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Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. Presidents Message – July

    NCBA Members: Did you know that your member expiration date is included at the bottom of this news every month?  Now that renewal dates will be spread throughout the year, you will want to keep an eye on this. You may now apply for membership for as many years as you wish. Your liability waiver will apply for the duration of your paid membership, how ever many years that is. Payment can be made using credit card or echeck using the Pay Pal payment button on the website. Payment can also be made via cash or check at the checkin table at any monthly meeting. Payment cannot be made as part of your package / nuc order, if you want to order a package or a nuc, then your membership payment must be completed in advance. Membership is still included in your payment for the beginner beekeepers class and that payment can be made by either of the two methods indicated above. In any case, your membership only becomes active when you have both paid AND signed your waiver. In preparation for harvest season, I went to inventory our extractors. I found that items were missing and one of the bases had been broken. This has resulted in two new actions on the part of your Executive Committee: 1. Two new bases have been made for the extractors. They are numbered and color coded so that you can easily match up the tie down straps to where they should be...
  2. Volunteer Recognition – Ronda Koski

    Thank you to: Ronda Koski Ronda has been a member for many years and has always been active on various committees and on the leadership team. Ronda is the person that does all the paperwork necessary to arrange our meeting venues and to ensure the timely payment of our deposits and our venue fees. Please join me in giving Ronda a big “Thank You” at our August meeting. Thank you to Rice’s Honey for providing socialization snacks for our July NCBA meeting!
  3. Larimer County Fair

    Man the booth at Larimer County Fair- at the Ranch/Budweiser Events Center and the National Bank Exhibition Hall Building August 4th through the 8th 2-3 hour shifts: Friday, August 5th  3:30 to 7:30, Saturday August 6th  9:45 am to 7:30 pm and the same times on Sunday, August 7th. You are welcome to bring family members to help-out and then you can visit the FAIR! Please contact Ronda Koski, Ronda.Koski@ColoState.EDU  and or Merry Popa mcheezeit@msn.com,  to sign up for “your time slot at the fair”, as well as more details.
  4. Colorado State Fair

    The 2016 Colorado State Fair runs August 26-September 5. You can sell your honey there. Ronda Koski is coordinating the booth set up on August 25 beginning at 9:00 am and the booth take down on September 6. Please contact Ronda Koski at Ronda.Koski@ColoState.EDU.
  5. Meeting venue – have centralized location?

    Informal voting at the last two meetings has revealed a large majority prefer that we centralize our meetings to a single location. This cannot happen before 2017 because all our venues through February are already arranged. This change is not a done deal, but thinking and discussion is happening in that direction among your executive committee.
  6. We need members to speak with public – it pays to be a speaker!

    Announcement:  NCBA members have valuable knowledge which we are willing and able to share with the public. Our member speakers should be recognized for the valuable knowledge they bring.  It is in that spirit that we will require a payment of $50 or more for speakers we refer to organizations requesting us to speak.  This payment is for the speaker.  Therefore, if you perform a speaking engagement for our club, you can expect to receive this nominal payment for your efforts.
  7. Volunteers for CSBA Roadshow – Hives needed

    Announcement:  Members willing to or wishing to participate in the CSBA Roadshow for 2016 should contact Don by 7/12/2016 to volunteer their hive(s) for inspection.  Don will need your hive(s) address.  We will set up the road show for some Sunday in August.
  8. Presidents Message – July

    NCBA Members: Did you know that $1 of your dues is dedicated to what we call the indigent fund? This fund is intended to help our fellow citizens who have honeybees move into a structure, typically related to their home, but they cannot afford the normal fees charged by a structural remover in order to get the bees out. This scenario happens fairly rarely, but it does happen almost every year. Basically, it goes something like this: honeybees make their home in a cavity (the soffet or the shed or whatever) of someone who may be out of work and really hurting financially. We don’t want the bees killed and we don’t want the structural remover to have to do this as charity. The compromise in the middle is that the structural remover can request that NCBA pay the remover up to $100 per event. This normally doesn’t cover what the full fee would be, but it makes sure the remover is not left high and dry. This is the time of year I like to be getting mite counts on all my colonies. Generally, I will not be treating until fall, but by having the counts done now, I can get my plans together for when I will treat. If a count is particularly bad, I may go ahead and treat now. It is my intent to run for president again in the coming elections. Our current constitution says I must warn you about this significantly in advance. This...
  9. Presidents Message – June

    NCBA Members: I am learning a lot this year as I serve as your president. There are really several clubs within our club.  NCBA is made up of a few key individuals that are involved in the executive committee, the meetings and all our special events; I’ll call this the core.  We are also made up of a few individuals that are very interested in outreach and education; I’ll call this the marketeers. We consist of about 40 or 50 individuals who attend our monthly meetings, mostly the same beekeepers month after month; I’ll call this our audience. Then, there’s the rest of NCBA.  These folks are interested in access to honey bees. It might be packages, nucs or swarms, or it might be any combination of the above, but really that’s the only reason they are a member; I’ll call these the customers. The core, marketeers, audience and customers can be thought of as sets that intersect and overlap. There may be subsets within sets. How it all fits together is not important, but it’s interesting to note all the various levels of engagement. My current thinking is that I want to focus more of the core attention at the audience. Marketeers are largely self motivated and self directed. Customers are getting what they want and they really don’t want anything further. It seems like the focus for the core really should be toward the audience. I welcome your feedback about this thinking. May is much too busy to...

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About NCBA – Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association

The Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA) is an organization of both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.  We exist to provide a forum for education in beekeeping both to our members and to the general public, and for exchange of ideas and experiences.  We also enjoy some ability to provide savings in equipment and bees by purchasing as a group.  We are affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.  We meet once a month with the above objectives in mind.  Each meeting strives to discuss one or two subjects of interest in beekeeping.  Whenever possible we will discuss beekeeping and hive maintenance activities appropriate for the next month.  We also like to provide time for members to discuss beekeeping among themselves.  Once a year, usually around January, we conduct a multi-session beginning beekeeping class.  On completion of the class, we offer you the opportunity to join the association, to order beekeeping equipment and bees, and we offer you a mentor to help you get off to a good start.  If you have any interest in keeping bees, we encourage you to join us. We believe joining a beekeeping association such as ours is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to start beekeeping. By joining now you will receive our news letter as well as notification of upcoming classes and meetings.  Dues are modest and affiliates members with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association. See the pages about future and past meetings for examples of meeting content..

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