Here are some of the members, players and associates of the guitar society in 1984 (the spellings and all facts are as best as I can recall and may not be entirely accurate):

Saul Gropman, Linda Hays (president; meetings at her home with about 12 members showing up), Susan Scangarella, Mike Fridley, Chris Castenada, Arnie Gamble, Dennis Fine, Lori Craig, Paul Hurley, and George Nichols (guitar teacher / artist).

Meetings involved business discussions (keeping the society going, office holders with myself doing treasury functions for a short time);  there were usually snack treats while up to 15 members visited and shared stories.  The group was very supportive and almost everyone took turns playing guitar at the meetings.

Obit October 1984
George H. Nichols Jr.  Services for George H. Nichols Jr., a classical guitarist and artist who taught guitar and painting in Sacramento the past 25 years, will be at 2pm today in the WF Gormley and Sons Chapel.  Mr Nichols, 54, died last Thursday after suffering a heart attack in his studio.  A Native American and a member of the Miwok Tribe, Mr Nichols is listed as a descendant of California's first governor, Peter Burnett.  Mr. Nichols displayed his paintings in local galleries and wrote or a guitarists' publication.  He belonged to the Sacramento Classical Guitar Society.  Born in Tuolumne County, Mr. Nichols came to Sacramento in 1936, and was a graduate of McClatchy High School.  He served with the Army in the Korean War.  He also belonged to the Retreads, a motorcylce club.  Surviving are his sister, Rosalie, Nichols of San Jose, eight nieces and nephews; and several other relatives.

From Bruce Donehower in 2014:

I recently started to practice the classical guitar again after a long break. I was a member of your guitar society back in the early/mid 80s when we met in various homes here and there. It was a very small group, and I did the newsletter for a year or so. My goal this year was to reconnect with the SCGS, and I have to say I am astounded at how it has changed. I completely tuned out (no pun intended) since those earlier years. Wow. Congratulations on all you've done. I was able to attend two of your sponsored concerts this year -- Teicholz and Bustos. Very inspiring. And the hall is excellent for those events.

Sacramento Guitar Society History – the 80's
By Benjamin Lopez
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