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.
  11. 2014 Membership Survey Result Summary

    The Executive Committee would like to thank all of the members that responded to the survey.  We are beginning to review the inputs you provided including many additional and detailed comments.  Here are the highlights from my perspective: About 90 percent of members consider themselves to be somewhere between a beginner and part time beekeeper that sells honey, other products and or services. A majority are looking for a focus on the content of the monthly meetings and a beekeeping class for experienced beekeepers.  Only about 5% were interested in additional social events. The top three monthly meeting subjects are sustaining bees through winter, general hive management for 2nd & 3rd year beekeepers and swarm season tips, prevention, control and splits. NCBA is an all-volunteer organization, yet over 50% of responders contribute zero time to help and less than 30% contribute one to five hours PER YEAR.  I would really like to understand why members are not volunteering. A total of 36% of responders did not answer the question regarding which activities you would volunteer to help with.  Helping with outreach events garnered the greatest support while becoming an NCBA officer got the least support. Our website needs to be improved.  A majority of members only visit if there is a notice that new or updated content is available. Click here for full survey result details. Regards, Bob Boggio, Vice President ncbavp@nocobees.org
  12. March Meeting – SWARMS

    Swarm Hotline Participant Training and 2013 Swarm Season Recap presentation by Beth Conrey.   Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:30-8:30 PM   Venue: Pulliam Community Building, 545 North Cleveland, Loveland, Colorado (Date shifted from Wed 3/19 to accommodate Beth’s schedule) This meeting is mandatory for those who were not on the Swarm Hotline call list last year and wish to participate this year. Swarm season is approaching, so let’s get started! In order to participate in the NCBA Swarm Collection and Hive Removal program – having your name on the list of people who will be called for swarm collection or colony removal from structures – you MUST be a current NCBA member AND have a current (2014 version), signed Membership Application and Liability waiver on file.  Click here to download the application / waiver from the NCBA website, and mail it to the address on the form. This year, NCBA will not be coordinating hive removals from structures, but we will make available a list of people who perform this work to interested parties. If you are interested in being a swarm catcher this year, AND YOU HAVE BEEN A SWARM CATCHER IN THE PAST, please provide Beth with the following information to update records for this year: Name Primary Phone Number Secondary Phone Number Whether you do swarm catching only or hive removals Also how many swarms you are looking for What city you live in How far you will go to get a swarm Any miscellaneous but important information such...
  13. Leadership Support Team Needs

    It is time to organize all program teams for the coming year, and you are needed to help support the work your NCBA does, either as a team leader, or in a team support role. Where do your interests lie? Package Bee Order? Meet and Greet? Photo Contest? Extractor maintenance and loan? Honey Party? Bee-zaar? Beginning Beekeeping Class? Email ncbaexec@nocobees.org Also, we are still in need of NCBA Secretaries: Recording Secretary – the official Officer position in charge of meeting minutes and other official work; Membership Secretary – a Leadership Support Team role, receiving membership applications and keeping the membership roster updated.
  14. Outreach-Education-Social Events for 2014

    The NCBA Outreach committee met in Loveland on Tuesday, February 18th and established the following list of educational and social events for 2014. Date  Event/who/what/where                Notes Feb 15 Passion for Food at the Ranch        Ronda registered for this and set up the NCBA booth Feb 17 School Out Science at the Loveland Public Library on Beekeeping, 36 attendees Presented by Bob Boggio March 17 NARFE Community group- Active & Retired Federal workers, Fort Collins John and Ronda March 31 School Out Science at the Loveland Library, 3-4 PM – Jim Boyd, master beekeeper will present a program for older children and teens in the Gertrude Scott room. Presenter: Jim Boyd April 26-27 Spring Open House Fort Collins Nursery May ?   Monroe Elem Career Days June 14 NOCO Get Outdoors Day- Ft. Collins City Park.  Theme is to create “Villages” of like workshops, activities and exhibitors We will be with the Native Plant Society and Master Gardeners June 16              Pollinator Week, coordinated by CSBA at area garden centers June 19                NCBA Annual Meet and Greet at the Berthoud Town Park June Share the Buzz Whole Foods, FC August Larimer County Fair                                       Need NCBA members to submit samples for the Honey Judging Contest Aug/Sept           State Fair Pueblo Sept  17               NCBA Annual Honey Party Centennial Park, Loveland Sept 20-21 Sustainable Living Fair Ft.Collins Sept Gardens on Spring Creek Harvest Fest Oct 7 Berthoud Oktoberfest Fickel Park Nov Front Range Food Show NCBA members who sell honey Dec  5 NCBA Holiday BeeZaar, Chilson Center, Loveland Need Committees  
  15. February Meeting Thursday February 20th, 2014 – Diana Sammataro and Miles McGaughey

    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

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 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 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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