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NIBA Members! 

The NIBA Christmas party and Chili Cook-off is set for Saturday Dec 4th at the Harding Community Center. If you are not aware, there is a traditional Chili cook-off competition. Folks are asked to bring a dish to share. The NIBA will provide fried chicken and soft drinks. There will also be an open stage for folks to sign up to perform.

No one has yet stepped forward to run for NIBA President. I hope someone does, I would really be disappointed if the NIBA has to fold due to lack of a sufficient board. That is what will happen if no one is willing to take the helm. So please donate the 1 hour a month to attend board meetings and plan events. Send your willingness and/or nomination form to run for NIBA board to

The Streator Jam is now the Grand Ridge Jam and will restart Dec 18th. Please let me know if you know of any jams that are starting or no longer happening so I can spread the word. Send a message to

Be sure to check the jam contact before going to it as our calendar may not be up to date. The jam listings show some jams that may or may not be happening. The calendar lists the jams I have been told are happening.

Kim Kraemer 
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association


NIBA Board


· President:           Kim Kraemer    (815-383-9329)


· Vice President:   Ted Seed         (815-246-6333)


·  Treasurer:            James Kardelis (708-633-9854)


· Secretary:           Margaret Seed  (815-246-6333)



Board Members

Joyce Kraemer         630 852-8088

William Seed            815-252-4673

Mellisa Nickel           815-228-9856

Joe Michelotti           630-290-1675





Please make all submissions for this newsletter by the 15th of each month to Send all printed copy and photos to:  NIBA, PO Box 495, Ottawa, IL 61350. This newsletter is copyrighted by the NIBA. 


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