The 2014 Package Bee ordering information has been posted to the Member Benefits area. As of February 27th, all Carniolian packages have been spoken for. We still have plenty of Italian packages available, and are extending the order and payment receipt window through Monday, March 24th. For full ordering information, click here to go to the page http://nocobees.org/ncba/benefits/2014-package-bee-order/
Bee Box Collection
We are collecting empty, re-usable package bee boxes – we need to provide empty bee boxes for each of our Carniolan packages ordered. If you have empty Bee Package Boxes, please bring them to the March 20th meeting in Loveland or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to make other arrangements to drop off your empty bee boxes.
Diana Sammataro and Miles McGaughey Diana Sammataro will be in the area in February, and has agreed to speak at our meeting on February 20th in Berthoud. She is a nationally-known researcher at the Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ. If you are unfamiliar with Diana’s work, a profile/biography can be found here: http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=31186. She also co-wrote the Beekeeper’s Handbook which used to be the text reference for the NCBA beginning beekeeping class. She was here about 4 years ago and was very well received. Our thanks goes out to Beth Conrey, who is helping to coordinate Diana’s Colorado schedule, and let us know of this opportunity. Our meeting will start with BCBA President Miles McGaughey telling us about “Shaking Bees” – how he and Tom Theobold produce packages of bees for local beekeepers each year out at Koehnen’s in California. We meet from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, this month at the Berthoud Area Community Center, 248 Welch Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513
All members interested in learning more about the NCBA education and outreach activities are invited to attend an information sharing and planning meeting at the Loveland Library, Tuesday February 18th. The Education and Outreach Committees are reviewing our current education material for use in schools and other workshops, as well as planning our 2014 schedules for exhibits at fairs, public events, and in-school programs. Our goal is to involve new members in this very important work of the NCBA, that of public awareness to the art of beekeeping, helping our bees stay healthy and productive, and the many uses of
honey. The meeting is 6:30 to 8:00 PM, and will be held in the Huron Peak meeting room at the library, located at 300 N. Adams in downtown Loveland. For more information please contact Nancy Jones, NCBA Outreach Coordinator at 970-290-0818.
NCBA would like to support members who experienced significant losses during last fall’s
flooding. Please let us know if you know of anyone who could use a little help getting back on their beekeeping feet, as we can make some of our surplus foundation / woodenware available. Along the same lines, if you have serviceable surplus equipment that could help a fellow beekeeper to replace hives lost in the flood, let us know. email@example.com.
Beginning Beekeeping Class – Our experienced Beginning Beekeeping Class Team has successfully completed the 2014 edition of the class, presenting this year to 61 students! Our hats off to team leader Carolina Nyarady, and experienced team members Greg Bowdish, Kristal Domenico, Lisa Dysleski, Todd Hochwitz, and Kevin Vendegna, joined this year by Merry Popa taking care of refreshments.
Our thanks also goes out to local photographer Gene O’Connell, who generously donated several beautiful, framed bee photographs for display at our outreach events. Way to Bee, Gene!
No experience necessary, tasks are administrative: • Taking attendance and minutes for all meetings, transcribe and publish them to the Executive Committee [EC] • Work with the Treasurer to maintain and publish the membership roster and mailing list in April and October • Forwarding documents, notices etc. by snail mail to those members that do not have email accounts • Forwarding any funds received in the mail to the Treasurer for deposit along with information related to those funds • The Secretary shall be a signatory to the Association bank accounts as required by the bank and/or state law If you are interested in the Secretary’s position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a short description that introduces yourself to the EC.