September Member Meeting

Murder Hornets! Did we get your attention?

Where?

Thurston County Fairgrounds

3054 Carpenter Rd SE

Lacey, WA 98503 

When?

Monday September 12th 2022

Heritage Hall – It’s the main building to the right, as you enter the main gate.

Guest speaker:  Cassie Cichorz from Washington Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection-Pest Program for an update on the Northern (Asian) Giant Hornet. 

See their website for the latest:  https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets/citizen-science/adopt-a-wasp

Fall 2022 Apprentice Class

NOTE: The Fall Apprenticeship Class is now full. Class starts September 21st. You should have received an email from education@olympiabeekeepers.org

If you are somewhat new to beekeeping, want to start beekeeping, or want to refresh your knowledge and skills about beekeeping, the Apprentice Level course is for you!

This course will be held on Zoom from September 21 through November 16, Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. A hands-on and in-person session will be scheduled during the course as well. 

The course fee is $35, which includes a $10 tuition and $25 for a 2022 membership to Olympia Beekeepers Association. 

Bee Booth – Thurston County Fair

We still need more volunteers for the association’s Bee Booth.

Shifts are 4 hours. It includes admission to the fair. Note that we are not picky volunteers can cross over standard shifts. Email vicepresident@olympiabeekeepers.org to get yourself added to the schedule.

Wednesday 27th July

10-2pm: Nathan Allan and Family

2-6pm: Pam Binder

6-9pm: David Bruun

Fair closes at 9 pm

Thursday 28th July

10-2pm: Steven Walker and Family

Pam Binder (1:00 – 4:00)

2-6pm: Jeff & Jennifer Simmons

6-9pm: Stefanie Booth

Fair closes at 9 pm

Friday 29th July

10-2pm: David Bruun

2-6pm: Tam Clark

6-10pm: Pam Binder, Jennifer Harte (New Member)
Fair closes at 10 pm

Saturday 30th July

10-2pm: Lisa Borchert + Hub (New Member)

George and Jess (12-4pm)

2pm -6pm: Nicholas Peters (New Member)


6-10pm: Doug Stolhand
Fair closes at 10pm

Sunday 31st July

10-2pm: David Bruun

2-6pm: Doug Stolhand

6-8pm: Pam Binder
Fair closes at 8 pm

Honey Judging – Thurston County Fair

It is also not too late to enter your honey for judging. The  Honey contest entries are being judged by association member and master beekeeper Paul Longwell on the 26th.   Anyone wanting to enter honey needs to look at the fair rules in the exhibitor book.  

CLASS 8 – HONEY
Entry time: July 29th, 1 – 7pm ONLY.
For all lots, submit three one (1) pound Queenline honey jars (glass or plastic).
Color LOT to be determined by JUDGE.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thurston County Fair – Bee Booth

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 27 – July 31st, 2022  (Wed-Sun)

(Come find us! We’re in the building next to the Pollinator Garden.)

Have Great fun at the Bee Booth!

WHAT YOU’LL DO: Hang out in the “Bee Booth and Pollinator Garden” and answer questions!    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 breaks 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 June 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. 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.