KSBA Executive Meeting
November 8, 2019 – 6:00pm
Representatives present from KSBA member associations:
- Capital City
- KY Backyard
- Ft. Harrod
- Green Valley
(see attached list for attendance and associated bee club). The meeting had a quorum.
Bee School Grant money
Supplying $3/person (both KSBA members and non-members) for all bee schools in the state is not sustainable for the KSBA. Discussion revolved around the following considerations:
- Should the $3.00 be to help get schools established?
- $3/person but only for KSBA member?
- Show the cost benefit § get money back – bee school improvement
- Should there be requirements such as KSBA having a booth, required 15min promo, only pay KSBA members ($3)
Vote: Mike made a motion to make a committee with a meeting in January 2020. Jan Rafert seconded the motion. All
voted in favor. The committee consists of the following: Mike Mabry, Tammy Potter, Jan Rafert, Joe Chang, and Joe Taylor
2020 KSBA Meetings
Spring Meeting March 28th will be a Joint Meeting with Hardin County. Possible location will be the Hardin County
Community College. The Hardin County Cooperative Ext. Office is backup. Dr. Jay Evens, director of the USDA Bee
Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, is the keynote speaker.
Summer Meeting – TBA looking into Jenny Wiley or Cumberland Falls in the summer?
KSBA Fall Meeting/Owensboro in September 19th- KY Expo – Joint Meeting with Green Valley
Mike Mabry – Announces President’s meeting once a quarter next year
KSBA Tax Exempt Status
Jim Mason is going to look into the reinstating tax exempt status
Certified Kentucky Honey Program Promotion
• More money needs to be diverted for promotion
• Once again it was suggested that the Program needs to have one name that is consistent with the label for marking
purposes. All were in agreement to use the official name program of “Certified Kentucky Honey Producers”.
• Suggestion of 15sec ads on Lex News – says its reasonable between 10 and 10:30am?
• Sarah – CKHP will promote members ads on Facebook….as long as members don’t speak negatively about KY
Proud. If you don’t like KY Proud…. just don’t mention the project
• Until the Food and Drug Administration defines honey, the Certified Kentucky Honey Program is, at best, a “stop
gap” attempt to educate consumers about the value of locally produced honey. It is not designed to be a “fix” for
• There was some discussion about moisture content of honey at 18.5% being too high. Moisture content above
18.0% can still ferment. Tammy Potter added that the State Fair standards for honey are at or below 18.0%….
points are removed for honey in the range of 18.1% to 18.5%
• Jim Mason made a motion that moisture should not exceed 18.0%, Wes Henry seconded the motion, and all voted
Elections and Policies and Procedures
VP, Treasurer, Secretary
Joel Gonia – VP, Wes Henry – Sec, Joe Chang
There was some discussion on bank accounts and splitting treasurer to handle different accounts
The Board of Directors’ meeting ended when a non-KSBA member reacted to discussion about a Code of Conduct being
added to the KSBA documents. The meeting ended when the non-member refused to leave as per the KSBA President’s