December President’s Message

With our bees put to “bed” for the winter, there’s not a lot for us beekeepers to do but plan for the coming year – and hope that our colonies survive the winter! The WASBA yearly beekeeping conference is coming up quickly. Register today at: and don’t forget to add the after conference social!

The conference will be on Feb. 9th, 2019 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA – check out the WASBA website for registration and site information. There will be 2 tracks at the conference – one scientific track will have a number of speakers from Washington, Oregon, and Montana universities talking about their latest bee research. The second track will be focused more on hobby beekeepers with topics ranging from “Bees in the Media” to “How to make Mead”. There will also be several raffles for some great beekeeping equipment. The main “prize” will be an electric honey extractor. You’ll be able to get your raffle tickets at the conference. This should be a great event not only for commercial and hobbyist beekeepers but just about anyone with an interest in anything associated with bees. Check out our revamped website for more information about the conference, the agenda, places to stay if you’re not from that area, and other local attractions. WASBA members get great discounts so JOIN TODAY (

The next Board of Directors meeting will be at the annual conference in February. All WASBA members are invited to attend. At this BOD meeting we will be nominating BOD members (feel free to put your name into nomination even if you can’t attend the conference) and then holding the election for the BOD. Historically, the BOD was comprised of individuals from each of the 7 regions in our state. Currently, the BOD is a bit heavily represented by members who reside on the east side of our state, particularly Region 6. If you are in any other region and would like to join the WASBA BOD, please let me know by emailing me at We would be grateful for the help! After the election for the BOD members, the new BOD will be electing officers.

Fall beekeeping classes are underway in several of our member clubs. If you haven’t started classes yet, please remember that there is a new curriculum. Instructors, please contact Jenifer Priest at and she can walk you through how to get your books, exams, exam answers, power point presentations, revised Application and Progress Status forms and Certificates. There is also a spreadsheet for reporting the students successfully completing a course so information can be merged quickly into the WASBA database, allowing a faster response time for students receiving their certificates. The “Beginning Beekeeping Course” is to be taught starting on September 1, 2018. For those beekeepers who want to continue their education, we’ll be offering an “Apprentice” course, a “Journeyman” course, and a “Master Beekeepers” program. The new Journeyman course is nearly complete and the Apprentice course should be ready before spring. Our goal is to help you in whatever way we can and to make this as simple as possible. If you find that something isn’t working as smoothly as you would like or if you are having any difficulties, feel free to contact Ellen Miller, the WASBA VP who is in charge of Education, at You can also contact me or Jenifer Priest, our Executive Director.

Finally, if there are any items that you would like us to address either at the BOD meeting or offline, please feel free to contact me directly at

Cheers, Kevin

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