Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) Fall General Membership Meeting Minutes
Saturday November 13, 2021
The meeting was held via web teleconferencing and was recorded.
KSBA President Tom Ballinger called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. ET.
President Tom Ballinger announced that he is stepping down as President and transferring the position to President-Elect Jessica Mayes. Tom introduced Jessica to the group and Jessica thanked Tom for his service and dedication to KSBA.
Dr. Tammy Horn Potter introduced the guest speaker, Danielle Downey. Danielle is the Executive Director of Project Apis m. Danielle gave an informative presentation on her work with Hilo bees bred for Varroa Sensitive Hygienic behavior in the fight against varroa mites.
KSBA Board Elections
Jessica reviewed the slate of KSBA officers and directors for which the group voted using online polling provided by Rick LeMarr, Webmaster. The slate was accepted as proposed. For details on the elected KSBA leadership, go to kybees.org and click on “Current Officers” at the bottom of the page.
Jessica gave a brief update on several financial topics. She shared that KSBA and the State Apiarist donated $500 to Project Apis m., funded Phil Craft’s excellent beginning beekeeping classes, continue to support publication of the monthly Beelines and are nearly complete acquiring a grant for $57,550 to support the Certified Kentucky Honey Program (CKHP). She shared that KSBA is pursuing conversion from 501c5 to 501c3
Certified Kentucky Honey Program
R. Scott Moore shared that the Kentucky Farm Bureau Trade show is set for December 2. Scott sent an email to all CKHP producers to invite them to sell honey at the show with ~10 members interested so far. A second email will go out shortly about an ongoing partnership opportunity with Hive and Barrel Meadery.
- Tom reported that the CKHP posters containing an RFID code are available and anyone interested can contact Scott.
- Tammy and Dorothey Morgan notified everyone that Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Annual Meeting is Saturday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. with 3 excellent speakers. See the KQBB Facebook page for more details.
Jessica adjourned the meeting at 8:27 p.m. ET.