Winter Apprentice Level Class

NOTE: New Apprenticeship Class starts February 8th going through to April 5th.

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 online from February 8th through April 5th, Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. A hands-on and in-person session will be scheduled during the course as well. 

The course fee is $50. As always it requires current membership to Olympia Beekeepers Association. 

The fee includes receiving your certificate on successful completion of the course.

2022 Annual Meeting Report

On November 21 2022, we held our Annual Meeting at The Swantown Inn’s Grand Victorian Ballroom. There were 20 people physically present and 4 people via Google Meet.

Membership Report

As of today, we stand at 126 members (paid annually) and 5 lifetime members. The membership year is January through December. Anyone who signs up in November or December 2022 is paid through December 2023.

Treasurer’s Report

Checking – $2,834.63

Savings – $4,578.80

Librarian’s Report

Lynn reported that she purchased four books as motioned at our last meeting, all on the topic of Mead. Lynn encouraged members to let her know if there is a bee book they are interested in reading because she may be able to purchase it for the library.

An updated list of the Association’s library inventory is available in the library section of the web site.

Outreach Report

Steven noted that currently due to the season there really has not been any active outreach.

Education Report

Gail reported that the online Apprenticeship class recently graduated 18 people. It was well received and a few of the new apprentice beekeepers attended the meeting. There will be another Apprenticeship class starting in early April. We do not know yet if it will be in person or online.

There was interest in Beginner (one day) and Journeyman level classes. The board will discuss and formalize these options at the first board meeting of 2023.

Mentor Report

George was not present, but Nathan had seen him and Jessica earlier (they dropped off the membership box). George is stepping down and knows there is demand for mentors from potential mentees.


David presented the nominations for board positions. Nathan discussed his nomination as Vice President. He mentioned that he wanted a more experienced beekeeper to take the President role, but with no one stepping up he realizes he will be Acting President. He really hopes with the almost full slate of board members, that regular board meetings will return.

Gail proposed a motion to except the slate of nominations. Nicholas Peters seconded. After limited discussion the members agreed unanimously.

The following members were elected:

  • President 
  • Vice President Nathan Allan (Acting President)
  • Secretary Camy Naasz
  • Treasurer David Bruun
  • Membership Catie Holstein
  • Education Chair Gail Booth
  • Outreach Chair Steve Walker
  • Librarian Lynn Phillipi
  • Mentor Chair Brian Henn

New board members can reach out to Nathan to get set up with OBA email address. We ask that board members regularly check their OBA email accounts and use them for Association business.

The board will resume regular monthly meetings, starting January 21, 2023. All members are welcome to attend the board meeting. If you do and you are not a board member, you will be put to work on a subcommittee or the like. Nathan discussed plans for moving the Association forward, advancing our education mission, and increasing membership. In 2023, the board will bring back some of the formalities and a lot of the social interactions that have made our Association great. The agenda for the first board meeting of 2023 includes:

  • Set a budget
  • Create a master calendar
  • Form an education subcommittee to create and present to the board an education plan, including, beginner, apprentice, and journeyman classes, and mentor opportunities
  • Discuss and plan membership meeting topics and source presenters

It was also mentioned that Alan Woods of Woods Bee Co. has offered his services, particularly in education. There was also mention of potential grants from the state association.

Presentation – Website upgrades – Nathan Allan

Nathan presented the changes to the website, most notably the membership plugin that now manages our membership. Members can now log in to manage their member profile, pay their annual membership fee, and see a directory of members. He pointed out the new “I want to be Beekeeper” page and the News and Updates.

We are looking for members who are interested in helping build out the content of the website, specifically on the educational content. We also need help managing our private Facebook members group and Association Facebook page. These are important education and engagement channels that can reach a lot of people.

We discussed ways to improve the accessibility of the colors used for the new member menu on the website for people who are color blind.

Social Hour

After the formal meeting, we briefly went over the basics of official honey judging. We hope to encourage and empower members to enter their honey in the Thurston County Fair. We then sampled at least 10 different honeys brought by members!

The host also provided some delicious honey-based pastries and cocktails.

Next Meeting

The December Holiday Potluck will be held at Heritage Hall at the Fairgrounds and include a white elephant gift exchange ($20 max per gift). The meeting date is Monday December 12th at 6pm. Heritage Hall does provide access to a kitchen area.

RESCHEDULED to 21st November 2022 – Annual Meeting


Monday, November 21st, 2022, 6pm to 8pm


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Swantown Inn

1431 11th Ave SE

Olympia WA 98501

(Get Directions)


Swantown Inn has limited car park space, but plenty of parking around the corner on Central. Only park up the drive if you have mobility issues. Please follow directions of parking attendant.

Attending Online?

Annual Membership Meeting
Monday, November 14 · 6:00 – 8:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 747-253-0824‬ PIN: ‪781 137 246‬#
More phone numbers:


This is our Annual General Meeting where elections will take place. See nominations here.

You are strongly encouraged to bring a jar of your honey. We have had multiple requests to do a honey tasting. We will be providing a way to do this.

Paul Longwell, the Honey Judge, will be showing us how to present and enter your honey for judging at the County Fair (you could also enter the State Fair).

Nathan Allan will be presenting changes to the Web site that have been enacted over the past few months, including our new online membership directory.

We plan on this being a fun night. There may be a couple of surprises as well!

Apprentice Class – Purchase Certificate of Completion for $10

This offer and information is ONLY for the people who are currently taking the Apprenticeship Class with Gail and Margaret.

Washington Master Beekeepers Association offers a Certificate of Completion after successfully completing the Apprenticeship Level course.  The cost is $10. 

Deadline to order a Certificate is November 30, 2022.  (Payment window closing at the end of November, absolutely no extensions are possible.)