Highland Lakes Pod hopes each one had a MERRY CHRISTMAS and we hope you have a Very Healthy and Happy New Year!

posted Dec 26, 2017, 2:41 PM by Ruby Ross

I hope you have a very BLESSED 2018

Great Pepper's Meeting Sept 8-10, 2017 in Tyson's Corner, VA

posted Aug 27, 2017, 7:43 PM by Ruby Ross

There are four openings on the Board of Directors.  Incumbents running are:  Cindy Noe, Mary Ellen Gillen & Don Hoy.  New candidate is Kit Rudd.  Good luck to all.  The Board of Directors is a very important & time consuming job.  We appreciate all of our Directors and thank all of you for your dedication to CASI.  Thank you! Thank you!

CASI and chili cooks have lost some very special members recently.  They will all be missed dearly.  Our thoughts & prayers are with their families.  God Bless you all.

You still have time to get those chili & show points if you haven't qualified.  Good luck! You have until Oct 1st.

Great Pepper's Meeting, Tyson's Corner, Virginia Sept 8-10

posted Jun 26, 2017, 2:16 PM by Ruby Ross

Most of our Great Peppers are planning their trip to GP Meeting in Virginia.  The Rule Changes are out & available.  Your GP will probably be discussing them with their members before Sept. The T-Shirt contest ends July 1st.  I am anxious to see our new T-Shirt.

HLP 2017-18 officers elected..

posted Jun 14, 2017, 4:02 PM by Ruby Ross

At a recent meeting new officers for the coming year were elected.  Great Pepper(pres) Craig Schlicke  Pepper-Popper (V pres) Johnny Campbell;
Chili Scribe (sec) Carrie Kinnison; Chancellor of Exchili(treas) Ruby Ross.  Directors elected are Fred Westerman, James Bauer, Larry Kinnison and Doug Seelig.  Ruby Ross will serve as Regional Referee with Craig Schlicke, Carrie Kinnison, Larry Kinnison & Doug Seelig taking Area Referees.
HLP members want to give a big THANK YOU to Carrie for her dedication & leadership for the past two years & the 3 years previously as GP.  Your leadership kept things running smoothly.  We do appreciate you.  Thanks

HLP just sponsored our 46th Annual Howdy-Roo which was very successful!

posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:00 PM by Ruby Ross

The members of Highland Lakes Pod from the 46th Howdy-Roo Regional chili, BBQ Cookoff. Business Chili,  bean cookoff and our many activities were able to present our 3 charities a total of $14,000.  The charities were very active in making this a success also.  We owe them a "Thank You" for all their work.   Thanks to our leaders Doc & Carrie and to each HLP member and members of SOT, who are co-host, for all your dedication and hard work.    We did it again! 

Hope everyone had a great & safe Thanksgiving. Time to get our thoughts on cooking chili & getting those points.

posted Nov 26, 2016, 11:09 AM by Ruby Ross

ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR!  New CCO at Pecan Grove Store-5344 Hwy 16-Fredericksburg, Tx  CASI Entry $20  Turn-in 2 pm  Registration 8 am  Tasting Cups will be sold..please bring extra chili.  Charity TX Exes Scholarship Fund  This is a new location & looks like a great venue for CCO.  We will be able to drive-in & unload our supplies & have a parking area for us to park.  This is a good opportunity to promote chili & CASI in a new area.  Fredericksburg has numerous RV Parks, shopping & dining.  Great for Christmas shopping.  Please no alcohol in cooking area.  Lone Star Beer $1.50 all day.  The owner Rick Martin, CASI lifetime member, is donating beer & water for judging.  Plenty of room in the Pecan bottom for cooks & shows with entertainment throughout the day.  Contact Rick 830-990-4433; Abbi; Ruby  See you there!!

Congrats to our TICC winner Lisa! She will be an excellent representative for CASI.

posted Nov 14, 2016, 8:54 AM by Ruby Ross

Special congrats to our own HLP GP, Carrie Kinnison on placing 18th out of 332 cooks.  Other HLP members were Mollie Truitt 20 th, Sue Caffey-13th, Lynn Hejtmancik 17th,  Sherry Haynes 10th & Bucky Seelig 6th.  WTG! (if I
missed someone Congrats!)  All of the winners are on facebook & will be in The Trails.  Congratulations to all show winners   So proud you showed & are keeping Show alive in CASI.  Congrats to Mike Park for head show judge..job well done. 
Our thanks to all our directors (outgoing & incoming) for a great TICC.  Our 50th was outstanding.  A very good celebration.  CHILI, CHARITY, FUN  was definitely the theme.  Thanks again for all you do for CASI.
Please mark Dec 10th on your calenders.  We have  new CCO in Fredericksburg The Coop, 607 Main St
No RV parking but plenty of RV parks in the area , shopping & dining.  We will unload our supplies & all cook together in the back.  I am meeting with Abbi Tues to get everything set up.  It looks like a great location to have annual CCO and promote CASI.  Entry fee $20, turn-in 2 pm, chili grind only.
More details to  follow.

Mark your calenders for new CCO, at The Coop, 607 Main St, Fredericksburg, Texas on Dec 10, 2016!!

posted Oct 20, 2016, 7:08 AM by Ruby Ross

I am excited about this CCO.  (You can check The Coop on internet and see the location)  No RV parking but as you all know there is great RV park
in Fredericksburg. We will be able to pull in front unload and all cook together in same area like we do in Kingsland at did at Lake Country Lanes.  This
should be a lot of  fun.  The charity is TexasEx scholarship fund.  Fredericksburg is a wonderful shopping & dining area. Cook on Sat & shop all weekend.
Let's support this CCO & help CASI grow.

Following a broken hip, rehab, computer crashing (me crashing) I am back.

posted Oct 12, 2016, 6:49 PM by Ruby Ross

TICC is just around the corner. Many cooks are making their plans to attend and will be there 10-12 days.  Safe travels to all. 
The New Chili Year began Oct 1st.  Frances  Manske is the only one I know who won back to back auto qualifiers.  She is already double qualified.  Congratulations  Frances,  WTG
I wish everyone good luck on getting your points..  (more info on TICC to follow)

Invite All Your Friends To Be Judges!

posted May 2, 2016, 8:37 PM by Lisa Miller   [ updated May 4, 2016, 12:41 PM ]

We're always happy to welcome judges to attend Howdy-Roo. After all, more judges means fairer results, and lots of happy people!

Not a world-class chili and barbeque cook? How about a world-class chili and barbeque EATER? You can judge some of the world's best competition chili and barbeque this Saturday and Sunday. Show up 30 minutes before each competition on Saturday and Sunday at Johnson Park, Marble Falls and tell anyone at the Gazebo that you and your tastebuds are there to help them out. Believe it or not, judges are a bit hard to come by and you will be welcome and treasured. Did I mention free veggies, crackers, beverages and beer?

May 6-Registration, golf for cooks and competitors, cooks' party and entertainment.

May 7-Chili Cook-Off
Turn-in times;
10:30am Beans
12:00pm Chicken
1:30pm Pork Spare Ribs
2:00pm CASI Chili
2:30pm Business Chili
3:00pm Brisket
May 8-Backbone Creek Chili Cook-Off
Turn-in time:

Judging Chili

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