2011 ByLaws

A signed copy of the 2011 Bylaws were provided to the Olympia Beekeepers Association by Past President Mark Emrich on 3/27/2018.

BY LAWS OF THE OLYMPIA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

PURPOSE: The Olympia Beekeepers Association is formed to promote the common interest and general welfare of beekeeping, to protect honeybees, to encourage good bee management practices, and to encourage good public relation between beekeeper and the public. To implement this objective there is set forth herein the Bylaws of the Olympia Beekeepers Association:

ARTICLE I- MEMBERS

SECTION 1 - MEMBERSHIP

Any beekeeper, entity or person interested in apiculture may become a member of the Olympia Beekeepers Association ("This Association") on approval of the Executive Board and the payment of annual dues.

SECTION 2 - DUES

The annual dues shall become payable by each member on January 1 of each year in an amount established by the Executive Board. This amount includes a fee for associate membership in the State Association, required of all who are not already members of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.

SECTION 3 - EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

The State Entomologist, the Director of the State Department of Agriculture and county agriculture Extension Agents shall be ex-officio members of this association, without payment of dues.

ARTICLE II - MEETINGS

SECTION 1 - ANNUAL MEETING:

The annual meeting of the Executive Board shall be held in the month of August unless otherwise specified by the board for scheduling reasons.

SECTION 2 - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS

The regular monthly meeting of this association shall be held the second Monday of each month at a place approved by the Executive Board, excluding July and August.

SECTION 3 - QUOROM

Any meeting of members at which at least two officers are present shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 4 - ORGANIZATION

The president shall preside at any meeting and in his/her absence, the vice-president shall preside.

ARTICLE III - OFFICERS

SECTION 1 - EXCUTIVE

The executive officers of this association shall be president, vice-president, recording secretary, treasurer and membership chairperson who shall be elected annually by the members of this association.

The duties of the treasurer shall be to make out all state and Federal government reports as necessary, carry out the financial directives of the Executive Board and keep track of all funds.

Duties of other committee members shall be those assigned to them by the Executive Board. Business shall be conducted according to "Roberts Rules of Order".

SECTION 2 - TENURE OF OFFICE

All officers shall hold office for one year or until their successors have been duly elected and installed.

ARTICLE IV - EXECUTIVE BOARD

SECTION 1 - MEMBERS

The business affairs of this association shall be managed by the Executive Board consisting of president, vice-president, past president, secretary, treasurer, membership chairperson, newsletter editor and the beekeeping class instructor.

SECTION 2 - MEETINGS

Meetings of the Executive Board may be held at such time and place as determined by the president.

SECTION 3 - QUORUM

At any meeting of the Executive Board a majority of those present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

SECTION 4 - DUTIES

The Executive Board shall have full power and authority over the affairs of this association, shall conduct all important business of this association, and shall control all expenditures of $300. Expenditures over this amount must be approved by a majority of members present at the monthly meeting where such expenditures are discussed.

SECTION 5 - BEEKEEPER OF THE YEAR

The Executive Board may select a "Beekeeper of the Year" to be submitted to WSBA in May/June annually, according to the attached list of requirements.

ARTICLE V - FINANCES

SECTION 1 - INDEBTEDNESS

No indebtedness shall be incurred by any officer, committee member or any other member of this association on behalf of the Olympia Beekeepers Association except as authorized by the Executive Board.

SECTION 2 - ACCOUNT

The Olympia Beekeepers Association dues and monies in excess of immediate operation expenses shall be placed into an account to accumulate interest.

SECTION 3 - DISBURSEMENT

If the Olympia Beekeepers Association ceases to exist at some future time, fund and assets of record shall be disbursed to the Washington State Beekeepers Association with the objective and intent that these funds and assets be used for the benefit of the art and science of beekeeping.

ARTICLE VI

The Olympia Beekeepers Association, Inc. agent and address will be that of the Associations' present treasurer.

ARTICLE VII

AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS: The Bylaws may be altered, amended, added to or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting.

RATIFICATION

These Bylaws are hereby adopted this 10th day of October 2011, to effectively repeal and supersede the existing Bylaws of this association dated 2006 which Bylaws are hereby repealed in accordance with their provisions for amendment.

 

 

President Mark Emrich

 

Secretary Yvonne Dettlaff

 

Beginning Beekeeper Apprenticeship Course

OLYMPIA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

PRESENTS SPRING

BEGINNING BEEKEEPING/APPRENTICESHIP CLASSES

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For the beginning, residential, hobbyist, or small farm beekeeper, learn the basics in beekeeping. Through participation and interaction, our discussions are focused on your needs and questions. With our hands-on learning aids, you will see, hold, analyze and feel what the books only talk about. You will get a proactive knowledge base to keep your bees happy, productive, healthy and safe. This class is sanctioned by the Washington Masters Beekeepers Association. Upon completion participants will receive the Apprenticeship Certificate, which is applicable towards your Journeyman and Master Beekeepers Certificates.

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WHAT: Beginning Beekeeper/Apprenticeship Classes

WHEN: Tuesday April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

WHERE: Chinook Middle School Library

COST:  Classroom and Instructors are sponsored by OBA – The

Washington Master Beekeepers only charges $10.00 for

the Apprenticeship Certificate.

