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,, 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,+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,+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



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.

Leaders & Team Members for Outreach Programs, Events & Activities


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 [Last 3 Saturdays in January]
•    Team Leader, identified and appointed by July 30th or sooner
•    Team Members, need 5+, identified, by August 30th

Package Bee Order [September thru April]
•    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 [First Friday in December]

•    Team Leader Identified and appointed by July 1st
•    Committee Chairpersons [will recruit their own team members]
o    NCBA Vendors
o    Non-NCBA Vendors
o    Marketing, advertising
o    Silent Auction
o    Honey Tasting
o    Set-up and Tear Down
o    Mead Tasting
o    Refreshments

Honey Party [September]

•    Team Leader Identified and appointed by July 1st
o    Coordinates with Photo Contest Team Leader for Award of $50 gift certificate to winner
•    Team members identified and recruited by July 15th

Photo Contest  [June thru August and December]

•    Team Leader, Identified and Appointed by June 1st
•    Assistant, Identified and Appointed by June 15th

Extractor Loan Program and Equipment Maintenance [August]

•    Coordinator, Identified and Appointed by June 15th

Venue Coordinator [Year Round]

•    Coordinator, Identified and Appointed by December 15th


•    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.

o    If you have experience managing organizations, consider running for office.  Elections are held in the fall for one year terms.  SELF NOMINATION is encouraged.  The executive committee has no way to identify potential candidates IF you don’t ‘throw your hat in the ring’.

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

o    If you are an experienced beekeeper and would be willing to spend time throughout a season mentoring one or more new beekeepers AND/OR teaching a segment of the January Beginning Beekeeping class please identify yourself to the Education / Outreach Coordinator