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2017 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

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


· Vice President:  Tom Gerber      (815-312-3964)


Treasurer:              James Kardelis (708-633-9854)                                               


· Secretary:           Mary Krasko    (815-879-2414)                


Board Members

Jim Berkland            630-479-6610

Dave Erickson          630-746-1445

Joyce Kraemer          630 852-8088

Rich Krasko             815-879-2414 

Ted Seed                 815-246-6333





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Text Box: A Note from the Prez

Greetings Bluegrassers!

In this issue, please find the ballot to nominate Board members for the 2020 year. 

Note: Mary Krasko, Rich Krasko and Jim Berkland are resigning from the board. This means we need three (3) NEW members to run for office. One to be secretary and two general board members.

Being a board member is easy, but without board members the NIBA can no longer continue as an organization. SO PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO FILL AN OPEN SLOT.

 The NIBA Christmas party was moved from Sugar Grove to Harding since we lost a Sugar Grove resident to reserve same. The NIBA Christmas party date has also changed from Dec 15th to Sunday, Dec 8th. Please attend the Christmas party as attendance has been very low in the past few years and perhaps it is time to stop having it if attendance does not pick up.
The party will run from noon-5:00. We eat at 3:00. Bring a dish to pass.

The board is looking for a new place to hold the NIBA Festival. Please let us know if you have a suggestion at a board meeting, call us, or at 

Kim Kraemer
President, NIBA

Hello Bluegrass Enthusiasts!

NIBA Key Dates to Remember


  Sunday Dec 8: NIBA Christmas Party

  Noon-5:00 Bring dish to pass

Harding Community Center, Harding, Il

Starved Rock Cycling Association’s

Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride fundraiser


The NIBA received this letter:

    “On behalf of the Starved Rock Cycling Association, please accept our heartfelt thanks for arranging for some of your members to perform at  the Sheridan School Rest Stop during our 30th Pumpkin Pie Ride. 451 riders passed through this rest stop, many of them two or three times, and we received many compliments on the performances of your members. On behalf of the Club, please accept the enclosed check for $100 as a donation, to be used as the organization sees fit.

    The money we raise from the Pumpkin Pie Ride helps support community program’s such as bike rides for the Ottawa Friendship House, Horizon House in Peru, and adaptive trikes for I-80 AMBUCS, as well as Bicycle Safety and Education courses, implementation of the Bike Plan in Ottawa, and strategically placed 3’ Passing signs informing motorists of the legal requirement to allow cyclists a minimum of three feet when passing. For more information about the Club and our projects, please check out our webpage or look for us on Facebook.


                  Donald R Dirks Jr., President”

Thank you to the Starved Rock Cycling Association’s generous donation!


Thank you to the Templetons for performing the first hour, especially since they had another gig that day!


Thanks also goes to Jim Covalski, Gordon  Krauspe, John Dillon, John Musgrave for joining me (Kim Kraemer) in performing for the next 2 hours.





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