Presidents Message – September, 2018

Lots of exciting changes coming to the Washington State Beekeepers Association!  First and foremost, we are updating our website. We know that there is a lot of stuff on our site that is out of date, and we’re working on revamping it.  Paul Lundy, our webmaster, is leading up this effort. He’s done an excellent job for us, and he and his group of volunteers hope to have the new site up by the end of this year.

The WASBA yearly beekeeping conference is progressing nicely.  It will be on Feb. 9th, 2019 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.  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”. The associated trade show will have up to 40 different vendors and run the gamut from nurseries to beekeeping supplies to mead making equipment.  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 (http://wasba.org/membership/)

I’d also like to welcome our new WASBA board members: Bob Arnold from the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association and David White from the Mid Columbia Beekeepers Association.  We are all really excited that these two very experienced beekeepers will be joining our Board of Directors (BOD). I particularly appreciate Bob agreeing to be on the board because he is a past President of WASBA and will bring some institutional memory and really help us newbies.  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, particularly 2 or 4, and would like to join the WASBA BOD, please let me know by emailing me at President@wasba.org.  We would be grateful for the help!

For those of you teaching the new WASBA beekeeping curriculum, everything is ready to go.  Instructors, please contact Jenifer Priest at Jenifer@WASBA.ORG and she can walk you through how to get your books, exams, exam answers, Power Point Presentations, revised Application and Progress Status form, and completion certificates.  There is also a spreadsheet for reporting the students who have successfully completed a course so that 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 offer an “Apprentice” course, a “Journeyman” course, and a “Master Beekeepers” program. The new Journeyman course will be ready sometime in January 2019 and the Apprentice course following shortly thereafter. 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 vpresident@wasba.org.  You can also contact me or Jenifer Priest, our Executive Director.

Finally, our next Board of Directors meeting will be on September 7th at the Red Lion 1700 S. Canyon Road in Ellensburg, WA.  The meeting will run from 11AM until about 4PM, and everyone is invited to attend.  Our major items will be 1) updating our website, 2) the WASBA annual Conference, and 3) the new WASBA education curriculum.  If there are any other issues that you think should be on the agenda, please let me know by emailing me at the above email address.

Cheers,

Kevin

 

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