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
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  • 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

May 2022 – Meeting Agenda

May 9, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00

Heritage Hall, Thurston County Fairgrounds

  • Call to order
  • Welcome
  • New Members
  • Acceptance of past meeting minutes
  • Minutes taker for meeting

  • Equipment Report
    • Hive equipment – to Nathan Allan @ Swantown Inn and Spa
  • Kathy Miles – refreshment supplies
  • Class Report
    • Apprentice – finishing on 03/16 – next iteration?
    • Journeyman – none in progress
  • Mentorship
  • Project Reports
    • Airport apiary- contact Dixon Fellows
    • Pollinator garden
    • Prison project – contact Dixon Fellows

  • Website Report
    • Access and review – send comments to Nathan Allan

  • Future meeting schedule
    • Mar-June – at Heritage Hall
    • Speakers:
      • May – Randy Oliver – via Zoom
      • Jun – Susan Knilans/Jacqueline Freeman – via Zoom
      • Oct – Sue Cobey live


Presentation – Randy Oliver

November Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 
7:00-9:00 PM

Chinook Middle School Cafeteria
4301 6th Ave NE
Lacey, WA 98516

Apprentice Class
Meets in the Cafeteria
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Sustainability Group
Meets in the Library
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Journeyman Meeting
Monday, November 18, 2019 

6:00-8:00 PM
Chinook Middle School Library
4301 6th Ave NE
Lacey, WA 98516

September Member Meeting

Murder Hornets! Did we get your attention?


Thurston County Fairgrounds

3054 Carpenter Rd SE

Lacey, WA 98503 


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:

OBA Members Group

The OBA started its own private, members only Facebook Group during the pandemic. It is called “OBA Members”. The only way you get to be a member is to be paid up for the year.

It is not the same as the “Olympia Beekeepers Discussion” Group. This is run administrated by a local beekeeper, and is open to members and the general public.

Fall 2022 Apprentice Class

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 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