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With a little over a month till the Greater Ozark Blues Festival things are falling into place. It is so exciting for the first time the Blues Society of the Ozarks will be fully vested financially in the GOBF and With the new larger location at Bass Pro Shop parking lot and a stellar line up including the legendary John Mayall & the up & coming Trampled Under Foot it has all the ingredients for the biggest and best Blues Festival we have ever the priviledge to be a part of. But as always these events don't put themselves on it takes a brigade of volunteers to make the wheels turn. I know your saying to yourself, how can I become of volunteer to help this event be the best ever. It just so happens I have that information. Pick up the phone & give me a call at 417-860-5078 or 417-833-4643 if I don't answer just leave me a message with name & number and any preference of when you can or want to work & either Kellie or I will get back with you or you can email us at bluesvolunteer@gmail.com. In return for a shift at the festival you get admission for the the entire weekend and a discount on the 2008 GOBF shirt (they are so cool). If you have already signed up thank you in advance & if you don't hear from anyone in the next month just give us drop us an email or give me a call so we can make sure we have you on our list and let you know when and where to report to. We will do the best to give everyone the time they request but this is also based on when you volunteer so don't wait any longer get in touch with us.

As in the past the BSO will present our annual awards on Saturday at the GOBF. I am so proud to announce the winners of the awards for 2008. In next month's newsletter an article about each of the award winners will be published.
Blue Pearl Award: Mike Wallace

Don Shipps Musician Award: George Hunt

Service Award: The BSO Sound Crew: Danny Basham
Kevin Merritt
Brent Rayman
Rick Lund
Venue Award: Dogwood Tavern

Blues Preservation Award: The Bedell Family

Media: KSMU

All you motorcycle riders don't forget the annual Rumble the Blues Away is going to be held in September (refer to the article in this issue for all the details). Bill Eft with Chubby Customs is planning a great poker run and John Tepiew has put together a great line up. All proceeds are going to benefit The Blues in the Schools program. If you have any items to donate for the raffle or you want to volunteer to help give John a call or come to the next BSO meeting.

Plans are underway for the Memphis Bound competition. Jerry and the committee has decided to go back to the two preliminary format. Check out the website or give Jerry a call to sign up for the competition. Like last year the won't be any entry fee for the bands or the solo/duo competition but don't wait till the last minute because there is only so many time slots avaialble.

Don't forget this months regular monthly meeting August 13, at the American Legion post on Scenic (behind the partion). This meeting is a very special one the membership will decide the charity that the Jingle the Blues Away will raise money for. Currently we have two charities that have applied. If you have another charity that you would like to nominatee We need a representative from the charity or the sponsoring member may do the presentation of the organization to inform the members of the purpose and where the money raised will be utilized as well as to answer questions. Brenda is going to be out of town the first of August so just give me a call 417-860-5078 and we can get your organization on the agenda. Each organization will give a short presentation followed by questions by the members then we will vote on the organization. We will do the presentations first then have a short business meeting.

The BSO is gearing up to raffle of a signed guitar that signatures have been being gathered on. Ken and Richard will be debuting this item soon and tickets will be available to purchase for the drawing. Check with the merchandising table at the picnic and at the festival to purchase your ticket for this guitar.

August 17, the third Sunday of the month we will host our monthly picnic at Ritter Spring Park. Although the temperture may be the hot the music will be hotter and there is lots of shade at the park. Grab something out of the garden or throw together a summer treat and we'll see you there. You can sign up for the festival there as well or purchase tickets if you need them.

Cruizin for the Blues,
Pat Warford, President


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