WHO: To sign up email- OBA Secretary Shelby Albert

shelbyalbert@rocketmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capitol Honey Bee Project Update

In spring of 2016, two honey bee hives were installed on the grounds of the Governor’s mansion in Olympia. Both hives began collecting pollen and nectar from local blossoms, carrying it back to their new “homes.” As the Olympia Beekeepers Association project team continued to check on their progress, one of the hives demonstrated signs of a problem with its queen.

For a honey bee colony to thrive, the queen must lay at least 1,000 eggs per day during the spring and summer months. The queen was not producing enough eggs and hive failure was inevitable without intervention.

New queen

Introducing a new queen to a bee colony can be tricky. The existing bees are used to their original queen’s pheromone, or signature scent. If the existing bees do not accept the new queen, she will be killed and the colony will collapse. Despite using techniques to ensure the new queen’s success, it took multiple trials to get the failing hive back on track.

Both hives continued to bring in nectar and create honey throughout the summer months, the bees’ winter survival food. The team was hopeful that the bees had built up their population enough to make it through the winter. Both colonies had also been treated for varroa mites - an external parasite that attacks honey bees. Monitoring for the hives showed the treatment had been successful.

Monitoring and results

In late December, an opportunity to peek into the hives to observe activity level and food supply presented itself. In the mansion hives, plenty of honey was observed but sadly, no sign of bee life.  

Beekeepers monitor hives to troubleshoot and intervene when conditions require assistance to ensure the bees’ survival. These hives were carefully monitored and supported since their installation. A single cause of failure could not be identified.

The cause was likely a combination of factors, such as: difficulty finding suitable plants for foraging (particularly when conditions get hot and dry and food sources are limited); pesticide or herbicide exposure or nectar, pollen or water that had been contaminated with pesticides; or some other unknown factor.

Hive survival trends

Many other beekeepers are observing similar fates to their hives. While the colony loss numbers for 2016-17 are still forthcoming, beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their colonies in 2015-16. The Olympia Beekeepers Association losses were at 48 percent in the same time frame.

Honey bee colony loss is no longer just a beekeeper’s problem. Washington State has a vibrant and vital agricultural economy. Honey bee and pollinator losses, should they continue at these high levels, will have an impact on our agricultural economy. This impact could potentially affect the cost and variety of food that is produced.

What’s next

Two new honey bee colonies were installed at the Governor’s Mansion on April 21. Working in collaboration with the Governor and Mrs. Inslee and the Department of Enterprise Services, the Olympia Beekeepers Association will monitor the hives throughout the coming months. The public is encouraged to support a healthy environment to help the bees thrive.

Honey bees are interested in pollen and nectar, and not people. You are not likely to get stung by a honey bee unless you step on it, threaten its home or swat at it. Honey bees forage for their food as they look for flowers and weeds (like dandelion and clover) within a four-mile radius from their hive location.

What you can do

People who live on or manage property near the Capitol Campus can avoid spraying nearby plants with pesticide or herbicide. Doing so can be problematic because one honey bee can sip the nectar of a hundred flowers on a single foraging trip, carrying a toxic load back to its hive. Considering there are tens of thousands of bees in each hive, this can produce both long and short-term toxicity and destroy the entire colony. Pesticide exposure can also kill bees outright.

You can choose to be bee-friendly by planting things like various herbs and flowers, growing fruit trees and berries, letting the dandelions and clover grow in your lawn, naturalizing with native plants, and replacing noxious weeds with plants suitable for bees. Their survival in the long-term is a problem we all need to have a hand in turning around.

Mite Busters! How to avoid colony loss this winter.

To avoid colony loss this winter you MUST act now!

Mite bustersOur August Program featured the dynamic honey bee expert and Green River College Professor Danny Najera sharing his latest knowledge and information.

Download: The Mite Busters Handout (PDF 10.5MB)

More links for Danny's work;

See GRCC honeybees on Facebook here!
Make donations to his honeybee program here.
Tracking our Native Blooms here.

Honey Bee Project at the Governor’s Mansion

Two hives were placed on the front lawn of the Governor's Executive Residence at the Washington State Capitol and honey bees installed on April 20, 2016.

The project, a collaboration between the Olympia Beekeepers Association and the Washington Department of Enterprise Services will help raise public awareness about the decline of bee populations, our dependence on them to pollinate much of the food we eat and their importance to Washington's agricultural economy. The honey bees will also be boosting the pollination of plants at the mansion on on the Capitol Campus.

 

Links to recent articles on the project in the news:

http://www.theolympian.com/news/politics-government/article73484692.html

http://www.king5.com/news/local/governors-mansion-gets-30000-honey-bees/145674691

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article73484907.html

http://q13fox.com/2016/04/20/bees-installed-on-capitol-campus-in-olympia/

http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20160421/washington-capitol-buzzing-with-ags-littlest-lobbyists

http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article72268317.html

http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/04/21/honeybees-capitol-washington/

http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Bee-hives-installed-on-lawn-of-Washington-7249071.php#photo-9803250