Only paid members will be allowed to sign up for the swarm list in 2016. Dues are $20 if paid before February 29, 2016. After that date, dues are $25. Reduce your dues fee by $7 if you have already paid CSBA dues elsewhere (another Colorado regional association). In any case, paying your dues, starting now, will get you membership through February of 2017.
NCBA really needs to fill two volunteer positions:
You need no beekeeping experience to perform these tasks. Please call Don Studinski (303-248-6677) to let us know you are willing. It makes you feel good to give time and effort back to the club and spreading out the load makes a lot possible.
2016 Packages and Nucs:
We visited our new supplier Prairie Wind Bee Supply, Cheyenne, WY; on 1/28/2016. They will be getting bees fromNoble Apiaries in Dixon, CA.
Italian and Carniolans selected for mite and disease resistance as well as production. Transport will be in air-conditioned van and trailer.
NCBA is ordering 270 packages and 30 nucs.
In either case, package or nuc, you can choose Italian or Carniolan. There is no limit to the number of either type. The queen breeder will be providing the correct queen in every case.
Member price is $123 / package and $168 / nuc. Non-members add $10 per honeybee colony. If you wish to order bees, please get on our website, click on “Order Now” and send your hard-copy order form as well as your check to Bob, the treasurer, now.
Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association
c/o Bob Boggio, NCBA Treasurer
3905 Glade Rd
Loveland, CO 80538
The paypal alternative will be available soon on our website.
Package delivery is estimated to be 4/30/2016. In the beekeeping industry, there is an assumed 4% “dead on arrival” for package queens. Prairie Wind will be providing queens to cover this issue. You will have 2 days to notify us of a dead queen upon installation. If you find a dead queen in your queen cage, keep it in the cage, bring it to us and we will replace it.
Nuc delivery is estimated to be 5/21/2016. There is no expected “dead on arrival” for nuc queens. Don Studinski will personally inspect every delivered nuc to ensure the queen is alive and laying as expected. Should there be a problem, we will be in the process of fixing it before you show up to pick up your nuc.
The attempt to order Russian honeybee nucs has failed for 2016. If you are interested in a Russian nuc in 2017, please contact Don Studinski firstname.lastname@example.org so we can be ready early next year.
Constitution and Bylaw changes:
The following changes will be voted on by our membership in April, 2016. You should expect other changes to be voted on as the year progresses. The EC will be working through the documents in an effort to make our club work more smoothly. Please bear with us.
Constitution Article 5 – Executive Committee
Section I: The Executive Committee (EC) is the NCBA’s primary governing body, and by simple majority vote (unless otherwise specified in the Constitution or Bylaws) has final jurisdiction over any and all activities of the Association not specifically designated to Membership. The Executive Committee of the NCBA shall consist of elected Officers and other key volunteers (such as committee chairs) serving in the best interest of the membership. Currently serving EC members may choose to elect additional members at any time. Existing members may choose to end their service at any time. The Executive Committee shall keep members informed about Association business and events using the newsletter and any other means deemed reasonable.
Bylaw Article 5 – Executive Committee – (eliminate the 120 day notice period) see above.
Section 1. eliminated
Section 2. eliminated
Section 3 will become section 1. Between meetings, any Executive Committee member may use email to bring issues to the attention of the Executive Committee. Every Executive Committee member will respond to such matters to every other Executive Committee member.
Section 4 will become section 2. Expenses in excess of $250 require EC approval in advance.
Section 5. eliminated