February Meeting Thursday Evening

February Meeting - Thursday, February 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM- Features Jason Goldman on mead making, and presentations by members on making and selling bee-based products (e.g. soaps, salves, etc.)  Members who make/sell value added products are welcome to make short 5 minute presentations on what you do.  Emailncbasecretary@nocobees.org to get on the agenda.  We will be meeting at a new location, the Edge Sports Center in Fort Collins off the frontage road south-east of I-25 and Mulberry at 4450 Denrose Ct.  Click here for a map.

Volunteer and Education Coordinators needed!

We are approaching the season of most of our public outreach events, and need people to help coordinate these activities.  If you have an interest in education and public service, please let us know.  E-mail NCBA Secretary John Green atncbasecretary@nocobees.org or any of the Executive Committee members.
NCBA is seeking applicants for key positions
Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association is a not-for-profit service organization that seeks to promote effective, responsible beekeeping by providing educational and outreach opportunities both for beekeepers and for the general public.  We have openings in two key positions that work together to provide these opportunities – Volunteer Coordinator, and Education and Outreach Coordinator.   The Volunteer Coordinator communicates with members who have indicated an interest in volunteering to match people to outreach events, such as from staffing the NCBA booth at one of the various events we participate in each year and organizing refreshments for one of our meetings.  The Education and Outreach Coordinator evaluates regional events for potential NCBA participation, helps to prepare related educational materials, and helps to train volunteers as needed.  Time commitment varies on the time of year.  Number of events varies, but is busiest from May through September.  Requests can include, but are not limited to, school and civic organization presentations and display booths.  The largest events we participate in are the Larimer County Fair (late July, early August) and the Sustainable Living Fair (September).  Please consider helping out with one of these key positions.

Way To Bee!!

This month we want to acknowledge Carolina Nyarady and the crew of dedicated volunteers who once again this year organized and presented the Beginning Beekeeping class last month.

CSBA February Update

Excerpted from the full post found at: http://coloradobeekeepers.org
Happy Groundhog Day!

While it is not an “official” holiday, it should be.  Today is Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil has not seen his shadow.   This means that an early spring is predicted.  I want to know what happened to winter.  Here in Berthoud, it has been dry and mild.  Winter watering has become the norm.  The girls have been out and about in droves and the first reports of bees in bird feeders started on the swarm hotline a couple of weeks ago–a solid 2 months ahead of schedule.  Bees in bird feeders; bees in chicken feed; bees in compost piles collecting coffee grounds! (I swear this is where they get their “buzzzzz”.)  Why do bees engage in this behavior?  Quite simply, it is their nature.  Bees are collectors and, in the absence of pollen, they collect pollen substitutes which is what all of the above have in common–grains the size of pollen.

Legislative Update

The Cottage Industry bill is being taken up again by the State legislature this session.  The bill that is introduced is intended to address some of the shortcomings of the original bill not the least of which is the training requirement.  As you all know, I have been adamant in my objection to the Food Service MANAGERS training requirement as being both unnecessary and expensive.  I am advocating the Food Service HANDLERS training.  It looks as though it is under consideration at this time.  I will keep you apprised.

Thank you for being a member.

Beth

NCBA membership drive

NCBA Membership Renewal Time!
For your current membership status, look to the bottom of this newsletter, where we always provide some basic information.  All memberships are synchronized to a March 1 start date.  We are asking that every member print and send in an updated Membership Application and Liability Waiver form.  This allows us to update our records with your current information, and gives you the chance to add additional household members to our roster.  You can find the new Membership form at http://test.nocobees.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Web_Site_Membership_Application__Rev20130121.pdf or from the link at the bottom of the Contact page here: http://test.nocobees.org/contact/.  Please return it to NCBA Secretary John Green as indicated on the form.

Annual membership in NCBA currently costs $20, which includes a Primary membership for the individual completing the Membership Application and Liability Waiver.  It will also include additional household members residing at the same address when you include their names and signatures on the form.