continue to invent, affect and change the cookoffs with your imagination and creativity. Thank you everyone for everything you do.
Looking forward to serving you for the next two years. Take Care and God Bless.
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The 65th Texas Legislature recognized the fact that you cannot be a true son or daughter of Texas without having your taste buds tingle at the thought of the treat that is real, honest-to-goodness, unadulterated Texas chili and the same Texas Legislature proclaimed chili as the “State Dish of Texas”.
CASI – Chili Appreciation Society International continues today the tradition that began in 1967, in Terlingua, Texas, of having the chili cooks that make the best and most authentic concoction of the State Food of Texas in the largest chili championship in the world.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016 the CASI Board of Directors will meet with the leaders, called Great Peppers, of the 66 CASI chapters, called Pods, in Austin, Texas, for the 37th Annual Great Pepper’s meeting. These 66 Great Peppers will travel from throughout the USA, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. This mixture of business and fun will take place at the Holiday Inn – Midtown. The purpose of the meeting is to further CASI’s mission of raising awareness of the true Texas “Bowl of Red” and to reinforce CASI’s motto of “Chili, Charity, and Fun”. The meeting will include the planning of the 50th CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship, to be held on November 5, 2016, in Terlingua, Texas.
CASI-Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc., a tax exempt nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, has as its mission to create and maintain a structure that promotes chili cookoff events which bridge the gap between local charitable organizations, the community and corporations. CASI sanctioned chili cookoffs are intended to bring local communities and competitive chili cooks together to raise awareness of chili and raise funds for the local charities, while supporting the community with wholesome, enriched competitive cooking events. CASI sanctions approximately 500 chili competitions each year.
CASI’s motto, “Chili, Charity, and Fun” describes the theme of our cookoffs and the positive environment CASI cookoffs create. Resoundingly successful in accomplishing our mission, since being founded, CASI has generated and donated over $30,000,000 in financial support for local charities.
We had to move our last chance cook-off to a different location. There was some disagreements between the charity and the pod. Everyone that attendeds the cook off was going to have to obtain at food permit. The food permit must be obtained 10 days prior to the event and there is no way of knowing who will show up from CASI. So the new location is going to be the Loyal Order of the Moose at 2920 W Marland BLVD Hobbs, NM 88240. We have already started notifying people that we know that will be coming. We have also posted on most Facebook pages. Or you can contact Paul Mulkey at 575-390-6184.
CASI is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization of the Internal Revenue Code-EIN-74-2330479. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code. We receive tax-deductible bequests, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106,or 2522.