Author: Cornish, Rick

July’s Board Meeting

Hello from Whiskey Creek. It’s a mere 96 degrees in Jamestown right now, but we’re promised triple digits starting Wednesday. Willie, the youngest of the lab pack, has taken to lying down in one of our fountains. His look of contentment once he’s in just the right spot makes me wonder if being a human is really all it’s cracked up to be.

Now, about our board meeting on Saturday. As is our practice each July, we met at the Smoke Café on Main Street in ‘downtown’ Jamestown. (This is also where our bi-weekly jam takes place….great folks there and great food.)

Our first order of business was to hear from our Talent Advisory Group, currently comprised of Angelica Grim, Carl Pagter and Mark Varner. (One member drops off each year and one new member is added.) The TAG had already made their recommendation for two of our 2011 FDF headliners at our last meeting and those two bands, the Traveling McCoury's and the Gibson Brothers have been booked. On Saturday Carl made the group’s second set of recommendations and it was SPECTACULAR: a new band booking for 2011, the Old Friends, with J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams; and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. (To learn about the Old Friends, visit the Bluegrass Blog. So there you have it… incredible line up of headliners for next June. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming months.

The next item on the agenda was a report from Mark Hogan on the Golden Old Time Campout coming up in August. The campout will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California, on Highway 128 and will feature three days of camping, jamming, workshops and a Saturday Night Square Dance. This will be our second go round with this new CBA event and Mark reported that ticket sales are already strong. (You can buy yours online by clicking here. Once again we want to thank Suzie Thompson for the volunteer work she’s putting into this new Association endeavor.

I made a brief interim report for Ingrid Noyes on this year’s Summer Music Camp. Registration for the camp was roughly the same level as last year, as was the revenue generated by the three-day activity. This year we enjoyed our best ever kid attendance at camp and our scholarships were up due to the incredible generosity of the many attendees who actually write out checks that exceed the cost of camp…..a phenomena that seems to increase with each year. Ingrid will make a more detailed report to the board at our August meeting.

The board acknowledged that August 5th is the deadline for getting board election candidates statements to Mark Varner for inclusion in the Bluegrass Breakdown. I’m sorry to have to report that Deb Livermore, an outstanding member of the board and one of its hardest workers, will not run for reelection. (She will, she’s assured us, continue with some of her leadership duties however.) With Deb’s departure from the board of directors, it’s all the more critical that people step up and make a bid for our leadership team. For specifics on how to throw your hat in the race, click here.

Next, I reported for Steve Tilden, our Statewide Vice President, on plans for this year’s Fall Campout and Membership meeting. It will be held at the Lighthouse Marina at 151 Brannon Island Rd, Isleton, California. The camp out will be held between Monday October 11th through Sunday October 17th of this year. As in the past, the CBA’s recently elected members of the Board of Directors will be presented to the membership. The facilities at the Lighthouse Marina include: A large day/night (Most of the night.) room with dance floor, kitchen facilities, a privacy room for closed door meetings. An open mike system will be available for most of the camp out. Fully equipped bungalows (nine) offered at discount rates ($65.00 a night.). (916) 777-5511 for bungalow reservations. Meals will be offered at very nominal prices at the day room. Playground facilities are available for the kids. A small general store is on the property. A restaurant is located on the water across the street from the campground. Numerous RV hook up (water and electricity) sites are available. The FCO is still in the planning stages so any suggestions for activities to be considered are welcomed. Should anyone wish to contact Steve regarding the FCO, please don’t hesitate to do so. He can be reached via e-mail at, by phone at (530) 938-0388 - home - or (530) 925-1856 - cell.

Tim Edes shared his thoughts with the board regarding the distribution of work and job duties among our 13 board members. Tim said he believes the Association needs to be more specific about its expectations of board members beyond simply attending monthly meetings. Roles and responsibilities throughout the year and at our annual Fathers Day Festival should, said Tim, be spelled out in order that work is evenly distributed among the board. Support was expressed for Tim’s position and a committee of three was charged with bringing back to the board a draft policy addressing the issue.

Next came a lengthy discussion of the recent Message Board recommendation that an annual contest be held to create a Fathers Day Festival t-shirt design. All of the board members spoke to the issue: several voiced their belief that the camera ready art for our t-shirts should be done by a professional graphic artist; others warned of past contest experiences in which hurt feelings seemed to be unavoidable. Among the nine board members present at Saturday’s meeting, none expressed support for a t-shirt contest. That said, however, there was firm consensus that the general membership was precisely the place we should go for t-shirt concepts. I shared Henry Zuniga’s post on the t-shirt Message Board thread: “The quality of the art is not as important as the content of the design. Maybe we could ask members for ideas and let Steve or other artists to do the brushwork.” The board agreed with that sentiment and will take steps to systematically ask for design ideas and concepts in the future.

Marcos Alvira made a report on the upcoming Hobbs Grove Festival.
Marcos assured the board that preparations are well underway. Something new for the event—electric only hook ups. More on this development in the coming weeks. Just a reminder that this year’s Hobbs line up features some substantial bluegrass talent-- Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys; 49 Special; the Tuttles with A.J. Lee; the Dalton Mountain Gang; the Smiley Mountain Band; Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players to name a few of the acts.

Other items discussed at the board meeting: instrument raffle results, about the same as last year; IBMA participation this year, we’ll host a Wednesday night band showcase and specifically sponsor the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; OMGG band at the IBMA, they’ve been asked back, quite a huge honor; Kentucky Colonels for IBMA Hall of Fame, the CBA will formally support the induction of this seminal California bluegrass band; location and date for our annual FDF retrospective, Sunday, August 15th at a yet to be determined location near the Good Old Fashioned Festival.

And with that, we sat down for some wonderful Smoke Café Mexican cuisine.

Posted:  7/13/2010

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