The Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc’s rules of incorporation allow the appointment of two life members each year. Life members are members for life, whose membership fees are waived. They have the same membership rights as ordinary members. Selection of life members is subject to the following conditions.
(a) Life members are nominated and approved by the management committee.
(b) No more than two life members can be nominated and approved each financial year.
(c) To be eligible for life membership, a member must be deemed by the management committee to have made a significant contribution to the Association.
It is with great pleasure that in 2016 the management committee awarded Blair Marks and Gary Collins life membership of the Society, in recognition of their outstanding contributions.
At the 10th Birthday Celebrations, BUMS Inc was thrilled to honour Christine Heinrich and Joann Kunde for their tremendous contribution to BUMS Inc events management, and for their ongoing enthusiasm for, and support of, our performing groups and jams.
This year, past President and festival director, John Henderson, and performing member and uBass player extraordinaire, Cath (Jazz Hands) McCourt, joined the ranks of the BUMS Inc Life Members.
Quiet achiever Keryn Henderson and past President Ian Phillips are awarded Life Membership of BUMS Inc in recognition of their outstanding and dedicated contributions to the BUMS community and activities.
Ian Phillips, Life Member 2020 — performing member in The CAGE and A Hint of Rosemary; President (2015-2017); jam set leader and coordinator, workshop presenter, UkeFest innovator, The CAGE band leader.
Keryn Henderson, Life Member (2020) — The BUMS Big Band and NUMB BUMS member; Treasurer (2012-2014), SPRUKE 2013 Festival Treasurer, Secretary (2014-2015), SPRUKE 2015 Festival Secretary, Assistant Secretary (2015-2016), Gigmeister (2016-2017), SPRUKE 2017 Festival Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer (2018-2019).
John Henderson, Life Member 2018 — President (2012-2015), Gigmeister (2015-16, 2017-18), IT Officer (2015-2017), Festival Director 2013, performing member, band leader, set leader at Coorparoo and Northside jams.
Garry Collins, Life Member 2016 — founding member, Performing BUM, Treasurer (2009-2011) who incorporated the Society, author of BUMS Inc songbooks, leader of Brisbane Uketet, and Gigmeister (2014-2015).