Beekeeper of the Year

copper smokerBeginning in 1987, The Washington State Beekeepers Association wanted to recognize the importance of Washington State beekeepers who make a significant impact on the industry.

Each year Local Associations are asked to submit a candidate of their choice to receive the WSBA Beekeeper of the Year Award, to be voted on by the WSBA Executive Board prior to the annual meeting. The selections are to be described in writing, not to exceed one page.

Criteria: Which beekeeper has done the most to promote and demonstrate good beekeeping, improve the public image of the industry and/or show how this member has volunteered for civic and other projects. The candidate must be a current member of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.

Past recipients of the award are:

1987…Alice Bounds

1988…Elwood Sires

1989…Carl VanWechel

1990…Dick Hunger

1991…Merrill Kuehn

1992…Ancel Goolsbey

1993…Ron Babcock

1994…Bob Zahler

1995…Jim Pefley

1996…Bob Stump

1997…Arlene & Lee Massey

1998…Bob Smith

1999…Patrick Ray

2000…Alice VanWechel

2001…Miriam Bishop

2002…John Timmons

2003…Eric Olson

2004…Wesley B. Tate

2005…Van Sherod

2006…Louis Matej

2007…no nominations

2008…Bob Arnold

2009…Paul Lundy

2010…Bill Markus

2011…Jerry Tate

2012…no nominations

2013…James Bach

2014…