1. 2015 Package Bee Order

    Click Here for full ordering information found on this Member Benefits page. Saturday May 2nd Noon  – Latest update has Carniolan distribution window pushed back to 2:45-4:45.  Please do not arrive before 2:45 PM so as not to interfere with the truck. Friday May 1 – We have confirmation that the Carniolan packages are on the way. Distribution will be tomorrow afternoon some time.  When we know a time, we will post it here. The distribution window will be two hours long. Update Thursday April 30th Carniolan distribution is planned for sometime Saturday afternoon.  When we have an estimated time of arrival, we will post it here and send out a Status Update email.  If you are part of the Carniolan order, you need to be prepared to drop what you are doing and come pick up your bees as soon as they are available.  Carniolans will be distributed from Glenn Wollam’s place east of Berthoud, the same place Italians were distributed from last Friday.  Directions are below. Update Thursday April 23rd The bees are here!  Italian package distribution Friday 7AM – 7PM.  Directions below. Update Wednesday April 22nd Distribution of Italian packages will be on Friday, April 24th – one day early, as the bees shipped a day early and are on their way.   We are still working out the details, but expect to be distributing bees all day Friday until early evening.  Please pick up your Italian packages on Friday if you possibly can! Given the change, Saturday...
  2. Thursday December 4th – NCBA Holiday Celebration and Craft Sale!

    Thursday, December 4th at The Berthoud Area Community Center, 248 Welch Ave, Berthoud, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm.  Please join us for this annual family-oriented event!   Craft Sale Tables will be available to display and sell your crafts and hive products at this event.  Please feel free to invite other crafters to come along. Food Do you have a favorite holiday snack?  If you can, you are encouraged to bring finger food, snacks, sweets, holiday fare, or beverages to place on the refreshment table. Beverages And to add to the holiday spirit, please come with your favorite “Spirits” for you or to share.  Bring a favorite wine, beer, mead, hard cider, mulled wine, or even your special eggnog recipe, to enjoy the evening in true festive style. We will have an evening with our families, eat drink and be merry, and talk about bees! Questions?  Email Nancy at outreach@nocobees.org,  or Merry at  volunteer@nocobees.org
  3. Executive Committee Election Results

    Eligible Voters = 252 Votes Cast = 23 [9.7%] President – Bob Boggio Vice President – VACANT Secretary – Nancy Jones Treasurer – John Green Advisors – Merry Popa, Annie Epperson, Lucy Thies, Dave Primer Appointed by the Executive Committee [EC] Education & Outreach Coordinator – will be VACANT February 2015 Volunteer Coordinator – will be VACANT February 2015 Venue Coordinator – Ronda Koski Thank you to all that voted, however key management and coordinator positions remain open. IF you have an interest in promoting beekeeping and/or recruiting volunteers to support NCBA activities, please send an email with your contact information to ncbaexec@nocobees.org.  Likewise, if you want to help direct the future of NCBA as Vice President, contact the EC and we will schedule a special election.  Job descriptions are available in the NCBA By Laws.
  4. 2014 Executive Committee Election

    Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association Annual Election October 16-26, 2014 Ballots must be received by 6:30 P.M. Sunday, October 26, 2014 The following individuals are willing to serve your Association in the coming year: President – Per our Bylaws, Vice President Bob Boggio transitions to the office of President Vice President – No Candidate Secretary – Nancy Jones Treasurer – John Green Advisors (three positions open) – Annie Epperson, Merry Popa, Dave Primer Advisors – Per our Bylaws, retiring Treasurer Lucy Thies transitions to the role of Advisor. Current (dues paid up) members and Lifetime members are entitled to vote. Return ballots Via Email to: vote@nocobees.org (just hit Reply to the Ballot email sent to the email address of record for all current members). You must email your ballot from the email address of record for your NCBA membership – the address official NCBA newsletters and announcements are sent to. or Via US Mail to NCBA Volunteer Coordinator Merry Popa, 5592 Mystic Owl Ct., Loveland, Co  80537 Paper ballots must be accompanied by your Name, Complete Postal Address, and Signature, which you may place on the paper ballot or on the outside of a sealed envelope containing your votes. Click here to open a paper ballot for printing. SEE ADDITIONAL ELECTION INFORMATION BELOW The following people are willing to stand for election: President – Vice President Bob Boggio, uncontested, transitions to the office of President Vice President – no candidate Secretary – Nancy Jones Treasurer – John Green Advisors (four total)...
  5. Executive Committee and Leadership Support Team Vacancies

