Minutes for KSBA Board Meeting on March 27, 2020

Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA)
March 27, 2020
Board Meeting

Attendance: 7

Tammy Potter, KDA Apiarist (non-voting)
Sarah Preston, Program Manager (non-voting)
Mike Mabry, KSBA President
Joe Chang
Wes Henry
Joe Taylor
Rick LeMarr

Meeting was held through web telephonic conferencing due to pandemic caused by COVID-19.

Association President, Mike Mabry, called the meeting to order at 7:12 pm (EDT)


  • Financial statement
  • Vote on by-laws
  • Vote for nominees for vp and pres elect
  • Report/discussion
  • Bluegrass community foundation
  • Field day Perryville
  • State fair
  • Fall meeting, honey expo
  • Website
  • Certified honey program

Old Business

State fair status is still unknown due to COVID-19. KSBA will continue to plan to operate one or two booth(s) at the state fair. There were complaints by other vendors on KSBA receiving space in South Wing for free so KSBA may be forced to rent space in South Wing. We will continue to operate at the traditional location in West Wing. The American Beekeeping Federation Honey Queen/Princess will be requested to attend our state fair.

All candidates were vetted through the nomination committee and provided the names to
the president. Due to no competing candidates in each of the positions, Mike Mabry, president used executive power to emplace candidates into position due to current world events.
Positions are as follows:

  • President-Elect – Tom Ballinger
  • Vice President – Joel Gonia
  • Treasurer – Wes Henry
  • Secretary – Joe Chang

Bluegrass Community Foundation (BGCF) approved the application for KSBA to act as our sponsor as the association is in the process of regaining it’s non-profit status in good standing. This will allow KSBA to request grant funding through the Kentucky Agriculture Development Board. We anticipate a second disbursement and release of grant funds by July. Our relationship with BGCF will continue until our 501(c)5 have been reinstated.

KSBA’s summer meeting/bee school at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is still on the schedule. KSBA will look into requesting Jay Evans, USDA ARS, as a potential keynote speaker.

Treasurer presented the updated financial report to the board. CPA is done and has been paid, received a invoice for $9,945.65 from the lawyer. KSBA currently has $5757.50 in discretionary funds.

KSBA’s webmaster has trimmed down some of the capability and functionality of maintaining our website. We will continue to maintain capability with a goal of reaching out to all members in our 120 counties across Kentucky. The board will table the decision for any further modification to our capability of the website.

Certified honey program has currently 70 members. Sarah will reach out to all members that have not renewed.

New Business

Joe Taylor will come up with a handout flyer for distribution to local vendors on KSBA membership and benefits.

The meeting was adjourned 8:38 pm (EDT).

Next general membership meeting will be planned for Apr 18 at 6:00 pm (EDT) via web telephonic conferencing.

Topics for the Apr 18, 2020 KSBA General Membership Meeting

Voting on bylaws and referendum