Author: Brandli, Darby

July Presidents Message

Fathers Day
It was another great one! The 38th Annual Father’s Day Festival had perfect weather, a huge attendance including a record number of children, a stellar lineup, preceded by a full and successful Music Camp, a NEW Bluegrass Camp for Kids, new participants on Kids on Bluegrass by the District 6 California State Old Time Fiddlers Association and was produced by an all volunteer member staff. We, the Board of Directors and Festival Coordinators, want to thank you for your attendance.

Our attendance records are not yet complete but we know the campground was filling by Tuesday before the festival (the porta-potties will be emptied earlier next year. The number of early campers was a surprise). There was a record day at the main gate on Thursday and the entry line spilled out onto the road (Gate 1 will also open on Thursday next year). There were at least 500 children in attendance, our inventory of children’s “free” wristbands ran out at 500 and many children were not counted (Thank you Gate Crew for attempting to count all the children.) 200 hats were made at our very successful and well attended KidFest. (Thank you, Kathleen Rushing). The lineup was world class and offered something for everyone. (Thank you Mark Varner and the TAG Team of Ray Edlund and Whit Washburn.) The CBA Music Camp was a huge success and our new Camp Directors outdid themselves. (Thank you Janet Peterson and Peter Langston, the camp faculty and Blue Sun catering). The new Bluegrass Camp for Kids was full and by all reports most of the three dozen young people will return next year. (Thank you Kate Hamre of and Front Country plus Luke Abbott.). There was a large contingent of new attendees from the Redding area who brought their fiddling kids and many participated in Kids on Bluegrass. (Thank you Frank Solivan for KOB and to George Fredson from District 6 for introducing your friends to our Father’s Day Festival and the CBA.)

I am always amazed that an event of this caliber can be produced by volunteers. The Father’s Day Festival is a labor of love by the CBA membership to the public. Volunteers do everything from Festival Director to stage sleeper to handicap taxi driving. There was a large group from PG&E who volunteered to drive the People Mover (thank you Jim Evans for arranging this new “team”). The CBA Board of Directors work all year to get ready for the CBA’s premier event and our team Coordinators plan for and implement what is truly miraculous. Special kudos this year go to David Brace, Festival Director and Deb Livermore, Volunteer Coordinator who are the glue that hold this endeavor together. Thank you all for attending, and see you next year when we do it again!

Running for CBA office
It is time for California Bluegrass Association members to seriously consider running for the Board of Directors for a one year term. Short terms were developed to give more people an opportunity to participate and lead without a multi-year commitment. The CBA always needs new ideas and viewpoints. We need people with business skills, legal skills, fundraising skills, membership development skills, musicians, educators, people with social networking and publicity skills, people with strong character and integrity and a willingness to work together in a group for the good of the Association. You must love the music and the community and be willing to make unpopular decisions as well as popular ones. You will grow a thicker skin than you thought possible and will feel better about yourself as a result of participating in this remarkable volunteer organization. You will receive no pay but Tim Edes will make you a small badge to wear on a festival shirt and your name, phone number and email address will be published each month in the Bluegrass Breakdown so that members may reach out to you. We will elect eleven members and the results are tallied and announced at our Annual Membership Meeting/Fall Campout in October.

Fill out a petition with your “intent to run” and have it signed by 10 active CBA members and submit the petition to Bruce Campbell, our membership chairperson. Write a candidacy statement and submit a photo to our Bluegrass Breakdown editor, Mark Varner. Encourage all your friends to vote for you and attend the October Annual Membership Meeting where the results of the election will be announced. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Board of Director membership is serious business and requires some serious time commitments but does come with its own rewards. You become part of a committed team, learn how a volunteer Association survives and thrives, make decisions that will enhance your life and the lives of others. It is a good time to step up and contribute and there will be some incumbents not running for re-election this year making room for new members. Board membership is a remarkable journey and added enormously to my life.
Posted:  6/25/2013

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