1. New Website

    Hello! and welcome to the new website for the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association. I hope you enjoy the new look and the new additions. The site is more interactive and community oriented. We host our own social media area now with the use of the forum and groups areas of the site. I will be creating a page with some FAQ’s for the new site and how it works. Please forward your questions to me and I’ll add them to the FAQ page for future reference to others. webmaster@nocobees.org Please visit often and share your insights within our community.  Thank You Tim
  2. Open Class honey competition – Larimer County Fair

    Caitlin Jacobsen at the  CSU Larimer County  Extension Office asked that I send you this message pertaining to the honey competition at the 2015 Larimer County Fair. The 2015 Larimer County fair will be hosting an open-class honey competition on July 29. Businesses and members of the community are invited to enter their honey creations to compete for a fair ribbon! Several classes including:  Comb Honey, Chunk Honey, Liquid Honey – Light, Liquid Honey – Dark, and Creamed Honey. Please reference the attached flyer for more information. This year, we are hosting a wine and liqueur competition as well. As a new addition this year, we have added Mead as an entry class. Please reference the attached flyer for more information. Join in the FUN … Plan to exhibit your honey and/or mead at this year’s Larimer County Fair! The entry form is available at http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/LARIMER/fair/extensionfair.shtml. NO FEE to enter IF completed entry form is received by July 13. A late entrance fee of $5 per entry will be charged for entries received after July 13. No entries will be accepted after July 28. Honey judging will be at 1:00 p.m. on July 29, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin at the CSU Larimer County Extension Office at (970) 498-6008.
  3. Open Positions – help manage your association

    Elections are coming, consider being a candidate. A KEY position on the executive committee remains VACANT.  We are searching for candidates with several years of bee keeping experience to fill the position of: Vice President: Supports the President during his term and learns the job responsibilities of the presidency so that there is a smooth transition at the next election for President. Term limits require the transition to President at the end of the second consecutive term.  If there are other candidates for President an election is held.  If you want to help direct the future of NCBA as VP, and possibly as President, contact the EC and we will schedule a special election.  The full job description is available in the NCBA by-laws on our website. ALSO Two VERY IMPORTANT COORDINATOR positions are OPEN and the EC is looking for candidates with a minimum of THREE years beekeeping experience. EVENT COORDINATOR: Interacts with area organizations and schedules NCBA participation in OUTREACH events promoting beekeeping like the Larimer County Fair, Earth Day and Pollinator Week, to name a few.  REQUIRES a significant time commitment at the beginning of the year to schedule upcoming events and additional time to maintain contact with the event managers until the event is over. PRESENTATION COORDINATOR:  Interacts with area schools and civic groups to arrange for NCBA members to give EDUCATIONAL beekeeping related presentations throughout the fiscal year .  Not as time consuming as events, but requests increase toward the end of the school calendar. The Event and Presentation coordinators...
  4. Proposed amendments to our Constitution and Bylaws – October Meeting

    Notifications Required Prior to the October Meeting The EC is required to notify membership a minimum of 120 days prior to October elections when proposed amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws will be on the ballot. > Notice of Intent to Amend NCBA’s Constitution, Article 5, Section III, Terms of Office Currently: “All Executive Committee members shall serve for terms of one year. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer may not serve for more than two consecutive terms.” Background: The Vice President is essentially a ‘President-in-training’ and he/she will ascend to the presidency if there are no other candidates running for President. The NCBA has NOT had a VP to date in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, ending 9-30-15 and no volunteers have expressed interest in taking the job. The NCBA, to remain viable, must have volunteers willing to fill key management roles on the EC, but without candidates there will be no officers in subsequent years to run the association when term limits are applied. The current revision of the Constitution does not address the issue of no willing candidates PROPOSED amendment to Article 5, Section III, Terms of Office: ADD the following paragraph “IF any officer, currently serving, becomes term limited and ineligible for the next election AND IF there are no candidates willing to stand for election as President, Vice President, Secretary and/or Treasurer AND IF those currently serving are willing to continue in their present position, the term limit restriction shall be waived for ONE additional...
  5. 2015 NCBA annual beehive tour

    The annual inspection tour was ag freat sucess again. 28 people gathered in Fort Collins and Loveland. There were questions and answers for the volunteer facilitators. CSBA President Beth Conrey and Boulder Valley Beekeepers President Miles McGaughee   A special shout out to the people on the tour for the refreshments provided.   GROUP PHOTO is of the Loveland Tour   Audry and Chris Tosi Ted Johnson Tiffany DeFose Mark & Fatima Brown Bon & Jim Philpot Noah Richter Nic Newby Camilla Keistensen Jane Everett Kate and Rich Aiello Nancy Jones Bob Boggio Dave Primer Ed Bende  
  6. 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.
  7. Significant Flood Losses?

    NCBA would like to support members who experienced significant losses during last fall’s flooding. Please let us know if you know of anyone who could use a little help getting back on their beekeeping feet, as we can make some of our surplus foundation / woodenware available. Along the same lines, if you have serviceable surplus equipment that could help a fellow beekeeper to replace hives lost in the flood, let us know. ncbaexec@nocobees.org. 
  8. For Sale: Wax-wire foundation and Queen Excluders

    Due to an inadvertent error when consolidating member woodenware orders last year (spring 2013), we received a substantial amount of crimp wire foundation and other items not ordered by anyone.  If you need – or will need – any of these items, you’d be helping your Association out by buying them from us now, first come first served.  Email woodenware@nocobees.org to stake your claim.  These prices are cost +5% shipping – as an added incentive, when you buy more than $100 worth of items, we’ll deduct the shipping 5% from your final cost! We’ll update what’s still available on the website periodically;  woodenware@nocobees.org and let us know what you want. (Updated 2/16/2014) Item Description Remaining Inventory  Price (ea) Including Shipping 5% F1950 8 1/2 (lg) Duragilt Foundation (50 sheets) 2 65.26 F3610 5 5/8 (med) Crimp-Wired Foundation (10 sheets) 36 7.51 F3950 8 1/2 (lg) Crimp-Wired Foundation (50 sheets) 7 51.77 8 1/2 (lg) Crimp-Wired Foundation (50 NO Hook) 2 51.77 WB1101 Queen Excluder (wood bound 10 frame) 18 11.54
  9. Beekeepers In Need Of Help

    Many local beekeepers have been impacted by the flooding – some severely, and NCBA wants to help.  I suggest that if you have a need, make a request either on the NCBAmembers@nocobees.org email discussion list, or directly to the NCBA Executive Committee at ncbaexec@nocobees.org.  Whether your need is immediate – to get your girls ready for winter – or more longer term, to be able to rebuild your apiaries in the spring – we want to know what you need and do what we can to help.  I suspect many out there are ready and willing to help.  BTW – despite its name, this discussion list is open to all beekeepers, not just NCBA members. If you aren’t currently a member of this discussion list, now might be a good time to sign up.  Go to the website (http://nocobees.org) Email Discussion List item under the Social Networking menu.

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..

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