December 2019 Newsletter
Seasons Greetings and Merry Christmas
With the changing season come some changes in the hives! It is always a thrill to see what is going on with the bees as they go through the seasons. As beekeepers we share a common interest and that brings us together. We have a great opportunity to share the enjoyment that our bees bring to us with the people who enjoy the products of our work.
Some news that you will be happy to share. Our new website is up! Try it out using our address kamloopsbeekeepers.com We have online membership registration. Using PayPal through the site you can join the Kamloops Beekeepers’ Club. This is the first step that allows our local Branch to develop activities such as field days and fellowship events. We can also still take “paper and cash”. In-person membership registrations will be taken at the January meeting. If this is your preferred method, it’s also a great way to get out and meet your fellow beekeepers!
Your BCHPA membership is still done through the BCHPA site: bcbeekeepers.com and you can get there through our website! Remember, as Branch of the BCHPA, we connect with our parent group. Our insurance for the Executive Members is provided by the BCHPA. The BeesCene magazine, Highlights magazine, provincial representation and other benefits come through the BCHPA. The ‘optional’ $5 000 000 liability coverage is a tremendous value for $ 75.00. We also get a “branch benefit” of $10 back to the club from your joining the BCHPA. Be sure to identify the Kamloops Branch as your local affiliation.
We want to acknowledge the work of our website committee in getting this vital project off the ground! Oliver Taylor, Bryce Herman, Jim Brown, & Hallie Palmer are the crew that worked with the developer, Adroit Technologies of Kamloops, to bring this to fruition. Thank you all! It will make a big improvement in our communications and public presentation!
If you would like to help with managing the site there are opportunities and need for your inputs: articles, photos, ideas, decision-making and guidance. Contact Oliver firstname.lastname@example.org As a club director, Oliver will continue to guide the project for one more year and a new manager can begin training with Oliver and an active committee immediately.
2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the BC Honey Producers’ Association. You will already have received news of our Spring AGM and Education day. We are very fortunate to host this provincial event in Kamloops in March. The focus on “Her Majesty The Queen” promises to make this a very valuable event! It is through the longstanding work of Ian Farber that we are so fortunate to host the Spring meeting and Education Day. Ian has, for years, been the local operative that facilitates the BCHPA’s use of Kamloops facilities. Great big, “Thanks” to Ian!
Kamloops Beekeepers would like to set up our calendar for 2020. We have hosted up to five field days and other events in the past. We hope to develop a number of worthwhile events for 2020. There is a great need for hosts and participants in planning our events calendar. Whether you can open your apiary to the club for a day, or whether you can help set up a field day or fellowship event, we need your input! Please contact Lawrence to offer your ideas; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
One item that you can put on your calendar is the Introductory course taught by our BCHPA Certified Instructor Ian Farber. In 2020, the course is planned to run over two Saturdays. The days are Saturday March 7 and 14, 2020. Please contact Ian at email@example.com or 250.579. 8518
Another introductory course is the one by the Apiculture Branch of the BC Ministry of Ag. It’s an on-line course and all you need to do is “attend” the webinars online in the comfort of your own home. Visit the Ministry’s website to register.
With our new website we are able to publish the results of our own November AGM and Elections. Please take a look at the Minutes and Budget on the website. After registering with the club you will have access to these documents. You have a new slate of elected representatives just waiting to build our club according to our needs and wishes. Remember, the world is run by those who show up!
At the January meeting we hope to complete an unfinished task from our November AGM. We hope to endorse one more Director. Ian Farber was nominated but was unable to attend the Nov AGM. This meant that he could not be elected. Fortunately, Ian will lend us his experience if we endorse his nomination in January. We also hope to announce the appointments in the executive offices. This makes that meeting a “special general meeting”.
A seasonal note: Club Calendars and T-Shirts are available! Contact Ed Perszon firstname.lastname@example.org for a calendar or Murray Willis for T-Shirts email@example.com
Our next meeting comes along in January and you will find an agenda on the website about a week before. We certainly hope to see everyone there for a great new start to the new year! Be sure to follow the website!
Where do you see our club going in the next year, the next five or beyond? The new executive has begun a process of developing a direction for the club: more about that to come. To keep you included in this project it is preferable to bring as many members as possible into this process. We have some outside expert help, but we need inside help, too! A good understanding of who we are and who we want to be is at the core of this project. How can we become the organization that you want this to be? Questions, comments, suggestions are welcome! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for a member who will take over the preparation of the Goody Break. Prepare beverages and set up/clean up snacks. If you would like to help out with this, please contact one of our executive members. See contacts on the website or email@example.com
Heard about the film “Honeyland”? Here’s a community outreach opportunity that recently came to us from the Kamloops Film Society. From the president of the KFS:
…… on January 9, 2020 we’re opening our Winter Film Series with Honeyland (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8991268/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0). Based on the obvious co-relations, I wondered if the Kamloops Beekeepers Club would be interested in coming, setting up a table to share information (and perhaps giving a little something away) and then speaking for about 5 minutes before the film to a (semi) captive audience about what you guys do and beekeeping!
Interested? Please take a look at the trailer. It looks like a great opportunity to tell the community about the work of beekeepers in maintaining healthy bee populations. Contact Rob Hunter firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you The Best of the Season!
Secretary Kamloops Beekeepers