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Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. We need members to speak with public – it pays to be a speaker!

    Announcement:  NCBA members have valuable knowledge which we are willing and able to share with the public. Our member speakers should be recognized for the valuable knowledge they bring.  It is in that spirit that we will require a payment of $50 or more for speakers we refer to organizations requesting us to speak.  This payment is for the speaker.  Therefore, if you perform a speaking engagement for our club, you can expect to receive this nominal payment for your efforts.
  2. Volunteers for CSBA Roadshow – Hives needed

    Announcement:  Members willing to or wishing to participate in the CSBA Roadshow for 2016 should contact Don by 7/12/2016 to volunteer their hive(s) for inspection.  Don will need your hive(s) address.  We will set up the road show for some Sunday in August.
  3. Presidents Message – July

    NCBA Members: Did you know that $1 of your dues is dedicated to what we call the indigent fund? This fund is intended to help our fellow citizens who have honeybees move into a structure, typically related to their home, but they cannot afford the normal fees charged by a structural remover in order to get the bees out. This scenario happens fairly rarely, but it does happen almost every year. Basically, it goes something like this: honeybees make their home in a cavity (the soffet or the shed or whatever) of someone who may be out of work and really hurting financially. We don’t want the bees killed and we don’t want the structural remover to have to do this as charity. The compromise in the middle is that the structural remover can request that NCBA pay the remover up to $100 per event. This normally doesn’t cover what the full fee would be, but it makes sure the remover is not left high and dry. This is the time of year I like to be getting mite counts on all my colonies. Generally, I will not be treating until fall, but by having the counts done now, I can get my plans together for when I will treat. If a count is particularly bad, I may go ahead and treat now. It is my intent to run for president again in the coming elections. Our current constitution says I must warn you about this significantly in advance. This...
  4. Presidents Message – June

    NCBA Members: I am learning a lot this year as I serve as your president. There are really several clubs within our club.  NCBA is made up of a few key individuals that are involved in the executive committee, the meetings and all our special events; I’ll call this the core.  We are also made up of a few individuals that are very interested in outreach and education; I’ll call this the marketeers. We consist of about 40 or 50 individuals who attend our monthly meetings, mostly the same beekeepers month after month; I’ll call this our audience. Then, there’s the rest of NCBA.  These folks are interested in access to honey bees. It might be packages, nucs or swarms, or it might be any combination of the above, but really that’s the only reason they are a member; I’ll call these the customers. The core, marketeers, audience and customers can be thought of as sets that intersect and overlap. There may be subsets within sets. How it all fits together is not important, but it’s interesting to note all the various levels of engagement. My current thinking is that I want to focus more of the core attention at the audience. Marketeers are largely self motivated and self directed. Customers are getting what they want and they really don’t want anything further. It seems like the focus for the core really should be toward the audience. I welcome your feedback about this thinking. May is much too busy to...
  5. Volunteer Recognition June

    Thank you to: Bob Boggio You guys have no idea how many hours of dedicated service Bob puts into NCBA. As treasurer, he tracks all the payments for everything: membership, packages, nucs, venues, equipment, etc. Plus, he is always there at every key moment, like package delivery and nuc delivery. If there was ever anyone you should personally thank for their many hours of dedicated work, it would certainly be Bob.  NCBA just doesn’t happen without him!!
  6. FYI – Thank you!

    Carl & Danielle Hosler, local manufacturers of bee equipment, have in the past and did again this year make a donation to NCBA, based on their sales, as a thank you for supporting their company.
  7. Presidents Message – May 2016

    NCBA Members: The vote for our constitution and bylaw changes is complete. Thank you for supporting your EC suggested changes. The constitution and bylaw updates will be posted on the website soon. By the time this news is sent, you will have your new honeybee packages and they will have been installed. I’ll be hoping that all went smoothly for you.  Next up, we will be getting our nucs.  Nuc, it’s short for nucleus colony or nucleus hive. We frequently use the terms interchangeably, but the hive is a house and the colony is what lives inside. The nucleus part is just a way of referring to these standard “small” hives and colonies. Generally, three, four or five frames, nucs are fully functioning honeybee colonies. There is no difference from a full sized hive, it just happens to be small. You will find a laying queen, brood, nurse bees, bee bread and honey inside. Our nucs will be traveling in style. We are renting a climate controlled trailer from Zach Owens at Lazy Bee Ranch. Zach is going to help us drive up to Cheyenne, WY to Prairie Wind Bee Supply and get the 30 nucs.  We will be getting the nucs on Friday, 5/20 in the afternoon.  Then we drive them down to Berthoud where we will open and inspect all 30 to ensure the queen is healthy and laying. This will disturb the workers and we want you to get your entire workforce, so we will let them...
  8. Volunteer Recognition May

    Thank you to: Glenn Wollam Glenn has been so great to allow us to use his property and bar for the big package delivery!  We are so grateful and we are so lucky to have such a wonderful space and such a generous member.  Thank you Glenn and your entire family!!!! Thank you to: Bill Harrell Bill, what a great guy! Got us 50 food grade 3.5 gal buckets with lids for free.  I understand there may be more coming.  Bill is so generous to donate his time to fetch these buckets and then make a sign and allow us to grab them at no charge during the package distribution.  If you didn’t get a bucket and have a need, there are plenty of members that should be willing to share. Thank you to: Merry Papa Merry showed up unexpectedly at the package delivery with coffee, brownies and cookies.  After the cold rain and snow, that was so much joy to find!!!  I gave myself permission to eat extra chocolate without feeling guilty.  Thank you, Merry!!!  I wish I would have thought of it!

Upcoming NCBA Events

6:30 pm NCBA October Meeting @ Edge Sports Center
NCBA October Meeting @ Edge Sports Center
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Speaker, Bill Shoup Topic: Peek at commercial beekeeping Location: Fort Collins Edge Sports Center 4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524
6:30 pm NCBA November Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
NCBA November Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Speaker, Topic: Location: Berthoud Community Center 236 Welch Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513

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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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