    Now Accepting Nominations for the October Election! You can help!  You don’t need to be a beekeeping expert to make a real contribution to the Association, either on the Executive Committee, or in a Leadership Support Team role.  These roles contribute to seeing that the business of the Association is completed as members would expect, which is fundamental our ability to support the beekeeping activities of our members. The Association needs members to step into leadership roles, described below.  Please contact the Executive Committee (ncbaexec@nocobees.org) or John Green (ncbapres@nocobees.org).  The election will occur primarily via email following the Thursday, October 16th meeting in Johnstown, and several key roles still need your support. 1.       President / Vice President – These two positions work as a team, and with other members who make our annual programs happen. Vice President Bob Boggio will be transitioning into the role of President, assuming this office remains uncontested.  A Vice Presidential candidate is needed.   The President and Vice President count on the support of other members to lead the annual programs and to accomplish ongoing routine activities.  We also count on additional program team members to work with the designated program leader, either as a trained backup or relief for ongoing activities, or to assist with the completion of an annual program.  We are currently building several teams for the coming year, so these popular programs can continue. Below are the programs / ongoing activities that rely on member support.  Our goal is to have...
  6. Beginning Beekeeping Class Team

    We need your help getting ready for the Annual NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class! To any of our members interested in passing along the love and skills of beekeeping 101 at the annual January NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class there will be an organization/planning meeting at 6:00pm, Monday evening, September 29th,  at Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland, at 4705 Clydesdale Parkway.  Directions from the Hotel Staff: From the North or South: Take I-25 to the Crossroads Boulevard exit (Exit 259), turn East onto Crossroads Blvd. and turn left (North) onto Clydesdale Parkway. Hotel will be straight ahead after roundabout.   Click here for a map.   We will meet in the rear of their restaurant/café. Kristal Domenico will be the chief instructor this year, and is contacting those individuals who helped with the teaching last year.  In addition, we need volunteers to: Assist with room set-up and take down, Meet and greet our students, Help with Woodenware demos, Refreshments set up and service Set-up of auto-visual systems, Help with questions during breaks, and other social times, etc. etc. This 3 session class will be Saturday January 10th, 17th, and 24th, 8:30 to 1:00 at the Pulliam Building in Loveland.  We are striving to update the class registration process with online registration and payment, in addition to mail-in.  This Class is one of the most important association tools we offer the community to educate new beekeepers in best practice methods.  This Class also provides NCBA with the opportunity to acquire new members, who may become...
  7. Annual NCBA Honey Party and Harvest Celebration!

    It’s On Tonight – dress warm and join us! The annual NCBA Honey Party is tonight!!   (Thursday, September 11 6-8:30 PM) Join us for this annual Pot Luck event!  We will provide beverages, but you are invited to bring mead, honey beer, or your own favorite drinks.   We hope you and your family will join us in celebrating the Honey Harvest with food, friends, and fun.  (Help us reduce waste by bringing your own table service.) Venue: Centennial Park Pavilion in Loveland, West 1st St at Taft. Thursday, September 11,  2014 6-8:30 PM. See you there!
  8. Annual Planning Meeting, June 19th

    As a result of the recently completed Member Survey (summarized here), the Executive Committee has decided to cancel the planned June Meet & Greet pot luck social, and instead invite all members to participate in the following Annual Planning Meeting. Annual Planning Meeting, June 19th If you value the annual programs and activities your Association sponsors each year, please consider participating in the production of one of these events as a Team Leader or Team Member.  The section below summarizes the programs you enjoy and support, and the member participation required to make them successful. Don’t wait! Call Nancy Jones at 970-290-0818 to get on the list!  And plan to participate in the planning meeting on June 19th! On Thursday, June 19th, 2014 we will meet from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, Loveland, Colorado 80537 in the Erion room.
  9. Leaders & Team Members for Outreach Programs, Events & Activities

    Introduction Each calendar year NCBA creates, supports and/or participates in numerous outreach, programs and events.  Each of these requires a coordinator or team leader and one or more volunteer team members to donate their time and effort to make these activities successful.  These programs and events will be the topic of discussion at our Planning Meeting on June 19th. In addition, the coordinators and team leaders as well as the volunteers need to know when the teams need to begin working, when and where these activities are scheduled and understand the kind of effort, time commitment, experience level and other job related tasks, hereafter these are referred to as an Activity or Job Description. The Education/Outreach Coordinator AND the Volunteer Coordinator shall be the co-managers of all of these NCBA activities, with the EXCEPTION of the Bee Keeping Class and Bee Package Order. Bee Keeping Class •    Team Leader, identified and appointed by July 30th or sooner •    Team Members, need 5+, identified, by August 30th Package Bee Order •    Team Leader, Identified and appointed by September 1st •    Assistant •    Distribution Location and Distribution Support Team ============================================================================= Team Leaders and Volunteers are needed for the following activities, programs or events: Beezaar •    Team Leader Identified and appointed by July 1st •    Committee Chairpersons o    NCBA Vendors o    Non-NCBA Vendors o    Marketing, advertising o    Silent Auction o    Honey Tasting o    Set-up and...
  10. Plans, Labels and Seeds Available

    Additional Bee Rescue Seed Packets (as distributed with bee packages) are available – $2 ea, 3/$5. We also have product labels as required by the Colorado Cottage Industry Act – $4 / 100, $30/1000. Plans are now available for making: Solar Wax Extractor; Round Section Comb Honey Frames; Observation Hive Simplified Pollen Trap. Contact Nancy Jones at outreach@nocobees.org or 970-290-0818.

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..


NCBA is a 501c3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.
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