Cascade Venom Collection – AKA The Bee Man

In late summer we all see a lot more yellow jacket, hornet and wasp activity.

The OBA does not provide removal services for anything other than honey bees.

If you need help identifying, then removing anything else, and you have not sprayed the offending insects, then you can call Cascade Venom Collection for free removal. Remember that in your time of greatest need, so too are there others with exact same problem. Therefore do not expect for this to be an instant fix.

For contact details go to their web site:

The web site has a fantastic guide to help you identify whatever it is you may have.

Northern Giant Hornets (AKA Murder Hornets)

We had the pleasure of hosting, Cassie Cichorz from Washington Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection-Pest Program for an update on the Northern (Asian) Giant Hornet. 

Recently given the common name “Northern Giant Hornet”, they are currently only reported in Northern Washington State, however could theoretically hitch hike to our area.

For more information visit the WSDA web site. You will find reporting tools, identification photos, instructions on what to do if you find one (don’t kill it, they capture and track them using a radio antenna).

OBA Elections – Nominations

We are holding elections at the November meeting.

You may nominate yourself or someone else. Preferably before November so we can reach out to that member and discuss the expectations and see their willingness to serve. Currently we have the following nominations;

  • President Paul Longwell
  • Vice President Nathan Allan (Currently Appointed)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer David Bruun (Currently appointed President)
  • Membership Jesse Colpitt (Currently Appointed)
  • Education Chair Gail Booth
  • Outreach Chair Steve Walker
  • Librarian Lynn Phillipi
  • Mentor Chair George Silva

This is a exciting time for the club. Coming out of the pandemic, getting members back on track for “Education, Training and Support” is our priority!

Board Meeting Agenda – August 15th, 2022 @ 6pm

Where? Swantown Inn & Spa, Ballroom, 1431 11th Ave SE Olympia

When? August 15th at 6pm

All current board members, appointees and chairs, along with any members who are interested in serving on the board are invited to this meeting. This agenda document is a live document! Let know if you want something added or discussed.

Attend Virtually

We are going to try out Google Meet, giving members the opportunity to attend virtually. This is a test of using this system, so please be patient and kind.

Board Meeting
Monday, August 15 · 6:00 – 7:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 470-222-8507‬ PIN: ‪876 371 283‬#
More phone numbers:


  • Review of Thurston County Fair Bee Booth
    • Was this year successful?
    • What do we need to do for next year?
    • Where are we sourcing honey from? Members? How much per pound do we offer members?
  • Plan for November Elections
    • Seek more volunteers who are willing to serve in a board position
    • List current nominees on web site
  • Plan for September meeting
  • Assess the new online membership system
    • Number of sign ups?
  • Review Outreach efforts
    • Do we need more literature?
  • Review Fall Apprenticeship Class
    • How many sign ups do we have?
    • Location for in person class?
  • Review Swarm season response
    • How many calls did we go out on?
    • Were swarm list members responsive?
    • Does club create and sell a swarm catchers kit?
      • Sign Swarm Catcher use
      • Procedure Swarm catchers follow as representatives of the association

Fall 2022 Apprentice Class

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

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.