With the retirement of Northern California Bluegrass Society President Elicia Burton and the election of the new 2014-15 NCBS Board of Directors, the Society’s Vice-President, Mike Russell of San Mateo, has assumed the office of President and will serve until the first meeting of the new board on September 30.
Russell is a longtime NCBS volunteer, board member, and Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee member. He is the current President of the NCBS sister organization Redwood Bluegrass Associates. He is best known to bluegrass fans as a long-running host of KKUP’s “Monday Night Bluegrass” program in the South Bay and Monterey Bay areas. He also handles the live low-power festival broadcast at the GOF each August.
He is station engineer for KFAX, KDOW, KSCU and KKUP radio stations around the Bay Area. He is a broadcast graduate of the College of San Mateo.
Board of Directors
Mike Fisher, a longtime former board member and current volunteer for the Northern California Bluegrass Society, has rejoined the Board of Directors, replacing retiring board member and Society president Elicia Burton. Both Fisher and Burton hail from Boulder Creek.
All other board members were re-elected to serve until August, 2015. They include: Bruce Bellochio (Brookdale), Eric Burman (Bonny Doon), Bruce Edmundson (Sunnyvale), Penny Godlis (Santa Cruz), Michael Hall (Redwood City), Brenda Hough (San Jose), Pan (Redwood City), and Mike Russell (San Mateo).
Elicia Burton has also served the Society as treasurer, volunteer coordinator, raffle coordinator, Information Booth staff, hospitality director, and as a member of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Committee. She also produces the beautiful plaques given to the winners of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. She runs an antiques business in downtown Boulder Creek and plays fiddle in several bluegrass bands.
Mike Fisher also runs an antiques business and is best known for managing the gate at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. He also is on the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Committee and has served as NCBS treasurer. He plays the guitar and volunteers at many bluegrass festivals around Northern California. His son Mather was born at the Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather, near Yosemite National Park.
August 1 — Call For Films issued for 2015 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.
August 5 — Deadline for receipt of mailed ballots for NCBS Board Of Directors Election.
August 7-10 — Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.
August 8 — Nominations Open for 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.
August 9 — NCBS Board Of Directors Election (10:00am-5:00pm).
The election for the 2014-15 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held on Saturday, August 9, 10:00am-5:00pm at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos, and by mail. Mailed ballots must be received by August 5, 2014.
These candidates are on the ballot: Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, Brenda Hough, Pan (Logan), and Mike Russell.
One Week Reminder: Candidate Statements for the 2014-15 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors Election are due on June 1, 2014.