January 2017 Bee Culture magazine page 11, Letter from Larry Haigh, Mount Pleasant, SC “My background is heavily in the technical arena and adult education so I understand how effective skills and knowledge training can play an important role in human performance. Unfortunately, many Master Beekeeper Programs across the country appear to be an academic exercise with a heavy focus on knowledge about Honey Bees and beekeeping and little emphasis on skills that are essential for Beekeepers. If you can read, watch videos and pas a written test, you can fly through these programs, however, the Honey Bees will not be impressed with your certificate if you don’t know what you are doing when you pop the lid! … “Except for the University of Montana online program, most are not rigorous or connected to structured mentoring where Beekeepers can learn the “best practices” in the Apiary. After all, we are trying to develop successful Beekeepers and not add to the revolving door problem where over 60% of our new Beekeepers give up after a year or two. … “Some of the skills that need to be mentored are: detailed apiary/hive/colony inspections, splitting colonies, requeening, mite detection/treatment, swarm prevention, swarm capture, to mention a few.” I’m thinking that’s a pretty good list as topics for our “before the meeting” series of hands-on classes. If you are knowledgeable and willing to teach about any of these topics, please contact Don Studinski to get on the schedule.