Is this the year?

We’re officially moving into CBA board election season and, as always, we’re hoping to see new names on the ballot this year.

If you’re interested in serving on the Board of Directors of the California Bluegrass Association, a deed that, win or lose, will secure you a very special place in bluegrass heaven, here’s what you need to know. To run for the board you must:

1) be a member in good standing, (that is, make sure your dues are paid up)

2) submit a petition simply stating your intension to run and have it signed by 10 members of the Association, (again, make certain those who sign are current members.)

3) send the petition, along with a candidate statement, to our Membership Vice President, Bruce Campbell…524 Masonic St.; Martinez, Ca… 94553, no later than August 15, 2013.

One question that comes up each year is whether collecting names for the petition can be done via the Internet. The answer is YES AND NO. For the name to be valid, the member must provide you with his/her named printed or typed out AND a WRITTEN SIGNITURE below it. The petition signer can give you the signature in one of the following ways…

--hand it to you

--mail it to you via the U.S. Mail

--fax it to you (925-228-1658)

--scan it and email it as a PDF or other graphics file. (

Once you’ve collected your ten signatures, you can pass them along to Bruce using one of these same four methods. If you have questions about this or anything else pertaining to this year’s board election, please don’t hesitate to contact our CBA President, Darby Brandli. 510 735 6364 or

As of this writing, July 14th, we are aware of one currently seated board member who will not be running again this year. Thanks, Bruce Campbell, for a job very, very well done.

Serving as an elected board member of a non-profit organization is not for everyone; it requires time and commitment and a willingness to take on some tough issues from time to time. That said, stepping up into a leadership role can be a vastly rewarding and satisfying experience. We urge you to give running for the board some serious consideration.
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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