2010 has been a big year for us BUMS.

It seems the ukulele has become a force to be reckoned with and one can be forgiven for thinking it has all the characteristics of a movement! The Worldwide Ukulele revolution!!?

We BUMS have been growing along with the unprecedented rise in interest in all things ukulele. Our monthly Jam meetings have more than doubled (Jam packed!!?) and we now have up to 60 ukuleles and their people making music on the first Wednesday of every month at our new home at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Our monthly jam meetings now boast words and music projected up onto the screen plus a real microphone! Very professional… (Thanks Joe and Rob).

We know that some beginners are reluctant to join a bunch of rampant ukulele-ists in a mass jam session. So we have introduced beginners’ sessions – a half hour with Kahiwa before each Jam session builds the confidence and in no time flat raw beginners are happily strumming along with everyone else! Idf you are a cautious beginner try it out next year.

The new venue comes at a cost and we are delighted with your willingness to help out – please, keep it up!

Speaking of cost, we have taken the big step to incorporate – yes, we are now BUMS Incorporated! This is a formalisation of our very informal structure and it puts us onto a better footing for managing the ever-growing demands of a growing bunch of uke devotees. With incorporation come all sorts of costs like insurances and government fees that we will need to cover with membership fees. Those who attended our first management meeting overwhelmingly endorsed a ridiculously cheap $50 annual membership fee that also includes membership of the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Along with the other benefits too numerous to mention here, it’s a great deal whatever way you look at it! Garry has written some more details about it his first ever “Treasurer’s Note”.

The move to Coorparoo has been a good one. Not only are we enjoying the company of more and more enthusiastic ukers but we can now enjoy a drink from the full bar, and a meal from the chef plus we are warmly welcomed as part of their weekly scene. Feels like home already…

A big part of our busy year has been the “Performing BUMS” gigs including invitations to perform at the inaugural MUF (Melbourne Ukulele Festival) and the inaugural Cairns Ukulele Festival. A highlight for us in Cairns was inciting spontaneous conga line dancing with our rendition of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”! It is a real buzz to get people up and dancing. We have been invited back to Melbourne and we are looking forward to a return invitation to Cairns.

Throughout the year we have been supported by our good friends at the Guitar Brothers, Red Hill – thanks fellas for your support, for your enthusiasm and for your monthly raffle prizes! Did I say Guitar Brothers? Talk to them about your next uke or any music making needs – they will do you a great BUMS deal!

A big thank you to Michael Phipps for donating our BUMS website and domain, and to Kahiwa for continuing to keep it current and adding lots of information and links you can use. If you have any suggestions for more useful information please let us know.

Finally, let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year!

We look forward to strumming along and having a plucking good time with you in 2011!

Merry Christmas




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