Message from David Shockey, KSBA Treasurer

David ShockeyA message from David Shockey:

Several weeks ago, I submitted my resignation to the KSBA Executive Board for family and health related reasons. I had given the Board notice earlier in the spring that I had to slow down and back off my level of commitment. I’m also selling off half of my 30+ beehives and have given notice to the Hardin County Beekeepers that I will be stepping down as their president. Over the past year or so, I have come to realize that I am 74 and its time to slow down. I would not have made it through this year without the help of a couple of young beekeepers with high energy.

I have had an absolutely great time working the with Chris Renfrow, Mike Mabry, Tammy Potter and Sarah Preston plus my good friend Rick LeMarr. They are the best. They have given untold amounts of their personal time and effort working for KSBA, and for Chris and Mike without any compensation even for travel. The KY State Fair Honey Booth operations would have never been accomplished without the overwhelming commitment of Sarah. Due to an unfortunate turn of events, KSBA was months behind in getting ready for the Fair and with the addition of the Agland Certified Honey Booth; well Sarah saved our bacon. We could not have selected a better KCHP Manager. I also want to personally thank Shannon Trimboli and Aretina Harris for their major contributions to KSBA. Shannon’s contributions were very significant to the website and many other things that no one saw except for those of us who worked with her. There would be no KY Certified Honey Program today without the dedicated efforts of Aretina and Tammy. Aretina was so full of energy and ideas that none of us old guys could keep up. You will never have a better State Apiarist than Tammy. I doubt that there is anyone that could keep pace with her work ethic in supporting beekeepers across the state. Lastly, I want to thank all the 35 beekeepers that brought honey to be sold at the Fair, and the 17 local associations that volunteered to assist with the Honey Booths.

When I first got started in beekeeping, I joined the South Hardin County Beekeepers. You have not attended a real beekeepers meeting until you have met at Howard’s house near Sonora. A regular monthly meeting could include participating in an outdoor BBQ while Joe Taylor was cooking up a candy board mixture on an open fire in the front yard while of few of us sipped on a little honey bourbon.

KSBA is a member organization representing approximately 2,500 plus beekeepers across the state; men, women, veterans and minorities. It is not an organization for the few but for all. The majority of the members are beginners and Hobbyist. They are the future of beekeeping in KY. Their mentoring should be of the highest priority as well as supporting those venturing upward into being a Sideliner or Commercial beekeeper.

With the support of the KY Ag Development Board behind the launching of the KY Certified Honey Program came the bonus opportunities to develop and get support for two additional programs; a state-wide beekeeper mentoring program and a state-wide beekeeper cost sharing program. The KSBA officers to be selected and voted into office soon should be totally committed to KSBA as a member organization supporting all beekeepers; committed to the advancement of the KCHP; and committed to the development and implementation of the mentoring and cost sharing programs. These officers just need to be regular beekeepers with the energy and enthusiasm to do the job supported by a membership that will step up to plate and offer their assistance. I would suggest that the board be an equitable mix of men, women and veterans.

I will remain a KCHP member and a member of HCBA supporting you all.