Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. Message from the new President of NCBA

    Hello and happy November, 2015, I will be your association president for this coming year.  I hope to bring you a new perspective on beekeeping and a few new twists on running the association.  November, we traditionally do not have a meeting.  Perhaps that will not be the case in 2016, we shall see.  In December, we will have our traditional potluck and sale party.  I hope you will bring some food to share ans some wares to sell.  I will be there with both.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate.  I will take that moment to introduce myself and to be available for suggestions on how to make our 2016 the best year ever.  Don’t be afraid to speak up! I want to make being a member of NCBA an easy and pleasant experience.  Every beekeeper in our geographic area should WANT to be a member.  Ideally, membership would be very low cost such that return on investment is obvious.  Suppose your membership in Colorado State Beekeepers Association is “no added charge:?  Suppose your membership in Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association was lessexpensive instead of more?  Suppose we could bring in top notch speakers from anywhere in the world.  Wouldn’t that be an association worth being a member?  That’s the association I want to create.  Want to help? … Volunteer!  I’m the kind of president that doesn’t ‘sort of’ delegate.  If you volunteer, you will be ‘in charge’ within a budget and an assignment. Your bees should...
  2. Election Results

    ELECTION RESULTS: CONGRATULATIONS to those volunteers ELECTED AND THANK YOU to all of the candidates for your willingness to help manage NCBA. Don Studinski, President Vacant, Vice President Nancy Jones, Secretary Bob Boggio, Treasurer Advisors: Dave Primer Josh Vaisman George Ottenhoff and Alfred Westlake The EC is looking for an OUTREACH Coordinator.  This person will be responsible for creating NCBA’s events calendar for 2016 and then completing the tasks necessary to be registered for an event and working with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit members to staff our booth. More Swarm Hotline DISPATCHERS are needed in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Berthoud.  IF you would like to receive the phone call from a resident or business that has a swarm and either retrieve the swarm yourself or contact swarm catchers OR hive removal specialists in these cities, please contact Bob Boggio at BALLOT ISSUES PASSED Term Limits  may be extended one year for an existing officer to continue to serve IF there are no candidates for his/her position. Annual Dues will INCREASE to $25 per year beginning March 1, 2016.  Annual renewals received from December 1, 2015 thru February 29, 2016 will remain $20.  Beginning November 1, 2015, multiple year renewals will be $25. Responsibilities  Divided: There will now be an EC appointed position of Education Coordinator and a separate Outreach Coordinator UPDATED Copies of NCBA’s Constitution and Bylaws will be posted on the website, under the category of ‘About’, by...
  3. December Meeting – Holiday Party

    December – HOLIDAY PARTY, Thursday, December 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Bring your family, an appetizer to share, mead if you make it for others to sample, hive products or other crafty things to sell.  Location: Johnstown Senior Center (101 Charlotte St, Johnstown, CO 80534
  4. October ELECTIONS and by laws updates

    Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association Annual Election October 15-25, 2015 Ballots must be received by 6:30 P.M. Sunday, October 25, 2015 Please see below for information about Candidates and pending Bylaw updates. Note: the office of advisor is a contested election, with (7) seven candidates for (4) positions.  Please let your voice be heard and return your ballot! INSTRUCTIONS: All current, paid-up members have been sent an email ballot to their email address of record.  This is a link to a PDF file for a paper ballot – if you didn’t receive your ballot, please click here, print it out and mail it in as instructed on the ballot.   SEE CANDIDATE INTRODUCTIONS BELOW The following people have volunteered to stand for election: President – Don Studinski Vice President – no candidate Secretary – Nancy Jones Treasurer – Bob Boggio Advisors: Kris Holthaus, George H. Ottenhoff,  Dave Primer, Annette Silvernale, Liana Street, Josh Vaisman, Alfred Westlake, By way of introduction: Don Studinski Don Studinski has a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Information Systems. He spent his computer career working for IBM, StorageTek, and McKesson as a programmer, manager and director. He has also owned and operated his own t-shirt and embroidery business. Today, Don spends his time as a beekeeper in the Denver metropolitan area. He offers a year-round beekeeping mentor program which involves on-line and in-person educational opportunities. Students participate locally and from around the USA. Don’s beekeeping focus is to raise a healthy population of bees throughout...
  5. September News, announcements and information

    Treat for Varroa Mites:  NCBA’s August meeting was a panel discussion on the treatment methods available and the experiences of the panelists. Getting Ready for Winter:  Our September meeting was another panel discussion on the things to consider as you get your hives ready for winter.  Lots of questions from members and a great turnout given the Broncos were playing that night. ELECTIONS are coming!  Candidates are still needed for President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer and four Advisors.  In addition volunteers are needed for Education / Outreach and other coordinator positions.  The EC is looking for next year’s BEE PACKAGE COORDINATOR.  The first task of the new season is to contact potential suppliers and distributors and propose several options to the EC.  IF you are interested in managing the bee order process, starting now, for 2016, please send an email to for more details. October’s meeting will feature Dave Primer, the reigning Grand Champion for honey at the 2015 Larimer County Fair.  Do you know how to grade your honey?  Bring a small sample and we can compare it to others. ELECTIONS in October, NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN The EC is looking for candidates for ALL officer and coordinator positions.  Don’t be bashful, self nominate yourself for the position you want by sending your name, email, and phone number to  Write-in nominations will close October 12th so email & write-in ballots can be created.  Floor nominations will still be available on election night, October 15th. Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer and four Advisors Coordinators: Outreach,...
  6. NCBA Education Committee

    Dear Fellow Beekeepers, Do you enjoy sharing information about honey bees and beekeeping with children? Now that many schools has resumed for the 2015-2016 school year … several elementary school teachers have requested presentations about honey bees and beekeeping. While there are currently several NCBA members who volunteer to share their knowledge about honey bees and beekeeping with northern Colorado teachers and children… the requests for presentations is greater than what those NCBA members can handle! Perhaps YOU can help?!? Please contact me if you would like to be included in the NCBA Education Committee! It would be wonderful to have a NCBA member volunteer to chair the NCBA Education Committee! This committee coordinates with teachers, scout leaders, and others involved in youth programs to provide programs about honey bees and beekeeping to children of various ages. Please let me know if this is of interest to you! Thanks! Ronda Koski NCBA Volunteer Coordinator NCBA Venue Coordinator and Interim NCBA Education and Outreach Coordinator

Upcoming NCBA Events

6:30 pm December – Holiday Party – no me... @ Johnstown Senior Center
December – Holiday Party – no me... @ Johnstown Senior Center
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
December – HOLIDAY PARTY, Thursday, December 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Bring your family, an appetizer to share, mead if you make it for others to sample, hive products or other crafty things to sell.  Location: Johnstown Senior Center (101 Charlotte St, Johnstown, CO 80534

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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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