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2017 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

· President:           Kim Kraemer    (312-730-7469)


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


· Treasurer:           Cindy Kline      (224-569-6210)                     

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


Board Members

Jim Berkland            630-479-6610

Bill Fulton                815-673-8694

Joyce Kraemer

Rich Krasko             815-879-2414 

Dave Erickson          630-746-1445





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NIBA Dates to Remember:


      Jun 2   : NIBA 2018 Festival

            (Put the festival on your calendar!)




Text Box: Note from your Pres.

Happy Holidays to all our Bluegrassers!

    Another year and another board! I have the privilege to have been elected as President and Tom Gerber is the new Vice President. We also have a new board member, Dave Erickson, who graciously will replace Ray Ward. Thank you to Ray Ward for your past service on the board.

    We are moving at a fast pace to organize the 2018 NIBA Festival. We have a great line up so far (see the Flyer). There may be other great bands, camping, jamming and a workshop. It will be a great event! 

    We need to raise funds in order to get some professional bands to perform at the festival. We have a sponsorship packet that describes the various levels and what a sponsor will get. Please email and we will send you a sponsorship packet. Everyone’s help is requested. Please let us know if you have a business or know a business that could help us out to support bluegrass. Remind the businesses that donations made to the NIBA are tax deductible.  

    The fall/winter/spring jam season is in full swing. Check out the jam information in this newsletter and on our website. If you drive a long way to get to a jam it is a good idea to call the contact number to be sure a jam will be held. Many of the jams request you bring a dish to pass and give a donation to help pay for cost of the facility and other miscellaneous expenses. 

We need additional help on committees for each of the NIBA events which include the picnic, festival and the Christmas party. 

Kim Kraemer, President
Text Box: Hines VA Hospital Christmas Party

On Saturday 12/16 we once again had a Bluegrass band perform for the Vets. It was our great honor to perform for veterans. Thank you to (Left to right) Jim Covalski, Tom Gerber, Jim Berkland, Mary Krasko, Kim Kraemer and Keith Baumann for performing! One could plainly see the vets truly enjoyed the show.

A special thanks goes out to Keith Baumann for adding his amazing musicianship!

We even had a visit from Santa Clause!

Note: For legal reasons vets cannot be pictured. 
The room however was full of vets.
Text Box: Santa and his Elves 
Came to the Streator Jam


Text Box: 2018 Chet Kingery Memorial 
Bluegrass Festival

We are excited to announce our 2018 lineup of @The Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival to be held on Saturday, September 1st at The Great Pumpkin Patch in rural Arthur, Illinois. We welcome Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, The Harmans, Cornfields and Crossroads and your host band, Mackville!
Russell Moore and IIIrd Time Out

Go to their FaceBook page to see all the pictures

Editor’s Note: If you have not attended the Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival, be sure to put it on your calendar! There were a couple of groups jamming as well.

The festival is on Saturday, September 1st at The Great Pumpkin Patch in rural Arthur, Illinois. 
Text Box: More Streator Jam



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