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2015 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

 President: ††††††††† Tom Gerber† †† (815-312-3964)


 Vice President:† † Kim Kraemer† † (312-730-7469)


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

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


Board Members

Jim Berkland††††††††††† 630-479-6610

Bill Fulton††††††††††††††† 818-673-8694

Joyce Kraemer†††††††††

Rich Krasko†††††††††††† 815-879-2414†

Ray Ward†††††††††††††††† 815-732-4641




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RIP: Ray Rose aka ĎChicken Maní

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A Facebook group has been set up

to share Memories of Ray


Ray was blessed with great family, friends, talents, times and voice. He touched all of us, leaving an indelible mark, making sure he wouldn't be forgotten. His memory will be kept alive in all of us through our actions, his influence, the unexpected Ray-droppings all around, the music we make, play and hear. The coming together of friends past and present is a phenomenal testament to the light he shone out to the world. To everyone: your support for the family has been absolutely incredible. To know that he meant so much to so many people is the greatest gift. 
Plans for celebrating his life, his music, his passions are being put together. It seems each day moves in slow motion. Ray and I always remarked how fast the days went by and wished they wouldn't. There was never enough time.


A Military Honor Tribute and a celebration with food, music and drinks are scheduled for Sunday, February 12th from 2-4pm. The Military Honor Guard presentation will be at 1pm, location yet to be announced, but I will post here when we have secured a location. The music, food and drinks will be at Charlie's II Bar & Grill located at the corner of Market and Carroll Streets in Mount Carroll.

[Reprinted from a Facebook post by Eina JL Schroeder]





John Marvin ĎMarví Epperson


John Epperson Obituary


††† John Marvin "Marv" Epperson, 81, of Aurora, passed away December 19, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. He was born June 25, 1935 in Ellston, Iowa, the son of Charles and Viola (McMillion) EppersonHe had many interests including wood working, collecting smoking pipes and pocket knives. He was a lifelong camper. And had a lifelong love of music that led to over 40 years of guitar playing and singing that he and wife Junia shared with many through their faith in God and as members of The Plano Golden Harvesters Kitchen Band for 11 years.


††† Marv is survived by his wife of 61 years Junia (Fleming); 3 sons, Robert (Ann), Richard (Ruth Ann), Raymond (Valerie), and daughter, Edith (Andrew) Crockett; 9 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.


You may recall that Marv use to dance at some of the area jams.


Editorís Note


††† There was no January 2017 issue of this newsletter. So please do not fear that you may have missed it.


†††† There are a number of important dates to put on you calendars!


†††† The NIBA festival is earlier than normal this year, Jun 3.


†††† The NIBA Picnic is on a Sunday and is later than normal this year, Sept 17.


††† We are trying to increase attendance for these events so have scheduled them during dates that would not be in the heat of the summer.


††† Also please note the Christmas party will be on the same day and location as the December Harding Jam, Dec 2 (though earlier 12-5). Harding is very centrally located for our members and also combines 2 great events on the same day!


††† The board sincerely hopes that these changes will result in greater member participation in these events!


††† Please try to attend if you can and show your support for youíre the hard working volunteers and board members!†


Kim Kraemer






The Happy Crew at the Harding Jam

Saying Hi to Tom & Rose Gerber




Text Box: A Note from your Pres

I would like to thank Bob Bernero for his many years of an active membership in our organization. Bob was the one behind the scene that made sure that you got your printed newsletter every month. 

I also welcome new board member Bill Fulton. 
Thank all of you that voted for the board members and I hope that in the future we get even more participation in our elections.

Since our scholarship program was so successful we are continuing it again. Look for news that we should have a jam about the last week of April.

Letís keep up the jams. I know the weather does not cooperate some times, but letís get out all the times that we can.

We have lost a couple members this last month. Keep them and all the shut-inís in your thoughts and prayers.

Thatís about all for now. See you in the spring.
From sunny Florida, 

Your President,  Tom Gerber

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