More than 12 years have passed since Crossroads Blues Society moved to the Rockford area from its original base in Lanark, Ill. Only one man has led the organization since that time, and it is with great regret that he is leaving the area and has to step down. Mark Thompson has been “The” president of the society for all of that time, leading it to greater and greater levels of benefit to the community and to the blues music world.
At the March 9 meeting to elect replacement officers, Thompson was honored for his work and was made an honorary member of Crossroads for life. He is the first member to be made an honorary life member. He also got a gift of a Kindle e-Reader and great gag gifts from his friends in Crossroads. Society Secretary Bonnie Fox even wrote a blues song about him.
Mark and his wife, Pam, are leaving the area for the sunny shores of Gulfport, Fla. The Tampa/St. Pete area of the West Coast of the Sunshine State is home to many blues bands, several festivals, and a blues society; nearby Bradenton is also the home of Blues Revue magazine, so Mark is likely to remain busy in the blues arena. Crossroads will miss his hard work and dedication.
At the meeting, Steve Jones was elected to replace Mark as president. Other additions to the board of directors were Terry Keller to replace Joe Poluyanskis and Rich Gordon to replace Steve’s slot. Joe stepped down off the board, and Crossroads thanks him for his hard work, too.
From the March 21-27, 2012, issue