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Sunday, July 15, 2012

South Skunk Blues Society Update

Membership Drive has begun:
We have emailed everyone who is due for renewal of their membership and will be sending letters in the US mail to those that don’t have email.  We are also in the process of renewing sponsorships and getting new ones too.  Since we are going to have a two day show this year we need all the help we can get so if it is time to renew your membership or sponsorship and have not done so yet, please consider doing that.  One of the benefits of membership (or sponsorship) in South Skunk is that you receive the Central Iowa Blues Society Newsletter, however if your membership lapses your subscription to this monthly newsletter will end.  I am attaching a membership form and also a sponsorship form to this email.  Please feel free to share with others and help us to recruit some new members and sponsors.

We are so grateful for the renewal sponsorships we have received from Fulton Manufacturing, The Vernon Company, and Revolution Cycle.  We also thank our newest sponsors the Jasper County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Town and Country Sanitary Services.  We also recognize and thank Dan Wickliff for renewing his membership at the Contributing Member level.  Dan is a great supporter of the South Skunk Blues Society.

Bowl Program Ads:
We are in the process of putting together the program for the 20th annual Bowlful of Blues and we are actively selling ads.  If you or your business would like to purchase an ad in the Bowl program just let me know.  The business card size ads are $30.00, the 1/4 page is $50.00, half page is $80.00 and a full page is $140.00.

Bowl preparation:
We have received our order of shirts and hats and they will soon be available for purchase on line.  Tickets are at the printers and are available on line now at  .  Advance tickets to the Bowl will save you $10.00 on admission if you go both days.  In the next week or two the tickets will be available to purchase from the local out lets in Newton, Des Moines and Grinnell.

We are needing to add to our core of volunteers who will help us prepare for and also work at the Bowl.  Again this year volunteers from the Central Iowa Blues Society will manage the entry gate.  Please consider lending a hand in this effort, just let me know what area you would like to help with and we will see if we can get you lined up with a job.  Volunteers make this work and we have kept this going for the past 20 years!  Now is the time rally so please let us know how you might want to help.

Upcoming Shows:
Bob Pace Band – Saturday, July 7th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover  Bob Pace is an Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee!

Bob Dorr and the Blue Band
, Friday August 10 at the Thunder Nights bike night on the square in Newton 6-10 PM, No Cover (the Blue Band show at Baxter Fun Days was fantastic, they have added a horn section, pretty cool).  Bob Dorr is also in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Hot Tamale and the Red Hots, Jake Moorman Memorial Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 28th, 2012, Twin Anchors Golf Course, US Hwy 30 Colo  4-8 PM No cover.  This is a benefit fundraiser that is hosted by Jake's Moorman’s parents Kendall and Natalie and brother Ben Moorman. Jake died in a car accident on December 5, 2010. The benefit is to raise money in Jakes memory for scholarships for students at Baxter where Jake attended school.    The past events have drawn a good attendance and this year looks like it will even be bigger event.  The public is invited to attend and support this endeavor.  Food, beverages, music, a golf tournament, camping, a silent auction and fireworks will be happening! I am attaching a poster for this event to this email.  For more information or to find out how to register for the golf tournament contact Julie Weltha  at or Natalie Moorman at

Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Keys, Shake, Rattle and Roll-Lost Cause Motor Cycle Riders Against Parkinsons, Saturday August 25th  Main Street, Roland Iowa. Music begins around 4 PM.  Ride, Raffle, Food Fun, and Music.  See attached poster for additional information.  The Ride registration begins at 11 in Rhodes at Uncle Bucks.  This is bound to be a fun time.

Bowlful of Blues - Labor Day Weekend, September 1 and 2.

Solo Duo Call for Acts for Iowa Blues Challenge:  There is still time, one more week, to get registered and enter the competition.  The South Skunk Blues Society is one of the co-sponsors for the Iowa Solo Duo competition.  I have attached the “Call” (announcement) to this email.  The deadline for registering is July 15th, 2012.  The Solo/Duo Challenge will be held August 26, 2012 at Zimm’s in Des Moines, IA.   Please feel free to tell musicians that the call for the competition is out, and it is time to get registered if they want to participate.  

Facebook- We now have a South Skunk facebook page!/south.skunk.1  and
a very new and special Bowlful of Blues page!/pages/Bowlful-of-Blues/248977208549411   Check out these facebook sites and friend us so that you can receive all the latest updates!

South Skunk will have its next meeting on Monday July 16th at 6:30 PM at the VFW in Newton.  Come on out and say hello; we just might put you to work on the various efforts we have going for the 20th annual Bowlful of Blues!

Fulton Mechanical Jeff and Laura Fulton
I 80 Farms  - Colfax
Dr. Mark Wetzel DPM, Foot & Ankle Center  - located in Newton
Blue Moon BBQ and Cadillac Jacks in Baxter
Side Tracks Tap  - Kellogg
Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place  - Newton
The Vernon Company  - Newton
Barney's  - Newton
Gass / Great American Stock Car Series  - Newton
State Farm Insurance  / Chad Wempen  - Newton
The Arts Connection  - Newton
VFW, Men’s Auxiliary Club Post 1655  - Newton
Revolution Cycle  - Baxter
August Bergman Inn – Newton
Town and Country Sanitary Services- Baxter
Jasper County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Yours Bluely

 Craig Peterson
President, South Skunk Blues Society             
P.O. Box 951                                   
Newton, Iowa 50208                     
Website -
Face book -!/south.skunk.1   (South Skunk)!/pages/Bowlful-of-Blues/248977208549411     (Bowlful or Blues)

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