Upcoming OBA Volunteer Opportunities in 2015

Volunteering with OBA is a rewarding experience – getting to share information about honeybees, honey-tasting and seeing eyes light up at the sight of our observation hive is just plain fun! Build professional and personal skills and gain confidence in your beekeeping practices at the same time! Even if you are a new beekeeper OBA can always benefit from offering a smiling face and willingness to help.

Volunteer to staff the BEE BOOTH at the Thurston County Fair


July 29 – August 2nd, 2015 (Wed-Sun)

(Come find us! We're in the building next to the Pollinator Garden across from the 'Livestock Auction Barn')

Have Great fun at the Bee Booth!

WHAT YOU'LL DO: Hang out in the “Bee Booth and Pollinator Garden" and answer questions! Paul and Pat will have more details to all volunteers at the July Bee meeting. No experience needed to volunteer. New beekeepers, this is a great learning opportunity. Helps earn points toward your Journeyman certificate.

The sign-up is for a 4 hour increments. You will not have to pay for entry to the fair while volunteering and you will have mini break’s to enjoy your fair time.

We are trying to ensure that we have three people for each shift with at least one more experience member at each shift for the hard questions.

Daily shifts are:

10am -2pm

2pm – 6pm

6pm -10pm except for the last day of the fair we close at 8pm.

HOW TO SIGN UP: If you interested in volunteering, Email me at paullongwell@comcast.net stating your name and the time you want to volunteer and I will add you. Also you can sign up at the July meeting.

Can’t make the fair? Here’s another opportunity.

We also need help decorating the Bee Booth the weekend before the fair, which is the weekend of 25th and 26th July. Let us know if you have cool bee stuff to contribute or if you want to lend a hand. The public is currently very interested in bees, beekeeping, and the problems with bee health. As beekeepers, it is our responsibility to educate the public on these issues. Like it or not, public outreach and education is a non-stop and essential duty of all beekeeping associations, including the OBA. If you volunteer, THANK YOU! If you do not, please consider it. Not all volunteer work requires you to engage the public. It does not take much time and is extremely gratifying.

Press Release : Thurston County Now More Bee-friendly with Community Involvement

PDF Pollinator Event Press Release

Thurston County Now More Bee-friendly with Community Involvement

Pollinator Garden dedication and multi-jurisdictional pesticide ban celebration, June 24

OLYMPIA - There’s some good news for bees in Thurston County – our community is coming
together in a big way to make sure our lands are pollinator approved! On Wednesday, June 24,
join the Thurston County Bee Team, the Olympia Bee Keepers Association, and our partners at
the Panorama retirement community for a celebration of all of the work being done to help save
these fragile creatures.

The celebration will be held at Panorama’s new Pollinator Garden, a chemical-free bee and
butterfly safe haven. Planting pollinator friendly plants is the first step that all of us can take
towards helping bees make a comeback. If you want to start a garden of your own the Thurston
County Bee Team will be unveiling their new sign, designed by local artist Nikki McClure, to
designate pollinator-friendly gardens and lawns. The sign represents the community awareness
and action campaign to encourage healthy garden and lawn practices to increase forage for bees
and other pollinators.

In addition to the garden dedication, recognition will be given to Olympia, Tumwater, the LOTT
Clean Water Alliance, and the Nisqually Land Trust, who all signed a Thurston County
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on their
properties. Neonicotinoids are a group of systemic chemicals that make pollen and nectar
poisonous to bees and are a key factor in the decline of bees. The MOU protects almost 13,000
acres of land throughout our community from these harmful substances.

What: Garden Dedication & Community Celebration for Pollinator Health

When: Wednesday, June 24, 5:30pm

Where: Panorama Pollinator Garden, parking at 1600 Sleater Kinney Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503.
A shuttle will be available to take guests to the site.