Cheers to the end of 2013 which has been an especially difficult year for me, personally, and not too great for quite a few other folks, either. And YEAHHH!!! for the arrival of 2014. The CSBA is looking forward to 2014 and its 125 year celebration.
2013 is the year of “spambot” and spambot is a word that I can absolutely live without in my vocabulary! What is a spambot? It is an automated spammer and spambots found the CSBA Forum and deluged my email for the past 2 months with new forum registration forms. In addition, a bunch of garbage was posted to the various forum areas. My webmaster has tried several methods of removing us from the spambot list to no avail and a total revision of the CSBA Forum site is now needed. This is neither fast nor cheap. I could use a bit of feedback from the CO Beekeeping community on the CSBA Forum as long as it needs to be revised. Please take a look at the Forum and provide me with any suggestions you have by 1/15/14.
2014 is the year of the “quasquicentennial”. What the heck is that? The quasquicentennial is the 125th anniversary celebration of the CSBA’s incorporation which occurred 125 years ago just yesterday! How many entities can you think of that have survived 125 years? This is an event truly worth celebrating and we are planning on doing so for all of 2014! Due to the ongoing nature of the celebration, there is a great need for volunteers around the state to make sure that each of your communities is aware of this milestone and can participate in educational events if they choose to do so. More to follow.
The biggest success of 2013 is the acquisition of our non-profit 501c3 status. Thanks to Fred Powell, the CSBA Secretary, for his efforts on the application. The non-profit status will have significant ramifications for the CSBA and its regional affiliates in the upcoming year. Stay tuned as we embark on the most significant change to the CSBA in 125 years!
Another really successfully executed idea of 2013 was the “CSBA Traveling Road Show”. The Road Show is designed to bring some of the considerable expertise of the CSBA Officers and Board to the newer bee groups who lack this expertise. The Board and I traveled to Durango, Walsenburg, Brighton, Denver and Grand Junction in the inaugural year of the Road Show. Take advantage of this expertise and invite us to your club next spring and fall!
The CSBA printed a new publication for Pollinator Week this year: Save the Pollinators! Sincere thanks to the amazing staff at BBB Seed and to Julie Finley-Ridinger for their assistance in the design and execution of this brochure. You can download it here or holler at me in some form or fashion with a snail mail address and I will send you some for your outreach efforts.
Despite the spambot issue, the CSBA website has made great strides. If you are not utilizing this resource, you are missing the boat on a TON of invaluable information from class schedules to Urban Beekeeping regulations to plants for bees. Check out the CSBA website here: http://coloradobeekeepers.org.
The CSBA has several goals for 2014 and, of course, they cannot be reached without YOU!
The number one goal will be the rollout of the 501c3 information and how it impacts the regional associations.
Number 2 is the 125 anniversary celebration of the CSBA’s incorporation.
We will continue to work on the removal of bee bans across the state and their replacement with “responsible” code. Do you have a bee ban in your community? What is your response? Hide your bees? Change the law? If the answer is the latter, then be sure to utilize the considerable resources on the CSBA website. We have been successful at 100% of the bee bans we have worked on. Let us put that success to work for you in your community. We need bee bans removed in Fort Lupton, Broomfield and Commerce City. If you vote in these communities, WE NEED YOUR HELP to get the ball rolling.
Finally, social media needs to be better utilized to expand our beekeeping membership to younger members and the liaison role needs to be better defined so that communication between the regional associations and the CSBA is more fluid.
ABF Conference/AHPA Conferences
The ABF Conference will be held in Baton Rouge on January 7-11 and the AHPA will be held in San Antonio on the same dates. I will be speaking at the ABF and, thus, will be in Baton Rouge next week. Anyone going to the AHPA? THe CSBA would be very interested in a report from the convention if so. I like to take the opportunity at these annual meetings to meet other beekeepers from around the country; get new ideas on successful programs; recruit speakers for our semi-annual meetings and familiarize myself with the latest in bee research. If you have never been to a national convention, you should go! They are a lot of fun!
Bee Safe Neighborhoods–an idea whose time has come. There is a meeting in Boulder on this concept this Saturday. See the CSBA event calendar for more information.
Lots of nucs/packages available now. Better get your orders in!
Harvest Lane Honey is offering free shipping through tonight at midnight!
Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Honey Bees–Report from Washington State University
As always, thank you for being a member!