Lewis Cauble presented the OCBA Executive Committee with a proposal to donate a significant sum of money to NCSU Apiculture. Although the Committee feels a donation to be a reasonable request, we would like to suggest a smaller monetary gift. Any interested membership should be prepared to vote on this proposal at the May 8th OCBA meeting. Lewis’s original proposal appears below. My apologies. I was unable to attach the brochure.
Good Morning OCBA Executive Committee Members,
NCSU Apiculture is beginning a more active fund raising campaign to support the excellent work that they do and I would like for OCBA to seriously consider giving in a big way. While grant money from the government continues to become more scarce, the cost of doing quality research continues to rise. NCSU Apiculture gets a bit of money (perhaps $2000 to $3000 per year) from NCSBA, but it is not the sort of money that will support and sustain the program. I believe it is time for NC beekeepers and the local chapters to step up to the plate and start giving in a meaningful way. I would like for OCBA to set the example for local chapters by donating $5000.00. My hope is that this will set an example that other chapters can and will follow.
Attached is a draft of a fundraising brochure that the NCSU Development Office has put together to support the upcoming campaign. I hope that each of you will read over the brochure as you consider this proposal.
If we would have had a meeting tonight, Cynthia and I would have made the following announcements:
1. If you passed the written Certified Beekeeper exam, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule your hive practical.
2. We would like to have an OCBA T-shirt. Bring your design ideas to the March meeting!!!!
3. Don’t forget to sign up with Chris Richmond for swarm patrol if you are interested. Free bees are a great reward.
4. Cedric is working diligently on our newsletter, which should be ready soon.
5. Our 4H program is a wonderful opportunity to encourage young beekeepers. We really need folks to volunteer to keep this program going. Please contact Todd Walker (email@example.com) if you can help out.
6. Rev. Langstroth (aka Dr. John Ambrose) will be the speaker at our March meeting!!!
7. Please let Cynthia or I know if you have any special program requests.
No OCBA Meeting In July!
In July the North Carolina State Beekeeper’s Association holds its annual summer meeting. This is a great opportunity to meet other beekeepers, participate in workshops, and hear lectures from some of the top researchers in the country. Because the meeting coincides with our July meeting the OCBA will have no July Meeting. To learn more about this event go to:
Instead of our meeting we will hold a potluck/ hive inspection. This will be a chance for us to spend time together socially. We will also do a full hive inspection and test for Varroa mite loads with our state inspector, Will Hicks. Please RSVP with Fred Fesel firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain directions and help us manage the potluck by telling us what dish you would like to bring and how many are in your party.
Look Forward to seeing you there.