About the NCBA

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.

GOVERNANCE

The NCBA is a tax-exempt (501c3) charitable organization governed by a written constitution and bylaws that define a governing body – the Executive Committee – consisting of Officers and Advisors.  Elections are held in October of each year.  Click here to view the Constitution,  Bylaws or the IRS letter determining our tax exempt status.

NCBA exists only because of the efforts of its member volunteers.  Key among these volunteers are our Officers and Advisors– NCBA’s primary leaders.  You don’t have to be a beekeeping expert to be an effective officer.  You don’t even have to be someone who considers themselves to be a leader.  Each of the officer roles is functional, taking care of an aspect of the business of the NCBA.  You don’t have to be perfect – you just need to be able to fulfill the basic duties of the position in a timely manner most of the time.  Remember, you aren’t alone.  The other Officer and Advisor members of the NCBA’s Leadership Body, the Executive Committee, are there to help – along with other member volunteers.  The Executive Committee is designed to encourage a variety of perspectives that committee members can use in reaching a decision.   Please consider putting your name forward for one of these positions.   Email the Executive Committee at ncbaexec@nocobees.org.

President and Vice President  – These are NCBA’s primary leaders, the buck-stops-here people responsible for meetings and for making sure that the business of the NCBA is handled.  These two positions are designed to work together, both to share the work and to acquaint the Vice President with the role of President.  The Vice President is a 1-year President-in-Training position that, when uncontested, automatically transitions to President at the end of his or her term.

Secretary – The primary duties of the Secretary are to create minutes and attendance records for monthly and Executive Committee meetings, documenting at a high level the activities of the organization as well as the detailed results of formal votes taken by membership and the Executive Committee.  The Secretary also helps to maintain the Association’s membership records.

Treasurer – The Treasurer handles the NCBA’s funds, making deposits, writing checks, and maintaining detailed financial records to document the source of receipts and the reason for disbursements.  The Treasurer also reconciles accounts, creates financial reports, and helps to maintain membership records reflecting dues payments.

Education and Outreach Coordinator – This is an event-focused position, responsible for evaluating public events and requests as potential Association outreach activities, making recommendations to the Executive Committee for participation, and coordinating with the Volunteer Coordinator to fulfill on requests. This position is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Committee.

Volunteer Coordinator – This is a member volunteer oriented position, responsible for promoting volunteer opportunities within the Association, maintaining records of volunteer activities, and coordinating with the Education and Outreach Coordinator to match volunteers to events. This position is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Committee.

Advisor – In addition to Officers, the Executive Committee has four Advisor positions.  Some of these positions are a filled by people who were Officers in the previous year, with the balance elected.  The primary role of an Advisor is to share their perspectives on the Executive Committee and vote on issues.  This is often done via email, and at meetings of the Executive Committee that are scheduled from time to time.