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 PresidentNo 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) – Annie Epperson, Merry Popa, Dave Primer are standing for election
Advisors – Current Officer Lucy Thies will transition to the role of Advisor.

By way of introduction:

Bob Boggio – Bob Boggio has been a resident of Larimer County for 35 years.  He has 13 years of beekeeping experience, the first 10 from 1979 – 1988, and then started beekeeping again 3 seasons ago with two hives and space for three more.   He has 15 years experience as a director for multiple for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  The two largest organizations were the Little Thompson Water District [as the board president and a director] and the Colorado Association for Recycling [as a director].
He is concerned about the long term sustainability of the NCBA and may be able to make a difference by being more active as part of the executive committee.   Trained as an engineer he has 35 years experience in manufacturing, management, process control and quality systems.

Nancy Jones – Nancy has been involved in beekeeping for several years in the Ft. Collins area.  She is passionate about educating and bringing awareness of pollinators to children and adults.  She has served on many Non-profit boards and is currently Outreach Coordinator for NCBA.  She will take an active and involved role as Secretary .

John Green – I have served as NCBA Treasurer, Secretary most recently President.  I am a retired computer technical person. As an officer on the Executive Committee since the fall of 2011 I have spoken for a more business-like approach to Association activities, and  I am speaking for a Leadership Team structure that I believe will result in a more effective, sustainable organization.   Under my leadership we have purchased liability insurance to protect the personal assets of our leadership team and volunteers, filed for and received 501c3 non-profit  status and worked with our Treasurer for the filing of the Association’s first IRS tax return.  I am in favor of a strong Executive Committee form of governance for the NCBA, and authored many of the Constitution and Bylaw updates approved last year.

Annie Epperson – Annie is a new-bee, acquiring her first colony in May 2013.  As a reference librarian for the University of Northern Colorado she works with students and faculty on research projects, and tackled her new hobby in much the same way, researching the art and science of beekeeping for years before taking the plunge with her husband, Jerry Hudson.  She will bring that ability to explore, analyze, organize, and summarize, to her role as Advisor to the Board of NCBA.

Merry Popa -  Merry is a new resident of Larimer County when she and her husband moved to Loveland two years ago.  Before she retired from teaching in Denver, she began reading about Colony Collapse.  She took the Beginning Beekeeper Class and has found beekeeping to be a very rewarding adventure.  As the Volunteer Coordinator for NCBA , she can bring the experience and knowledge from that position to the role of Advisor to the Board.

Dave Primer – Dave has been a beekeeper for 30+ years, was one of NCBA’s founding members, and served as an officer in the Association’s early days.  He is looking forward to again contributing to the Association’s success as an Advisor.

Link to paper Ballot PDF document.

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 several people supporting each area.

i.      Extractor Loan Team – Philip Vogeler is coordinating this year.
ii.      2015 Beginning Beekeeping Class – Kristal Domenico is coordinating this year.
iii.     2015 Woodenware Order – If members want this to happen this year, a Leader and team members needed
iv.      2015 Package Bee Order – A leader and team members are needed
v.       Newsletter Assembly (MailChimp) – Janine Reid
vi.      Website Development  –  Support needed
vii.     Website routine updates (WordPress page updates) – Support needed
viii.    Meeting Venue Coordinator – Ronda Koski has taken on this role.
ix.     Honey Party Coordinator – Support needed
x.      Photo Contest – Support Needed

2.      SecretaryCandidate needed. The two key activities of the Secretary role are producing meeting minutes, and maintaining membership records.  It is anticipated that the Elected Secretary position would function as a Recording Secretary to produce meeting minutes.
i.      Membership Secretary – a Leadership Support Team role to maintain membership records – John Loftis is maintaining our membership database.

3.      TreasurerCandidate needed. Receiving and disbursing funds, maintaining the financial records of the Association and distributing periodic financial reports are the key activities of this position. We are using Quickbooks to maintain financial records, which NCBA will provide for the Treasurer’s use if needed.

4.      Outreach Coordinator – Nancy Jones5.      Volunteer Coordinator – Merry Popa

6.       Advisors  (four positions) – Advisors “advise” – via email and periodic conference calls or meetings, advisors make their opinions known and help govern the Association.   Recently, we have scheduled a monthly 1-hour conference call on the last Thursday of each month to insure we have regular discussions, and occasionally meet in person.

7.       People Currently Standing For Election:
i.      President – Bob Boggio will transition to the role of President
ii.      Vice President – Candidate needed
iii.      Secretary – Candidate Needed
iv.      Treasurer – Candidate Needed
v.      Standing for election to Advisor: Candidates Needed
vi.      Transitioning from Officer to Advisor: John Green, Lucy Thies

•    NCBA is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization.  Our success is DEPENDENT on many members willingness to invest their time and energy to accomplish the association’s goals and objectives.

•    Consider running for office.  SELF NOMINATION is encouraged.  The executive committee has no way to identify potential candidates IF you don’t ‘throw your hat in the ring’.

•    If you have Information Technology [IT] experience, consider helping to improve our website, email system, create on-line registration and payment options.

•    If you are an experienced beekeeper and would be willing to spend time throughout a season mentoring one or more new beekeepers please identify yourself to the Education / Outreach Coordinator

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 active volunteers in the future to keep the group going!!

Please consider being a part of this program.  If you have questions you can contact Nancy Jones, nancybjones@comcast.net, 970-290-0818.  If you want to help with the January program for one or more of the class days or in another support role, but cannot attend the September meeting, just let us know when and where you can help.

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!

CSBA Road Show Sunday 7/20 Details

The CSBA Traveling Road Show will be in Northern CO on Sunday, July 20!  This is a terrific opportunity to look at a LOT OF HIVES besides your own!  You do not need to have hives on the Road Show to attend the Road Show.  Simply wear your suit and join the fun!

There will be 2 routes.  The first route will be in Loveland and will be moderated by Miles McGaughey, BCBA President and CSBA Advisor.  Anyone interested in attending is asked to meet at the Linda Vap residence at 9:30 am.  Here is a map:
2331 Shadow Ct                Loveland              CO          80538
https://www.google.com/maps/place/2331+Shadow+Ct,+Loveland,+CO+80538/@40.4158489,-105.0527904,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x876952dc2b161941:0x5f6ead266a7b0d74

From the Vap residence, the Road Show will  proceed to 4 other bee yards around Loveland.  You are welcome to stay for some or all of them–as your time allows.

The second route will be in Windsor/Fort Collins and will be moderated by Terry Dorsey, past president of the CSBA and a CSBA Advisor.  This Road Show will get underway at 9:30 am at the residence of Nora Barth in Windsor.  Here is a map:
7285 Co Rd 72    Windsor               CO          80550
https://www.google.com/maps/place/7285+County+Road+72,+Windsor,+CO+80550/@40.5082858,-104.9279905,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x876eb17672d5c225:0x1575ee0d387c6dd0

From the Barth residence, the Road Show will proceed across the highway to 3 other bee yards in the Fort Collins area.  You are welcome to stay for some or all of them–as your time allows.

Once again, the Road Show represents a terrific hands-on learning opportunity for all NCBA members.  Hope to see you there!

Beth Conrey
970-213-3099
president@coloradobeekeepers.org
beth@bethsbees.com
http://www.bethsbees.com