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NIBA Members! 

It has been so nice getting together with NIBA members this summer! It has been very gratifying to be able to visit and play music with our members again.

We will discuss the details of the NIBA Christmas party at the next board meeting on Oct 2 before the Harding Jam.

NIBA bylaws state that the president can have only two terms as president. Therefore I cannot run for president next year. 

As such, please let me know if you are interested in one or more of my current jobs; President, Membership Database, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, NIBA Festival and Picnic Coordinator. Also, I solicit and coordinate volunteers when folks ask us for entertainers. The president typically is not responsible for all those tasks, so don’t let that list scare you. 

If we do not get enough folks to volunteer to be on the board, we will be forced to dissolve. I hope this does not happen, so please send us your name and interest.

Some jams are going or starting. I am updating the NIBA jam listings as soon I get updates. 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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